Faculty

This page lists our faculty members and includes professors at our Simi Valley Campus and our Distance Education program.


Artur Asaduriyan
M.A. Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology
B.A. Biblical Studies, LIFE Pacific College

Artur Asaduriyan was born in Armenia and migrated to the United States at the age of 11 with his family. In 2003 at the age of 17 he made the decision to follow Jesus. As his desire to serve God grew, Artur started his formal education at LIFE Pacific College and earned a B.A. in Biblical Studies with a Minor in Education. He went on to earn a M.A. in Philosophy from Talbot School of Theology. Artur serves as the English Service and Educational Ministries Pastor at Christian Outreach for Armenians Church. He has a strong desire in equipping people to give reasonable answers for the Christian worldview. He enjoys playing and watching soccer and supports Liverpool FC. He is married to Araz and they have two children; Avo and Nairi.

Mark Beuving
M. Div., The Master’s Seminary
B.A., Speech Communication, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Mark Beuving currently serves as the Associate Pastor of Equipping and Discipleship at Creekside Church in Rocklin, CA. Prior to going back into pastoral ministry, Mark spent ten years on staff at Eternity Bible College as a Campus Pastor, Dean of Students, and then Associate Professor. He is passionate about building up the body of Christ, training future leaders for the Church, and writing. Though he is interested in many areas of theology and philosophy, Mark is most fascinated with practical theology and exploring the many ways in which the Bible can speak to and transform our world. He is the author of Resonate: Enjoying God’s Gift of Music and the co-author with Francis Chan of Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples. Mark lives in Rocklin with his wife and two daughters.

Josh Buck
M.A. in Ministry (in process), Antioch School of Church Planting and Leadership Development
Bachelor of Biblical Studies, Eternity Bible College

Josh is currently pastor of a multi-ethnic church called Antioch City Church of Los Angeles. Before moving to L.A. Josh was a Behavioral Therapist working with high & low functioning children diagnosed with Autism, taught at Africa Renewal University in Uganda, and was a youth pastor at EVFree, Camarillo. Since moving to L.A. his church has started a public non-profit called AMP Los Angeles for urban youth to learn film-making & an initiative called TRIBE; that explores issues of race, ethnicity, and economic flourishing for all people.

Josh is husband to Sarswatie and father to Aahana, Anaia, & Azariah.

Brian Colmery
Th.M., The Master’s Seminary
M.Div., The Master’s Seminary
B.S., UCLA

Brian Colmery lives in West Los Angeles with his wife Chrissie and their two kids, Quinn and Weston.  He met Scott Mehl (also an Eternity professor) at the Master’s Seminary and the two of them planted Shoreline Church in 2005.  In 2011, Shoreline merged with another local church to become Cornerstone West LA.  Brian serves as an elder and oversees corporate worship and preaching.  His outside interests include music and freshly roasted, properly brewed coffee.

Jared Del Dosso
M.A. Theology (emphasis in Biblical Languages), Fuller Theological Seminary
B.A. Biblical Studies, Eternity Bible College

Jared is married to Rachel and together they have one child (Clementine, born 2016). He also works with middle and high school students and has since 2011. Rachel is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern and Art Therapist, as well as also working in Children’s Ministry. They both work and worship at Emmanuel Presbyterian (USA) Church in Thousand Oaks, CA.

Jared’s favorite aspect about teaching is journeying with students as he and them learn to trust Jesus more. As an EBC graduate himself (2014), the things he treasured most about his professors were their sincere pursuit of Jesus, their intelligence, and their love and commitment to students. He really appreciates the conversations that last the whole semester and tries to honor students who invest themselves into the material and are striving to grow and be stretched.

Jared’s academic interests include anything dealing with the 2nd century BCE through the 4th century CE in regards to Judaism and the early church. In addition, he enjoys readings on the topics of ecology, the Eastern Church, and the interface between the Hebrew Bible, LXX, and the New Testament. His favorite authors right now are Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, Elizabeth Johnson, and N.T. Wright. When Jared is not reading, working, or playing with his family, he enjoys playing basketball, going on walks, and eating delicious food.

Dr. Joey Dodson
Ph.D., University of Aberdeen, Scotland
M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
B.A., Ouachita Baptist University

Joey Dodson is the assistant professor of Biblical Studies at Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, AR. He received his Ph.D. in Second Temple Judaism and New Testament from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. Before returning to the States, Joey spent a year as a guest researcher at the Universität Tübingen in Germany. Joey loves to research and write and to travel and speak, but most of all, he loves being with his family. He met his wife Sadie when they were in first grade. They married in 1995 and now have one daughter and four sons.

