The Rev. Dr. Jon L. Berquist has been President of the Disciples Seminary Foundation since 2011. He is a native Californian from First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Ventura, and is an ordained minister with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He received a bachelor’s degree from Northwest Christian University, in Eugene, Oregon, and a Ph.D. in Old Testament from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He has taught at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as well as New Brunswick Theological Seminary and several other seminaries. He is also the author or editor of a dozen books, including Ancient Wine, New Wineskins: The Lord’s Supper in Old Testament Perspective, Reclaiming Her Story: The Witness of Women in the Old Testament, and Judaism in Persia’s Shadow: A Social and Historical Approach. He also serves as Professor of Hebrew Bible at Claremont School of 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 is currently Pastor of Church of the Wayfarer, Carmel, California.   He is married to Bonnie Bollwinkel, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker; they have recently celebrated their 43th wedding anniversary. They have two sons, Daniel and Matthew. In his “spare time” Mark is a potter, fisherman and devoted San Francisco Giants fan.

  1. 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

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.

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.

Marilee Miller Clarke is an active attorney in Scottsdale, Arizona, and is the founder and owner of Clarke Law Firm, PLC. She has been an attorney for more than 30 years and is experienced in a wide variety of legal areas.

Ms. Clarke’s experience includes private practice with a Scottsdale and a Phoenix law firm. She was the first woman President of a law firm of 10+ attorneys in the Phoenix metropolitan area. With Resolution Trust Corporation-Legal, Phoenix, she acted as section chief for the Western Savings Section and was the Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinator. Prior to that, she was the first woman Vice President and General Counsel of Wells Fargo Credit Corporation, a subsidiary of Wells Fargo & Company with $1+ billion in assets that was headquartered in Scottsdale. Ms. Clarke also had a judicial clerkship with the Chief Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court.

Ms. Clarke obtained her B.A. in English (with high distinction and departmental honors) from Indiana University, where she was a member of the Mortar Board and Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her J.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin, where she was managing editor of the Wisconsin Law Review.

Ms. Clarke served as President of the Scottsdale Bar Association. She is Editor-in-Chief of the Arizona Civil Remedies text published by the State Bar of Arizona and is the author of its chapter on Rescission and Specific Performance. Her publications also include legal articles in law journals and other publications. She was a founding member of Arizona Women Lawyers Association, served the State Bar of Arizona as a member and chair of its CLE Committee and its MCLE Committee, and received the State Bar of Arizona CLE Award. Ms. Clarke is a Fellow of the College of Estate Planning Attorneys and a member of the Central Arizona Estate Planning Council.

She was on the Board of Contemporary Forum of the Phoenix Art Museum, served as its Parliamentarian, and chaired its Governance Committee. Ms. Clarke is legal counsel to Foothills Caring Corps, a non-profit corporation. She is a member of AAUW-Scottsdale Branch and is a member of a Paradise Valley book club.

Ms. Clarke also is Chancellor of the Desert Southwest Conference of The United Methodist Church, serving in that role since 2004. At the 2014 Annual Conference, she began to serve as Parliamentarian. Ms. Clarke is a member of the United Methodist Church Conference Chancellors Association and is on its Annual Meeting Planning Committee. Ms. Clarke and her husband, David, are members of Paradise Valley United Methodist Church, where she was on the Board of Trustees and currently sings in its chancel choir. They have two adult sons.

 

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 Chair of the Board of Directors of Goodwill Industries International, Inc. (GII), and also chairs the GII Executive Committee and its Compensation Committee.  He 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.

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. 

Rev. Farris has mentored many ministerial candidates and taught Methodist History as an Adjunct Professor at CST.  She serves on the boards of CST, Upward Bound House, and on the Advisory Board of the Everychild Foundation. She is the author of SHINE! Light for All Pe0ple (an Advent Study Guide) and Five Faces of Ministry:  Pastor, Parson, Healer, Prophet, Pilgrim.  She is a contributor to Breaking Through the Stained Glass Ceiling: Women Pastoring Large Churches.

