Archive: Chapel Speaker Bios

Academic Convocation

April 20th, 2009

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.

Academic Convocation

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.

 

Neil Anderson

October 2nd, 2009

Neil T. Anderson

Dr. Neil Anderson (EdD, Pepperdine University) is the author of more than twenty books, including the bestselling Victory Over the Darkness and The Bondage Breaker. He is the president of Freedom in Christ Ministries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dan Allender

February 4th, 2009

Dan AllenderDr. Dan B. Allender received his M Div from Westminster Theological Seminary and his PhD in Counseling Psychology from Michigan State University. He taught in the Biblical Counseling department of Grace Theological Seminary for seven years (1983-1989). From 1989-1997 he worked as a professor in the Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling program at Colorado Christian University, Denver, CO. Currently, Dan serves as President and Professor of Counseling at Mars Hill Graduate School in Seattle, WA. A therapist in private practice he is a frequent speaker and conference leader. He and his wife Rebecca are parents to three adult children.

 

 

Bob Bakke

March 21st, 2011

Bob BakkeDr. Bob Bakke is the senior teaching pastor at Bloomington Baptist Church in Bloomington, MN, and executive director of the Global Day of Prayer North America. He formerly served as head of the National Prayer Advance of the Evangelical Free Church of America. He is the author of The Power of Extraordinary Prayer.

 

 

 

 

Dennis Bakke

Wednesday April 2, 2008

Author and CEO of Imagine Schools

Dennis Bakke

Through his best-selling book, Joy at Work: A Revolutionary Approach to Fun on the Job, successful entrepreneur and CEO Dennis Bakke describes a way for business leaders to organize their operations and relate to the workforce that yielded positive results for him at AES, the energy company he co-founded and led until 2002. He graduated from the University of Puget Sound, Harvard Business School and the National War College. As CEO of Imagine Schools, he oversees charter schools in 10 states.

 

Dennis Bakke

Dennis BakkeSuccessful entrepreneur and CEO Dennis Bakke offers business leaders an exciting new way to live their roles as leaders, to organize their business’s operations and relate to the workforce that, in his own experience, reaped extraordinary performance results. To everyone who works for a living, he brings an inspiring message about the potential for experiencing Joy at Work, the title of his New York Times bestseller. In Joy at Work: A Revolutionary Approach to Fun on the Job, Bakke tells the story of his worldwide energy company, AES Corporation, and the innovations that made AES an unconventional global success story. Dennis Bakke is an excellent speaker with an inspiring and thought-provoking message for business leaders and employees alike.

 

Shannon Balram

October 3rd, 2011

Shannon Balram Shannon Balram is starting her second year at Westmont as the Resident Director of Page Hall. She comes from Lee University, where she served as a Upperclassmen Resident Director for four years and earned her M.A. in Theological Studies. While at Lee, Shannon also served as an adjunct professor for New Testament and Old Testament Studies. It was in those introductory courses that Shannon fell in love with first year students, and is what inspired her to continue in Residence Life after Lee University. She has a huge passion for students, and a deep conviction that community living reflects the image of God. That humanity is in need of one another, and in our concrete relationships we can see reflected the Trinitarian life of our dynamic God.

 

David Batstone

Wednesday September 26, 2007

Author and Professor, University of San Francisco

David Batstone

Westmont alumnus David Batstone is president and co-founder of the Not for Sale Campaign and professor of ethics at the University of San Francisco. He began his career guarding Salvadoran pastors and literacy teachers from death squads and traveled around the world investigating the slave trade before writing Not For Sale, his most recent book. He helped found Business 2.0 magazine and established the social venture firm Right Reality. He contributes to USA Weekend edition as America ethics guru.

 

 

Gayle Beebe

Monday August 27, 2007

President, Westmont College

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 a doctorate in philosophy of religion and theology from Claremont Graduate University, an M.B.A. 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.

 

 

Gayle Beebe

Sept. 2nd and Nov. 18th, 2009; Jan. 11th, Feb. 10th, April 21st, 2010

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.

 

 

Pam Beebe

February 27th, 2009

Pam BeebePam Beebe received her Bachelor in Arts in Education from George Fox University and her Masters in Christian Counseling from Western Evangelical Seminary. Besides being a teacher for 8 years, Pam has also worked on two church staff both in children's ministry and as the Director of Life Recovery as well as being deeply involved in bereavement ministry for the past 12 years.

Pam is married to Gayle Beebe, President of Westmont College, and they have three children, Anna (16), Elizabeth (14), and Ricky (10).


 

Pam Beebe

February 29th, 2012

Pam BeebePam Beebe received her Bachelor in Arts in Education from George Fox University and her Masters in Christian Counseling from Western Evangelical Seminary. Besides being a teacher for 8 years, Pam has also worked on two church staff both in children's ministry and as the Director of Life Recovery as well as being deeply involved in bereavement ministry for the past 12 years.

Pam is married to Gayle Beebe, President of Westmont College, and they have three children, Anna (16), Elizabeth (14), and Ricky (10).

 

 

Alistair Begg

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 children.

 

 

Alistair Begg

Pastor, Parkside Church, Bainbridge, Ohio

Alistair Begg

Alistair 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 children.

 

 

Alistair Begg

October 21st and 23rd, 2009

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 children.

 

 

 

Bruce Bickel

March 5th, 2012

Bruce BickelAlthough selected as one of Northern California’s “Super Lawyers,” being an attorney isn’t Bruce Bickel’s passion. It just happens to pay the bills so that he can do the things that he loves. The result is a resume that includes: author, lay pastor, Westmont instructor (1999-2001), director of a social media content portal, co-host of the now defunct cable television series, Christianity 101, and co-host of a radio program that was heard weekly (although weakly) in Central California.

Bruce graduated summa cum laude from the University of Redlands with a degree in Theatre Arts. He had a very short-lived career as a standup comic before settling for law school. Bickel has co-authored more than 40 books about the Christian faith, including I’m Fine With God, It’s Christians I Can’t Stand. He and his wife, Cheryl, chaired the Parents Council while their two children attended Westmont, and Bruce now serves on the Westmont Board of Trustees.

Father Greg Boyle

April 11th, 2011

Father Greg BoyleFr. Gregory Boyle – best known as Fr. Greg by all who meet him -- was born in Los Angeles, one of eight children. After graduating from Loyola High School in Los Angeles in 1972, he decided to become a Jesuit and was ordained a priest in 1984.

He received his BA in English from Gonzaga University; an MA in English from Loyola Marymount University; a Master of Divinity from the Weston School of Theology; and a Sacred Theology Masters degree from the Jesuit School of Theology.

Prior to 1986 Fr. Boyle taught at Loyola High School and worked with Christian Base Communities in Cochabamba, Bolivia. He was appointed as Pastor of Dolores Mission in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles in 1986 where he served through 1992. He then served as Chaplain of the Islas Marias Penal Colony in Mexico and Folsom Prison, before returning to Los Angeles and Dolores Mission.

Homeboy Industries traces its roots to “Jobs For A Future” (JFF), a program created in 1988 by Fr. Greg at Dolores Mission parish. In an effort to address the escalating problems and unmet needs of gang-involved youth, Fr. Greg and the community developed positive alternatives, including establishing an elementary school, a day care program and finding legitimate employment for young people. JFF’s success demonstrated the model followed today that many gang members are eager to leave the dangerous and destructive life on the “streets.”

In 2008 Father Greg celebrated the 20th Anniversary of this important work. Homeboy Industries, now located in downtown Los Angeles, is recognized as the largest gang intervention program in the county, and has become a national model.

Father Greg Boyle

October 26th, 2009

Father Greg BoyleFr. Gregory Boyle – best known as Fr. Greg by all who meet him -- was born in Los Angeles, one of eight children. After graduating from Loyola High School in Los Angeles in 1972, he decided to become a Jesuit and was ordained a priest in 1984.

He received his BA in English from Gonzaga University; an MA in English from Loyola Marymount University; a Master of Divinity from the Weston School of Theology; and a Sacred Theology Masters degree from the Jesuit School of Theology.

Prior to 1986 Fr. Boyle taught at Loyola High School and worked with Christian Base Communities in Cochabamba, Bolivia. He was appointed as Pastor of Dolores Mission in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles in 1986 where he served through 1992. He then served as Chaplain of the Islas Marias Penal Colony in Mexico and Folsom Prison, before returning to Los Angeles and Dolores Mission.

Homeboy Industries traces its roots to “Jobs For A Future” (JFF), a program created in 1988 by Fr. Greg at Dolores Mission parish. In an effort to address the escalating problems and unmet needs of gang-involved youth, Fr. Greg and the community developed positive alternatives, including establishing an elementary school, a day care program and finding legitimate employment for young people. JFF’s success demonstrated the model followed today that many gang members are eager to leave the dangerous and destructive life on the “streets.”

In 2008 Father Greg celebrated the 20th Anniversary of this important work. Homeboy Industries, now located in downtown Los Angeles, is recognized as the largest gang intervention program in the county, and has become a national model.

Father Greg Boyle

Father Greg BoyleRev. Greg Boyle, S.J., a Jesuit priest renowned for his work with at-risk youth in Los Angeles.  Fr. Boyle will describe his work with gang members and others who live in South Central Los Angeles, and how it is guided and strengthened by Jesuit principles. Fr. Boyle, who received an honorary degree from Holy Cross in 1998, has spent much of his life determined to help end gang violence and raise awareness about the causes of gang violence in the U.S. He is the founder and executive director of Jobs for a Future/Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles. His widely-acclaimed organization provides employment, training, counseling and tattoo removal — among other services — for ex-gang members and those at risk of becoming involved in gang culture.

A Los Angeles native, he earned an M. A. from Loyola Marymount University, and the Weston School of Theology, and an S.T.M (Masters of Sacred Theology) from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. From 1986 to 1992 Fr. Boyle was a pastor of Dolores Mission, the poorest church in the Los Angeles Catholic Archdiocese. The parish is home of the largest public housing developments west of the Mississippi and the highest concentration of gang activity in the city of Los Angeles. He is also the subject of the book G-Dog and the Homeboys by Celeste Fremon (University of New Mexico Press, 2004), which tells the story of his successes with his unconventional ministry.

 

Barry Brown

September 19th, 2011

Barry Brown

Barry and his wife Tere live in San Francisco. After 25 years of serving in local churches in NYC and S.F., Barry spends his energy in teaching, mentoring, speaking at retreats, and working with non profits. He served in an interim position in the  Westmont in San Francisco Urban Program. His passions are city living, biking, barbeque, and his adult children (Benson and Liz).  

 

Benji Bruneel

Benji BruneelBenji Bruneel, is the Coordinator of Student Ministries and Missions which provides him with the opportunity to come alongside Westmont students and assist them in their endeavors to bless their neighbors, both near and far. As the advisor to Emmaus Road, Potter’s Clay, Spring Break in the City and Westmont Student Ministries, he gets to work with some of the greatest students on campus. A 2007 graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, Benji has served in a variety of ministry roles in both California and Texas. The most noteworthy thing Benji ever did was to marry Greta.

 

J. Budziszewski

February 18th, 2011

J. BudziszewskiJ. Budziszewski received his Ph.D. from Yale in 1981, and is a professor in the departments of Government and Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. Budziszewski is an ethical and political philosopher. He is also a nationally-known authority on the tradition of Natural Law, which is germane to intelligent design because natural teleology is at heart a design concept.
Much of his work focuses on the repression of moral knowledge -- on what goes wrong when we try to convince ourselves that we don't know what we really do. Another of his interests is the intersection of philosophy with theology. Budziszewski's scholarly books include Evangelicals in the Public Square (2006), What We Can't Not Know: A Guide (2003), The Revenge of Conscience: Politics and the Fall of Man (1999), and Written on the Heart: The Case for Natural Law (1997), which received a Christianity Today book award. Budziszewski's works appear in both scholarly and popular venues, and he has also written several books for young people

 

Viji Cammauf

October 28th, 2009

Viji CammaufViji Nakka Cammauf received her PhD in theology from the Graduate Theological Union (2003), her Masters of Divinity from the American Baptist Seminary of the West (1988), both in Berkeley, California. She received her Masters of Art from Mills College in Oakland, California (1982).She is a member of the Board for Perspectives on World Christian Movement - Northern California, World Christian Fellowship (Asian American Christian group committed to Global Missions) and the William Carey Heritage Foundation (which is dedicated to helping Serampore College in Calcutta India recapture the vision of William Carey in its theological education and training).

Viji organized the Little Flock Childrens' Home in India in 2004 (littleflockhomes.org). She has a dream of building an orphanage dedicated to transforming the lives of orphans, widows, and their communities through the healing, love, hope, and truth of Christ.Her vision is that widows, who have no means of support, can care for the orphans.She has worked with youth for 7 years and 13 years as the Minister of Missions, Adult Education, and Prayer Ministries at First Covenant Church, in Oakland California (1989-2002). Among other responsibilities, she founded and directed the church's school of laity - The Oakland School of Ministry. She is also an adjunct professor at American Baptist Seminary of the West, Fuller Seminary Northern California, and Logos Evangelical Seminary.Viji will develop ISAAC's lay academy and congregational consultation services.

 

Viji Nakka Cammauf

Viji Nakka Cammauf serves as an adjunct professor for The American Baptist Seminary of the West, Fuller Northern CLIFORNIA, AND Logos Evangelical Seminary in El Monte California. She is also the Professor for the Perspectives Study Program in Northern California. Most recently she co-led and taught the India Mayterm Program for Westmont College.

Born in Madras, India, to Hindu parents, she came to Christ as a student at Mills College in California. In the past Dr. Cammauf has served in the college ministry and as minister of missions, adult education and prayer ministries at First covenant Church in Oakland, Calif. She earned a master's of divinity degree from The American Baptist Seminary of the West, and holds a doctorate in Theology and the Arts, from The Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.

Dr. Cammauf serves on the board of The William Carey Heritage Foundation, The Institute for the Study of Asian American Christianity, World Christian Fellowship, Perspectives Northern California, and Little Flock Children’s Homes, Inc.

 

 

Francis Chan

Monday February 11, 2008

Senior Pastor, Cornerstone Community Church, Simi Valley, Calif.

Francis Chan

Francis is one of the most sought-after youth speakers in California. He has spoken to thousands of young people throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia and can be heard on his radio program, Truth Be Known. He has an outrageous sense of humor, a genuine love for Christ and a commitment to teach straight from the Word of God. He graduated from the Master’s College and Seminary.

 

 

 

Francis Chan

February 9th, 2009

Francis ChanFrancis is the pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, where he has been serving for the past 13 years.  He is also the Chancellor of Eternity Bible College and serves on the board of Children’s Hunger Fund and World Impact.
Francis spends much of his time speaking to high school and college students.  His commitment is to teach directly from the words of Scripture.  His passion is to see the next generation of American Christians display a much deeper love for Jesus.
Francis is married to Lisa and they have three daughters and one son.

 

Francis Chan

Monday March 7th, 2011

Senior Pastor, Cornerstone Community Church, Simi Valley, Calif.

March 7th , 2011

Francis Chan

Francis is one of the most sought-after youth speakers in California. He has spoken to thousands of young people throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia and can be heard on his radio program, Truth Be Known. He has an outrageous sense of humor, a genuine love for Christ and a commitment to teach straight from the Word of God. He graduated from the Master’s College and Seminary.

 

 

Francis Chan

March 7th, 2012

Francis Chan

Francis is one of the most sought-after youth speakers in California. He has spoken to thousands of young people throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia and can be heard on his radio program, Truth Be Known. He has an outrageous sense of humor, a genuine love for Christ and a commitment to teach straight from the Word of God. He graduated from the Master’s College and Seminary.

 

 

Alister Chapman

January 27th, 2010

Alister ChapmanDr. Alister Chapman came to Westmont in 2004. He teaches courses in modern European history and the World History survey. Dr. Chapman was born in London and received all his formal education in England. He did his PhD in modern British history at the University of Cambridge. Alister is married to Margaret, and they have three children: Abigail, Lucy, and James.

 

 

Margaret Chapman

November 30th, 2009

Margaret ChapmanMargaret Chapman teaches a women's Bible study in town and has taught Christian Doctrine here at Westmont. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, she went to Columbia University in New York City and then did a masters degree in theology at Cambridge University. She is married to history professor Alister Chapman, and they have three children: Abigail, Lucy, and James.

 

Christian Funeral

November 1st, 2010

In keeping with our fall theme "Christianity: Counter Cultural" Pastor Ben Patterson will share how Christians throughout the ages have viewed the meaning of death and the funeral service.

Class Chapels

September 21st, 2009

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

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

 

 

Shane Claiborne

January 28th, 2009

Shane ClairborneShane Claiborne is one of the founding members of a new Monastic community named the Potter Street Community (formerly The Simple Way) in Philadelphia, PA. Claiborne is also a prominent activist for nonviolence and the redistribution of resources to the poor.

A graduate of EAstern University, where he studied sociology and youth ministry, Claiborne did his final academic work for Eastern University at Wheaton College in Illinois. While at Wheaton, Shane did an internship at Willow Creek Community church. He has done some graduate work at Princeton Theological Seminary, but took a leave of absence, and now is part of The Alternative Seminary in Philadelphia.

 

Christena Cleveland

September 18th, 2009

Christena Cleveland Christena Cleveland joined the Psychology faculty in 2008. She's excited about social psychology but equally passionate about helping people discover their true and powerful identities in Christ. When she's not teaching or conducting research on group motivation, she is jet-setting to exotic locales, listening to people's stories over coffee, going on spiritual retreats, and watching CNN. For the past several years, she has developed friendships with lots of junior high students as a Young Life leader and has served as a lay leader in her local church. Christena believes that the grass is always green right where she is and is delighted by the ways in which Jesus brings life and purpose in the midst of even the most barren seasons. 

 

 

Toya Cooper

Friday February 29, 2008

College Council, Westmont College

Toya Cooper

After majoring in political science at Westmont, Toya Cooper earned a law degree at the College of Law at Willamette University. She clerked in the juvenile section of the Marion County District Attorney’s Office. After her admission to the California State Bar, she worked in the private sector in the Bay Area before returning to work at her alma mater.

 

 

 

Toya Cooper

November 13th, 2009

Toya CooperAfter majoring in political science at Westmont, Toya Cooper earned a law degree at the College of Law at Willamette University. She clerked in the juvenile section of the Marion County District Attorney’s Office. After her admission to the California State Bar, she worked in the private sector in the Bay Area before returning to work at her alma mater.

