New Board Chairman ElectedMarch 27, 2022 2022-06-03 20:18
New Board Chairman Elected
New Board Chairman Elected
Rev. Dr. Michael W. Couch, D.Min.
The Board of Directors of Manna Bible Institute is pleased to announce the election of Rev. Dr. Michael W. Couch, D.Min. as its new Board Chairman, succeeding Rev. Dr. Robert P. Shine, Sr. who went Home to be with the Lord on January 4, 2022. Dr. Couch has been a member of Manna’s Board for the past three years, specifically assisting on the Board’s Investment Committee and as an advisor to the Education and Library Committee.
Dr. Couch graduated with a doctoral degree from New York Theological Seminary, having writtten his dissertation on how believers could better serve distressed families and neighborhoods through job employment. In addition to his doctoral degree, Dr. Couch holds a Master of Divinity degree from Biblical Theological Seminary, a Bachelor of Science degree from Cairn University, and an Associate of Arts degree from Geneva Bible College.
He is currently a workforce advisor at Pennsylvania Career Link where he helps to improve families and neighborhoods through job employment. He is also the duly elected executive committee person of Philadelphia’s 23rd Ward where is able to assert a Christian witness and biblical perspective in the realm of civil and governmental affairs. On March 11, 2019, Dr. Couch was elected to serve as Pastor of Berean Baptist Church in the Allegheny West section of Philadelphia, a pastoral ministry he continues to hold. His expository messages are a blessing not only to his congregation, but to the general public as well through his church’s You Tube channel.
Before assuming his pastoral role at Berean Baptist Church, Dr. Couch was the founding Executive Director of New Beginnings, an outreach ministry committed to person-to-person street evangelism. This effective team ministry presented God’s plan of salvation and guarantee of new life to more than 1,500 people per week for five consecutive years. Dr. Couch is a regular broadcast preacher on various radio and television stations throughout the mid-Atlantic states, including KYW 1060 AM, WURD 900 AM, YouTube Channel, XFinity TV 66/966 and Fios TV 29/30. Dr. Couch has a proven record of tooling faith communities into vehicles of family and community development, with experience in leading religious corporations in producing measurable family value and impact.
Manna’s new Board Chairman is the devoted husband of his high school sweetheart, Tonya, and the father of two sons, My’chal and Malachi. He is a proud son of Berachah Baptist Church, the church Dr. Robert Shine, Sr. pastored for thirty-seven years. Dr. Couch is the author of several published books on evangelism, social justice, urban ministry, and apologetics. His latest book, I Am a Man, is now available in bookstores and on Amazon.