Pastoral Care offers a safe place for you to talk, pray and receive guidance on a variety of topics, such as your relationship with God, relationships with others, emotional concerns, sexuality, doubt, discernment and more.
Make an Appointment
We look forward to connecting with you for Pastoral Care! Our offices are located in the Student Services building, across the way from the entrance to the gym. If you prefer video conferencing or telephone, please specify in your booking. You can book your appointment with an individual Pastoral Care team member at any time by clicking on their name below.
If you'd like to be seen sooner than our schedule allows, please email us at email@example.com. We will try our best to accommodate you.
Director of Pastoral Care and Student-Led Ministries
Chad served as a pastor locally for 12 years before coming to Biola in 2012. He has taught Spiritual Formation, offers pastoral care, and advises Biola's Student Missionary Union. Chad has been married to Beth since 2002. Around Biola, he answers to his name, or to one of two nicknames, "Mad Chiller" or "Chad-the-Dad."
Assistant Director of Pastoral Care and Student-Led Ministries
Megan is born and raised in Southern California, yet has lived in San Luis Obispo and Eastern Europe while working with Cru. Megan offers pastoral care and guidance to students on campus, connects students to local churches, and hosts Calling Cohorts. You can find her drinking an americano at Common Grounds, planning her next adventure trip, or talking about her cute nieces and nephews.
Pastoral Care Grad Assistant
Jen Ning is an M.A. student in the Spiritual Formation and Soul Care program. She is a TCK (third-culture kid) who was born in Singapore but has lived in a couple of different countries. She has lived in Southern California for a number of years now ever since coming to Biola for her undergraduate studies. Some of Jen Ning's favorite things include rainy, grey days, trips to National Parks with her husband, and a honey lavender latte on a calm morning.
Assistant Director of Chapel Programs
Noreen is a UConn grad (Go Huskies!) and while a native of Connecticut, she has also lived in Ohio, Russia, Lithuania and North Carolina. Noreen is the magic behind all things Chapel Programs. If she could curate a perfect day, it would involve the beach, some dark chocolate and her family!
Dean of Spiritual Development
Mike oversees the various departments in spiritual development: chapel programs, worship teams, Torrey Conference, student ministries, and pastoral care. He is a graduate of Haverford College (B.A., History, ’01) and Talbot School of Theology (M.Div., Spiritual Formation, ’09; Ph.D., Educational Studies, ’22). If he could, he would have two In-N-Out cheeseburgers with chopped chilis, animal-style fries, and a Pamplemousse LaCroix for every meal.
For Care, Crisis and Confidentiality
If you are a Biola student and have thoughts of harming yourself or someone else, find help immediately. Crisis intervention services are available 24 hours/seven days a week for Biola students. Please call (562) 903-4800 and the operator will assist you with contacting the on-call therapist. In the event of a life-threatening emergency, call 911.
If you’re seeking to discuss behavior that may be in violation of our sexual misconduct policy, this is a safe and confidential place for you. Moreover, please make an appointment with Mike Ahn in particular, who is designated as the confidential pastoral caregiver for those who’ve experienced sexual misconduct.
Privacy and Care
In Pastoral Care, the staff desires for you to thrive as a student. At times, this care may lead to a connection with the office of Student Care and Conduct such as in cases of:
- harm to self or others
- abuse of children and the elderly
- sexual harassment or assault
- difficulties abiding with the community's Behavioral Standards
Note: Dean Mike Ahn is the only Student Development campus minister who can offer confidential pastoral care in cases of sexual harassment and assault.
Pastoral care is aimed at providing a safe space for you to share immediate concerns. We’ll listen to you, pray for you and, if needed, direct you to resources for long-term care. This may include Spiritual Direction which you can learn more about at the link.