Prior to his ministry at DSF, Morales served as the executive regional minister for the Central Rocky Mountain Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), where he demonstrated the ability to offer executive leadership and pastoral care amidst major transitions. His ministry experience is broad, including wider denominational work, congregational ministry, advocacy, community organizing, and education.

Morales holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Theology and Philosophy from Claremont School of Theology (Claremont, CA), and an M.Div. from McCormick Theological Seminary (Chicago, IL). CST granted him faculty status on May 21, 2019, as Assistant Professor of Historical and Comparative Theology. 

Mark S. Bollwinkel was born and raised in the Mid-West, coming to Northern California to finish High School.   He experienced the call to ministry at the age of 16. Mark attended Callison College of the University of the Pacific in a program requiring residence and study in non-western cultures; his sophomore year was spent in South India and he participated in a six-month anthropology seminar in the Yucatan of Southern Mexico in his Junior year. Mark chose to attend the School of Theology at Claremont in part to work in the field of international development studies.   During his course at CTS he spent a year working with the Methodist Church in Kenya. Upon graduation he was assigned to lead the seminary program of the Iban Conference of the Methodist church of Malaysia.   Since 1982 Mark has served local churches in the California-Nevada Annual Conference of the United Methodist church.    He ended his full time ministry as Pastor of Church of the Wayfarer, Carmel, California in 2017. He is married for 45 years to Bonnie Bollwinkel, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. They have two sons, Daniel and Matthew. In his “spare time” Mark is a potter, fisherman and devoted San Francisco Giants fan.

Born in Long Beach, CA, Pastor Brown is a long-time native of Southern California. An adopted only-child to his parents, Craig grew up in Buena Park, CA. At age twelve his family moved to rural Oklahoma and lived on a 160-acre ranch raising cattle and tending the land. It was here that three schoolmates shared the message of Jesus Christ with Craig. On a snowy day in January 1982, Craig gave his life to Christ in a school gymnasium and began attending the United Methodist Church. To this point Craig and his family had never attended any local church. After four short years in Oklahoma, Craig’s family returned to California.

Rev. Brown received his call to ministry at age 17 and began his journey toward ordination immediately after high school. At the same time he was starting college, he began serving as a volunteer with the La Palma UMC youth ministry. In October of 1987 Craig was hired at 19 years-of-age as that church’s youth director. Craig served the La Palma church until he began seminary, at which time he began serving as the youth director at the Covina UMC.

Following graduation Craig was appointed to Palisades UMC in Capistrano Beach as Associate Pastor. In 1999 he began serving the 500-member UMC of Thousand Oaks as its Senior Pastor. After six years at the Thousand Oaks congregation, he was appointed to Shepherd of the Hills UMC in Mission Viejo, CA.

Rev. Brown holds the B.A. Degree in Biblical Studies and Theology from Biola University and the M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary. He has extensive background and training in congregational development, leadership development and multi-site church ministry. He has successfully led all three churches he has served under appointment to increased growth across every metric. Most recently, he led Shepherd of the Hills UMC into a merger with Santa Margarita UMC to form the first multi-site church within the Annual Conference.  In 2013, he began serving as the Lead pastor at the First United Methodist Church of San Diego.  In his five years of ministry there, First UMC opened a new campus in San Diego and became a fully-inclusive church.  Craig now serves as the Executive Director of Congregational Development in the California-Nevada Annual Conference as he assists the churches there to plant new ministries.

Craig married his wife Bettina in 1994 and have two adult children together. He enjoys time with family, travel, golf and any experience that broadens his thinking and perspective. He has made pilgrimages to England, Scotland, Korea, Israel, Palestine, Turkey, Greece and Italy. He is the co-author of Keep It Positive: A New Approach to Successful Parenting, and is a frequent teacher and leader at conferences and retreats.

Marian Brown has been a CST trustee since 2004. She has served as secretary of the Board of Trustees, chair of the Audit Committee, and a member of the Finance Committee. She graduated from Pomona College in Claremont, served a two-year term in the Peace Corps in Ghana, and then received her Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University. She taught economics at Pomona College from 1977 to 1986, with a year’s sabbatical to serve as a Visiting Scholar to the Social Security Administration in Washington, D.C.

From then until retirement in 2012, she worked for Southern California Edison, nearly all of that time as manager of Measurement & Evaluation in the Customer Programs & Services Division. Her work involved: oversight of staff, consultants, budgets, and research that guided the company’s decision-making on energy conservation and other programs for its customers; frequent interaction with staff of state commissions; speaking at conferences, and teaching national seminars on market assessment and evaluation of energy programs.   She served as treasurer and president of the Association of Energy Services Professionals, as Edison’s representative and president of the California Measurement Advisory Council, and as co-chair of the Evaluation Committee of the Consortium for Energy Efficiency. In 2011, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her work from the International Energy Program Evaluation Conference.