Toya Cooper

November 18th, 2011

Toya CooperAfter majoring in political science at Westmont, Toya Cooper earned a law degree at the College of Law at Willamette University. She clerked in the juvenile section of the Marion County District Attorney’s Office. After her admission to the California State Bar, she worked in the private sector in the Bay Area before returning to work at her alma mater, Westmont College.

 

Renee Curtis

Friday November 16, 2007

Trustee, Westmont College

Renee Curtis

Renee Curtis has lived in Santa Barbara for 20 years and joined the Westmont board in 1996. She has four children, three grandchildren and has been married to her husband, Bill, for 40 years. Her son Ryan graduated from Westmont in 1996. She is on the Leadership Team at Ocean Hills Covenant Church, where she is involved in women ministry and the speaking team. She believes there should be two G in the alphabet: one for God and one for golf. She pursues them both with passion.

 

 

Angela D'Amour

February 7th, 2010

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 and WAC (Westmont Activities council) 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 the proud parents of their one year old son, Luke. Angela and Brian spend much of their free time adventuring in SB, such as finding new trails and rollerblading down State Street at the crack of dawn. They also enjoy getting to know people from different walks of life.

 

Angela D'Amour

September 28th, 2009

Angela D'Amour

Angela 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 and WAC (Westmont Activities council) 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 have been married for 4 years and they have a little one on the way. Angela and Brian spend much of their free time adventuring in SB, such as finding new trails and rollerblading down State Street at the crack of dawn. They also enjoy getting to know people from different walks of life.

Josh Daneshforooz

October 12th, 2011

Josh Daneshforooz

Born to an Iranian, Muslim father and an American, Christian mother in Las Vegas, Nevada, Josh '08 has a passion for enabling people from different faith traditions to learn about one another and to serve together, not as an attempt to water down his Christian faith but to put it into practice as a peacemaker. Josh is the founder and director of Loving Our Religious Neighbors, an organization that leads multi-faith dialogue campaigns between Christians and Muslims who dialogue with the hands (multi-faith community service), heart (share testimonies) and head (church and mosque visit). He isthe author ofLoving Our Religious Neighbors: How Christians can Bear the Fruit of the Spirit with Conviction in a Pluralistic Culture,which is used as a campaign curriculum to prepare Christian communities theologically for multi-faith friendships. Josh is also the president of All Nations Education, an organization that provides young adults in the developing world with college scholarships and mentorship.During 2010/2011, Josh was a Teaching Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School where he taught public leadership in community organizing and the role of story in social movements. He graduated cum laude from Westmont in 2008 with a major in Philosophy and minors in English and Communication Studies. In 2010, Josh graduated with a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School where he studied comparative religion. To learn more go to www.lovingorn.org and www.allnationseducation.org

Rino Dattilo

February 23rd, 2011

Rino DattiloRino and his wife Brenda have just begun their 20th year as the senior/ lead pastors of South Coast Church in Goleta. They moved to the area with a knowing in their hearts that God had sovereignly call them to restart a church that had “almost” closed many times but finally did in the summer of 1990. The journey has been one of many challenges but great rewards. Rino severs as presbyter of the Central Coast of the Assemblies of God overseeing 19 churches and is the father of three beautiful daughters; Justina 21, Emilia 17, & Micaela 12. He and his wife Brenda have been married 27 years.

 

Marva Dawn

February 24th, 2010

Marva DawnInternationally renowned theologian, author, and educator Dr. Marva J. Dawn serves as Teaching Fellow in Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Under Christians Equipped for Ministry (CEM), she has preached and taught at seminaries, clergy conferences, churches, assemblies, and universities throughout the United States and Canada and in Australia, China and Hong Kong, England, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Madagascar, Mexico, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Norway, Poland, Singapore, and Scotland.

A scholar with four master degrees and a Ph.D. in Christian Ethics and the Scriptures from the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Dawn is also a popular preacher and speaker for people of all ages.

She is the author of numerous articles and over 20 books, several of which have won awards and\or been translated into Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, and other languages.

Marvaand her husband Myron, a retired elementary school teacher,live in southwestern Washington State.

Judy Dean

January 24th, 2011

Judy DeanDr. Judith M. Dean is currently a Lead International Economist in the Research Division, of the Office of Economics, US International Trade Commission, where she specializes in international trade and development research. Her recent work combines these interests with the environment. In a series of empirical studies using Chinese data, she has explored the possibility that trade growth is beneficial for the environment, that foreign investors create pollution havens in poor countries, and, most recently, that foreign investment and production fragmentation may impact the pollution intensity of trade. Other China-related work includes an exploration of the vertical specialization in China's trade. She is also continuing her work on trade restrictions and economic development, with a new focus on the utilization of US trade preferences and their implications for growth and investment. Dr. Dean holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University. Prior to joining the ITC in 2000, she spent many years as Associate Professor of Economics at SAIS, Johns Hopkins University.

 

Departmental Chapels

November 11th, 2009

Join with students in your field of study at the following locations:

Department Location
ART ART CLASSROOM #101
BIOLOGY OBSERVATORY CLASSROOM
CHEMISTRY WHITTIER SCIENCE #204
COMMUNICATION PAGE MPR
ECON & BUSINESS FOUNDERS DINING ROOM
EDUCATION VOSKUYL #108
ENGLISH KERR STUDENT CENTER LOUNGE
HISTORY REYNOLDS #109
KINESIOLOGY DANCE CLASSROOM
LIBERAL STUDIES VOSKUYL #108
MATHEMATICS PORTER CLASSROOM #3
MODERN LANGUAGES REYNOLDS #209
MUSIC DEANE CHAPEL
PHYSICS PHYSICS PORTABLE
POLITICAL SCIENCE MONROE DINING ROOM
PSYCHOLOGY CLARK "A" CLASSROOM
RELIGIOUS STUDIES HEIRONYMOUS LOUNGE
SOCIOLOGY PRAYER CHAPEL
THEATER ARTS PORTER THEATER

 

Scott Derrickson

November 5th, 2010

Scott DerricksonScott Derrickson is a screenwriter, producer, and director. He has written and directed the film "The Exorcism Of Emily Rose", which was based on a true story about Anneliese Michel, a college freshman who was at one point recognized by the Roman Catholic Church for her demonic possession.

He is currently working with Legendary Pictures to direct a big screen adaptation of John Milton's Paradise Lost from a script by Stuart Hazeldine. He is also currently writing and directing the adaptation of "Devil's Knot" by Mara Leveritt for Dimension Films.

Derrickson graduated from Biola University La Mirada, CA with a degree in humanities, a degree in communications, and a degree in theological studies. He earned his masters in film production from USC Film School.

Derrickson got his first break into the film industry directing the fifth installment of the Hellraiser series, Hellraiser: Inferno (2000) and writing the screenplay for Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000).

 

Kevin DeYoung

September 17th, 2010

Kevin DeYoungKevin DeYoung has been the Senior Pastor at University Reformed Church since August 2004. His three main responsibilities include preaching, leadership, and administration.

Kevin was born outside of Chicago in South Holland, Illinois and from third grade on, grew up in Jenison, Michigan. He attended Hope College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Prior to serving at URC, Kevin was the Associate Pastor at First Reformed Church in Orange City, Iowa. Kevin and his lovely wife, Trisha, have four children: Ian, Jacob, Elizabeth and Paul.

Deborah Dunn

January 23rd, 2012

Deborah Dunn  Professor Dunn has taught at Westmont since 1997, and was honored with the Teacher of the Year Award in 2008. She has led four off-campus summer programs studying conflict and reconciliation -- three to Northern Ireland, and one to both South Africa and Ireland.  Published and ongoing research projects include studies of grassroots peacemaking organizations in Northern Ireland, sectarianism in the workplace, constructing virtuous identities in nonprofit organizations, and implications of "accounts" in interaction.  She teaches courses on conflict and reconciliation, organizational communication, persuasion & propaganda, mass communication, group communication and leadership, and postmodern narratives.  One of her great joys is seeing even the squirreliest first year student grow into a capable, wise, and eloquent witness of the Good News of the Gospels.

 

Joni Eareckson-Tada

November 4th, 2009

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.”

 

John Eldredge

March 8th, 2010

John EldredgeJohn Eldredge is the founder and director of Ransomed Heart™ Ministries in Colorado Springs, Colorado, a fellowship devoted to helping people recover and live from their heart. John is the author of numerous books, including EPIC, WAKING THE DEAD, WILD AT HEART, THE JOURNEY OF DESIRE, and coauthor of CAPTIVATING and THE SACRED ROMANCE.

John lives in Colorado with his wife, Stasi, and their three sons, Samuel, Blaine, and Luke. He loves living in the Rocky Mountains so he can pursue his other passions, including fly-fishing, mountain climbing, and exploring the waters of the West in his canoe.

 

Mike Erre

February 5th, 2010

Mike ErreMike Erre is pastor of teaching at ROCKHARBOR Church in Costa Mesa, California. Passionate about finding culturally relevant ways of speaking eternal truth, Mike sets direction for teaching and is the primary teacher for weekend Celebrations.            

Prior to joining the ROCKHARBOR staff, Mike worked at Mariners Church [Irvine, CA] as college pastor and student ministries pastor. He earned a BS in Finance from Miami University in Ohio, and an MA in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics from Talbot University in California. Mike is the proud husband of Justina and father of Nathaniel and Hannah.

 

 

Cathleen Falsani

February 4th, 2011

Cathleen FalsaniCathleen went to Wheaton College and is now an award-winning religion columnist for Religion News Service and Sojourners Magazine in Washington, D.C.  and author of the critically acclaimed The God Factor: Inside the Spiritual Lives of Public People, Sin Boldly: A Field Guide for Grace, The Dude Abides: The Gospel According to the Coen Brothers, and the forthcoming The Thread: Faith, Friendship and Facebook. Cathleen can be found at: http://www.godgrrl.com

 

Richard Allen Farmer

Friday November 2, 2007

Richard Allen Farmer Ministries

Richard Allen Farmer

Richard uses music as a vehicle for inspiring, motivating, challenging and entertaining the people of God. An experienced pastor and college chaplain, he has served as senior pastor of Bethany Baptist Church in Pittsburgh and as dean of the chapel at both Gordon College and Taylor University. He has ministered in 17 countries and in most of the 50 states.

 

 

 

 

Richard Allen Farmer

November 2nd, 2009

Richard Allen FarmerRichard Allen Farmer, born in New York City and having lived there most of his life, now resides in Dallas, Texas with his wife Rosemary and son, Timothy.

Dr. Farmer began piano studies in NYC at age 11 and became a person of faith at age 12. As his faith and musicianship grew, they were blended. Farmer now uses his music as a vehicle for inspiring, motivating, challenging and entertaining diverse audiences around the world.

A graduate of Nyack College where he earned the Bachelor of Music degree (1975) and Princeton Theological Seminary where he earned the Master of Divinity degree (1980), The Reverend Farmer has been awarded the honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by Gordon College in 1986 and the honorary Doctor of Sacred Theology degree by Houghton College in 1999.

An experienced pastor and college chaplain, Dr. Farmer has served as Senior Pastor of the Bethany Baptist Church in Pittsburgh (1980-1988) and as Dean of the Chapel at both Gordon College (1988-1992) and Taylor University (1999-2002).

Dr. Farmer spends most of his time offering inspirational, informational, verbal and musical presentations that clearly demonstrate passion and excellence.

 

Richard Allen Farmer

Richard Allen FarmerRichard Allen Farmer uses music as a vehicle for inspiring, motivating, challenging and entertaining the people of God. An experienced pastor and college chaplain, he has served as senior pastor of Bethany Baptist Church in Pittsburgh and as dean of the chapel at both Gordon College and Taylor University. He has ministered in 17 countries and in most of the 50 states.

 

 

 

 

Ken Fong

Ken FongKenneth Uyeda Fong (D. Min., Fuller Theological Seminary) is senior pastor of Evergreen Baptist Church of Los Angeles, located in Rosemead, California and is a former member of the Board of Trustees of Westmont College.

 

 

 

 

 

Richard Foster

April 3rd, 2009

Richard J. Foster Richard is the founder of RENOVARÉ and author of six books including Celebration of Discipline, PRAYER: Finding the Heart's True Home, and Streams of Living Water which effectively promote personal spiritual renewal. From his base near Denver, Colorado, where he and Carolyn, his wife, live, Richard travels throughout the world, speaking and teaching on the spiritual life.

 

 

 

 

Joan Fredrickson

Friday September 14, 2007

Founder, Honeycomb Bible Series

Joan Fredrickson

Joan Fredrickson has lived in Santa Barbara for more than 40 years. She is well known in the local church community for her many activities, such as teaching Bible Study Fellowship, leading Bible studies, developing and teaching the Honeycomb Bible Series, and speaking at conferences at Forest Home and numerous church retreats. She and her husband, Phil, have four children, 16 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

 

 

 

Luisa Gallagher

April 12th, 2010

Luisa GallagherLuisa is passionate about mentoring and helping people to become more like Jesus.  In her role as the Resident Director in Page Hall Luisa has been surprised and blessed by the great RAs and students she has lived and worked with over the last four years.  

Luisa holds a B.A. in communication studies and a M.A. in educational ministries from Wheaton College.  She has a heart for Christian higher education and since the age of 10 has been either living on, working at, or attending a Christian institution of higher learning.

Her favorite part of her job is getting to connect with students off campus or sharing a meal together.  Luisa enjoys backpacking through the Sierra Nevadas with her sister Sarita, traveling to new countries, and spending time with her new kitten Henri.

Robert Gates

March 2nd, 2012

Robert GatesDr. Robert Gates, who served as a trusted advisor to eight U.S. presidents of both parties, will be the keynote speaker at the seventh annual Westmont President’s Breakfast. After the breakfast, Dr. Gates will join us in Chapel where a panel of Westmont students will field their questions on United States foreign policy and world affairs to the former secretary.

Dr. Gates was secretary of defense under two presidents, Barack Obama and George W. Bush, and through two wars, Iraq and Afghanistan. He is regarded as one of the most respected leaders in recent U.S. history, driving U.S. intelligence and defense policies over the past four-and-a-half decades from the Cold War to today’s ongoing war on terrorism.

Please note that Dr. Gates will not be giving an address in this service. Chapel is free and open to the public, but because of the distinction of our speaker seating might be limited.

 

Jean Geran

October 20th and 22nd, 2010

Jean Geran Jean M. Geran is a member of the Secretary of State's Policy Planning Staff. She joined Policy Planning in February 2006 and is responsible for democracy, human rights, trafficking in persons, women, children, refugees, and international organization issues. Dr. Geran began work at the State Department as an American Association for the Advancement of Science Diplomacy Fellow in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor covering bilateral human rights policy in Asia. She also has served as the Director for Democracy and Human Rights on the National Security Council, as Advisor on United Nations Reform at the State Department and as an Abuse Prevention Officer on USAID's Disaster Assistance Response Team in southern Iraq. She twice has been awarded the State Department's Superior Honor Award for outstanding performance and has extensive professional and academic research experience in developing countries in Southeast Asia, Africa and Central America. Dr. Geran received her B.A. in business administration from Georgetown University (1989), her M.S. in rural development from Michigan State University (1995), and her Ph.D. in development studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2001).

 

Keith and Kristyn Getty

Wednesday February 20, 2008

Irish composers, songwriters and performers

Keith Getty

Keith Getty is an Irish composer whose hymns, such as “In Christ Alone” (co-written with Stuart Townend) are sung in churches worldwide. He has written songs, musicals and compositions expressing the Christian faith in creative ways and has composed or arranged commissions for the record, concert, film and television industries. Kristyn Getty is a contemporary gospel singer who performs solos and leads worship. She has co-written many Christian songs with Keith, including “Higher Throne.”

 

 

Keith and Kristyn Getty

Keith and Kristyn Getty Keith Getty is an Irish composer whose hymns, such as "In Christ Alone" (co-written with Stuart Townsend) are sung in churches throughout the world. He has also written songs, musicals and compositions expressing the Christian faith in creative ways, and composed or arranged countless commissions for the record, concert,film and television industries. Kristyn Getty is a young contemporary gospel singer whose talent has led to both solo performance and leading worship, as well as occasionally diversifying into the worlds of jazz and celtic music. As a songwriter Kristyn has co-written many popular Christian songs with husband Keith including "Higher throne"and is particularly passionate about teaching children the Christian faith though music." Presently, they are based in Chagrin Falls, Ohio and are touring here in the U.S. for 2 years.

 

Dave Gibbons

November 6th, 2009

David GibbonsThe fringe, the misfits, artists, the poor, students, business executives, and community development specialists are the domains Dave intersects with in many of the major cities of the world. He is the CEO of www.yangdang.com, a ground breaking donor engagement platform that streams resources to amazing projects and leaders locally and globally.

Dave serves on the Board of World Vision US and is also the CVO of Xealot, a community development organization that develops movement leaders. He also is the CVO of NewSong Third Culture Alliance (Multi-site communities in Irvine, NOC, Los Angeles, London, Mexico City, Dallas, India, Seoul, and Bangkok) which catalyzes churches and non-profits with multiple forms and styles. Newsong is considered one of the most innovative churches in America.

Dave shares dynamic insights from his leadership development experience with the next generation both in North America and throughout strategic cities of the world specializing in Asia. He regularly consults with corporate executives, artists and strategic leaders from the business, non-profit, arts, entertainment, sports and financial domains.

He is the author of an exciting new book on global, adaptive leadership called, “The Monkey and the Fish: Liquid Leadership for a Third Culture Church”, foreword by Pulitzer Prize writer, Jeff Brazil.

 

Ruben and Holly Seguine ‘93 Gil

Monday September 10, 2007

Local Volunteers and Westmont College Alumna

Holly & Ruben Gil

The Gils have been married for 10 years and have four children. Holly, a Westmont alumna, was an educator for 10 years before her children were born, working with low-income, second-language learners. Reuben is a counselor at Santa Barbara Junior High School. They minister to children and their families through Kids Club, which meets in their eastside home.

 

 

 

Dean Given

January 30th, 2012

Dean GivenDr. Given received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Seminary Graduate School of Psychology and has been in practice as a psychologist in Santa Barbara since 1984.  He is a past-president of the California Psychological Association and the Santa Barbara County Psychological Association, and is past-chairman of the Department of Adolescent/Child Psychiatry at Cottage Hospital, where he is on the Medical Staff.  In addition, he is co-director of Santa Barbara Behavioral Health, a multi-disciplinary, multi-specialty group of eight psychiatrists, six psychologists and Masters level therapists.

