Language and Literature Faculty

Dr. Rachel B. Griffis

Rachel B. Griffis grew up in Michigan and then moved to Southern California, where she completed her B.A. at Azusa Pacific University and M.A. at Chapman University, both in English. She completed her Ph.D. in English at Baylor University. In 2016, she joined the Language and Literature department at Sterling College, where she teaches writing and literature courses. She has been very active on campus and in the lives of her students.

Aaron Brown

Aaron Brown is a published novelist and poet who completed his M.F.A. in Poetry Writing from the University of Maryland. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in English Writing from Wheaton College in Illinois. Brown grew up in Chad, Africa, an experience that informs much of his work. He is the author of the poetry collection, “Acacia Road,” winner of the Gerald Cable Book Award and the Nelson Poetry Book Award. He has also published a poetry chapbook, “Winnower,” and a novella, “Bound,” and has writing featured in over fifty publications.

Dr. Mark Watney

Mark was born and raised in South Africa and immigrated to the United States in 1977. He has also lived and worked in Japan (’83-’84), India (’87), Turkey (’92-’93), and Los Angeles (’93-’00) as a missionary and English high school teacher. After graduating with his doctorate from The University of Texas at Dallas, he and his wife Laurel (Director of the Mabee Library), moved to Sterling College in 2006 where they have been working ever since. They have three sons:  Caleb (SC ’14) Micah (SC ’19) and Josiah.