Gary Coombs D.Miss.

Southern California Seminary

Work Phone: (619) 201-8989


Dr. Gary Coombs has been the President of Southern California Seminary since 1996 in El Cajon, CA. In addition he has also served as Missions Pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church since 1988. He is responsible for shepherding the more than 120 missionary families of Shadow Mountain as well as for the training and preparation of new missionaries. In the past he has planted Southeast Asian churches and coordinated refugee resettlement in San Diego County. Dr. Coombs has served in full-time ministry for over forty years and holds doctorate degrees from both Southern California Seminary in El Cajon and Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon.


  • B.A., Bible, Linda Vista Bible College, 1974
  • M.A., Greek, Linda Vista Bible Seminary, 1975
  • M.Div., Theology, Linda Vista Bible Seminary, 1988
  • M.A., Missions, Linda Vista Bible Seminary, 1989
  • D.Miss., Missiology, Western Seminary, 1992
  • Ph.D., Religion, Linda Vista Bible Seminary, 1990
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