The Biola University community is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Daniel Ruiz Corona, a current Talbot School of Theology student who passed away on Jan. 21 due to COVID-19.

Daniel started his Biola career in 2019 and was working toward his graduate degree, a Master of Divinity with a concentration in Pastoral Care and Counseling.

“We mourn this loss as a community and join together to grieve with all who loved him,” said Biola University President Dr. Barry H. Corey. “He loved the Talbot community and was growing in his understanding of spiritual formation. Daniel had a heart for people and wanted to serve others through pastoral care and counseling. We take comfort in the fact that he is with his Savior now.”

Dean of Talbot School of Theology, Dr. Clint Arnold, sent an email to the Talbot community on Friday, Jan. 22.

“I have learned that Talbot was a special place for Daniel and that he loved the Talbot community,” said Arnold. “He was kind and had a big smile for people. One of his professors shared with me that his spiritual formation courses had given him a sense for how God could change people. Daniel chose the Pastoral Care and Counseling emphasis because of his heart to be able to help people overcome difficulties and draw closer to the Lord.”

The Biola community is in prayer for Corona’s family, friends and loved ones, especially his mother Blanca Ruiz and brother, David Ruiz. Counseling services are available to students by calling (562) 903-4800 and Pastoral Care is available now by scheduling an appointment.

A public tribute for Daniel will take place in the coming weeks. A Go Fund Me account has been set up to help with funeral and memorial service costs.

More information will be added to this page as it becomes available.

For more information, contact Office of University Communications (562) 903-4727.