Oct. 28, 2020
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 he taught at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. 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.
Craig Hazen is the founder and director of the master's program with a concentration in Christian apologetics and director of the master's program with a concentration in science and religion at Biola University.
Craig is the editor of Philosophia Christi, a philosophy journal. He is also the author of the monograph The Village Enlightenment in America; the acclaimed apologetics novel Five Sacred Crossings; and dozens of articles and chapters in various books and journals. He is a recipient of the Fischer Award, the highest faculty honor at Biola, and has lectured across North America and Europe on key apologetics topics, including lectures on Capitol Hill and in the White House. He is a popular church and conference speaker and a former co-host of a national radio talk program.
Joe Henderson is a scholar of English literature and the Old Testament, uniting his love of reading well with his love of reading the Bible. His doctoral research on the poetry of the book of Jeremiah is the fruit of his interest of both the history of biblical interpretation and of literary criticism. His other interests include Robert Louis Stevenson's novels, Paul's theology, Milton's Prose, Brevard Childs' hermeneutics, Flannery O'Connor's stories, and Charles Wesley's hymns.
Matt Jenson is a systematic theologian specializing in theological anthropology and ecclesiology. He holds a B.A. in literature and philosophy from Wheaton College and a Ph.D. in theology from the University of St. Andrews, where he was part of the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts. Jenson is a happy and grateful part of Fountain of Life Covenant Church in Long Beach and an ordained minister in the Evangelical Covenant Church.
Building upon her significant industry experience, Grace Lew specializes in Database Management Systems and Cloud Computing. She teaches courses in the areas of Database Systems, SQL and Applications, Software Engineering, Programming Languages, User Interface Design and Development, and Computer Networking. In all of her courses, she utilizes computer technology to help students gain practical hands-on experience while applying theoretical concepts. Where applicable, she also incorporates lifecycle processes into class projects to help prepare students for professional work environments. Besides her emphasis on academic excellence, she is also committed to integration of faith and learning. Examples include discussions on ethics, projects developing database systems for churches or non-profit organizations, spiritual journey reflections, integration threaded discussions, and devotionals called “Tunings.” At church, she serves on the technical team for worship ministries, teaches an adult Bible Study class and helps administer an outreach to the homeless.
Lewis specializes in the topics of systematic and polemical theology, theology and law integration, jurisprudence and Christian apologetics. He is the Founder and Director of the Evangelical Legal Society, an organization dedicated to the task of restoring the theological foundations of law and justice in society and providing Christians with the resources necessary to do law, justice and public policy from a foundation of evangelical theology. Lewis is an active lecturer at churches, colleges and conferences and has appeared on several radio and television shows, addressing a variety of topics.
Professor McKinley is most interested in the theological questions that touch on personal engagement with God. God is there, but how does God sweep us up into relationship with him existentially? These questions about sanctification, discipleship, and Christology led to Dr. McKinley's doctoral study on the temptation experience of Jesus Christ. He has continued to work on the doctrines of Christology, ecclesiology, and sanctification as part of teaching through these topics. Dr. McKinley regularly teaches an integration seminar, The Human Body in Christian Perspective. This integration is to pull together theology of the human body with the best learning from science about nutrition, sport, fashion, medical technology, and etc. that help us to live in the body God gave us. Professor McKinley's interest in this course follows an earlier career aspiration to be a professional athlete in the sport of bicycle road racing, a sport he continues to enjoy at the level of a hobby. Dr. McKinley has also worked in youth ministry and urban ministry, and he is currently a member of Granda Heights Friends Church in La Mirada. He currently teaches Theology I, Theology II, Systematic Theology Seminar: Ecclesiology, and First Year Seminar: Biblical and Theological Studies Majors.
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. 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.
J. P. Moreland is Distinguished Professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. He received a B.S. in physical chemistry from the University of Missouri, a Th.M. in theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, an M.A. in philosophy from the University of California at Riverside, and a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Southern California. He has authored, edited, or contributed papers to ninety-five books, including Does God Exist? (Prometheus), Universals
(McGill-Queen’s), Consciousness and the Existence of God (Routledge), The
Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology, The Blackwell Companion to Substance Dualism, and Debating Christian Theism (Oxford.) He has also published over 85 articles in journals such as Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, American Philosophical Quarterly, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, MetaPhilosophy, Philosophia Christi, Religious Studies, and Faith and Philosophy. Moreland was selected in August, 2016 by The Best Schools as one of the 50 most influential living philosophers in the world.
