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

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

David Moore

Dr. David Moore is an associate professor and has been with Life Pacific College since 1996. David holds two earned doctorates (D.Min. 1999; Ph.D. 2008) from Regent University School of Divinity, where he taught four years as a visiting professor. He also teaches as an adjunct professor for Regent University and Church of God Theological Seminary. David authored The Shepherding Movement: Controversy and Charismatic Ecclesiology published in 2003 by T & T Clark, now in a second printing. He co-wrote with Jack Hayford The Charismatic Century: The Enduring Impact of the Azusa Street Revival, published by Warner Faith in 2006.

Role

Associate Professor

Fun Fact

David is presently completing a biography on the life of Jack W. Hayford and editing a book of essays in honor of Pentecostal historian Vinson Synan. He is a contributor to many other publications, magazines, and journals. David and his wife Patty have three children, six grandchildren, and two great grandchildren (he is much too young for great grandchildren!).

Education

Th.B. Pacific Coast Bible College; (May, 1989), M.A. Pentecostal Charismatic Studies: Oral Roberts University, D.Min. Regent University, (1999), Ph.D. in Renewal Studies, Regent University (2008)

Ministry Experience

Pastoral Ministry

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 at Life Pacific College and an adjunct professorship at APU. He currently lives in San Dimas 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 (Since 1997)

Fun Fact

You can see him driving with the top down in his crimson Mazda Miata, and also is avid USC fan.

Education

B.Th., Life Pacific College, 1976; M.A., Azusa Pacific University, 1990; Ph.D., University of Southern California, 1997

Ministry Experience

Pastoral Ministry, Youth Ministry; V.P. of Academic Affairs (2003–2009)

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

Carol Shelton

Carol Shelton, the Director of Fine Arts Department and assistant professor in Humanities at Life Pacific College. Carol’s background as a professional equity actress, recording artist, founder and producer of a children’s theatre as well as her education from Occidental College (English, Music, Theatre) and Pacific Oaks College (Human Development) have contributed to a rich and varied palette of interests and life long learning. Her graduate research in how the brain learns and retains information has contributed to her devotion to integrating the arts and interdisciplinary techniques into education. Carol describes herself as “the yellow school bus teacher” for college students: her goal is to make learning an enjoyable adventure.

Role

Assistant Professor – Director, Fine Arts. (Since 1998)

Fun Fact

Carol once sang onstage at the Hollywood Bowl for a summer concert season.

Education

B.A., Occidental College, 1968; M.A., Pacific Oaks College, 1998

Ministry Experience

Worship/Arts Ministry, Cross Cultural Ministry

Dan Stewart

Dr. Dan Stewart is the Chair of the Transformational BA at Life Pacific College and 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 just finished 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


Adjunct and Guest Professors

Melissa Bauer

Role

Adjunct Professor (2011)

Education

B.T.S Kings University (Church and Ministry) 2002; M.Div. Regent University 2007

Ministry Experience

Pastoral Ministry

Rebecca Bauer

Role

Adjunct Professor (2006, 2011)

Education

Diploma, Life Pacific College, 1979; M.A. Regent University (Practical Theology) 2002

Ministry Experience

Pastoral Ministry, Teaching

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; Experience: Pastoral Ministry, Marriage and Family Counseling, High School Science Teacher

Chrissy Carroll

Role

Adjunct Professor (2011)

Education

B.A. Life Pacific College (Biblical Studies) 2004, M.Div. Azusa Pacific University 2009

Ministry Experience

Youth and Young Adult Ministry and Discipleship

Tim Clark

Role

Adjunct Professor (2006)

Education

Diploma, Life Pacific College, 1991; B.A., Fresno Pacific University, 1992; M.A., Vanguard Seminary, 2010

Ministry Experience

Pastoral Ministry; Dean of Students (2005–2009); GLA District Supervisor (2011-)

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

Keith Dawson

Role

Librarian (since 1997) – Adjunct Professor (since 2005)

Education

B.A., California State College, Los Angeles, 1969; MLIS, San Jose State University, 2001

Ministry Experience

Wycliff Bible Translator

Kristin Spiotto

Role

Adjunct Professor (2011) – Assistant Director of Student Life

Education

B.A., Oregon State University, 2004; M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminar, 2009

Ministry Experience

Pastoral Ministry, College Ministry, Prayer Team, Children’s Ministry, Discipleship/Mentoring, Missions, and Administration

