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.
Office of the President
Welcome to Life Pacific College! I’m glad you clicked in today, and hope you’ll drop by anytime–either here online-or in person-for a visit.
For over 90 years, LPC has educated and empowered students for a lifetime of ministry in the church and leadership in the world. Many people are aware of our undergraduate programs, small college feel and engaging faculty; some may not know about our growing adult online and graduate programs. We are passionate about our Christian mission, and privileged to serve. Whether you are a prospective student, parent, community member, friend, or alumni of one of the historic Foursquare colleges, you will always receive a warm welcome from our LPC team. I hope you enjoy visiting our new website today. It is our pleasure to serve you in any way we can.
Jim J. Adams, Ed.D.
Get In Contact with the President’s Office
Please email Karli Albanese, Executive Assistant to the President at Karli.Albanese@lifepacific.edu!
Presidential Vision: Dream BOLD LPC!
Dream BOLD! Following your dreams to discover the calling God placed on your life takes courage, stamina, and the support of an entire community. At Life Pacific College, our BOLD dream is all about your BOLD dream. God-inspired dreams and visions are part of the capacity He builds into every human spirit to know His plans and to explore the pathways laid before us. Our commitment at LPC is to inspire and encourage you to dream BOLD about the possibilities of a future dedicated to following the unique and individual blueprint God writes in your heart. Whether your dream is about following Christ through preaching, teaching, entrepreneurial leadership, business, counseling, serving social needs or engaging the globe, our goal is to provide the best possible environment for your education and spiritual development.
At LPC, you won’t face a lonely journey. Discovering what God has for your life is an adventure fraught with excitement and even little danger from time to time. Be assured we will walk through this adventure alongside you and help you find the fulfillment of your calling and the achievement of your BOLD dream. God is relentlessly tracking your trajectory of growth. He will use your hands, heart, and mind to accomplish great things as you yield yourself to the dreams inspired by the Spirit of God. Life is a wild ride, with many unpredictable twists and turns, so enjoy the journey and follow the plan. Grab his hand, and never let go!
President’s 10-Point Shared Vision for LPC
Life Pacific College will focus on the following as we move forward to envision:
- A student-centered education in a rapidly changing environment.
- Our shared vision of a biblical university.
- The promotion of women in leadership and ministry.
- A deepened understanding of and commitment to increased diversity in our community.
- A focus on internationalizing the College through short-term missions, FMI, global relationships, recruiting, and study abroad.
- More effectively serving The Foursquare Church and others.
- Re-engaging inter-varsity athletics.
- Building relationships with our thousands of alumni and friends.
- Responsibly stewarding resources balanced with faith.
- Living our lives in community as servant leaders.
Communication and support of the vision
- President Jim J. Adams presented the Presidential 10-Point Vision during his Presidential Inauguration on October 18, 2013. The Strategic Planning Committee incorporated the President’s Vision in the Strategic Plan.
- The President sent a follow-up communiqué to the LPC Community via the weekly Monday Missive on November 4, 2013
- The President highlighted individual points of the vision as focus themes in subsequent missive messages.
Jim J. Adams, Ed.D.President
A credentialed Foursquare minister since 1977, Jim is passionate about developing leaders in a global context. He has served in ministry, teaching and leadership positions for over 35 years, and his past experience runs the gamut from superintendent and CEO of Western Christian Schools to vice president and COO at Life Pacific College. Jim has extensive experience as a consultant for various organizations, schools and universities. His research and writing interests include international education and leadership, Foursquare doctrine, and developing effective leadership in the K–12 and higher education sectors. Jim’s current professional memberships include the Foursquare Doctrine Committee, the Foursquare Scholar’s Fellowship and the American Educational Research Association. He is actively involved at his home church, NewLife Community Church in Pomona, serving as a volunteer youth leader and on the church council. Jim and his wife, Lori, have two adult daughters.
