Experts on "Discipleship"

Frederick Cardoza

  • Director of M.A.C.E. and M.Div. Christian Education
  • Associate Professor
  • Christian Ministry and Leadership

Dr. Freddy Cardoza has ministered for 20 years in churches and parachurch ministries of all sizes, and has taught academically for more than 15 years at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels.

Freddy serves as Director of M.A.C.E. and M.Div. and undergraduate Christian Education at Talbot School of Theology and Biola University.

Freddy is the Executive Administrator for the North American Professors of Christian Education (NAPCE), which is the academic society of evangelical professors representing some 200 seminaries, universities and liberal arts colleges that teach in the areas of spiritual formation, Christian ministries and Christian education.

Freddy received a Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) in Leadership from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and completed the required coursework for the Doctor of Education (Ed.D./ABD). He earned a Master of Arts (M.A.) from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) from Liberty University.

Freddy is also a member of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS), the Religious Conference Management Association (RCMA) and serves as President of the Board for the Christian Worldview Leadership Academy in Kansas City.

Freddy speaks regularly at churches, conferences, conventions, retreats and seminars.

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Octavio Javier Esqueda

  • Professor of Christian Higher Education

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 the second on journalism. He graduated with honors from Dallas Theological Seminary with an M.A. in Christian Education and completed his doctorate (Ph.D.) in Higher Education at the University of North Texas. Before coming to Biola University in 2011, he taught at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas for over seven years. He and his wife, Angélica, have two children Darío and Salma. Dr. Esqueda has several publications on theological education, Christian higher education, and literature. Teaching is his passion and has had the opportunity to teach in several countries on different academic levels. He is an avid soccer fan.

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Kevin E Lawson

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

Dr. 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, theological and historical foundations of Christian education, and other related topics. Dr. Lawson teaches on the historical and theological foundations of Christian education, leadership issues, and educational research methods, and does ministry consultation. He has edited Understanding Children's Spirituality: Theology, Research, and Practice (2012) and has written How to Thrive in Associate Staff Ministry (Alban, 2000) and contributed chapters to Shaped by God: Twelve Essentials for Nurturing Faith in Children, Youth, and Adults (2010), Introducing Christian Education and Formation (2008), Nurturing Child and Adolescent Spirituality: Perspectives from the World's Religious Traditions (2006), Children's Spirituality: Christian Perspectives, Research, and Applications (2004), Introducing Christian Education: Foundations for the 21st Century (2001), and the Evangelical Dictionary of Christian Education. His research and writing has been published in several periodicals, including Christian Education Journal, Evangelical Missions Quarterly, Religious Education, Journal of Youth Ministry, Growing Churches, The Journal for Case Teaching and two international journals. He serves as editor of the Christian Education Journal and “Christian Educators of the 20th century project" (christianeducators20.com) and on the Board of the Society for Children's Spirituality: Christian Perspectives.

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Gary L McIntosh

  • Professor of Christian Ministry and Leadership

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. Dr. McIntosh is in wide demand as a speaker and seminar leaders on numerous subjects related to church life and ministry. He has published over 300 articles and reviews in Christian magazines and theological journals, and is the author of twenty-two books including One Size Doesn't Fit All; One Church, Four Generations; Staff Your Church for Growth; Biblical Church Growth, and the award-winning What Every Pastor Should Know: 101 Indispensable Rules of Thumb for Leading Your Church (Baker Books, 2013).

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John E McKinley

  • Associate Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies

Dr. McKinley has focused on the doctrines of Jesus Christ and sanctification. He enjoys teaching broadly across all the topics of systematic theology. Dr. McKinley and his wife have three children. They are active in their church, Calvary Chapel La Mirada. Previously, they served together in the inner city ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ in Inglewood, CA, and the youth ministry of a rural church in Floyd Knobs, IN. Dr. McKinley has also competed internationally as a member of the U.S. National Men’s Cycling Team, and still rides regularly for fitness and relaxation

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Alan McMahan

  • Undergraduate Chair, Cook School of Intercultural Studies
  • Program Director Undergraduate Studies for Intercultural Studies
  • Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies

Dr. Alan McMahan has served in churches in North America and on the Pacific Rim as well as taught in the areas of missiology, church growth, leadership, organizational development, and evangelism. He has been active in training undergraduate and graduate students including mid-career professionals, Bible school teachers, pastors, and denominational leaders through the U.S., Canada, Eastern Europe, and Southeast Asia in the effective means to develop leaders and grow churches. He maintains an active consulting service in churches and is the former President of the American Society of Church Growth. He has earned degrees from Fuller Seminary, Asbury Seminary, the Alliance Theological Seminary and Nyack College. His Ph.D. dissertation was entitled, "Training Turnaround Leaders, Systemic Approaches to Reinstate Growth in Plateaued Churches." He has served as a Vice President for the Alliance Theological Seminary, and as the Academic Dean at The King’s College in mid-town Manhattan. Dr. McMahan now works at Biola University as an Associate Professor in the School of Intercultural Studies and serves as the Department Chair for the Undergraduate Intercultural Studies Program. He is married to Terri, and has two sons.

