Chapel Speaker Bios 2012 -2013


All Music Chapel

August 31st , October 17th, November 14th, 2012, February 1st, March 22nd, 2013

This year we have the special privilege to devoteseveral Chapels to worshipping our Lord in song. While all of these Chapels will be completely different in format and content, they will give attendees the opportunity to draw closer to God in a more intimate way as we lift up our voices to the King of Kings.


Ash Wednesday Service

February 13th, 2013

Each spring Westmont joins Christ's church across the globe as we commemorate Ash Wednesday. In this traditional Chapel service students are given the opportunity to be annointed with ashes as they enter into the lenten season of prayer and repentance.


Ray Bakke

January 18th, 2013

Raymond Bakke

Raymond J. Bakke founded International Urban Associates (IUA) in 1989. IUA animated a network of more than 100 urban-based church and mission leaders in many of the largest cities of the world. Currently Dr. Bakke serves as Chancellor, distinguished professor of global urban ministry and member of the Board of Regents at Bakke Graduate University of Ministry. Ray is the author of a number of books, including A Theology as Big as the City and Street Signs.



Gayle Beebe

August 29th, November 7th, 2012 and January 16th, April 10th 2013

Gayle Beebe Gayle Beebe became Westmont eighth president July 1, 2007. He comes from Spring Arbor University, where he served as president for seven years. He earned doctorate in philosophy of religion and theology from Claremont Graduate University, an MBA from the Peter F. Drucker Center at CGU and an M. Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary. He was general editor of the Renovare Spiritual Formation Study Bible and co-authored (with Richard Foster) Longing for God: Seven Approaches to the Christian Life.



Alistair Begg

October 22nd and 24th, 2012

Alistair BeggAlistair Begg has been in pastoral ministry for 30 years: eight in Scotland following graduation from The London School of Theology and 22 years at Parkside Church in suburban Cleveland. He has written several books and is heard daily across the nation on the radio program Truth for Life. He recently received an honorary doctorate from Cedarville University. He and his wife, Susan, have been married 31 years and have three grown ildren.




Class Chapels

September 24th, 2012

Please meet with members of your class in the following locations:

Freshman Murchison Gym
Sophomore Page MPR
Junior Founders Dining Room
Senior Porter Theater


Contemplative Chapel

November 16th, 2012

As the semester comes to an end, we will take time to rest in the presence of God. This service will be highlighted by music, scripture, and times of silence as we quiet our hearts, minds, and body in preparation of the end of the term and all that lays before us in the weeks leading up to the Christmas holiday break.

Scott Cormode

September 17th, 2012

Scott CormodeScott Cormode joined the faculty of Fuller in 2006 as the Hugh De Pree Professor of Leadership Development. This faculty chair was established by the family of the late Hugh De Pree, an accomplished leader and brother of longtime Fuller board member Max De Pree, in order to further develop leadership training programs within the School of Theology and the De Pree Leadership Center. Cormode brought significant leadership and teaching experience to this position, as an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) who served for the previous decade as George Butler Associate Professor of Church Administration and Finance at Claremont School of Theology. Cormode also served at Claremont as associate dean for institutional research, chair of the Curriculum Committee, chair of the Accreditation Team, and principal writer of the Long Range Planning Committee.


Angela D'Amour

February 27th, 2013

Angela D'AmourAngela has served as the Director of Campus Life since 2007 and in
this position variety is the greatest norm. Highlights of the role
include discovering students’ passions, advising WCSA, overseeing
Orientation and improving the experience of Westmont students through
leadership training and creative new programming. Angela is a Westmont
alumna with a BS degree in Psychology and she earned a Masters degree
in Higher Education from the University of Vermont. She previously
worked as an RD and Asst. Dean of First Year Students at Dartmouth College. Angela and her husband Brian are both from the Northeast. They have been married for 7 years and they have two children, Luke(3) and Maya(1). The D'Amour Four spend their time together visiting gardens and parks, riding bikes and reading books. They enjoy getting to know people from different walks of life.


Nick Davis

January 9th, 2013

We worshipped this morning in response to the tragic news of the death of Nick Davis who was killed last night in a motorcycle accident.


