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.

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Richard Israel

Chair, Department of Religion
Director: Graduate Programs in Religion
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.

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Greg Austring

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

Areas of Specialization: Cross-cultural adaptation, worldview and culture as they relate to ethics and religion.

Education: B.A. and M.A., Vanguard University of Southern California; Ph.D. School of Intercultural Studies, Biola University.

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Sheri Benvenuti, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Social Ethics

Areas of Specialization: Biblical and Social Ethics.

Education: Ph.D from the University of Southern California

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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.

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David G. Clark

Professor Emeritus

Areas of Specialization: Intertestamental Period, New Testament, Bible Prophecy, New Testament Greek. Particular interest in Classical Mythologies and Theology of C.S. Lewis.

Education: Diploma, Apostolic Bible College; B.A., Southern California College; Ph.D., University of Notre Dame.

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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.

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Roger D. Heuser

Professor of Leadership Studies
Director, Judkins Institute for Leadership Studies

Areas of Specialization: leadership, spirituality, and mission in a global context.

Education: B.A., Trinity College; M.A., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Ph.D., New York University.

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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.

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Jesse Miranda

Adjunct Professor
Director, Center for Urban Studies & Hispanic Leadership

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

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Douglas Petersen

Margaret S. Smith Distinguished Professor of World Missions and Intercultural Studies
Judkins Institute for Leadership 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.

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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.

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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.

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April Westbrook

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., Claremont Graduate University.

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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.

Department of Religion Adjuncts

  • BENVENUTI, Sheri: Christian Heritage and Christian Worldview
  • CUFFARI, Steve: Foundations of Christian Life
  • ESCOBEDO, Daniella:  New Testament Survey
  • HICKS, Richard:  New Teatament Survey
  • FESSLER, Brenton: Introduction to Youth Ministry
  • JACKSON, Alicia: Old Testament Survey
  • ROBECK, John Mark:  Foundations of Christian Life
  • ROBERSON, Markita: New Testament Survey and Old Testament Survey
  • SCOTT, Sarah: Introduction to Christian Formation & Discipleship
  • SIM, John: New Testament Survey
  • SMITHSON, Drew: Camp Leadership
  • STEFAN, Crinisor: Christian Heritage & New Testament Survey
  • WILLIAMS, William: Old Testament Background & Exodus
  • YOUNG, Tim: Practicum – Resident Assistants