Leadership

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

President’s Greeting

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. Now celebrating our 90th year, LPC educates and empowers 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.
President Elect

Get In Contact with the President’s Office

Please email Karli Albanese, Executive Assistant to the President at kalabnese@lifepacific.edu.


Presidential Vision: Dream Big LPC!

Dream Big!

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 big dream is all about your big 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 big 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 big 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!


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Administrative Leadership

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.

Vice President, Enrollment Management

Angie has served the past 12 years as Adjunct Faculty at Life Pacific College and 4 years as the Director of College Relations. She received her M.Ed with an emphasis in Curriculum Design and Instruction, an M. A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Hope International University and B. A. from Life Pacific College. She also serves as the Assistant Director of Emmaus Road Counseling Center. Angie has taught a variety of grade levels, directed programs and is a frequent presenter at conferences and retreats. She recently 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 in Santa Clarita 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.

Controller

Todd graduated Life Pacific College (known as Life Bible College at the time) in 2001 and shortly after graduation came on staff as Accounts Payable Manager and has been a member of the Finance Department for the past 12 years. Todd earned his MBA from University of Phoenix, preparing him to work most recently as Finance Manager serving the staff & faculty by overseeing a wide variety of things such as Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Insurance, Human Resources and Payroll. He is happy to stay a member of the Finance team working alongside Becky, Luci and Jeff and looks forward to continuing to serve the staff and faculty, and hopes to continue the spirit of excellence that he learned under Jarrod Kula.

In addition to working at LPC, Todd has been a member of New Life Community Church 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, had the joy of adopting their first daughter, Ashleigh, who recently turned one and sometimes makes an appearance on campus.

Josh Arnold, M.A.

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. Joshua and his family will be living on campus as Resident Directors.

Brian Tomhave, M.A.

Associate Academic Dean of Non-Traditional Program

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

Sam Rockwell, Ph.D.

Chairman, Gateway District Supervisor, The Foursquare Church

As supervisor of the Gateway District, Sam oversees 130 churches in the five-state area of Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Missouri. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado, Life Pacific College, and King’s University teaching Research Theory and Methodology, Leadership Theory and Praxis, Organizational Dynamics, and Servant Leadership. Prior to becoming supervisor, Sam founded and led NorthRock Church in Thornton, CO for 20 years. He has also 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.

Dan Hedges, D.Min.

Vice Chairman, Director of Foursquare Institutes, Education and Leadership Development

A credentialed and ordained Foursquare minister, Dan has an extensive background in education and leadership development. With over 20 years of experience as dean, administrator, professor and consultant at two major Christian universities (Regent and Oral Roberts University), he currently oversees development and provides administrative oversight to some 80 schools of ministry, institutes and church-based Bible colleges, as well as 75 Christian schools, preschools and daycares that are ministries of U.S. Foursquare churches. Local church ministry remains near to Dan’s heart. For the past two decades, he has served as a senior pastor in Tulsa and Albuquerque. In recent years, Dan has traveled extensively, providing consultation services in a variety of settings. 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.

Jim J. Adams, Ed.D.

President, Life Pacific College

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.

Mario Barahona, M.A.

President of Angelus Bible Institute

As president of Angelus Bible Institute, Mario oversees an rapidly-expanding network of 19 U.S. 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 has been executive pastor at Angelus Temple Hispanic since 1993 and has led numerous missions trips throughout Latin America. He also serves as a superintendent in the Greater Los Angeles Foursquare District and has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Life Pacific College since 2008. Mario 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.

Glenn Burris Jr.,

President, The Foursquare Church

As president of The Foursquare Church, Glenn 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 chairman of the Foursquare Board of Directors. Glenn has influenced countless leaders who have been identified, equipped, and released to fruitful ministries, and he celebrates the success of others as distinct victories to the glory of God. He and his wife, Debbie, have two adult children and one granddaughter.

Tammy Dunahoo

General Supervisor, The Foursquare Church

Since 2009, Tammy has served as general supervisor of The Foursquare Church, working directly with the supervisors of the 14 districts in the U.S.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 worshipping and fellowshipping at Lighthouse Church in Newbury Park, Calif., where her husband, Gary, is lead pastor. Tammy and Gary have two adult children and one grandson.

Crystal Guderian, M.A.

Senior Pastor at The Barnabas Project

A native of Washington, Crystal planted The Barnabas Project, a Foursquare church, in 2007, after having served over 20 years in a variety of ministry environments. She 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. Though they have no biological children, they have served as “parents” to many.

Terry Keating

President and Chief Operating Officer of Risk Management Strategies, Inc.

Terry 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 is diverse, including real estate, lobbying, facilitating and public relations consulting. For the last 20 years he has worked in the employment industry, and is currently 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. Terry has been a leader and teacher in lay ministry for more than 25 years, beginning at Faith Chapel Foursquare Church in Billings, Montana. He and his wife, Janet, currently attend Eastlake Church in Chula Vista, Calif., where they teach a foundations class for new believers. Terry has also served on Eastlake’s elder board and teaches a men’s cooking class. Terry and Janet have four children and seven grandchildren.

William Watson

Vice President for Health Sciences Development at University Southern California

A recognized leader in medical and hospital development, Bill joined the USC Health Sciences Department as vice president for campus development in 2010. In this role, he oversees development functions for Keck Medicine of USC, Keck Doctors of USC and the Keck School of Medicine of USC. He also coordinates 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.

Phil Liberatore

Owner, Philip L. Liberatore, M.B.A., C.P.A.

Phil Liberatore serves as a CPA providing accounting, consulting and tax preparation services to businesses and individuals throughout Southern California.  He holds a Bachelors in accounting and a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.  Prior to opening his own business, he held management positions with Bechman Industrial Corporation, Fluor Corporation, Walt Disney Corporation and Grant Thornton International.  He and his wife, Dana, attend Florence AvenueFoursquare Church.

Winnie Long

Real Estate Broker/Investor, Long Realty and Investments

Pauline “Winnie” Long has achieved a number of accomplishments in her long-standing real estate career.  Beginning her professional life as a realtor in 1977, she went on to found Long Realty and Investments, Inc., which was ranked third in her region in top-producing real estate firms forseveral years.  She later established a commercial property management company, which oversaw 1500 units of office space.  Her entrepreneurial efforts expanded to include a flourishing investment and brokerage company that continues to thrive. Winnie has been married for over 50 years, has three sons, and continues to actively involve herself in business and community endeavors.  She and her husband 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, Azusa, California.  He holds a Ph.D. from Regent University and has worked as both author and editor of many scholarly publications.  He serves on the editorial board of multiple academic journals and on the governing councils and boards of multiple non-profit 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 also consulted for professional organizations in North America, Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean. Bala has served on the leadership boards of many churches and has led many para-church organizations. Bala, his wife Maureen (a nurse practitioner), and their three children live in Southern California.


Administrative Staff

Lasha Hernandez, M.A.

Registrar

lhernandez@lifepacific.edu

Mike Adams

Director, Campus Dining

madams@lifepacific.edu

Judith Csonka

Assistant Director, Admissions

jcsonka@lifepacific.edu

Gary Merriman, M.A.

Librarian

gmerriman@lifepacific.edu

Thomas Molloy, M.A.

Director, Ministry Formation

tmolloy@lifepacific.edu

Luci Perez

Director, Financial Aid

lperez@lifepacific.edu

Rick Meyer

Director, Residence Life and Facilities

rmeyer@lifepacific.edu

Mike Larkin, Ph.D.

Director, Virginia Extension Campus

mlarkin@getignited.org

Frank Markow, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, Adult and Graduate Studies

fmarkow@lifepacific.edu