DepartmentUndergraduate Business Department
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Dr. Lydia Knopf has served Biola University for 29 years. She launched School and Church Relations, which became Community Programs and Services and then Biola Youth, an organization providing a myriad of services, including Biola Youth Theatre, Biola Youth Academics, Star Academics, Torrey Academy, Ministry Outreach, and youth athletics. Most recently she served as Director of Biola Youth Academics expanding services to include Biola University K–12 Private School Satellite Program, Elementary Academics, online education, electives, and much more. During that time she earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership with a major in Entrepreneurial Leadership from Regent University. Dr. Knopf’s research interests include organizational behavior, culture, identity, commitment, and change, transformational, authentic, spiritual, charismatic, servant, steward, and ethical leadership, entrepreneurship, Romans, 12 motivational gifts, and calling.


  • 1998-Present: Member, Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)
  • July 2011-August 2016: Leadership Team, School of Education Leadership Team
  • 2009-2011: Member, Advisory to the President's Administrative Council (APAC)
  • 1993-2011: Leadership Team, Enrollment Management Leadership Team
  • 2009: Search Committee Member, University Registrar/ Dean of Records
  • 2008-2009: Chair, Church Relations Task Force
  • 2007-2008: Chair, Enrollment Management Advisory Council Planning Team
  • 1995-1996: Representative, National Association of Christian College Admissions Personnel (NACCAP) Southwest Regional Representative
  • 1990-1995: Leader, Undergraduate Admissions of College Admissions Counselors


  • Faculty Nominated PhD 2012 Cohort Representative at 2nd and 3rd Residency, 2013
  • Approved University Aspirations Proposal Funding for BYA Online Expansion, 2011
  • BYA merge with School of Education within Provost's Division, 2011
  • Recognition from President and Board of Trustees for leadership of Biola Youth, 2001
  • Biola University Values Awards, 1998, 2005
  • NACCAP Hall of Fame Regional Service Award, 1991

Publications (Selected)

  • Profiles of Entrepreneurs: Motivational Gifts and IEO, working paper with Dr. Bruce E. Winston, Dr. Gregory A. Stone, and Dr. Kenneth R. Lenz, 2016-2017
  • The role of Exemplum in Leadership, working paper with Dr. David L.Miller, 2016-2017
  • Motivational Gifts in His Image, working paper with Dr. David L. Miller
  • Character-Based Christological Leadership Unveiled through Sacred Texture Analysis of the Christ Hymn (Philippians 2:5-11), working paper, 2016-2017
  • Advertising and Entrepreneurship from a Biblical Perspective: Storytelling and God-Narrative, working paper, 2016
  • The Gospel According to Matthew: An Exploration of the Ideological Texture Analysis of Matthew 13:3-23 as it Relates to Advertising Principles, working paper, 2016


  • Dissertation Presentation, School of Education, 2016
  • Spiritual Formation of Home Educators Panel Sessions, 2016
  • University Day Homeschool Student Panel Session, 2003-2014
  • Live Your Unique Purpose: Biola University T&D Conference, 2013
  • University Weekend Mission Workshop: Consultation with Alumni and Parent Relations.
  • Personal Mission Workshops: The River of OC Women's and Duarte Groups, 2011
  • Enrollment Management Mission Workshop: Biola University EM Division, 2009
  • Stewarding God's Masterpeice: Igniting Kingdom Passion and Calling in Your Children: Co-presenter, Elevated to Excellence, 2008
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