Hirosuke Ishiguro/Westside Scholarship
Zach Luben is originally from the Bay Area in northern California. He graduated from Pepperdine in 2005 with a B.A. in Religion. His wife, also a Pepperdine grad, received her B.A. in Psychology. Currently, Zach is working on an M.Div. from Pepperdine and planning to complete the degree in the fall of 2014. For the past 5 years, Zach has served in full-time youth & family ministry, currently working for the Culver Palms Church of Christ in Los Angeles as the youth & family minister. Zach was also a recipient during both the 2012-2013 and 2011-2012 academic years.
Matthew McCay is originally from Washington State, where he grew up attending and teaching in the Churches of Christ. He left his home in Yakima WA to attend Washington State University where he earned a B.A. in Social Sciences in 2004. He then served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, most recently completing his service with a combat deployment to Iraq in 2010. Currently, Matthew is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree from Seaver College, Pepperdine University. He also lives on campus with his beautiful and joyful wife Sarah, and serves the campus in ministry as a graduate assistant to the convocation office. Matthew has a soldier's faith, and a heart for following Paul's example and proclaiming the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ "with all boldness and without hindrance." He seeks to continually encourage campus ministry efforts to that effect. Matthew aspires to serve God in chaplaincy upon the completion of his studies at Pepperdine.
Donald Goodwin grew up in Orange County, CA. Since earning his B.A. in Religion from Pepperdine in 1995, he has served as the Youth Minister for the Sunny Hills Church of Christ in Fullerton, CA, his home congregation. His wife Michelle, also a Pepperdine graduate (B.A.,1996), has served together with him in this ministry for over thirteen years. They have three children. Don is in his first year of the M.S. program and plans to use his theological and ministry training to continue serving in the church. Donald was also a recipient for the 2009-2010 academic year.
Virginia (Ginny) Weldon is from Austin, Texas where she received her BA in history from the University of Texas. She completed her thesis, "The topos militia spiritualis in Romans 7:21-25 and Romans 13:11-14" in the fall of 2013, and graduated from Pepperdine with an MA in New Testament studies in December. After completing her thesis, Ginny moved back to Austin where she currently works retail for a small boutique salon and spa. Ginny plans to start schooling to become a paralegal in the fall.
Tamara Cortez, a native of Southern California, studied at Azusa Pacific University from 2002 till 2006, graduating with her BA in Business Administration and a minor in Philosophy. Once she moved back to Ventura County after college, she began attending the University Church of Christ where she learned of the MS in Ministry Program Pepperdine offers. Feeling led to apply, she left her corporate job and in 2010 started the program. As a student she traveled to Thailand on a short-term missions trip and spoke on two occasions on campus, and during the upcoming winter break she will be traveling to northern India through a Pepperdine study program. She plans on using her degree as a foundation for spreading the gospel through service, hoping to work for a faith-based non-profit organization locally or overseas.
Christopher Chesnutt is a second-year student in the M.S. in Ministry program. A native of Malibu, California, he grew up on the Pepperdine campus. After completing a B.A. in Bible and Ministry at Abilene Christian University in 2008, he came home to Pepperdine for graduate study. He has done short-term missionary and service work in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Kenya as well as several ministry internships with churches in southern California. After completing the M.S. Christopher plans to continue preparing for a ministry of preaching by working toward the M.Div. at Pepperdine.
Matt Bush is a native of Atlanta, GA. After transferring from Harding University in 2003, he completed his B.A. in Religion at Pepperdine in 2005 and began the M.Div. program at Pepperdine that same year. From 2004 through 2006 he served as a Campus Ministry Intern with the University Church of Christ that meets on Pepperdine's Malibu campus, and since September, 2006, he has worked as the Worship Leader at the Culver Palms Church of Christ. Upon completing the M.Div., Matt hopes to pursue doctoral work in Biblical Studies or Education and to continue working in the church as a worship leader.
Zach Love grew up in Fort Worth, Texas. He graduated from Pepperdine with a B.S. in Sports Medicine in 2007. As he pursues his M.S. in Ministry, Zach serves as the Administrative Assistant for Worship at the University Church of Christ that meets on the Pepperdine campus in Malibu. After completing his M.S., Zach plans to earn a masters in marriage and family therapy and become a therapist for couples and families. Zach's wife, Haley, is also a Pepperdine graduate and employee.
Jay Parmelee, originally from Thousand Oaks, California, is a joint J.D.-M.Div. student at Pepperdine, dividing his time between the School of Law and the Religion Division at Seaver College. He began his studies at Pepperdine in 1997 and graduated in 2002 with B.A. in Religion and History. He and his wife, Hannah (also a Pepperdine graduate), currently live in Malibu and are members of the Conejo Valley Church of Christ. Upon completing his graduate degrees, he hopes to use both his legal and theological training by working in a church mediation program. Jay was also a recipient for the 2006-2007 academic year.