Robert Flores

Role

Adjunct Professor - President (2009)

Education

B.A., Life Pacific College, 1979; M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary, 1985; D.Min. Fuller Theological Seminary, 2002

Ministry Experience

Pastoral Ministry; Board of Directors, Audit Committee Chair, Compensation Committee Chair, Finance Committee, Investment Committee, Divisional Superintendent (ICFG); Conference Speaker

Edward Funk

Role

Adjunct Professor (2007)

Education

B.A., Bethany University, 1998; M.A., Simpson University, 2000; Ph.D., Regent University, 2004

Ministry Experience

Pastoral Ministry; Faculty, Simpson University

Jim Hayford

Role

Adjunct Professor (1975–1976, 2007, 2011)

Education

B.Th. Life Pacific College, 1966; M.T.S. (Equivalent), Northwest Graduate School Ministry, 2000; D.Min. (Jointly) Northwest Graduate School of Theology and Asia Graduate School of Theology, 2004

Ministry Experience

Youth Ministry, National Youth Direction for ICFG (1974), Pastoral Ministry, Church Planting, Guest Speaker, Author, Director of Church Planting for ICFG (1995), Ministry Institute Founder; Executive Council Member, Divisional Superintendent, Cabinet Member, BOT Member, Board of Director Member (ICFG)

Raymond Houk

Role

Adjunct Professor (2011)

Education

B.A. Life Pacific College, 1989; M.Div. Fuller Theological Seminary, 1992; D.Min. Regent University, 2005

Ministry Experience

U.S. Navy Chaplain, Pastoral Ministry, Worship Leadership, Youth Ministry, Children’s Ministry

Elizabeth Ingrum

Role

Adjunct Professor – Director of Ministry Formation (2010)

Education

B.A., Life Pacific College, 2005; M.A., Lincoln Christian University, 2007

Ministry Experience

Pastoral Ministry, NextGen Ministry, Missions

Sean Kilmurray

Role

Adjunct Professor (2010)

Education

B.A. Cal Poly Pomona, 2001; M.A. University of La Verne, 2003; Experience: Elementary School Teacher

Johnny Johnson

Role

Adjunct Professor (2006)

Education

A.A., College of the Redwoods, 1988; B.A., University of California, Davis, 1991; M.A., Simpson Bible College, 2001; Ph.D., Capella University, 2007

Ministry Experience

Pastoral Ministry

Rod Koop

Role

Adjunct Professor (2011)

Education

D.Min. Bakke Graduate University (Transformational Leadership) 2010;

Ministry Experience

Youth Pastor (Wofford Heights Foursquare Church); Youth Pastor (New Hope Foursquare Church); Senior Pastor (Stanwood Foursquare Church); District Administrator/Director of Church Planting (Midwest District Office); Missional Facilitator/Director of Church Planting (National Church Office)

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.

Dan Lawrie

Role

Adjunct Professor (2007, 2011)

Education

B.A. Life Pacific College, 2000; M.A.R. Azusa Pacific University, 2002

Ministry Experience

Pastoral Ministry, Youth Ministry, Campus Evangelism

Rod Light

Role

Adjunct Professor (2006)

Education

B.S., Christian Heritage College, 1980; M.A., Azusa Pacific University 2007

Ministry Experience

Pastoral Ministry; Children’s Ministry; Vice Principal, Escondido Christian School; Foursquare C.E. Facilitator

Glenn Llorente

Role

Adjunct Professor (2010)

Education

B.A. Life Pacific College, 2005; M.M. Cal State Fullerton, 2011

Ministry Experience

Music and Worship Ministry

Scott Martz

Role

Adjunct Professor (2010) – Director of Operations

Education

B.A. Life Pacific College, 2003; M.A. Azusa Pacific University, 2009

Ministry Experience

Director of Student Life and Director of Operations (LPC), Pastoral Ministry

Garry Merriman

Role

Adjunct Professor - Distance Learning Coordinator (2011)

Education

B.A. Life Pacific College (Biblical Languages) 1997; M.A. Talbot Theological Seminary (New Testament Studies) 2001

Ministry Experience

Pastoral Ministry

Erica Monge

Role

Adjunct Professor (2011)

Education

B.A., Vanguard University, 2000; M.A. Fuller Theological Seminary, 2008; M.A. Fuller Theological Seminary, in process

Experience

Editor and Writing Coach, Adjunct Professor (Vanguard University)

