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

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
  • 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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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. Dr. Van Lant has a private psychotherapy practice in Los Alamitos, CA. In his clinical role, he works primarily with depression, anxiety and stress disorders...

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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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Sunny Song

  • Associate Professor of Christian Ministry and Leadership

  • Psy.D., Rosemead School of Psychology
  • M.A., Rosemead School of Psychology
  • M.A., Talbot School of Theology
  • B.S., Choongnam National University

Sunny Song has a clinical practice with specialization in the spiritual direction and mental health of Korean Christians. She teaches courses in spiritual mentoring, foundations of pastoral care and counseling, issues and ethics in ministry and doctor of ministry/effective family ministry. In addition to being a licensed clinical psychologist, she has background and training in spiritual...

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