Internal Senior Fellows
Charles Farhadian is professor of world religions and Christian mission, with research interests on the relationship between religions and cultures, particularly Christianity in non-Western contexts, world Christianity, comparative missiology, and religion and globalization. His fieldwork is in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, where he has investigated themes of worship, social history, and nation making.
Charlie’s books include Christianity, Islam, and Nationalism in Indonesia (Routledge), Christian Worship Worldwide: Expanding Horizons, Deepening Practices (Eerdmans), The Testimony Project: Papua (Deiyai, Papua), Introducing World Christianity (Wiley-Blackwell) and Introducing World Religions: A Christian Engagement (Baker Academic).
He studied at Seattle Pacific University (B.A.), Yale University (M.Div.), and Boston University (Ph.D.).
Andrea Gurney is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Westmont College. She earned a B.A. in Psychology at Wheaton College (IL), an M.S.Ed. in Psychological Services at University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. in Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychology at Northeastern University. In addition to teaching upper-division psychology courses at Westmont, she has a private practice in the community where she works with individuals, couples, and families. (More information: www.DrAndreaGurney.com)
Before coming to Westmont in August, 2005, Andrea trained for three years at Harvard Medical School, completing her post-doctoral fellowship in Couples and Family Therapy. She spent eight years working at Boston Children’s Hospital Developmental Medicine Center and the Brazelton Touchpoints Center. Both her clinical and research interests focus on resiliency in children, marriages, and families. Andrea speaks frequently in the greater Santa Barbara area, and her most recent talks include: Wired for Love: The Importance of early Attachment; Raising Emotionally Intelligent Children; And the Beat Goes On: Nurturing our Marriages amidst the Parenting Years; Growing Gratitude in our Homes and Community; And Now there are Three: Maintaining Healthy Marital Relationships; Storm and Stress:Ten Tips for Navigating the Teen Years; From External to Internal: Setting Boundaries with Children; Timely Reminders for Parents of all ages and Stages.
Andrea is married to Thomas and they have two daughters, Kate and Madeline. They love to be outdoors as a family — whether that’s hiking, biking, playing at the beach, or traveling.
Tremper Longman III
Tremper Longman III is the Distinguished Scholar of Biblical Studies at Westmont College. He earned a B.A. in Religion at Ohio Wesleyan University, an M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in ancient Near Eastern studies from Yale University.
Tremper has authored or co-authored over twenty books and written numerous articles. A number of these works are interdisciplinary. His Literary Approaches to Biblical Interpretation (Zondervan, 1987); Complete Literary Guide to the Bible (contributor and co-editor along with Leland Ryken; Zondervan, 1993) and numerous articles approach the study of the Bible through literary criticism.
He also co-authors books with the psychologist Dan Allender (Bold Love [NavPress, 1991]; Cry of the Soul [NavPress, 1994], Intimate Allies [Tyndale House Publishers, 1995], Bold Purpose (Tyndale House Publishers, 1997]), a church curriculum called The Intimate Mystery of Marriage (InterVarsity Press, 2005), and most recently Breaking the Idols of Your Heart: How to Navigate the Temptations of Life (IVP, 2007).
Tremper and Alice have three sons. Tremper IV works for the Carrier Division of United Technologies as a marketing analyst and has two daughters, Gabrielle and Mia. Timothy is an antitrust lawyer working for Paul Hastings in Washington D.C. Andrew is a financial advisor with Citigroup Gold in Washington, D.C. He is married to Tiffany (Love) Longman, and they are both graduates of Pepperdine. For fun, Tremper watches movies to relax and for exercise, he plays squash.
Mark Nelson grew up near Chicago, graduated from Wheaton College (B.A., Philosophy) and the University of Notre Dame (M.A., Ph.D., Philosophy). Before coming to Westmont in August, 2006, he taught at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and the University of Leeds in England. Mark is married to Pauline, and they have three daughters, two dachshund puppies and one cat. He has opposable thumbs.
Mark’s research interests include ethics, epistemology and the philosophy of religion. Publications include “Y and Z are not off the Hook: the Survival Lottery made Fairer,” Journal of Medicine and Philosophy (2012); Guest editor, special issue on “The Problem of the Criterion,” Philosophical Papers (2011); “We Have No Positive Epistemic Duties,” Mind (2010); “A Problem for Conservatism,” Analysis (2009); “More Bad News for the Logical Autonomy of Ethics,” Canadian Journal of Philosophy (2007); “What the Problem with Aquinas Isn’t,” New Blackfriars (2006); “Moral Realism and Program Explanation,” Australasian Journal of Philosophy (2006); “The Possibility of Inductive Moral Arguments,” Philosophical Papers (2006); “Telling it Like it Is: Philosophy as Descriptive Manifestation,” American Philosophical Quarterly (2005).
Helen Rhee is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA. She earned her B.A. in History at UC Berkeley and her M.Div. and Ph.D. at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. Prior to coming to Westmont in 2004, she served as pastor of Hana Church (Buena Park, CA) for a number of years.
Helen specializes in early Christian history, especially the second and third century Christian literature, focusing on the diverging Christian self- identities in relation to Greco-Roman culture and society. Her first book, Early Christian Literature: Christ and Culture in the Second and Third Centuries (Routledge, 2005), explores this issue. Her scholarly interest, however, extends to the New Testament (minor) and other periods and aspects of Christian history as well.