Departmental Chapels

November 5th, 2012

Join with students in your field of study as your professors conduct Chapels at the following locations:





Joni Eareckson-Tada

January 14th, 2013

Joni Eareckson-TadaA diving accident in 1967 left 17-year-old Joni Eareckson a quadriplegic in a wheelchair, unable to use her hands. After two years of rehabilitation, Joni re-entered the community with new skills and a fresh determination to help others in similar situations. Joni wrote of her experiences in her international bestselling biography, Joni. Her name is now recognized in countries around the world following the distribution in many languages of her biography and the full-length feature film JONI.

Having been catapulted onto a national stage, Joni founded Joni and Friends (JAF) in 1979 to accelerate Christian ministry in the disability community throughout the world. The impact of Joni’s work is felt beyond the Christian community. Mrs. Tada's role as a disability advocate led to a presidential appointment to the National Council on Disability for three and a half years, during which time the Americans with Disabilities Act became law. In 2005, Joni Eareckson Tada was appointed to the Disability Advisory Committee of the U.S. State Department to advise Dr. Condoleezza Rice on policy and programs which affect disabled persons in the State Department and around the world.

She is the author of more than 35 books. Her latest book, A Lifetime of Wisdom: Embracing the Way God Heals You (Zondervan, March 2009), recounts the hard-won gems of wisdom she has garnered during more than four decades of life in a wheelchair.

Joni and her husband Ken Tada have been married since 1982. Mr. Tada retired from 32 years of teaching in 2004 and ministers alongside Joni as they travel across the country and around the world. Ken Tada, along with Joni, are permanent members of the International Board of Directors of Joni and Friends. In 2001, Mr. Tada received Family Life Ministries’ Robertson McQuilken Award honoring “The Courageous Love of a Marriage Covenant Keeper.”


Joy Eggerichs

January 23rd, 2013

Joy EggerichsJoy Eggerichs serves as the Director of Love and Respect Now. She began her journey in ministry working as the Love and Respect Conference Coordinator for her parents, Dr. Emerson and Sarah Eggerichs. Over time, she noticed a trend: People would come out of the conference sessions saying, “Why didn’t anyone teach us this before we got married? If only I knew then, what I know now.”

Fueled by a passion to provide this information to her generation, Joy launched a project she appropriately titled “Love and Respect Now.” She has researched 18-35 year olds and desires to serve the next generation of people getting married…or not getting married.

Joy graduated with a degree in Communications Studies from Westmont College in 2004. She resides in Portland, Oregon surrounded by a large demographic of young people she can access for her projects. Many of them share her love of coffee, biking and minimal hair washings.


Megan Fate-Marshman

September 12th, 2012

Megan Fate-MarshmanMegan Fate Marshman has been an SBDC Business Advisor since 2009,
specializing in helping clients with business plans, general business, sales and
marketing, technology and social media.

An alum of Westmont College, Megan is a professor at Azusa Pacific University, where she teaches courses on Health, Fitness and Wellness.

An entrepreneur herself, Megan is co-owner of Keegan Fate Publishing Company, launched in 2008, and the main character in a children’s book series 'Megan Hearts' as well as a series of devotional workbooks for women: Flourish.



Bonnie Fearer

April 5th, 2013

Bonnie Fearer

Bonnie Fearer grew up in various places across the U.S. as the daughter of a Wall St. Journal reporter/editor.  She is a proud Westmont alum (1981), and now serves on the pastoral staff at Santa Barbara Community Church, her church family since her own Westmont days.  Her greatest loves are husband Todd, sons Sam, Nate, and Gabe.  She is an avid lover of the outdoors, and happily sheds calendar and technology for hikes, and working in her mini backyard organic "farm."


Giving Thanks Chapel

April 24th, 2012

The final Chapel of the academic year is a celebration of the Lord's goodness and faithfulness. It is also a time to thank the Lord for our senior class and to celebrate with them in their final Chapel at Westmont as undergraduates. As we send all of our students out to destinations all over the world, we do so with grateful hearts that the Lord has entrusted them into our care and for His faithfulness in growing, maturing, and strengthening each student. The culmination of this Chapel is the serving of communion by senior class representatives to the Westmont Community.


Global Focus Week

October 29th - November 2nd

Each year the college takes time to focus attention on a specific global issue that impacts the worldwide body of Christ. This week is highlighted by Chapels, mission's fair, lectures, panel discussions, along with many other special events.

Bryant MyersThe week begins on Monday with special Chapel guest, Dr. Bryant Myers. Dr. Meyers is a longtime VP at World Vision and current professor at Fuller. He is an author and lifelong activist dedicated to Christian relief and development work around the world.  His most recent books include Walking with the Poor: Principles and Practices of Transformational Development and Working with the Poor: Insights and Learnings from Development Practitioners.