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Victor S Rhee

  • Professor of New Testament Language and Literature

Dr. Rhee specializes in Hebrews and general epistles in the New Testament. His Ph.D. dissertation focused on "The Concept of Faith in the Overall Context of the Book of Hebrews," and authored Faith in Hebrews: Analysis within the Context of Christology, Eschatology, and Ethics (Peter Lang). He also contributed articles to The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible (Abingdon Press). He had presented papers at the Evangelical Theological Society, Korean New Testament Society, and Society of Biblical Literature meetings. He also had articles published in the Journal of Biblical Literature, Bibliotheca Sacra, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Filologia Neotestamentaria, and Westminster Theological Journal. Dr. Rhee also initiated the formation the study group for Asian/Asian-American scholars in the the Evangelical Theological Society, which is now known as Asian/Asian-American Consultation Group. Before coming to Talbot, he served in different Korean churches in the U.S. as senior pastor, EM (English Ministry) pastor, youth pastor, assistant pastor, minister of education. Dr. Rhee is active in teaching and preaching in Korean American churches, and has the role of visiting and encouraging the Talbot alumni pastors in different churches in Southern California. In the past he founded the Korean Talbot Institute for Biblical Studies (KTIBS), and taught the Bible systematically to the church lay leaders in Southern California for over 12 years. Dr. Rhee also played a key role in founding the Korean Student Scholarship for Talbot School of Theology through the generous contributions of Chan-il Foundation and many other Korean Christians.

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Joshua Smith

  • Assistant Professor

Joshua Smith is very pleased to join the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola. He brings a wide range of experience in the instruction of literature and composition. He received his B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles in American literature and culture. He received both his M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Southern California. His research is in American literature, where he specializes in the nineteenth century, the American West, popular culture, media and race. As an ordained minister, he has participated in pastoral and short-term missions ministry at his local church for several years. Joshua is also a professional speaker and saxophone player. Animated, humorous, thought-provoking and explosive, he engages students with a personable and inspirational teaching style. Joshua and his wife Marsee have two boys, Josué and Angelo.

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Kyle Strobel

  • Assistant Professor, Institute of Spiritual Formation

Dr. Kyle Strobel teaches spiritual theology for Talbot’s Institute for Spiritual Formation and Spiritual Formation Focus programs. His areas of interest include systematic theology, Jonathan Edwards, spiritual formation, and prayer. He writes both popular and academic books and articles, having published in the Harvard Theological Review, Journal of Spiritual Formation & Soul Care, and Relevant Magazine.

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David L Talley

  • Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies
  • Chair Biblical & Theological Studies Old Testament Department

With varied ministry experiences, including student development, counseling, pastoring, and teaching psychology and Old Testament studies, Dr. Talley brings a blend of scholarship and practical application to his classroom instruction. He co-pastors a local church, and enjoys research in the areas of Old Testament theology, the Pentateuch, and the prophets. His dissertation research on the judgment of pain in Genesis 3 continues to be a focus in his research as he formulates a perspective on godly living in a difficult world. Dr. Talley is passionate about understanding and teaching the truths of God's Word, discipling and equipping others, and "passing on the faith" to the next generation. In 2013, he completed a survey book on the Old Testament, which seeks to focus on both the information of the biblical text and the transformation of the heart. His work has also been published in The New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis, Journal of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and the Christian Research Journal. Dr. Talley travels extensively with the goal of partnering with the international church and training leaders, especially with a focus on impacting Muslim nations with the gospel. He has traveled to South Korea, Kenya, Thailand, Armenia, Russia, Ukraine, Brazil, Honduras, Dominica, Nigeria, Mexico, and the Congo to equip believers.

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K. Erik Thoennes

  • Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies
  • Chair, Biblical & Theological Studies Theology Department

Dr. Thoennes is committed to teaching biblical and systematic theology so that he and his students love God and people more fully. He strives to make the necessary connections between the study of theology, obedience to Jesus, and fulfilling the Great Commission. He has taught theology and evangelism at the college and seminary levels for several years and is a frequent guest speaker at churches, conferences, and retreats, in addition to co-pastoring a local church. Dr. Thoennes has received the University award for faculty excellence and professor of the year. His research interests include godly jealousy, the atonement, the exclusivity of Christ, and theology of culture.

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Michael J. Wilkins

  • Distinguished Professor of New Testament Language and Literature

Dr. Wilkins specializes in New Testament theology, Christology, and discipleship. The former Dean of the Faculty and Chair of the New Testament Department, he now focuses on teaching advanced exegesis classes. He is author of Matthew (NIVAC); Following the Master: Biblical Theology of Discipleship; “Matthew” (ZIBBC); In His Image: Reflecting Christ in Everyday Life; and Discipleship in the Ancient World and Matthew’s Gospel (2nd ed.), among others. Dr. Wilkins was co-editor of Worship, Theology and Ministry in the Early Church (Festschrift for Ralph P. Martin) and with J.P. Moreland, Jesus Under Fire. He published articles in the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, Society of Biblical Literature, Anchor Bible Dictionary, Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, Discipleship Journal, and Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, among others. He is a visiting professor at international schools, including University of Aberdeen, Asian Graduate School of Theology, Chongshin Theological Seminary, and Sheffield University. Dr. Wilkins is ordained in the Evangelical Free Church of America, and is the former senior pastor of two EFCA churches. He has been married to his wife Lynne for over 44 years, and they have two married daughters and two granddaughters.

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