Bible and Theology


Professor of Philosophy and Apologetics

Ward Crocker serves as professor of Apologetics at Southern California Seminary, teaching in both the undergraduate and graduate Biblical Studies programs. He possesses a B.R.E. from Prairie Bible College (Alberta, Canada), a M.A. in Biblical Exegesis and Linguistics from Dallas Theological Seminary, a M.A. in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics from Talbot School of Theology, and a D.Min. in Engaging Mind and Culture from Talbot School of Theology. His D.Min. research focused on the worldview of naturalism. Ward loves spending time with his family, going to the beach, reading, and playing strategy games…. SEE FULL BIO & EDUCATION

James I. Fazio Th.M., D.Min., PH.D.

Academic Dean, Professor of Biblical Studies

Dr. James Fazio is the Dean of Bible and Theology at Southern California Seminary. He also serves as Professor of Biblical Studies, specializing in hermeneutics and New Testament literature. James has served as an educator in both public and private sectors, beginning as a para-educator for the San Diego Unified City School District, working with special education students at Alexander Graham Bell Middle School (1995-2000) and afterwards Junipero Serra High (2000-2005). In 2010 James entered private Christian higher education, teaching undergraduate courses in biblical studies, before accepting the position of Dean of the College at SCS in 2011. In 2015 his responsibilities expanded to include oversight of all undergraduate and graduate biblical studies programs at Southern California Seminary… SEE FULL BIO & EDUCATION


DMin Program Coordinator, Professor of Applied Ministry

Dr. Joseph Hack is the Doctor of Ministry Program Coordinator at Southern California Seminary.  He also serves as Professor of Applied Ministry, specializing in stewardship and leadership. Dr. Hack retired from active duty with the United States Navy after 21 years of commissioned service and currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Westside Community Church in Chula Vista, California. Dr. Hack has served as an educator for more than 20 years since military retirement in both the public and private sectors. His first instructional appointment was as an adjunct instructor of management at the University of California San Diego Extension College.  In 2004 Dr. Hack entered private Christian higher education and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in biblical studies, systematic theology, and applied/practical ministry before accepting the appointment as the Doctor of Ministry Program Coordinator at Southern California Seminary… SEE FULL BIO & EDUCATION

Margaret Hill, MACC, D.Min. Cand.

MACC Program Coordinator, Assistant Professor of Christian Counseling

Margaret Hill is the Master of Arts in Christian Counseling Program Coordinator at Southern California Seminary.  She also serves as the Academic Advisor and Assistant to the Dean for the Bible and Theology Program. Margaret has 18 years of experience teaching and training in various church and academic settings throughout the United States and is active in Christian Counseling in the local church and parachurch ministries. She is the author of 22 women’s Bible studies used in churches nationally and internationally. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies and Master of Arts in Christian Counseling from Southern California Seminary and is currently in the Doctor of Ministry Program at the Seminary… SEE FULL BIO & EDUCATION

Cory M. Marsh, Th.M., PhD.

Professor of New Testament, Director of the ThM Program

Cory Marsh is Professor of New Testament and Director of the ThM program at Southern California Seminary. He is a four-time graduate of SCS: BA in Biblical Studies (summa cum laude); Master of Arts in Biblical Studies; Master of Divinity (academic distinction); and Master of Theology (academic distinction). In 2021, Cory received the Ph.D. in Biblical Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO under the supervision of Andreas J. Köstenberger. … SEE FULL BIO & EDUCATION


Professor of Theology and Church History

Before joining SCS as Professor of Bible and Theology, Dr. Mutie served as an adjunct professor in the School of Religion, Liberty University Online. He also served as adjunct professor of the History of Christian Thought at Beulah Heights University. He has served in several teaching pastorate positions in the DFW area since coming to the US in 2003…. SEE FULL BIO & EDUCATION



Dr. Gino Pasquariello is the Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Southern California Seminary, El Cajon, CA. He also serves as professor of research, education, and applied biblical studies. Dr. Pasquariello received his Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Bethel Seminary, Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership from Azusa Pacific University, and Doctor of Ministry degree from Southern California Seminary… SEE FULL BIO & EDUCATION


Professor of Old Testament

Dr. John J. Yeo serves at Southern California Seminary as Professor of Old Testament. His primary interests lie within Old Testament interpretation and Biblical Theology. His publications include the chapter on “Ruth” in A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the Old Testament (Crossway, 2016), an extended article on “Name Theology” in The Lexham Bible Dictionary (Logos Bible Software, 2012), and book reviews in various theological journals. He also served as a translation specialist on the Book of Job for the revised edition of the Christian Standard Bible (Holman Bible Publishers, 2017)….. SEE FULL BIO & EDUCATION