Wedneday's Chapel will highlight a panel discussion between students with member of our community as well as advocates for the poor from throughout Santa Barbara. Students will present challenging questions regarding poverty and homelessness in this speical thought-provocatng Chapel.

Keith Phillips In Friday's Chapel we will be hosting long-time favorite speaker, Dr. Keith Phillips. Dr. Phillips is president of World Impact - a Christian organizqation dedicated to empowering the urban poor. He is the author of "They Dare to Love the Ghetto," "no Quick Fix," and "Out of Ashes."






Craig Gross

October 10th & 12th

Craig GrossAs a young pastor in Southern California, Craig Gross began to notice a recurring theme among those he cared for - a struggle with pornography. Boldly and courageously, he decided to address the root of the problem by approaching the pornography industry with questions.
This passion led him to start, a Web site devoted to telling the truth about pornography. Craig's ministry has opened many hardened and often broken hearts of those in the grasp of pornography to a relevant and authentic gospel they hadn't seen coming from mainstream religion.
Craig has been featured in GQ Magazine, Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, New York Times and on Good Morning America, CNN and Nightline. His ministry is also the subject of an award-winning documentary and a recently released reality-TV documentary.


Kevin Harney

September 28th, 2012

Kevin HarneyKevin G. Harney serves senior pastor at Shoreline Community Church in Monterey, California. Harney is the author of Leadership from the Inside Out: Examining the Inner Life of a Healthy Church Leader; Seismic Shifts: The Little Changes That Make a Big Difference in Your Life; Finding a Church You Can Love and Loving the Church You've Found; and more than sixty small-group Bible studies.



Sherry Harney

March 4th, 2013

Sherry HarneySherry Harney (B.A. Calvin College; M.A. in Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary) is a speaker, author, and editor, and has served the local church in the areas of staff leadership and children’s ministry.  Presently she is serving as the Women’s Director at Shoreline Community Church in Monterey, where her husband, Kevin serves as Lead Pastor.  Together, Kevin and Sherry have coauthored, Finding a Church You Can Love and Organic Outreach for Families.  They also have collaborated on and co-written over sixty small group study guides with authors such as Bill Hybels, John Ortberg, Dallas Willard, Gary Thomas, Randy Frazee and Max Lucado.  Most recently, Sherry continues to collaborate with other authors such as Christine Caine and Ann Voskamp. Kevin and Sherry have three adult sons, Zach, Josh and Nate.  She enjoys hiking, running, skiing, really any thing she can enjoy outdoors.


Fred Harrell

September 19th, 2012

Fred HarrellThe Rev. Fred O. Harrell is a native of Central Florida and is a graduate of the University of Florida (degree in economics) and Reformed Theological Seminary (graduate degree in theology and pastoral care). Before coming to San Francisco, he founded and led a university-based ministry designed to answer the questions of thoughtful seekers and to equip Christians for transformational ministries in and through the church. He and his wife, Terely, have been married since 1986, and they have four children.


Holy Week Services

March 25th and 27th, 2013

These dynamic services engage Westmont students as they reflect on the suffering of Christ. On Monday, March 25th, we will commemorate Holy Week with a foot-washing service. In this service members of the faculty and staff will participate by washing our student's feet in an act of deepest humility and service. On Wednesday, March 27th, the music department will draw our hearts to the suffering of Christ in music offerings.



October 26th, 2012

Robert GundryTo help celebrate Westmont's 75th Anniversary, Dr. Robert H. Gundry will be our very special guest Chapel speaker. Dr. Gundry is Westmont College’s Scholar-in-Residence, after retiring from a teaching career of nearly forty years. His various areas of expertise include New Testament Greek, Eschatology (end times studies), the Gospels, and New Testament Theology. He received his Ph.D. in New Testament Studies from Manchester University in 1961. He has been honored with the Teacher of the Year Award three times, the Faculty Researcher of the Year Award, and the Sears-Roebuck Foundation Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award. His many publications, in addition to numerous articles and book reviews on New Testament studies, includes a complete commentary on the New Testament.


Carol Houston

January 11th, 2013

Carol HoustonPastor Carol A. Houston ministers in the Watts community of Los Angeles, California.  With a passion for winning souls and empowering disciples of Jesus, she has served as Senior Pastor of Bethel Unspeakable Joy Christian Fellowship Church, Inc. for fifteen years.

