Faculty

Our goal is to prepare leaders for a lifetime of ministry and become a worldwide partner of churches and other ministry training institutions supporting the advancement of the Kingdom of God. Meet the president, senior administrators, board of trustees, faculty and administrative staff who oversee all aspects of Life Pacific College.


Full-Time Professors

Jim W. Adams

Jim W. Adams is a Professor of Bible and Theology at Life Pacific College, located in San Dimas, California. He has earned a B.A. degree in Bible with an emphasis in Biblical Languages from Life Pacific College, an M.A. in Biblical Studies from Azusa Pacific University, and a Ph.D. in Theology with an emphasis in Old Testament from Fuller Theological Seminary. He specializes in hermeneutics, Old Testament studies, theology, and Hebrew and Greek. He has authored a book and several articles.

Role

Professor (since 1996)

Fun Fact

Known by students as “JDub”, Jim can almost always be caught wearing a striped sweater and holding a Starbucks water cup.

Education

B.A., Life Pacific College, 1995; M.A., Azusa Pacific University, 1998; Ph.D., Fuller Seminary 2004

Ministry Experience

Pastoral Ministry

Mick Bates

Dr. Bates is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, holds an MBA from Regent University, and a Doctor of Management with George Fox University. Over the last 10 years of his higher education career, Dr. Mick Bates has served as an Associate Professor in Business Administration at Waynesburg University and as the Director of the Innovative Enterprises Program/Associate Professor at Taylor University. His primary charter was to imbue the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship inside and outside of campus. Over the years he has fostered student innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities within the classroom and through a host of extracurricular activities such as a statewide business plan competition, work-for-hire student consulting and an on-campus incubator.

Role

Associate Professor

Fun Fact

As God provides, Mick loves to go to Kodiak Island in Alaska to fly-fish the river system for Coho (silver) salmon.

Education

B.S. United States Military Academy at West Point, M.B.A. Regent University, D.Mgmt. George Fox University

Ministry Experience

Higher Education and Business as Mission

Mark Duzik

Mark Duzik has served the Foursquare Church for over 25 years as a lead pastor, staff pastor, and Associate Professor and Chair of the Biblical Studies program at Life Pacific College. He received his B.A. from LIFE, M.A. from Azusa Pacific University, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. through Asia Life University. A New Testament generalist, Mark teaches courses on the Gospels, Romans, 1 Peter, and Greek at LIFE and Azusa Pacific University. He has been married to his much-better half for nearly thirty years and has four delightful daughters.

Role

Associate Professor – Chair, Biblical Studies (Since 1989)

Fun Fact

Mark has a cardboard cut out of Spock in his office, who bids visitors, “Live long and prosper.”

Education

B.A., Life Pacific College, 1981; M.A., Azusa Pacific University, 1997

Ministry Experience

Pastoral Ministry

Frank Markow

He holds a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Patten University, an M.A. in Church Ministries from Church of God Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from the School of Global Leadership and Entrepreneurship at Regent University. He has served as an associate pastor at the San Leandro, Ca. Foursquare Church, where he developed and directed a training institute. He was previously Associate Professor in Biblical Studies, Chair of Christian Leadership, Executive Director of External Programs at Patten University in Oakland, Ca. and the Associate Director for the Church of God Theological Seminary Northern California Extension Center. Dr. Markow is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Leadership Studies, a member of the Academy of Management and the International Leadership Association, has presented at academic conferences and has been published in peer reviewed journals and books. His research interests are in the areas of vocational calling, organizational behavior, leadership development and adult education.

Role

Associate Professor – Director, Degree Completion (Since 2005)

Fun Fact

Frank was born at the Queen of Angels Hospital in Los Angeles. This hospital no longer exists, but the building is still there, it is now The Dream Center. For fun, Frank likes to take photographs, play guitar, and produce electronic music.

