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 (CFO) serving the students, staff, and faculty. As CFO, Todd plans and directs the fiscal affairs of the College as well as overseeing the Finance, Financial Aid, I.T., and Human Resources departments. In addition to holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Todd is a member of the Association of Business Administrators of Christian Colleges (ABACC) and the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO).
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. Glen holds a passion for church planting as 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.
Director of Leadership Development, Foursquare Gateway District
Jessie is a nationally recognized expert in the both the fields of neuroeducation and experiential education. She has spent more than 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, is a published academic, 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) and the COO/CFO of an engineering firm. Currently, she is the Director of Leadership Development for the Gateway District and oversees an online school for the professional development of missionaries, pastors, and lay ministers. She is a philosopher, neuro-ecclesiologist, and ordained minister in the Foursquare denomination. 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.
President, Day CPM Services
Mike is an executive leader with more than 30 years of construction management and owner’s representative experience providing comprehensive project management expertise in both the public and private sectors. He is a dynamic principal who supports the foundation of teams and leads through example and mentoring. His work overseeing substantial university and medical building and development projects and earned Mike the respect of major construction corporations, architectural and engineering firms throughout the northwest region. In 1989, Mike co-founded IMPACT (International Mission Projects and Construction Teams) Ministries, a non-profit, construction-focused ministry building houses, churches and orphanages, and well water drilling in third world countries. Mike is an active member of Beaverton Foursquare church. He and his wife Joy live in Beaverton, Oregon and have two adult children, Jackie and Danny.
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 11 districts in the United States. Prior to becoming general supervisor, she served The Foursquare Church in a variety of leadership roles, including vice president of Women in Ministry Leadership, director of Foursquare Women International, and district supervisor of Arkansas. During her pastoral ministry, she also served as a member of the Church Health Team, the National Church Council, and the Foursquare Presidential Task Force. In her current role she serves on the Foursquare Board of Directors, Cabinet, and numerous committees. Tammy’s passion is sponsoring the next generation and multiplying healthy leaders and churches throughout the U.S. until there is a “candle in every community.” Tammy has been married to her best friend and ministry partner, Gary, for more than 35 years. They have two adult children and one grandson and enjoy life with their family, playing golf and watching sunsets at the beach.
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.
Ordained Minister, The Foursquare Church
A native of Washington, Crystal Guderian is an ordained minister with the Foursquare Church. She planted The Barnabas Project 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 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.
Vice President/Chief Development Officer
Fawn Imboden is currently the VP/Chief Development Officer at America’s Christian Credit Union. As Chief Development Officer, Fawn oversees all aspects of the credit union’s business, community, ministry and staff development; strategic communications; and human resources. Fawn is also the Chief Administrative Officer of the Wesleyan Holiness Consortium which serves over 14 WH denominations, including schools within the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. She is currently the Chairperson of the Glendora Chamber of Commerce. At the age of 14, Fawn, along with her family, fled communist Vietnam during the fall of Saigon in 1975 and came to America where she found her faith and hope in Christ. After catching the vision for the Great Commission, Fawn and her husband, David, moved to Pasadena, CA to serve at the US Center for World Mission (USCWM). There, Fawn spent 11 years as the Vice President for Business Affairs at its training institution, the William Carey International University, during which time she had the privilege of being a chartered member of WCIU’s newly established World Christian Foundations International Development MA Program. Fawn and David have been married for thirty-six years. They have one adult daughter, Beckie, who is married to her husband, Julian, for three years. The Imbodens attend Refuge Calvary Chapel of Huntington Beach.
Terry Keating | Vice Chair
Founder, Risk Management Strategies, Inc.
Terry Keating is the founder of Risk Management Strategies, Inc., a San Diego company that provides employer services to fiduciaries of special-needs and wealth-management trusts. Terry sold the company in February 2015, retaining a minority interest, and presently serves as a consultant to the company’s new management. At the time of the sale, the company operated in 46 states and employed over 3000 people. 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 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 Torrey Pines Church, one of the campuses of the Eastlake Church Network. He serves as chairman of the elder board for Eastlake and its eight campuses. Terry and Janet have four children and seven grandchildren.
Bala Musa, Ph.D.
Professor of Communication Studies, Azusa Pacific University
Bala Musa is a 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.
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.
Development Consultant | Former Vice President for Health Sciences Development, USC
A recognized leader in medical and hospital development, Bill Watson joined the USC Health Sciences Department as Vice President for campus development in 2010 where 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.
D. Scott Weaver
Executive Pastor, New Song Christian Fellowship
A founding member of New Song Christian Fellowship in 1993, Scott Weaver has served full time as Executive Pastor for over 20 years, in addition to being a congregational pastor over one of New Song’s multi-site campuses. He is a licensed CPA (inactive) who prior to becoming a licensed, ordained Foursquare pastor, founded Blankenship Weaver CPA Group, a medium-sized CPA firm, which focused largely on not-for-profit organizations and churches in the greater Nashville area. He is a graduate of Oral Roberts University, with a degree in accounting and a minor in sociology. He and his wife, Nancy, reside in Brentwood, TN, and have two adult children.
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