She received her Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Carleton College and her Master of Divinity degree cum laude from the Harvard Divinity School.  She is married to David Bremer, Associate Professor of Literature and Ombudsman at the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.

JoAnn Yoon Fukumoto is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Pearl City, Hawaii.  She was born and raised in Hawaii, is a 3rd generation Korean American.
Married to Francis H. Fukumoto also born and raised in Hawaii, is a 3rd generation Japanese American.   JoAnn has been retired from First Hawaiian Bank since 1996 after 25 years of employment.

Present Church Service:  Western Jurisdiction (WJ) Episcopacy Committee, Vice Chair 2016; WJ Asian Am. United Methodist Caucus 1998, Vice Chair; Cal Pac Pacific Islander Caucus 2015, Trustee Claremont School of Theology 2015, and various district and local committees.

Past Church Service: Elected and served as a director to the General Board of Church and Society 2000-2008, Exec. member and the General Commission of Religion and Religion of Race 2008-2016; WJ Leadership Team 2004-2008; WJ Inter Ethnic Caucus 2012-2016, Vice Chair; Conference Peace with Justice Educator 2001-2012, Conference Church and Society 1992-2016, chair and member; Conference Leadership team 2004-2008; Conference Religion and Race 2008-2016, Conference Board of Ordained Ministry 2008-2016 and various task forces, district and conference committees.
Ms. Fukumoto has been elected to six General and Jurisdictional Conference delegations.

JoAnn’s service contributions have been focused in social and reconciliation ministries.  In 1991 she worked with the late Cesar Chavez of United Farmworkers and unions of different industries in the struggle for workers’ safety and rights.  Since 1999, she has been a board member with the Nevada Desert Experience a non profit organization for the elimination of nuclear weapons and the use of drones.

With over 25 years of professional experience in both large corporate and high tech start-up companies, in 2011 Ms. Gong co-founded HIr, Inc. as CEO & President. HIr conceptualizes and develops technology products for non-disclosure customers.

Additionally, Ms. Gong is a City of Cupertino (California) Planning Commissioner.

Prior, Ms. Gong joined a la Mobile, Inc. at its founding in 2005 as Vice President of Worldwide Operations. Together with its co-founders, Ms. Gong created the company’s strategy, vision, and corporate infrastructure. Launched with tier one venture capital funding, a la Mobile became the industry’s premier and only independent Linux systems platform company for mobile phones. Its Convergent Linux Platform, the first complete, open and configurable operating system for mobile phones, was a full software stack (from device drivers and Linux kernel to middleware and applications): integrated; tested; certified; supported; and maintained, giving handset OEMs/ODMs for the first time “one stop” continuity and confidence to roll-out new Linux-based phones rapidly to market.   Until the company’s exit to its Korean partner in 2010, Ms. Gong ran the company’s worldwide operations, from human resources to corporate communications, and managed its development teams in Nanjing, China and Minsk, Belarus.

Preceding a la Mobile, Ms. Gong joined the Amplify.net, Inc. founding team as Manager of Business Administration subsequently integrating the position of Director of Corporate Communications. With over $26M in venture capital funding raised, Amplify.net became a provider of solutions to ensure business continuity over broadband networks to maintain resiliency and secure access with predictable traffic flow.   Amplify.net’s patented technology and product rights were acquired by its Japanese partner, Takechiho Koheki Corporation, in 2004. Today the products continue to be deployed successfully to all the major telecommunication carriers in Japan. During her tenure, Ms. Gong formulated and implemented corporate policies and procedures, directed all business operations and human resources including technical recruitment, while managing and liaising among its worldwide sales and marketing teams.

From 1987 to 1998, Ms. Gong held several progressing positions at GTE Government Systems. In her position as Contracts Administrator she proposed, negotiated, and managed multiple Government Prime contracts, national and foreign, ensuring delivery of contractual obligations and full compliance with U.S. Federal regulations. She was a key team member that delivered system requirements on a major $40M subsurface multi-year contract on time and 28% under budget

Ms. Gong earned a Bachelor degree in Psychology with emphasis in Organizational Behavior from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

A lifelong Methodist, Ms. Gong is a member in good standing and chairman of the Church Council at Los Altos UMC in Los Altos, CA of the CAL/NEV Conference.