 



eresa Goines

October 27th, 2010

Teresa GoinesOld Skool Café is a non profit organization dedicated to helping neighborhood youth avoid gangs, drugs, and crime through mentoring and apprenticeship. It was launched in 2005 by Teresa Goines, a former corrections officer who has worked with gang-affiliated boys and girls for over a decade. Through working with incarcerated youth, Ms. Goines realized filling jails was not solving the root causes driving young people to gangs, crime, and violence. As a result, she conceived of Old Skool Café as a way to teach at-risk kids job and life skills, build within them a sense of responsibility, and pave their way out of poverty and hopelessness. Addressing the fact the fact that high crime rates go hand in hand with unemployment, Old Skool Café draws youth from all over San Francisco and engages them in learning experiences which give them solid, realistic alternatives to lives of crime and poverty. Today, 100% of those young people are attending school full-time, have increased their GPA over 3.0, and are preparing for college. The  Old Skool Café continues to expand and hopes to move into the old 1912 Portrero Hill police station as a permanent home. The vision is to turn the abandoned police station into a 1940s style fine-dining restaurant complete with live, youth-presented entertainment and a menu hand-crafted by the same young people that have been mentored through Old Skool Café’s apprenticeship program.

Betsy Gray

April 1st, 2009

Betsy GrayBetsy Gray is the current Executive Director of Life Network, Inc. now doing-business-as Network Medical Pregnancy Resource Center. A native of California, she has a passion for Jesus Christ and the unborn. She has two children, both alums of Westmont College.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrea Gurney

January 22nd, 2010

Andrea GurneyDr. Gurney earned her Ph.D. at Northeastern University. She spent three years training at Harvard Medical School in individual, child/adolescent, and couples and family therapy before moving to Santa Barbara. She teaches part-time at Westmont, while she devotes the rest of her time to her clinical psychology practice in the community. Her research interests focus on resiliency in children and families. She joined the faculty in 2005.

 

 

 

 

David Guzik

December 5th, 2011

David Guzik

Pastor and Bible teacher, David Guzik is the senior pastor at Calvary Chapel, Santa Barbara. He is married to Inga-Lill, and has three adult children. David founded and pastored Calvary Chapel Simi Valley for fourteen years. He has been in pastoral ministry since 1982. David holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has written several books and commentaries that are available at enduringword.com.

For the past seven years, David and Inga-Lill have been missionaries in Siegen, Germany, directing the Calvary Chapel Bible College there. Having finished their work in Germany, they accepted the call to pastor Calvary Chapel Santa Barbara in the spring, 2010.

 

Walter Hansen

September 11th, 2009

 

Walter HansenDr. Walter Hansen joined the Westmont College Board of Trustees in May 2002. He and his wife, Darlene, had previously served on the Parents Council in the 19990's when their sons, Nathaniel ('94) and Jonathan ('96) were students. Walter received a Bachelor of Arts from Wheaton College in 1968, a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 1972 and a Doctor of Theology from the University of Toronto in 1985. He was Professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary (1995-2005), and has authored numerous books and articles on Paul's writings. He serves as a trustee of the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission, is a member of the Westmont Art Council, and is also the President of Rivendell Stewards’ Trust, a foundation that gives grants for seminary education and microfinance work in Africa and Asia. Previously, he had pastored The Chapel in Cleveland, Ohio and taught at Trinity Theological College in Singapore before moving to Santa Barbara. The Hansens enjoy sailing, horseback riding, and ballroom dancing. They have been married for 42 years and are members and he frequently preaches at All Saints by the Sea Episcopal Church here in Montecito.

 

 

Kevin Harney

Kevin G. HarneyKevin G. Harney is the Teaching Pastor and Evangelism Champion at Faith Church in Dyer, Indiana and Central Wesleyan Church in Holland, MI. He is also on the Teaching Team of the campus ministry at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. Harney is the author of several books.

 

 

 

Frank Harrison

April 16th, 2012

Frank Harrison

Frank Harrison has been the Chief Executive Officer Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated since May 1994. Mr. Harrison was first employed by Coca Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated in 1977 and served as a Division Sales Manager and as its Vice President. Mr. Harrison has been Chairman of the Board of Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated since December 1996. The company operates in 11 states and had net sales in 2009 of nearly $1.5 billion. Its stated purpose is "To honor God in all we do, to serve others, to pursue excellence, to grow profitably".

 

 

 

Jack Hayford

Friday December 7, 2007

Founding Pastor, Church on the Way, Van Nuys, Calif.

Jack Hayford

Jack Hayford is president of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. He is an internationally recognized scholar and teacher and serves as chancellor of the King College and Seminary. He is also the founding pastor of Church on the Way in Van Nuys, Calif. A prolific author and composer who has written more than three dozen books and 600 hymns and choruses, he has served as president of LIFE Bible College and on various interdenominational committees and councils.

 

 

Father Jon-Stephen Hedges

December 7th, 2011

Father Jon-Stephen HedgesServing and ministering to the people of Isla Vista and UCSB since the late 1960’s, Fr. Jon-Stephen Hedges is the Campus and Community Pastor at St. Athanasius Orthodox Church. He also serves as a volunteer Chaplain with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, UCSB Police and County EMS. A Board Certified Crisis Chaplain and Certified Trauma Responder (CTR) Father Jon has collaborated and consulted with several Santa Barbara County agencies on crisis, trauma and disaster issues. He also identifies with the day-to-day disaster experienced by our homeless neighbors and has worked with the St. Brigid Fellowship, Doctors Without Walls and many other collaborations to encourage his friends on the streets.

 

Gregg Helvey

October 18th, 2010

Gregg Helvey2010 Oscar® nominee and Student Academy Award® Winner, Gregg Helvey, has traveled the world to film in countries such as El Salvador, China, Kenya and England on projects ranging from National Geographic and BBC1 documentaries to independent fictional films. As a filmmaker, Helvey seeks to combine his passion for social justice with powerful story telling.

Helvey wrote, directed and produced "Kavi," the 2010 Oscar®nominated and 2009 Student Academy Award® gold medal winner in the narrative category. "Kavi" was filmed entirely on location in India and tells the story of a young boy who wants to play cricket and go to school, but instead he is forced to work in a brick kiln as a modern-day slave. Kavi must either accept what he's always been told, or fight for a different life even if he's unsure of the ultimate outcome. More information is available at www.KaviTheMovie.com

Helvey's other award-winning work includes the documentary, "Overexposed," which examines how pornography affects men. Dr. Drew, Adam Carolla and other cultural pundits comment on the issue as the cameras follow two men trying to navigate the rocky road of love, sex and intimacy in the age of virtual fantasies. More information is available at www.OverexposedTheMovie.com

Helvey received his M.F.A in film production from the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts, and his B.A.s in English and French from the University of Virginia.

Joanne Herdrich

February 8th, 2010

Joanne Herdich

Joanne Herdrich received her Bachelors in Psychology from California State University Long Beach and her Masters in Practical Theology from Talbot Theological Seminary.  Joanne worked as the National Director of Press and Public Relations for "Chosen Women," a stadium revival ministry.  She has also served as Coordinator for Mothers of Preschoolers and is active in leading women's bible studies at her local church.

Joanne is married to Brian Herdrich and they have two children, Jessica (10), and Chloe (7).

 

Jane Higa

September 14th, 2009

Jane HigaAs Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students, Jane Hideko Higa oversees all of the Student Life programs and personnel at Westmont College. She has held several leadership roles in the student development profession: chair for the Commission of Chief Student Development Officers for the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), member of the Racial Harmony Commission for the CCCU, and Vice President and President Elect for the Association of Christians in Student Development (ACSD). She has either chaired or served as a member of various audits and program reviews in Christian Colleges across the nation. She has also servedas a member of an accreditation sitevisit under the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Jane was the Dean for Student Affairs at Biola University in La Mirada, CA, for seven years and was the Dean of Women in the 1980’s for two years. Previously she worked at the University of Southern California (USC) as Associate Director of Residential Life and Director of Resident Student Development. Thirty years ago, she began her career in higher education as Head Resident at USC. A graduate of Westmont College and a recipient of the prestigious Kenneth M. Monroe Award, Dean Higa earned a Master of Science in Education with a major in College Student Personnel Services from USC. Jane’s son and daughter, are both graduates of Westmont College.

Jane Higa

September 5th, 2011

Jane HigaAs Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students, Jane Hideko Higa oversees all of the Student Life programs and personnel at Westmont College. She has held several leadership roles in the student development profession: chair for the Commission of Chief Student Development Officers for the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), member of the Racial Harmony Commission for the CCCU, and Vice President and President Elect for the Association of Christians in Student Development (ACSD). She has either chaired or served as a member of various audits and program reviews in Christian Colleges across the nation. She has also servedas a member of an accreditation sitevisit under the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Jane was the Dean for Student Affairs at Biola University in La Mirada, CA, for seven years and was the Dean of Women in the 1980’s for two years. Previously she worked at the University of Southern California (USC) as Associate Director of Residential Life and Director of Resident Student Development. Thirty years ago, she began her career in higher education as Head Resident at USC. A graduate of Westmont College and a recipient of the prestigious Kenneth M. Monroe Award, Dean Higa earned a Master of Science in Education with a major in College Student Personnel Services from USC. Jane’s son and daughter, are both graduates of Westmont College.

 

Wesley Hill

November 28th, 2011

Wesley Hill"Gay," "Christian," and "celibate" don't often appear in the same sentence. Yet many who sit next to us in the pew at church fit that description, says Wesley Hill, author of Washed and Waiting (Zondervan). As a celibate gay Christian, Hill knows what it is like to wrestle firsthand with God's "No" to same-sex relationships. What does it mean for gay Christians to live faithful to God while struggling with the challenge of their homosexuality? What is God's will for believers who experience same-sex desires? Those who choose celibacy are often left to deal with loneliness and the hunger for relationships. How can gay Christians experience God's favor and blessing in the midst of a struggle that for many brings a crippling sense of shame and guilt? He advocates neither unqualified "healing" for those who struggle, nor their accommodation to temptation, but rather faithfulness in the midst of brokenness.

Hill graduated from Wheaton College, has an MA in Theology and Religion from Durham University, U.K., where he is currently working toward a Ph.D. in New Testament.

 

Carol Houston

Monday February 4, 2008

Pastor/Teacher, Bethel Unspeakable Joy Christian Fellowship, Watts, Calif. Trustee, Westmont College

Carol Houston

Carol Houston has been involved in the administration of many businesses (including her family’s firm) and has managed the business affairs of several Christian physicians and singing artists. In 1993 she formed Unspeakable Joy Christian Fellowship Church, which later merged with Bethel United Holy Church. She serves as senior pastor and teacher of this congregation. She joined the Westmont board in 1997.

 

 

Carol Houston

Carol HoustonPastor Carol ministers in the Watts community of Los Angeles. She serves as senior pastor at Bethel Unspeakable Joy Church with a passion for winning souls and empowering disciples in the Kingdom of God.

Pastor Carol received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Denver. Her postgraduate studies include Health Education, Recreation, Gerontology, Education Administration, and Speech Communication. She studied Missiology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. Pastor Carol serves as a trustee of Westmont College and Helping Hands, Inc. in Garden Grove, CA.

Pastor Carol has served in various areas of ministry and taught in secondary schools. She has traveled extensively throughout the world sharing the love of Christ. Her life commitment is to win souls to God through Jesus Christ, empower disciples of Jesus, and send them to do likewise.

 

Carol Houston

April 9th, 2010

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.

Tracy Howe

Tracy HoweTracy Howe, is sponsored by Westmont in San Francisco Urban. She is the visionary and lead artist of the musical cooperative “Restoration Village” (restorationvillage.com) , was born in Boulder, CO and now lives in the small mountain town of Woodland Park, CO. She loves backpacking and Colorado winters. She was classically trained on the piano and started composing music and writing stories by the age of 12. Her favorite authors are Thomas Merton, JR Tolkein, CS Lewis, Henri Nouwen, and Madeleine L’Engle. She listens to all types of music and seeks out interesting indie artists. After graduating from Colorado College in 2000, having studied comparative religion and music composition, she spent a year traveling with a missions organization through the Southwest United States, Peru and Bolivia. Since then her dreams of seeing people, communities and nations restored and reconciled to a loving Creator and Father have only grown. She believes that relationship is the primary catalyst for restoration and justice.

Tracy enjoys playing smaller venues where relationships can occur. She has played hundreds of “house concerts” to small groups on several continents, more than 100 university concerts in 40 states. She has also provided concerts and worship leading in prisons, drug rehab centers, inner city shelters in the US and throughout Latin America and the world. She was most recently was the lead worship leader/vocalist for Brian McLaren’s “Everything Must Change” tour. Her recent album “Songs for a Revolution of Hope” comes from a collaboration with McLaren prior to the tour in 2008. Tracy is also beginning her Ph.D. study in Peace making. She has a Great Dane, taught herself Portuguese and likes espresso.

In addition to today’s Chapel, Tracy will be offering a concert representing Westmont in San Francisco tonight in Page Hall Lounge. There is no charge for the concert and you can hear from students who have completed the SF Urban Program last year.

 

Felix Huang

April 13th, 2011

Felix Huang

Felix Huang is a senior here at Westmont College majoring in Communication Studies and minoring in Religious Studies and Economics & Business. He loves Westmont, and desires for a vibrant culture of prayer to develop and thrive among the student body and faculty/staff alike. The son of Taiwanese immigrants who came to the United States three decades ago, Felix is passionate about ecumenical and intercultural dialogue, and longs to see the fulfillment of the eschatological vision of saints from every tribe, tongue, and nation worshiping the Lamb.

 

 

Greg Hughes

greg2.jpgGreg Hughes is Pastor/Head of Staff of Malibu Presbyterian Church. Last October he was interviewed on every major TV network as the pastor who lost his building but not his church, as a result of the fires in Malibu that destroyed the church’s sanctuary, offices, and preschool. He is also a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, and is currently working on his Doctorate of Ministry degree at Beeson Divinity School, Stanford University. Greg is a husband and proud father of five, three who live at home with him and his wife, and two that are at home with the Lord.

 

 

Rick Ifland

January 18th, 2012

Rick IflandRick Ifland has been a self-employed entrepreneur since his junior year at Westmont and has spent the past thirty years developing people, improving productivity and promoting
quality on a worldwide basis with his experience in business development and executive management. He is a member of the Westmont Board of Trustees where he chairs the Strategic Planning Committee. He also serves as the Chairman of the Bright Hope For Tomorrow Building Campaign.

Rick holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Business from Westmont, an MBA from the
University of Kentucky, a Master’s degree in International Law from Oxford University and a
Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) for leading efforts to help non-literate, rural poor women
participate in the historic elections in Afghanistan and Iraq and prevent the spread of HIV/
AIDS throughout Africa. Rick and his wife, Neile, met at Westmont and have been married
for 29 years. They are members of Southland Christian Church in Lexington, KY. Their
daughter and oldest son, and their spouses, are Westmont graduates. Their youngest son is
a senior in High School.

 

Jon Ireland

December 6th, 2010

Jon IrelandDr. Jon Ireland is the founding and Lead Pastor of Ocean Hills Covenant Church in downtown Santa Barbara. He has been married to his best friend Nathalie for 27 years and they have a 17 year old daughter who really wants to go to Westmont next year. He never ever got straight A's in school, has always driven a convertible, and his favorite book is "The Same Kind Of Different As Me."  Jon has a love for adventure - he ran with the bulls in Pamplona, climbed the Matterhorn in Switzerland (not Disneyland), and hitch hiked across America.
But most of all, his passion is living a fully surrendered life following Jesus, mentoring next generation leaders, and taking guys on road trips to places they have never been before - geographically, relationally, physically, and spiritually.

 

Walter Isaacson

February 6th, 2009

Walter Isaacson Walter Isaacson is president of the Aspen Institute and former chairman and CEO of CNN and editor of Time magazine. An acclaimed author, he has written biographies of Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin and Henry Kissinger. Isaacson graduated from both Harvard and Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

Governor Kathleen Blanco appointed Isaacson to be the vice-chairman of the Louisiana Recovery Authority after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. In December 2007, President George W. Bush appointed him to be the chairman of the U.S.-Palestinian Partnership, a government and private sector effort to provide economic and educational opportunities for the Palestinian people. He is the leader of the U.S. Delegation of the U.S.-Vietnam Dialogue Group on Agent Orange/Dioxin, and the chairman of the board of Teach for America. He is on the boards of United Airlines, Tulane University and Science Service. He is on advisory councils of the National Institutes of Health, the National Constitution Center and the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C.

 

Don Johnson

Wednesday September 5, 2007

Senior Pastor, Montecito Covenant Church

Don Johnson

Don Johnson serves as senior pastor at Montecito Covenant Church. He and his wife, Martha Ensign Johnson, a professional printmaker, have three grown children. Don and Martha have traveled regularly to southern France since a sabbatical leave in 2000, when Don began studying sacred space as seen in Romanesque architecture. His hobbies include coffee, walking, listening to eclectic music and blogging (www.jibstay.blogspot.com).

 

 

 

Reed Jolley

Reed JolleyFor the past 29 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."

 

 

 

 

 

Reed Jolley

January 27th, 2012

Reed Jolley

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."

 

 

 

 

 

Chiraphone Khamphouvong

September 30th, 2011

Chiraphone KhamphouvongChiraphone is the Director for the Office of World Missions at Azusa Pactific University. A Lao native, Chiraphone escaped with her family of twelve to a Thailand refugee camp before immigrating to the U.S. in 1982.

Chiraphone earned a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies and minored in Leadership Development, Culture, and Religion at Azusa Pacific University (APU). She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in South Africa with the Zulu people from 1998-2000 as an Education and Community Resource Worker. Upon returning from South Africa, Chiraphone became the Residence Director of Global Village, an international and multicultural living area at APU. In May 2003, she obtained a Master of Arts in Human and Organizational Development from APU’s School of Business and Management and became a Peace Corps recruiter through the Los Angeles Regional Office. Chiraphone is passionate about people, holistic sustainable development, and strives for excellence as a life-long learner and educator across the globe.

Ken & Kim Kihlstrom

February 15th, 2012

Ken KihlstromKim Kihlstrom

 

Husband and wife, Professor of Physics, Dr. Ken Kihlstrom and Professor of Computer Science, Dr. Kim Kihlstrom bring a unique perspective on the scriptures as they lead us in exploring the text of 1 Corinthians 13.

 

James Kinzler

March 2nd, 2009

James KinzlerJames Kinzler is the lead pastor at Coast Community Church of the Nazarene here in Santa Barbara where he has served for all eleven of his years in full-time ministry.  His passion is to equip and empower the people of God to carry out the Church's mission to make disciples.  Along with his role as a local church pastor, James has been a speaker at camps and retreats and has served on various boards and committees.  James and his wife Kyla have been married for 15 years and have two great kids, Cady (7), and Thomas (5).  James enjoys making time for playing basketball, snow boarding, reading and spending time with family and friends.  James is a graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University and Nazarene Theological Seminary.  

