About Impact 360 Institute

Cultivating leaders who follow Jesus

Our History

After 20 years of working in International Missions, John and Trudy Cathy White recognized an increasing need for equipping young adults in the area of godly leadership. Impact 360 Institute was born out of the vision of the Lifeshape, Inc.: to transform communities with the message of Jesus Christ by equipping young adults to become Christ-centered servant leaders.

Aware that many people choose to abandon their faith when unable to explain or defend it against advocates of secular humanism and other misguided worldviews, the Whites began searching for ways to combat this critical shift in ideas and lifestyle occurring amongst college age students.

In September of 2006, Impact 360 Gap Year was born. The inaugural Gap Year class of 18 students became pioneers in the world of academic gap year programs, studying Christian Worldview, living in community, and practicing servant leadership amongst their peers locally and internationally.

Gap Year is now celebrating the tenth year of the program, and has had more than 284 graduates from 23 different states, four countries, and various educational backgrounds, creating a web of motivated “changers” on college campuses across the US, and in the world marketplace. Today, Impact 360 Institute offers students and young professionals from all walks of life transformative worldview and leadership experiences like Impact 360 Gap Year, Impact 360 Immersion, and Impact 360 Masters. Lifeshape, Inc. continues to play a vital supporting role through such activities as providing grants for Gap Year students needing financial assistance. You can donate to this fund and help a student by clicking here.

Our Approach

Holistic Learning

Because all truth is God’s truth we reject the idea that reality is to be carved up into the artificial categories of sacred and secular. As Christ-followers we are called to live every aspect of our lives under God’s authority and for God’s glory. Classical thinkers referred to this as Coram Deo (literally “before the face of God”). How we think and how we live go together.

Three-pillar Philosophy

Know why you believe.

Classroom studies and life-affecting experience will help you come to understand the nature of God, and how to see the Bible as the standard of Truth for your faith, life, and work.

Be who God created you to be.

Now is the time to seek God’s vision for your future, and through leadership training, personal assessment and community, we help light the path of discovery.

Live what you learn.

Change only comes with action, and we want you to bring the Impact 360 mission to life, whether serving on campus, in your hometown, or on the other side of the world.

Board of Directors

John W. White, III
Co-Founder of Impact 360 Institute

John White is the president and executive director of Lifeshape, Inc., providing vision and strategic direction to lead the organization...

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Trudy White
Co-Founder of Impact 360 Institute

First and foremost, Trudy Cathy White is a wife, a mother, and a grandmother. She and her husband, John W....

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Dr. Gene C. Fant, Jr.
Provost & Chief Academic Officer of Palm Beach Atlantic University

Dr. Gene Fant and his wife, Lisa, are the proud parents of twins – Ethan and Emily. He currently serves as...

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Dr. Kimberly Thornbury
Vice President at The King’s College

Dr. Kimberly Thornbury serves as vice president at The King’s College in New York City overseeing enrollment, marketing and...

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Aaron Graham
Lead Pastor of The District Church

Aaron serves as founder and lead pastor of The District Church in the heart of our nation’s capital.

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Sean McDowell
Derek Minor
JP Moreland
John Stonestreet
William Lane Craig
Gregory Alan Thornbury


Dr. Phil Alsup
Executive Director, Impact 360 Institute

Phil comes to Impact 360 Institute after serving as the Senior Director for Student Ministry with the WinShape Foundation. Phil oversees...

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Eric Turner
Director of Operations

Eric brings five years working with the North American Mission Board and nine years working with the International Mission board...

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Dr. Jonathan Morrow
Director of Cultural Engagement & Immersion

Jonathan is the author of Welcome to College, Questioning the Bible, and Think Christianly and coauthor of Is God Just...

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Trent Wilbanks
Director of Gap Year

Trent joined the Impact 360 team in 2008, after serving five years as director at the Lifeshape Foundation’s retreat center, The...

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Enrollment & Campus Experience

Hannah Purdie
Enrollment Coordinator

Nikki Gentry
Enrollment Specialist

Mitch Aldridge
Enrollment Specialist

Ellie Grace Hughes
Office Administrator

Brad McDonald
Lead Program Coordinator

Kyle Dennard
Marketing Manager

Jodie Teel
Staff Accountant

Jacob Dunnam
Facilities Manager

Alfreda Conversion

Kathy Martin
Executive Assistant

Grace Croley
Social Media Curator