Pastor Carol received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Denver where she also taught Physical Education and Recreation.  For eight years she was a secondary school educator in the City of Compton, California.  Her postgraduate studies include Physical Education and Recreation, Gerontology, Educational Administration, Speech Communication and Theology.

Pastor Carol serves as trustee of Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California and Helping Hands, Inc. in Garden Grove, California.  She ministers in many areas and has blessed the Body of Christ through her teaching.  As Jesus did with His twelve, Pastor Carol is committed to empowering her team of twelve to win souls and make disciples.


Greg Johnson

October 19th, 2012

Greg JohnsonA graduate of Westmont, the Rev. Gregory C.V. Johnson and his wife Jill founded the ministry of Standing Together in Utah in March of 2001. Standing Together seeks to advance biblical unity among evangelical churches and pastors in Utah and spiritual transformation throughout our community and state.

Greg was raised in the Mormon Church and was born again at a Christian camp just outside of Colorado Springs at age 14. Because of his background in Mormonism, Greg is passionate about building a relational dialogue with members of the Mormon faith, particularly with Mormon leaders and scholars. He facilitates and participates in LDS/evangelical dialogues between university students, scholars, leaders, and with his primary LDS dialogue partner, Dr. Robert Millet of BYU. Greg and Bob released, “Bridging the Divide: The Continuing Conversation Between a Mormon and an Evangelical,” in 2007, and have held 60 public dialogues throughout the US and in Canada and England.

After college, Greg graduated with Honors and received a Masters of Divinity from Denver Theological Seminary in 1992. He is married to Jill and they have four children, Indiana, Reagan, California, and America.


Reed Jolley

September 7th, 2012

Reed JolleyFor over 30 years, Reed Jolley has been one of teaching pastors at Santa Barbara Community Church. An avid surfer and a Westmont Alum, Reed exclaims that he is: "the proud father of three and an even prouder husband of my first wife."




Linda Kazibwe-James

November 12th, 2012

Linda Kazibwe-JamesLinda is a talented and gifted musican and worship leader. An alum of Biola University, Linda will be leading our students in traditional worship from her home countries of Kenya and Uganda.

Along with being an inspiring worship leader and musician, Linda is a teacher of chemistry and biology at Whittier Christian School in Los Angeles and is passionate about the arts.



Chris Lazo

March 20th , 2013

Chris Lazo

Chris Lazo is the interim pastor for preaching at Reality Santa Barbara. He is committed to spreading the worth of Jesus through the expository preaching of God's Word. Lazo lives in Carpinteria with his wife, Brianna, and their daughter, Abigail. He tweets from @LazoChris.



Father John Love

December 5th, 2012

Father John LoveFather John Wayne Love was born in St. Louis, Missouri into an Army surgeon’s family.  In the late 60’s, his family settled in Santa Barbara where his grandparents had settled on the Santa Barbara Mesa after World War II.  Mostly locally educated, Fr. Love enrolled at Westmont College where he majored in Political Science and Economics, graduating in 1984.  After some soul-searching and work in San Diego, he entered St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, and was ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood in 1990.  He has served as a diocesan clergyman in parish work for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, CA for the last 23 years.  During this time, he went back to school and received a doctorate from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC where he studied the moral formation of medical students. 

Father Love has served in numerous pastoral assignments as associate pastor, administrator and pastor.  He is currently pastor of St. Mark’s University Parish, serving the students and faculty of the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB).   He is a magistral chaplain of the Order of Malta, which is an international organization directed toward those suffering the double cross of sickness and extreme poverty.  He is a member of an Institutional Review Board for scientific protocols at Amgen, Inc. in Thousand Oaks, CA and is a chaplain – With Professor Bill Nelson of Westmont - at the 146th Air Wing of the Air National Guard.  Father Love has published several peer-reviewed articles on the relationship between medicine and religion.

In his spare time, Fr. Love enjoys golfing, hiking and fixing things around the parish plant that don’t work.


Frederica Mathewes-Green

December 3rd, 2012

Frederica Mathewes-GreenFrederica Matthews-Green is a wide-ranging author whose work has appeared in such diverse publications as the Washington Post, Christianity Today, Smithsonian, the Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal. She is a regular columnist for the multi-faith Web magazine She has published eight books and more than 600 articles.

