where academic investigation +
christian faith +
service to others unite

Manuel Arteaga Pastor @Resurrection SDA Church & Lighthouse SDA Church

Manny is an alumni of La Sierra University. Upon graduating in 2007, he received a call to pastoral ministry with inner city youth in Los Angeles. A few years later, at the age of 29, he planted Resurrection SDA Church, a vibrant congregation focused on reaching the dechurched and unchurched in Southern California. In addition to this, he has recently taken on the challenge of leading a second congregation, Lighthouse SDA Church, a growing community in Glendale, California.
As passionate as he is about ministry, he considers his greatest accomplishment to be marrying Keren, the girl of his dreams, and raising two beautiful girls: Sophia Xareni and Karissa Bella.

Andrew Doan

Dr. Doan is a recognized expert in technology and video game addiction. With a doctoral degree in neuroscience, his background in molecular neuroscience adds in depth knowledge into the areas of Internet Addiction, Video Game Addiction, and Technology Addiction. He spends 80% of his time in medical research as Head of Addictions & Resilience Research for the US Navy in the Department of Mental Health. Dr. Doan is author of Hooked on Games.

Dr. Andrew Doan is a doctor, doctor, i.e. M.D. and Ph.D., meaning that he is one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) medical scientist doctors. Every year the NIH provides funding for the training of medical scientists, M.D./Ph.D.'s. These medical scientists comprise of about 200 students every year out of 16,000 medical students. They get paid to go through this eight year program to teach and do research. The goal is to create medical scientists and educators to teach and do research in medical schools and public settings. These medical scientists pick a clinical discipline as well as a basic science discipline. Dr. Doan chose ophthalmology as a clinical discipline which compliments well with his interest in neuroscience. He got his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees in neuroscience from Johns Hopkins, the premier neuroscience training program in the world. He has had over 10 years of experience doing research on learning, memory, and brain development.

Donavan Childs Assistant Chaplain @La Sierra University

Donavan Childs is the assistant chaplain for campus ministry here at La Sierra University.  He likes writing, acting, and Food. He has a beautiful family complete with lovely wife Angela, Awesome children Shawn & Shannon, and soon to come baby childs! (No name or gender know when this joint was written :) His goal is to live life in response to the God of grace who will do any and everything to be with us!

Dewald Kritzinger Pastor for Young Adults & Media @La Sierra University

Pastor Devo was born and raised in the beautiful country of South Africa. He graduated from Helderberg College (an extension campus of Andrews University in SA) with a Bachelors degree in Theology. In 2000 Devo entered the full time ministry as a pastor in Johannesburg, SA, where he was associate pastor in 3 churches. In July 2001 he came to La Sierra University to do graduate studies. He worked as Assistant Chaplain at La Sierra University until he was called as Youth Pastor for La Sierra University Church in January 2002. He earned a Master of Arts in Religion in 2005.

Apart from finding fulfillment in spending quality time with people, Devo loves all kinds of sports activities, especially tennis, listening to good music (especially U2!) and enjoying the company of great friends. His favorite past time, however, is enjoying time with his wife, Leilani and children: Lia, Amelie, Levi and Kiri.

"Grace finds beauty in everything"--U2 in their song "Grace

Sam Leonor Chaplain @La Sierra University

Leonor loves his work as Pastor to the students and faculty of La Sierra University. He is passionate about spiritual awakening among young adults, especially college students. He loves to see them bloom into faith that is missional, growing and full of love. He devotes much of his ministry to exploring contemporary Biblical spirituality in the context of community. His ministry is marked by a call to radical faith that engages culture deeply and emphasizes justice. His other interests include making music, traveling, history and good food.

Sam was raised in Central America where his parents were part of developing church and health care missions. He has degrees from Southern Adventist University, Andrews University, and is a doctoral candidate at George Fox University.

He is married to Shelley Campbell. They have two children, Alexandra (born in 2000), and a son, Micah (born in 2003).

Chris Oberg Senior Pastor @La Sierra University

My name is Chris Oberg, and church matters to me! It seems like we have a couple of options when thinking about organized religion in 2009. We can complain and grumble and jump ship. Or we can roll up our sleeves and attempt to make it better. I’m of the latter conviction and this is why I’m serving at La Sierra University Church.

I first joined the Pastoral Team in 2000 as Pastor for Children and Families. Five years later my family moved to the Calimesa Church so I could take the responsibility of Senior Pastor. And in 2009, we are back at La Sierra. What brought us back? Largely the opportunity to work among the next generations with a conviction that the Christian life expressed through Adventist grace-driven priorities is worth pursuing and living.

