We are so eager to meet the people the Lord will be sending our way to work and teach in the Clara Ward School of Nursing. Dr. Giles is praying for guidance as she networks and speaks with health sciences people from around the country to find the team God is preparing to lead the School of Nursing.

First and foremost, each faculty and staff person(s) will have a heart for God and seek His mind and likeness above all things. Second, they will each be outstanding practitioners in their areas of specialty, with real-world experience caring for people in need. And third, they will seek to mentor, inspire and educate each student into their calling as a BSN-prepared nurse.

Please read Dr. Giles’ bio as shared below. And check back here often to read the other bios and information about our team.

Medical Team




Dean & Professor

Dr. Giles grew up in a Wesleyan pastor’s home, and her mother was an English teacher. From her earliest memories, Dr. Giles knew she wanted to be a nurse and a teacher, but mostly a nurse. After she graduated with her BSN degree she worked in a Surgical ICU in Chicago, and then the Lord called her to serve as a missionary in Sierra Leone, West Africa. That experience took her relationship with the Lord Jesus to a whole new level as she learned to trust Him in all things.

After she returned to America, Dr. Giles worked in the ER in an Indianapolis hospital, then began her graduate studies in Community Health Nursing. The Lord then led her into higher education, and she’s been there ever since. Dr. Giles finished her Ph.D. in Education in 2010 and has started nursing programs in Oklahoma, Indiana, Virginia, and now in Tennessee, and she loves what she does.

She met her husband, Todd, after finishing up her MSN, and together they have traveled extensively in Europe, where Todd taught several art-related classes. They have a dog named Wiley, and three cats – and all of them think they are people.


Beth Pendleton

BSN Clinical Coordinator

Beth comes to us from right here in Dayton, TN, and she graduated from Bryan College in May of this year with her BS in Exercise & Health Science. Beth’s background includes Medical Assistant, office manager, substitute teacher, and nutrition education – all here in Dayton.  While she was a student at Bryan, Beth also served as a volunteer assistant coach for volleyball and softball.  Beth and her husband, Casey, have two boys and are vital members of the Dayton community.

As Clinical Coordinator, Beth will be filling a vital role in the School of Nursing – making sure every nursing student is prepared to begin their clinical experience in a variety of settings and locations.


Angela Shaffer

Full-Time BSN Faculty & Staff

Angela joins us from Danville, IL where she has been teaching nursing in a local community college since 2018.  She has always wanted to teach in a nursing program at a Christian college and would love to find a way to integrate her love for overseas missions into her work.  Angela completed her BSN and her MSN in Nursing Education from Western Governors University, and she has participated regularly in health-focused mission trips.

Angela will be working with Dr. Giles to write the first-year nursing courses, and then teaching that curriculum starting in Fall, 2023.  Angela is excited about the freedom Bryan offers to teach BSN students from a biblical perspective.