Ernesto Duke
M.A., Western Seminary (in process)
B.B.S., Eternity Bible College

Ernesto is passionate about intersecting culture and the “multi” Church. Most recently he was a part of the core leadership at Living Stones Piedras Vivas LA in Canoga Park, CA. At Piedras Vivas Ernesto served as a worship pastor and also assisted in teaching, discipleship and community development. Before helping start Piedras Vivas in 2011, Ernesto lived as a missionary at Door of Faith Orphanage in La Misión, BC, MX. Ernesto hopes to one day make the rich education from Eternity Bible College available to the Latino Church, both foreign and domestic. Outside of his studies, Ernesto enjoys surfing, snowboarding, skateboarding and anything else that involves a board and the risk of a possible concussion.

Ernesto has been married to Renae since March, 2011. Ernesto and Renae have 2 sons, Finehas James and Amos León.

Adam Finlay
Th.M., London School of Theology
B.A., Theological Studies, The King’s University

Although born in England, Adam has lived in Southern California for most of his life where he has been serving in ministry and working in video production. In recent years, he has been involved in Christian-based, educational media and biblical manuscript photography. Adam is passionate about writing and researching Jesus in light of his first-century Jewish context and enjoys composing music. He is a founding member of the non-profit organization, Touch Nepal, which assists indigenous pastors and emerging leaders in expanding the kingdom of God in Nepal. He is married to his wife, Kim and has two children, who incessantly strum his guitar whenever he attempts to play it.

Tiana Fries
M.A. Biblical Counseling, The Master’s University
B.A. California State University, Long Beach

Tiana still cannot believe that she has the honor of teaching among the most inspirational professors she has ever had. After living and studying in Florence, Italy, she came back to California, wrestling through some significant worldview questions. As she took classes at Eternity, she realized only the Bible would sufficiently answer her questions. As life continued, she met others who were struggling or feeling stuck like she had. Her life journey, as well as her passion for God’s truth setting captives free, are what inspired her to study Biblical Counseling.

She is currently teaching Art and Photography at Grace Brethren High School. She has also been a wedding photographer for the past 8 years. Although she used to believe that being gifted as an artist was not all that practical nor significant, she is consistently blown away by how art can be used as a tool for the gospel. She gets to practically live out Biblical Discipleship at the High School and she has a heart for building authenticity in the church.

When she is not working, she simply loves going on adventures with people, especially when beautiful mountains, lakes, forests, bike riding, adrenaline or coffee are involved.

Joshua Grauman
M.Div., The Master’s Seminary
M.S., Electrical Engineering, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
B.S., Computer Engineering, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Josh grew up with a love for everything electrical. In college, God changed Josh’s passions and so after finishing his master’s degree in engineering, he came to Souther California to get his M.Div. Josh has been serving as a pastor since 2003 and teaching at Eternity Bible College since 2005. The biggest blessing came in 2004 in marrying Melody, who loves caring for people in the neighborhood, including their two beautiful daughters and their foster children. Currently, Josh is excited to be church planting in South LA, caring for the lowly and showing them the hope of the gospel. Josh also loves robotics, programming (Bible software), languages (Hebrew, Greek, and Spanish), and studying and teaching through as many books of the Bible as he is able.

Matthew Halsted
Ph.D. (cand), London School of Theology (UK)
B.A., University of Central Oklahoma
A.A., Rose State College

Having served in ministry since 2009, Matthew’s passion is to equip Christians with the tools they need to be a gracious, well-reasoned, and convincing witness for Christ. His calling is to bridge the unfortunate gap that exists between the church and the academy, between the affections of the heart and the life of the mind. His research interests include hermeneutics, philosophy, and Pauline theology. When he is not reading obscure German philosophers or the Greek Bible, he can usually be found playing in the yard with his kids or being elated with the joy that comes with being married to the best wife in the world. Matthew and his family currently live in central Oklahoma where he is blessed to be the pastor of a most-wonderful and an exceptionally-loving church.

Tim Hardy
Bio Forthcoming

Chris Hay
M.Div., Grace Theological Seminary 
B.A., Biblical Studies/Biblical Languages, Grace College 
Diploma, Bible/Theology/Greek, Moody Bible Institute

Chris grew up as a pastor’s kid. He served in the pastorate for over 20 years, both in associate and senior roles, before coming to EBC. He is again serving as an associate pastor at Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, CA overseeing small groups. He is passionate about seeing people live out a radical life-changing commitment to Jesus, and he is deeply burdened for the spiritual health of pastors. He and his wife Dawn are the founders and directors of Zarephath Ministries (ZarMin.org) which provides spiritual retreats for pastors. His hobbies include reading (history, biography, Puritans, mystics), woodworking, and being in God’s glorious creation. He and Dawn homeschooled their two amazing children.

