John (aka Johnny Pepper) earned a PhD from the University of St Andrews (Scotland) where he studied Galatians under Professor N. T. Wright (see Academia.edu profile for CV). John was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV and later studied Biblical literature at Biola University (’08) and Talbot School of Theology (’10, ’11). He is the author of Esther and Her Elusive God: How A Secular Story Functions As Scripture (Wipf and Stock, 2014) and the co-editor of Insiders versus Outsiders (Gorgias Press, 2014; with Jacobus Kok), Reactions to Empire (Mohr Siebeck, 2014; with Dan Batovici), and Ecclesia and Ethics (T&T Clark, 2016; with E. Allen Jones III, et al). John has published articles in Journal for the Study of the New Testament (Vol 36.1), Scottish Journal of Theology (Vol 68.1), Westminster Theological Journal (Vol 73.2 & 74.1), Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (Vol 55.1), Trinity Journal (Vol 32.1), and Sehnsucht (Vol 9); has contributed chapters to Sensitivity to Outsiders (Mohr Siebeck) and Ravenclaw Reader (Unlocking); and he’s currently writing a book on Alcohol in the Bible for Zondervan. He is passionate about teaching biblical languages, hermeneutics, and exegesis; and engaging in interfaith dialogues with Latter-day saints (Mormons). His hobbies include: strumming the guitar, listening to classic metal bands, playing sports, cheering on the SF 49ers and the SF Giants, going snowboarding, reading Harry Potter, watching LOST, enjoying American craft beer, and sipping the finest of Scotch. John can be reached at email@example.com.
Grace Sangalang Ng
Grace is a PhD student and works in the Purchasing department at Biola University. She received her B.A. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her M.A.s in Bible Exposition and Spiritual Formation from Talbot School of Theology. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, and is second-generation Filipino-American. Grace is interested in culture and how it relates to spiritual formation as she wrote her master’s thesis on shame and how it affects relationships with God and others in the Asian-American community. She loves listening to an eclectic variety of music and enjoys attending concerts and playing her guitar and piano. Grace also really likes good food, good conversations with friends, nature, hiking, and hanging at Disneyland with her husband, Stanley Ng.
King-Ho is a PhD candidate at the University of Nottingham, England. Born in British colonial Hong Kong, he went to kindergarten in London, primary school in Hong Kong, boarding school in the south of England, followed by a few more years in Scotland at St Andrews.
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Josh is a PhD Candidate in the NT Department at the University of Aberdeen, UK. More importantly, he is a husband to his awesome wife Melodie and the father of three energy filled young boys. As far as education is concerned, Josh completed his graduate work at Talbot School of Theology receiving two Masters of Arts Degrees (Theology and Spiritual Formation). He spent over ten years in church and other ministry/leadership positions before making the move overseas to study New Testament and 1st Century Judaism under Dr. Andrew Clarke at the University of Aberdeen. Josh’s current interests include: Spiritual Theology/Formation, New Testament and its 1st Century Jewish background, Leadership, Parenting, and a slew of others random things. Currently, Josh is reading through (and studying intensely) the 1st Century Jewish author Philo of Alexandria to see if an understanding of 1st Century Jewish paideia can give us insight into the Apostle Paul’s spiritual development of new Christians within the early Church. Follow him on Twitter @pastorcoolguy.
Brandon has a B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies from Biola University. He also has a minor in English Literature which means he enjoys reading the classics when he has the time. His passion and his heart is for the Church, with specific focus in integrating academic thought with church life. He also really, really likes coffee. He currently lives in Southern California. Brandon can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zac is currently finishing his B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies at Biola University. Born and raised in Bakersfield, CA which is also known as the armpit of the state—and yes he is aware of how bad it is. Zac works at his home church there in the summers as a youth intern and during the school year helps lead Evangelical & Mormon Interaction, a ministry through Biola University. His passion and calling is to teach and preach the word of God. His research interests are doctrine of God, ecclesiology, hermeneutics, Mormonism, and Church fathers. His more normal, or not so normal, interests are the Red Sox, coffee, watching The Office, and reading about JFK. You can reach Zac at email@example.com
Jack is a Biola University graduate (business) and an MDiv student at Denver Seminary. The draw he feels toward pastoral ministry in the local church probably has something to do with his penchant for hosting large, diverse groups of people to celebrate over feasts. His particular interests are the articulation of Christian truth and the public witness of the Church in everyday life, especially Christian friendship. To those ends he preaches, writes hymns, and is passionately interested in whatever anyone else tells him they’re interested in.
Kayle (pronounced “kay-lee” rather than sounding like the tasty vegetable “kale”) is currently a Biblical/Theological Studies major at Biola University and a student in the Torrey Honors Institute. She is from the classy little city of Fullerton where she frequents coffee shops and lives with her family, roommate, and maltipoo. She is an avid reader, practising writer, an artist in her spare time, and a willing adventurer. When Kayle doesn’t have her nose in a book, she is usually spending time with her fiance, Richard. They are excited about getting married, finishing their undergraduate degrees in the next year, and seeing where the LORD leads them. They currently attend Anglican Church of the Epiphany together in La Mirada. Kayle hopes to be attending graduate school in Fall of 2016 to continue studying her interests in literature, art, imagination, and theology. Interesting facts include: Kayle was sorted into Ravenclaw House on Pottermore, thinks grilled cheese sandwiches are classy when made with tomato slices and basil, and believes mayonnaise is disgusting.
