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Faculty | Master of Arts 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.

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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Donald R. Sunukjian

  • Professor and Chair 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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Mick Boersma

  • Professor of Christian Ministry and Leadership
  • Director, Field Education and Placement

  • Ph.D., Talbot School of Theology
  • M.Div., Talbot Theological Seminary
  • B.A., California State University, Long Beach

Dr. Boersma oversees Talbot's pastoral training system and coordinates the seminary's placement service for current students and alumni. Having enjoyed several years of rich and effective pastoral ministry, Mick brings this expertise to the classroom and to his relationships with students. Along with his wife, Rolane, Dr. Boersma is devoted to preparing students for transitioning into...

Research Interests

  • Issues and challenges in today's pastoral ministry, especially among Talbot alumni
  • Biblical metaphors for pastoral leadership

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Freddy Cardoza

  • Associate Professor of Christian Ministry and Leadership

  • Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY
  • M.A., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forrest, NC
  • B.S., Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA

Freddy Cardoza has ministered for 20 years in churches and parachurch ministries of all sizes, and has taught academically for more than 20 years at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. He has taught internationally and regularly teaches adjunctively at both the graduate and doctoral levels.

Freddy serves as Director of Christian Education Programs at Talbot School of Theology and...

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Jane Carr

  • Professor of Christian Ministries (Undergraduate Division)
  • Women's Golf Coach

  • Ph.D., Talbot School of Theology
  • M.S., Cal State University of Fullerton
  • B.S., Biola University

Dr. Carr has served for over 20 years on the pastoral staff of a large church in Southern California in addition to serving as a faculty member at Talbot. She brings with her a broad range of ministry experience including Children's Ministry, Student Ministry, Singles' Ministry, Church Administration, and Staff Development. Dr. Carr's area of specialization is Children's...

Research Interests

  • Leadership Development
  • Children/Family Ministries

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J. Kent Edwards

  • Professor of Christian Ministry and Leadership

  • Ph.D., Cook School of Intercultural Studies, BIOLA University
  • D.Min., Denver Conservative Baptist Seminary
  • M.Div., Tyndale Seminary
  • B.Th, Canadian Bible College

J. Kent Edwards’ ambition is to change people’s lives with the Word of God and equip others to do the same. Kent is known for his passion for preaching, and brings over 30 years of Christian leadership experience, as a senior pastor, church planter and educator. He is a popular conference and seminar speaker and lectures regularly nationally and internationally.

Kent Edwards is the tenured...

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M. Elizabeth Inrig

  • Adjunct Professor of Christian Ministry and Leadership

    Elizabeth served as the first National Director of Women’s Ministries for the Evangelical Free Churches of America for ten years (‘97-07). She is currently Pastor of Women’s Ministries at Trinity Church in Redlands CA where she is responsible for the Bible study program and leadership development.

    Dr. Inrig is the author of Release Your Potential (Moody Press, 2001), Women’s Ministry Handbook,...

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    Dave Keehn

    • Associate Professor and Chair of Christian Ministries (Undergraduate Division)

    • Ph.D., Talbot School of Theology
    • M.A., Talbot School of Theology
    • B.A., Azusa Pacific University

    Dave Keehn has served for over 30 years in youth ministry in both small and large churches. After teaching ministry courses as an adjunct for 12 years at Talbot School of Theology and Biola University, Keehn joined the faculty in the fall of 2009. His passion is to develop church leaders for future generations. Keehn’s expertise is in developing ministry programs to reach and disciple the...

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    Gary L. 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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    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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