Dr. Nilson, D. Min.

President and Academic Dean


Dr. Nilson is the president and academic dean of Emmanuel Institute of Leadership. He is an ordained minister and president of Katartizo Healing and Discipleship Center, a ministry of Emmanuel's House in pastoral counseling for seven years. Dr. Nilson has been working in pastoral counseling and deliverance ministry for over twenty-six years. He has served as missionary/pastor in church planting in Brazil for near ten years. He also has served in pastoral ministry in various churches in Pennsylvania. Dr. Nilson received the Doctor of Ministry in Marriage and Family from Palmer Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA.

Stahsha Giffing, M.J.

Registrar & Admission Officer


Stahsha Giffing joins the faculty at Emmanuel Institute of Leadership as a professor of communications.  She began her career in the field of communications working as the Public Relations Director for Susquehanna Communications, a division of the Susquehanna Pfaltzgraff company.  Later she accepted a position as an Account Manager for Marketing Works, a full-service marketing, advertising, and public relations firm.  Working with a wide range of clients, Stahsha honed her skills and broadened her knowledge of marketing and advertising in various industries – from nonprofits to financial institutions to healthcare organizations. Most recently, Stahsha has enjoyed teaching courses as an adjunct faculty member in the Communications and English departments at Central Penn College.  Stahsha has a B.A. degree in public relations with a minor in speech communications from York College of Pennsylvania and a Master of Journalism degree with concentrations in public relations and advertising from Temple University.

Mr. Jeffrey A. King, M.S.E.


Mr. King has worked in the computer software industry for fifteen years.  During his career, he has been involved with all aspects of software development, including design, programming and testing, as well as team leadership and training.  A graduate of Octorara Area High School, Mr. King received a B.S. in Applied Physics/Computer Science with a concentration in Software from Grove City College, and went on to receive a Master of Software Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.



Mr. Kenelm Shirk, III, Esquire

Kenelm L. Shirk, III is a third generation lawyer who grew up in the Ephrata, Pennsylvania and graduated from Ephrata High School. After working for the State Legislature during law school, Mr. Shirk began his career as a law clerk to the Honorable Judge Glenn E. Metzer (deceased) of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. Mr. Shirk is a career-long member of the Lancaster Bar Association and American Bar Association; previously holding multiple leadership positions in the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He has served as President of the Ephrata Area Chamber of Commerce, President of Ephrata Downtown Revitalization.