 

Mark Kirchgestner

Mark KirchgestnerMark Kirchgestner, International Justice Mission - California Director of Church Mobilization
After growing up in Orange County, CA and beginning to follow Jesus as a high school student, Mark transferred into Westmont College in 1987. He graduated in 1990, married Lisa (also class of '90), and together they moved to San Francisco. For 18 years they have lived and ministered in that city and now have two kids in high school. Mark was first introduced to San Francisco through the Westmont in San Francisco program. He served as a Young Life Area Director for 8 years and a Pastor at Golden Gate Community Church for another 8 years. In his current position with IJM Mark is responsible to raise awareness concerning God's heart for justice and to equip the church throughout California for action, advocacy and prayer on behalf of those suffering from violent oppression. His highlight of 2008 was to visit IJM's work in India in order to meet with and assist in the rehabilitation efforts of several recently rescued former slaves.

 

Peter Kreeft

January 30th, 2009

Dr. Kreeft on the deckPeter Kreeft, Ph.D., is a professor of philosophy at Boston College and at the King's College (Empire State Building), in New York City. He is a regular contributor to several Christian publications, is in wide demand as a speaker at conferences, and is the author of over 45 books including:Handbook of Christian Apologetics, Christianity for Modern Pagans, and Fundamental of the Faith.



 

 

Cheri Larsen-Hoeckley

January 28th, 2011

Cheri Larsen-HoeckleyCheri Larsen Hoeckley arrived at Westmont in 1997, and she found a home here, teaching, enjoying great company, and continuing to learn with this community of believers. Her favorite venues for gathering with students and colleagues outside the classroom include Tuesdays with Morals and Mesa Hispana. She has also been known to organize marathon readings of novels in Reynolds Hall. Because she is convinced that traveling with students offers teachable moments beyond what we find in the classroom, she has twice led Westmont’s Europe Semester and also the Sri Lanka Mayterm. In 2006, she and her husband Dr. Chris Hoeckley led England Semester.

 

Marilyn Laszlo

Wednesday October 17, 2007

Founder, Laszlo Mission League

Marilyn Laszlo

Marilyn Laszlo spent 25 years in Hauna, Papua New Guinea, with Wycliffe Bible Translators, creating an alphabet for an unwritten language, translating the Bible and teaching people to read and write. She speaks frequently, sharing her story as well as the work of Wycliffe. A graduate of Bryan College in Tennessee, she studied linguistics at the University of Oklahoma. Her video, ‚úReturn to Hauna,‚ù won the Angel Award in 1999.

 

 

 

Maurice Lee

February 6th, 2012

Maurice LeeMaurice Lee came to Westmont in 2008. He teaches Christian Doctrine and upper-division theology courses. His research includes dabbling in the conversations between Christian theology and the natural sciences, and exploring medieval and contemporary theologies of the Holy Spirit.

Maurice received a B.S. in mathematics from Wheaton College, an M.S. in computation and neural systems from the California Institute of Technology, an M.A. in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in religious studies (theology) from Yale University. Before coming to Westmont, he did postdoctoral research in theology and evolution at Harvard University. He is the husband of one wife (Beth), father of one daughter (Ravinia), and servant of one slightly insane cat (Crate).

 

Dennis Leon

Dennis LeonDennis was born in Costa Rica. The youngest of six children with a single mom, he was the only one of his hometown friends to go to high school, but he was so eager to learn that he worked weekends and vacations to pay for his education. He became so proficient in English that when he graduated, he was hired as a tour guide for Gray Line Fantasy Tours Costa Rica.

Excelling in sports, Dennis made the Costa Rica National Surf Team for three consecutive years, and was awarded as the “Best Latin American Surfer of 2000” at the Quick Silver International WQS (world qualifying series) event. It was this accomplishment that got him his USA Visa.

Dennis came to California in 2001, to represent Costa Rica at the “US OPEN” in Huntington Beach, and with the dream of going back and start his own surf camp in Costa Rica. However God had a better plan for him, he married his beautiful wife Kyle Leon (yes I know she has a boy’s name) (a Westmont Alumni) in 2002, and in 2003 he re-started the Christian surfers Santa Barbara Chapter and now he is the Pastor of the Pura Vida Church in Santa Barbara.

For more info about Dennis and his Ministry go to:

www.puravidachurch.blogspot.com

 

Dennis Leon

Friday February 22, 2008

Pastor, Pura Vida Church, Santa Barbara

Dennis Leon

Born in Costa Rica, Dennis Leon is the youngest of six children. He grew up in Esterillos Oeste, a small beach town with only one church and five bars. Excelling in sports, he made the Costa Rica National Surf Team for three consecutive years and was recognized as the Best Latin American Surfer of 2000. He came to California in 2001 for a surfing competition and stayed. In 2003, he revived the Santa Barbara chapter of Christian Surfers. His wife, Kyle Schmidt Leon ’05, is a Westmont alumna.

 

 

Jamey & Cindy Lewis

October 16th, 2009

Jamey and Cindy LewisJamey and Cindy Lewis are 1984 Westmont graduates who have lived and worked in Indonesia for the past 19 years. They are committed to living authentic lives of vibrant faith in Jesus alongside their Muslim neighbors and friends. They have numerous opportunities to help the poor and to train and coach others who are living cross-culturally.

 

 

Leslie Leyland-Fields

October 24th, 2011

Leslie Leyland FieldsLeslie Leyland Fields is the author of 8 books, including Surviving the Island of Grace: Life on the Wild Edge of America  and The Spirit of Food: 34 Writers on Feasting and Fasting Toward God. Her essays have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Belief.net, Orion, The Christian Science Monitor and many others. She writes regularly for Christianity Today, and is a frequent guest on radio stations across the country on matters of faith, art, wilderness, family, and food. Recently she won the William Wilberforce Award in a televised Hollywood ceremony, for presenting a Christian perspective on the ethical treatment of animals. Leslie lives in Kodiak, Alaska with her husband and six children, who all work together every summer in commercial salmon fishing off a remote island. 

 

Jamie Lisea

Jamie LiseaJamie Lisea is an alum of Westmont (’88) and has spent the last 20 years in the ministry of Young Life, with her husband Scott, who is the director of the Gold Coast and Central California Region.  Over the years, their ministry has lead them into work with high school students of diverse types and backgrounds, including kids with disabilities, military kids whose families are stationed abroad, national kids in Asia, as well as current, mainstream teens here in the U.S.  In recent years, Jamie’s focus has been on training and mentoring college students and young adults in the community to come alongside teens with the message of God’s love for them, while continuing to host and encourage Young Life “clubs.”  The Lisea’s currently live in Santa Barbara, with their three sons.

 

Alice Longman

February 24th, 2012

Alice LongmanAlice has been married for 38 years to Tremper Longman professor of Religious Studies at Westmont. They have three sons, 34, 32 and 29 years old. Two of their children are married and they have two grandchildren. Before moving to Santa Barbara in 1998 they lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Over the years Alice has worked as a Recreation Therapist, developing programs in several retirement homes in the Philadelphia area while a student in college and before having children. As a full time mother she was very involved in the life of the church and the community at large. She has run pre-school church programs organized and taught Bible Studies and women’s programs and directed educational programs at church. She and her husband have spoken  together at Marriage Seminars. In addition she worked for Hospice in Philadelphia, participated in Habitat for Humanity programs in inner cities and mentored and led bible studies for high school girls before coming to Santa Barbara.

 Alice has just has retired from Santa Barbara County Education having worked for the last twelve years. She also is a California Master Gardener who has developed a Horticultural Therapy Program for Alzheimers/Dementia patients in a local facility. She especially has a heart for parents of adopted children with special needs and families who are caring for parents with dementia.

 

Tremper Longman III

March 7th, 2011 Tremper Longman III

Dr. Tremper Longman III is the Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies at Westmont College.  He earned a B.A. in Religion at Ohio Wesleyan University, an M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in ancient Near Eastern studies from Yale University.  Tremper has authored or co-authored twenty books and written numerous articles.  A number of these works are interdisciplinary.  His Literary Approaches to Biblical Interpretation (Zondervan, 1987); Complete Literary Guide to the Bible (contributor and co-editor along with Leland Ryken; Zondervan, 1993) and numerous articles approach the study of the Bible through literary criticism.  He also co-authors books with the psychologist Dan Allender: Bold Love (NavPress, 1991); Cry of the Soul (NavPress, 1994), Intimate Allies (Tyndale House Publishers, 1995), Bold Purpose (Tyndale House Publishers, 1997), a church curriculum called The Intimate Mystery of Marriage (InterVarsity Press, 2005), and most recently Breaking the Idols of Your Heart: How to Navigate the Temptations of Life (IVP, 2007).  His interest in history and historiography is expressed in A Biblical History of Israel (co-authored with Iain Provan and Phil Long; Westminster John Knox, 2003). He has also written commentaries on Song of Songs (Eerdmans), Ecclesiastes (Eerdmans), Daniel (Zondervan),and Nahum (Baker).  A commentary on Jeremiah and Lamentations is forthcoming with Hendriksen Press.  For InterVarsity Press, he has produced three books: How to Read Psalms, How to Read Proverbs, and How to Read Genesis.  In addition, he is one of the main translators of the popular New Living Translation and has served as a consultant on other popular translations of the Bible including the Message, the New Century Version, and the Holman Standard Bible.  Tremper and Alice have three sons.  Tremper IV is married to Jill and works in Hartford.  They have a daughter, Gabrielle.  Timothy is an antitrust lawyer working for Howrey Simon in Washington D.C.  Andrew is a management associate for Bank of America in Malibu, California.  For fun, Tremper watches movies to relax and for exercise, he plays squash.

 

Bryan Loritts

January 13th, 2012

Bryan LorittsBryan is the Lead Pastor of Fellowship Memphis Church, a multicultural church ministering to the urban Memphis community.  Bryan has a Master’s Degree in Theology and is currently working on his PhD.  In addition to serving the community of Memphis, Bryan’s ministry takes him across the country as he speaks to thousands annually at churches, conferences, and retreats.  He wrote God on Paper and was a contributing author for a book entitled Great Preaching.  Bryan is married to Korie, and is the father of three sons: Quentin, Myles, and Jaden.  You can follow Bryan on twitter: @bcloritts.

Cliff Lundberg

Monday March 3, 2008

Executive Vice President, Westmont College

Cliff Lundberg

Cliff Lundberg became executive vice president at Westmont in 2002 after serving on the board of trustees for nine years and chairing the college’s last capital campaign. He also belonged to the Board of Advisors. A Westmont graduate, he earned an M.B.A. and professional designation in contract management from UCLA. Previously, he was CEO of General Offshore Corp., a multinational telecommunications company and the world’s largest installer of fiber optic cables in shallow water.

 

 

Cliff Lundberg

Cliff Lundberg Cliff Lundberg is executive vice president of Westmont College.  He holds an MBA and a professional designation in contract management from UCLA and a BA in Economics and Business from Westmont.  Cliff was a member of Westmont’s board of trustees from 1993-2002, serving as chair of the development committee and chairing the successful "Embracing the Past, Ensuring the Future" capital campaign.  He has also served as a member of the college’s board of advisors.

He was previously CEO of General Offshore Corporation, a multinational telecommunications company and the world’s largest shallow water installer of fiber optic cables.

He has chaired the board of the Kennedy Institute in Washington, DC and served on the boards of the National Kidney Foundation and Parca, a Bay Area organization dedicated to serving the disabled.  Cliff is currently on the boards of Sports Outreach Institute, Young Life - Gold Coast Region and Alliance for Christian Education.

 

Frederica Matthews-Green

Monday March 31, 2008

Author and Columnist

Frederica Mathewes-Green

Frederica 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 Beliefnet.com. She has published eight books and more than 600 articles. She speaks frequently, especially at college campuses such as Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Wellesley, Cornell, Baylor and Westmont.

 

 

Frederica Mathewes-Green

Federica Mathewes-Green Frederica Mathewes-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, First Things, Books & Culture, Sojourners, Touchstone, and the Wall Street Journal. She is a regular columnist for the multi faith web magazine Beliefnet.com, and she writes movie reviews for National Review Online and Christianity Today Movies. 

 She has published 8 books, including Facing East: A Pilgrim’s Journey into the Mysteries of Orthodoxy (HarperCollins, 1997) and The Illumined Heart: The Ancient Christian Path of Transformation (Paraclete, 2001). In the past, her commentaries have been heard on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition. Her essays were selected for Best Christian Writing in 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2006, and Best Spiritual Writing in 1998 and 2007. She has published over 600 articles.

She has also appeared as a speaker over 400 times, at places like Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Wellesley, Cornell, Calvin, Baylor, and Westmont; at the Smithsonian Institute, the Aspen Institute, Washington National Cathedral, the Los Angeles Times Book Festival, the American Academy of Religion, the Veritas Forum, the Family Research Council, and the National Right to Life Committee.

She has been interviewed on Prime Time Live, the Diane Rehm Show, the 700 Club, PBS, CNN, NBC, Fox News, and by Time, Newsweek, the New Republic, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the New York Times.

She lives with her husband, the Rev. Gregory Mathewes-Green, in Baltimore, MD, where he is pastor and she is “Khouria” (“Mother”) of the church they founded, Holy Cross Orthodox Church. Their three children are grown and married, and they have 9 grandchildren. Since 1997, Frederica has been recording books for the blind with the Radio Reading Network of Maryland.

 

Frederica Mathewes-Green

February 22nd, 2010

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 Beliefnet.com. She has published eight books and more than 600 articles. She speaks frequently, especially at college campuses such as Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Wellesley, Cornell, Baylor and Westmont.

 

 

 

Mark McCormick

April 21st, 2010

Mark McCormickMark McCormick, more commonly known as Mark “the RD”, graduated with his B.A. in psychology from Westmont and later completed his Masters in Marriage and Family Counseling at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is currently finishing his 21st, and last, year at Westmont as Resident Director of Clark Halls. He and his wife, Nora, raised their two daughters within the walls of their Clark Cottage. Aside from the duties his title automatically attributes, Mark has touched the lives of thousands of Westmont students through his devotion and servant’s heart. Rarely seen without a Coffee Bean cup in hand, Mark has used his unique ministry as an opportunity to mentor, counsel, befriend and truly inspire all his RA’s and residents.

Adam McHugh

April 18th, 2012

Adam McHugh

Adam S. McHugh is an author, ordained Presbyterian minister, spiritual director, chaplain, speaker, and retreat leader. He is the author of Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture (InterVarsity Press, 2009).
Adam has a wide variety of ministry experience, including stints at Trinity United Presbyterian Church in Santa Ana, CA, and Irvine Presbyterian Church in Irvine, CA. He served for 3 years on the staff of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at the Claremont Colleges, as well as for 2 years as a hospice chaplain with Vitas Hospice in Covina, CA. Adam received his spiritual direction certification through the Spirituality Center of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
Adam has been published in The Christian Century, The Washington Post, RELEVANT Magazine, Jesus Creed, Ministry Today, Patheos, and the Ooze, and has been featured in USA Today, Psychology Today, and the Huffington Post. He has been a guest on Mars Hill Audio Journal, InterFaith Voices, and Moody Prime Time America, among many other programs.
Hailing originally from Seattle, Adam has a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College and a Masters of Divinity and Masters of Theology in New Testament from Princeton Theological Seminary. He plays a lot of golf, drinks plenty of good wine, and watches a fair amount of Seattle sports. He and his wife live in Claremont, California.

 

Britt Merrick

Britt MerrickBritt Merrick grew up in the little town of Carpinteria. In his childhood years Britt’s singular passion was surfing, and soon he was making surfboards along side his father (Al Merrick) at the Channel Islands, Inc. surfboard factory for some of the best surfers in the world. Britt was also handling the famous company’s advertising, marketing, and amateur surf team. Shortly after re-committing his life to the Lord in his early twenties Britt began to teach bible studies at his parent’s home for the surfer kids in Carpinteria. These bible studies eventually led to Britt teaching and preaching at a Friday night college ministry at a local church in Santa Barbara. Under his leadership, this ministry grew from about 10, to almost 700 people. In the fall of 2003, sensing a further call to ministry, he and his wife and some close friends started a church called Reality in his hometown of Carpinteria. Reality Carpinteria is active in, and passionate about: youth, community transformation, birthing other churches, sending missionaries overseas, and equipping the next generation of leaders. The Reality network of churches has grown to include churches in Ventura, Los Angeles and Stockton, CA, and soon London and San Francisco. Britt continues to pastor full time and loves his wife Kate, their son Isaiah and daughter Daisy, the Bible and, of course, Jesus and His church.

 

Britt Merrick

December 10th, 2010

Britt Merrick Britt Merrick grew up near Santa Barbara, Calif. in a little town on the beach named Carpinteria. In his childhood years Britt’s singular passion was surfing, and soon he was making surfboards along side his father (Al Merrick) at the Channel Islands, Inc. surfboard factory for some of the best surfers in the world. Britt was also handling the famous company’s advertising, marketing, and amateur surf team. Shortly after re-committing his life to the Lord in his early twenties Britt began to teach bible studies at his parent’s home for the surfer kids in Carpinteria. These bible studies eventually led to Britt teaching and preaching at a Friday night college ministry at a local church in Santa Barbara. In the fall of 2003, sensing a further call to ministry, he and his wife and some close friends started a church called Reality in his hometown of Carpinteria. Reality Carpinteria is active in, and passionate about: youth, community transformation, birthing other churches, sending missionaries overseas, and equipping the next generation of leaders. By the grace and to the glory of God, the Reality network of churches has grown to include churches in Los Angeles and Stockton, CA, and soon London and San Francisco. Britt continues to pastor full time and loves his wife Kate, their son Isaiah and daughter Daisy Love, the Bible and, of course, Jesus and His church.

Britt Merrick

February 3rd, 2012

Britt MerrickBritt Merrick grew up near Santa Barbara, Calif. in a little town on the beach named Carpinteria. In his childhood years Britt’s singular passion was surfing, and soon he was making surfboards along side his father (Al Merrick) at the Channel Islands, Inc. surfboard factory for some of the best surfers in the world. Britt was also handling the famous company’s advertising, marketing, and amateur surf team. Shortly after re-committing his life to the Lord in his early twenties Britt began to teach bible studies at his parent’s home for the surfer kids in Carpinteria. These bible studies eventually led to Britt teaching and preaching at a Friday night college ministry at a local church in Santa Barbara. In the fall of 2003, sensing a further call to ministry, he and his wife and some close friends started a church called Reality in his hometown of Carpinteria. Reality Carpinteria is active in, and passionate about: youth, community transformation, birthing other churches, sending missionaries overseas, and equipping the next generation of leaders. By the grace and to the glory of God, the Reality network of churches has grown to include churches in Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, and Ventura as well as Los Angeles and Stockton, San Francisco and London. Britt continues to pastor full time and loves his wife Kate, their son Isaiah and daughter Daisy Love, the Bible and, of course, Jesus and His church.