Daniel Jansson
M.Div., Talbot School of Theology
B.A., Philosophy, California State University, Fullerton

Daniel is husband to Crista and father to Chloe and Jack. He pastors Imago Dei Church, a recent church plant in Downey, CA. He previously served at Southland Christian Church in Bell, CA. The Jansson family desires to see Jesus proclaimed in the south east cities of LA, one of the most population dense and diverse areas in the whole country!

In his free time, Daniel loves reading, playing basketball and drinking really snobbish coffee.

Matt Jones
PhD (cand), Theology, London School of Theology (UK)
DMin, Philosophy and Culture, Talbot School of Theology
MTh, Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary
MA, Apologetics, Biola University
BA, Biblical Studies, Moody Bible Institute

Dr. Rev. Matthew Jones is the lead pastor of Del Rey Church in the city of Los Angeles, where he was worked in pastoral ministry for the last 17 years. He resides in Inglewood with his wife and seven children. Along with his familial life and pastoral ministry, Dr. Jones writes annually for the Urban Ministry Biblical Commentary and has published in Themelios Journal and the Oxford University Press’ Sociology of Religion Journal. He is currently working on a major research project capturing oral histories from the postwar Los Angeles, engaging the theological presuppositions of racialized ecclesial migration patterns in ethnically diversifying urban centers. Further from home, Dr. Jones has served, lectured and/or preached overseas in Germany, Dubai, Israel, United Kingdom, Mexico and Africa.

Chris Kottre
M.Div., The Master’s Seminary 
B.A., University he refuses to admit to

Chris serves as the Director of Student Life and an Associate Professor at Eternity. Prior to that he was an Associate Pastor at Cornerstone Community Church of Moorpark from 2004-2016, where he oversaw community groups, adult education and student ministries. He interned at Cornerstone Simi from 2000 – 2004, before moving on to help plant Cornerstone Moorpark in 2004.

Benjamin Laird
Ph.D., University of Aberdeen (candidate)
M.Litt., University of St. Andrews
Th.M., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
M.Div., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
B.S., Liberty University

A native of Denver, Colorado, Ben has served in pastoral leadership roles in local churches in Virginia and Scotland and has received theological training from Liberty University, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, the University of St. Andrews, and the University of Aberdeen. Ben and his wife Margaret have five children (three daughters and two sons) and reside in Lynchburg, VA. When not teaching or studying, Ben enjoys the outdoors, sports, traveling, and spending time with his family.

Geoff Leatherman
M.Div., The Master’s Seminary
B.S., Biblical Studies and Youth Ministries, Philadelphia Biblical University (now Cairn University)

Geoff Leatherman currently works at Colossae Church in Tigard, OR as the Tigard Location Pastor. He has been working at the church since 2012. Prior to moving up to help start Colossae, Geoff worked at Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, CA as an Associate Pastor. He has been teaching or involved with Eternity for over 10 years. He is the father of four children and has been married for 14 years.

Spencer MacCuish
M.Div., The Master’s Seminary
B.A., English, The Master’s University

Spencer MacCuish served on staff (summers) at Hume Lake Christian Camps from 1991-98. During that time (1995-99), he also worked in the public school system where he taught English / History and coached volleyball. While teaching, he also served in the College Ministry at Grace Baptist Church in Santa Clarita. In 1999, he left teaching to lead the High School Ministry at the same church. He shepherded this ministry for three years before coming to Cornerstone. He has been serving at Eternity since 2003.

Doug Main
Th.M., The Master’s Seminary
M.Div., The Master’s Seminary
B.S., Business and Administration, University of Missouri Columbia

Doug Main currently serves as the Pastor of Cornerstone Church in Santa Clarita. Prior to his current ministry he served as the Junior High Minister of Grace Community Church, the Pastor to College Students of Hallsville Baptist Church of Hallsville, Missouri, and Co-Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church of Lamar, Missouri. Doug is an avid sports fan and enjoys spending time with his wife Francesca and their five children. His teaching emphases include the Gospel of Mark, the Book of Romans, and Titus, along with several other subjects.