Angie Richey, M.Ed, M.A., LMFTVice President, Enrollment Management
Angie is the Vice President of Enrollment Management and has been an Adjunct Professor for 16 years at Life Pacific College. She is also a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her M.Ed with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction, an M. A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Hope International University and B. A. from Life Pacific College. She also served as the Assistant Director of Emmaus Road Counseling Center from 2010-2015. Angie has taught a wide range of age levels, directed programs and is a frequent presenter at conferences and retreats. She completed a documentary with acclaimed Academy Award winning Producer, Arnold Shapiro on the topic of Forgiveness which aired in November 2012. She and her husband lead The Gathering, a simple church network located Santa Clarita, CA and have two children.
Michael Salmeier, D.Phil.Vice President, Academic Affairs
Dr. Michael A. Salmeier is the Vice President of Academic Affairs 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.
Todd Eskes, M.B.A.Chief Financial Officer
Todd’s education and background prepared him to work as Chief Financial Officer serving the students, staff, and faculty by overseeing a wide variety of areas including Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Insurance, Human Resources, and Payroll. As Chief Financial Officer, Todd plans and directs the fiscal affairs of the College as well as overseeing the Finance and Financial Aid departments. Todd is a member of the Association of Business Administrators of Christian Colleges (ABACC), the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), and is currently pursuing a degree in Accounting through Indiana Wesleyan University.
In addition to his work at LPC, Todd has been a member of New Life Community Church (Foursquare) in Pomona for many years, serving in a variety of ministries including leading worship, as well as serving in the nursery, church council and various leadership teams. He and his wife, Christy, have one daughter, Ashleigh.
Josh Arnold, M.A.Senior Director of Student Development
From the chapel at the top of the hill at Camp McPherson in Ohio to the residence halls and classrooms of Life Bible College East (now Ignite Academy), Joshua Arnold’s most formative years were spent within the Foursquare Church. Since graduating from LIFE East (’03) and Regent University (’07), he had the opportunity to serve in student life roles at several institutions of Christian higher education representing a broad range of faith traditions.
Brian Tomhave, M.A.Dean of Institutional Effectiveness
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.
Board of Trustees
Jim J. Adams, Ed.D.
President, Life Pacific College
As an LPC alum and credentialed Foursquare minister since 1977, Jim J. Adams is passionate about developing leaders in a global context. He has served in ministry, teaching and leadership positions for over 35 years, and his past experience runs the gamut from superintendent and CEO of Western Christian Schools to Vice President and COO at Life Pacific College. He has extensive experience as a consultant for various organizations, schools and universities. Jim earned an Ed.D. from the University of Southern California. His research and writing interests include international education and leadership, Foursquare doctrine, and developing effective leadership in the K–12 and higher education sectors. Jim’s current professional memberships include the Foursquare Doctrine Committee, the Foursquare Scholar’s Fellowship and the American Educational Research Association. He is actively involved at his home church, NewLife Community Church in Pomona, serving as a volunteer youth leader and on the church council. Jim and his wife, Lori, have two adult daughters.
Mario Barahona, M.A. In Progress
President, Angelus Bible Institute & Senior Pastor, Angelus Temple Hispanic
As President of Angelus Bible Institute, Mario Barahona oversees a rapidly-expanding network of 19 United States ABI branches, and 31 in Central and South America, including 20 in Argentina. Having taught at ABI since 1996, he was dean of students from 1994 to 2000 and then academic dean from 2000 to 2009. In addition to his work at ABI, Mario serves as the Senior Pastor at Angelus Temple Hispanic and has led numerous missions trips throughout Latin America. He is a superintendent in the Greater Los Angeles Foursquare District and has served on numerous denominational and district committees, including as the National Church Committee, the Multicultural Committee, the Bible Institute Committee, the Church Planting Committee and the Angelus Temple Building Committee. He and his wife, Adriana, have two school-age daughters.
Ilene Bezjian, D.B.A.
