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Faculty | M.A. in Christian Ministry and Leadership (Christian Ministry and Leadership)

As a Talbot School of Theology student, you’ll study under top-notch scholars who aren’t just widely published and highly respected in the academic community — they’re also actively engaged in passionate, heartfelt ministry. In addition to the following faculty members who will teach many of your concentration-specific courses, you will also have the opportunity to take courses with a wide range of Talbot professors from other areas of specialization.

Brandon Cash

  • Chair, Christian Ministry and Leadership Department
  • Assistant Professor, Hermeneutics and Preaching

  • Ph.D. in Old Testament, Fuller Seminary
  • M.Div., Talbot School of Theology
  • B.A., Long Beach State University

Brandon Cash obtained his bachelor of arts degree from Long Beach State University, his master of divinity from the Talbot School of Theology at Biola University and his doctoral degree in Old Testament at Fuller Seminary. Brandon has been serving as a pastor at Oceanside Christian Fellowship for nineteen years. He has also served as the chaplain for the Los Angeles Dodgers since 2010. He...

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Alan Hultberg

  • Director, Master of Arts program
  • Associate Professor of New Testament

  • Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • M.Div., Talbot School of Theology
  • B.A., University of California, San Diego

Alan Hultberg combines academic research in the Apocalypse, the use of the Old Testament in the New Testament and New Testament theology with a strong desire to see students become biblically oriented disciples of Jesus Christ. He comes to Talbot with formal classroom experience at the elementary, college, and seminary levels and has served in pastoral and lay leadership roles in churches in...

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Kevin Van Lant

  • Director, Pastoral Care and Counseling program
  • Associate Professor of Christian Ministry and Leadership

  • Ph.D., Rosemead School of Psychology
  • M.A., Biola University
  • B.A., Biola University

Kevin Van Lant is a licensed clinical psychologist who received his Ph.D. from Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University. He teaches courses in pastoral care and counseling, marriage counseling, psychopathology and health psychology. Van Lant has a clinical practice at the Center for Individual and Family Therapy (CIFT), a large, non-profit Christian counseling center in Orange County,...

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Sean McDowell

  • Associate Professor of Christian Apologetics

  • Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • M.A. Theology, Talbot School of Theology
  • M.A. Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology
  • B.A., Biola University

Sean McDowell is a gifted communicator with a passion for equipping the church, and in particular young people, to make the case for the Christian faith. He connects with audiences in a tangible way through humor and stories while imparting hard evidence and logical support for viewing all areas of life through a biblical worldview. Sean is an associate professor in the Christian Apologetics...

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Gary McIntosh

  • Professor of Christian Ministry and Leadership

  • D.Min., Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary
  • M.Div., Western C.B. Seminary
  • B.A., Rockmont College

Gary L. McIntosh is a nationally and internationally known professor of Christian Ministry & Leadership. He is recognized as the foremost spokesperson for classical Church Growth Missiology in the USA. As a church growth expert, he publishes Growth Points, a monthly publication read by over 7,000 church leaders. McIntosh is in wide demand as a speaker and seminar leader on numerous subjects...

Research Interests

  • Generational Change
  • Pastoral ministry
  • Church Growth / Missional Church / Church Renewal/Health
  • Life and Ministry of Donald A. McGavran
  • Leadership & Management

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J P Moreland

  • Distinguished Professor of Philosophy

  • Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • M.A., University of California, Riverside
  • Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary
  • B.S., University of Missouri

J. P. Moreland is Distinguished Professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. He received a B.S. in physical chemistry from the University of Missouri, a Th.M. in theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, an M.A. in philosophy from the University of California at Riverside, and a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Southern California. He has authored, edited, or...

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Metaphysics

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Scott Rae

  • Senior Advisor to the President for University Mission
  • Dean of the Faculty, Talbot School of Theology
  • Professor of Philosophy and Christian Ethics

  • Post-Graduate Study, American Institute for Holy Land Studies (Jerusalem)
  • Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • M.A., University of Southern California
  • Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary
  • B.A., Southern Methodist University

Scott Rae's primary interests are medical ethics and business ethics, dealing with the application of Christian ethics to medicine and the marketplace. He has authored 10 books in ethics including The Ethics of Commercial Surrogate Motherhood; Moral Choices: An Introduction to Ethics; Brave New Families: Biblical Ethics and Reproductive Technologies; Beyond Integrity: A Judeo-Christian Approach...

Research Interests

  • Business Ethics
  • Calling/Vocation in the workplace
  • Bioethics
  • Biotechnology ethics

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Ben Shin

  • Associate Professor of Christian Ministry and Leadership

  • D.Min., Dallas Theological Seminary
  • Th.M., Talbot School of Theology
  • M.Div., Talbot School of Theology
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles

Benjamin C. Shin has served in the ministry as a pastor, parachurch leader and professor for more than 20 years. He is a graduate of UCLA, Talbot School of Theology and Dallas Theological Seminary. He enjoys reading, music, sports (especially the UCLA Bruins) and spending time with people. His vision and passion includes mentoring leaders, rebuilding churches and teaching the Word of God. He...

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Don Sunukjian

  • Professor Emeritus of Christian Ministry and Leadership

  • Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
  • Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary
  • Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary
  • B.A., University of Southern California

Donald Sunukjian's lifelong love has been preaching, both as a pastor and a teacher. His passion is to see God's Word presented with accuracy, clarity, interest and relevance. With doctorates in theology and communication and 14 years as a senior pastor, he brings both scholarship and experience to the classroom. He has contributed to The Bible Knowledge Commentary, Biblical Preaching, ...

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