Faculty & Staff

IMG_5389-002The faculty and staff at AMBEX are selected on the basis of their spiritual maturity (1 Timothy 3), life experience and gift of teaching. They meet regional accreditation standards. More than lectures, AMBEX instructors are ministers at heart—concerned with each student’s life and sole matters. AMBEX associates are humble servants, committed and accountable to the Word of God and numerous overseers.

Fully qualified professors come from Christian colleges, seminaries and like-minded churches in the U.S. Others with similar qualifications have lived and served in Europe for many years as English and German speaking pastors, missionaries, and businessmen. They bring a rich European perspective to an AMBEX education and disciplinary process.

Faculty Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree or higher in teaching/subject area. (80% have PhD’s)
  • Strong résumé—education, experience, references, etc.
  • Gifted teaching skills
  • Spiritual leaders (1 Timothy 3, Titus 2)

Staff members include a Director, Student Life Coordinator, Host Nation Assistants, Cleaning and Maintenance personnel. All share the same vision and pursuit for AMBEX.

Introducing our Staff

Gerald T. Orr


  • AMBEX Director/Founder
  • AMBEX Lead Instructor
  • University of Wyoming, BS
  • University of Southern California, MSEd
  • The Master’s Seminary

Kelley Orr


  • AMBEX Asst. Director, Student Life Coordinator
  • AMBEX German Language Tutor (Fluent. Citizen)
  • AMBEX Host Nation Coordinator, Tours and Travel Guide
  • Business, Communications; The Master’s College, BA 2007

Christy Karnes

Christy Website

  • AMBEX Enrollment Director
  • Northwest Nazarene University, 1995 – 1998
  • Member of the 1997 NAIA Women’s Basketball National Championship Team
  • Portland State University, 1998-1999
  • B.S. Business Management and Urban Planning, 1999

Introducing Our Professors

European History, Geography & Culture
Gerald T. Orr


University of Wyoming, BS
University of Southern California, MSED, Higher Education Administration
The Master’s Seminary (1990)

Courses Designed and/or Taught:

  • The Management Project “Senior Business Plan”  Capstone Course (MGT 461), 2000-05
  • Traditions and Transitions (BIB 305) 2000-05 (Spiritual Formations & Biblical Stewardship)
  • Reformation History & Theology (Hus – Calvin) 2004, 2005
  • Reformation Study Tours (Germany, France, Switzerland, Czech Republic) 2004, 2005

Research Interests:

  • Biblical Integration
  • Non Traditional Education
  • Christian College Extension Campuses
  • Reformation
  • Missions and Evangelism
  • Tentmakers

Work Experience/Progression

  • Founder/Director—AMBEX
  • Director, Center for Professional Studies, The Master’s College (1999-2006)
    • Organizational Management
    • Christian Ministries
    • Liberal Studies
    • General Education
  • Adjunct Professor, The Master’s College
  • Civil Service (US Forces / Germany)
    • General Lodging Manager
    • Community Director
    • Family Services Director
    • Community Business Manager
    • Sports and Athletic Director
    • Director, Information, Tours and Travel
  • Regional Director (Germany) Central Texas College (DoD contractor)
  • Self Employed
    • International Trading and Investments
    • Commodities Trading Adviser, Chicago Board of Trade
    • AMBEX
  • Military Police Officer,  1978-82 (Captain)
  • Deputy Director, Training, Support and Education 4th ID, Ft. Carson, CO (1982-84)

Interesting/Fun Facts

  • Wife, Paula was born in Amberg
  • Reading—Puritans, Biographies, Louis L’Amore
  • Manager/Coach, European Baseball All-Stars “Evangelical Outreach” (2 yrs)
  • Tennis, Golf, Hiking, Swimming
  • Founder, Amberg Angels Baseball Team

Personal Information/Biography

  • Born Again, (1973)
  • Married, Paula (1980) in Amberg, Germany
  • Two Children – Elisabeth (married); Florence-Kelley (AMBEX Assistant Director)
  • Six Grandchildren – Titus (14) Timothy (10) & Hudson Taylor  (5), Martin (4), Nora (2), Louisa (5 mos.)