Business Consultant, Genysys Group
Ilene Bezjian works with the Genysys Group, a consulting firm that assists in casting new vision for organizations in deep change. Prior to this role, she served as the Dean of the School of Business and Management at Azusa Pacific University for 14 years and 20 years as a professor of marketing. With more than 1300 students, 6 undergraduate programs and 8 graduate programs, she led the 25 faculty through the steps of AACSB accreditation process, an accreditation held by the top 10% of business schools worldwide. Ilene holds a D.B.A. and has worked in higher education for more than 30 years developing unique programs and opportunities for faculty and students alike. She also managed the start of a new accounting school and endowed chair funded by an $8.2 million donation received from a friend of the university. Prior to her career in higher education, she worked as a consultant in the field of marketing and employee development in government, aerospace, and entertainment industries as well as small business enterprises both nationally and internationally. Ilene and her husband, Vic, have two adult children.
Glenn Burris Jr., D.D.
President, The Foursquare Church
As President of The Foursquare Church, Glenn Burris serves nearly 2000 church congregations and 7000 licensed ministers in the U.S. Additionally, he partners with national leaders in 147 countries who minister in more than 65,000 Foursquare churches worldwide. Though his office is based in Los Angeles, California, Glenn travels frequently, keeping in close contact with those he serves. His passion for church planting is evidenced by the 200 congregations birthed between 1992 and 2002 under his leadership as supervisor of the 10-state historic Southeast District. Prior to that, he served as a youth pastor, senior pastor, and divisional superintendent. Additionally, he was president of Life Bible College East, a member of the Foursquare Cabinet and chair of the Foursquare Board of Directors. He and his wife, Debbie, have two adult children and one granddaughter.
Jessie Cruickshank, Ed.M.
Adjunct Professor, Colorado Christian University
Jessie is a nationally recognized expert in the both the fields of neuroeducation and experiential education. She has spent a decade applying neuroeducation research to experiential and adventure education, resulting in a program that is at the forefront of education science. She completed her Ed.M. in Harvard’s Mind, Brain, and Education program and has edited several books and authored articles on the application of neuroscience and cognitive psychology to the field of education. Jessie was the Program Director and Administrative Director for Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries (SROM). She is an adjunct professor for Colorado Christian University in the School of Business and Leadership and is the Associate Director of the Gateway Collegium, an online school for the professional development of missionaries, pastors, and lay ministers. She is a philosopher, neuro-ecclesiologist, licensed minister in the Foursquare denomination, and is currently authoring research in faith development theory. Her main goal, whether in education, faith or business, is to create intentional environments where people can learn and grow, by working with the brain and treating individuals as whole persons.
Vice President of U.S. Operations & General Supervisor, The Foursquare Church
Since 2009, Tammy Dunahoo has served as Vice President and General Supervisor of The Foursquare Church, working directly with the supervisors of the 14 districts in the United States. Prior to becoming General Supervisor, she served The Foursquare Church in a variety of leadership roles, including National Director of Foursquare Women, Supervisor of the former Arkansas District, and as a member of the Church Health Team, the National Church Council, the Foursquare Cabinet and the Foursquare Presidential Task Force. Currently, Tammy serves on the ICFG Board of Directors as well as the Foursquare Foundation Board of Directors, as well as on numerous committees. When she is not traveling on Foursquare business, Tammy enjoys fellowshipping at Lighthouse Church in Newbury Park, California, where her husband, Gary, is lead pastor. Tammy and Gary have two adult children and one grandson.
Senior Pastor, Lompoc Foursquare Church
Bernie is a graduate of Life Pacific College and has been a Foursquare minister since 1978. He pastored in Sylmar California for 8 years, while being heavily involved in Southern California District children’s and youth camps. Bernie also served as Life Alumni President and was on the team of leaders that worked to move the college to San Dimas. Since 1986, Bernie has pastored the Lompoc Foursquare Church, served as divisional superintendent, regional superintendent, camp and retreat speaker, as well as Chaplain for Lompoc Police and Fire Departments. Bernie served as a national civic leader with the AETC (Air Education Training Command) with the U.S. Air Force, traveling to various Air Force Bases around the country and also as honorary commander numerous times for Vandenberg Air Force Base, Lompoc. Bernie serves to coach and mentor other pastors and leaders and leads his church to impact their community in many ways. Bernie and his wife Debbie have an adult daughter and son and two school-age grandchildren.
Crystal Guderian, M.A.