David Moore

Role

Adjunct Professor (1997)

Education

Th.B., Pacific Coast Bible College, 1989; M.A., Oral Roberts University, 1996; D.Min., Regent University, 1999; Ph.D., Regent University, 2008

Ministry Experience

Pastoral Ministry

Lori Nicholson

Role

Adjunct Professor (2006)

Education

B.A., Hope International University, 1993; M.A., Fuller Theological Seminary, 2003; Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary, in process

Ministry Experience

Missions Ministry

Bruce Norquist

Role

Adjunct Professor (2001)

Education

B.A., University of Puget Sound, 1972; M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary, 1979; Ph.D., University of Aberdeen (King’s Seminary, Scotland), 1992

Ministry Experience

Pastoral Ministry

Reid Powell

Role

Adjunct Professor (2007)

Education

B.A. Life Pacific College, 2006; M.A. Azusa Pacific University, 2009 Experience: Youth Ministry, Graphic Design

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

Clayton Robinson

Role

Adjunct Professor (2006)

Education

B.A., Vanguard University, 1975; M.A., Azusa Pacific University, 1976; M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary, 1978; D.Min., Fuller Theological Seminary, 1986; Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary, 2008

Ministry Experience

Pastoral Ministry, Divisional Superintendent, Regional Superintendent (ICFG)

Sam Rockwell

Role

Adjunct Professor (2011)

Education

A.A. Christ for the Nations, Practical Theology, 1983; B.A. Mt. Vernon College, Biblical Studies, 1986; M.S. Pepperdine University, Organizational Development, 2006; M.A. Fielding University, Human Development, 2009 Ph.D. Fielding University, Human & Organizational Systems, ABD

Ministry Experience

Youth Minsitry, Pastoral Ministry, Foursquare Gateway District Supervisor, Church Planting

Gayle Samples

Role

Adjunct Professor (2003)

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

Heather Schwartz

Role

Adjunct Professor (2011)

Education

B.S., Vanguard University, 2000; M.S. Vanguard University, 2005

Ministry Experience

Worship Ministry, Women’s Ministry

Jan Spencer

Role

Adjunct Professor (1997)

Education

B.A., Life Pacific College, 1977; M.A., Azusa Pacific University, 1983; Ph. D., Regent University, 2010

Ministry Experience

Pastoral Ministry

AJ Swoboda

Role

Adjunct Professor (2010)

Education

B.A. Eugene Bible College, 2003; M.A. George Fox Seminary, 2006; Ph.D. University of Birmingham, in process

Ministry Experience

Pastoral Ministry, 2001- present; Adjunct Faculty, George Fox University and Eugene Bible College.

David Turner

Role

Adjunct Professor (2007)

Education

B.A., Life Pacific College, 2001; M.A., Azusa Pacific University, 2006

Ministry Experience

Pastoral Ministry

Jeremy Wallace

Role

Adjunct Professor (2008)

Education and Experience

B.A., Oral Roberts University, 1998; Certificate, Jerusalem University College, 2000; M.Div., Oral Roberts university, 2000; D.Min. Western Seminary, 2009; Dean and Instructor (Canby Bible College)

Ministry Experience

Pastoral Ministry, Worship Ministry

Joe Volpi

Role

Adjunct Professor (2011)

Education

B.S., University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 1988; M.A. University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 1991; M.F.A. University of California, Los Angeles, 1991

Ministry Experience

Faculty Member, Kings College and Seminary; Pastoral Ministry, Teaching, Regional Administrator (ICFG Regional Office)

David Winfrey

Role

Adjunct Professor (2007)

Education

A.A., College of the Redwoods, 1997; B.A. Life Pacific College, 2001; M.A., Biola University, 2005; Second M.A., Biola University, 2007

Ministry Experience

Spiritual Formation and Small Group ministry

Sarah Winfrey

Role

Adjunct Professor (20110

Education

B.A. Biola University, Philosophy, 2001; M.A. Talbot School of Theology, Spiritual Formation and Soul Care, 2006

Ministry Experience

High School Teacher, Spiritual Director (Center for Spiritual Renewal)

Sande Woodson

Role

Adjunct Professor (2011)

Education

B.S., University of Southern California, 1972; M.Div., The Kings Seminary, 2003; Ph.D. Capella University, 2010

Ministry Experience

Pastoral Ministry; Professor (Trinity Bible College); Founder and Professor (Light on the Hill Bible Institute)