Grant Hagiya is the Resident bishop of the California-Pacific Annual Conference, which geographically extends to all of Southern California, Hawaii, and Guam. He chairs the Leadership Focus Area of the 4 Areas of Focus for the United Methodist Church, and is a member of the Council of Bishop’s Executive Committee. He is the current chair of the Council of Bishop’s Task Force that plans the new Learning Retreats for all active Bishops. He is currently serving as President of the College of Bishops for the Western Jurisdiction. He is a Board member of the General Board of Church and Society. He graduated with an Educational Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University in 2012. His book, Leadership Kaizen, based on his dissertation on the Traits, Qualities and Characteristics of Highly Effective UMC Clergy was published by Abingdon in 2013. He is a professional certified coach as an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) from the International Coach Federation. He is also a Gallup StrengthFinder Certified Coach.

He is a graduate of the Claremont School of Theology, and currently serves as an Adjunct Professor in United Methodist studies and Leadership. A former full faculty member of the Claremont School of Theology and District Superintendent of the Los Angeles District, he was elected to the Episcopacy in the midst of starting a Center of Leadership Excellence for both the Cal-Pac Annual Conference and the Claremont School of Theology. His vision for this Center has been fulfilled recently in the creation of the Bishop Jack and Marjorie Tuell Center for Leadership Excellence for the Western Jurisdiction.

Steve Horswill-Johnston is an award winning communications executive, with more than twenty years experience as a television/video producer, radio broadcaster, and communications executive for The United Methodist Church. He was the awarded the denomination’s top communicator of the year award in 2006 by United Methodist Association of Communicators. Currently Steve is at the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) as Executive Director of Communications & Brand Strategy. Prior to his current appointment, he was the creative architect and executive director of Igniting Ministry, the denomination’s first broadcast network television advertising campaign at United Methodist Communications (UMCom); the first and largest protestant effort of its kind.

Steve earned his Bachelor of Science undergraduate degree in Film Production from San Diego State University in 1983. While attending film school he wrote and produced programs for San Diego public television (KCET) and was a radio broadcaster in the San Diego and Los Angeles markets. Steve received his Masters of Divinity (M.Div) from Claremont School of Theology in 1989. He was awarded the seminary’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1999. He is an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church, having served as pastor to two churches in the Los Angeles area and Director of Communications for the California-Pacific Conference (regional office).

In 1997, Horswill-Johnston was elected Associate General Secretary at United Methodist Communications, Nashville, Tenn. His first assignment was to launch the Conference Resourcing Team, a department he began and staffed. In 2000, he was instrumental in steering the television advertising legislation through General Conference.

Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in Wahiawa, Hawaii. He learned to know Jesus Christ and grew to love the church through the ministry of Wahiawa United Methodist Church. At age 14, Bob made a commitment to enter the ordained ministry of The United Methodist Church.

Bishop Hoshibata attended Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut. He graduated in 1973 with a B.A. with high honors, double majoring in French Language and Literature and Studio Art. He then attended the School of Theology at Claremont, where he received his D.Min. in 1977. Bishop Hoshibata was named a Crusade Scholar in 1974.

He was elected into the episcopacy by the Western Jurisdiction in 2004. After serving two terms of episcopal leadership over the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference, at the 2012 Western Jurisdictional Conference Bishop Hoshibata was assigned to the Desert Southwest Conference.

He married Greta Goo Hoshibata on August 10, 1974, and they have three adult children and two grandchildren.

Stephen P. Johnson is the President and principal owner of J D Factors, LLC, which provides commercial financing and factoring of accounts receivable for small and medium-size businesses throughout the U.S. and Canada. J D Factors has over 50 employees in 10 offices in the U.S. and Canada serving over 500 clients. Prior to founding the company in 2000, Steve was vice president for several banks and savings & loans in southern California, and chief administrative officer and credit officer for another commercial finance company.

