Fuller Theological Seminary

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, and other sources Fuller Theological Seminary is a seminary in Pasadena, California, with several regional campuses in the western United States. The seminary has over 4,300 students from over 67 countries and 108 denominations, and has been described as "arguably the most influential seminary in America, by number of pastors and educators trained".

History

Fuller Theological Seminary was founded in 1947 by Charles E. Fuller, a radio evangelist known for his Old Fashioned Revival Hour show, and Harold Ockenga, the pastor of Park Street Church in Boston. With its founding, the seminary's founders sought to reform fundamentalism from its separatist and sometimes anti-intellectual stance of the 1920-40 era. Fuller envisaged that the seminary would become "a Caltech of the evangelical world."

In the 1960s Daniel Fuller, the founder's son, returned from Switzerland where he had studied at the University of Basel and was taken captive by the liberal theology of Karl Barth. Fuller brought that mentality back to his father's Seminary, which aided in its decline. The date in which Fuller Seminary officially abandoned inerrancy is identified as December 1962. The downgrade of Fuller Seminary and their low view of the Bible was one of the factors that lead to the founding of their school of church growth, which employed pragmatic and often humanistic principles.

Most of the earliest faculty held to theologically and socially conservative views, though professors with differing perspectives arrived in the 1960s and 1970s.  In 1971 C. Peter Wagner became a professor of Church Growth at Fuller. The emphasis upon the social sciences, not the Bible, was the focus of Wagner and others influenced by the science of church growth. Peter Drucker is identified as the key player that influenced the rise of the church growth movement at Fuller Seminary.  There were tensions in the late 1950s and early 1960s as some faculty members became uncomfortable with staff and students who did not agree with Biblical inerrancy. This led to the people associated with the seminary playing a role in the rise of neo-evangelicalism. More recently, the seminary's "philosophy is gaining pivotal play both in Christian and secular arenas."


Paul Smith in New Evangelism: The New World Order, p. 102: “Fuller Seminary’s compromise and accommodation were the twigs and brushwood that became the nest for aberrant practice, where workers are prepared for the twenty-first century postmodern Emerging church.

Paul Smith documents in the book the step-by-step accommodation with the world that happened at Fuller, including the rise of the social gospel, Mysticism, Feminism, the Emergent Church and Church Growth movements, the new missiology, and the influence of C. Peter Wagner.

John T. Pless in Contemporary Spirituality and the Emerging Church in Concordia Theological Quarterly 71 (2007) p. 350: Scholars associated with Fuller Theological Seminary and a broad neo-Evangelicalism, especially those who see themselves as "post-foundationalists," figure most prominently in the shaping the theology of the movement [Emerging Church].


School of Theology

The School of Theology offers the following degrees:

  • Master of Divinity (MDiv)
  • Master of Arts (MA) in Theology
  • MA in Christian Leadership
  • MA in Theology and Ministry
  • Doctor of Ministry
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Theology
  • Master of Theology (ThM)

Campuses

Since 1973 Fuller Seminary has offered courses in multiple locations. Today, students can complete full degree programs at any of our eight campuses:

  • Pasadena - main campus, Los Angeles north
  • Arizona - Phoenix
  • Bay Area - San Francisco
  • Colorado - Colorado Springs
  • Northwest - Seattle
  • Orange County - Los Angeles south
  • Sacramento
  • Texas - Houston
  • Atlanta (Learning Center)

Presidents

Harold John Ockenga (1947–1954)  Founding president

Edward John Carnell (1954–1959)

Harold John Ockenga (1960–1963) trustee.Chairman of the Board of Christianity Today 1956-85.

David Allan Hubbard (1928-1996) He held the position of President at Fuller Theological Seminary for 30 years (1963-1993). He added a School of Psychology and a School of World Mission to Fuller's School of Theology, both in 1965. He was the son of ordained Pentecostal ministers. He worked to integrate the insights and practices of charismatics into a solid evangelical perspective.  He opened an Office of Women's Concerns at Fuller at a time when it was unpopular to do so.  Before joining Fuller, Hubbard taught biblical studies at Westmont College in nearby Santa Barbara. He constantly built bridges with the Jewish and Catholic communities.

Richard Mouw (1940-) He held the position of President at Fuller Theological Seminary for 20 years (1993-2013), and continues to hold the post of Professor of Faith and Public Life.

  • He is considered a friend of emerging church.  He is also a friend of Rob Bell and Brian McLaren.
  • Richard J Mouw and Eugene H. Peterson wrote the foreword in Relational Leadership: A Biblical Model for Influence and Service (2012) by Walter C. Wright.
  • Richard J Mouw wrote the foreword in The Journey of Ministry: Insights from a Life of Practice (2012) by Eddie Gibbs. The book is endorsed by Jim Belcher and Alan Hirsch.
  • Nonviolent Action: What Christian Ethics Demands but Most Christians Have Never Really Tried (2015), by Ronald J. Sider has a foreword by Richard Mouw and back cover endoersements by Shane Claiborne, Lynne Hybels in Willow Creek and Richard Mouw.
  • Jim Belcher: Deep Church: A Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional (2009) has a foreword by Richard J. Mouw and is endorsed by: Scot McKnight, Mark Oestreicher, Tony Jones, Alan Hirsch and Ed Stetzer.
  • Harvey Cox: The Future of Faith (2010) is endorsed by Richard Mouw, Deepak Chopra, Jim Wallis and Brian Mclaren.
  • In 2009, he signed a public statement encouraging all Christians to "read, wrestle with, and respond to Caritas in Veritate", the social encyclical by Pope Benedict XVI.
  • Rob Bell lists Richard Mouw as one of his book Love Wins's fans.
  • Richard Mouw was guest author at the evolutionary creation site bilogos.org:

Billy Graham is a former Board member of Fuller Theological Seminary.