Education

A.A., El Camino College, 1984; B.A., Patten University, 1997; M.A., Church of God Theological Seminary, 2000; Ph.D., Regent University, 2007

Ministry Experience

Pastoral Ministry; Faculty, Patten University

Michael Salmeier

Dr. Michael A. Salmeier is the Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Bible and Theology at Life Pacific College. He received his D.Phil. from the University of Oxford. A revised version of his doctoral thesis is due out in 2011 as Restoring the Kingdom: The Role of God as the “Ordainer of Times and Seasons” in the Acts of the Apostles, published in the Princeton Theological Monograph Series. Dr. Salmeier has taught at Azusa Pacific University and Talbot School of Theology and has given presentations in various venues from local churches to national conferences.

Role

Associate Professor (Since 2005) - Academic Dean (Since 2009)

Fun Fact

Michael and his wife Jonelle enjoy traveling, movies, and visits to theme parks.

Education

B.S., University of Idaho, 1991; B.Th., Life Pacific College, 1995; M.A., Talbot School of Theology, 1999; M.S.T., University of Oxford, 2003; D. Phil, University of Oxford, 2006

Ministry Experience

Pastoral Ministry

Terry Samples

Terry Samples received his B.A. from LIFE Bible College in 1976, M.A. in Religion and Social Ethics from Azusa Pacific University in 1990, going on to complete a doctorate in the same field at the University of Southern California in 1997. His leadership experience spans teaching, administrative, ministry, and pastoral fields. Beginning in youth ministry in 1976, Samples went on to become the Foursquare National Youth Director, a senior pastor and hold various directorships in the Foursquare church. Since 1997, Samples has held a professorship and the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Life Pacific College and an adjunct professorship at APU. He currently serves as the Chair of the Transformational Ministry Program at LIFE. He currently lives in Claremont with his wife, Gayle. His specialty is in Leadership and Ethics in the Church. He regularly teaches and speaks in churches and conferences around the globe.

Role

Professor, Chair of Transformational Ministry Degree

Fun Fact

He is the best Grandpa ever. Recently his six year old grand-daughter had a choice to go to Disneyland or Papa’s house. She chose Papa’s house!

Education

B.A. Life Pacific College, 1976; M.A. Azusa Pacific University in Religion and Social Ethics, 1990; Ph.D. University of Southern California, 1997

Ministry Experience

Youth Pastor, Foursquare National Youth Leader, Senior Pastor, Foursquare District Superintendent, 35 years leading missions’ teams around the globe, currently one of the leadership team of a house church network.

Mark Schwartz

Mark Schwartz is an Assistant Professor of English at Life Pacific College, the Chair of the General Education Department, and the Director of the Writing Center. He graduated from Vanguard University (formerly Southern California College) with a B.A. in English in 1994, and from California State University Long Beach with an M.A. in English Literature in 2003. He is currently working on his Ph.D. in Education at Walden University. His research interest is in critical thinking as it applies to higher education.

Role

Assistant Professor (Since 2003)

Fun Fact

Mark has a small metal plate and two screws in his right wrist. He broke the bone about 20 years ago, and the plate & screws were inserted. They never had to come out, so they are still in there.

Education

B.A., Vanguard University, 1994; M.A., Long Beach State, 2003; Ph.D, Walden University, in process

Ministry Experience

Faculty, Vanguard University

Gayle Samples

Dr. Gayle M. Samples is the co-founder, Executive Director, and Lead Clinical Supervisor of Emmaus Road Christian Counseling – a counseling center located on the Life Pacific College campus. Gayle is an alumnus of Life Bible College and graduated in 2000 from Trinity College of Graduate Studies with a master’s degree in counseling psychology. She became a California state-licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in 2004 and graduated with her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University in 2009. Gayle is also a CAMFT Certified Supervisor and enjoys inspiring students at Life Pacific College toward careers and ministry in the helping profession.

Role

Associate Professor

Education

B.A., Life Pacific College, 1977; M.A., Trinity College of Graduate Studies, 2000; Ph.D., Regent University, 2009; Ministry Experience: Pastoral Ministry, Counseling, Director of Emmaus Road Counseling

Dan Stewart

Dr. Dan Stewart is the former President of LPC. He has served as a Pastor in four significant churches, and as LEAD Director for the Foursquare Church which was a training and equipping program for Pastors. He has traveled for over 35 years to East Africa, training, teaching and raising up leaders in the Mt. Kenya area. He joined Life Pacific’s faculty 24 years ago, and has continued to teach and Pastor while raising up younger leaders to engage this world. He has taught at three significant Universities and He is married to Connie and has three awesome children. He continues to teach, write, and leads yearly teams to Africa and Israel.