Personal Interests/Hobbies/Awards

  • All-State Football, Baseball and Band
  • Academic All-America Baseball
  • Army Commendation Medal
  • Civilian Service Commendation Medal (DA)


  • Passage of Scripture:  Rm 12:1-2; 2 Cor 5:17
  • Pastor-Teacher: John MacArthur
  • Reformer:  Martin Luther
  • Bible Character:  Apostle Paul
  • Presidents: Washington and Reagan

Christian Worldview & Apologetics
Dr. Tim L. Anderson
Professor of Bible and Theology
Corban University


B.S. California State University at Hayward
M.Div. The Master’s Seminary
Th.M. Grace Theological Seminary
Ph.D. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Ministry Experience

  • Short-term missions: taught 65 Russian pastors in Samara, 600 miles southeast of Moscow
  • Church elder, Sunday School teacher; Worship Leader for youth and adults; Camp speaker and counselor; Pulpit Supply; weddings/premarital counseling for students
  • Counseling/mentoring

Professional Overview

  • Professor of Bible and Theology at Corban University for twenty-one years.
  • Co-led study tours to Israel and Egypt with Greg Trull.


Various papers at the Evangelical Theological Society Annual and Regional meetings.


Loves spending time with family, David, Jonathan, Emily and Stephen, dating his wife Barbara (1985), reading, coaching soccer, gardening / landscaping, drawing, and carving. Tim and Barbara have four children David, Jonathan, Emily and Stephen

Dr. Samuel Baker
Associate Professor of Student & Family Ministries
Corban University


B.A. Biola University
MACE Talbot School of Theology
Ed.D. George Fox University

Ministry Experience

20 + years ministry experience, serving churches in So. California and most recently in Southwest Wastingon, in the following areas: sports and recreation ministries, youth ministry, children’s ministry, men’s ministry, adult minisitreis, family ministries, pastoral care and counseling, church administration, and Christian education.  Also serves as teacher trainer, camp speaker, conference workshop and seminar leader, church leadership consultant, and regular pulpit supply.

Professional Service

  • Member: NAPCE – North American Professors of Education (member)
  • Member: AYME – Association of Youth Ministry Educators
  • Member: Exceptional Kids Incorporated – Special Needs Kids Organization
  • Member: Kappa Tau Epsilon Scholastic Honor Society
  • Member of IASYM (International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry)
  • Member and certified instructor ETA (Evangelical Training Association)


  • Baker, S. Review of KidLead: Growing Great Leaders, by Alan E. Nelson. Christian Education Journal 6:2 (Fall 2010).
  • Baker, S. Et. al. “Thoughtful Christian response to uncertain times.” Corban Magazine, Vol. IV, No. 1, 17.
  • Baker, S. (2007, October). Apophatic and Kataphatic spiritual types: A descriptive comparison of the similarities and differences between Protestant and Catholic seminarians’ spirituality. Paper presented at annual conference of the North American Professors of Christian Education. San Jose, CA. [Peer-reviewed].
  • Baker, S. (2007, September). Understanding postmodernism. Lecture presented at the annual meeting of Children’s Ministers Training Conference. Dallas, Oregon.


Member, Kappa Tau Epsilon Scholastic Honor Society.


Has been married to his wife Alyson since 1986. They have two daughters, Courtney and Katie. “We also have a dog named ‘Cozmo” – I’ll leave it to you to guess his breed…?”  In his spare time Sam enjoys playing as much golf as possible, reading, hangin’ with family, spending time with students outside of class, and all kinds of sports and recreation activities.

