Experts on "Leadership"

Eddie Byun

  • Associate Professor of Christian Ministry

Dr. Eddie Byun is an associate professor of Christian Ministry at Talbot School of Theology. He studied Speech Communication at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana where he experienced his calling into pastoral ministry. Upon graduation, Byun studied at Regent College in Vancouver for his Master of Divinity degree. After graduating, he began his full-time pastoral ministry and taught at Handong Global University in Pohang, South Korea. Afterward, he was led to Sydney, Australia where he founded New Life Worship. While in Australia, Eddie completed his Doctor of Ministry in Preaching at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. In 2008, God led Eddie back to Korea to be Lead Pastor of Onnuri English Ministry where he served for seven years. While in Korea, he also planted Crossway Mission Church and taught practical theology at Torch Trinity Graduate University. He is the author of IVP’s Reader's Choice Award Winner Justice Awakening, Praying for Your Pastor, and Praying for Your Missionary. He is also the executive producer of “Save My Seoul,” which is a documentary on sex trafficking in South Korea. “Save My Seoul” won "Best Documentary" at the Asia-Pacific Film Festival.

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Donell L. Campbell

  • Associate Professor of Nursing
  • Associate Director of Nursing

Donell Campbell uses her love of learning to teach and mentor B.S.N. students from their very first nursing course to their final transition to independent practice as new graduates. Her courses include: Nursing First Year Seminar, Introduction to Professional Practice, Management and Leadership in Nursing, and Community / Public Health Nursing.  She infuses her classes with discussions related to culture and diversity, uses case studies, application and integration activities, as well as inclusion of current events and trends within healthcare and nursing research to teach course content. Campbell also teaches internationally on topics related to Communication, Conflict Navigation, Team Building, Self-Care, Resilience and Burnout and has presented and published the findings from related research. Other research and study interests include: the development of professionalism in nursing students, utilization of peer mentors in the skills lab setting, and international and volunteer service as burnout prevention.

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Laura Dryjanska

  • Associate Professor of Psychology

Laura Dryjanska obtained a European/International Joint PhD in Social Representations and Communication in the field of social psychology at the Sapienza University of Rome (Italy) in 2012. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Sapienza University of Rome and is currently an associate professor for Rosemead School of Psychology. Her research interests include social representations applied to diverse fields: migration, human trafficking, intergenerational solidarity, aging, place-identity, and organizational psychology. Dr. Dryjanska is fluent in English, Italian, Spanish, Russian, and Polish (her mother tongue).

Dr. Dryjanska is a member of both the American Psychological Association (APA) and the European Association of Social Psychology (EASP). She has received various professional awards, including the inaugural APA Division 1 Citizen Psychologist Award in 2020 for her work in human trafficking and intergenerational advocacy. As a result of her interest in human trafficking, Dr. Dryjanska currently serves as the Ambassador of the Rotarian Action Group Against Slavery. She also serves as the Ambassador of the Alzheimer's Impact Movement (the bipartisan advocacy arm of the Alzheimer's Association) to a congresswoman.

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Elizabeth Larson

  • Associate Professor, Violin and Chamber Music
  • Area Coordinator, Strings
  • Director, Chamber Music

The Boston Globe has praised Elizabeth Larson’s playing as having “great charm and refinement…and breathtaking virtuosity.” Larson began violin at the age of three, and since first soloing with the Milwaukee Symphony at age seven and the Boston Pops at age 11, she has gone on to perform internationally as a renowned soloist and chamber musician. Her tours have brought her to four continents throughout the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia, and to the concert venues of Boston’s Symphony Hall as soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall, Victoria Hall, Geneva, as the featured soloist honoring Lord Yehudi Menuhin and the Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. Larson has been heard on radio on National Public Radio (NPR), in a feature program aired throughout the United States and live from the Chicago Public Library. In Korea, her performances have been broadcast both on radio and Korean National Television.

An avid chamber musician, Larson has been a resident artist internationally at the festivals of Ojai, Banff, Caramoor in New York, Kronberg in Germany, and the Verbier Festival, Switzerland. She has collaborated with acclaimed pianists Menahem Pressler, Eugene Istomin and Joseph Kalichstein, as well as with other renowned artists such as Yehudi Menuhin, Boris Pergamenschikow and Gidon Kremer.

For three years, Larson was invited to join Yehudi Menuhin’s prestigious ensemble, Camerata Lysy, Switzerland, performing as soloist and in chamber ensembles throughout Europe and South Africa. While living in Europe, she also performed under the auspices of Live Music Now in the United Kingdom and throughout Europe and the United States. After settling back in the United States, she was a member of the Credo Trio, giving concerts and workshops on integrating music, work and faith for college students throughout the United States.

