GPT Ministries Board of Trustees
Dr. David D. Caruth, President/Founder of God’s Perfect Timing Ministries is a man of God, Teacher of the Ministry, and author of two books, Breaking the Cycle of Poverty with Education and Faith, and 6 Keys of Spiritual Transformation. Dr. Caruth has worked with several churches and ministries across the country for 15 years and is a career educator, with more than twenty years of higher education experience. Prior to moving to Washington DC to help provide education to the poor and under privileged residents of the District of Columbia, Dr. Caruth served as the Executive Director and Vice President for Academic Affairs of the National Center for Professional Development Solutions, in Denver Colorado, where he oversaw Center operations, hired and supervised faculty and staff, developed and gained approval for all academic courses. He also taught graduate level courses in Instructional Technology, Diversity & Motivation, Grant Writing, Transformative Learning Theory, Portfolio Development and Personalized Learning Plans.
He is also a former Director of State Regulatory Affairs, Programs & Policy for Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was directly responsible for Lesley’s national state authorization and program approval efforts in 17 states including: Alaska, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Dr. Caruth worked directly with school Deans and Program Chairs to develop specialized curricula, and gained approval for new courses from state higher education commissions and regional accreditation bodies.
Dr. Caruth is an experienced inspirational speaker, motivator, coach, mentor and father. He is also has expertise as a college professor having taught Research Methods for Non-profit Organizations at Regis University and Action Research at Lesley University, both at the graduate level, as well as undergraduate courses at the University of Wyoming, and The Metropolitan State College of Denver where he served as a fulltime faculty in the African American Studies department.
As President of the Caruth-O’Leary Research Institute, he wrote several million dollars in grants for clients, effectively developed and evaluated programs, and authored reports that were received favorably by the U.S. Government for many years. Dr. Caruth holds a B.A. in Political Science, a Masters degree in Public Administration and a Ph.D. in Adult Learning & Technology.
A committed educator for the past thirty years, Dr. Merritt has dedicated his professional life to assisting young people become successful in their present and future lives though his work as a coach, administrator, and professor. Born and raised in Harlem, New York, Dr. Merritt began his coaching career at the University of New Orleans in 1976 as an assistant men’s basketball coach which led to a long and successful career in sports and intercollegiate athletics.
Dr. Merritt studied at the University of Albany, where he earned a BA in History Education with an additional 30 graduate hours in Curriculum and Instruction. He received a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Northern Arizona University in 1994 and following an eighteen year career in coaching; Dr. Merritt enrolled full-time at NAU and received his Doctorate in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Athletic Administration in 1996.
Dr. Merritt has been an assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of New Orleans, Long Beach State University, Northern Arizona University, and the head men’s basketball coach at Morris Brown College and Northern Arizona University. As an administrator, he has been the Director of Athletics for the City of Houston, Department of Parks and Recreation, the Director of Athletics at the College of Staten Island, and the Director of Athletics at the University of the District of Columbia.
At St. John’s University, Dr. Merritt is the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Sport Management Department. He has taught the following undergraduate level courses: Introduction to Sport Management, Current Issues in Sports, Media Relations in Sport, Managerial Aspects of Sport, The History of Sports 17th Century-Present, The Psychology of Coaching, Seminar in Sport Management, and Masters level courses: Sport Science: Coaching for Optimal Performance and Sport Science: Techniques and Analysis of Coaching.
A passion of Dr. Merritt’s has been teaching the history of African-Americans in the field of Sports. In 2002, Dr. Merritt created a course in memory of the late Coach John McLendon, a pioneer and legend in the coaching profession who passed away in 1999. Coach McLendon was taught the game of basketball by Dr. James Naismith the inventor of the game. The name of the course is “The History of the African-American Athlete in the 20th Century. Dr. Merritt has taught his course at several universities such as the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the College of Staten Island, and Wagner College. Dr. Merritt has presented this topic at the Basketball Hall of Fame’s “Freedom to Play Educational Series” in Springfield, Mass, and at the New York State Museum-Albany, “Breaking What Barriers? A discussion on Color, Race, and Ethics in Sports”
Dr. Merritt is married to the former Pamela M. O’Leary and they have two daughters, Rachelle and Melissa both graduates of St. John’s University.
Greg Smith, a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Media at Arizona State University was born with muscular dystrophy. He later founded the14-year-running syndicated radio show “On A Roll: Talk Radio on Life & Disability,” later renamed “The Strength Coach Radio Show.” He has been honored as an “Exceptional American” by the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia and his plaque and picture can be seen right between Stevie Wonder and Christopher Reeve. He’s also been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, CBS News and National Public Radio.
Greg’s remarkable life story was revealed to over two million viewers in the ‘Audience Award Winning’ PBS documentary film, “On A Roll: Family, Disability and the American Dream,” which aired in 2005. He is the author of the best-selling, “On A Roll: Reflections from America’s Wheelchair Dude with the Winning Attitude.”
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