Rod Light | January 25, 2018

Adjunct Professor Christine Mina Tsao wants her students to be successful and knows what it takes to equip them for effective service in the helping professions.

Christine Mina Tsao, M.A. is committed to making a difference in the lives of children and their families. She teaches multiple classes as an adjunct professor in the Human Development and Psychology BA (HDPBA) program at Life Pacific with the same goal in mind: to make a difference.

She also works part-time as a social worker with the Los Angeles region of Olive Crest Foster and Adoption Agency, a Christian organization with a 40-year history of prevention and treatment of child abuse. The agency’s website claims more than 50,000 children and families are served by the organization every year in California, Nevada, and the Northwest.

“Christine’s passion for discovery overflows into the classroom as she inspires and develops her students into lifelong learners,” Gayle says. Christine’s background as a mental health counselor at The Dream Center and Emmaus Road Christian Counseling contributed to her desire to share her passion for people-helping with students at Life Pacific College.

In addition to supporting foster and adoptive families, Christine conducts and writes clinical assessments, leads workshops and support groups, provides crisis management and trauma-informed care, and collaborates with the department of children and family services.

It was during Christine’s graduate training that she became acquainted with Emmaus Road Christian Counseling and Dr. Gayle Samples, HDPBA program director at Life Pacific. During the ensuing six years, Gayle has watched Christine skillfully apply her knowledge of the helping professions to the world of biblical higher education.

“Christine’s passion for discovery overflows into the classroom as she inspires and develops her students into lifelong learners,” Gayle says. Christine’s background as a mental health counselor at The Dream Center and Emmaus Road Christian Counseling contributed to her desire to share her passion for people-helping with students at Life Pacific College.

“I first encountered LPC students in a counseling environment, and I came to care deeply about their lives and the issues that matter to them,” Christine says. “Students are adjusting to their changing worldview, identity, relationship dynamics (family, roommates, romance), mental health struggles, and time management.”

Christine is a member the HDP committee, where she works with a team of fellow educators, further developing, reviewing and improving the HDP program. Gayle says that Christine’s humility, grace and demonstrated love for God and the students, faculty and staff at LPC make her an “absolute joy to be around.”  

“I encourage my students to pursue careers that align with their values and God’s gifting in their lives,” Christine adds. She considers her professional skills to be God-given strengths and interests that have developed over time. “When my profession is in line with God’s gifting, work doesn’t feel like work because it comes so naturally,” she says.

One of Christine’s self-described strengths is to help people simplify complex concepts in her counseling and in the classroom as she teaches. “Students are dealing with so much, and I bring this awareness into the classroom. No matter how busy I get, I make time to regularly mentor my students to support and invest in their growth,” she says.

“I encourage my students to pursue careers that align with their values and God’s gifting in their lives,” Christine adds. She considers her professional skills to be God-given strengths and interests that have developed over time. “When my profession is in line with God’s gifting, work doesn’t feel like work because it comes so naturally,” she says.

Christine earned an M.A. in clinical psychology with a marriage and family therapy emphasis at Azusa Pacific University after receiving a B.A. in clinical psychology with a minor in biblical studies at Biola University. She has plans to pursue a Ph.D. in educational psychology and would like to ultimately transition to her lifelong dream of full-time teaching.

Fall 2014 marked the launch of the Human Development and Psychology Bachelor of Arts degree program that prepares LPC students for a lifetime of ministry service in the helping professions including social work, education, clinical psychology, counseling, family ministry, and other specializations.

Click here to learn more about the Human Development and Psychology program.