Role

Professor (Since 1988)

Fun Fact

When Dan plays paintball…the back of his shirt says, “Say your prayers”.

Education

B.A., Southern California College, 1976; M.A., Azusa Pacific University, 1984; M.M., Azusa Pacific University, 1986; M.Div., Azusa Pacific University, 1988; D.Min., Haggard School of Theology, 2010

Ministry Experience

Pastoral Ministry, President of Life Pacific College, 2003–2008

Brian Tomhave

Brian Tomhave has served as the Director of Distance Learning at LPC since 1999 and as Associate Dean for Non-Traditional Studies since 2010. He is a graduate of Christ for the Nations Institute, Life Pacific College, and Fuller Theological Seminary. He is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Instructional Technology & Distance Education through Nova Southeastern University. He is committed to helping make education accessible to students by removing geographical, financial, and structural barriers.

Role

Assistant Professor – Associate Academic Dean of Non-Traditional Studies. (Since 1999)

Fun Fact

Education

B.A., Life Pacific College, 1990; M.A., Fuller Theological Seminary, 1994; Ed.D., Nova Southeastern University , in process

Ministry Experience

Pastoral Ministry

Karen Tremper

Karen is an Associate Professor in Bible and Theology at Life Pacific College. She is also the Director of Global Life. She has earned degrees: a B.A. in Home Economic with an emphasis in Food Service from California State University, Fresno, an MAT from Fuller Theological Seminary and her Ph.D. at the School of Intercultural studies at Fuller Theological Seminary. Prior to her coming to LPC, Karen and her husband Mark worked with Wycliffe Bible Translators as linguists working among Eastern Keres Pueblo Indians for 10 years. She has also served with Youth With a Mission as a staff person and then as the director of Discipleship Training Schools in Harpenden, UK. Karen is passionate about teaching and training this generation of emerging leaders using the globe as her classroom.

Role

Assistant Professor (Since 2004)

Fun Fact

Karen did not travel outside of the United States until after she was thirty years old, now she has visited 25 countries and is still traveling to more!

Education

B.A., California State University Fresno, 1977; M.A. Fuller Theological Seminary, 2004; Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary (2013)

Ministry Experience

Wycliffe Bible Translator Eastern Keres Pueblo Indians, YWAM DTS Director

Sophia Magallanes

Sophia A. Magallanes is Assistant Professor of Theology & Biblical Studies at Life Pacific College, located in San Dimas, California. She has earned a B.A. degree in Biblical Studies from Azusa Pacific University, an M.A. in Biblical Studies from Azusa Pacific University, an M.A. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Divinity with an emphasis in Hebrew Scriptures/Old Testament from the University of Edinburgh. She specializes in Hebrew Poetry & Wisdom Literature, Old Testament studies, theology, and Hebrew and Greek. She has authored several articles and is in the middle of editing her Ph.D. Thesis for Publication.

Role

Assistant Professor (2014)

Fun Fact

Sophia currently has a music project to be released at the end of the year by an independent folk label in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Education

Education: B.A., Azusa Pacific University, 2002; M.A.R., Azusa Pacific University, 2004; M.A.T., Fuller Theological Seminary, 2006; Ph.D. University of Edinburgh; Ministry Experience: Youth Ministry, Missions

Ministry Experience

Pastoral Ministry, Marriage and Family Counseling, High School Science Teacher

Eric Lopez

Eric L. Lopez is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Bible and Theology at Life Pacific College, located in San Dimas, California. He earned his B.A. in Biblical Studies from Life Pacific College, an M.A. in Theological Studies from George Fox Evangelical Seminary. He is a candidate for a Ph.D. in Theology & Religion from Durham University located in Durham, United Kingdom where he and his family lived for almost three years. He and his wife Tara co-pastored young adults and served as senior pastors for several years in addition to serving in a variety of capacities in music ministry and as guest speakers and cell groups leaders. Professor Lopez has taught at George Fox Evangelical Seminary, Multnomah University and given presentations at various local and international churches and academic conferences. He specializes in the Trinitarian thought of Maximus the Confessor and historical theology with research interests in Biblical Studies, history of biblical interpretation, areas of systematic theology and Ancient Greek. He enjoys playing soccer, guitar/bass and spending time with family.