Writings

  • Political Evangelism (1973)
  • Politics and the Biblical Drama (1976)
  • Called to Holy Worldliness (1980)
  • Objections to Christianity (1981)
  • When The Kings Come Marching In: Isaiah and the New Jerusalem (1983)
  • Distorted Truth: What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Battle for the Mind (1989)
  • Stained Glass: Worldviews and Social Science, ed. with Paul A. Marshall and Sander Griffioen (1989)
  • The God Who Commands (University of Notre Dame, 1990)
  • Uncommon Decency: Christian Civility in an Uncivil World (1992)
  • Pluralisms and Horizons: An Essay in Christian Public Philosophy, with Sander Griffioen (1993)
  • Consulting the Faithful: What Christian Intellectuals Can Learn from Popular Religion (1994)
  • The Smell of Sawdust: What Evangelicals Can Learn from Their Fundamentalist Heritage (2000)
  • He Shines in all that's Fair: Culture and Common Grace (2001)
  • Wonderful Words of Life: Hymns in American Protestant History and Theology, with Mark A. Noll (2004)
  • Calvinism in the Las Vegas Airport: Making Connections in Today's World (2004)
  • Praying at Burger King (2007)
  • Talking with Mormons: An Invitation to Evangelicals (2012)
  • How I Changed My Mind about Evolution (2016) cowriter with 24 others

Mark Labberton (2013-)


Enrollment

2012 Most enrollment total : Head Count (HC) and Full Time Equivalent (FTE)

Rank

School

HC

FTE

1

Fuller Theological Seminary

3579

1708

2

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

2561

1424

3

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

2338

1241

4

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

2033

1069

5

Dallas Theological Seminary

1962

1057

6

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

1907

1447

7

Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary

1683

667

8

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

1596

1290

9

Asbury Theological Seminary

1488

755

10

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

1229

848

11

Talbot School of Theology

1224

541

12

Reformed Theological Seminary

1096

561

13

Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

1025

605



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List of Fuller Theological Seminary people

Alumni

  • Jim Belcher (M.A, mentor: Richard Mouw) is founding church planter and lead pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, CA
  • Rob Bell (M.Div), author of Velvet Elvis, founding pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church.
  • Andrew Jones, Intercultural Studies
  • Tony Jones, (M.Div 1993)
  • Mark Labberton (M.Div) President of Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Ken LaMont (doctorate in Family Ministries)
  • John Ortberg, (M.Div degree and PhD in clinical psychology) teaching pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church and author.
  • John Piper (B.D), author, theologian and senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church.
  • Robert A. Sculler, only son of Robert H. Schuller, has a M.Div. from 1980.
  • Robert A. Schuller's son, Bobby Schuller, has a M.Div. degree from Fuller Theological Seminary.
  • Miroslav Volf (M.A), influential theologian and Yale Divinity School professor. Director of the Yale Center for Culture and Faith.
  • Rick Warren (D.Min under the tutelage of C. Peter Wagner 1993), pastor of Saddleback Church and authormatthew

Former faculty

  • Richard J. Foster, former Fuller professor. A theologian and author
  • Billy Graham (Trustees Board)
  • Miroslav Volf, (1990-98) influential theologian and currently the Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale Divinity School.
  • John Wimber (1974-78), pastor and founder of the Vineyard Movement. Wimber directed the Charles E. Fuller Institute of Evangelism and Church Growth from 1974–1978 and later served as an adjunct professor at Fuller.
  • C. Peter Wagner. Professor of Church Growth (1971-). The High Priest of The New Apostolic Reformation, a Protestant Christian movement consisting of charismatics and Pentecostals.
  • Dick Tibbits He has his doctoral degree in psychology and is a licensed professional mental health counselor. He is also is a certified Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor (ACPE). In addition to his 20 years of clinical work, Dick is an ordained minister years of congregational ministry experience. He has served as an adjunct professor at Fuller Theological Seminary, United Theological Seminary, and Andrews University Theological Seminary.

Faculty

  • David Augsburger (1990-), Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling and Anabaptist author.
  • Ryan K Bolger (PhD Jesus For and Against Modernity: Toward a Practice-Redemption as Missiological Response to the Rules of the Modern Powers 2003) Ryan serves as an Associate Professor of Church in Contemporary Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary, teaching classes on contemporary churches, church and new media, new church movements, church renewal, and culture theory. He is co-author with Eddie Gibbs of Emerging Churches and coauthor of An Emergent Manifesto of Hope.
  • Eddie Gibbs, was appointed to the Fuller faculty in 1984 and is senior professor of Church Growth in the School of Intercultural Studies. Previously he had worked on six Billy Graham Crusades in the United Kingdom, and he has authored over a dozen books.
  • Alan Hirsch, adjunct professor
  • Tony Jones, adjunct professor (2011-) Courses taught:
    • History and Theology of Christian Spirituality
    • Christian Spirituality and the Doctrine of Creation
    • Fiction, Film, and Christian Spirituality

He was joined by some fellow instructors: Lauren Winner, Phyllis Tickle, Brian McLaren, and Gareth Higgins.

