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Faculty | Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)

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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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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Steve Porter

  • Affiliate Professor of Spiritual Formation and Theology

  • Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • M.Phil., University of Oxford
  • M.A., Talbot School of Theology
  • B.A., Biola University

Steven Porter teaches theology and philosophy for Talbot's Institute for Spiritual Formation and at Rosemead School of Psychology. His areas of interest include theological methodology, the doctrine of sanctification, philosophical theology and the integration of psychology and theology. He has contributed articles to the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Philosophia Christi,...

Research Interests

  • Philosophical Theology
  • Integration of Psychology and Theology
  • Christian accounts of character changes
  • Christian Spirituality

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Greg Ganssle

  • Professor of Philosophy

  • Ph.D., Syracuse University
  • M.A., University of Rhode Island
  • B.S., University of Maryland

Greg Ganssle has been thinking about the intersection of Christian faith and contemporary scholarship for over thirty years. He began as an undergraduate by skipping his classes and reading C.S. Lewis. After graduating from the University of Maryland in 1978, he worked in campus ministry on a variety of campuses. Hundreds of conversations with students from a wide variety of religious and...

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Gary McIntosh

  • Distinguished Affiliate 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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Alan McMahan

  • Professor of Intercultural Studies

  • Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Th.M., Asbury Theological Seminary
  • M. Div., Alliance Theological Seminary
  • B.S., Nyack College

Alan McMahan served in Indonesia and the U.S. and has extensive experience in equipping church leaders and cross-cultural professionals in the areas of missiology, cross-cultural ministry, church growth, leadership, organizational development and evangelism. He has been active in training undergraduate and graduate students including mid-career professionals, Bible school teachers, pastors and...

Research Interests

  • Developing leaders to turn around plateaued churches.
  • Rapidly growing urban churches in Asia
  • Understanding successful leadership patterns in multi-ethnic churches
  • Re-examining receptivity theory in light of contemporary research into epidemiology (or the spread of infectious diseases and the diffusion of innovations)
  • Exploring the frontier of systemic church growth interventions
  • Understanding and predicting effective transformational leadership development experiences and examining these practices in various cultural contexts
  • Developing a new missiological toolkit for globalized, urban missions
  • Understanding people group strategies in the contexts of hybridity and diasporas

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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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John Coe

  • Director, Institute for Spiritual Formation
  • Professor of Spiritual Theology

  • Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
  • M.A., University of California, Irvine
  • M.A., Western Kentucky University
  • M.A., Talbot School of Theology
  • B.A., Biola University

Coe is a specialist in the philosophical and theological foundation of the integration of faith and learning. His research focuses on understanding the nature of spiritual and psychological health, the history of spirituality, the work of the Holy Spirit in personal change and the interface between psychology, spirituality and philosophy. A particular interest is in exploring approaches to...

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Parnell Lovelace Jr

  • Adjunct Faculty Mentor, Doctor of Ministry

  • D.Min., Talbot School of Theology
  • M.A., Oral Roberts University
  • M.S.W., University of Oklahoma
  • A.A., American River College

Dr. Parnell M. Lovelace, Jr. is the founding and senior pastor of the Center of Praise Ministries of Sacramento, Calif., where he has served for over three decades as the church has grown to over 2000 in attendance. Dr. Lovelace received his, Associate of Arts in Human Services, American River College; Bachelors of Arts, Oral Roberts University; Master of Social Work, University of Oklahoma;...

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Rick Langer

  • Director, Office for the Integration of Faith and Learning
  • Professor of Theology

  • Ph.D., University of California, Riverside
  • M.Div., Talbot School of Theology
  • M.A., University of California, Riverside
  • B.S., Colorado State University

Rick is a Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology and the Director of the Office of Faith and Learning at Biola University. He specializes in the integration of faith and learning, and has also published in the areas of bioethics, theology and philosophy. He has a passion for helping Christians of all ages understand the connection between the Gospel and all the diverse facets of the created...

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