Role

Visiting Assistant Professor (2013)

Fun Fact

Eric is named after the classic rock artist Eric Clapton.

Education

B.A., Life Pacific College, 2003; M.A. George Fox University, 2009; Ph.D. Durham University, in process;

Ministry Experience

Young Adult Ministry, Pastoral Ministry


Adjunct and Guest Professors

Joshua Arnold

Role
Adjunct Instructor (2011); Director of Student Development
Education
B.Th., Life Bible College East, 2003; M.Ed., Regent University, 2007

Debra Baker

Role
Adjunct Instructor (2014)
Education
B.A., Trinity Christian College, 1987; M.S.W., Cal State San Bernardino, 1994
Experience
Adjunct Professor, Social Worker for Riverside County

Robert Brocco

Role
Adjunct Instructor (2008)
Education
B.S., University of South Wales. 1988; Post-Graduate Diploma, University of Southern Queensland; M.A., The Financial Services Institute of Australia, in process;
Ministry Experience
Pastoral Ministry, Marriage and Family Counseling, High School Science Teacher

Christel Carroll

Role
Adjunct Instructor (2011)
Education
B.A., Life Pacific College, 2004; M.Div., Azusa Pacific University, 2009
Ministry Experience
Youth/young adult Ministry, Discipleship, Adult Sunday School

David Chumley

Role
Adjunct Professor (2009)
Education
B.A., Life Bible College, 1989; M.A., Johnson Bible College, 2007; D.Miss., Fuller Theological Seminary, in progress
Ministry Experience
Youth Ministry, Pastoral Ministry

Deborah Courtney

Role
Adjunct Professor (2011)
Education
B.A., Mt. Vernon Bible College, 1977; M.A., Ashland Theological Seminary, 1997
Ministry Experience
Faculty (Life East), Worship Ministry, Pastoral Ministry

Pat Crowder

Role
Adjunct Professor (2004)
Education
B.B.A., Angelo St. University, 1981; M.Div, Regent University, 1995; M.A., Regent University, 1995
Ministry Experience
Coordinator of Ministries, Director of Student Affairs (LEBC and LPC), Pastoral Ministry

Judith Csonka

Role
Adjunct Instructor (2011) – Assistant Director of College Relations
Education
B.A., Life Pacific College 2010; M.B.A., Azusa Pacific University, in process;
Experience
Administration, Graphic Design, Marketing, College Ministry, Prayer Team, and Children’s Ministry

Ric Guerra

Role
Adjunct Professor (2013)
Education
B.A., Azusa Pacific University, 1995; M.B.A., University of Southern California, 2003
Ministry Experience
Pastoral Ministry, District Administrator & Church Health Coordinator (Foursquare)

Paul Greer

Role
Adjunct Professor (2014)
Education
B.A., LIFE Bible College, 2000; M.A., Azusa Pacific University, 2006
Ministry Experience
Missions, Youth Ministry, Leadership, Marriage & Family

Joanna Hampton

Role
Adjunct Professor (2011)
Education
B.A., Virginia Tech, 1993; M.A., Virginia Tech, 1995;
Experience Virginia Teaching License ESL (K-12) and English (6-12)

Carissa Hawksworth

Role
Adjunct Professor (2014)
Education
B.A., Life Pacific College, 2007; M.A., Regent University, 2011
Ministry Experience
Dramatic Literature, Acting, Ministry through Drama, Public Speaking, Intro to the Arts

Soyoung Kim

Role
Adjunct Professor (2012)
Education
B.M., Manhattan School of Music, 1996; M.M. Manhattan School of Music, 1998; M.A., Life Pacific College, 2012
Ministry Experience
Chamber and orchestral performing, choral accompanist, piano teaching

Mike Larkin

Role
Adjunct Professor (2005)
Education
B.Th., International Reform University, 1991; B.S., Pacific Christian College, 1997; MBA, Hope International University, 1999; Ph. D., Korea LIFE University, 2009
Ministry Experience
Pastoral Ministry, Director Foursquare Missions International, Director of Ignite Academy.