  • Brian McLaren is an adjunct professor at Fuller Theological Seminary teaching in the Doctor of Ministry program.
  • Sally Morgenthaler is an adjunct professor.
  • Johnny Ramirez-Johnson is an Adventist and Professor of Intercultural Studies at the School of Inter-cultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is a graduate of Antillean College, Puerto Rico, Andrews University, and Harvard University. He has held a professorship of religion, psychology and culture at Loma Linda University and presently "holds leadership committee roles at the General Conference for Hispanic Ministries" and in other educational areas. Even prior to joining the faculty, his service has included Fuller Theological Seminary (2002–2006) as a member of the Seminary’s Hispanic Advisory Committee.

Visiting teachers etc.:

  • Tony Campolo: 1985
  • Class SP 511 at Fuller Theological Seminary: Henri Nouwen: A Spirituality of Imperfection
  • Class TH 536 and TH 836 at Fuller Theological Seminary: Theology of Jürgen Moltmann
  • 2010 Richard Rohr participated in a public discussion.
  • Richard Rohr: Rohr is teaching a course, SP761: Action and Contemplation (8 units), in the DMin program fall 2010 at Fuller Theological Seminary, helping future Evangelical pastors “grapple with how our rationalist thinking gets in the way of demonstrating compassion, living with paradox and contradictions, and appreciating the mystery of God.”
  • Class CF729: Mark Scandrette is teaching "Practicing the Way of Jesus" (2015)
  • 2015 January 13-14: A Charge to Keep: A Post-DMin conference with Leonard Sweet
  • June 2011: Tony Jones, Lauren Winner and Phyllis Tickle spoke at a public event in Fuller’s Travis Auditorium. The topic was, “Emerging Spiritualities in the American Church,”
  • Class GM 720: Spirituality in Ministry with Dallas Willard (2010). DMin: Spiritual Direction (2015) is "concentrating on classical models of spiritual direction with particular emphasis on Ignatian theory and practice, and on evangelical contributions to Christian spiritual formation with particular emphasis on the thought of Dallas Willard."
  • N. T. Wright:
    • 2009 February: Visiting Professor, Fuller Theological Seminary D Min. course
    • 2009 April 29th, at North Phoenix for an event sponsored by Fuller Seminary Arizona
    • 2011 Nov 16: Guest Lecturer, Fuller Seminary in Sacramento
    • 2014 May 1-3: “Interpreting Paul for the Future of the World”

Adventist Graduates

In the spring of 2018, more than 30 Adventist church members, leaders, and innovators from across the North American Division (NAD) of the Seventh-day Adventist Church convened at Fuller Youth Institute [partner to #GYA] in Pasadena, California, to complete the Growing Young certified speaker training and participate in the Growing Young Adventists (#GYA) cohort summit. The certified speakers are:

  • Manny Artega, Working on his Doctorate in Urban Ministry at Fuller. Kalêo Seventh-day Adventist Church in Southern California.
  • Jason A. Bulgin, Emerald City Community Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Seattle, Washington.
  • Steve Case, president of Involve Youth. He also coordinates the Intergenerational Church cohort for the Andrews University Doctor of Ministry program.
  • Hubert Cisneros, the Youth and Church Ministries Director of the Mid America Union.
  • Jose Cortes, Jr., He currently serves as Associate Director of the North American Division Ministerial Association and leads Evangelism, Church Planting, Global Mission, Church Growth, and Mission to the Cities for the Adventist Church in North America.
  • David Craig, Associate Youth Director for the Texas Conference.
  •  Marquis D. Johns, the lead pastor for the North Philadelphia Seventh-day Adventist Church.
  • Benji Ferguson, the Youth Pastor for the Carmichael Seventh-day Adventist Church, Sacramento, California,
  • Timothy Floyd, the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the Kansas-Nebraska Conference.
  • Benjamin Lundquist, the Young Adult Ministries Director for the Oregon Conference and Young Adult Ministries Coordinator for the North American Division.
  • A. Allan Martin, the teaching pastor of Younger Generation Church of the Arlington Seventh-day Adventist Church in Texas. He serves as the #GYA point person for the North American Division.
  • Guadalupe Montour, Lay Pastor in the Atlantic Union Conference.
  • Alina van Rensburg, the Young Adult Ministry Director for the South Queensland Conference in Australia.
  • Ken Rogers, the Youth and Young Adult Ministries Director for the Southern Union.
  • John M. Scott, the Youth/Young Adult/ACF Ministries Director for the Ontario Conference.
  • Shantel M. Smith, the Associate Pastor at the Emmanuel Brinklow Seventh-day Adventist Church in Ashton, Maryland.
  •  Nick Snell, the Youth Pastor at the Azure Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church i California.
  • Meshach Soli, pastor of the South Bay Seventh-day Adventist Church.
  • Mark Tamalea, the Youth & Young Adult Ministries Director for the Northern New England Conference.
  • Justin Yang, the Senior Pastor of Atlanta Korean Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Southern Union Conference.
  • David Yeagley, the young adult and Camp ministries director for the Washington Conference.

The following list is made to show that Adventist graduates from Fuller Theological Seminary occupy important positions in Adventist administration and education, especially in ministry and youth departments.