Julie (NOT Julia) is currently studying New Testament at Talbot School of Theology. She earned a BA in Biblical and Theological Studies at Biola University, but the ex-English major in her still loves literature, especially the classics. She also graduated from the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola (a Great Books program that sounds a lot more pretentious than it is). Julie was born in Bakersfield, California, but spent most of her young adult life in Boise, Idaho, where she became an amateur potato connoisseur and discovered a love of hiking and camping. Now that she lives in Southern California, she has developed a love for coffee, good tacos, and Disneyland (where she works part-time). Julie’s ministry interests include the local church, leading worship, and interfaith dialogue with LDS students. Julie’s academic interests include the Doctrine of the Atonement, Church History (specifically the Apostolic Fathers and Patristics), and the Doctrine of the Incarnation. She is also interested in allegorical fiction (specifically the works of C.S. Lewis and George MacDonald) and the poetry of T.S. Eliot. Her favorite academic experience thus far was studying the Gospel of John under Dr. Edward Klink.
Justin is a PhD student at the University of Manchester, UK. Before earning his M.A. in New Testament Language and Literature at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, he received his B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton (CV). Justin’s passion for Biblical Studies and his unceasing curiosity have coalesced into his interminable academic journey. Justin is married to his beautiful, supportive, patient, [insert positive adjective here], and loving wife Janette. He enjoys, inter alia, spending time with his wife, watching movies, reading, writing, cooking, and eating. Justin’s current scholarly interests include: Christology, Gospel Studies, Second Temple Judaism, Rabbinic Judaism, Greco-Roman religions and mythology, Historical Jesus Research, Wirkungsgeschichte (Reception History), Biblical Criticism (esp. Textual, Source, Redaction, and Literary), Pauline Theology, and many other things, the which, if they should be written every one, it is supposed that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written… Justin can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bobby is currently finishing his B. A. in Biblical and Theological studies at Biola University. Born and raised in Santa Cruz, California and has landed himself in the culture shock that is Southern California. Despite the lack of natural born trees, he loves taking whatever opportunity he can to go hiking or find his way to the nearest beach. When he isn’t off doing something outside, he enjoys reading books on theology, philosophy, and psychology, or ordering pizza and hanging out with some friends for the night. With a passion for teaching, he isn’t particularly sure about where he’s going. But no matter where that is, he has a simple goal of loving his church and loving people around him well.
Kris Song is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Aberdeen, School of Divinity studying under Professor Grant Macaskill. He also teaches Greek and Exegesis at Talbot School of Theology on an adjunct basis. In a former life, Kris used to practice as an attorney focusing on U.S. federal litigation. His current doctoral research is on Pauline pneumatology and his research interests include church unity, race relations, missional hermeneutics, and religious freedom/civil liberties. Kris loves his wife and three kids, the company of good friends, and music that has the ring of truth to it.
Stanley received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine and his M.Div from Talbot School of Theology. Born and raised in Ventura County, Stanley transplanted to Orange County for college. During college, he committed his life to Christ, which seeded a passion to remain and specifically outreach to those in the STEM industry. Currently, he serves as adjunct instructor for Biola University’s Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering Department in La Mirada, CA, where he manages labs and occasionally guest lectures. He’s a member of Bethel English Church and serves as the Executive Pastor. Aside from his service at his home church, he is also involved in consultant work for churches and other ministries. His research and writing interests are in church growth and revitalization, cultural architecture, technological advancement for church ministry, science and religion, and sanctifications theology within the Pauline epistles. Aside from his vocation, Stanley enjoys playing his acoustic guitar, a good tennis match, and brewing coffee in various ways. A good book and a cup-of-joe is always a great way to wind down. To de-stress, he likes to spend time with his wife, Grace Sangalang Ng, at Disneyland.
Tanner is a graduate of Biola University (B.A.; B.S.) and Talbot School of Theology (M.A.). His academic ambitions are to be equipped for a future in either teaching/ seminary ministry, or in academic leadership and administration, with the desire to serve the growing international church in the development and deployment of its future pastors, leaders, and missionaries. Tanner currently resides in Whittier, CA, serving his community as an assistant branch manager at a commercial bank. He also serves as coordinator of outreach and evangelism at Whittier Hills Baptist Church-Uptown. Tanner’s academic interest lie in the areas of andragogy, homiletics, biblical counseling, spiritual disciplines, New Testament use of the Old Testament, global missions strategy, global economics, leadership, strategic management, and language studies. Tanner grew up in the greater Sacramento area, and for enjoyment, he loves the outdoors, Crossfit, sports, traveling, teaching, and intentional time with friends. Tanner can be reached at email@example.com.
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