Our Faculty and Staff

Seminary Administration

Office of the President

  • Randal R. Roberts, D.Min.; President
  • Bert E. Downs, M.A., D.D.; Chancellor
  • Andrew Peterson, Ph.D.; Vice President for Educational Innovation and Global Outreach

Office of Advancement

  • Robert Jones, M.Div.; Senior Vice President for Advancement
  • Robert Bridges; Senior Vice President of Stewardship
  • Cole Atkinson; Admissions Counselor
  • Rebekah, Buchterkirchen, Director of Communications
  • Bonnie Ekholm; Advancement Associate/Gift Officer
  • Francesca Hallworth; Admissions Counselor
  • Karen Lopez; Admissions Office Manager
  • Philip J. Oswald, M.Div.; Director of Marketing
  • Adrian Tijerina; Admissions Counselor
  • Luke Todd, M.A.; Director of Admissions

Office of Academic Affairs

  • Charles Conniry, Ph.D.; Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty
  • Adam Christian, Th.M.; Assistant Director, Doctor of Ministry Program
  • Tim Harmon, Th.M.; Assistant Academic Dean and Assistant Director of the Master of Theology Program
  • Karen Hedinger, M.A.; Administrative Assistant to Global Leadership, Doctor of Intercultural Studies Program, and Doctor of Education Program
  • Julia Mayo, M.A.; Assistant Academic Dean—Academic Administration and Effectiveness
  • Laura Miltenberger; Coaching Program Assistant
  • Sandy Phillips, M.A.; Administrative Assistant to the Counseling Program
  • David Thommen, Th.M.; Assistant Director of the Spurgeon Fellowship

Office of Business and Finance

  • Wing-Kit Chung; Vice President of Administration and CFO
  • Julia Eidenberg; Director of Human Resources
  • Jonathan Gibson; Controller
  • Ashley Mitchell; Payroll and Benefits Administrator
  • Char Rose; Finance Associate
  • Cliff Stein; Director of the Physical Plant

Office of Student Services/Information Technology

  • Reid Kisling, Ph.D.; Vice President of Student Development/Chief Information and Effectiveness Officer
  • Bryce Hess, M.A.; Network Administrator
  • Sandra Foster; Registrar/Director of Institutional Effectiveness
  • Blake Kidney, M.A.; Software Developer
  • Doug Mabry; Director of Information Technologies
  • Ashley Mitchell, M.A.; Title IX & Compliance Coordinator
  • Greg Moon; Director of Placement
  • C. Andrew Peloquin, M.A.; Dean of Students/International Student Coordinator
  • Weston Werner; Help Desk Technician
  • Kelvin Woo; Assistant Software Developer
  • Michelle Workman, M.A.; Dean of Student Success

Library and Information Services

  • Matthew Thiesen, M.S., M.A.; Director of Library and Information Services
  • Donna Greenhut, M.L.S.; Regional Librarian, Sacramento Campus
  • Sharon Ho; Regional Librarian, San Jose Campus
  • Andy Lofthus; Information Services Coordinator
  • Vivian J. Woo; Access Services Coordinator

Portland Campus

Academic Programs

  • Kay C. Bruce, Psy.D.; Director, Master of Arts in Counseling program
  • E.D. Burns, Ph.D.; Director, Master of Arts in Global Leadership program
  • Jerry Essary, D.Min.; Director of Coaching
  • John Johnson, Ph.D.; Director, Master of Divinity degree
  • Ron Marrs, Ph.D.; Director, Master of Arts in Ministry and Leadership program; Director, Kairos program
  • Steve Mathewson, D.Min.; Director, Doctor of Ministry program
  • Todd Miles, Ph.D.; Director, Master of Theology program
  • Jan Verbruggen Ph.D.; Director, Master of Arts (Biblical and Theological Studies) program
  • Enoch Wan, Ph.D.; Director, Doctor of Intercultural Studies program; Director, Doctor of Education program

Center for Leadership Development

  • Bert E. Downs, M.A., D.D.; Director
  • Derek Hiebert, M.A.; Assistant Director
  • Hannah Woo; Media Production Coordinator