  • Edward M. Allen (DMin 1991 and Ph.D. 2008) Professor at Union College 2005-2015+.
  • Erich Baumgartner (PhD, MA 1990) Professor of Leadership and Intercultural Communication at Andrews University.
  • Bruce L. Bauer (MAMiss 1981, DMiss, Congregational and Mission Structures and How the Seventh-day Adventist Church Has Related to Them. 1983) Professor of World Mission at Andrews University 1989-97, 2000-2018+.
  • O. M. “Skip” Bell (DMin) Skip has served the church as a pastor, director of pastoral ministries, conference president.  Professor of Christian Ministry, Andrews University, 2000-2019+. He is founding director of the Christian Leadership Center of Andrews University and is frequently called on to present leadership conferences for the church's world divisions.
  • Ryan J Bell (D.Min. in Missional Leadership: Making Space for the Spirit: Cultivating Missional Identity in the Hollywood Seventh‐day Adventist Church in 2011 under Alan Roxburgh. He was pastor in Philadelphia and Hollywood. He was an adjunct professor at Fuller Theological Seminary where he taught the courses Missional Churches and Leadership and Churches in the World. He also taught The Experience of Religion in Three Cultures and The Missional Church at La Sierra University 2009-2010. Since 2015 he has been an atheist.
  • Elisa Blethen (DMiss student) She is part of the Administrative team of Adventist Health International that manages mission hospitals in developing countries and Assistant Professor & MBA Program Director at Loma Linda University.
  • Katrina Blue (MA 2002, MA 2008) Assistant Professor of Theology and Christian Spirituality at Pacific Union College 2017+.
  • Glenward Alexander Bryant (D.Min, Spiritual Leadership, 2011) executive secretary of the North American Division2008- and associate secretary of the General Conference. He formerly served as the president of the Central States Conference.
  • P. Richard Choi (PhD) Professor of New Testament at Andrews University 1991-2014+. He was a former president of the Adventist Society for Religious Studies.
  • Ron E. M. Clouzet (D.Min on the subject of theological education) Professor of Practical Theology and later Dean if the School of Religion at Southern Adventist University (1993-2006). Director of the NAD Evangelism Institute (NADEI) 2007-2016, NAD Ministerial Secretary (2007-2010) and  Professor of Christian Ministry and Pastoral Theology at Andrews University, 2007-2014+. He is the Ministerial Secretary of the Northern Asia-Pacific Division.
  • James A. Cress (1949-2009) (DMin 1993) Ministerial Association Secretary for the General Conference (1992-2009). Cress pastored in Florida from 1974 to 1978. He then served as evangelist and associate ministerial secretary in the Lake Union. From there he moved to the Ohio Conference to be ministerial secretary (1980-1983). Then Cress served as ministerial secretary of the Mid-America Union (1983-1989). He has served the Adventist church as pastor, evangelist, departmental director, and instructor in evangelistic methods and preaching.
  • Sharon Marie Wyatt Cress (Church Growth) Married James in 1970.She began her ministry in the Florida and continued in the Lake Union Ministerial Association. She transitioned to an Associate in the Ministerial Associations of the Ohio Conference and then the Mid-America Union. In 1990, she returned to pastoral ministry in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1993 she accepted the position of Associate in the Ministerial Association of the General Conference where she was director of Shepherdess International, a ministry to pastors’ wives and families. She was there 18 years before she went to Potomac. She is listed in NADs Ministerial Counselors corner.
  • Cesar DeLeon is Vice President of the North Pacific Union for Hispanic Ministries, Ministerial, Evangelism, and Global Missions. He holds a M.Div. from Andrews University, a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Loma Linda University and a PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy from the School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary. Before coming to his current position, he served for almost 30 years of ministry in the Pacific Union as a pastor and conference ministerial/evangelism director.
  • Ken Denslow (Church Growth 1992) Adjunct Professor at Seventh-day Adventist Seminary at Andrews University (1990-92)Associate Director North American Division Evangelism Institute (1990-92), Secretary, Vice-president for Administration Illinois Conference (1994-2001). President Illinois Conference  (2002-2011) Assistant to the President of North American Division. He is a member of the the1project board.
  • Jon Dybdahl (doctorate in Old Testament 1981)  Ha was a professor of theology at Walla Walla College and also served at Department of Mission at Andrews University. He was president at Walla Walla University 2002-06. He is adjunct professor for the Doctor of Ministry program at Andrews University. He teaches the Spiritual and Theological Foundations for Ministry module, a major component of all DMin projects.
  • Richard Elofer (MA in Global leadership, PhD at the School of Inter-Cultural Studies, Fuller Graduate School,  Attractions and Hindrances in the Proclamation of the Gospel to Jews (2013)) President of the Seventh-day Adventists in Israel and Director of the World Adventist-Jewish Friendship Center.
  • Larry R. Evans (DMin in Church Growth 1981, developing church planting strategies within the North American Division)  He is an Associate Director of Stewardship Ministries of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. He served as General Conference Undersecretary (2002-2010). He also served as the assistant to the president for administration in the North American Division; as president at the Georgia-Cumberland Conference; as president at the New Jersey Conference; as vice president for administration at the Potomac Conference; as assistant to the president, associate ministerial director, and regional church growth coordinator at the Oregon Conference, and as a pastor in the Upper Columbia Conference.
