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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.

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

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.

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.

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 Church

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

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.

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).

David Anthony Johnson Motivational Speaker

David’s solo career began in his teenage years, and the highlight of those years was winning numerous awards in music throughout the St. Louis area. He has been performing professionally for more than 30 years. As a child growing up, music was not David’s only love. Being inspired by his great-grandmother, David developed a passion for Dr. Martin Luther 

King, Jr. and his oratory. With the help and support from his aunt and mother, David started to memorize Dr.King’s most famous speeches. Along with his musical talents, David has performed for and has shared the stage with Rosa Parks, Johnnie Cochran, Maya Angelou, Take 6, Brian McKnight, Julian Bond, and various other people of renown. In January of 2008, David
opened for Ms. Maya Angelou at Virginia Technical University. In 2010 David was a guest and performed on the Fox 5 and the CW 6 morning news stations in San Diego, CA. He was interviewed by Arthel Neville.

David shares his abilities in music; oratory; historical storytelling; comedy and more to a broad range of audiences around the country. David has been in demand and has performed all over the country at prestigious universities, colleges, high schools, elementary schools, churches, banquets, weddings David is an alumnus of Oakwood University, in Huntsville, Alabama. He
majored in music and history.

David released a CD entitled, “The More” in 1995. He released a DVD of his music and recitations of some of Dr. Martin Luther King’s speeches in 2012. David is currently working on another CD and DVD due out later this In 2008, David established a nonprofit organization, called, “5 Talents More, Inc.” it is a mentorship organization that helps troubled youth to realize their
talents and abilities and make better life choices.

In 2009 David was awarded a patent for his educational game called “U-TAKE.” It is a game that helps to improve ones vocabulary, spelling and reading skills in what he calls “fun-edu-tainment” that is the ability to make the game fun, educating and entertaining while one is learning during the process. His game is also useful for ESL purposes. He is currently in the
process of transposing his game from hardware pieces to telephone apps and as a former juvenile probations corrections officer, David understands the importance of strong mentorship and encouragement. David welcomes the opportunity to be a mentor and role-model to others, especially to the youth of today. David’s goal is to use his talents to be a positive influence on this generation, that through his efforts he can help to make this world a better place for generations to come.

Paul K. Chappell Author of the Road to Peace Series

Paul K. Chappell graduated from West Point in 2002, was deployed to Iraq, and left active duty in November 2009 as a Captain.

He is the author of the Road to Peace series, a seven-book series about waging peace, ending war, the art of living, and what it means to be human. The first four published books in this series are Will War Ever End?The End of WarPeaceful Revolution, and The Art of Waging Peace.

Chappell serves as the Peace Leadership Director for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. Lecturing across the country and internationally, he also teaches college courses and workshops on Peace Leadership, including a graduate-level course at the University of San Diego.

He grew up in Alabama, the son of a half-black and half-white father who fought in the Korean and Vietnam wars, and a Korean mother. Growing up in a violent household, Chappell has sought answers to the issues of war and peace, rage and trauma, and vision, purpose, and hope. His website is www.peacefulrevolution.com.

Sean Evans Director of Psychology @La Sierra University

Dr. Evans is a recognized expert in violence and mental illness.  He is a licensed clinical psychologist with a Ph.D. and M.A. from Loma Linda University, as well as a B.A. in Psychology from La Sierra University.   Dr. Evans completed his clinical internship at Patton State Hospital (the nation’s largest maximum-security forensic psychiatric hospital) with a concentration in neuropsychology and received additional training and supervision in forensic psychology. He is currently an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience Program at La Sierra University.  Prior to coming to La Sierra University, Dr. Evans provided a variety of forensic psychological services including violence risk assessment, sex offender recidivism risk assessment and treatment, as well as competency to stand trial, criminal insanity, and mentally disordered offender (MDO) evaluations.  His research interests include examining the nexus of violence and mental illness, contextual (environmental) variables associated with violence, psychopathy and the psychology of evil.  

 Dr. Evans is a huge fan of the outdoors and regularly listens to Pearl Jam.

T. Lynn Caldwell Associate Professor of Communication @La Sierra University

T. Lynn Caldwell is an Associate Professor of Communication at La Sierra University in Riverside, CA. Caldwell completed a bachelor of science in communication with a minor in religion from Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI. After working in health care and higher education, Caldwell earned a master of arts in communication from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI. After completing the master’s degree, she worked as an intern at LCWA, a medium-size public relations firm in Chicago, IL. Most recently, Caldwell has earned more than sixty credits toward a doctor of philosophy degree in sociology with an emphasis in race, class, and gender. During her tenure as a PhD student at Virginia Tech, Caldwell served as graduate assistant for public relations to the Dean and Vice President of Graduate Education.