Senior Pastor, The Barnabas Project
A native of Washington, Crystal Guderian planted The Barnabas Project, a Foursquare church, in 2007, after having served over 20 years in a variety of ministry environments. She holds an M.A. from Fuller Seminary and is an advocate of relational, encouragement-based discipleship. Crystal has served as a youth leader in the Christian Missionary Alliance, district youth coordinator for the United Methodist Church, and has been a member of church planting teams under the leadership of the Wesleyan Church and Assemblies of God. She also was a regional representative for Foursquare Women from 2005 through 2009. Crystal’s husband, Jeff, is a molecular biologist at the Infections Disease Research Institute in Seattle.
Dan Hedges, D.Min.
Educational Consultant, The Foursquare Church & Senior Pastor, Faith Chapel
Dan Hedges serves as an educational consultant to the Foursquare Church and Chair of the Foursquare Educational Task Force. He holds a D.Min. and has an extensive background in education and leadership development with over 20 years of experience as dean, administrator, professor and consultant at Regent and Oral Roberts University. Local church ministry remains near to Dan’s heart. A credentialed and ordained Foursquare minister, he has served as a senior pastor in Tulsa and Albuquerque for over two decades. He is a member of numerous organizations, including the World Alliance for Pentecostal Theological Education. Dan and his wife, Ginger, have three children and three grandchildren.
Terry Keating | Vice Chair
President and Chief Operating Officer, Risk Management Strategies, Inc.
Terry Keating is co-owner and President of Risk Management Strategies, Inc., a San Diego company that provides employer services to fiduciaries of special-needs and wealth-management trusts. He began his professional career as a consultant to major oil and mining companies, assisting in the acquisition of properties for exploration and development in nearly every state of the union. His background in business includes real estate, lobbying, facilitating and public relations consulting. Terry has been a leader and teacher in lay ministry for more than 25 years. He and his wife, Janet, currently attend Eastlake Church in Chula Vista, Calif., where they teach a foundations class for new believers. Terry and Janet have four children and seven grandchildren.
Real Estate Broker & Consultant, Long Realty and Investments
Winnie Long is the founder and owner of Long Realty and Investments, Inc., which was ranked third in its region in top-producing real estate firms for several years. She has been a realtor since 1977 and has extensive experience in commercial property management, having also established a management company that oversaw 1500 units of office space. Winnie has been married for over 50 years, has three grown sons, and continues to actively involve herself in business and community endeavors. She and her husband, Mel, are sports enthusiasts and have travelled extensively, having visited 67 countries around the world.
Bala Musa, Ph.D.
Chair & Professor of Communication Studies, Azusa Pacific University
Bala Musa is Chair and Professor of Communication Studies at Azusa Pacific University. He holds a Ph.D. from Regent University and has worked as both author and editor of many scholarly publications. He serves on several editorial boards of academic journals, governing councils of non-profit organizations, and leadership boards of churches and para-church organizations. Bala’s scholarship, publications, and research interests include Media Ethics and Press Freedom, Communication and Human Rights, Mass Media and Conflict Transformation, Ethics in Social and New Media, Media and Religion, as well as Mass Media and National Development, among others. Bala has taught graduate and undergraduate communication and leadership courses, and has also consulted for professional organizations in North America, Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean. Bala, his wife Maureen (a nurse practitioner), and their three children live in Southern California.
Sam Rockwell, Ph.D.
Gateway District Supervisor, The Foursquare Church
As Supervisor of the Gateway District, Sam Rockwell oversees 130 churches in the five-state area of Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Missouri. He holds a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Development and also serves as an adjunct professor at Life Pacific College, Pepperdine, the University of Colorado, and King’s University. Prior to becoming supervisor, Sam founded and led NorthRock Church in Thornton, CO for 20 years. He has worked as an organizational consultant for business and non-profits, traveling to 28 countries on six continents. His areas of focus include natural church development, organizational development, executive coaching, self-managed learning, global cultures, and the systems approach. Sam and his wife, De, have two adult daughters and two school-age sons.