  • Marlene Mayra Ferreras (MA) Marlene was a youth pastor at the Loma Linda Campus Hill Church and was later pastor for children and family ministries at the Azure Hills Church in Grand Terrace, California. La Sierra University has given her a deferred appointment to its Divinity School faculty, where, in a couple of years, she will be teaching full-time.
  • Aubyn Fulton (MA and PhD).  Pacufic Union College 1988-. Educator of the Year award 2005.
  • Barry Gane (DMin, Youth Ministry) Barry has spent over 30 years in Youth Ministry serving in the British Union Conference and South Pacific Division of the Seventh-day Adventist church. He was Professor of Youth Ministry at Andrews University Michigan, where he coordinated both the MA and DMin programs in Youth Ministry. He was director of Leadership and Professional Development for the South Pacific Division of the SDA church from 2005 - 2010.
  • Jeffrey Gang (D.Min., Practical Theology, 1999-2006 Learning to Love Well: A Holistic Strategy for Youth Ministry at the Crosswalk Seventh-day Adventist Church) He was an ordained pastor for the CrossWalk Adventist Church in Redlands, CA 2005-2012. 2012- Pastor Anaheim SDA Church.2013- La Sierra Univ.: Professor.
  • Ben Garcia (M.A. in Philosophy/Theology) Religion Teacher at Glendale Adventist Academy.
  • Dave Gemmell, (D.Min. with an emphasis in multi-cultural leadership, 1992) He began pastoring in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1978, continued pastoring in Maui, and served for ten years as Senior Pastor of Las Vegas Mountain View Church. He transferred his service to the NAD in 2002 where he has served Adventist Communication Network, Church Resource Center, and in 2011, Associate Director of the NAD Ministerial Department. His role at Ministerial is to discover, develop, and distribute resources for the pastors of the NAD.
  • Daniel L. Graham (DMin) Pastor in Florida and author of Graham on Discipleship 202009.pdf: p. 144: "As pastor I will daily spend an hour studying God’s word, listening, meditating, and talking to God. This will often include lectio divina.
    p. 146: "Each year I will take a one- or two-week study and visioning retreat. At times I will attend a Doctor of Ministry class at Fuller Seminary or Andrews University; other times I will attend a Renovare Conference or simply spend time alone."  The book has more than 20 references to Dallas Willard and several others in the Emerging / Mysticism department.
  • Ron Halvorsen Jr (doctoral degree in spiritual disciplines) Senior Pastor at College View Seventh-day Adventist Church, Lincoln NE (2008-2014). He has also taught as an adjunct professor at the Union College Theology Department. President Ohio Conference (2014-)
  • Winsley Hector (M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy) He served as an adjunct professor at Loma
    Linda University and currently is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist for Kaiser Permanente's Addiction Medicine Unit.
  • Lyell Heise (DMin 2006) Heise is both Senior Lecturer, and Director of The Institute of Worship at Avondale College in Australia. The institute was established in 2004, is based at Avondale College, and serves the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South Pacific region
  • Murray House (DMin 2001) minister since 1977, 3 years in the ministry stream at Pacific Adventisstist University, Papua New Guinea, Senior Lecturer Ministry and Theology and Field Education Director Avondale College, Evangelism and Preaching 2006-
  • Roscoe J. Howard (1954-2019) (D.Min. in leadership with an emphasis in diversity management, recently) He was Youth director and vice president of Regional Affairs in the North Pacific Union Conference. Then he became executive secretary in the Mid-America Union.  Then he served several years as executive secretary for the North American Division before he returned to the Mid-America Union to serve as the president.  Soon after that he became vice president of mission and ministries for Adventist Health System at Adventist University of Health Sciences in 2010.
  • Stan Hudson is director of the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) Creation Study Center. Stan graduated at La Sierra with a ministerial studies degree. A few years later, he picked up his Master of Divinity degree at Andrews University.  In 1993 he garnered a Doctor of Ministry degree in church growth from Fuller Theological Seminary. The title of his dissertation is The Evolution of the Role of Pastor in the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
  • Greame Humble (Intercultural studies 2012 His doctorate focusses on exploring redemptive analogies as context sensitive evangelisation methodologies among the maritime Hula people of Papua New Guinea) President Eastern Highlands mission, Papua New Guinea (current 1988), pastor Brisbane (current 2003)  head of the School of Theology at Pacific Adventist University in Papua New Guinea 2007-2013, South Pacific Division’s (SPD) field secretary 2013-.
  • Jovan Ilijev (DMin 1991-94, A Method of Biblical Interpretation with Special Emphasis for Serbian Seventh-Day Adventist Small Group Bible Study) He was then called to teach at Belgrade Theological Seminary in the former Yugoslavia. Later Ilijev came back as a pastor in California.
  • Paul Jensen, Paul was a graduate visiting student under N. T. Wright at Oxford University and he completed a Ph.D. at Fuller Seminary’s School of Intercultural Studies under Wilbert R. Shenk and Richard V. Peace (2007, The Implications of the Collapse of Time and Space in Modernity for Spiritual Discipline). He is the author of Subversive Spirituality: Transforming Mission through the Collapse of Space and Time. He was also Adjunct Assistant Professor of Leadership and Christian Formation and Spirituality in Contemporary Culture at Fuller. He is Founder and Executive Director of The Leadership Institute (all 5 co-founders have a background from Fuller Theological Seminary).