Distinguished Lecturer

H. Wayne House serves as a visiting lecturer at SCS, contributing to the classroom primarily in the Master of Theology (ThM) and Doctor of Ministry (DMin) programs. He is recognized as a leading evangelical scholar and prolific author, having authored, co-authored, or edited nearly forty books and more than 100 journal and magazine publications, in addition to contributions to dictionaries, encyclopedias, study Bibles, and commentaries…. SEE FULL BIO & EDUCATION


Adjunct Professor of Creation Studies

Dr. Lyon earned a B.A. in Religion from Carson-Newman College, a M.Div. in Advanced Biblical Studies and Biblical Languages, and a Ph.D. in Old Testament from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. His dissertation research was on “Qumran Interpretation of the Genesis Flood.” He also spent several months in Israel at the University of the Holy Land studying the Dead Sea Scrolls as part of his Ph.D. program. …. SEE FULL BIO & EDUCATION


Professor of Homiletics

Dr. Dirk Van Proyen is passionate about teaching and preaching the Word of God with excellence. In preparation for his teaching and preaching ministry Dirk graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California and Dallas Theological Seminary. Dirk served professionally as a pastor for fifteen years. Dirk, as an entrepreneur, served as CEO and owner of two businesses over thirty years. Dirk has simultaneously maintained an active teaching and preaching schedule including teaching at Shadow Mountain Community Church and conference preaching and teaching. Dirk previously served on the SCS Board of Trustees and continues as a volunteer adjunct homiletics professor at Southern California Seminary….. SEE FULL BIO & EDUCATION


Professor of Intercultural Studies

Sohrab Ramtin is an adjunct professor at the Southern California Seminary. He teaches church history, world religions and Islamic studies. He is the ordained pastor of the Iranian Christian Church of San Diego (1990) and the Iranian Christian Church of El Cajon (2008), a congregation of Shadow Mountain Community Church. Also, he is a program producer for a Christian TV and radio network to Iran and Afghanistan. He is from Tehran, Iran, born in a Muslim family and grew up as a Muslim. He came to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ in December of 1981. He is married and has two children….. SEE FULL BIO & EDUCATION

Behavioral Science


Dean of Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Elizabeth Elenwo is the Dean of the Graduate School of Behavior Sciences and a professor in the behavioral science program at Southern California Seminary (SCS). She also currently works at San Diego Christian College (SDCC) as assistant professor and at Pastoral Care facilitating domestic violence groups in SD. Prior to working at SCS Elizabeth was the deputy director of the Phoenix House in San Diego. Elizabeth was born in Nigeria, and has lived in Scotland and England, where she did her early Undergraduate and Postgraduate studies. After moving to the United States in 1982 she received her Ph.D. from USIU. Elizabeth then came to Southern California Seminary and completed both her MACM and MACP… SEE FULL BIO & EDUCATION


L.A. Site Director

Samuel Lee is currently Director of Korean Behavioral Sciences for the LA Campus and professor. Lee grew up in Los Angeles, and understands the urban issues and struggles that affects individual, family, and spiritual life. He started his profession as a high school teacher and youth pastor. However, God used him in a unique way. For last ten years, he served in various sectors in the community: nonprofit/community-based organizations, community development, community education, social services, developmental disability, and mental health…. SEE FULL BIO & EDUCATION


Professor of Psychology

Dr. Kaye Lawrence is a Psychological Assistant (PSB32453) supervised by Dr. Melinda Reinicke. She has completed her doctorate in psychology and will soon take the examination for state licensure as a psychologist. With training in both clinical and educational counseling, Dr. Lawrence has taught in the United States, Mexico, Romania and India about Educational Psychology (Psycho Pedagogy). She founded an ongoing counseling program and a Dyslexic lab in Mexico which helps children and adolescents learn to compensate and live with their difficulty…. SEE FULL BIO & EDUCATION



Seminary Librarian

Jennifer S. Ewing has been the Library Director at Southern California Seminary (SCS) since 1998. She is active in the Association of Christian Librarians (ACL) where she served as a board member from 2012-2015 and in the Southern California Theological Library Association (SCATLA) where she served as president in 2007. She spent 16 years working as a reference librarian at the San Diego Public Library’s downtown Central Library and a few years working in the library at the Institute for Creation Research in Lakeside, CA. Prior to working at SCS, she worked a map librarian for Navigation Technologies (digital maps for in-vehicle navigation) in Sunnyvale, CA…. SEE FULL BIO & EDUCATION

Nalani Hilderman, MA, PhD (ABD)

Adjunct Professor of American History

Nalani Hilderman is an Adjunct Professor teaching U.S. history and government.  She is also a professor at San Diego Christian College.  She is a graduate of Christian Heritage College and Baylor University with degrees in American History and is in her final year as a doctoral student in the Helms School of Government at Liberty University.  Her Ph.D. will be in public policy with an emphasis on social policy.  Her research interests are American religious history, women’s history, post-WWII social history, Christianity in the public square, and Natural Law.  Nali worked in Washington, D.C., during the Bush Administration at two small Christian non-profits.  Now back in San Diego, she enjoys reading and being outdoors as much as possible… SEE FULL BIO & EDUCATION

David Hillaker, M.S.

