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Faculty | Ed.D. in Educational Studies

Octavio Esqueda

  • Professor of Christian Higher Education
  • Director, Ph.D. and Ed.D. Programs in Educational Studies

  • Ph.D., University of North Texas
  • M.A., Dallas Theological Seminary
  • Lic. University of Guadalajara

Octavio Javier Esqueda is a professor of Christian higher education in the doctoral programs in educational studies at Talbot School of Theology at Biola University. He was born and raised in Guadalajara, México, where he graduated with honors with a Licenciatura in Latin American Literature from the University of Guadalajara as well as two additional diplomas, one on religion and society and...

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Kevin Lawson

  • Professor of Educational Studies

  • Ed.D., University of Maine
  • M.A.C.E., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • B.S., Houghton College

Kevin Lawson cares deeply about strengthening the educational ministry of churches. For 11 years, he served on church staffs as a minister of Christian education. He holds degrees in Christian education, biblical studies and educational administration, and carries out research on local church educational ministry, church staff issues, theological and historical foundations of Christian...

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Orbelina Eguizabal Escobar

  • Professor of Christian Higher Education

  • Ph.D., Talbot School of Theology
  • M.A., Central American Theological Seminary, Guatemala
  • B.A., Central American Theological Seminary, Guatemala

Orbelina Eguizabal spent 20 years teaching Christian education and serving in administrative roles at Central American Theological Seminary (CATS/SETECA) in Guatemala City, Guatemala. She has been active in training leaders and promoting the development of educational ministries in growing churches in the Latin American context. Eguizabal brings experience both in teaching process and...

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Shelly Cunningham

  • Associate Provost for Faculty Advancement
  • Adjunct Professor of Educational Studies

  • Ph.D., Talbot School of Theology
  • M.A., Talbot School of Theology
  • B.A., Wheaton College

Shelly Cunningham is a Christian educator whose ministry experience includes staff positions in youth ministry and Christian education in the local church. She was a contributor to The Life Recovery Bible, Foundations of Ministry: An Introduction to Christian Education for a New Generation, Baker Dictionary of Christian Education, The Journal of Higher Education and Theological Education. Her...

Research Interests

  • Instructional Design and Faculty Development
  • Women in the Academe and Christian Women Professionals

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Jonathan Kim

  • Professor of Christian Ministry and Leadership

  • Ph.D., Trinity International University
  • M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • M.A., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • B.S., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

 Dr. Kim specializes in the critical integration of theology and psychology with a particular interest in exploring the interrelationship of faith, spirituality, rationality, morality, and culture. He brings over 20 years of ministry experience to the classroom. His areas of expertise include faith formation, discipleship, ministry philosophy, and qualitative research methods. He...

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Klaus Issler

  • Professor Emeritus of Educational Studies and Theology

  • Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary
  • M.A., University of California, Riverside
  • B.A., California State University, Long Beach

Klaus Issler holds degrees in education, theology and philosophy, and specializes in Christian formation and discipleship, Christian Spirituality and relationship with God, life and teachings of Jesus the Messiah, theology of work and stewardship, the teaching-learning processes, philosophy and theology of education. He teaches primarily in the Ph.D. and Ed.D. in Educational Studies program....

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