Ph.D. Organizational Leadership (Nonprofit) – Eastern University, PA (2015)

M.A. Social Science – Azusa Pacific University, CA (2003)

B.A. Music Education – Azusa Pacific University, CA (1998)


My academic specialties include Organizational Leadership, Nonprofit Leadership, African Studies, Peacemaking/Reconciliation Studies and International Development. 20+ years of pastoral ministry and worship leading also inform my perspectives on practical ministry and discipleship. In addition, I have served in over 20 countries (and counting), and love learning about diverse cultures, along with God’s church around the world! I am passionate about the impact of intercultural trends on areas across the university curriculum.

Why Jessup

I grew up in the Sacramento area. Upon graduation from high school, few options for Christian College existed in California’s central valley. After my transformational experience at a Socal Christian College, I wanted to be part of that transformation for students, and secured a job at my alma mater. I later learned about Jessup’s move to my hometown! My curiosity got the best of me and I applied to serve as Director of Campus Ministries in summer 2004. God opened the door for me to serve in this role for 11 years, after which I transitioned to the faculty in summer 2015.

Favorite Class to Teach

It’s tough to pick one… One of my favorite classes to teach has been Nonprofit Management. It offers the perfect environment to integrate sound organizational leadership principles with students’ passion to change the world. I LOVE seeing students’ eyes light up at the idea that they can start nonprofits, work for existing organizations who promote justice, and invest in things that will make a lasting difference around the globe.

My Inspiration

God has a strong track record of choosing the not-so-qualified to do his Kingdom work. Moses was a stutterer and murderer. Rahab was a prostitute. David was a shepherd boy, murderer and adulterer. Matthew was a tax collector and money swindler. The apostle Paul killed Christians for a living! Yet, “God doesn’t call the qualified, he qualifies the called.” It is an absolute privilege to serve in classrooms, virtual spaces and experiential environments where I can participate in helping students discover how God has uniquely gifted them and empowered them for a specific purpose. And I actually get paid for it!

Recent Work/Scholarship

Gluck, D. (2015). Kenyan churches as catalysts for grassroots peacemaking: An appreciative leadership case study. Dissertation. Eastern University, Philadelphia, PA.

Select Presentations

Leadership and Integrity. International Pastor’s Conference, Kenya, E. Africa.

Reconciliation. International Pastor’s Conference, Kenya, E. Africa.

Building and Growing Teams. Traction Mission Conference, Rocklin, CA.

Cultural Sensitivity: Learnings from the GLOBE Study. Traction Mission Conference, Rocklin, CA

Professional Memberships:

Evangelical Missions Society

American Society of Missiology