Dr. Greg Trull
Dean of Ministries, Professor of Biblical Studies
Corban University


B.A. Ministry – Independent Baptist College
B.S. Education – Dallas Baptist University
Th.M. Christian Education – Dallas Theological Seminary
M.A. Old Testament – Western Seminary
Ph.D. Biblical Studies – Dallas Theological Seminary


Gregory Trull teaches Old Testament, bible interpretation and homiletics, serves as Dean of the School of Ministry, senior pastor of Valley Baptist Church in Perrydale, Ore. since 1992.


Started teaching at Corban in 1991. He previously worked as an associate pastor and church planter.


Vice-President of Northwest Evangelical Theological Society from 2001-02, President of the Northwest Evangelical Theological Society from 2002-03, Current member of the Evangelical Theological Society and a member of the Associates of Biblical Research

Steering Committee member; Expository Preaching and Hermeneutics Study Group;

Evangelical Theological Society, 2006-current

Home Church: Valley Baptist Church

Family: Trull married his wife, Tiffany in 1991 and they have three children; Bradley, Bailey and Bethany.

Interests: He loves the outdoors: camping, hunting, fishing, hiking and cycling. He’s also a hardcore Dallas Cowboys fan.

Favorite Verse: Ezra 7:10 because describes the threefold goal of any minister: to know, to live and to teach His Word.

Why Choose Corban: “Jesus spent three years with 12 students, one of whom flunked out. The remaining 11 changed the world. We spend four years with a few hundred students who can also change the world.”


  • “Proclaiming Proverbs without Overpromising or Underpreaching” Northwest Evangelical Theological Society 2006.
  • “Views on Peter’s Use of Psalm 16:8–11 in Acts 2:25–32” Bibliotheca Sacra April 2004.
  • “An Exegesis of Psalm 16:10” Bibliotheca Sacra July 2004.
  • “Peter’s Commentary on Psalm 16:8–11 in Acts 2:25–32” Bibliotheca Sacra October 2004.
  • “Making His Story Our Story: Models for Validating Applications from Old Testament Narrative” Evangelical Theological Society 2004.
  • Fabulous Finds or Incredulous Fakes? An Examination of the James Ossuary and Jehoash Tablet” Northwest Evangelical Theological Society 2003.
  • “Peter’s Interpretation of Psalm 16 in Acts 2” Northwest Evangelical Theological Society 2001.
  • Journeying with God. Purposeful Design publications, 2008.


  • Valedictorian, 1985
  • L.S. Ballard Preaching Award, 1985
  • Alpha Chi Honor Society, 1986
  • Donald K. Campbell Ph.D. Award for Bible Exposition, 2002

Dr. Gary W. Derickson
Ministries Division Chair
Corban University


B.S. Texas A&M University
M.S. Texas A&M University
Th.M. Dallas Theological Seminary
Ph.D. Dallas Theological Seminary

Professional Service

Member of: Evangelical Theological Society, Grace Evangelical Society, Rolling Hills Baptist Church where he teaches an adult Sunday School classes


  • “The Relationship of Endogenous Abscisic Acid to Peach Chilling Requirement, Bloom Date, and Applied Gibberellic Acid,” HortScience, 13:6 (1978): 694-96. Co-authored with Dr. H. H. Bowen
  • “Engineering for Transportability’s Role in the ILS Effort,” Translog, 12:7 (July 1981): 14-15
  • “What is the Message of 1 John?” Bibliotheca Sacra. 150 (January-March 1993): 89-105
  • “Viticulture’s Contribution to the Interpretation of John 15:1-6.” Bibliotheca Sacra. 153 (January-March 1996): 34-52
  • “The Cessation of Healing Miracles in Paul’s Ministry.” Bibliotheca Sacra. 155 (July-September 1998): 299-315
  • Study Notes on 1-3 John in The Nelson’s Complete Study Bible. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1997
  • Study Notes on 1-3 John in The Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Commentary. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1999
  • “Incarnational Explanation for Jesus’ Subjection in the Eschaton.” In Looking into the Future: Evangelical Studies in Eschatology. ETS Studies Series. David W. Baker, editor (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 2000).
  • The Disciplemaker: What Matters Most to Jesus. Co-authored with Dr. Earl D. Radmacher. Salem, OR.: Charis Press, 2001
  • “Matthean Priority/Authorship and Evangelicalism’s Boundary” The Master’s Seminary Journal. 14:1 (Spring 2003): 87-103.
  • “Viticulture and John 15:1-6” The Journal of the Grace Evangelical Society. 18:34 (Spring 2005): 23-43.
  • “Commentary Sneak Peak: 1 Peter 3:18-21 by Gary Derickson,” Grace in Focus 21: 2 (March/April 2006): 4.
  • “Matthew’s Chiastic Structure and its Dispensational Implications.” Bibliotheca Sacra. 163 (October-December 2006): 423-37.