 

Michele Mollkoy

March 9th, 2009

Michele Mollkoy Michele served in full-time vocational ministry for seven years before  transitioning to work at Westmont.  She shares her heart for spiritual  formation through her role as Director of First Year Experience and  Special Programs at Westmont, as well as serving as adjunct teaching  faculty for Antioch University Santa Barbara. A veteran speaker at  college retreats and conferences,  Michele holds a B. A. in Psychology  from the University of California at Davis and an M. A. in Education  from Azusa Pacific University.  Among her other responsibilities,  Michele greatly enjoys advising the many gifted students who work on  Orientation and Spring Sing. Her favorite part of her job is getting  to know students over a cup of coffee. Michele has been married to  Chris for 14 years and they have two sons, Jesse (7) and Sam (4).

Michele Mollkoy

January 21st, 2011

Michele Mollkoy Michele served in full-time vocational ministry for seven years before  transitioning to work at Westmont.  She shares her heart for spiritual  formation through her role as Director of First Year Experience and  Special Programs at Westmont, as well as serving as adjunct teaching  faculty for Antioch University Santa Barbara. A veteran speaker at  college retreats and conferences,  Michele holds a B. A. in Psychology  from the University of California at Davis and an M. A. in Education  from Azusa Pacific University.  Among her other responsibilities,  Michele greatly enjoys advising the many gifted students who work on  Orientation and Spring Sing. Her favorite part of her job is getting  to know students over a cup of coffee. Michele has been married to  Chris for 14 years and they have two sons, Jesse (8) and Sam (5).

 

Kirsten Moore

September 27th, 2010

Kirsten MooreEntering her fifth year as head coach of Westmont Women’s Basketball and is also the Associate Director of Athletics, Kirsten Moore is coming off back-to-back 20-plus win seasons. After posting a first year coaching record of 14-16, Moore led the Warriors to a 17-13 record in her second season and a trip to the NAIA National Tournament. Last year, Moore’s team matched the school record of 22 wins in a season and made their third trip in as many years to the National Championship as the NAIA’s sixteenth-ranked team.

As a coach, Moore seeks to have a positive impact in the lives of her players.

“I would describe myself as encouraging, positive, competitive, passionate about the game and passionate about people,” said Moore. “I want my players to grow deeper in their relationship to God and to see in a very practical sense how that applies to their athletics, their academics and their future job and family.”

Moore came to Westmont in the summer of 2005 from the University of California, Berkeley where she served as an assistant women’s basketball coach for four years. Prior to working at Cal, Kirsten was initially a walk-on at the University of Oregon,where she earned a full scholarship and became team captain through a relentless work ethic and positive attitude. After graduation in 1998, Moore served as an assistant coach in the Duck’s women’s basketball program for three years, during which time Oregon won two PAC-10 championships and made three trips to the NCAA Tournament.

After receiving a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Oregon in 1998, Moore continued her education in Eugene, earning an MBA in 2001 with a concentration in marketing and an emphasis in sports business.

Moore is married to Alex Moore, a professor in the biology department at Westmont.

Ron Morgan

September 29th, 2010

Ron Morgan Ronald J. Morgan holds a Ph.D. in Latin American History from UC-Santa Barbara.  Ron is currently Associate Professor of History and Director of ACU in Oxford for Abilene Christian University.  A former church planter in Brazil, he has lived and taught in Oxford, England since 2003.  In an effort to introduce his students to themes of conflict and reconciliation, Dr. Morgan has led study excursions to the French-German border (2009) and Bosnia (2010), as well as to Northern Ireland (2011). Drawing on these and other experiences in Christian international education, he recently co-edited a collection of essays entitled Transformations at the Edge of the World: Forming Global Christians through the Study Abroad Experience (2010); professors from Westmont in San Francisco and Westmont in Mexico contributed to the volume. 

A Contributing Editor for the journal Fides et Historia, Morgan continues to write and publish on Spanish and Latin American history, with particular attention to the Jesuit Order in its global missionary context. He is currently spearheading a joint initiative of Christian historians in the U.S. and Latin America entitled the Dictionary of Latin American Christian Biography.

Shirley Mullen

March 25th, 2009

Shirley MullenShirley Mullen, the current president of Houghton College, is no stranger to Westmont. She was a member of Westmont's history faculty from 1984-2006. During part of that time, she also served as the interim Dean of the college, and as Westmont's Provost from 2002-2006.   While she did not know Dr. Wallace Emerson personally, she came to known him and to appreciate his contribution to Westmont through conversations with Dr. Paul C. Wilt, longtime member of Westmont's history department, and the college archivist, and Mrs. Margaret Voskuyl, who first came to Westmont in the 1940's as an assistant to Dr. Emerson.   Shirley's academic training is in the fields of history and philosophy--focused on the Enlightenment and its Legacy. She currently brings her intellectual passion to the task of creating effective and enduring Christian liberal arts colleges for the challenging world of the 21st century.

Kenon Neal

February 17th, 2012

Kenon Neal Kenon Neal  is a grateful alum of Westmont College and has embraced a
surprising journey of purpose and joy in the cancer world for the last
25 years.
She and her husband Matt love the college environment and spent the
first 8 years of their marriage building relationships with students
as RDs at Bethel College and Westmont.
Kenon now serves Westmnt as the Director of Corporate and
Foundation Relations, writing grants and thanking Foundations for
their generosity to the college.
She and Matt thank God for the privilege of parenting their three children: Tanner (16), Luke (12) and Aliza Grace (8).

 

David Newton

March 26th, 2012

David NewtonProfessor of Entrepreneurial Finance, David Newton is in his 22nd year at Westmont. He is the 2008 National Leavey Foundation winner for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education. Dr. Newtong recently published, “Job Creation: How It Really Works and Why Government Doesn’t Understand It.” He and co-author Andrew Puzder, chief executive officer of CKE Inc., have spoken on CNN, Fox News and talk radio and at Young America’s Foundation, the Reagan Ranch Center, King’s College in New York City, chambers of commerce and venture forums. Dr. Newton is widely published. Besides his seven books he has written over 160 articles and was formerly Contributing Editor at Industry Week Growing Companies (1998-2000) and Entrepreneur (2000-2005). David and his wife, Kim, have been married for 29 years and have four adult children, Jesse, Katie, Jenny,and Christy.

Shauna Niequist

September 15th, 2010

Shauna NiequistAuthor of the immensely popular book, "Cold Tangerines," Shauna Niequist grew up in Barrington, Illinois and then studied English and French Literature at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. After graduation, she worked with high school students at Willow Creek in Barrington for five years. On her first day there, she met Aaron Niequist, and three years later they were married.  
They moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, to work at Mars Hill. They made great friends, walked to the Real Food Café twice a week for breakfast, and learned the hard way that they are not home repair people.  Their son Henry was born there, and will be four this fall.
After six years in Grand Rapids, they moved back to the Chicago area.  Aaron is a worship leader at Willow Creek. Shauna will be with us to launch her newest book, "Bittersweet", but her greatest joy is playing with Henry and planning dinner party menus.

Jamie Noling

Jamie NolingJamie Noling is the Associate Campus Pastor at Azusa Pacific University. Jamie comes from Gordon College, where she directed student ministries. A native Californian, Noling earned her Doctor of Ministry at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, her M. A. in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and B. A. in communication from Pepperdine University. She has worked in Christian higher education for the last six years.

 

 

Jamie Noling

April 15th, 2011

Jamie NolingJamie Noling is the Associate Campus Pastor at Azusa Pacific University. Jamie comes from Gordon College, where she directed student ministries. A native Californian, Noling earned her Doctor of Ministry at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, her M. A. in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and B. A. in communication from Pepperdine University. She has worked in Christian higher education for the last six years. Newly married this past summer, she and her husband, John, make their home in Los Angeles.

 

 

Omedi Ochieng

Monday April 14, 2008

Professor of Communication Studies, Westmont College

Omedi Ochieng

An expert in African rhetoric, critical rhetoric and the history of rhetoric, Omedi Ochieng completed his bachelor’s degree at Daystar University in Nairobi, Kenya, and his master’s and doctorate degrees from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. His dissertation explored “The Praxis of Sagacious Rhetoric: Sage Philosophy and the Rhetoric of African Philosophy.” He joined the Westmont faculty in 2005.

 

 

 

Omedi Ochieng

Omedi Ochieng

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dave Odell

February 28th, 2011

Dave OdellA former Westmont basketball player, a successful businessman and a longtime Warrior supporter, Dave Odell is Westmont's athletic director.

Odell, who has served as an adjunct professor in the economics and business department for the past six years, has a long history of involvement with Westmont athletics. A men’s basketball player from 1985-1989 and a scholar-athlete, he has maintained a close connection to the Warrior program. From 2002-05, and again since 2007, Odell served as the chair of the Warrior Sports Advisory Board, which provides advice for the athletics program and assists in fundraising. At the request of former Westmont President Stan Gaede, he also served as a member of the Presidential Task Force on Athletics commissioned in 2005.

Odell’s Westmont pedigree extends to his parents, Westmont alumni Bill and Gayle Odell. Bill Odell serves as the athletic director at Azusa Pacific and coached the men’s basketball program there from 1991-2007. His sister, Susie Maga, played volleyball for Westmont, earning All-American honors in 1990, and works as the athletic director for St. Margaret’s High School in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. Odell’s wife, DeAnna, another Westmont alumna, ran cross country and track during her college days.

John Ortberg

March 26th, 2010

John Ortberg photoJohn Ortberg, is passionate about "spiritual formation," which is how people become more like Jesus. His teaching brings Scripture alive and invariably includes practical applications and warm humor. John is the author of many books, including "If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat" and "The Life You've Always Wanted: Spiritual Growth for Ordinary People", and his latest book, "Faith & Doubt". He has also contributed to many other books and periodicals.

 

John Ortberg

October 7th, 2011

John Ortberg photoJohn Ortberg, is passionate about "spiritual formation," which is how people become more like Jesus. His teaching brings Scripture alive and invariably includes practical applications and warm humor. John is the author of many books, including "If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat" and "The Life You've Always Wanted: Spiritual Growth for Ordinary People", and his latest book, "Faith & Doubt". He has also contributed to many other books and periodicals.

 

 

Nancy Ortberg

Nancy OrtbergNancy Ortberg served as a teaching pastor for eight years at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois.  During that time she lead Network, a ministry that helps people identify their spiritual gifts and find a place of service in the church, and Axis, a weekly gathering for the eighteen- to twenty-something generation.

She is a founding partner of Teamworx2, a business and leadership consulting firm that provides fast-paced, practical, and compelling sessions to leaders and their teams.  Teamworx2 works with businesses, schools, nonprofit's, and churches to address issues of organizational effectiveness and teamwork.

Nancy is a gifted communicator who is passionate about helping people connect what they believe with their everyday lives.  A highly sought-after speaker, Nancy has been a featured presenter at the Catalyst and Orange conferences, and has been a regular contributor to Rev! Magazine.  Nancy is the author of Looking for God: An Unexpected Journey through tattoos, tofu, & pronouns and Unleashing the Power of Rubber Bands, lessons in no-linear leadership.

She and her husband, John, live in the Bay Area and have three children: Laura, Mallory, and Johnny.

 

Nancy Ortberg

September 9th, 2011

Nancy OrtbergNancy Ortberg served as a teaching pastor for eight years at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois.  During that time she lead Network, a ministry that helps people identify their spiritual gifts and find a place of service in the church, and Axis, a weekly gathering for the eighteen- to twenty-something generation.

She is a founding partner of Teamworx2, a business and leadership consulting firm that provides fast-paced, practical, and compelling sessions to leaders and their teams.  Teamworx2 works with businesses, schools, nonprofit's, and churches to address issues of organizational effectiveness and teamwork.

Nancy is a gifted communicator who is passionate about helping people connect what they believe with their everyday lives.  A highly sought-after speaker, Nancy has been a featured presenter at the Catalyst and Orange conferences, and has been a regular contributor to Rev! Magazine.  Nancy is the author of Looking for God: An Unexpected Journey through tattoos, tofu, & pronouns and Unleashing the Power of Rubber Bands, lessons in no-linear leadership.

She and her husband, John, live in the Bay Area and have three children: Laura, Mallory, and Johnny.

 

Betty Overton-Adkins

Betty Overton-Adkins Betty Overton is the program director and coordinator of Higher Education programming at the W. K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan. In this role, she provides leadership to a team effort, develops and reviews programming priorities, evaluates and recommends proposals for funding, and administers projects. In addition, Dr. Overton is responsible for maintaining accurate and current knowledge about trends, movements and policy developments relating to education, youth and philanthropic organizations. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was dean of the Graduate School at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. Dr. Overton earned a B. A. and M. A. in English from Tennessee State University and a Ph.D. in English from the George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. She served as a faculty member for Session 323, Higher Education: Institutional Structures for the 21st Century, 1995, and is an alumna of the Salzburg Seminar Special Session, Educational Reform in South Africa, 1996.

 

Walter Owens Jr.

Friday January 18, 2008

Minister of Music and Arts, Salem Baptist Church, Chicago

Walter Owens

Walter Owens Jr. serves the Rev. Senator James T. Meeks and the 20,000-member congregation of the Salem Baptist Church of Chicago as minister of music and arts. He graduated from Northwestern University and studied at Butler University, where Michael Shasberger advised and mentored him. He served on the advisory committee of the newly published African American Heritage Hymnal (GIA Publications) and is in demand as a choral clinician. He and his wife, Terri, have a 17-year-old son.

 

 

 

Walter and Terri Owens

January 16th, 2009

Walter OwensWalter Owens, Jr. serves the Rev. Senator James T. Meeks and the 20,000-member congregation of the Salem Baptist Church of Chicago as its Minister of Music and Arts. He completed his undergraduate work at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) and graduate work at Butler University (Indianapolis, IN) where Dr. Michael Shasberger served as advisor and mentor. He recently served on the Advisory Committee of the newly-published African American Heritage Hymnal (GIA Publications) and is a sought after choral clinician in Sweden, Germany, and Switzerland. His wife, Rev. Terri Owens, is the Dean of Students at the University of Chicago Divinity School and they share the privilege of raising a 16-yr.old son, Walter III, who is pursuing a musical career in composition.

owensRev. Terri Hord Owens is the Dean of Students at the University of Chicago Divinity School.  As Dean of Students, she is responsible for admissions, financial aid, the formulation and enforcement of academic policy, academic advising and professionalization and placement activities. Prior to entering the ministry and the academy, Rev. Owens spent over 20 years in the information technology industry specializing in data management and data warehousing.  She has held leadership positions with such firms as IBM, Ernst & Young, Blue Cross and Blue Shield,  and SBC Ameritech.  In addition to her teaching and preaching ministry, Rev. Owens is committed to drama ministry as a powerful teaching tool.   Her research interests focus on theological models for racial reconciliation.  Rev. Owens earned her undergraduate degree in Government from Harvard University and a Master of Divinity from the University of Chicago Divinity School.  She is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  Rev. Owens and her husband, Walter, are the proud parents of a son, Mitchell, a talented young composer and musician.  

 

Walter Owens

March 5th, 2010

Walter OwensWalter Owens, Jr. serves the Rev. Senator James T. Meeks and the 20,000-member congregation of the Salem Baptist Church of Chicago as its Minister of Music and Arts. He completed his undergraduate work at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) and graduate work at Butler University (Indianapolis, IN) where Dr. Michael Shasberger served as advisor and mentor. He recently served on the Advisory Committee of the newly-published African American Heritage Hymnal (GIA Publications) and is a sought after choral clinician in Sweden, Germany, and Switzerland.

His wife, Rev. Terri Owens, is the Dean of Students at the University of Chicago Divinity School and they share the privilege of raising a 16-yr.old son, Walter III, who is pursuing a musical career in composition.

 

Walter Owens

September 26th and 28th, 2011

Walter OwensWalter Owens, Jr. serves the Rev. Senator James T. Meeks and the 20,000-member congregation of the Salem Baptist Church of Chicago as its Minister of Music and Arts. He completed his undergraduate work at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) and graduate work at Butler University (Indianapolis, IN) where Dr. Michael Shasberger served as advisor and mentor. He recently served on the Advisory Committee of the newly-published African American Heritage Hymnal (GIA Publications) and is a sought after choral clinician in Sweden, Germany, and Switzerland.

His wife, Rev. Terri Owens, is the Dean of Students at the University of Chicago Divinity School and they share the privilege of raising a 18-yr.old son, Walter III, who is pursuing a musical career in composition.

 

Timothy Park

Friday October 19, 2007

Associate Professor of Asian Mission and Director of Korean Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary

Timothy Park

As director of Fuller Korean studies program in the School of Intercultural Studies, Timothy Park tailors missionary theory to fit Asian contexts and researches the history of the church and missions in Asia. He wants his students to humbly learn from the long history of Western missions and to gain insight from the successes and the mistakes of Western missionaries. He earned his doctorate at Fuller.

 

 

 

Ben Patterson

Campus Pastor, Westmont College

Ben Patterson is a contributing editor to Christianity Today and the Leadership Journal. He has written five books, including Serving God (The Grand Essentials), Deepening Your Conversation with God, and He Has Made Me Glad. Previously, he was dean of the chapel at Hope College in Michigan, senior pastor for two congregations and the founding pastor of Irvine Presbyterian Church in California.

 

 

 

Ben Patterson

Dates throughout the semester

Ben PattersonBen Patterson is a contributing editor to Christianity Today and the Leadership Journal. He has written five books, including Serving God (The Grand Essentials), Deepening Your Conversation with God, and He Has Made Me Glad. Previously, he was dean of the chapel at Hope College in Michigan, senior pastor for two congregations and the founding pastor of Irvine Presbyterian Church in California.

Lauretta Patterson

October 9th , 2009

Ben and Lauretta Patterson Lauretta Patterson has partnered for 38 years in marriage, family, and ministry with her husband Ben. Through many life seasons and multiple moves, she has found prayer and laughter to be the surest way to cope with disconcerting change. She loves to teach, and often can be found discipling small groups of students on campus, leading women in Bible studies, or opening the door wide to friends and guests.