  • Amanda Escalante Johnston. She led worship experience programs at churches around the United States with her ministry-focused vocal group, With Praise, until she graduated in 2006. Afterwards, she dove head first into youth ministry in the Northern California Conference, before returning home to Southeastern California Conference in 2008. Amanda is preparing for her MDiv at Fuller Theological Seminary and hopes to start the InMinistry MDiv program from the Theological Seminary at Andrews University very soon [2016]. She is listed in NADs Ministerial Counselors corner.
  • Bruce Johnston (doctorate in missions) He taught at Andrews University and Southern Missionary College, where he was also chair of the theology department. In 1968 he was called to the Far Eastern Division, where he conducted field schools for pastors and students in scores of cultures. Later, Bruce worked as a church growth consultant in the North Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. He also served as president of the Idaho and Washington conferences and the North Pacific Union. He became chair of the Walla Walla College Board of Trustees, where he served for 19 years until 1996.
  • Brad Kemp (D.Min 2002) In South Pacific Division he was tasked with Leadership and Pacific Resource/Institute of World Mission in 2001, then in 2005-13 as associate general secretary.
  • Vassel George Kerr (DMin <1982) Professor in the Theology and Religion Department at West Indies College. He was later appointed professor at Andrews University.
  • Gerard Kiemeney, (DMin 1993) Adjunct Assistant Professor of Ministry at Undergraduate Department of Religion at La Sierra University.
  • Andrea Trusty King (DMin) She serves as the president of the Black Adventist Ministerial Fellowship. She is also the vice president and co-founder of Brighter Hope Ministries, Inc. She has also served as a pastor at Imani Praise Fellowship, Valley Fellowship, the 31stStreet SDA Church and the Maranatha SDA Church in San Diego. A writer for the Real-Time Faith and Cornerstone Connections Sabbath School Lessons.
  • G. Earl Knight,  executive secretary (- 2007-2010) and president (2010-15) of the Greater New York Conference and president of the Atlantic Union Conference (2015-), He graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary with a Doctor of Ministry degree in 2006. His dissertation was on the topic, Making Disciples in the 21st Century.
  • Nick Kross (DMin, Youth and Family) He served as the New Zealand Pacific Union Director of Youth Ministries. He is the South Pacific Division Director of Adventist Youth Ministries. He is also a member of the the1project Board.
  • Wagner Kuhn (PhD, Toward a holistic approach to relief, development, and Christian witness: With special reference to ADRA's mission to Naxcivan 2004 ) Professor of World Mission at Andrews University, 2005-2014+.
  • César De León (PhD in marriage and family therapy) He is the North Pacific Union Vice-President for Hispanic Ministries, also covering Ministerial, Evangelism, and Global Missions. He was is the ministerial and evangelism director for Central California Conference. He is listed in  NADs Ministerial Counselors corner.
  • Dan Linrud (DMin, Christian Discipleship 1997-2005) served as the executive secretary, or vice president for administration, of Canada's Ontario Conference 2009-13. Assistant to the president in Oregon Conference in 2013 and President from 2016.
  • Bill Liversidge, (ca. 1980, Church Growth) From 1980 Ministerial secretary, Sabbath School and Lay Activities director of the Southwestern Union Conference, Church Growth Institute Director in Columbia Union Conference and Ministerial Director at Columbia Union.. Now President of Creative Growth Ministries (private in U.S.)
  • Artemie Allan Martin II (MA (Theology), MA (Psychology), PhD(Clinical Psychology) Associate Professor of Discipleship and Family Life at Andrews University 2006-. Young adult ministry coordinator for the North American Division.  2010- Pastor, Younger Generation Church. Young Adult pastor for the Arlington, Texas, SDA Church.
  • Douglas C. Matacio (ThM 1991 & PhD 1997) Professor of Religious Studies at Canadian University College, 1999-.
  • Pedrito U. Maynard-Reid (M.Th. 1995) Assistant to the President for Diversity at Walla Walla University, Vice President for Spiritual Life and Mission and Professor of Biblical Studies and Missiology at Walla Walla University, Professor of Biblical Studies and Missiology at Walla Walla University, Professor of Music and Religious Studies at Northern Caribbean University, Professor of Theology at Antillian University
  • Richard McEdward (DMiss 2013, Adventist Best Practices of Contextual Mission in South East Asia), Director of Global Mission, Urban Ministry, Muslim Affairs and Buddhist Affairs for the Southern Asia Pacific Division (-2006-). Associate Director, Institute of World Mission at Andrews University 2010-11. GC Global Mission Centers Director 2011-2015, president of  Middle East and North Africa Union (MENA) 2015+.
  • John McVay (began at Fuller Theological Seminary before following professor Ralph P. Martin to University of Sheffield in England (Ph.D. Ecclesial Metaphor in the Epistle to the Ephesians from the Perspective of a Modern Theory of Metaphor 1995)) Pastor, Iowa and Georgia 1977-1978, 1982-1985, Assistant and Associate Professor of Religion, Pacific Union College 1985-1998, Associate Dean and Professor of New Testament, Andrews University Theological Seminary 1998-2000, Seminary Dean, Andrews University Theological Seminary 2000-2006, President Walla Walla University 2006-2015+.
  • Greg Nelson (DMin personal and organizational effectiveness)  Greg has been senior pastor of churches in Washington, California, and the College View Church at Union College, Lincoln, Nebraska.
  • John S. Nixon (MA) Pastor, Collegedale Church of Seventh-day Adventist
  • Ricardo Norton (DMin) Associate Professor of Church Growth at Andrews University,1996-2014+
  • Roland Nwosu (DMiss) Head of Centre for Global Evangelism & Chaplaincy, Babcock University, Nigeria
  • Rodlie Ortiz (D.Min in Missional Leadership 2019+) whrere he's exploring what it means to be a missionary in North America. He is on the pastoral team at Pioneer Memorial Church on the campus of Andrews University where he oversees evangelism.
