Experts on "Para-church (faith- Based Organizations)"

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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Greg Ganssle

  • Professor of Philosophy

Greg Ganssle has been thinking about the intersection of Christian faith and contemporary scholarship for over thirty years. He began as an undergraduate by skipping his classes and reading C.S. Lewis. After graduating from the University of Maryland in 1978, he worked in campus ministry on a variety of campuses. Hundreds of conversations with students from a wide variety of religious and philosophical perspectives drove him to a sustained self-study program. Eventually it occurred to him that he was reading philosophy. Since he had escaped college without taking a philosophy course, he decided to begin with Philosophy 101 at the age of 25. Within weeks he was hooked. Continuing to juggle his full time campus ministry responsibilities, he earned a Masters of Arts in philosophy from the University of Rhode Island (1990). He then went full time and earned his Ph.D. from Syracuse University (1995), where his dissertation on God's relation to time won a Syracuse University Dissertation Award. In addition to publishing nearly three dozen articles, chapters and reviews, Greg has edited two books, God and Time: Four Views (IVP, 2001) and God and Time: Essays on the Divine Nature (Oxford, 2002 – with David M. Woodruff). Greg is also the author of Thinking about God: First Steps in Philosophy (IVP, 2004) and A Reasonable God: Engaging the New Face of Atheism (Baylor University Press, 2009). Greg was part-time lecturer in the philosophy department at Yale for nine years, and a senior fellow at the Rivendell Institute at Yale. Greg's research interests lie in contemporary Philosophy of Religion and History of Philosophy. Greg has been married to Jeanie since 1985. They have three children, none of whom are philosophers. Although happily married, Greg has a secret crush on Jane Austen.

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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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Kevin Alan Lewis

  • Associate Professor of Theology and Law

Dr. 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. Dr. Lewis is an active lecturer at churches, colleges, and conferences and has appeared on several radio and television shows, addressing a variety of topics.

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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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Scott A. Waller

  • Chair, Political Science Department
  • Associate Professor of Political Science

Dr. Waller holds graduate degrees in both philosophy and political science.  He has an M.A from Talbot School of Theology in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics and an M.A. in Politics and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Claremont Graduate University in the fields of American Politics and Political Theory.  His research interests involve the intersection of religion and politics, jurisprudence surrounding the First Amendment religion clauses, and the evolving role of the judiciary within the American political order.  He is a frequent guest on local radio discussing American politics and a frequent speaker to the general Christian community on issues of importance for believers to consider.  He has been married to his wife, Cathy, for over twenty-five years and they have two children ages 18 and 15.

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