The Department of Religion faculty represent many years of academic and ministerial experience both in the United States and abroad. Our faculty are sought after speakers at conferences and seminars; are published authors; and are editors of globally recognized Journals in the areas of Pentecostalism, missiology, leadership studies and theology of C.S. Lewis.

Richard Israel

Richard Israel

Professor of Old Testament

Areas of Specialization: Old Testament Prophets, Wisdom Literature, Psalms
Education: B.A., Northwest University; M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary; M.A., and Ph.D. Claremont Graduate University.

Greg Austring

Greg Austring

Graduate Programs Director, Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies, Religion and Ethics Chair, SPS General Education

Areas of Specialization: Intercultural and Pastoral Studies.
Education: B.A. and M.A., Vanguard University of Southern California; Ph.D. (Candidate) School of Intercultural Studies, Biola University.

Jerry Camery-Hoggatt

Jerry Camery-Hoggatt

Professor of Narrative Theology and New Testament

Areas of Specialization: Early Christian Origins, Narrative Theology and New Testament Studies. Particular interest in method and content in the study of the Gospels.
Education: B.A., Southern California College; M.T.S., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Boston University.

Willem H. Dogterom

Willem H. Dogterom

Professor of Pastoral Ministries Associate Chair, School for Professional Studies in Religion

Areas of Specialization: Pastoral Ministry, Spirituality, and Practical Theology. Particular interest in Spiritual Formation for lifetime ministry regardless of vocation.
Education: Diploma in Theology, Northwest Bible College; B.A., North American Baptist College; M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary; D.Min., Fuller Theological Seminary.

Roger D. Heuser

Roger D. Heuser

Professor of Leadership Studies

Areas of Specialization: leadership, spirituality, and practical theology
Education: B.A., Trinity College; M.A., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Ph.D., New York University.

Frank Macchia

Frank Macchia

Professor of Theology Editor, PNEUMA: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies.

Areas of Specialization: Systematic Theology, Ecumenical Theology and Pentecostal Theology.
Education: B.A., Southern California College; M.A., Wheaton College Graduate School; M.Div., Union Theological Seminary (New York); D. Theol., University of Basel, Switzerland.

Jesse Miranda

Jesse Miranda

Adjunct Professor Director, Center for Urban Studies & Hispanic Leadership

Education: B.A., Vanguard University; M.A., Talbot Seminary; M.S., California State University; D. Min., Fuller Theological Seminary.

Douglas Petersen

Douglas Petersen

Margaret S. Smith Distinguished Professor of World Missions and Intercultural Studies

Areas of Specialization: Ethics, World Missions, and Intercultural Studies.
Education: Diploma, Northwest Bible College; B.A., Southern California College; M.A., Pepperdine University; Ph.D., Oxford Centre for Mission Studies in Oxford, England.

Edmund J. Rybarczyk

Edmund J. Rybarczyk

Professor of Systematic Theology

Areas of Specialization: Eastern Orthodox Theology and Pentecostal-Charismatic History.
Education: B.A., Southern California College; M.A. and Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary.

Gary J. Tyra

Gary J. Tyra

Professor of Biblical and Practical Theology

Areas of Specialization: Theology, Spiritual and Ministry Formation.
Education: B.A., West Coast Christian College; M.Div. and D.Min., Fuller Theological Seminary.

April Westbrook

April Westbrook

Religion Department Chair, Professor of Old Testament

Area of Specialization: Old Testament Studies.
Education: B.A., Life Pacific College; M.A. Vanguard University of Southern California; Ph.D. candidate, Claremont Graduate University.

William C. Williams

William C. Williams

Adjunct Professor of Old Testament Professor Emeritus

Areas of Specialization: Hebrew, West Semitic Languages and Old Testament Studies.
Education: Diploma, Northeast Bible Institute; B.A., Central Bible College; M.A., Central Bible College; M.A., New York University; Ph.D., New York University; Post-doctoral Study, Hebrew University, Jerusalem; the American Institute of Holy land Studies, Jerusalem.

Adjunct Professors of Graduate Religion

  • WILLIAMS, William – OTG 640 Kingdom of God in the Old Testament (Fall 2011)