Bret Martin
M.A. Theology, Talbot School of Theology
B.A. Communication and Journalism, Point Loma Nazarene University

Bret Martin is a disciple of Jesus Christ committed to expanding God’s Kingdom by building, equipping, mobilizing, empowering and investing in reproductive disciples of Jesus Christ. Bret has over 15 years of teaching, pastoral and ministry experience. He currently serves as the founding pastor of The 101 Church in Camarillo, CA. Bret and his lovely wife Molly have one son, Brock Forrest Martin. Bret and Molly enjoy people, family, friends, outdoor activities, coffee and good BBQ.

Linda McCoy
M.A. Biblical Counseling, The Master’s University
B.A. Christian Ministries, The Master’s University

Linda is married to Pat (elder and pastor at Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley) and together they have 7 adult children and 10 grandchildren (with one more on the way). She was raised Jewish and became a Jehovah’s Witness for 20 years when she then came to accept the Lord. Her passion and enthusiasm for God led her to finish her bachelor’s degree studying God’s Word and then to apply practical application of the Word by studying and reading all she could about counseling and obtaining her master’s degree.

Linda previously worked at Cornerstone as a pastor’s assistant (2001-2002), and also at Eternity (2003-2008) as Admissions Director, Registrar, and Director of Student Resources, while also teaching a class on the cults for two semesters. She has been volunteering as a biblical counselor at Cornerstone since 2008 as well as engaging in the Care Ministry with her husband.

Linda loves to spend time with her husband, children, grandchildren and friends, and loves to read!

Ian McDougall
M.A. Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology
M.A. NT Studies, Talbot School of Theology

Ian is a Southern Californian who has spent a number of years in education and vocational ministry. Formerly a high school and young adult pastor, Ian transitioned into online education where he teaches philosophy at a number of different online universities. He has been married for 15 years and has two children. Ian is an avid softball player and enjoys good cigars. People rarely suspect he teaches philosophy.

Ryan McGladdery
M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary 
B.A., Political Science, Point Loma Nazarene University

Before coming to Simi Valley, Ryan spent two years teaching classes at International School Tegucigalpa in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Ryan is a pastor at heart and has a passion for building up the church and training future leaders. Ryan and his wife, Nicole, have one son.

Dr. Scott Mehl
D.Min., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary 
M.Div., The Master’s Seminary 
B.A., Sociology/Religion, California Lutheran University

After four years of college ministry, Scott planted Shoreline Church in West Los Angeles along with Brian Colmery. In 2011 Shoreline merged with First Baptist Church of West LA to form Cornerstone Church of West LA where Scott continues to love and live with the people he shepherds.  Scott’s passions include teaching, preaching, counseling, discipling, and reaching out to the lost in West LA. Scott has been married to Lara since 2003 and has four children. More than anything, he simply enjoys being with people, and getting to watch as the gospel transforms their (and his) lives.

Paul Moomjean
M.A., English with an Emphasis in Film Theory, National University
B.A. English, California State University Northridge

Paul started working for Eternity Bible College in the fall of 2011 as the writing workshop professor and later taught a Film and Christianity course. Paul is currently the Department Head of English at Grace Brethren High School, where he teaches Expository Composition, Critical Thinking, and Advance Placement Literature & Composition.

Before working at Eternity, Paul was a teacher for Hillcrest Christian Schools (2003-2006), an assistant and writer for Nickelodeon and CBS TV (2006-2008), and a marketing director for ITT Technical Institute (2010-2011). He currently writes for the VC Reporter, and he has written for The California Wrestler, the Los Angeles Daily News, and other publications.

When Paul isn’t teaching or writing, he is a wrestling coach with El Camino Real High School and a stand up comedian at Flappers Comedy Club in Burbank. He attends Grace Brethren Church in Simi Valley where he helps teach in a Bible study as well.

Matt Moore
Bio Forthcoming

Todd Nighswonger
M.Div., The Master’s Seminary
B.S., Mathematics, Montana State University

Todd has been serving in the pastorate for eight years in student ministries. He spent six years serving in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He previously served as the High School Pastor and Executive Pastor at Cornerstone Community Church, where he now serves as the Teaching Pastor.

Jon Noyes
M.A. in Christian Apologetics, Biola University
B.A. in Criminal Justice, American University, Washington D.C.