Remi Lawanson

Role
Adjunct Professor (2012)
Education
B.Sc., University of Lagos, 1978; M.A., Fuller Theological Seminary, 2002; Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary, 2007
Ministry Experience
Adjunct Faculty, Mission, Church Multiplication, Relief & Compassion, and Urban Ministries Coordination for the GLA District of Foursquare churches; Facilitating Church planting and pioneering mission work in Africa, Asia, Middle East, and North America.

Ryan Lytton

Role
Adjunct Professor (2012)
Education
B.A., Life Pacific College, 2007; M.A., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, in process
Ministry Experience
Pastoral Ministry

Scott Martz

Role
Adjunct Professor (2010)
Education
B.A., Life Pacific College, 2003; M.A., Azusa Pacific University, 2009
Ministry Experience
Pastoral Ministry

Christine Mina

Role
Adjunct Professor (2014)
Education
B.A., BIOLA University, 2008; M.A., Azusa Pacific University, 2013
Ministry Experience
Adoption Social Worker (Olive Crest Foster & Adoption Agency)

Thomas Molloy

Role
Adjunct Professor (2012)
Education
B.A., Life Pacific College, 2007; M.A., Talbot School of Theology, 2011
Ministry Experience
Pastoral Ministry, Youth Ministry

Erica Mongé-Greer

Role
Adjunct Professor (2011)
Education
B.A., Vanguard University, 2000; M.A. Fuller Theological Seminary, 2008; M.A., Fuller Theological Seminary, 2012
Experience
Editor and Writing Coach, Adjunct Professor (Vanguard University)

Jeffrey Neu

Role
Adjunct Professor (2014)
Education
B.A., Azusa Pacific University, 2011; M.A., University of La Verne, 2013
Experience
Adjunct Professor (Azusa Pacific University); Non-profit consultant

Robert Normandie

Role
Adjunct Professor (2013)
Education
B.M., California State University Fullerton, 2008; M.M., California State University Northridge, 2010
Experience
Instructor (Hillside Arts Academy); Composer; Guitar Instructor

Daryl Ono

Role
Adjunct Professor (2014)
Education
B.A., UCLA, 1981; M.B.A., Claremont Graduate School, 1982; M.S. So. Methodist, 2002; M.S., Golden Gate, 2003; M.S., So. Methodist, 2005; M.S. So. Methodist, 2005; Ph.D., Pacific Western, 1996
Experience
Treasurer (JACOM Credit Union), Accountant (So Cal Edison), Faculty (University of Phoenix), Faculty (Keller Graduate School)

Andrew Opie

Role
Adjunct Professor (2014)
Education
B.A., Life Pacific College, 2002; M.A., Wheaton College, 2013
Ministry Experience
Instructor, Foursquare Thailand Bible College, Instructor, Good News Study Center

Vikram Peters

Role
Adjunct Professor (2014)
Education
B.A., Loyola College, 1993; M.A., Vanguard University, 2000
Experience
Instructor (Latin American Bible Institute)

Nanyamka Redmond

Role
Adjunct Professor (2014)
Education
B.A., Occidental College, 2004; M.A., Azusa Pacific University, 2012; Ph.D., Fuller Seminary, in process
Experience
Teacher, Maranatha High School

Angie Richey

Role
Adjunct Professor (2000) – Director of College Relations (2008) - Vice President (2012)
Education
B.A., Life Pacific College, 1997; M.Ed., Hope International University, 2003; M.A., Marriage and Family Therapy, Hope International University, 2009
Ministry Experience
Pastoral Ministry, Education, Counseling, Assistant DIrector Emmaus Road Counseling

Heather Schwartz

Role
Adjunct Professor (2011)
Education
B.S., Vanguard University, 2000; M.S., Vanguard University, 2005
Ministry Experience
Worship Ministry, Women’s Ministry

David Turner

Role
Adjunct Professor (2007)
Education
B.A., Life Pacific College, 2001; M.A., Azusa Pacific University, 2006
Ministry Experience
Pastoral Ministry