 

 

 

Leanne Patterson

Monday October 22, 2007

Teacher, Cesar Chavez Dual Language Immersion School and Local Volunteer

Leanne Patterson

Leanne Biehl Patterson, the daughter of two Westmont alumni, grew up in Santa Barbara and graduated from Wheaton College with a degree in Spanish and communications. She worked in Zacatecas, Mexico, as a community development worker before teaching fifth grade in Harlem and earning a master degree in education. She teaches fourth grade at Cesar Chavez in Santa Barbara, a dual-language immersion school. She and her husband, Dan, are involved in ministry to international students at UCSB.

 

 

Joel Pelsue

November 22nd, 2010

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.

 

Keith Phillips

Monday October 15, 2007

President, World Impact

Keith Philips

Keith Phillips is president of World Impact, a Christian missions organization dedicated to ministering to the inner cities of America. His books include They Dare to Love the Ghetto, The Making of a Disciple, No Quick Fix and Out of Ashes, which chronicles the history of the urban poor in America and explores their present needs and future hope. A graduate of UCLA, he earned master of divinity and doctor of ministry degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary.

 

 

 

John Piper

March 1st, 2010

John PiperJohn Piper is the Pastor for Preaching at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and studied at Wheaton College, where he first sensed God's call to enter the ministry. He went on to earn degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary (B.D.) and the University of Munich (D.theol.). For six years he taught Biblical Studies at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and in 1980 accepted the call to serve as pastor at Bethlehem. John is the author of more than 30 books and more than 25 years of his preaching and teaching is available free at desiringGod.org. John and his wife, Noel, have four sons, one daughter, and an increasing number of grandchildren.

Laurie Polich

Wednesday October 10, 2007

Pastor of Small Groups and Discipleship, Ocean Hills Covenant Church, Santa Barbara

Laurie Polich

A popular speaker and author, Laurie serves as a pastor at Ocean Hills Covenant Church. An expert on small groups, she speaks at conferences for youth and women at colleges and churches around the country, and for Compassion International. She graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary and has written several books, including Help I‚ôm a Small Group Leader, Small Group Strategies, and a new series called Studies on the Go.

 

 

Laurie Polich-Short

February 13th, 2012

Pastor of Small Groups and Discipleship, Ocean Hills Covenant Church, Santa Barbara

Laurie Polich

A popular speaker and author, Laurie serves as a pastor at Ocean Hills Covenant Church. An expert on small groups, she speaks at conferences for youth and women at colleges and churches around the country, and for Compassion International. She graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary and has written several books, including Help I‚ôm a Small Group Leader, Small Group Strategies, and a new series called Studies on the Go.

 

 

 

 

Mary Poplin

Mary PoplinMary Poplin, a native of Texas, began her career teaching elementary school and special education. She developed the current CGU Teacher Education program from 1985-1995 increasing the candidates from 25 to 100 and the percentage of students of color from 6% to 50%. She led the revitalization of the program from 2000-2004 and was Dean of the School of Educational Studies at Claremont Graduate University from 2002-2004.

From 2000-2004, she and John Rivera worked on rethinking education in light of the new emphasis on results, and began to merge in their work the concepts of accountability and social justice. Her work continues to this day in her courses and in the Institute for Education in Transformation that she directs. 

Also in recent years, she has begun to study and teach about the history of philosophy in the west and its impact on epistemology - how educators have approached “knowledge,” particularly as it relates to the intellectual history of the university. Her academic work also includes a focus on discerning the differences between Judeo-Christian principles and principles of other world views as it relates to issues such as the contemporary university, education, and justice. In 1996, Mary worked for two months with Mother Teresa in Calcutta and has a book on the experience, Finding Calcutta, to be released summer 2008 by InterVarsity Press.

 

Presidential Inauguration

Gayle and Pam Beebe Westmont inaugurated Gayle D. Beebe, its eighth president, Friday, April 11, with a day of events and lectures focusing on “The Global Imperative: Education and the Knowledge Society in the 21st Century.” Beebe, who assumed leadership of Westmont July 1, 2007, was installed at a ceremony in Westmont’s Murchison Gym at 10:30 a.m.

Under his leadership, Spring Arbor was named a top-tier university by U.S. News & World Report in its America’s Best Colleges and Universities publication. The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities awarded the university the 2003 Racial Harmony Award, which honors institutions making considerable progress in the areas of diversity, racial harmony and reconciliation. Dr. Beebe was also instrumental in improving campus facilities at Spring Arbor, which completed a $45 million capital campaign during his tenure, including a major academic building.

Prior to leading Spring Arbor, Dr. Beebe served as dean of the school of theology at Azusa Pacific University. In addition to teaching courses in the philosophy of religion and theology there, he chaired the department of ministry and directed the Friends Center. His career includes five years as senior pastor of Sherwood Community Friends Church in Sherwood, Ore., and positions as interim pastor and pastor of adult ministries.

Dr. Beebe has published numerous academic articles and edited several publications. He spent five years working with Richard Foster, Dallas Willard, Lynda Graybeal and Thomas Oden to write the acclaimed “Renovare Study Bible.”

He and his wife, Pam, have three children: Anna, 15, Elizabeth, 13, and Ricky, 9.  

 

Soong Chan Rah

January 14th, 2011

Soong Chan RahRev. Dr. Soong-Chan Rah is the Milton B. Engebretson Assistant Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL. Rah is formerly the founding Senior Pastor of the Cambridge Community Fellowship Church (CCFC), a multiethnic, urban ministry-focused church committed to living out the values of racial reconciliation and social justice in the urban context. Soong-Chan was a plenary speaker at the 2003 Urbana Student Missions Conference, the 2005 Summer Institute for Asian American Ministry and Theology, the 2006 Congress on Urban Ministry, the 2007 ECC Midwinter Conference, the 2007 Urban Youth Workers Institute Conference and the 2008 CCDA National Conference.

Soong-Chan received his B.A. in Political Science and History/ Sociology from Columbia University; his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; his Th. M. from Harvard University; and his D.Min. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is a contributor author to Growing Healthy Asian-American Churches (IVP). He is the author of The Next Evangelicalism, on the changing face of American Christianity and on the cultural captivity of the American evangelical church (2009).

Soong-Chan, his wife, Sue, who teaches special education, and their two children, Annah and Elijah live in Chicago.

Soong Chan Rah

January 15th, 2010

Soong Chan RahRev. Dr. Soong-Chan Rah is the Milton B. Engebretson Assistant Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL. Rah is formerly the founding Senior Pastor of the Cambridge Community Fellowship Church (CCFC), a multiethnic, urban ministry-focused church committed to living out the values of racial reconciliation and social justice in the urban context. Soong-Chan was a plenary speaker at the 2003 Urbana Student Missions Conference, the 2005 Summer Institute for Asian American Ministry and Theology, the 2006 Congress on Urban Ministry, the 2007 ECC Midwinter Conference, the 2007 Urban Youth Workers Institute Conference and the 2008 CCDA National Conference.

Soong-Chan received his B.A. in Political Science and History/ Sociology from Columbia University; his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; his Th. M. from Harvard University; and his D.Min. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is a contributor author to Growing Healthy Asian-American Churches (IVP). He is the author of The Next Evangelicalism, on the changing face of American Christianity and on the cultural captivity of the American evangelical church (2009).

Soong-Chan, his wife, Sue, who teaches special education, and their two children, Annah and Elijah live in Chicago.

 

Thomas Reed

Executive Director, Unity Shoppe, Santa Barbara

Thomas Reed

Thomas has released several CDs and two teaching series as a resource for men who want to follow Christ between Sundays and wish to narrow the gap between what they believe and what they are living. Tom lives in Santa Barbara and works as executive director of Unity Shoppe, a unique non-profit agency that provides food, clothing, household goods and basic necessities to more than 14,000 low-income individuals throughout Santa Barbara County.

 

 

 

Tom Reed

Tom ReedTom Reed has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Advertising from Michigan State University. He served in the Air Force as a pilot flying C-141 aircraft during the Viet Nam war. In 1974 Tom moved to Auburn, California and devoted his time to real estate development and business limited partnerships. Some business associates helped introduce him to Christ in 1977.  Tom married Linda and moved to Reno, Nevada after his home was destroyed by fire.

Tom became the Music & Family Life Director at Reno Christian Fellowship where he served as an elder, teacher, counselor, planned worship services and led the music team with congregational and special music. Tom was involved in the juvenile hall ministry, taught pre-marriage classes and established the ‘Life After Marriage’ seminar.

A devastating mudslide destroyed the Reed’s new home in 1983. This experience, in which a good friend was killed, prompted Tom to more fully pursue God and devote his life to ministry. Relocating back to Auburn, he served as an associate with Western States Fellowship until 1993, when began the Nevada Fellowship as an outreach to middle and upper management businessmen in the workplace.

After a very difficult business partnership, which cost Tom his marriage, he moved to Santa Barbara, California where he is the Executive Director of the Unity Shop, a unique non-profit agency that provides food, clothing, house-hold goods and basic necessities to over 14,000 low incomes throughout Santa Barbara County. Tom is happily married to Marcia.

Caryn Reeder

November 29th, 2010

Caryn ReederCaryn Reeder joined the Religious Studies department in 2007 and teaches Life and Literature of the New Testament and New Testament Greek. She is a proud graduate of Atwood-Hammond High School, and also holds a BA in Religion and Psychology from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois; an MA in Biblical Exegesis from Wheaton College, also in Illinois; and an MPhil in Old Testament and PhD in New Testament  from the University of Cambridge (the one in England). Her doctoral dissertation, The enemy within: Biblical and intertestamental traditions of family violence, traces the place of legislated violence in the family in the Hebrew Bible, Second Temple Jewish texts, and the New Testament. She is currently engaged in preparing this research for popular dissemination. Dr. Reeder is also researching some more cheerful topics, including Aemilia Lanyer's reinterpretation of Genesis 1-3 in Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum, the creative potential of texts identifying the early church as a family, and the oddities of Californian culture.

J.A.C. Redford & Kate Butler

October 21st, 2011

JAC RedfordJ.A.C. Redford is an accomplished composer of concert, chamber andchoralmusic, film and television scores, and music for the theater.

His works have been performed by Cantus, The Debussy Trio,Los Angeles Chamber Singers,Los Angeles Master Chorale, St. Martin's Chamber Choir, Utah Chamber Artists andUtah Symphony. He has been featured on programs at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles and at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Redford has written the scores for more than three dozen feature films, TV movies or miniseries, including The Trip to Bountiful,Oliver & Company, Newsies, The Mighty Ducks II and III, What the Deaf Man Heard and Mama Flora’s Family. He has composed the music for nearly 500 episodes of series television, including multiple seasons of Coach and St. Elsewhere (for which he received Emmy® nominations).

His incidental music has been heard in theatrical productions at the Matrix Theater in Los Angeles and South Coast Repertory Theater in Costa Mesa, California, as well as on the American Playhouse series on PBS. Two of his musical comedies are published by Anchorage Press and performed frequently across North America.

Collaborating with other artists, Redfordhas orchestrated, arranged, or conducted for Academy Award®-winning composers James Horner, Alan Menken and Rachel Portman, as well as for Terence Blanchard, Danny Elfman, Mark Isham, Marc Shaiman and Cirque du Soleil’s Benoit Jutras, on projects including The Little Mermaid, The Nightmare Before Christmas and The Perfect Storm.Hehas written for and recorded with Grammy Award®-winning artists Joshua Bell,Steven Curtis Chapman, andBonnie Raitt.

Hehas produced, arranged, and conducted music for the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and served as a consultant for the Sundance Film Institute, a teacher in the Artists-in-Schools program for the National Endowment for the Arts, a guest lecturer at USC and UCLA, and on the Music Branch Executive Committees for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Redfordis the author of Welcome All Wonders: A Composer’s Journey, published by Baker Books. His many recordings include two collections of his choral music, Evening Wind and Eternity Shut in a Span, both on Clarion Records.


Mezzo-soprano KATE BUTLER has established herself as a singing artist both in the United States and abroad. Her professional career began with performances at the Chautauqua Opera Festival and continued with performances at Houston Grand Opera, New York City Opera, Dallas Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, San Diego Opera, Opera Pacific, Orlando Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Cleveland Opera, Sacramento Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre, Long Beach Opera, Nevada Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera and Opera Ensemble of New York. She was the leading mezzosoprano with the Bremen Opera in Germany for 6 years, where she sang Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Cherubino in Nozze di Figaro, Romeo in I Capuleti, Dorabella in Così fan Tutte, Orfeo in Orfeo,
David in Saul and other roles.

Ms. Butler has been awarded the NIMT George London Award, was twice a finalist in the Eleanor Steber Vocal Competition, was a Midwest Regional Winner for the Metropolitan Opera Auditions and a Regional Winner and recipient of the Levy Award for the San Francisco Opera Auditions. Ms. Butler received her B. M. and M. M. in Vocal Performance from LSU, was a scholarship student in the Professional Studies Program at The Juilliard School and studied as a Doctoral Fellow at Indiana University.
She is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln where her students have been winners in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competitions, and have sung in opera productions, concerts and special programs
at the University of Nebraska, across the United States and in Europe.

 

Helen Rhee

September 25th, 2009

Helen Rhee Helen grew up in Seoul, South Korea, and then in Southern California, and developed respect and love forhistory since childhood. She earned her B.A in History at UC Berkeley and her M.Div. and Ph.D. at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA.Prior to coming to Westmont in 2004, she has served as pastor of a local church (Buena Park, CA) for a number of years. Helen specializes in early Christian history, especially the second and third century Christian literature, focusing on the diverging Christian self- identities in relation to Greco-Roman culture and society. Her recent book, Early Christian Literature: Christ and Culture in the Second and Third Centuries (Routledge, 2005), explores the very issue. Her scholarly interest, however, extends to other periods and aspects of Christian history as well. Helen is currently writing a book onearly Christian attitudes toward and practices of wealth and poverty and how these contributed to shaping Christian identities within largerGreco-Roman and Jewish contexts.

 

Jacque Rhodes

February 11th, 2009

Jacque RhodesJacqueline Rhodes:   After earning a degree in Speech Pathology, Jacque began a career in higher education as a Residence Hall Director at Grand Valley State University. She joined the Calvin College family in 1996 as an Academic Counselor/ Instructor and currently serves as Assistant Dean of Multicultural Student Development.  She describes her work as making the invisible – visible.  Jacque and husband David,  are the proud parents of five children.  In her spare time she studies the “Q” section of the dictionary in an effort to maintain her status as Rhodes’ Family Scrabble Champion. 

 

 

Condoleezza Rice - Presidential Breakfast Speaker

March 4th, 2011

Condoleezza RiceDr. Rice is the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution, professor of political economy in the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and professor of political science at Stanford University.

From January 2005 to 2009, she served as the sixty-sixth secretary of state of the United States. Before serving as America’s chief diplomat, she served as assistant to the president for national security affairs (national security adviser) from January 2001 to 2005.

Rice joined the Stanford University faculty as a professor of political science in 1981 and served as Stanford University’s provost from 1993 to 1999. She was a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution from 1991 to 1993 and returned to the Hoover Institution after serving as provost until 2001. As a professor, Rice won two of the highest teaching honors: the 1984 Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 1993 School of Humanities and Sciences Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Rice earned her bachelor’s degree in political science, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver in 1974; her master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1975; and her PhD from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver in 1981.

Tickets will go on sale for the President's Breakfast on February 1st. Those wishing to attend Chapel here at the Westmont campus, please plan on arriving early for parking. Chapel is free and is open to the public. Dr. Rice will not be giving a lecture in Chapel, but will field questions from a panel of students who are studying international affairs here at the college.

 

Jesse Rice

January 31st, 2011

Jesse RiceAuthor of The Church of Facebook: How the Hyperconnected are Redefining Community. Jesse is a Christian speaker and musician as well as author, and he has quite a few insights about faith and culture, as well as how to "best manage your technology so your technology won't manage you." He also has an M.A. in Counseling from Santa Clara University. You can find out more about him here: http://churchoffacebook.wordpress.com

 

Mel Robeck

Mel RobeckCo-Founder and present Director of ReImagine!, a San Francisco based Emergent Church group, Mark is a frequently interacts with SF Urban through a “Spiritual Walk” program (a guided walk for our students to see the spiritual side of the city), guest speaking (both at SF Urban and at Westmont’s main campus) and through his book, “Soul Graffiti” (Jossey-Bass, 2007).

Mark, his wife Lisa and their two daughters, live in the Mission District, where they use their home as a base for ReImagine!, and for welcoming and teaching in the name of Jesus. Students are invited to attend regular seminars led by Mark and his team including the “Sugarlump Theology Salon” and the “Jesus Dojo”, all contemporary dialogues on following Jesus in a post-Christian culture.

 

Warren Rogers

Friday August 31, 2007

Interim Academic Dean, Westmont College

Warren Rogers became interim academic dean in January 2007. He has taught physics at Westmont since 1994 and served as department chair. A graduate of Harvey Mudd College, he earned his master degree and doctorate at the University of Rochester. He actively involves students in his scholarly research and has been appointed to the prestigious position of fellow of the American Physical Society.

 

Warren Rogers

January 26th, 2009

Warren Rogers Warren Rogers became interim academic dean in January 2007. He has taught physics at Westmont since 1994 and served as department chair. A graduate of Harvey Mudd College, he earned his master’s degree and doctorate at the University of Rochester. He actively involves students in his scholarly research and has been appointed to the prestigious position of fellow of the American Physical Society.

 

 

Jerry Root

February 14th, 2011

Jerry RootDr. Jerry Root serves as the Associate Director of the Institute of Strategic Evangelism. In this role he heads up Wheaton College's Campus Evangelism Initiatives to make "a lifestyle of evangelism" part of what it means to be a whole and effective Christian at Wheaton College. Jerry also teaches evangelism courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

Jerry was born and raised in Southern CA and grew up in a Christian family but did not become a Christian until his freshman year at Whittier College. He has pastored three different churches over twenty three years, and nineteen of those years were invested in student ministry. While pastoring he taught courses in Philosophy and on C.S. Lewis for ten years at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL. Jerry is visiting professor at Biola University, Talbot Graduate School of Theology in La Mirada, CA and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. Before transferring to ISE, Jerry was a full time assistant professor since 1996 with the Christian Formation & Ministry Department.

Jerry has lectured and preached in 16 countries, 25 states and has lectured in 38 colleges or university campuses. He has written "CS Lewis and A Problem of Evil: An Investigation of a Pervasive Theme" and co-edited "The Quotable C.S. Lewis," and has produced study guides and booklets on Friendship Evangelism. He has contributed to other books and had presented a number of lectures on C.S. Lewis, evangelism and spiritual formation.