As a member of Claremont United Methodist Church, she served nineteen years as the congregation’s lay leader, as well as serving during various periods as chair of the Administrative Council, Finance Committee, Missions Commission, and Vision Team. Now retired and doing volunteer work and occasional consulting, she and her physician husband Kenneth Brown live in Claremont.

Michael Brown, a partner at Musick Peeler in the firm’s Orange county office, has a general litigation practice, with expertise in the field of labor and employment matters, including litigation and preventative counseling with management clients. Mr. Brown sits on the board of a publicly traded company, and assists in the formulation of human resources policies and procedures for a number of publicly traded companies in the western United States. Mr. Brown’s past experience includes the position of Vice President of Legal Affairs for Thrifty/Payless Corporation.

EDUCATION

University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., 1975

University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., 1978

Bar Admissions: State Bar of California

Practice Areas: Labor & Employment Litigation

Marcelino (Marc) Calimlim, M.D. is a pediatrician in Victorville, California and is affiliated with Victor Valley Global Medical Center. He received his medical degree from F. Q. Duque Medical Foundation, received further education in the US, and has been in practice for 26 years.  Dr. Calimlim was born in the Philippines, where his grandfather was a local church pastor and fostered a life-long interest in the Church.  Dr. Calimlim returns to the Philippines each year or two to provide local healthcare services and to work with local churches.

Larry R. DeJarnett, of Palm Desert, CA, is retired from full-time work, but continues his “fifth career” on a part-time basis, as founder and Managing Director of The LAMAR Group, which provides executive coaching and Board advisory services to both for-profit and non-profit organizations.  He is Vice Chair and Chair-elect of the Board of Directors of Goodwill Industries International, Inc. (GII), a member of the GII Executive Committee and Chair of its Strategic Issues Planning Committee.  He also is: Past Chair of the Board of Trustees of Goodwill of Southern Los Angeles County and continues as an active member of their Finance Committee; Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Claremont School of Theology, serving on its Executive Committees and as Chair of its Committee on Trustees; Past-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Southern Illinois University (SIU) Foundation, and now a life-time Emeritus Director and member of its Development Committee; and a member of the Finance Committee of Ironwood Country Club.

Until his early retirement in July 1999, Mr. DeJarnett was CEO of Enterprise Solutions, a global joint venture of EDS and A.T. Kearney Management Consultants; he also was a senior Vice President of A.T. Kearney, responsibile for major consulting engagements in the Americas, Europe and Asia.   Previously, he was a Managing Partner of The JIA Management Group (a specialty turn-around firm) and was Corporate Vice President of Lear Siegler, Inc., with responsibility for technology and administration.  Earlier, he held financial, logistics and systems management positions with Ford Motor Company.  Following completion of  bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Southern Illinois University (SIU), Mr. DeJarnett helped establish the University’s first systems and computer services organization, and taught management and technology courses as part of the College of Business faculty.

Larry and his wife Mary are members of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Palm Desert.  They have two adult children and four grandchildren.

Rev. Dr. Dottie Escobedo Frank is a pastor and District Superintendent with the United Methodist Church. In her ministry Dottie is on the leading edge of church transformation and reStarts. She is a speaker, writer, and community leader.

Rev. Dottie grew as a daughter of Lutheran missionaries, living on the border of Arizona and Mexico. As a social worker, Dottie specialized in foster care and medical pediatric crisis management. She earned a Masters of Social Work from Arizona State University. Later, Dottie completed a Masters of Divinity from Claremont School of Theology and has earned a Doctorate of Ministry from George Fox Evangelical Seminary. Rev. Dottie has pastored four churches: Liberty UMC, Mission Bell UMC, Community Church of Joy (ELCA), and CrossRoads UMC in Phoenix, Arizona. Dottie has authored several books:Advent & Christmas, Sermon Seeds, 40 Creative Sermons, Jesus Insurgency, the Church Revolution from the Edge (co-authored by Rudy Rasmus), ReStart Your Church, Our Common Sins, Give It Up!

The Rev. Patricia Farris is the Senior Minister of the 1,100 member First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica.  Recognized for her leadership in “Excellent Protestant Churches,” Rev. Farris has served as a director of the General Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns and is a member of the UMC Committee on Faith and Order and the Episcopal/UMC Dialogue.  She has been elected to eight General and Jurisdictional Conference delegations.  She has participated in three Assemblies of the World Council of Churches, the WCC Team Visit to Madagascar, and a Women’s Division study trip to Mozambique.