Steve is on the Board of Directors of the Commercial Finance Association, the trade group of the asset-based finance industry, and serves on its Executive Committee. He also serves on the Supervisory Committee for the United Methodist Federal Credit Union.

Steve and his wife, Jan, are members of Rolling Hills United Methodist Church, where he is the Chairperson of the Staff Pastor Parish Relations Committee. They are active in many areas of the church’s mission. They have two children and three grandchildren. Steve is a “preacher’s kid”. Both his father and his uncle were ministers in the California-Pacific Annual Conference. Following the passing of his parents, he and his siblings established the Marvin & May Johnson Endowed Scholarship Fund at Claremont School of Theology.

Steve graduated from the University of Redlands in 1975, with a B.S. in Mathematics.

Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan became President of Claremont School of Theology effective July 1, 2013. Prior to that he served as Dean of Drew Theological School and Professor of Hebrew Bible from January 2011 to June 2013. A scholar of ancient Israelite and Near Eastern history, Dr. Kuan’s current research addresses Asian and Asian American hermeneutics, as well as approaches to biblical instruction for the churches. He is currently completing a commentary on the biblical book of Joshua.

Kuan began his career serving as an associate pastor from 1980 to 1983 in Malaysia. In 2002, he became an ordained elder and full member of the California-Nevada Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. Since 2008, he has served as the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the UMC’s General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. In 2004, the Reconciling Ministries of the California-Nevada Annual Conference named him the winner of the Turtle Award for “sticking his neck out” for the LGBTQ community.

Dean Kuan previously served on the faculties of the Pacific School of Religion and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and the South East Asia Graduate School’s Regional Faculty. He also served as Old Testament Editor for the multi-volume New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible from 2006 to 2009. He currently serves on the Council of the Society of Biblical Literature.

Kuan received his B.Th. from Trinity Theological College (Singapore), M.T.S. from Southern Methodist University, and his Ph.D. from Emory University.

Sharon received the M.Div. in 1978 from CST (recipient of the Witman Pastoral Care Award), and the D.Min. in 1981. Before and during seminary, she worked at Sage UMC and Placentia UMC in youth ministry. She was ordained a deacon in 1975 and an elder in 1980 in the Cal Pac conference. Sharon’s appointment history includes Northridge UMC, Santa Clarita UMC, District Superintendent of the Long Beach District, Westwood UMC and Claremont UMC. She retired in 2014 after 39 years under appointment. In each community she served on the local Interfaith Council. Also PATH: People Assisting the Homeless, Los Angeles; Alzheimer’s Association for LA, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, Middle East Peace Group, Claremont.

Sharon has served on district and conference boards through her ministry. Currently she serves on the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry where she is Conference Relations Chair and chaired the Proclamation Section. She has also represented the denomination in ecumenical endeavors, including Consultation on Church Union (1982-1988) and the National Council of Churches in Christ (1996-2000). Sharon was elected by the Cal-Pac Conference as a delegate to the Western Jurisdiction Conferences from 1988 to 2004 and to General Conference in 1992 and 1996. She was a delegate to the World Methodist Conferences in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Brighton, England. In addition, Sharon has served as adjunct faculty member at CST in Field Education, Preaching, and Worship for over 15 years.

Sharon was given the Distinguished Alumni Award from CST in 2014. At Conference she was given (along with her late husband, Al) the Mel and Lucile Wheatley Lifetime of Justice Award (2009), and the Bert All Award (for working for an inclusive church for all LGBTQ persons). She and her husband also received the Care Partner Award by the Alzheimer’s Association.

In retirement Sharon continues to be a part of Interfaith Witnesses, Clergy and Laity for Economic Justice, Reconciling Ministries and other justice ministries. She has two young adult children: Ben who is a mechanical engineering student at USC who, along with his wife Phoebe, works at JPL; and Rachel (trained as a social worker) – she and Elliot have made Sharon a happy grandma of three beautiful pre-school grandsons, the primary reason for retiring.

