Announcement: New Faculty Chair of Human Development and Psychology 

Announcement: New Faculty Chair of Human Development and Psychology 

Life Pacific College announced this week that Dr. Gayle Samples will join its full time faculty this month. Samples was selected as the Chair of the BA in Human Development and Psychology program following a faculty search process. As Chair and Associate Professor, she will lead the efforts to continue developing the new program which is slated to launch this fall pending accreditation approvals.

“We believe that, given Dr. Samples’ education, experience, and ministry commitment, she is a perfect fit for the new program (one she volunteered time to help develop),” said Dr. Michael Salmeier, Vice President of Academic Affairs. 

President Jim J. Adams affirmed, “LPC is thrilled with the appointment of Dr. Gayle Samples as Founding Chair and Associate Professor of Human Development & Psychology. Dr. Samples’ expertise, experience, and passion for excellence in both the classroom and clinic coincides with LPC’s desire to reach students with more choices for ministry than ever before.” He went on to highlight, “No stranger to LPC, Dr. Samples joins the full time faculty at a critical time in the history of our college. We are proud to welcome Dr. Samples to this important new role.”

Gayle Samples, Ph.D 

Dr. Gayle Samples has been an adjunct professor at LPC since 2002, has directed the Principles of Christian Scholarship program since 2003, the Life Challenges Program since 2005, and since 2007 she has been Executive Director of Emmaus Road Christian Counseling, which she co-founded. Emmaus Road Counseling provides free counseling to LPC students and services to the surrounding communities. It also serves as a clinical training site where Gayle has been the lead clinical supervisor for graduate MA, MFT, MSW and Ph.D students.

An alumni of Life Bible College (’77), Gayle graduated in 2000 from Trinity College of Graduate Studies with a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology; became a California state licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in 2004; and graduated with her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University in 2009. 

Gayle and her husband, Terry, have held a variety of pastoral roles for over 30 years and are both currently serving at Life Pacific College. Terry teaches leadership classes, sociology and ethics. Additionally, they co-facilitate a house church with two other couples in Claremont, California. They are the proud parents of three adult married daughters: Jennifer (Jeff), Jana (Christopher) & Allison (Chris) and are Nana and Papa to Jacee, Jaelyn and Elias. 

Gayle’s thoughts on her new role:

“The best way I can sum up my thoughts on my role as Chairperson of LPC’s new program in Human Development and Psychology is to first, honor my mentors: Paul Hackett and Jerry Cook were the featured speakers at the Foursquare Great Lakes District Camp in Wisconsin, a camp I had attended throughout my childhood. I was so impressed by their warm, natural style, their self-deprecating humor and their genuine love for God and His people. It was during summer camp that I made the decision to pursue ministry. During my freshman year at Life Bible College, I sat in the class of Professor Chuck Shoemake, who gave one simple instruction that would forever change my life: “Ask God if He loves you.”  I complied and for the first time in my life, I heard a loud, resounding voice in my spirit say: “yes, my daughter, I love you so very much!” Not only was I forever changed through that encounter, but also, I learned that one of the most significant things a professor can do is give a space for their students to hear and experience God.

 Paul, Jerry and Chuck mentored me from afar. I watched them over the years live out their calling vocationally. They influenced how I see ministry:  learn who God has created you to be and walk in that knowledge, listen to His voice and allow His love to flow through you in all that you do.

It’s this foundational truth that I believe sets the stage for LPC’s new major in Human Development and Psychology. First, we create an environment for our students to learn more about themselves, who they are in Christ, and how God has gifted them for service; second, we educate them in the various ways in which they can serve; and then last, we empower them and release them for kingdom work. It doesn’t get any better than this and I am thrilled and humbled to be part of this process!!”


Educating leaders since 1923, Life Pacific College has sent out more than 27,000 alumni to nearly 140 countries worldwide, and that mission continues. The College remains committed to its strengths, which include an unwavering commitment to mission, vitality of the student body, stability, dedicated faculty and staff, and its rich heritage of Christian service made possible through thousands of alumni around the world.