Jerry and his wife live in Wheaton, and have four grown children all of whom are married.

 

Mark Scandrette

Mark ScandretteCo-Founder and present Director of ReImagine!, a San Francisco based Emergent Church group, Mark is a frequently interacts with SF Urban through a “Spiritual Walk” program (a guided walk for our students to see the spiritual side of the city), guest speaking (both at SF Urban and at Westmont’s main campus) and through his book, “Soul Graffiti” (Jossey-Bass, 2007).

Mark, his wife Lisa and their two daughters, live in the Mission District, where they use their home as a base for ReImagine!, and for welcoming and teaching in the name of Jesus. Students are invited to attend regular seminars led by Mark and his team including the “Sugarlump Theology Salon” and the “Jesus Dojo”, all contemporary dialogues on following Jesus in a post-Christian culture.

 

Senior Chapel

April 28th, 2010

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.

 

Michael Shasberger

Adams Professor of Music and Worship, Westmont College

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.

 

 

 

Michael Shasberger

September 7th, 2009

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.

 

 

Reed Sheard

February 2nd, 2011

Reed SheardDr. Sheard joined Westmont in October 2008. He comes from Spring Arbor University in Michigan where he served as vice president and CIO for five years. At Spring Arbor, Sheard oversaw the development of a private, statewide network covering more than 1,800 miles and servicing 14 regional sites as well as the main campus. He was also instrumental in developing and overseeing Spring Arbor University online, which has grown from 19 students earning degrees over the Internet to 400. Sheard graduated from University of Sioux Falls, earned a master’s of divinity degree at Fuller Theological Seminary and a doctorate in higher education leadership from Seattle University. Previously, Sheard worked at Apple Inc., Consonus Inc. and Informix Software Inc.

 

John Sider

Friday September 28, 2007

Distinguished Professor of English, Westmont College

John Sider

John Sider is entering his last year of a 36-year career teaching English. Four Europe Semesters are among his most treasured memories. He has taught writing, Shakespeare and British literature, and his writings have featured Shakespeare, earlier English theater, dictionary-making and the parables of Jesus. His current study of the liberal arts at Westmont promises to make a pleasant occupation in retirement. He has been honored as one of the college distinguished professors.

 

 

 

Gerald Sittser

Monday October 29, 2007

Author and Professor, Whitworth College

Gerald Sittser

Gerald Sittser has taught at Whitworth since 1989, specializing in the history of Christianity and American religion. His books include: Water from a Deep Well: Christian Spirituality from Early Martyrs to Modern Missionaries, When God Doesn‚ôt Answer Your Prayer, The Will of God as a Way of Life, and A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows through Loss. He earned a doctorate at the University of Chicago and a master of divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary.

 

 

 

Gerald Sittser

October 28th, 2011

Jerry Sittser

Jerry Sittser specializes in the History of Christianity, Christian Spirituality, and Religion in American Public Life.His course on the history and practice of Christian Spirituality meets over January Term in the wintry beauty of Tall Timber, a Christian camp located in a remote area of the Cascade mountain range.Students live together for three weeks, follow a modified Benedictine Rule, and explore various spiritual traditions that have emerged throughout the history of Christian spirituality. He is also chair of the MA in Theology program at Whitworth and director of the Certification in Ministry program. He has written seven books, too.He is currently doing research on the history of "catechesis," which refers to how the church has trained people in the faith over the past 2,000 years.He enjoys music, literature, hiking, woodworking, and he attends the Oregon Shakespeare Festival every year with his family.Sittser is also known as "dad" to two Whitworth alums; his youngest son attends SPU.

 

 

Sarah Skripsky

October 13th, 2010

Sarah Skripsky Having joined the Westmont community in 2008, Sarah Skripsky is one of the newest members of the English department and is grateful to be among such good company. As an undergraduate, Sarah studied at Northwestern College, a Christian liberal arts college much like Westmont, and had such wonderful faculty mentors that she decided to pursue a teaching career. She spent a semester studying at Trinity College in Carmarthen, Wales, an experience which fueled an interest in Welsh literature and cultural history as well as related interests in neo-Celtic and postcolonial literatures, national rhetorics, and the politics of creative writing. She went on to earn her Ph.D. in English at Texas Christian University, specializing in Rhetoric and Composition. At Westmont, Sarah teaches composition and literature courses and directs the campus writing center, the Writers' Corner. She also plays horn in the Westmont Chamber Orchestra and enjoys jogging and hiking in such a beautiful part of the country.

 

Kelly Soifer

Monday December 3, 2007

Youth Pastor, Santa Barbara Community Church

Kelly Soifer

 

Kelly Soifer

March 19th, 2012

Kelly SoiferKelly is currently the Director of Recruiting and Leadership Development for the Free Methodist Church in Southern California, providing strategic planning, pastoral recruiting & training for over 40 Free Methodist churches from Santa Barbara to San Diego. She is greatly energized by the Free Methodist Church’s deep commitment to “walking their talk,” where they serve in multiple ways throughout their communities, reaching diverse populations. She is especially excited about their new ministry plan for launching long-term missional communities along the CA coast, where small groups of believers live out evangelism, social justice, discipleship and service. Ask her about it!

Kelly was the Youth Pastor of Santa Barbara Community Church from 1994 till Feb 2009. She founded the ministry there, and eventually led the ministries with 5th/6th, Jr High and High School, guiding over 200 students and 50 leaders.

Kelly is currently teaching, both at a local Christian high school (teaching Bible and doctrine) and at Westmont College, where she trains students in church and parachurch internships. She also writes articles for Youthworker Journal, YMToday, Fuller Youth Institute, Light & Life Magazine, and contributes to books on youth ministry.

Before working in church ministry, Kelly worked with Young Life as a volunteer and then on staff serving as a Regional Director for the Central Coast.

Kelly is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, majoring in English Literature, and has lived in Santa Barbara ever since!

In keeping with other crazy Californians, Kelly is a devoted bicycle commuter, delighted owner of an Italian scooter, and enthusiastic fan of organic produce and cooking. She has also become quite the blogger, Facebooker, Google Plusser and Twitterer! However, she cannot surf.

 

Greg Spencer

Gregory SpencerSince arriving in Santa Barbara in 1987, he has taught Communication Studies at Westmont College. He and his wife of over 30 years, Janet, have raised three daughters: Emily, Hannah, and Laura. The only other male at home is the cat, Willie. When not mentoring students, Greg can be found tending his roses or playing tennis. He has published A Heart for Truth: Taking Your Faith to College and numerous articles on what it means to live in a media-saturated culture. Recently, he has published several poems and two pieces of fiction, "The Welkening," and its sequel, "Guardian of the Veil." Greg is currently is working on his next book, "Living the Quieter Virtues in a Noisy World," which will be published by InterVarsity Press in 2009.

 

Greg Spencer

September 8th and 10th

Gregory Spencer Since arriving in Santa Barbara in 1987, he has taught Communication Studies at Westmont College. He and his wife of over 30 years, Janet, have raised three daughters: Emily, Hannah, and Laura. When not teaching or having lunch with students, Greg can be found tending his roses or playing tennis. His most recent book is Awakening the Quieter Virtues, published by InterVarsity Press (2010). He has also published A Heart for Truth: Taking Your Faith to College, two novels (The Welkening and Guardian of the Veil), and numerous articles on what it means to live in a media-saturated culture.

 

 

Spring Break Commissioning

March 11th, 2010

Prior to sending all of our students out to the world for Spring Break, we take time to pray and as God's protection, provision, and guidance. We will specifically take time in this service to pray for those students going on Potter's Clay in Ensenada, Mexico and Student Ministries Mission's trips all over the globe, as well as those going to Jackson, Mississippi for a special Racial Equality and Justice Reconciliation trip.

 

Al Staggs

Wednesday September 12, 2007

Minister, comedian and performer

Before becoming a full-time performance artist, Al Staggs served as a Baptist minister for 24 years. He earned a master of theology degree from Harvard Divinity School and a doctorate in ministry from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. As a Charles E. Merrill fellow at Harvard he studied applied theology under the direction of Harvey Cox. He also completed a one-year internship in clinical pastoral education at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.

 

Margot Starbuck

October 14th, 2011

Margot StarbuckMargot, a graduate of Westmont College and Princeton Seminary, is passionate about communicating to individuals, in print and in speech, the promise that God, in Jesus Christ, is with them and for them.

She is the author of The Girl in the Orange Dress: Searching For a Father Who Does Not Fail, Unsqueezed: Springing Free From Skinny Jeans, Nose Jobs, Highlights & Stilettos and the forthcoming Small Things With Great Love: Adventures in Loving Your Neighbor. (2012) Margot’s first book, The Girl in the Orange Dress was awarded the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association’s best nonfiction book of the year for 2011. Margot is represented by WordServe Literary and is a member of Redbud Writer’s Guild.

Margot blogs for Her.meneutics, Red Letter Christians, Gifted for Leadership, FullFill, and True Campaign. She also writes for Relevant, Neue, Kyria, Mutuality, Thriving Family, MomSense, Adoption Today as well as other print and online publications. She is the confessions editor for Geez Magazine’s Sinner’s Corner.

Margot enjoys connecting with audiences on campuses and at conferences, retreats and festivals. Clients include Wheaton College, Friends University, MOPs International, Young Life Women’s Weekend, Urban Promise Ministry Summit, Lifest and the Wild Goose Festival. Margot can also be heard online as one of the key voices on the weekly True Sisterhood podcast.

At home in Durham, North Carolina—with her husband and three children, by birth and adoption—Margot serves as a volunteerhanging out with teens and adults who live with disabilities throughReality Ministries. She’s also pretty tickled to partner as a speaker advocate with Compassion International. Learn more at www.MargotStarbuck.com or connect with Margot on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Margot.

 

Helen Sterk

October 6th, 2010

Helen SterkHelen Sterk (Ph.D. in Rhetoric, University of Iowa, 1986) is a professor of Communication Arts and Sciences at Calvin College. Over the years, she has taught a variety of courses, including Communication and Gender, Interpersonal Communication, Group Communication, and Communication and Culture. From 2004-2010, she chaired the CAS department at Calvin.

Deeply interested in how faith and life intersect in communication, Dr. Sterk's research focuses on how gender finds its expression in conversation, careers, life choices, and families. Her most recent book is Gender, Culture, and Physicality: Paradoxes and Taboos (Lexington Press, 2009), co-authored with the Dutch sport sociologist, Annelies Knoppers, from the University of Utrecht. As a Christian feminist scholar, Dr. Sterk finds encouragement in biblical stories of women's strength, such as Jael, Deborah, Esther and Ruth. Dr. Sterk has three children, a daughter who is a senior at Calvin and a son and daughter-in-law who live and work in Chicago. For fun, Dr. Sterk engages in spirited arguments with students. And takes long walks.

 

Student Testimonies

November 23rd, 2009

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 integratated into practice in their lives.

 

Scott Sunquist

February 11th, 2011

Scott Sunquist

Scott W. Sunquist is the W. Don McClure Associate Professor of World Mission and Evangelism at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

 

 

Carri Svoboda

Friday April 18, 2008

Educator, Santa Barbara Christian School

Cari Svoboda

Carri is a gifted teacher who enjoys working with middle school students. Since 2000, she has taught English at Santa Barbara Christian School; previously she spent seven years at Santa Barbara Junior High School. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in English and earned her teaching credential there. Carri grew up as the only Christian in her family and attended church with neighbors.

 

 

 

Carri Svoboda

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. She accepted Christ after a Divine revelation when I was 8. She was the only Christian in my family growing up and 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.

 

Cari Svoboda

March 24th, 2010

Carri is a gifted teacher who enjoys working with middle school students. Since 2000, she has taught English at Santa Barbara Christian School; previously she spent seven years at Santa Barbara Junior High School. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in English and earned her teaching credential there. Carri grew up as the only Christian in her family and attended church with neighbors.

 

Carri Svoboda

October 4th, 2010

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.

 

 

Bart Tarman

Friday November 9, 2007

Former Chaplain Westmont College

Bart Tarman

Bart Tarman spent 18 years at Westmont after working on Young Life staff in Denver and serving as associate pastor at El Montecito Presbyterian Church. He lives in Washington, D.C., where he and his wife, Linda, minister to members of Congress. He has been associated with the National Prayer Breakfast for more than 30 years. An ordained Presbyterian minister, he graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary and the University of Denver. The Tarmans have three children and four grandchildren.

 

 

Gary Thomas

February 23rd, 2009

Gary ThomasGary Thomas is a writer and the founder and director of the Center for Evangelical Spirituality, a writing and speaking ministry that integrates Scripture, church history, and the Christian classics. He has served as a campus pastor and is currently an adjunct faculty member at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches on spiritual formation.

Gary graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Western Washington University in 1984, and he holds a master's degree with a concentration in systematic theology from Regent College in Vancouver, B.C., where he studied under Dr. J.I. Packer and served as a teaching assistant for Dr. Gordon Fee. While at Regent, he was awarded the Theology Award, given annually to the outstanding student in the theology department. In 2006, Western seminary is awarding Gary an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree.

Gary enjoys running marathons and spending time with his wife Lisa and his three children: Allison, Graham, and Kelsey. He makes his home in Bellingham, Washington.

 

 

Mitchell and Sarah Thomas

Monday March 10, 2008

Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts, Westmont College (Mitchell)

Mitchell Thomas

Sarah and Mitchell met while pursuing their M.F.A. degrees in acting at the University of Washington. After graduating, they lived and worked as actors in Los Angeles. Mitchell chairs the theatre arts department at Westmont, where he teaches all levels of acting. Sarah is heavily involved in their church and works as an assistant chaplain at Cottage Hospital. They are the proud parents of Madeleine (4) and Zoe (2).

 

 

 

Mitchell Thomas

Mitchell Thomas Mitchell Thomas is an assistant professor and Chair of the Westmont College Theatre Arts Department. He recently appeared in The Memory of Water with the Ensemble Theatre Company and the American premiere of the Finnish play Queen C at the Lit Moon World Theater Festival. Mitchell played the title role in the award-winning Lit Moon/Westmont College co-production of Richard II for its Santa Barbara run as well as the international tour in Poland, for which he received an “Indie” award for performance. Recent directing projects have focused on the generation of new plays, working directly with playwrights. He served as the curator and producer of The Car Play Project, which featured sixteen original plays written, acted, and directed by Westmont students. He also directed, acted, and produced the world premiere of The Earthquake Predictor Rides the Bus for the Santa Barbara Off Axis Festival. He also commissioned and directed the world premiere of Rogue by the renowned experimental playwright Erik Ehn, which was subsequently invited to play at the 2006 Lit Moon World Shakespeare Festival. Before coming to Westmont, Mitchell was performing in Seattle and Los Angeles, and has appeared at the South Coast Repertory Theatre, A Noise Within, the Pasadena Playhouse, Circle X, Blank Theatre Company, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Idaho Repertory Theatre, Interplayers, and PCPA Theaterfest. He is also a member of AEA (Actors Equity Association) and SAG (Screen Actors Guild), the professional performing unions for Theatre and Film/TV. Mitchell has taught acting workshops in Poland and the United States, and has extensive experience in the Alexander Technique, Suzuki Training, Linklater and Fitzmaurice Voice work, Clowning, Stage Combat, Viewpoints, Skinner Releasing, Low Flying Trapeze, Improvisation, and many of the more traditional acting techniques. Mitchell received his MFA from the University of Washington Professional Actor Training Program in Seattle, WA.

Peter Thorrington

March 23rd, 2011

Peter ThorringtonPeter Thorrington has donated his time, talent and treasure to Opportunity International since 1990. He joined the Opportunity International-US Board in 2004 and is now Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Peter’s interest in Africa has added value to Opportunity’s operations in Mozam-bique and South Africa. He serves on the board of Banco Oportunidade de Mozambique and Opportunity Finance in South Africa, and is a member of the Opportunity International President’s Council.
Prior to working with Opportunity International, Peter served as Presi-dent and Chief Operating Officer at UTi Worldwide Inc (UTIW) where he had been a director since its formation. The company went public on NASDAQ in 2000. He has held previously many other positions includ-ing joint chief executive of BAX Global Inc, president of WTC Interna-tional Inc, co founder and managing director of Rand Freight Ltd in South Africa.
Peter received a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Cape Town and a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Natal, both in South Africa.
Peter is a member of Life Covenant Church and serves as a Trustee of Westmont College. Peter and his wife, Monique, have four children and two grandchildren.

 

Niva Tro

October 1st, 2010

Niva Tro Nivaldo Tro is chairman of the chemistry department at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California and has been a faculty member at the college since 1990. He received his B.A. degree in chemistry from Westmont College in 1985 and earned a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Stanford University in 1989, after which he performed postdoctoral research at the University of California at Berkeley. Honored as Westmont’s outstanding teacher of the year in 1994, 2001, and 2008, he was also named the college’s outstanding researcher of the year in 1996.  Professor Tro is best known for his chemistry textbooks, which are used in over 500 colleges and universities around the world.  Professor Tro lives in Santa Barbara with his wife, Ann, and their four children, Michael, Alicia, Kyle, and Kaden.  For leisure, he enjoys reading, writing, snowboarding, biking, and other outdoor activities with his family.

 

Kadita "A.T." Tshibaka

September 20th, 2010

A.T. TshibakaA.T. has extensive international experience working at Citibank. His positions have included: Country Corporate Officer (CCO) Liberia; CCO and General Manager for 11 countries in Central and Eastern Africa; Regional Supervisor for Citibank’s Business Risk Review for Brazil and six other South American countries; Division Credit Officer for Spain and Portugal; and Emerging Markets Region Head responsible for relationships with global companies in Central & Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Middle East and Africa. In July 2002, he was promoted to Head of Corporate Credit Risk for Emerging Markets. Until recently, he was a member of the Board of Directors for the Corporate Council on Africa, a not-for-profit organization focusing on promoting capital and trade flows between the United States and Africa, and serving as a representative of Citigroup. A.T. is currently Risk Director for the Wholesale and International Banking Division of Lloyds TSB Bank. He Holds a B.A. in Economics and a M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration, Dartmouth College. A.T. was born and grew up in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

 

 

Libby Vincent

February 2nd, 2009

Libby VincentLibby Vincent is a pastor and teaches systematic theology for Fuller Seminary in Northern California.  She is passionate about integrating the truths of Christian faith with the realities of daily life.  She has a particular interest in working with students and young adults and also speaks regularly at Christian conferences  In her spare time Libby enjoys:  music, bookstores, working out and her newest adventure, learning how to play drums.  She lives in Folsom with her  husband Dan, and her children, Maggie and Trent and all of their pets.

