The Department of Religion faculty represent many years of academic and ministerial experience both in the United States and abroad. Our faculty are sought after speakers at conferences and seminars; are published authors; and are editors of globally recognized Journals in the areas of Pentecostalism, missiology, leadership studies and theology of C.S. Lewis.

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Richard Israel


Chair, Department of Religion
Director: Graduate Programs in Religion
Professor of Old Testament

Areas of Specialization: Old Testament Prophets, Wisdom Literature, Psalms

Education: B.A., Northwest University; M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary; M.A., and Ph.D. Claremont Graduate University.

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Greg Austring


Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies, Religion and Ethics
Chair, SPS General Education

Areas of Specialization: Intercultural and Pastoral Studies.

Education: B.A. and M.A., Vanguard University of Southern California; Ph.D. (Candidate) School of Intercultural Studies, Biola University.

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Jerry Camery-Hoggatt


Professor of Narrative Theology and New Testament

Areas of Specialization: Early Christian Origins, Narrative Theology and New Testament Studies. Particular interest in method and content in the study of the Gospels.

Education: B.A., Southern California College; M.T.S., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Boston University.

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Willem H. Dogterom


Professor of Pastoral Ministries
Associate Chair, School for Professional Studies in Religion

Areas of Specialization: Pastoral Ministry, Spirituality, and Practical Theology. Particular interest in Spiritual Formation for lifetime ministry regardless of vocation.

Education: Diploma in Theology, Northwest Bible College; B.A., North American Baptist College; M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary; D.Min., Fuller Theological Seminary.

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Roger D. Heuser


Professor of Leadership Studies
Director, Judkins Institute for Leadership Studies

Areas of Specialization: leadership, spirituality, and mission in a global context.

Education: B.A., Trinity College; M.A., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Ph.D., New York University.

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Frank Macchia


Professor of Theology
Editor, PNEUMA: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies.

Areas of Specialization: Systematic Theology, Ecumenical Theology and Pentecostal Theology.

Education: B.A., Southern California College; M.A., Wheaton College Graduate School; M.Div., Union Theological Seminary (New York); D. Theol., University of Basel, Switzerland.

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Jesse Miranda

Adjunct Professor
Director, Center for Urban Studies & Hispanic Leadership

B.A., Vanguard University; M.A., Talbot Seminary; M.S., California State University; D. Min., Fuller Theological Seminary.

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Douglas Petersen


Margaret S. Smith Distinguished Professor of World Missions and Intercultural Studies

Areas of Specialization
: Ethics, World Missions, and Intercultural Studies.

Education: Diploma, Northwest Bible College; B.A., Southern California College; M.A., Pepperdine University; Ph.D., Oxford Centre for Mission Studies in Oxford, England.

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Edmund J. Rybarczyk


Professor of Systematic Theology

Areas of Specialization: Eastern Orthodox Theology and Pentecostal-Charismatic History.

Education: B.A., Southern California College; M.A. and Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary.

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Gary J. Tyra


Professor of Biblical and Practical Theology

Areas of Specialization: Theology, Spiritual and Ministry Formation.

Education: B.A., West Coast Christian College; M.Div. and D.Min., Fuller Theological Seminary.

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April Westbrook


Professor of Old Testament

Area of Specialization: Old Testament Studies.

Education: B.A., Life Pacific College; M.A. Vanguard University of Southern California; Ph.D. candidate, Claremont Graduate University.

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William C. Williams


Adjunct Professor of Old Testament
Professor Emeritus

Areas of Specialization
: Hebrew, West Semitic Languages and Old Testament Studies.

Education: Diploma, Northeast Bible Institute; B.A., Central Bible College; M.A., Central Bible College; M.A., New York University; Ph.D., New York University; Post-doctoral Study, Hebrew University, Jerusalem; the American Institute of Holy land Studies, Jerusalem.

Adjunct Professors of Graduate Religion

  • WILLIAMS, William – OTG 640 Kingdom of God in the Old Testament (Fall 2011)