My primary responsibilities at LSUC are Preaching/Teaching Ministry, Crisis Visitation, Strategic Visioning, and Leadership Development. I must say that the Preaching Ministry is a sacred and treasured priority. The sacred scriptures are clear and comforting, yet also confusing and challenging. Hearing a Word on target for our lives today is what I hope for each time we open the Bible together.

It is especially rewarding to serve at the campus church of my alma mater. I’m a double alumnus of La Sierra University, and daily live in a grateful awareness of how this University shapes my life. My husband, Kerby, is a Physician-Scientist at Loma Linda University, where he teaches, runs a research laboratory, and collaborates on all sorts of projects interested in congenital anomalies and birth defects. Amanda and Alisa are both college-age. Amanda is studying Business, and Alisa is studying Psychology. We are the kind of parents who intend on following our daughters around along time saying, “Those are our kids!” Yes, we apologize to our children regularly that they got us for parents…

I expect you to email or phone when in crisis or to report someone else in crisis. I expect you will communicate openly and regularly. I expect to learn from you as we attempt to be a church on the corner God recognizes and uses. Oh, and I expect we’ll have a lot of fun along the way.

Iki Tolu Taimi Pastor @Gardena Genesis Community Church

“As a teaching pastor I want those who attend one of our services to have an authentic experience with Jesus through bible study, sermons, illustrations, fellowship, videos & Praise, transforming them into proactive members of the body of Christ.

Dominique Wakefield M.A., CPT, CWP, Assistant Professor for Health & Exercise Science La Sierra University

Dominique Wakefield is Assistant Professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at La Sierra University, Riverside, California. She is also a Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and a Certified Wellness Practitioner through the National Wellness Institute (NWI).

 In addition to teaching at universities (Andrews University; California State University, Chico; University of Tennessee, Chattanooga and Southern Adventist University) she has worked as a Fitness & Programs Manager, Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor and Wellness Coach at fitness centers, in the clinical wellness setting and in the cooperate wellness setting since 2001. Dominique is a PhD candidate in Health through the University of Bath, England. Her studies and research center on physical activity, motivation for exercise and behavior change strategies.

 Dominique is a passionate, energetic and innovative health and fitness enthusiast and regularly contributes to ‘Life and Health Network’ http://www.lifeandhealth.org

 by writing articles on issues relating to physical fitness. In October 2011, Dominique Wakefield was awarded ‘Top 11 Personal Trainers to Watch in the U.S.’ by Life Fitness and the American Council on Exercise https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C81jJlyw3VU

Randal R. Wisbey D.Min., President @La Sierra University

Randal R. Wisbey has served as La Sierra University’s third president since 2007.  In collaboration with the Board of Trustees and campus leadership, he has led the university through a time of significant growth with a focus on student success, institutional development and strategic planning, and a commitment to seeing the mission of the university fulfilled through partnership with campus, church, and community leaders.

Dr. Wisbey earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC in 1990.  He also earned a Master of Divinity degree from the SDA Theological Seminary at Andrews University in 1984, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology from Walla Walla College in 1980.  While enrolled at Walla Walla, he spent a year as a student missionary in East Jerusalem and Ramallah, teaching English to Palestinian high school students.

Dr. Wisbey is currently the president of the Association of Adventist Colleges and Universities and serves as a member of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities and of Adventist Colleges Abroad.  He is active in the Riverside community as a member of the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce Board, the Raincross Group, the City of Riverside’s Workforce Advisory Panel/Council of Economic Development Advisors, and the Mayor’s Higher Education Business Council.  He is a graduate of the 2008 Leadership Riverside program. Dr. Wisbey also serves the Adventist Church as a member of the La Sierra University Church Board, the Pacific Union Conference Executive Committee, and the North American Division Executive Committee.

Jared Wright Spectrum Magazine

Wright spent his first six years in Rwanda, Africa, the son of missionaries. In 1987, his family moved state-side to Loma Linda. While Southern California has been home ever since, Jared has lived in four countries on four continents, and in four states here in the U.S. He graduated in 2010 with a (now historic) Master of Pastoral Studies degree from La Sierra University, and has served as a pastor for four years in Southeastern California Conference. Last year, Jared became a dad. This year, he's undergoing a career change, becoming a full-time journalist for Spectrum Magazine.