She lives with her husband, the Rev. Gregory Mathewes-Green, in Baltimore, MD, where he is pastor and she is “Khouria” (“Mother”) of the parish they founded, Holy Cross Orthodox Church. Their three children are grown and married, and they have eleven grandchildren.


Lisa McMinn

October 1st, 2012

Lisa McMinnLisa McMinn, sociology professor at George Fox University since
2006. Her interests are social change as it relates to ecology, global capitalism and consumerism, religion, gender, and sexuality. She is the author of many books including Growing Strong Daughters, Sexuality and Holy Longing, and The
Contented Soul.




Gary Moon

April 8th , 2013

Gary MoonGary W. Moon, former executive vice president/provost and professor of psychology and spirituality at Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta, is the first director of the Martin Family Institute and Dallas Willard Center for Spiritual Formation at Westmont. Moon also serves as director for the Renovaré International Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation and as editor-in-chief for Conversations: A Forum for Authentic Transformation.




Mark Nelson

November 26th, 2012

Mark NelsonMark grew up near Chicago, graduated from Wheaton College (B.A., Philosophy) and the University of Notre Dame (M.A., Ph.D., Philosophy).  Before coming to Westmont in August, 2006, he taught at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, the University of St Andrews in Scotland and the University of Leeds in England.

He is married to Pauline, and they have three daughters, two dachshund puppies and one cat. 



Ben Patterson

Dates throughout the semester

Ben Patterson

For over ten years the Reverend Ben Patterson has been the Campus Pastor at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. As Campus Pastor, he is responsible for organizing the college’s chapel program, which meets three mornings a week, mentoring students, counseling, and encouraging every person in the Westmont community to grow toward their full maturity in Christ.

He is a contributing editor to Christianity Today, Leadership Journal, and was previously a contributing editor and editorial writer with The Wittenberg Door. Ben has written several books including: Serving God: The Grand Essentials of Work & Worship, Waiting: Finding Hope When God Seems Silent, Deepening Your Conversation with God, The Prayer Devotional Bible, He Has Made Me Glad, and God’s Prayer Book: The Power and Pleasure of Praying the Psalms. Coming out in the spring of 2011 is Ben’s most current work, Muscular Faith.

Ben served the New Providence Presbyterian Church of New Jersey from 1989 until his appointment as Dean of the Chapel at Hope College in 1993. From 1975 to 1989 he was with the Irvine Presbyterian Church of California, of which he was the founding pastor. Ben was also minister of youth and adult education at the La Jolla Presbyterian Church of California. Previous to that he was assistant minister to college students at the First Baptist Church of Pomona, California working with the Claremont Colleges.

Ben Patterson earned his bachelor’s degree from La Verne University in 1966 and his master’s of divinity from The American Baptist Seminary of the West in 1972. He and his wife, Lauretta, have four grown children and is a very proud grandfather to Cornelius, Marshall, and Josephine.


Joel Pelsue

February 25th, 2013

Joel PelsueJoel Pelsue is the Founder and President of Arts and Entertainment Ministries (AEM) in Los Angeles, CA. AEM is dedicated to equipping artists on the front lines of the mainstream culture, and educating the church about the biblical call to engage the culture. Joel has a B.A in Philosophy from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA., and his M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary. He's been ordained in the PCA (Presbyterian Church in America) for over 10 years, and has been a pastor in New York and in Los Angeles. He and his wife Michelle are both artists, and have been married and ministering to artists for over 18 years. Joel has taught, lectured or preached all over the country for colleges, arts ministries, churches and seminaries As a musician, Joel started playing in orchestra pits when he was 14, and plays sax, flute, clarinet, and oboe. His first CD, "Windsome Thirst" played on radio stations across the country and is currently in its second printing. Joel lives in Los Angeles,with his wife Michelle, and their two children, Reid & Sophia.


Presidential Breakfast Speaker

March 1st, 2013

Colin PowellThe Westmont Foundation and area businesses sponsor the President’s Breakfast to promote discussion and consideration of current issues among local community leaders. Our students are privilege to hear each year's guest speaker in Chapel as they join students in a panel discussion on topics of current and pertinent interest.

Retired Gen. Colin Powell, who has held senior military and diplomatic positions under four presidents, will be the keynote speaker at the eighth annual Westmont President’s Breakfast and will join us in Chapel following this event. In this very speciial Chapel a panel of students will pose thought provoking questions to General Powell in order to receive his insight into today's relevant issues.