  • Bjørn Ottesen (DMin 2014) Pastor Bjorn Ottesen is Head of Department of Theological Studies at Newbold College, England. He has worked as a pastor in Adventist churches in Norway, Sweden and Denmark for 17 years, and as president for the Danish Union and Swedish Union for the last 11 years.
  • Maria Ovando-Gibson, master of divinity degree with an emphasis in Christian Formation and Discipleship, as well as a Ph.D. in Theology. She contributed to developing and designing curriculum for Fuller’s online master’s degree program. She was also the online adjunct professor for the seminary course. She is assistant director of the General Conference’s Stewardship Department.
  • James Park (MA 1996: Lord of LA: A Framework for Seventh-day Adventist Urban Church Planning in Southern California, PhD in Missiology 2001) Associate Professor, Discipleship and Church Growth at Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies, Philippines
  • Peter Prime (DMin) is Associate Secretary in charge of Evangelism and Church growth in the Ministerial Association for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists 1999-. Before joining the Ministerial Association Prime was President of the Caribbean Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventist.
  • Miroslav Pujic, (MA in Missiology) Director for Ministry to Postmoderns, Trans-European Division. Authored the LIFEdevelopment holistic ministry.
  • Erika F. Puni (PhD) Director of Stewardship Ministries of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (2005-2015). Puni served as stewardship, Sabbath School and personal ministries director for the South Pacific Division prior to the General Conference, and was also a professor of theology at Avondale College, Australia.
  • Norton Richardo (DMin) Associate Professor of Church Growth at Andrew University 1996-2014+.
  • Randy L. Roberts (DMin 1996) In 1987 he began work as a chaplain at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Professor in Relational Studies at Loma Linda University, 1994-. In addition to teaching, he has pastored the Corona Seventh-day Adventist Church, and became senior pastor of the LLU Church in 2000. He is Professor in Relational Studies at Loma Linda University School of Religion.<
  • Douglas E. Robertson (DMin in Leadership Development) Doug joins Avondale College's Faculty of Theology as Senior Lecturer from Newbold College. Prior to England, he was involved as the Associate Director for Personal Ministries and Sabbath School in the South Pacific Division.
  • Daniel Rode (PhD), River Plate Adventist University in Argentina, Missiology
  • Todd Rosspencer (MA) Youth Pastor Redlands Church.
  • Ed Sammons, Doctor of Ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary (2015), researching how a changing culture is impacting the lives and discipleship of young adults, and what that means to the Church. Ed served the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Wales as a Church pastor and youth director overseeing youth ministry and discipleship for the Adventist Church in Wales. Before coming to Lancaster Ed served as a pastor for youth and family ministry in Santa Barbara, CA.
  • Gerson Santos, after most recently serving as director of the New York City-based Urban Ministry Study Center director (since December 2012), and Greater New York Conference secretary (2010-2015), was elected an associate secretary of the General Conference in 2015. Santos, originally from Brazil, completed course work in doctoral studies in planting missional churches at Fuller Theological Seminary in 2012, and received his doctoral degree from Andrews University in 2006.
  • Børge Schantz (1931-2014) (PhD 1983) School of World Mission, The Development of Seventh-day Adventist Missionary Thought: Contemporary Appraisal.  He was one of the Adventist Church’s top theologians in Europe. He was dean of theology at Newbold College in England and founded the Adventist Global Center for Islamic Studies.
  • Eduard E. Schmidt (D.Min.2002, Developing a Strategy for Evangelism Renewal in the Local Seventh-day Adventist Church) Associate Director of the North American Division Evangelism Institute (NADEI) where he also serves as Assistant Professor of Personal Evangelism at the Theological Seminary at Andrews University 1995-2014+. He also serves as a consultant for church revitalization, lay mobilization, church planting, and strategic planning.
  • Danijela Schubert (D.Min. recently) In Papua New Guinea she was a lecturer in the school of theology at Pacific Adventist University, from 2002 to 2010, when she became special assistant to the president of the SPD, Dr Barry Oliver. She was appointed associate  secretary of the South Pacific Division in 2013.
  • Jennifer Scott (MA 1997) served as an associate pastor at Loma Linda University Church in Loma Linda University Church, CA, Green Lake Church, Seattle. and Shelton Adventist Church in the suburbs of Seattle (-2013). She was the Senior Pastor of the 3,000-member Keene SDA Church on the campus of Southwestern Adventist University (2013-2015),
  • Carmen Seibold, (MDiv), ordained by the Ohio Conference, hospice chaplain in Columbus and administrator of the Women's Ordination Facebook group.. Married to Adventist Today Executive Editor Loren Seibold.
  • Nelson Silva, Pastor at Seventh-day Adventist Church Indiana (2015-)
  • Paul Siope is the Ministerial Secretary for the North New Zealand Conference.
  • John M. Staples, (D.Th. 1969), Professor Emeritus of Religion, Pacific Union College 1969+.
  • Smauel Telemaque (phD Missiology) Director Adventist Missions for Inter-America, Mission Coordinator Caribbean Union Conference. Adventist Mission Director in Inter-American Adventist Theological Seminary.
  • Calvin Thomsen (DMin 1985) He has been teaching for the Loma Linda Universtiy School of Religion since 1999, with expertise in the areas of grief and bereavement, spiritualty and therapy, and integrative patient care.  He has pastored several SDA congregations in Southern California, most recently at the Loma Linda University Church as the Pastor for Family Life Ministry. He has also been a research associate for the Loma Linda University Center for Spiritual Life and Wholeness. He is an Assistant Professor at Loma Linda University School of Religion.  Hew is also Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Studies at La Sierra University.