The Reverend Dr. David L. Richardson graduated from CST in 1969 with a Doctorate in Religion. Subsequently for CST, he served on the CST Alumni Board and a Presidential Search Committee, and assisted with various fund raising campaigns. Dr. Richardson served 40 years as a UMC pastor, including terms as District Superintendent for the Santa Ana District and the Santa Barbara District of Cal-Pac. He retired as Senior Pastor of Pasadena First UMC in 2005. Earlier, he served as an Adjunct Professor at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and at Cuestra College, as well as at the University of California, Santa Barbara extension and at CST. He is the author of numerous publications in both national press and church materials, assisted in the founding of a SLO head start program; launched self-help, low-income housing programs in SLO, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, a Sr. Citizen’s program in Los Osos, multiple refugee resettlement programs and a Community House working with immigrants and low income people of Pierce County, WA. Beyond the local church, he currently serves as Special Assistant to Bishop Grant Hagiya in the Pacific Northwest Region of the UMC; he served on the Cal-Pac Board of Ordained Ministry for 21 years, served on the Cal-Pac Board of Pensions, and assisted the Board of Global Ministries in developing mission initiative programs for Southeast Asia.

Ali Sahabi is president of the land-planning and entitlement firm, SE Corporation, winner of the California Governor’s Economic and Environmental Leadership Award for Sustainable Communities. He has directed a number of development projects across Southern California, including industrial, multi-family residential and commercial retail projects. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President of Vahdani Construction, with responsibility for negotiating and managing construction projects statewide. He has a Master of Real Estate Development from the School of Urban Planning and Development at USC and a Bachelor of Science degree in management from Pepperdine University.

Ali has been widely honored for his work and contributions to the arts, Chamber of Commerce and many other human betterment endeavors. He was raised and is still involved in the Muslim tradition but attends and works with a number of Protestant Churches. He has assisted in preparation of the DVD to tell the CST Story and the University Project, and has expressed strong interest in the new direction of CST and is eager to assist in this direction as a new Trustee.

Diane Tickton Schuster is a Visiting Research Fellow at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles and also directs the Portraits of Jewish Learning project for the Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish education at Brandeis University.  A developmental psychologist, Diane has been documenting the experiences of adult Jewish learners for the past 20 years.  Her book, Jewish Lives, Jewish Learning:  Adult Jewish Learning in Theory and Practice, is required reading at rabbinical seminaries and adult education programs across the Jewish community.  She previously taught at HUC, the American Jewish University, Brandeis University’s Institute for Informal Jewish Education, and Cal State Fullerton.  Since 2009 she has served on the governing board of the Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys. Prior to her work in Jewish education, Diane studied and taught about the lives of educated women (Women’s Lives Through Time:  Educated American Women of the Twentieth Century). She earned her BA at the University of Michigan, MSW at UC Berkeley, and PhD at Claremont Graduate University. Diane and her husband, Professor Emeritus Jack H. Schuster, have lived in Claremont since 1977.  They are the proud parents of Jordana, a rabbi in Boston, and Ariana, a CPA in Durham, NC, and the happy grandparents of three grandsons.

Nitin Shah, M.D. is Professor of Anesthesiology at Loma Linda University and Assistant Chief of Anesthesiology and Chief of the Surgical ICU of Long Beach Veterans Healthcare System.  His medical practice has included work in India; Zambia and Zimbabwe, Africa; and New York and California in the US. He has held numerous board and Officer positions in various Jain organizations, including President of the Jain Center of Southern California.  He is presently a member and Chair of the Board of Directors of Shanti Charities and a Director of the American Chamber of Commerce.  He has extensive fund raising experience for social and health needs around the world and has worked closely with President Kuan in sponsoring or assisting with multi-faith educational programs and conferences.