Jonathan serves as the Community Pastor at Living Oaks Church in Newbury Park, CA where he has an emphasis in apologetics, evangelism, and discipleship. He grew up in Plymouth, MA and attended American University in Washington, DC where he studied criminal justice and earned a masters degree in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. Jon brings a unique perspective to ministry and teaching having worked in the legal field for ten years before entering full time ministry. Perhaps what’s more though is that Jon spent the majority of his life as an atheist, arguing against the existence of God. Due to his past Jonathan is passionate about sharing the gospel message and raising up young leaders. He lives in Newbury Park with his wife and four daughters.

Justin Peterson
M.Div., Western Seminary
B.A. Theology,  Florida Baptist University

Justin is currently the pastor of Colossae Church in Hillsboro, Oregon. Before moving to Oregon in 2008, he was a youth pastor at Wiregrass Church in Dothan, Alabama. He is married to Katy and together they have one daughter, Nya. He has been teaching at EBC since 2011.

Andrew Rillera
Ph.D., Religious Studies (Major: New Testament; Minors: Theology, Patristics), Duke University, in process
M.A. (Theology and Ministry), Fuller Theological Seminary
Bachelor of Biblical Studies, Eternity Bible College

Andrew has been married to Karianne since 2006 and together they have two children: Eden (born 2011), and Zion (born 2013). Andrew is currently a PhD candidate at Duke University in Durham, NC. Prior to that he served as the College Director at Cornerstone Community Church in Moorpark, CA while completing his MA in Theology and Ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the assisting author with Preston Sprinkle in Fight: A Christian Case for Nonviolence (2013). His academic interests include the apostle Paul’s relation to Early Judaism, the use of Israel’s Scriptures in the NT, Christian ethics, and hermeneutics. He views his vocation as being a pastorally minded scholar and seeks to bridge the gap between the church and academy in his personal church ministry as well as in his research and writing.

When Andrew isn’t hanging out with his family, studying, or grading, he is probably watching hockey. Karianne is gracious enough to make it possible for him to play ice hockey two nights a week and make it an event for the whole family (when the game times are early enough). Andrew considers it a wonderful privilege to now be able to share in the educational and spiritual formation of future Eternity graduates as his time at Eternity was both life-changing and life-giving.

Matt Swaney
M.A., Theology, Talbot School of Theology 
B.A., Business Management, California State University San Marcos

Matt is married to Laurel and has three children (Isaac, Liv, and Duren). He served as a college pastor at Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley (’08-’09) and Bethany Church in Long Beach (’03-’08). Matt moved to Long Beach, California where he serves at Common Church which he founded in 2009. Matt has a passion for teaching and living out God’s Word and bringing others along with him—learning to be the church as a family. Matt usually has multiple house-guests and enjoys coaching his son’s soccer and baseball teams.

 

Dan VanHeerden
M.A. Biblical Counseling, Master’s University
B.A., Industrial Psychology, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Dan was born and raised in South Africa and has always been drawn to counseling and helping people. He is married to Julie and they have four children, soon to be five (they are in the process of adopting a little boy from Eastern Europe). After auditing some classes at Eternity Bible College, Dan enrolled in the Master’s University to study biblical counseling with the purpose to help and support missionaries. Dan and his family are preparing to serve the Lord by doing missionary care work in South Africa by opening an oasis in Cape Town where missionaries can receive counseling, coaching and relaxation. Dan is part of the counseling ministry at Cornerstone Community Church in Simi Valley to restore the relationship of people to God and one another.

 

Joshua Walker
M.Div., The Master’s Seminary
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, UCLA 
B.S., Engineering, Caltech (California Institute of Technology)

Joshua Walker was a Mechanical Engineer working in the aerospace industry for eight years from 1995-2003. During that time he served at Rolling Hills Covenant Church in Rolling Hills, California in many leadership roles (deacon, elder, committee chairman, Bible instructor). With a passion to serve Christ more, he entered seminary in 2001 and began to pursue whatever ministry God intended for him. He is currently blessed to be serving as the Academic Dean of Eternity Bible College.

Chris Woznicki
Ph.D. Systematic Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary (in process)
M.A. Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary
B.A. Philosophy, UCLA

Chris serves on the board of “Equipping the Church International,” an organization that provides theological training for under-resourced pastors in Latin America. With a heart for mission, discipleship, and academics he sees his call as “equipping the Church for the sake of mission.” He is currently working on his PhD in Systematic Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in “analytic theology.” You can find his writings on Jonathan Edwards, the Trinity, and prayer in various theology and philosophy journals including JETS, Themelios, and the Evangelical Philosophical Society. He enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter. On his spare time you can find him reading, writing, working out for obstacle course races, or hanging out at Starbucks.