 

Libby Vincent

January 22, 2010

Libby VincentLibby Vincent is a pastor and teaches systematic theology for Fuller Seminary in Northern California.  She is passionate about integrating the truths of Christian faith with the realities of daily life.  She has a particular interest in working with students and young adults and also speaks regularly at Christian conferences  In her spare time Libby enjoys:  music, bookstores, working out and her newest adventure, learning how to play drums.  She lives in Folsom with her  husband Dan, and her children, Maggie and Trent and all of their pets.

 

 

Libby Vincent

March 28th, 2011

Libby VincentLibby Vincent is a pastor and teaches systematic theology for Fuller Seminary in Northern California.  She is passionate about integrating the truths of Christian faith with the realities of daily life.  She has a particular interest in working with students and young adults and also speaks regularly at Christian conferences  In her spare time Libby enjoys:  music, bookstores, working out and her newest adventure, learning how to play drums.  She lives in Folsom with her  husband Dan, and her children, Maggie and Trent and all of their pets.

 

 

Dennis Wadley

Dennis Wadley Dennis served as the High School Pastor at Rolling Hills Covenant Church in LA and then as the Senior Pastor at Community Covenant Church in Goleta. In 2002 Dennis and his wife, Susan started Bridges of Hope International, which is based in Santa Barbara. They moved their family to South Africa in 2003 to create a reproducible model of holistic community development that would be effecting in areas that have been ravaged as a result of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. God has blessed the work and the model is reproducing in multiple communities in South Africa and has begun in Swaziland as well. The Wadley's moved back to Santa Barbara in 2008 and Dennis oversees Bridges of Hope as well as serving as senior pastor at Community Covenant Church in Goleta once again.

 

Dennis Wadley

Wednesday February 27, 2008

President, Bridges of Hope International

Dennis Wadley

As senior pastor of Community Covenant Church in Goleta, Dennis Wadley and his wife, Susan, started Bridges of Hope International in 2002. A year later, they moved their family to South Africa to create an effective and reproducible model of holistic community development in areas ravaged by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. This model has now been adopted in communities in South Africa and Swaziland. The Wadleys plan to return to Santa Barbara in 2008 to direct Bridges of Hope.

 

 

Dennis Wadley

October 5th, 2009

Dennis WadleyDennis served for 8 years as the Pastor of High School Ministry and Student Missions at Rolling Hills Covenant Church in Los Angeles. In 1992 he became the senior pastor at Community Covenant Church of Goleta where he served for 11 years. While serving at those two churches Dennis completed my MA in Theology at Talbot Theological Seminary and completed all the coursework for my Doctorate of Ministry at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has been living ABD (All But Dissertation) for almost a decade now and hopes to complete it on the topic of Holistic Discipleship as a Model of Development in an HIV/AIDS Ravaged Community.

Dennis along with his wife, Susan, have served as the founding Co-Directors of Bridges of Hope International and Bridges of Hope South Africa. In February of 2001 they read a Time magazine article that changed the course of their lives—it was about the AIDS pandemic in Sub-Saharan Africa.  After two visits to South Africa, they moved their family to the Cape Town area in 2003 to begin an AIDS related Community Development program in the deeply impoverished and violent Cape Flats.

 During the next five years Bridges of Hope has cared for over 10,000 people in the Cape Flats through our Community Health Program, After School Program, Orphans and Vulnerable Children Ministry, HIV/AIDS Support Groups, Micro-Business Program, and Gang Member Outreach.  They have developed a boarding school for AIDS orphans called Bridges Academy, which opened in January 2008.  In 2007 the ministry expanded to include the country of Swaziland, which has a 50% AIDS infection rate.

 In December 2007, the Wadley family returned to the U.S. where Susan and Dennis continue to direct Bridges of Hope and Dennis is again serviing as the senior pastor at Community Covenant Church of Goleta.

 

Tommy Walker

Wednesday October 24, 2007

Songwriter and Worship Pastor, Christian Assembly Church

Tommy Walker

Tommy Walker has led worship at Christian Assembly in Eagle Rock, Calif., since 1990. He writes, arranges and rehearses songs with the worship team, recording many of them with Get Down Ministries. He is always looking for new and fresh ways to worship our gracious God. His ministies includes traveling with Promise Keepers, Harvest Crusades, the Christian Assembly Worship Band and Youth With A Mission. Tommy and his wife, Robin, have four children.

 

 

 

 

Walt Wangerin Jr.

Wednesday March 5, 2008

Author and Professor, Valparaiso University

Walter Wangerin

Award-winning author Walt Wangerin Jr. joined Valparaiso University’s faculty in 1991 as the Emil and Elfriede Jochum university professor to teach theology and writing. He gained prominence as the author of The Book of the Dun Cow, which won the National Book Award. He is widely known as a speaker, storyteller and the author of more than 30 books, ranging from fiction to children’s stories to practical theology and devotionals. Previously, he served as an inner-city pastor for 16 years.

 

 

 

Walter Wangerin

Walter WangerinAward-winning author Walt Wangerin Jr. joined Valparaiso University’s faculty in 1991 as the Emil and Elfriede Jochum University professor and teaches theology and writing. Wangerin first came into national prominence as the author of “The Book of the Dun Cow,” which won the National Book Award. He is widely known as a speaker, storyteller and the author of more than 30 books, ranging from fiction to children’s stories to practical theology and devotionals. His honors include The New York Times’ Best Children’s Book award, six Golden Medallion Book Awards, the American Book Award and the C. S. Lewis Award. Wangerin’s most recent book, “Jesus: A Novel,” was released in the fall of 2005 and focuses on the life of Jesus from his early childhood through his death and resurrection. In February 2006, a musical adaptation of “The Book of the Dun Cow” opened off-Broadway in New York. Wangerin was speaker for the Lutheran Vespers radio program from 1994 through January 2005, and prior to joining Valparaiso’s faculty he served as an inner-city pastor in Evansville, Ind., for 16 years.

 

Greg Waybright

February 20th, 2009

Greg WaybrightGregory L. Waybright is the Senior Pastor at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena since September, 2007. Prior to serving at Lake Avenue, Dr. Waybright was president of Trinity International University and pastor of three congregations.

Dr. Waybright earned the doctor of philosophy in New Testament theology from Marquette University, a master of divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, a master of arts in communication from Wheaton Graduate School, a bachelor of arts in biblical studies and philosophy from Wheaton College, and a diploma in pastoral studies from Moody Bible Institute. Dr. Waybright has studied and done research at Tyndale House and Cambridge University in England.

He and his wife, Chris, have two children (one of which, Kevin, is a senior at Westmont) and now reside in Pasadena, California.

 

Denny Wayman

Monday November 12, 2007

Senior Pastor, Free Methodist Church, Santa Barbara

Denny Wayman

Denny Wayman has been pastor of Free Methodist Church in Santa Barbara since 1976. He maintains a full practice as a pastoral counselor and co-writes a movie commentary, Cinema In Focus. A contributing editor to Human Behavior for Light and Life Magazine, he is assistant superintendent for the Southern California Conference of the Free Methodist Church. He and his wife, Cheryl, clinical director of the Cliff Drive Christian Counseling Center, have two grown sons.

 

 

Pamela Wilhelms

February 8th, 2012

Pamela WilhelmsPamela Wilhelms is a social architect, organizational consultant and executive coach. Her work in social architecture focuses on the invisible systems and structures in organizations that ignite creativity, innovation, design, and tap the collective intelligence and soul of the organization. This transformational work drives a shift in culture from mechanistic, hierarchical frameworks to models based on complex adaptive living systems and higher performance on multiple dimensions.

Her coaching with executives is an integral leadership model, which applies recent research in psychophysiology, social neuroscience, spiral dynamics and quantum physics to the practical aspects of leading organizations.

As lead architect for WCG, the company she founded in 1987, Pamela now focuses the work on businesses building capacity for multiple bottom line measurements, and coaching leaders in all sectors of society who are shaping the shift towards an abundant regenerative economy. Pamela has worked with leaders from more than 40 countries, on five continents, and from organizations as varied as Fortune 20 companies, the White House, the United Nations, natural resource agencies, social entrepreneurs and community leaders.

Her latest endeavor is the Soul of the Next Economy Initiative, which connects global thought leaders and action leaders for innovation and profound deep change in individual, organizational and societal systems for the flourishing of life on the planet. With undergraduate studies in environmental engineering, landscape architecture and urban design, and graduate work in psychology, theology, leadership and organizational behavior, she is positioned to see the systems intersections and passionate about radical collaboration across traditional boundaries. Pamela has designed award winning multi-year leadership academies and taught in graduate programs for many universities including Harvard, Georgetown, Yale, the University of California and Stanford.

 

Dallas Willard

Friday September 21, 2007

Author and Professor of Philosophy, USC

Dallas Willard

Dallas Willard has taught philosophy at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles since 1965. A prolific author and frequent speaker, he is best known for Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives (1988). His book Renovation of the Heart (2002) received Christianity Today 2003 Book Award in the spirituality category, and The Divine Conspiracy (1998) was selected as the magazine Book of the Year for 1999. He earned his doctorate at the University of Wisconsin.

 

 

Dallas Willard

September 12th, 2011

Dallas Willard

Dallas Willard is a Professor in the School of Philosophy at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He has taught at USC since 1965, where he was Director of the School of Philosophy from 1982-1985. He has also taught at the University of Wisconsin (Madison, 1960-1965), and has held visiting appointments at UCLA (1969) and the University of Colorado (1984).

His undergraduate studies were at William Jewell College, Tennessee Temple College (B.A., 1956, Psychology) and Baylor University (B.A., 1957, Philosophy and Religion); and his Graduate education was at Baylor University and the University of Wisconsin (Ph. D., 1964: Major in Philosophy, Minor in the History of Science).

His philosophical publications are mainly in the areas of epistemology, the philosophy of mind and of logic, and on the philosophy of Edmund Husserl, including extensive translations of Husserl's early writings from German into English. His English translation and edition of Edmund Husserl's Philosophy of Arithmetic was released in September, 2003. His Logic and the Objectivity of Knowledge, a study of Husserl's early philosophy, appeared in 1984, and his Early Writings in the Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics (1993) makes available to the English reader nearly all of the shorter philosophical works that Husserl produced on the way to the phenomenological breakthrough recorded in his Logical Investigations of 1900-1901.

He also lectures and publishes in religion. His most recent book, Knowing Christ Today, was published in May 2009. The Great Omission, which was published in 2006, received a Christianity Today annual Book Award in the Christian Living category in 2007. Renovation of the Heart was published in May 2002, and received Christianity Today's 2003 Book Award in the category of Spirituality. The Divine Conspiracy was released in 1998 and selected Christianity Today's "Book of the Year" for 1999. The Spirit of the Disciplines appeared in 1988, and Hearing God (1999) first appeared as In Search of Guidance in 1984 (2nd edition in 1993).

He has served on the boards of the C.S. Lewis Foundation and Biola University, and is a member of numerous evaluation committees for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (accreditation). His academic honors include:

ALPHA LAMBDA DELTA National Honor Society, Initiation May 1991; Lecturer in Corsi Estivi Internazionali di Filosofia, Bozen, Italy, 1990; PHI KAPPA PHI National Honor Society, Initiation in May 1990; USC Student Senate Award for Outstanding Faculty of the Year, 1984;  Faculty participant in the COLLEGIUM PHAENOMENOLOGICUM at Monteripido (Perugia, Italy), summer 1977; USC Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1976-1977; Recipient (1976) of Blue Key National Honor Fraternity's "Outstanding Faculty Member" award for outstanding contributions to student life at USC; Danforth Associate 1967-1975.

Dallas was born in Buffalo, Missouri, USA, September 4, 1935. He married Jane Lakes of Macon, Georgia, in 1955. They live in Southern California, where Jane is a Marriage and Family Therapist. They have two children, John and Becky (married to Bill Heatley), and a granddaughter, Larissa.

 

 

Herma Williams

Monday November 26, 2007

Provost, Fresno Pacific University

Herma Williams

Herma Williams became provost and academic vice president at Fresno Pacific University in 2006. Previously, as associate provost at Gordon College, she helped build enrollments of under-represented students and recruit a more diverse faculty. Williams earned her doctorate at Iowa State University, completed post-doctoral studies at Harvard University and was named a Kellogg Foundation and Ford Foundation fellow. She and her husband, Eric, have two grown children.

 

 

Russell Willingham

November 10th, 2010

Russell WillinghamRussell Willingham is the Executive Director of NCM. He oversees individual counseling, group counseling and the overall vision of the ministry. He speaks at events around the nation on issues related to sexual brokenness, the healing process and spiritual formation. He has found much wholeness from Jesus for the broken areas of his own life that date back to childhood. He is the author of two books, Breaking Free and Relational Masks (both published by InterVarsity Press). Russell and his wife Keri have two children and are members of Delta Life Foursquare Church.

 

 

 

Telford Work

Telford C. Work Telford Work is associate professor of theology at Westmont College. He is the author of the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible: Deuteronomy (Brazos, 2009), Ain’t Too Proud to Beg: Living through the Lord’s Prayer (Eerdmans, 2007), and Living and Active: Scripture in the Economy of Salvation (Eerdmans, 2002). He is also a contributor and signatory of In One Body through the Cross: the Princeton Proposal for Christian Unity (Eerdmans, 2003). He is on the board of the Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theology and associate editor of Pro Ecclesia. His Ph.D. in religion (theology and ethics) is from Duke University, where he minored in New Testament and Islamics and distinguished himself by failing to attend even one basketball game. He also holds an M.A. in theological and biblical studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, at whose Santa Barbara extension campus he teaches, and a B.A. in political science from Stanford University. He and his wife Kim have four children; he is an assistant Scoutmaster in his boys’ Scout troop.

Telford Work

Telford C. Work Telford Work is associate professor of theology at Westmont College. He is the author of Ain’t Too Proud to Beg: Living through the Lord’s Prayer (Eerdmans, 2007) and Living and Active: Scripture in the Economy of Salvation (Eerdmans, 2002), and a contributor and signatory of In One Body through the Cross: the Princeton Proposal for Christian Unity (Eerdmans, 2003). His articles have appeared in Oxford University Press and Eerdmans books, Theology Today, Scottish Journal of Theology, International Journal of Systematic Theology, Pro Ecclesia, Books & Culture, Christianity Today, St. Vladimir’s Seminary Quarterly, Perspectives, The New Pantagruel, Studies in Interreligious Dialogue, and Re:generation Quarterly. He is also an associate editor of Pro Ecclesia. His Ph.D. in religion (theology and ethics) is from Duke University, where he minored in New Testament and Islamic's and distinguished himself by failing to attend even one basketball game. He also holds an M. A. in theological and biblical studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, at whose Santa Barbara extension campus he teaches, and a B. A. in political science from Stanford University. He maintains an extensive web site at http://telfordwork.net/. He and his wife Kim have four children (Jeremy, Daniel, Junia, and Benjamin), and thus he has no time for hobbies.

 

Mike and Danae Yankoski

Mike and Danae YankoskiMike and Danae met at Westmont College in 2002 while Mike was studying Computer Science and Danae was studying English. They were married in 2005, and since then have lived in Santa Barbara, central Oregon and have spent five months traveling and researching Social Justice issues in Central & South America and Eastern Africa.  Mike & Danae currently live   in Vancouver, B.C. with their dog Elliott, where they are both pursuing their Masters of Christian Studies degrees at Regent College. The two love being   outside in God's creation, whether that is backpacking, hiking, or running.

 

Philip Yancey

April 4th, 2011

Philip YanceyA native of Atlanta, Georgia, Philip Yancey earned graduate degrees in Communications and English from Wheaton College Graduate School and the University of Chicago. He joined the staff of Campus Life Magazine in 1971, and worked there as Editor and then Publisher. He looks on those years with gratitude, because teenagers are demanding readers, and writing for them taught him a lasting principle: The reader is in control!

In 1978 Philip Yancey became a full-time writer, initially working as a journalist for such varied publications as Reader’s Digest, Publisher’s Weekly, National Wildlife, Christian Century and The Reformed Journal. For many years he wrote a monthly column for Christianity Today magazine, which he still serves as Editor at Large.

His twenty books include Where Is God When It Hurts, The Student Bible, and Disappointment with God. These books have won thirteen Gold Medallion Awards from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association and have sold more than fifteen million copies. (Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, In His Image, and The Gift of Pain were co-authored with Dr. Paul Brand.) Christian bookstore managers selected The Jesus I Never Knew as the 1996 Book of the Year, and What’s So Amazing About Grace? won the same award in 1998. His most recent books are Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?, A Skeptic’s Guide to Faith, Reaching for the Invisible God, and Soul Survivor. In 2009 a daily reader compiled from all his books was published: Grace Notes.

The Yanceys lived in downtown Chicago for many years before moving to a very different environment in Colorado. They enjoy hiking, wildlife, and all the other delights of the Rocky Mountains.

 

Hanan Yaqub

November 9th, 2009

Hanan YaqubHanan Yaqub has served since 1979 as Minister of Worship and Music at Trinity United Presbyterian Church of Santa Ana, California, where she directs an outstanding program of 12 choral and instrumental ensembles and plans weekly worship services known for their broad eclecticism. She is a graduate of Occidental College, California State University Fullerton, and the University of Southern California. Dr. Yaqub has taught choral music at the University of Southern California, California State University Fullerton, Chapman University, Scripps College, Cypress College, and Hope International University, and is a past president of the California chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.

 

Mark Yarhouse

March 9th, 2011

Mark YarhouseDr. Mark Yarhouse specializes in the areas of marriage and family therapy, human sexuality, integration of psychology and theology, sexual identity, and ethics. Since 1998 he has taught in the doctoral program at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

He has published a number of books, including Modern Psychopathologies: A Comprehensive Christian Appraisal (2005), and Homosexuality: The Use of Scientific Research in the Church's Moral Debate (2000). In 2004 Dr. Yarhouse developed the Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity (ISSI) at Regent.

He received a Psy.D. in clinical studies, an M.A. in clinical psychology, and an M.A. in theological studies from Wheaton College, as well as a B.A. in philosophy and art with a minor in psychology from Calvin College.

 

 

Fareed Zakaria

Monday February 25, 2008

Editor of Newsweek International, Columnist, Host of Foreign Exchange on PBS, Analyst for ABC News

Fareed Zakaris

Fareed Zakaria oversees Newsweek’s eight editions throughout the world and writes a regular column for the magazine discussing issues such as terrorism, national security and the global economy. He also appears regularly on PBS and ABC . His books include the best-selling The Future of Freedom and From Wealth to Power. A graduate of Yale, he earned a doctorate in political science at Harvard and edited the journal Foreign Affairs.