Spring 2019

Class Notes

Ellie Klipp (’67) recently published The Animals in Bethlehem’s Stable: A Nativity Story Book and Play, plus its twin, The Animals in Bethlehem’s Stable: A Nativity Story Coloring Book, fun books with a straight witness to the true meaning of Christmas. She also wrote The Roadrunner and the Rattlesnake, a book of humorous poems with a surprise twist. All are available on Amazon.

Dick (M.A. ’74) and Charlotte (Mohler, ’68) Kryder work with Camino Global and currently serve in the Hispanic ministry at a Southern Baptist church. They live in Tahlequah, Okla., but served for 16 years in Honduras and Nicaragua doing evangelism and church planting, and for 25 years in Placentia, Calif., doing similar ministry among the Hispanic community. Charlotte is a grader at Christ For Me Ministries, Inc., where she processes Bible correspondence courses.

Brad (’82, M.A. ’12) and Cindy Brown moved from Burbank, Calif., to Franktown, Colo., in 2016. They have hosted Biola’s “New Student Send-off” for the past two years. After 16 years, Brad has completed and published his quartet of fiction books, This Is The Church ... (2003), Rightly Dividing? (2004), Upon This Rock (2005) and Raised! (2018). Brad works as a general associate at LifeWay Christian Store in Centennial, Colo.

Sherry (Hoffman, ’87) Kyle wrote True Heart Girls Devotional: God’s Promises for Me! (Hendrickson/ Rose Publishing, July 2018), a devotional for girls 8 to 12 years old. Through a relatable story, Bible connection and interactive pages, girls will discover promises that will make a difference in their lives and help them deal with the sometimes overwhelming emotions that come with growing up.

Tom Steffen (professor emeritus of intercultural studies, M.A. ’87, D.Miss. ’90) wrote Worldview-based Storying: The Integration of Symbol, Story and Ritual in the Orality Movement, (Center for Oral Scriptures, May 2018). The book is dedicated to the present global generation of Bible storytellers and seeks to challenge readers to know and learn from the rich history of the modern day orality movement.

Scott Walters was recently named
Regents Professor at the
University of North Texas
Health Science Center.

Tim Peck (’88, M.Div. ’91) is the new senior pastor of Glenkirk Church in Glendora, Calif. He previously served in pastoral ministry for nine years at Azusa Pacific University (APU) and two years at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena. Tim continues to be an adjunct faculty member in practical theology at APU and recently completed a three-year certificate program in the Art of Spiritual Direction at Loyola Marymount University.

Dale (’89) and Lisa (Sato, ’89) Gustafson, from Los Gatos, Calif., will be celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary in June. Lisa has taught elementary school since she graduated and currently teaches kindergarten in San Jose. Dale is the executive director of Reality SF in San Francisco. Before that, he served as a pastor at Waipuna Chapel in Maui and at Calvary Church in Los Gatos. Their daughter currently attends Biola.

Howard Acosta (’90) is a licensed psychotherapist and the author of UCoping: Getting Through It Faster for Life without Therapy, a mental health book about accelerated coping using evidence-based biological, psychological and spiritual methods. The book can be read in less than 90 minutes and provides tools and checklists to get you started right away toward rapid coping. Bruce Peterson (’90) designed the book’s cover.

Stella Ma (M.A. ’91, Ph.D. ’99) wrote Prayer Guide: Growing a Christ-Centered Life (2016) and Prayer Guide: Journeying with Jesus (2018), both of which grew out of desires to live a life more fully centered on Christ and to cultivate unhurried listening and loving obedience. As Stella describes, “consistent prayer, our communion with the Trinitarian God, is both root and fruit of an abundant life in Christ.”

Ángel Cortés (’92) wrote Sectarianism and Orestes Brownson in the American Religious Marketplace (Palgrave Macmillan, July 2017), which reveals the origins of the American religious marketplace by examining the life and work of reformer and journalist Orestes Brownson (1803–76). Grounded in a wide variety of sources, this work argues that religious sectarianism profoundly shaped participants in the religious marketplace.

Scott Walters (’93) was recently named Regents Professor at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. Walters, who holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of New Mexico, also serves as chair for the Department of Health Behavior and Health Systems in UNTHSC’s School of Public Health. His research projects are testing ways to improve cancer risk screening, vocational success for veterans with a criminal history, alcohol interventions for adolescents, young adults and the homeless, and health advocacy for victims of interpersonal violence.

Matthew Wilson (’01) lives in Seattle, Wash., and recently wrote and produced The Pastor and the Pro, a comedy about a young, single pastor who needs a quick date for a big church dinner and ends up hiring an escort. The pastor must navigate a moral minefield as he uses the unholy alliance to advance his ministry career. And things get more complicated as he starts to fall in love.

Judith Hill released her sophomore album, 
Golden Child, in November 2018.