  • Texas State Farmer, Future Farmers of America, 1971
  • Gamma Sigma Delta, Honor Society of Agriculture, 1976
  • Distinguished Graduate, Transportation Officers Basic Course 3-77 (Top Graduate), 1977
  • Donald K. Campbell Award in Bible Exposition, D.T.S., 1993.


Family: Wife, Rebekah; son, Ian (1992) Personal Notes: Writes fiction (fantasy and science fiction). “I enjoy seeing students grow spiritually and make life changing decisions to follow Christ.”

Dr. Kent Kersey
Associate Professor of Ministries
Corban University


B.S. Western Oregon State College
M.Div. Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Pacific Northwest Campus
Ph.D. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary


Enjoys reading (favorite book of all time: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis), watching good movies, listening to good music. Married to Terri in 1983; two children

Dr. Allen Jones
Assistant Professor of Bible
Corban University

B.S., Multnomah University
M.Div., Western Seminary
Th.M., Princeton Theological Seminary
Ph.D, University of St Andrews

Church Involvement:

Jr. High School, High School, and College ministry; Adult education teacher; Community care outreach; Children with special needs care; Short term missions work – South Sudan, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, Mexico

Professional History:

Adjunct Professor – Multnomah University; Elementary (K – 8th) teacher; Graduate lecturer – University of St Andrews; Online Instructor – Western Seminary


Loves spending time with his wife (Amanda), water sports – boating and white water rafting, reading books about the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible and interpretation, watching movies that require thought (…and plenty that require no thought), and spending time outdoors

Theology of Reformation
Dr. Gregg Quiggle
Professor of Theology
Moody Bible Institute


BA, Wheaton College
MA, Wheaton College Graduate School
MA, Marquette University
ABD, Open University


  • “Proclaiming Jesus in Water, Bread, and Wine: The Place of Baptism and Communion in the Gospel.” In Proclaiming Jesus: Essays on the Centrality of Christ in the Church in Honor of Joseph M. Stowell, ed. Thomas H. L. Cornman,  Chicago: Moody, 2007, 113-37
  • “Nothing but the Blood: The Substitutionary Atonement of Christ.” In Foundational Faith: Unchangeable Truth for an Ever-Changing World, ed. John Koessler, Chicago: Moody, 2003, 129-51
  • “R. A. Torrey.” In Encyclopedia of Religious Revivals in America, ed. Michael McClymond. Westport: Greenwood, 2006.
  • “Moody Monthly.” In Popular Religious Magazines in the United States, ed. Mark P. Fackler and Charles H. Lippy. Westport: Greenwood, 1998.
  • “How Christian Schools are Coping with the Computer Invasion.” Christian Advertising Forum. (1984).