Born in Vietnam and raised in Switzerland, Lui worked as a lawyer for the Swiss Justice Department. He later answered God’s call and became a missionary with Wycliffe Bible Translators working in Cameroon, Ghana, and Kenya. Lui is an elder and member of the California-Pacific Annual Conference where he has served as local church pastor for more than a decade. He serves on the Conference Rules Committee and the Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church.  Lui is fluent in English, French, German, and Vietnamese. He has degrees from the University of Bern, Harvard Law School, Claremont School of Theology, and McGill University where he earned a Ph.D. with honors in international human rights law. Lui is married to Traci. They have two sons.

Thomas Trotter is a retired theological educator and clergyperson.  He was acting president of the Claremont School of Theology (2000-2002).  Earlier he had been president of Alaska Pacific University (1984-1994) and General Secretary of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church (1973-1985).  He was Dean of the Claremont School of Theology (1959-1973).  He is a graduate of Occidental College (BA) and Boston University (STB, PhD) and holds honorary degrees from ten colleges and universities.  He has been a trustee of several universities.  He is married to Gania Demaree Trotter and is the father of three daughters, each involved in higher education.  The Trotters reside is Pomona, California.

Tom Wallace was born, raised and continues to live in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, California. He graduated from Notre Dame H.S., Claremont Men’s College, and the University of Southern California earning a B.A. in Business Economics and a M.S. in Systems Management. He was a decorated combat Army rotary wing aviator in Southeast Asia and attained the rank of Captain. Tom spent twenty years with the Lockheed California Company retiring as Director of the Product Assurance branch. He was the President and CEO of CC Industries where he served for ten years, and was the President and CEO of the Granada Hills Community Hospital for four years. Tom is now retired and serves on the Board of Directors of the San Fernando Valley Interfaith Council and the North Valley Family YMCA. He is also an active member of Legatus, an international organization for Catholic CEO’s, and a member of the Lockheed Martin retiree organization. Tom has been recognized for his accomplishments in the aerospace and health care industries, and for his community service and enrichment. Tom and his wife Catherine of 47 years are members of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Northridge, CA. They have four children and three grandchildren who live throughout California.

Mr. Wernett is one of the principals of MissionInsite and an ordained United Methodist minister. He joined Mike Regele and Chuck Salter in 2007 to create MissionInsite. He was also a principal with Percept, Inc. for 16 years, leading its client development department and serving as its president for three years.

His ministry has included:

Eight years as a pastor of local churches in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. Churches included a two point charge and 600 member congregation.

Two years as a staff member of the General Board of Global Ministries

Four years as a consultant to the General Board of Global Ministries with responsibility of leading United Methodist Conferences through a three year strategic congregational development process.

Four years as a staff member of Christian Laity of Chicago, a small group ministry network of bible study/relational support to professionals working in downtown Chicago.

Four years as a staff member of Faith at Work, an early developer of local church small group and lay ministry in the United States

Mr. Wernett currently participates in the following national ministry development networks:

  • New Ministry Developers and Route 122 Transformational Conference Staff, United Methodist Church
  • Ecumenical Partners Network of national denominational ministry development officers
  • Roman Catholic, Council of Pastoral Planning and Council Development (CPPCD) network

His passion is to provide the best community based ministry and mission decision support information possible for church leaders.

Education includes Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Norwich University; Moravian Theological Seminary, Master of Divinity degree, Princeton Theological Seminary.

Peter and his wife Suzanne reside in Mission Viejo, California.

Rev. Ginny Wheeler is currently the pastor in charge of Community United Methodist Church, Huntington Beach. Ginny has been serving as an ordained pastor in the California Pacific Annual Conference for the past 25 years.She spent 5 years at Garden Grove UMC, 20 years at Laguna Beach UMC, and 4 years as an associate minister in San Diego at St. Marks UMC. Ginny has a Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary, a Master ofEducation from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and a Bachelor of Religion from Southern Methodist University. Ginny currently serves as the Chair of the South District Leadership Team and Board of Trustee Member of the Claremont School of Theology.