Henry L. Causly (’03), founder and director of Henry Causly Ministries Inc., wrote Pathway to Positive Living, an inspiring book that offers spiritual, philosophical, as well as physical principles to guide you on your journey to a more enhanced and optimistic life.

Judith Hill (’05) released her sophomore album, Golden Child, on Nov. 13, 2018. The album is a follow-up to 2015’s Back in Time, which was co-produced by Prince.

William Casey Wells (’06) recently began a Master of Science in Epistemology, Ethics and Mind at the University of Edinburgh. He continues to manage his Los Angeles-based private equity fund, Milestone Partners, while pursuing his graduate education. In addition to his bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and biblical studies from Biola, William also holds advanced degrees from USC, MIT and Johns Hopkins University.

Tiffany Ng with bestselling author
and Netflix star Marie Kondo.

Frank (M.A. ’07) and Amber Ellis have four sons and live in Birmingham, Ala. They were recently featured on a BBC News story documenting their 4-year-old sons Alex and Will, both of whom are nonverbal autistic, taking a trip to Morgan’s Wonderland, a theme park in San Antonio, Texas, designed for children of all abilities.

Tiffany (’07, M.A. ’12) and Ka Chun (Gordon, ’04) Ng have been married since 2009 and have a 4-year-old daughter named Rosabelle. Tiffany currently team teaches first grade at San Gabriel Christian School. This past year, she was certified as a KonMari Consultant and founded her own professional organizing business known as “thetidyteacher,” serving homes and classrooms in Los Angeles.

Robert Strauss (D.Miss. ’08) wrote Introducing Story-Strategic Methods: Twelve Steps Toward Effective Engagement (Wipf and Stock, March 2017), a book that asserts that culture matters in effective communication, especially for effective engagement across cultures. Strategic storytelling is a 12-step methodology that addresses the problems of miscommunication and syncretism that plague the cross-cultural context.

Mihretu P. Guta (adjunct faculty, M.A. ’09, M.A. ’10) edited Consciousness and the Ontology of Properties (Routledge, July 2018), a book that aims to show the centrality of a proper ontology of properties in thinking about consciousness. Many leading philosophers working on this issue, as well as a few emerging scholars, contribute 14 new essays on this problem, addressing various topics.

Danielle Hitchen ('10) wrote
Holy Week: An Emotions Primer.

Danielle Hitchen (’10) wrote Holy Week: An Emotions Primer, Let There Be Light: An Opposites Primer and From Eden to Bethlehem: An Animals Primer, three more books in her “Baby Believer” series of children’s board books designed to teach babies, toddlers and preschoolers the central tenets of the Christian faith.

Kyle Narducci (’11) started and leads a website/ software design and development company Motion Tactic in Tempe, Ariz. His company primarily focuses on custom website development and web application development, taking art files and concepts and coding them out to create real experiences.

Kyle Narducci ('11) co-founded
Motion Tactic, a web design 
company in Tempe, Ariz.

Jeff (’11) and Rachel (Miller, ’11) Wille live in Elgin, Ill., and welcomed Paisley Dee Wille on Oct. 18, 2018. Rachel is an elementary school teacher and Jeff works for Advantage Contractor Solutions, a new home construction company specializing in flooring and HVAC.

Rebekah (Holden, ’14) Buchterkirchen and three other Biola communication studies alumnae recently attended the National Communication Association Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, and presented a panel discussion on Cultivating the Whole Person: Playing at the Intersection of Spirituality and Mentorship Among Emerging Female Academics. Rebekah currently edits and designs Western Seminary’s Western Magazine and just received her master’s in communication and leadership from Gonzaga University.

Valerie Carpenter (’15) published the Precious Blessings Series (Rose Publishing/Hendrickson Publishers, September 2018), a children’s book series that invites children to dive deeper into the heart of God as each book provides the true meanings behind different aspects of the Christian lifestyle such as worship, prayer, the Bible, church and the character of God in a way children can understand.


In Memoriam

George William Wolters, Jr. (’52) passed away on Oct. 22, 2018. Born on Nov. 26, 1930, in Bridgeport, W.V., George was a proud Biola alumnus and remained lifelong friends with several of his classmates. After college, he was assigned to a squadron stationed in Oahu, Hawaii, and later transferred to Kodiak, Alaska. George taught junior high and high school and later became vice principal, principal and superintendent of schools. He often taught adult Bible or Sunday School classes at church, served as an elder, deacon and supporter of missions, and was one of the founding elders at Valley Community Church in Pleasanton. He and his wife Barbara, who passed away in 2005, had two sons, Stephen and Timothy. In 2008, he married Doris Holmberg.

Carroll William Feldmann (’86) passed away in August 2017 at age 88. He and his wife, Char Feldmann, were married in 1996 and had many opportunities to minister together. He served as the minister of visitation at First Baptist Church in Salem, Ore., and was a deep student of the Word using Greek. At the time of his homegoing, he was working on a manual for lay people on the book of Romans using Greek.


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