Past Westmont President’s Breakfast keynote speakers include: Robert Gates, former secretary of defense; Condoleezza Rice, former secretary of state; Vicente Fox, former president of Mexico; Walter Isaacson, president of the Aspen Institute and former chairman and CEO of CNN; Fareed Zakaria, host of “Fareed Zakaria GPS” on CNN, Thomas Friedman, author of “Hot, Flat, and Crowded” and “The World is Flat”; and American historian and bestselling author David McCullough, who has twice won the Pulitzer Prize.


Provost Installation

October 3rd, 2012

Mark Sargent On October 3rd, Westmont formally installs Dr. Mark L. Sargent as Provost of the institution. As Westmont's chief academic officer, Dr. Sargent works with Westmont's outstanding faculty, staff and students. A graduate of UC Santa Barbara, he earned his master's degree and doctorate in English at The Claremont Graduate University, specializing in American literature. He taught as a Fulbright scholar at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands and has written widely on history, literature, film, and higher education. For his research on William Bradford, he was awarded the Whitehill Prize in early American history. After holding administrative roles at Biola University and Spring Arbor College, he became Gordon's Provost in 1996, and has been active in numerous national and international organizations. In 2008 the Council of Independent Colleges gave him the national Chief Academic Officers Award. His wife Arlyne, and two of his children, have been students at Westmont.


Brenda Salter-McNeil

January 28th, 2013

Brenda Salter-McNeil Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil, president and founder of Salter McNeil and Associates, is an author, speaker and thought-leader with over 25 years of ministry experience in the field of racial, ethnic and gender reconciliation. She stands at the forefront of an international movement that actively seeks to invite and usher people from every tribe and nation into the Household of God. Due to her extensive ministry experience alongside having earned a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary and a Doctorate of Ministry from Palmer Theological Seminary, she has been invited to be an Associate Professor of Reconcilation Studies in the School of Theology at Seattle Pacific University. At SPU, she leads the Reconciliation Studies minor for the undergraduate program and teaches Master of Divinity students in the seminary program.


Mark Sargent

February 15th, 2013

Mark SargentMark L. Sargent assumed the role of Provost at Westmont College in the spring of 2012.  A graduate of UC Santa Barbara, he earned his master's degree and doctorate in English at The Claremont Graduate University, specializing in American literature.  He taught as a Fulbright scholar at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands and has written widely on history, literature, film, and higher education.  For his research on William Bradford, he was awarded the Whitehill Prize in early American history.  After holding administrative roles at Biola University and Spring Arbor College, he served as provost of Gordon College in Massachusetts from 1996-2012..  In 2008 the Council of Independent Colleges gave him the national Chief Academic Officers Award.  His wife Arlyne, and two of his children, have been students at Westmont.


Michael Shasberger

September 3rd, 2012 and January 9th, 2013

Michael Shasberger

Michael Shasberger joined the Westmont faculty in 2005 after a distinguished career in higher education and church music. A graduate of St. Olaf College in Minnesota, he earned a doctorate in choral music, vocal performance and church music at the University of Southern California. He has extensive experience as a conductor and soloist in a wide variety of musical performances, including opera and classic works. Dr. Shasberger's endeavors here at Westmont include conducting the Westmont College Choir and Chamber Orchestra, private voice instruction, working with the office of the campus pastor, and developing artistic collaborations with the Santa Barbara arts community. He is also the Artistic Director of the Denver Bach Society, Founder and Director Emertitus of the Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra of Denver, and sings with the Santa Barbara based Vocal Scholars vocal ensemble.


Spring Break Commissioning

March 8th, 2013

Prior to sending all of our students out to the world during Westmont's spring break, we will take time to pray and ask God's protection, provision, and guidance. We will specifically want to take time in this service to pray for those students going on Potter's Clay, Urban Initiatives, and Racial, Equality and Justice mission trips. Students going on these programs will visit Ensenada, Mexico, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, and Jackson, Mississippi. They will bring the good news of Jesus Christ as they serve the poor, the needy, and the disinfranchised.


Spring Focus Week

February 4th - 8th, 2013

Each spring the Department of Campus Life, in conjunction with many other departments on campus, bring to Westmont important speakers to focus in and discuss relative and pertinent issues. This year we're focusing on the topic of managing anxiety and stress.