Financial Aid Counselor, Financial Focus Counseling
Howard Ursettie is a financial counselor with Financial Focus Counseling in Pasadena. He has been in the finance business for over 40 years. Mr. Ursettie’s career began after graduating from San Diego State University with a degree in accounting. He began his career as a CPA with Price Waterhouse for 9 years. He then joined a small defense and intelligence firm as an owner and Chief Financial Officer and built the business from 10 to 350 people over a 20-year period. After successfully selling the company to a public company in 2006, Mr. Ursettie began to pursue his passion of helping people learn how to get control of their finances by providing financial counseling services to individuals and businesses. In addition to being a CPA and former CFO, he is a Certified Financial Counselor.
Margie Waldo Simon, M.A.
Margie Waldo Simon has served in a number of fields and capacities. Most recently, she has worked as a leadership consultant that has included assignments within pediatric healthcare, higher education, women’s funding networks, and life formation with students. She has also worked as a journalist, ghostwriter, and international speaker, and is passionate about gathering, interpreting, and sharing the stories that shape us individually and as a generation. Prior to these roles, Margie was ordained as a Foursquare minister in 1991 and served with Foursquare Missions as World Impact Teams Director, European Director, and Communications Director. Margie’s work with Western and Eastern European leaders during the violence of the Balkans War awakened her desire to understand attachment theory, the lingering effects of trauma in war, as well as a deeper understanding of Islam. She has often been called upon as an interpreter and mediator among divergent groups. Margie pursued her undergraduate education at the University of Washington in Seattle and additional certificate work at Edinburgh University, Scotland. She earned a graduate degree in Islamics and Postmodern Spirituality from Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, California. Margie currently resides in Seattle with her husband Mark Simon; they are the proud parents of three adult children.
Former Vice President for Health Sciences Development, University Southern California
A recognized leader in medical and hospital development, Bill Watson joined the USC Health Sciences Department as Vice President for campus development in 2010. Recently retired, he oversaw development functions for Keck Medicine of USC, Keck Doctors of USC and the Keck School of Medicine of USC. He also coordinated the fundraising efforts of the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC and the USC Davis School of Gerontology. Prior to coming to USC, Bill served as senior vice president and chief development officer at St. John’s Health Center and John Wayne Cancer Institute, where he led a successful campaign to raise $300 million for a $275,000-square-foot diagnostic and treatment center. Previous to his time at St. John’s, Bill had been chief development officer at Keck, as well as director of development and external relations for the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Michael Whyte, Ph.D. | Chair
Provost Emeritus & Professor, Azusa Pacific University
Michael M. Whyte is the Provost Emeritus and a Professor at Azusa Pacific University. As Provost from 2002 to 2010, Michael led six schools, one college, and 400 fulltime and 700 adjunct faculty. He supervised enrollment management, academic services, and seven regional campuses. Michael now teaches in APU’s leadership department, the MBA program, and in doctoral studies. With over 15 years of accreditation experience, he has also served as a Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Commissioner. He holds a B.S. in International Affairs/American Politics from the USAF Academy and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Education from the University of Southern California. Michael was Senior Associate Professor at the USAF Academy, a National Defense Fellow and Visiting Professor at Howard University, and a Professor at Northern Arizona University. Michael and his wife, Robin, have been married for 35 years and have three children and three grandchildren. The Whyte’s attend Calvary Chapel of Upland.
Mike AdamsDirector of Campus Dining
Heidi Bonadie, Member SHRMHuman Resources
Amber BurnettSenior Registrar of Adult and Graduate Studies
Judith Csonka, M.B.A.Assistant Director of Admissions and Marketing
Kristina DavisEvents Manager
Ginny DrewsOperations Office Manager
Jeff Gable, M.B.A.Registrar of Traditional Programs
Becky HuyckDirector of Student Accounts
Mike Larkin, Ph.D.Director of Virginia Extension Campus
Remi Lawanson, Ph.D.Director of Adult and Graduate Studies
Beth Mead, M.A.Adult and Graduate Studies Coordinator
Gary Merriman, M.A.Librarian
Rick MeyerDirector of Facilities & Athletics
Assistant to the Registrar