Women’s Center for Ministry

  • Phyllis Bennett, D.Min.; Director
  • Amanda Zentz; Administrative Assistant

Online Campus

  • James E. Stewart, M.Ed.; Executive Dean
  • Mark Baker, M.Div.; Instructional Support Coordinator, Online Campus
  • Keane Collins, M.Div.; Director of Student Services, Online Campus
  • Drew Holmes, M.A.; Academic Advisor, Online Campus
  • Jon L. Raibley, Th.M.; Assistant Director, Online Campus
  • Bethany Urbano; Media Production Coordinator

San Jose Campus

  • Wes Ehrhart, M.A.; Executive Dean
  • Morene Chow; Student Services Associate
  • Sharon Ho; Regional Librarian
  • Williana Purnama; M.A.; Director of Student Services
  • Amanda Reid, Admissions Counselor

Sacramento Campus

  • Wes Ehrhart, M.A.; Executive Dean
  • Donna Greenhut, M.L.S.; Regional Librarian
  • Anita Hermsmeier; MAC Program Assistant
  • Zack Myers; Admissions Counselor
  • Lindsay McKinnon, M.A.; Director of Student Services
  • Sherri Thome; Coaching Coordinator
  • Beverly Wiens, Ph.D.; Director, Sacramento MFT program