Jen Rogers is a native of west Texas and is in her third year working at Pepperdine as the Coordinator of the Spiritual Life Advisors Program. Jen is a graduate of Texas Tech University (B.S. in Biology, 2001; and B.A. in Psychology, 2002) and Abilene Christian University (M.A. in Christian Ministry, 2004). Before moving to Malibu, Jen worked in campus ministry with the Broadway Church of Christ in Lubbock, Texas; Abilene Christian University; and the Manhattan Church of Christ in Manhattan, Kansas. Upon graduation, she plans to continue working in campus ministry.
Roslyn Bennett is a native of Farwell, Texas, and a graduate of Lubbock Christian University, where she earned her B.A. in Youth and Family Ministry in 2001. Since moving to Malibu in 2004, she has served as youth minister at the University Church of Christ that meets on the Pepperdine campus. Roslyn also works in the Seaver College Business Division. She is working towards the M.Div. degree and plans to continue ministry with teens and students upon graduation.
Erin Calderon is in her second semester of graduate work at Pepperdine. A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, she spent her high school years in Agoura Hills, California. She enrolled at Pepperdine in 2000 and completed her B.A. degree in Psychology in December, 2004. She and her husband, Dennis, are members of the University Church of Christ. Currently she is working both for Pepperdine's Center for Faith and Learning and as an intern in the University Chaplain's office. Upon completing her Master of Divinity degree, Erin plans to pursue a career in chaplaincy.
Ryan Bien was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He graduated from the University of Calgary with a degree in Marketing in 2002 and worked as a business manager before beginning the M.S. in Ministry program at Pepperdine in 2004. As a member of the Calgary Church of Christ, he worked extensively both in youth ministry and in mission efforts in Zambia and Mexico. Currently he is a member of the University Church of Christ in Malibu and serves as a graduate intern in campus ministry. Upon graduation Ryan plans to work for a Christian non-profit organization.
Cliff Barbarick, originally from Colorado Springs, Colorado, is completing the Master of Divinity degree this year. He came to Pepperdine in 1997 to begin his undergraduate degree, graduated in 2001 with a B.A. in Religion, and returned the next fall to begin graduate work. He and his wife, Tali (also a Pepperdine graduate), currently live in Malibu and are members of the University Church of Christ, where Tali serves as Children's Minister. Cliff also works at Pepperdine as an Assistant Director of Admissions at Seaver College, and he often preaches for churches in the L.A. area. Upon completing his M.Div., Cliff will begin a Ph.D. program in New Testament studies at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Cliff was also a recipient for the 2003-2004 academic year.
Gincy Hartin is a native of Garland, Texas, and a graduate of the University of St. Thomas in Houston (B.A. in Music, 1993). Since 2000 he has been on the Bible faculty of West Valley Christian Church School in West Hills, CA. At the end of the current school year he will leave that role and assume a full-time position as Worship Leader at the West Valley Christian Church. Gincy is in his second year in Pepperdine's Master of Divinity program. He and his wife, Stacee, a teacher of English at Calabasas High School, live in Canoga Park.
Kelsy Powell is in the final year of the Master of Divinity program. Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, she graduated from Pepperdine in 2000 with a B.A. in Humanities. As a result of several undergraduate Religion courses that sparked her interest in the study of theology, she began graduate work soon after completing her B.A. At various times during her graduate studies, Kelsy has served as a Spiritual Life Advisor through Pepperdine's Residential Life Office, as an intern to the University Chaplain, and as Administrative Assistant in the Religion Division Office. Upon completing her M.Div. this year, she plans to return to Washington and pursue a Master's degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Holly Tallon, a Colorado native, is working toward a Master of Science Degree in Ministry at Pepperdine. She completed her B.A. in Psychology at Pepperdine in 2002 and immediately began the graduate Ministry program. For two years she worked as an Intern in Campus Ministry on Pepperdine's Malibu campus. Currently she and her husband, Luke, serve as Youth Ministers for the University Church of Christ in Malibu. After completing her M.S. in Ministry, Holly plans to work in a church or Christian counseling setting. She is committed to using her education and ministry experience to bless people who have not had the same opportunities.
Arik Swindlehurst was born and raised in Oregon. Before beginning the Master of Divinity program at Pepperdine in the Fall of 2003, he lived in Idaho for eleven years and worked in various capacities for a hardwood lumber distributor. In 1997 he completed a B.A. in History at Boise State University. In 2003 he also completed an M.S. in Ministry through Pepperdine's off-campus program in Boise. Arik and his wife, Becky, have two children, Kimberley and Gabriel. The family worships with the Conejo Valley Church of Christ. Upon completing his M.Div. at Pepperdine, Arik hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Historical Theology and eventually to teach Theology in a university setting.