Professional Interests:

History of Religion in America, Reformation, Christianity and Culture

Personal Interests:

College Football, Major League Baseball, Coaching Baseball, Military History, Biographies

Dr. Greg Behle
Professor of Christian Education
The Master's College


B.A., Biola University
Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary
Ph.D., University of Southern California

As a TMC (Master’s College) professor, Dr. Behle is a four-time recipient of the TMC “Teacher-of-the-Year” Award (1989, 1997, 2003, and 2008). In addition to teaching responsibilities at The Master’s College he has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California and at Biola University. His research and scholarly interest focus on the foundations of American higher education (historical, philosophical, and social); historical aspects of student life and collegiate culture; and the role of religion in higher education. He is particularly noted for his work on early history of the University of Illinois and the historiography of the land-grant college movement in general. His publications have appeared in Christian Education Journal, The Master’s Seminary Journal, History of Education Quarterly, Christian Higher Education and History of Higher Education Annual.

Dr. Behle is recognized in several biographical directories including Who’s Who in American Education and Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. He is a member of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) and the History of Education Society (HES). He has been inducted into Phi Delta Kappa, the international educational honor fraternity. He also serves as Academic Coordinator and as a short-term instructor for the Israel-Bible Extension (IBEX) program of The Master’s College. He is a member of Evangelical Free Church of the Canyons. He enjoys kayaking, travel, reading. skiing, and spending time with his wife Kelly, and his children, Brittany and John.

Dr. Kent Kersey
Associate Professor of Ministries
Corban University


B.S. Western Oregon State College
M.Div. Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Pacific Northwest Campus
Ph.D. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Enjoys reading (favorite book of all time: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis), watching good movies, listening to good music. Married to Terri in 1983; two children

Dr. Aaron Smith
Associate Professor of Theology
Colorado Christian University


  • Ph.D. Systematic Theology (Marquette University)
  • M.Div. (Bethel Seminary-San Diego)
  • B.A. (California State University-San Diego)

Other Experience:

  • Dissertation Fellowship, Marquette University, 2006-2007
  • Stipendienprogramm, Johannes a Lasco Bibliothek, Emden, Germany, 2006-2007
  • Full Teaching Assistantship, Marquette University, 2004-2006
  • One-half Teaching Assistantship, Marquette University, 2003-2004
  • Teaching Assistantship, Bethel Seminary, San Diego, 2001-2003
  • Eta Beta Rho (Hebrew Honor Society), 2002-2003
  • Zondervan Publishing “Greek Award”, 2001

Professional Accomplishments:

Professional Development and Conference Participation:

  • “Christocentric versus Theocentric Theological Methods in the Secular Age: The Significance of Karl Barth for Contemporary Evangelical Higher Education;” Secularization and Revival: The Fate of Religion in Modern Intellectual History, Third Annual Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture, Waco, Texas, October 2009
  • “Currents of Justification: Calvin’s Theology in, with, and under the Registers of the Geneva Consistory 1542-1544;” Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, October 2005
  • “The Expressive-Constitutive Word: Karl Barth, Charles Taylor, and the Nature of Language;” American Academy of Religion Upper-Midwest Regional Conference, St. Paul, Minnesota, April 2005

Published Articles and Book Chapters:

  • “God’s Self-Specification: His Being is His Electing,” Scottish Journal of Theology 62:1 (2009): 1-25
  • “Karl Barth,” in Dictionary of Christian Spirituality, ed. Glen G. Scorgie (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2010)
  • “Knowledge of God,” in Dictionary of Christian Spirituality, ed. Glen G. Scorgie (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2010)
  • “God Is As He Wants to Be: Letting God be God in the Relationship between Will and Being,” in Trinity and Election in Contemporary Theology, ed. Michael Dempsey (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, forthcoming)


  • Peter Opitz, “Calvin as Bible Translator from the Model of the Hebrew Psalter,” in Herman J. Selderhuis, ed., Calvinus sacrorum literarum interpres: Papers of the International Congress on Calvin Research 2006 (Gottingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2008)

Dr. Steve Casselli


Masters of Divinity, Westminster
Ph.D., Westminster

Steve Casselli has been Senior Minister at HTPC since 1998. Steve grew up in Columbus, Ohio and is a graduate of Denison University. He worked in campus ministry at the University of Michigan and served as pastoral intern at Park Cities Presbyterian, Dallas, Texas and Bucks Central Presbyterian in Pennsylvania. Steve received a Masters of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary (1994), and a Ph.D. from Westminster in May, 2007.