Ryan Peterson’s research interests lie in the
areas of theological anthropology and theological method. He teaches systematic
and historical theology, and particularly enjoys working with students on the
doctrines of God, humanity, sin, Christology, and the atonement. He is deeply interested
in the growth of his students in the knowledge and love of God and the way such
growth motivates Christian worship, wisdom, friendship, and stewardship. He and
his wife Christy have four children. They are members of Redeemer Church, La
“Game design is a powerful storytelling medium because players become part of a story and explore consequences of choices.” Michael is a narrative game designer prototyping his independent game, Telmahre, which explores using virtual space as a metaphor for a character’s mental state. In his first year at Biola, he has developed the new Game Design program for CMA. Michael has also taught game design, digital technology, digital art or computer science at several colleges. MFA USC, BA UCSD.
Kyle Strobel (Ph.D. University of Aberdeen) is a systematic theologian who 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, and is on the preaching team at Redeemer Church, La Mirada.
With varied ministry experiences, including student development, counseling, pastoring and teaching psychology and Old Testament studies, David Talley brings a blend of scholarship and practical application to his classroom instruction. He also serves as a member of the pastoral team at a local church. Talley enjoys research in the areas of Old Testament theological themes, local church ministry, and contemporary theological issues. 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. 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 blends the information of the biblical text with the transformation of the heart. His research has also been published in The New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis, Eikon (formerly the Journal of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood) and the Christian Research Journal. Talley has traveled to over 20 countries in order to partner with the international church in leadership training, especially with a focus on pastors and equipping the church to impact Muslim nations with the gospel. He is Vice-President of an organization, which provides training for underground church leaders in persecuted countries, and he serves on several mission boards.
Professor Tan hails from London, England. She gained a B.A. in Latin with Greek from University College London (UCL). After graduating, she moved to Taipei, Taiwan, where she spent six plus years working as a writer/editor for a Christian organization that specialized in producing ESL (English as a second language) TV and radio shows, magazines and other multimedia products, all as a form of pre-evangelism. Melissa moved to Southern California in 2009, to pursue two degrees at Talbot, while also ministering to the Talbot student community on Talbot Associated Students, with her final year as President. Since graduating, Melissa has been teaching Biblical Interpretation and Spiritual Formation to Biola undergraduate students, and looks forward to serving Biola/Talbot students even more so now as full-time faculty.
Erik 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. 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.
Suzanne Welty’s interests and experience are in remediation of autism spectrum disorder and spoken language disorders in children. Her specialty is providing evidenced-based interventions within the school setting to meet the communication, social and academic challenges that these children face. Welty teaches Research in Speech-Language Pathology for the M.S. in Speech Language Pathology and teaches Research in Communication Disorders and Speech and Language Development and Disorders within the undergraduate program. She utilizes case studies, current readings and discussions to encourage the development of critical thinking within her students, with an emphasis on clinical application of theoretical principles. When teaching research she focuses on writing as a process and equips students to present their research at state and national conferences in speech-language pathology. Welty counts it a privilege to engage students in prayer and reflection on the Word of God, which will equip them to grow as competent and compassionate professionals. She also encourages students to integrate scriptural principles as they analyze evidence and evaluate solutions to clinical and theoretical problems. Welty’s dissertation was entitled California Special Education Eligibility: Analysis of Trends from 2002-2010. She is interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning, specifically evaluating classroom pedagogy and instructional techniques when teaching research writing.
Dr. Williams loves enlarging students' understanding and enjoyment of God while teaching Theology 1 and 2 courses at Biola University. He also teaches History of Atheism, Introduction to Philosophy, and Biblical Literature in the secular college context. He has taught theology internationally, including seminaries in Nepal and Francis Schaeffer's L'Abri ministries in Switzerland and Holland. Dr. Williams is a frequent guest speaker at churches and conferences, in addition to serving as a teaching pastor at a local church. His academic works include Love, Freedom, and Evil (Rodopi, 2011), used in seminaries around the world and currently being translated to German, and his recent popular publication, The Exchange (AIMBooks, 2012). His research interests include the Trinity, divine and human agency, dialogue with atheists and theology of culture.