Seattle Teaching Site

  • Derek Hiebert, M.A.; Director of the Seattle Teaching Site



Gerry Breshears, Professor of Theology; Chair, Center for Biblical and Theological Studies
  • B.A., University of New Mexico - Albuquerque; M.Div., Denver Seminary; Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Part-time faculty, Biola College, 1979-80; Mission Associate, CBFMS, 1969-72; Western Seminary, 1980-
Laurie Bloomquist, Assistant Professor of Counseling
  • B.A., The College of Idaho; M.A., Western Seminary; Ph.D., Oregon State University; Oregon Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Clinical supervisor, Oregon State University, 2014-2015; counseling faculty, Western Seminary, part-time 2014; full-time 2015-
Kay Bruce, Professor of Counseling; Chair, Center for Personal and Spiritual Formation
  • B.A., Portland State University; Graduate Diploma of World Ministry, Western Seminary; Certificate of Graduate Studies in Bible and Theology, M.A., Psy.D., George Fox University
  • Certified QPR Instructor for Suicide Prevention Training, 1997- ; Founder & Executive Director, Charis Counseling Associates, 1997-2003; Western Seminary, 1996-
E.D. Burns, Director of Global Leadership Studies
  • B.A., Moody Bible Institute; M.A., Wheaton College; M.Div., Western Seminary; Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Seminary
  • Missionary with Pioneers, Turkey and China, 2008-2012; Asia Biblical Theological Seminary, Southeast Asia, 2012- ; Deputy Director for Collaboration and Content, Lausanne Movement, 2017- ; President, Great Commission Alaska, 2017- ; Western Seminary, 2015-
Charles Conniry, Vice President of Academic Affairs
  • B.A., American Christian School of Religion; M.Div., Bethel Seminary; Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Pastoral ministry, 1982-98; George Fox University, 1998-2018; Western Seminary, 2018-
John E. Johnson, Professor of Pastoral Theology
  • B.A., San Diego State University; M.Div., Th.M., Western Seminary; Ph.D., Dallas Theological Seminary
  • Pastoral ministry, 1978-99, 2002-; Western Seminary, 2000-
Reid Kisling, Vice President of Student Development
  • B.S., Oregon Institute of Technology; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Regent University
  • Dallas Theological Seminary, 1998-2005; George Fox University, 2005-10; Pastoral ministry, 2011-12; Missions leadership, ARM Ministries, 2012-2015; President, ARM Ministries, 2015-; Western Seminary, 2013-
Steve Korch, Associate Professor of Pastoral Ministry
  • B.A., Biola University; M.Div., D.Min., Western Seminary
  • Pastoral ministry, 1978-99; Western Seminary, 1999-
J. Ryan Lister, Associate Professor of Theology
  • B.A., The Citadel; M.Div., Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Adjunct Instructor, Biola University, 2010; Assistant Professor, Louisiana College, 2011-13; Assistant Professor, Charleston Southern University, 2013-14; Western Seminary, 2014-
Kenneth Logan, Professor of Counseling
  • B.A., M.A., California State University, Sacramento; Psy.D., California School of Professional Psychology
  • Associate Professor of Psychology, Bethany University, 1997-2001; Professor of Psychology, William Jessup University, 2004-14; Part-time Instructor, Western Seminary, 2002-14, full-time, 2014-
Ronald Marrs, Professor of Pastoral/Youth Ministry
  • B.A., University of Oregon; M.Div., Th.M., Western Seminary; Ph.D., Talbot School of Theology
  • Pastoral ministry, 1973-2003; Western Seminary, 2003-
Josh Mathews, Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies
  • B.A., Multnomah University; M.A., Wheaton College; Ph.D. Golden Gate University
  • Golden Gate Seminary, 2009-2013; Western Seminary, part-time 2013-2015; full-time 2015-
David Nystrom, Professor of Biblical Studies
  • B.A., University of California, Davis; M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary; Ph.D., University of California, Davis
  • University of California, Davis, 1987-1992; North Park University 1992-2004; North Park Theological Seminary, 2004-2006; Fuller Theological Seminary, 1997-2010; William Jessup University, 2006-2010; Biola University, 2010-2015; Western Seminary, 2016-
Todd Miles, Professor of Theology
  • B.S., M.S., Oregon State University; M.Div., Western Seminary; Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Western Seminary, 2003-
Judy Richards, Professor of Counseling
  • B.S., Pennsylvania State University; M.A., University of San Francisco; Ph.D., Oregon State University
  • Mental health practitioner, 2003- ; Western Seminary, 2018-
Randal Roberts, Professor of Spiritual Life Development; President
  • B.A., University of California, Davis; M. Div., Th.M., Western Seminary; D.Min., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • Christian School Teacher, 1979-80; Pastoral ministry, 1985-87; Western Seminary, part-time, 1985-87; full-time, 1987-
Patrick Schreiner, Assistant Professor of New Testament Language and Literature
  • B.S., Western Kentucky University; M.Div., Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Western Seminary, 2014-
Norm Thiesen, Professor of Counseling
  • B.A., Biola University; M.A., Pepperdine University; M.A., Talbot Seminary; M.A., Ph.D., Rosemead School of Psychology
  • Counseling faculty, Biola University & Talbot Seminary, 1973-80; Director and faculty, Graduate Counseling Program, Grace University, 1994-2004; counseling faculty, Western Seminary, part-time 1989-2000, full-time, 1986-89, 2004-
Gary Tuck, Professor of Biblical Studies
  • B.A., Fresno Pacific College; M.Div., Western Seminary; S.T.M., Ph.D., Dallas Theological Seminary
  • Pastoral ministry, 1978-84; Interim pastoral ministry, 1988, 1991-92; Western Seminary, part-time, 1988-94; full-time, 1994-
Jan Verbruggen, Professor of Old Testament Language and Literature; Coordinator for Israel Study Programs
  • B.A., Northeastern Bible College; M.A. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
  • Chesapeake Theological Seminary, 1989-93; Evangelische TheologischeeFaculteit/Belgian Bible Institute, 1994-2000; Part-time pastoral ministry, 1997-2000; Western Seminary, 2000-
Enoch Wan, Professor of Intercultural Studies
  • B.A., Nyack College; M.T.S., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; M.A.. Ph.D. State University of New York
  • Alliance Bible Seminary, 1978-81; Canadian Theological Seminary, 1982-93; Reformed Theological Seminary, 1993-2001; Western Seminary, 2001-
Bryan Warren, Instructor of Counseling
  • M.Div, Multnomah Biblical University; M.A., Western Seminary; Ph.D. student, The University of the Cumberlands
  • High School Teacher, Firm Foundations Christian School, 2010-2017; Western Seminary, 2018-
Beverly Wiens, Professor of Counseling
  • B.A., M.A., San Jose State University; M.A., Santa Clara University; Ph.D., Northern California Graduate University
  • Instructor, San Jose State University, 1974-79; Professor, William Jessup University, 1982-2014; Adjunct Instructor, Western Seminary, 1995-2014; full-time, 2014-