As a prominent leader in educating future musicians, Larson was Founder and Director of the Geneva Conservatory of Music, a music school she founded in 2002 in New York City and is invited regularly as a Guest Artist to lead masterclasses at music schools, conservatories, and on university campuses throughout the United States and Europe. In the summer, she returns regularly to be a performing and teaching artist at the festivals of Apple Hill, Masterworks and Credo Festival at Oberlin College.

Larson recently released her Chung-Larson-Bae trio CD, Three Strands: The Complete Piano Trios of Brahms under Concert Artists Guild Records, New York, and continues to perform as a recitalist and chamber musician in concert series throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

Larson makes her home with her husband and divides her time between performing and teaching in New York and Los Angeles.

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Grace Lew

  • Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science

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.

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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. McIntosh is in wide demand as a speaker and seminar leader 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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Alan McMahan

  • Program Director Undergraduate Studies for Cook School of Intercultural Studies
  • Professor of Intercultural Studies

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.

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Helen Mitchell

  • Assistant Professor of Leadership and Ethics
  • Director, Talbot Center for Faith, Work and Economics

Helen Mitchell comes to Biola University as a leadership and strategy coach, speaker, and author. She is an ethics and leadership professor in the Crowell School of Business and is the director of the Talbot Center for Faith, Work and Economics at Talbot School of Theology at Biola University. Mitchell has been sought out as an expert to incorporate and apply faith, work and economics in both business and in the local church. She has spoken at conferences, on radio programs, at business and pastoral groups, guest lectured at other universities and authored faith and work articles as well as small group curriculum. She started her business career with AT&T becoming an Area Vice President with Lucent Technologies at the age of 30 and holding various leadership roles. As an early adopter of faith, work and economics in the local church and a licensed minister on the pastoral staff, she was the architect and visionary of the Saddleback@Work ministry at Saddleback Church.

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Timothy Muehlhoff

  • Professor of Communication
  • Author, Speaker and Research Consultant

While teaching at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Tim Muehlhoff received his department's highest award for teaching and has been recognized by the International Communication Association for outstanding teaching. In his M.A. thesis, Muehlhoff developed a method of encouraging civil dialogue and perspective-taking between groups who perceive themselves as morally opposed with no room for, or interest in, connection. Extending his thesis research, his dissertation focused on a performative approach to enriching marital communication. His research interests also include social justice, gender, family communication, interpersonal communication and persuasion. Outside the classroom Muehlhoff and wife Noreen are frequent speakers at marriage conferences and seminars. His current project involves understanding the narratives of oppressed women in rural parts of New Delhi, India.

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James M. Petitfils

  • Assistant Professor of New Testament

Dr. James Petitfils completed his doctorate from UCLA in 2013 and joined the undergraduate New Testament department at Biola in 2014. Trained in both New Testament exegesis and the socio-cultural history of the Roman Mediterranean, he researches and publishes on a variety of subjects including storytelling in the Roman world, ancient Christian martyr texts, and leadership in Mediterranean antiquity. Along with research and teaching, he has been a pastor in the South Bay for over 20 years, currently serving as the Beach Pastor at the River Church. He’s been married to his love and partner in ministry, Braelyn, for 15 years and together they have a beautiful daughter, Micelli, and two beach boys, Brixton and Zion. They are also foster parents and have fostered four cute-as-can-be little angels over the last 2 years. James enjoys surfing, family beach days, and burritos.

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Anna Sinclair

  • Instructor of Public Relations

Anna Sinclair earned her Bachelors of Science in Public Relations at Northern Arizona University and her Masters of Organizational Leadership at Biola University. Sinclair spent several years working for the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, Calif. and then transitioned to Mariners Church in Irvine, Calif. Volunteerism was a major role within her positions at both institutions. Her master’s thesis included study on the generational and professional differences of individuals which in turn affect where and how those individuals volunteer their time. Based on her research, Sinclair created a model for strategic and targeted volunteer outreach that institutions such as museums could utilize for their docent programs. After her time at Mariners Church, Sinclair accepted a position at Ambassador Advertising Agency, where she served as an account executive for nearly seven years. Sinclair learned the broadcasting industry in full while working with such clients as Joni Eareckson Tada, Elizabeth George, Gary Chapman and other Christian ministries that utilize radio broadcasting. She transitioned from working at Ambassador full-time to becoming an adjunct at Biola teaching in the Media, Journalism and Public Relations department.

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Tom Steffen

  • Professor Emeritus of Intercultural Studies

Dr. Steffen served 20 years with New Tribes Mission, 15 of those in the Philippines. He is Professor Emeritus of Intercultural Studies in the School of Intercultural Studies at Biola University in La Mirada, California.

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K. Erik Thoennes

  • Professor and Chair of Theology

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.

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