Caldwell served as director of public relations at Andrews University, and associate director of communication for the Seventh-day Adventist Church World Headquarters, Silver Spring, MD. In these positions she has managed international media relations programs, corporate image changes, and advertising campaign development.

Sasha Ross Director of the Women's Resource Center @La Sierra University

Sasha Ross is a La Sierra alum (’00) who currently serves as the director of the Women's Resource Center as well as an Assistant Professor of Global Studies in the History, Politics and Society (HPS) department, where she teaches courses on gender, comparative politics, and international relations. Prior to joining La Sierra University in 2013, she worked for nearly ten years in Washington, DC in the fields of international development and humanitarian action for various non-governmental organizations, including ADRA International, World Vision-US, International Medical Corps (IMC), and the Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development.

In addition to the United States, she has lived in France, India and Afghanistan and has traveled extensively to more than 35 countries. She has assisted in writing, negotiating and managing several United Nations, European Commission, and U.S. federally-funded programs implemented in Central and South America, sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia. These programs focused on emergency preparedness, youth mobilization, maternal-child health, child protection, and the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse as well as human trafficking. She holds a M.A. in Church-State Studies from Baylor University and double B.A. (Honors) in History/Political Science and French from La Sierra University.

Dilys Brooks MDiv, MS, MA, Associate Chaplain @Loma Linda University

Dilys Brooks, MDiv, MS, MA is the Associate Chaplain of Loma Linda University. The focus of her ministry at the university is to provide spiritual care for the students, coordinate and develop the weekly worship service, as well as meet the spiritual needs of the women within the university community.  

Dilys is passionate and enthusiastic about sharing the gospel as well, as equipping youth and young adults to know Christ personally and accept His call to  become change agents in the world for the kingdom of God.  She is happiest when she is preaching, teaching or singing about Jesus.

She is happily married to  Delroy Brooks, the Youth and Young Adult Pastor at the Valley Fellowship Seventh-day Adventist Church in Rialto, California.  They are the proud parents of their children Micah and Matea.

Rusty Bailey Mayor of Riverside

Since graduating from West Point with a degree in political science in 1994, Rusty has worked in a variety of public service positions and has earned a Master's Degree in Public Policy from UCLA.

Among his many accomplishments, Rusty has served as a helicopter pilot, Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer in the U.S. Army, and has served as a Legislative Aide for County Supervisor John F. Tavaglione. In addition, Rusty has worked for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Executive Office of the President as a Presidential Management Fellow, as well as for the Riverside County Economic Development Agency. Mayor Bailey enjoys time with his two daughters, Elizabeth and Julia and his wife, Judy.

Craig Hadley Young Adult Pastor @Redlands Church

Craig Hadley is the Young Adult Pastor at Redlands Church, and the pastor for Shadow Ministries. He believes in the gospel of equality, beauty, truth, and love as expressed perfectly through the life of Jesus Christ. One of his favorite quotes is by Dallas Willard, “There is nothing more meaningful than beauty.”

Craig got his Bachelor of Arts degree from Montana State University in the Environmental Design (which is just a fancy name for architecture), and received his Master of Divinity Degree from La Sierra University in 2011.

At Montana State University, Craig found that even those who did not believe in God and even those who ridiculed God responded to a passionate and personal faith. This has become Craig’s chief concern in ministry, to help others enter into a passionate relationship with Jesus Christ.

After moving back to Loma Linda from Montana in 2008, Craig began a high school ministry with Dustin Aho at the University Church known as The Fall. After serving there for nearly a year, Craig was hired by Crosswalk Church and began Compassion with Brandon Herrmann in October of 2009. in February 2012, Craig accepted a call to be the Young Adult Pastor at Redlands Church.

Craig is married to his wife, Kimi, who is way too good for him, and they have a Labrador Retriever named Bella, who doesn’t retrieve anything. When he is not doing ministry, Craig can be found snow skiing, wake boarding, or hiking with Kimi. 

Benjamin Lundquist Young Adult Ministries Director @Arizona Conference

Lundquist is a pastor, youth worker, communicator, husband & father. He has served as the youth pastor at the Camelback Seventh-day Adventist Church in Phoenix, Arizona for the last nine years. Recently he accepted a call to the Arizona conference office where he is the director for young adult ministries. Benjamin did his undergraduate studies at Southern Adventist University and graduate studies at Andrews University. He has a huge heart and passion to reach high school students and young adults with message of Jesus.

Over the past few years he has shared the love of Jesus though creative ministries like Christian wakeboard tournaments, extreme home makeover projects, community triathlons, Christian surf camps, and student-preached evangelistic campaigns, and international and domestic mission projects. Benjamin loves Thai food, surfing, fly fishing, and spending as much time as he can with his wife Kim, son Koa, and daughter Remi.