Rod Light | June 28, 2017

Dr. Tremper’s colleagues agree that she is committed to training this generation of emerging leaders to use the globe as their classroom. She was recently honored by the San Dimas Chamber of Commerce as the Life Pacific Professor of the Year.  

By: Rod Light

“Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other,” Romans 12:10 (NLT).

For the second year, Life Pacific College has been invited to honor a faculty member as San Dimas Chamber of Commerce “Professor of the Year.” Dr. Karen Tremper, Professor in Transformational Ministries and Director of Global Life at LPC, was hand-selected by fellow LPC faculty for the honor in 2017.

The Chamber of Commerce presented Dr. Tremper with a crystal apple during a Teacher of the Year Banquet at Via Verde Country Club hosted by the Chamber with the Honorable Curtis W. Morris, Mayor of San Dimas, as the Master of Ceremonies. Dr. Tremper was recognized along with seven teachers from the Bonita Unified School District, and one teacher from Canyon View School, which serves students from McKinley Children’s Center in San Dimas.

It’s no wonder Dr. Tremper’s colleagues chose to honor her as Professor of the Year. “Karen’s passion for inspiring and encouraging her students to engage the world for Christ make her an outstanding educator,” says LPC Academic Vice President Michael Salmeier. She is passionate about Global Life and students learn quickly to share her love for learning and living among various cultures.

“Karen’s passion for inspiring and encouraging her students to engage the world for Christ make her an outstanding educator,” says LPC Academic Vice President Michael Salmeier. She is passionate about Global Life and students learn quickly to share her love for learning and living among various cultures.

Her colleagues agree that Karen is committed to training this generation of emerging leaders to use the globe as their classroom.

“This is their world – not the world of the future, but the world of today – in which students live and serve,” Karen says. Global Life allows her students to “test drive” their education in safe, guided global experiences. Using their learning in such a practical way helps them embed skills, theories, and practices she believes might otherwise be left behind in a classroom.

“Students must learn to put theory to work in a real-world situation and they must know how to live as disciples, and how to make disciples in this global environment,” Karen says.

President Jim J. Adams refers to the LPC Global Life program that Karen leads as “the gold standard” in cross-cultural learning. He attributes this to the “rich network of alumni and Foursquare ministries around the world who partner with us to offer Global Life experiences for our students at the same cost that a traditional student will pay living on campus in San Dimas.”

Dr. Tremper earned a B.A. in Home Economics with an emphasis in Food Service from California State University, Fresno, an M.A.T. from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from the School of Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary.

Prior to her work at LPC, Karen and her husband, Mark, served 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 as the director of Discipleship Training Schools in Harpenden, U.K.

In addition to the crystal apple that was presented to Dr. Tremper, the Chamber of Commerce also provided a perpetual plaque engraved with her name that now hangs in LPC’s academic hallway. Dr. Mick Bates, Director of the LPC Business Administration program was first recipient of the award in 2016.