Adjunct Professor of Natural Science

David Hillaker is an adjunct professor at SCS, teaching various science courses. He graduated from Biola University with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, and then completed a Master of Science in Biology at the Institute for Creation Research. He has taught in the Science Department at San Diego Christian College for over 20 years, 13 of those years as the Science Department Chair. He has been married to his wife, Dianna, for over 25 years, and has one son, Daniel. David is also a member of Hill Country Community Church in Lakeside where he serves as an elder and head usher.


Adjunct Professor of Fine Art

I grew up in Taiwan, accepted Christ as my personal Savior at the age of twelve. After received a BA in Foreign Language and Literature from National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, I came to the States for further study. I received a Master Degree in Library Science from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. I worked part-time in Cleveland Museum of Art and finished my BFA in Graphic Design from Cleveland Institute of Art. While working in San Diego Christian College library I continued my study through the Extension Program from California State University, Dominguez Hills, California. and received a Master Degree in humanities. Besides reading, writing, drawing and painting, my passion in life is to encourage people, young and old, to grow in the Lord…. SEE FULL BIO & EDUCATION


Ron Barnes, Th.M. Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Ronald Barnes lived the fruitful life of a minister of the Gospel, having served as a professor of Biblical Studies first at San Diego Christian College (1991-2009) and afterwards at Southern California Seminary (2009-2017). Over that same period he ministered as a teaching elder at Grace Fellowship of San Diego, before accepting the role of Pastor at Casa de Oro Baptist Church in Spring Valley, CA.

Ron received his BA in Biblical Studies from SDCC, his Th.M from Dallas Theological Seminary, and his Ph.D in Systematic Theology from SCBC&S. In 2017 Ron stepped into the presence of the Lord to receive his Hero’s Welcome.



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… SEE FULL BIO & EDUCATION


Professor Emeritus

Starting in 2014, Dr. Emert began serving as the Vice Chancellor for SCS and continues his research role under the leadership of Dr. David Jeremiah at Turning Point…. SEE FULL BIO & EDUCATION


Professor Emeritus

Fletcher Hills Bible Church of El Cajon founded Fletcher Hills Bible College as an extension ministry in 1970. The four-year college began with a class of eight students, and the first Bachelor of Arts degrees were awarded in the spring of 1973. The college was restructured in 1976 as a nonprofit corporation with the name Southern California Bible College. In 1978 the college moved to the facilities of College Avenue Baptist Church in San Diego. Dr. George Hare was called to be president of SCBC in 1979… SEE FULL BIO & EDUCATION



Dr. David Jeremiah, is Chancellor for SCS, founder of Turning Point Radio and Television Ministries and senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church, felt God’s calling on his life at a very early age. Born February 13, 1941 in Toledo, Ohio, Dr. Jeremiah was raised in a family deeply committed to ministry. At the age of eleven, Dr. Jeremiah and his family moved to Dayton, Ohio where his father, Dr. James T. Jeremiah, was the Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church, and in 1953 became the President of Cedarville College in Cedarville, Ohio… SEE FULL BIO & EDUCATION


Professor Emeritus

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Professor Emeritus

Thomas A. Rohm, professor of Biblical Languages, 2001 to present. Professor Rohm has pastored for 15 years. He has been married for 50 years to Merry and has two daughters and six grandchildren, all of whom, along with his two sons-in-laws, are honoring the Lord in their lives. He patterns his life on Timothy 2:15; 3:16-17…. SEE FULL BIO & EDUCATION

About the SCS Faculty Senate

Faculty Senate is involved with making recommendations to the Academic Affairs Committee on the formulation of curricular and academic matters; including: curriculum changes such as course additions, modifications and deletions, divisional additions and deletions, and reviews guidelines regarding biblical integration, the school’s philosophical position on academic freedom, academic standards for the school, faculty policies and similar matters. The Senate has three elected officers: a chair, vice-chair and secretary and written bylaws. It holds meetings of the faculty at least once per module.

Senate Leadership Chair

Dr. Ward Crocker




Dr. John Yeo

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