Dr. J.P. Moreland is the Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, here at Biola University.
He graduated from University of Missouri, earning a B.S. Degree in Chemistry (1970). He went on to receive his Th.M. in Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary (1979), followed by a M.A. in Philosophy at University of California, Riverside (1982). Then in 1985, he received his Ph.D. in Philosophy at University of Southern California, under the advising of Dallas Willard.
Being a prolific writer and prominent Christian figure, Dr. Moreland has published over 70 articles, authored or co-authored over 30 books, and spoken at over 175 colleges and universities. To list only a few of his previous positions, Dr. Moreland served with Campus Crusade for Christ for ten years, and he served as a bioethicist for PersonaCare Nursing Homes, Inc. for eight years.
He and his wife Hope are active members of Anaheim Vineyard Church. They have two married daughters and four grandchildren.
Dr. Joanne Jung is an Associate Professor of Biblical Studies and Spiritual Formation at Biola University. She is a serious student of the Word of God, a deep lover of people and deep discipleship relationships, and a seeker of Christ-centered living informed by the wisdom of past saints. Beyond teaching undergraduate students, Dr. Jung’s main ministry occurs in serving and teaching at her church NewSong Church in Irvine. She is also a frequent speaker at conferences women’s retreats, and in 2006 she was honored with “Manchester Who’s Who Among Female Christian Leaders and Professionals”.
She received a B.S. in Home Economics from Cal State University, Los Angeles in 1975. She went on to receive a M.A in Bible Exposition from Talbot School of Theology in 2001, graduating with highest honors. Then in 2007, she earned her Ph.D. in Theology at Fuller Seminary, with her dissertation entitled “Conference: Rediscovering a Communal Tradition of Puritan Piety”.
She released her first book in 2011, titled Knowing Grace: Cultivating a Lifestyle of Godliness. Her particular fields of study are in hermeneutics and spiritual formation, especially as they overlap and are enriched by her particular research interest, the English Puritans.
Pastor Mike Erre has served as the lead pastor at Mariners Church Mission Viejo Campus since August of 2010. Pastor Erre has a M.A in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics from Talbot Theological Seminary, a part of Biola University. He has authored four books, including his most recent title from 2010, “Why the Bible Matters: Rediscovering Its Significance in an Age of Suspicion”. As a reoccurring theme in his books, Pastor Erre is passionate about countering the influence of American consumerist society on the church and restoring the vision given in Scripture of a Kingdom-centered community radically devoted to true doctrine and living in love. Pastor Erre lives in Costa Mesa with his wife Justina and their three children.
Dr. Rick Langer is a Professor of Biblical Studies and the Theological Integration Director at Biola University, as well as the Director of the Office for the Integration of Faith and Learning.
Dr. Langer received his B.S. in Chemistry from Colorado State University in 1979. Then, after earning his M.Div from Talbot School of Theology in 1985, he completed a M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from University of California, Riverside, in 1987 and 1990, respectively.
Dr. Langer has published numerous articles on diverse topics such as human flourishing, disability and calling, and the emergent church. As reflected in the classes he chooses to teach (Including Jesus Lord of All; Work and Calling; Money, Sex and Power;), Dr. Langer is passionate about helping students to integrate a rich understanding of Christian worldview and practice into all areas of life and become effective ministers of the gospel. Formerly, he served for 20 years as the Senior Associate Pastor at Trinity Evangelical Free Church in Redlands California.
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