Helen’s most recent book, Loving the Poor, Saving the Rich: Wealth, Poverty, and Early Christian Formation (Baker Academic, 2012), examines and analyzes early Christian attitudes toward and practices involving wealth and poverty and how these contributed to shaping Christian identities within larger Greco-Roman and Jewish contexts. She received the Bruce and Adaline Bare Teacher of the Year Award in Humanities, 2010.
External Senior Fellows
Kenneth Boa is engaged in a ministry of relational evangelism and discipleship, teaching, writing, and speaking. He holds a B.S. from Case Institute of Technology, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, a Ph.D. from New York University, and a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford in England.
Ken is the President of Reflections Ministries, an organization that seeks to encourage, teach, and equip people to know Christ, follow Him, become progressively conformed to His image, and reproduce His life in others. He is also President of Trinity House Publishers, a publishing company that is dedicated to the creation of tools that will help people manifest eternal values in a temporal arena by drawing them to intimacy with God and a better understanding of the culture in which they live.
Recent publications by Dr. Boa include Conformed to His Image; 20 Compelling Evidences that God Exists; Face to Face; Augustine to Freud; Faith Has its Reasons; Handbook to Leadership; God, I Don’t Understand, and A Taste of the Classics. He is a contributing editor to The Open Bible and the consulting editor of the Zondervan NASB Study Bible.
Kenneth Boa also writes a free monthly teaching letter called Reflections. If you would like to be on the mailing list, visit KenBoa.org or call (800) DRAW NEAR (800-372-9632).
What is James working on now?
James Catford currently serves as group chief executive of British and Foreign Bible Society of England and Wales and as Chairman of Renovaré Britain and Ireland. He is also a trustee of InterVarsity Press and vice chair of Amity Printing Company in Nanjing. James previously worked as publishing director at Hodder Headline and HarperCollins UK. He and his wife Sue live in London.
What is Chris working on now?
Chris Hall currently serves as President of Renovare. Previously, Chris was Director of Academic Spiritual Formation and Distinguished Professor of Theology at Eastern University, where he also served as Chancellor, Provost, Dean of Palmer Theological Seminary, and Dean of the Templeton Honors College.
Chris is the author of a number of books, including The Mystery of God: Theology for Knowing the Unknowable (with Steven D. Boyer; Baker Academic), Does God Have a Future?: A Debate on Divine Providence (with John Sanders, Baker Academic), Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers (IVP Academic), Learning Theology with the Church Fathers (IVP Academic), Worshiping with the Church Fathers (IVP Academic), and The Trinity (with Roger Olson; Eerdmans). Chris also served as the associate editor of the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture (IVP).
Chris and his wife Debbie reside in Philadelphia. They have three grown children.
What is Trevor working on now?
Trevor Hudson has been part of the Methodist movement in Southern Africa for the past 40 years. Presently serving primarily around Johannesburg, he is deeply committed to the work and ministry of the local congregation. His pastoral leadership has been shaped in the crucible of the South African experience. In the post- apartheid era, he has given himself to the work of reconciliation and restoration in the Christian community and society at large.
Much of his time at the moment in South Africa is given to the ministries of teaching, spiritual formation and spiritual direction. Besides his work in a number of local congregations, he works with the Jesuit Institute in Johannesburg in training both spiritual directors and givers of the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius. He also teaches on the Masters Program in Missional Spirituality at Stellenbosch University.
Over the past 15 years he has travelled internationally, leading conferences, retreats and workshops in a number of ecumenical settings. Presently, he is part of the faculty for the D.Ministry program in Spiritual Direction at Fuller Seminary and lectures annually at the Renovare Institute for Spiritual Formation.
He has written 18 books focusing mainly on spiritual formation and discipleship, including Discovering Our Spiritual Identity ( IVP) and Beyond Loneliness ( Upper Room Books). At the moment, he is engaged in exploring the connections between the central ideas of Dallas Willard and the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.
Trevor has been married to Debbie for 38 years and together they are the parents of Joni and Mark.
J. P. Moreland is Distinguished Professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University in La Mirada, California. He has authored, edited, or contributed papers to ninety-five books, including Does God Exist? (Prometheus), Universals (McGill-Queen’s), Consciousness and the Existence of God (Routledge) and Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology (Blackwell). He has also published over 85 articles in journals such as Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, American Philosophical Quarterly, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, MetaPhilosophy, Philosophia Christi, Religious Studies, and Faith and Philosophy. He has also published 120 articles in magazines and newspapers.
Currently featured in the video series Jesus on Location (available on our website through Pentecost 2016), John is the senior pastor of Menlo Church in Menlo Park, California. Prior to that he served as teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church in Illinois, Horizons Community Church in Claremont, California, and Simi Valley Community Church in Simi Valley, California. John earned his undergraduate degree from Wheaton College, and his M.Div. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary.
John teaches at churches and conferences all over the world and is the author of many books, including Soul Keeping, directly inspired by his relationship with Dallas Willard and Willard’s work on the aspects of the human person; The Me I Want To Be: Becoming God’s Best Version of You; and Who Is This Man?: The Unpredictable Impact of the Inescapable Jesus.
John and his wife Nancy are the parents of three adult children. Now that their children are grown, John and his wife Nancy enjoy surfing the Pacific to help care for their souls.