Empowering people to pursue their calling is a joy to me, so when offered the opportunity to lead Azusa Pacific’s Murrieta Regional Campus in 2017, I jumped at the chance. During my time in the area, I have been delighted to see so much good. Murrieta and the surrounding region deeply impress me—this is a welcoming community blessed with outstanding leaders in government, education, business, and non-profit! I meet countless Azusa Pacific alumni who are making a difference here. Our dedicated students who come to us to get the training they need to pursue vocation in education, business, criminal justice, digital media, leadership, and psychology inspire me.
The most energizing part of working in higher education is seeing students overcome serious obstacles to pursue their divinely-inspired calling. My wife and I are not strangers to challenges––we lost our two-and-a-half-year-old son Judson to a rare disease 11 years ago. Yet, by the grace of God, I was able to complete my Ph.D. that was only half-finished when we lost Judson. Now, when I see students achieve their educational goals against long odds, I am moved—what better gift can education offer to our community than people who endure brokenness and emerge with purpose and compassion!
After our son’s passing, my wife and I founded Judson’s Legacy, a ministry of faith and hope in suffering. Through this nonprofit, we serve families of terminally-ill children, walking with them through their heartache, and speak about issues of faith and suffering.
An organization is only as strong as its adherence to its mission and core values. At its heart, Azusa Pacific University puts God first. So, we seek to honor Him by doing everything with excellence. We value people because He created them in His image. We serve our community in Southwest Riverside County because God loves it. (How can He not?!) We don’t just educate students, we cultivate difference makers who will bless our local community and transform our world.
I am a big fan of basketball and the Lakers.
My doctoral advisor Scott Bartchy modeled scholarly excellence and helped me see God’s compassion for the marginalized.
I love Tolkein’s The Lord of the Rings. It reminds me that we are made for adventure in a world that is both broken and blessed.
I want to be faithful to God’s calling on my life. And I want to savor what he has given me: my wife and 12-year-old daughter, family and friends, and meaningful work.
I completed my bachelor’s degree at Biola University, my master’s degree at Talbot School of Theology, and my Ph.D. in Early Christian History at UCLA. After serving at numerous private institutions, I started at Azusa Pacific University as Director of their Orange County Regional Campus four year ago. I now serve as Senior Director of Azusa Pacific’s Orange County and Murrieta Regional Campuses and adjunct faculty at Azusa Pacific Seminary.
I’m a native Californian, born in Westminster.