Student Awards

April 12th, 2013

The Office of the Academic Dean, along with the faculty of Westmont, celebrate the achievements of the graduating class. Each academic department extends their highest honors to outstanding seniors in their discipline who have achieved academic excellence.



Student Testimonies

November 19th, 2012 & April 15th, 2013

Once each semester we take time to hear from students whose lives have been touched and changed by the Lord Jesus Christ. Those students who have been asked to share will give witness to what the Lord has done and how their faith is integrated into practice in their lives.


Summer Commissioning

April 2nd , 2013

Prior to sending all of our students out to the world for the summer, we will take time to pray and ask God's protection, provision, and guidance. We will specifically want to take time in this service to pray for those students going on the many Emaus Road summer outreach programs, which will take our students to places literally around the world.


Carri Svoboda

September 26th, 2012

Carri SvobodaAs a young child, Carri Lynn Svoboda moved often as her father, who was in the Air Force, was stationed all over the world. The family finally settled down in Atwater, which is in Central California. After high school, Carri moved to Santa Barbara, where in 1992 she received her Bachelors Degree in English from UCSB and the following year she received her teaching credential from the same institution. Carri taught 8th grade English for seven years at Santa Barbara Junior High and is currently teaching 6,7, & 8 English, 7 Bible & 8 History at Santa Barbara Christian School.

Carri's religious training was eclectic, as her mother was raised in a Mormon home and her dad was raised Catholic. At the age of 8 Carri had a divine revelation and accepted Christ as savior. As she was the only Christian in her family she attended the local First Southern Baptist Church with her neighbors. Locally, Carri attends the Free Methodist Church.

Anyone who knows Carri is impressed with her wild humor, her infectious laugh, her thoughtful discourse, and her deep devotion to Jesus. She is an avid reader and loves to walk and travel.


James E. Taylor

January 25th, 2013

Jim TaylorDr. James E. Taylor is Professor of Philosophy here at Westmont College. He grew up in Oregon, Washington, and California. After graduating from Westmont with a B.A. in Philosophy in 1978, he received advance degrees at Fuller Theological Seminary (M.A., Theology), and the University of Arizona (M.A. & Ph.D., Philosophy). Before coming back to teach at his alma mater in January, 1994, he taught at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Dr. Taylor received Westmont's Teacher of the Year, Humanities Division, in 1997.

He is married to Jennifer,who serves as the Director of Internships at Westmont. They have three children, two of which are alumnus of Westmont and one is a current student.


Curt Thompson

September 10th, 2012

Curt Thompson

Dr. Thompson received his medical degree from Wright State University and completed his psychiatric residency at Temple University Hospital.  He has been in private practice since 1992 and is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  His special area of interest is in the integration of psychiatry and Christian spirituality. Dr. Thompson is author of Anatomy of the Soul and founder of Being Known. Being Known is an organization seeking to help individuals explore the integral relationship between deep, meaningful connections with God and others (“being known”) and the development of healthier minds, healthier communities and ultimately, a healthier world.


War & Peace

February 22nd, 2013

Duncan MorrowAs part of the Gaede Institute’s three-day conference “War and Peace
as Liberal Arts,” we are very pleased to have Duncan Morrow as our
chapel speaker.  For over two decades Duncan Morrow has been a leader in peacemaking and reconciliation efforts in Northern Ireland.

After receiving his PhD in Politics at the University of Edinburgh, his
early scholarly research included exploring the role of churches and
religion in the Northern Irish conflict. He helped found the
Understanding Conflict Trust, an organization designed to facilitate
dialog around the conflict’s most divisive issues. For nearly ten
years he headed the Community Relations Council, championing the
concept of a shared future between conflicting communities. Dr. Morrow now serves as the Director of Community Engagement and Lecturer in Politics at the University of Ulster (Northern Ireland).


Mike Willbanks

February 11th, 2013

Mike Willbanks Twenty years after his days at Westmont Mike still feels young- until he's meeting with students in the DC and they are asked, "Is this your dad?" He serves on the pastoral staff at Santa Barbara Community Church overseeing young adult and worship ministries. He's an avid fan of Bay Area sports teams, and an even bigger fan of his wife and two boys.




Worship Experience X

April 17th, 2013

Similar to our All Music Chapels in scope and purpose, this Chapel will enrich our musical repertoire. Led by Dr. Michael Shasberger, students will have the opportunity to bring their musical offering to the Lord.