  • Jessica Trevithik (MAT). She began pastoral ministry in 2000 in the Southern California Conference and she is listed in NADs Ministerial Counselors corner.
  • Mau Tuaoi (DMin) Pastor Togamau Tuaoi has been serving as the Youth and Family Ministries Director for the New Zealand Pacific Union over the last 5 years. At the end of 1997 he was called to the South New Zealand Conference where he served for 4 years. From 2002 he served as the Youth Director for the South Australian Conference. He completed his Masters in Youth Ministry in 2005 from Avondale College and is currently completing a Doctor in Ministry on Youth and Family at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Mau has just taken up a new role serving as the Senior Chaplain for Gilson College and Pastor of Living Waters Church and is now based in Melbourne, Australia.
  • Alfonso Valenzuela (PhD) Professor who taught Counseling and Marriage and Family Studies at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, Andrews University, for almost twenty years.
  • Francisco J. Vega (MA) Church Ministries director for the Antillian Union (current 1991), Sabbath School and Personal Ministries in Puerto Rican Union Conference (current 2000), President West Puerto Rico Conference (current 1998-2004) Inter-American Adventist Theological Seminary.
  • Juan Carlos Viera Rossano (1938-) (doctorate in missiology 1990,1992) Pastor, evangelist and union president in South Africa -1988. EGW Estate associate director 1988-95 and director 1995-2000.
  • Antony WagnerSmith (D.Min in Missional Leadership & Church Planting, 2010-14) Pastor, Church Planter and Church Planting Coordinator in Florida Conference since 2008.
  • Allan R. Walshe (DMin)  Walshe is Chair of the Department of Discipleship and Religious
    Education at Andrews University. He received his MA from the University of South Wales. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, he teaches two sections of Foundations of Biblical Spirituality and two to four sections of Ministry to Youth and Young Adults each year. He also coordinates a cohort and teaches in the DMin program as well as teaching other intensives. Associate Professor of Youth Ministry at Andrews University 2008-2014+.
  • Ralph S. Watts (DMin on small groups) president of the Hawaii Conference of Seventh-day Adventist.
  • Myron K. Widmer (Dmin 2004) Professor Emeritus of Religion and Applied Theology at Pacific Union College 1996+.
  • Jesse L. Wilson (DMin 1996) Director of Church Growth and Discipleship for the Southeastern conference 2007-. He is Associate Professor of Theology Oakwood University 2007-. In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, he is the Coordinator of the Doctor of Ministry, African American Ministry concentration at Andrews University.
  • Marc Woodson (D.Min. 2006 A Plan Transitioning Toward a Gift-based Ministry at Mt. Rubidoux Seventh-day Adventist Church) Mark Woodson was the church's senior pastor at Mt. Rubidoux in 1993-2004. He has served as a campus chaplain, youth pastor, associate pastor and senior pastor.He was Associate Director of Multicultural Evangelism Southeastern California Conference (-2002-2003) and Southeastern California Conference associate youth director (2004-2007). In addition to his work as Outreach Director at Grand Advent he serves as the executive secretary of the Northern California Conference (2007-). He served on the pastoral staff of the Grand Advent Seventh-day Adventist Church in Oakland, California, as the Pastor for Ministry Development. In 2018 he was elected president in Northern California Conference.
  • Zane Yi (MA) He has pastored churches in Southern California, New York, Tennessee, and Georgia, with experience in leading urban, diverse, ecumenically-minded, and service-oriented congregations. He is Assistant Professor at Loma Linda University School of Religion.
  • James W. Zackrison (MA in intercultural studies and a Doctor of Missiology degree. His major field of study for the doctorate was cultural anthropology and urban church growth. His minor fields were leadership, curriculum development, and mission history.) Having been a missionary in the Inter-American Division for twenty years, Zackrison has had extensive experience as a mission pastor, youth director, college professor, and administrator. At various times, he served as president of the Honduras Mission, Central America; president of Central American Adventist University in Costa Rica; professor of theology at Colombia Adventist University; and translator and research coordinator at the Inter-American Division headquarters in Coral Gables, Florida. Prior to coming to the General Conference, He was director of the Church Growth and Adult Sabbath School Departments of the Southern California Conference. He was for many years director of the Sabbath School and Personal Ministries Department of the General Conference.
  • Nicholas Zork (MA in Theology with a concentration in Theology and the Arts, 2009. He is currently a PhD Candidate in Theology with a concentration in Worship and Culture)  He leads worship, teaches, and performs at conferences and music venues around the United States and abroad. Nicholas serves as director of the Andrews University Music and Worship Conference, which he helped found in 2004. He is the editor of Best Practices for Adventist Worship, an email newsletter published by the North American Division. And he is the minister for worship and the arts at Church of the Advent Hope in Manhattan. He has led out at some of the One Project meetings and is a consultant for the group.

In the 1990s it was reported that Seventh-day Adventist minister Bertie Degraphenreed was the office receptionist at Fuller Theological Seminary (Calvary Contender, June 15, 1994).

In April 1999 Fuller professor Margaret Suster, (who teaches preaching) was a guest speaker for an SDA-sponsored “interactive seminar.”


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