Steve and his wife Missy have been married since 1986. They have three children, C.J., Daniel and Katie. Steve continues to be an avid Lacrosse enthusiast and is helping grow the sport in the Tampa area.

Art History of the Western World
Dr. Grant Horner
Associate Professor of English
The Master's College


B.A., York College
M.A., University of Alabama
Ph.D./ABD , University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Additional Ph.D. work at Duke University
PhD Fellow, Claremont
Joined TMC 1999

Professor Grant Horner’s academic specialty is the literature, theology and philosophy of the Renaissance and Reformation, with primary concentration in Milton, Shakespeare, Erasmus, Luther, Calvin and late sixteenth and seventeenth century intellectual and cultural history. His research and writing has focused on Christian Humanism in the Reformation, particularly the complex relationship between developing Reformed thought and Classical Graeco-Roman pagan mythology and philosophy. He has worked on the citation of classical Greek and Latin authorities by Renaissance writers, published on theology and the arts, and is actively researching and writing a full-length work on John Milton and John Calvin. His book on film and theology is under contract with Crossway and will appear in late Fall 2009.

Horner was named “Professor of the Year” in May 2001, his second year at The Master’s College, and again in 2007. He has taught at the University of Alabama and UNC-Chapel Hill, and was appointed Hudson Strode Scholar in Renaissance Studies (1994-96). At Master’s, Professor Horner teaches courses on Medieval and Renaissance literature, Film Studies, Shakespeare, Milton, Drama, Poetry and Poetics, Comedy, Critical Theory, Western Art History, Epic, Christian Humanism, and Classical Latin. He also serves as Chair of Humanities in the Rhetoric School at Trinity Classical Academy.

Prof. Horner speaks regularly in a number of venues including national radio, particularly on current theological trends, philosophy and popular culture. He has spoken to Berkeley students on Christianity and popular culture, was invited to lecture at Caltech on representations of human consciousness in philosophy and art, and speaks regularly on the radio. He and his wife, Joanne, have three children: Seth, Josiah and Rachel, and they live in Santa Clarita, California. They love to watch and discuss movies! Grant has been involved heavily in rock climbing, ice climbing, and mountaineering since 1979, and he has made four one-day speed-climbing ascents of Yosemite Valley’s 3000′ El Capitan – the largest vertical granite cliff in the world. He is one of a handful of climbers who has done the route in less than 24 hours (usual ascents are 3-6 days). He spends much of the summer in the High Sierra on huge, high-altitude rock walls. He has recently rekindled a longtime passion for sailing around the Channel Islands off Southern California’s Pacific coast.

Dr. Colette G. Tennant
Professor of English
Corban University


B.A. in English from Ohio State University
M.A. in English from Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia
Ph.D. in English from Ohio State University

  • Began teaching at Corban University in 1995.
  • Areas of expertise: American Literature, Minority Authors, Creative Writing and Poetry (writing and reading).
  • Attends Salem Alliance Church and is the founder of Corban’s poetry club Pen & Chalice and theLiterary Arts Council. She is also the Vice President of Oregon State Poetry Association and a member of Peregrine Writers of Salem, Oregon, Modern Language Association, Oregon Christian Writers, and the Oxford Round Table.

Published Works:

  • In December, 2003, my book Reading the Gothic in Margaret Atwood’s Novels was published. I have also had approximately 40 poems published.

“As a Christian, I thought it would be wonderful to teach at a Christian college since I had taught at secular universities and colleges before. Prospective students should know that they would be hard pressed to find a more caring college than Corban. We have an excellent English department with lots of outlets for creativity.”
“I am married and have three children. Along with Literature, I am very much interested in music. I play the piano and write music. I have written six Christmas programs for children, including the scripts and music, and I compose the music for the Corban Theater Arts Camp.

I grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and still cheer for Ohio State’s football team. I was a pitcher for softball teams for 30+ years. I have played lots of tennis and have been a member of many USTA tennis teams.

My favorite place to eat in Salem is China Faith, at least some days. My favorite Bible verse is, “For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by me and Silas and Timothy, was not ‘Yes’ and ‘No,’ but in him it has always been ‘Yes.’ For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘yes’ in Christ.” I Corinthians 1: 19-20.

A quirky thing about me – I love rodeos. Here’s another – I got locked in a graveyard in Canterbury England when the rest of my family was 6000+ miles away, and nobody knew I was there!”

Dr. John Wilson
Associate Professor of Humanities
Corban University


B.A. University of Oregon
M.A. University of Oregon
Ed.M. Oregon State University
Ph.D. University of Oregon

Dr. Linda Samek
George Fox University


After serving as provost on an interim basis to begin the 2013 academic year, Linda Samek was officially named the university’s provost in December of 2013.

Previously, Samek was dean of George Fox’s School of Education (2008-2013) and served as provost at Corban University. She has also worked as deputy director and coordinator of teacher education for Oregon’s Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (2001-02) and as co-director of the Oregon University System’s Quality Assurance in Teaching Program (2000-01).

As an educator, Samek chaired a number of accreditation teams for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, and she’s been a member of various statewide task forces shaping public PreK-12 education, including the Chalkboard Project Task Force on Teacher and Administrator Quality and the Education Pathways Project.

Her hiring as dean of the School of Education in 2008 marked a return to George Fox for Samek, who taught at the university from 1996 to 2000 and was chair of the school’s Department of Education from 1997 to 2000.

In all, she has more than 30 years of experience in higher education. Prior to her four-year tenure at George Fox in the late 1990s, she worked for 16 years at Corban in a variety of roles, including chair of the school’s Department of Education and Mathematics, as an associate professor of education and mathematics, and as director of teacher education.

Samek earned a bachelor’s degree in science education/mathematics from Oregon State, a master’s degree in math education from Portland State University, and a doctorate in educational leadership from Portland State.

She enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her family on their farm in Sublimity, Ore.

Dr. Jay Casbon
Professor of Education
Oregon State University


Dr. Casbon received his undergraduate degree from Florida State University. He completed his master’s degree from West Georgia University and finished his doctoral studies at the University of Alabama. His professional experiences include careers in private and public education.

His passion for teaching eventually led him to Lewis & Clark College, where he served as a Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Professional Studies. In 1996, Dr. Casbon became Dean of Lewis & Clark’s Graduate School of Professional Studies, where he built innovative programs in education and psychology. His work as Dean included the acquisition, development, and preparation of the College’s South Campus.

During his tenure as CEO, Vice-Provost, and Professor of Education at OSU-Cascades Campus, the regional campus has tripled its enrollment, added new programs and faculty, and made steady strides in procuring scholarship funds for students. In a recent survey conducted by the Oregon University System (June, 2003), OSU-Cascades out-polled every state institution as a “university” of interest for Oregon students. T

Dr. Casbon’s latest scholarly contribution, Teaching with Fire: Poetry that Sustains the Courage to Teach (2003, Jossey-Bass) is a collection of poems that is helping teachers in our public schools to restore their faith in the profession of teaching. Dr. Casbon serves on several professional boards.

Modern European Literature
Jim Hills
Professor of Humanities
Corban University


B.A. Master’s College
B.A. California State University at Los Angeles
M.A. California State University at Los Angeles

  • Has been teaching at Corban since 1973.
  • Published 45-50 articles
  • Member of Bethany Baptist Church, where he teaches an adult Sunday School Class. He is also affiliated with Oregon Educational Assn., Shakespeare Society of America.

“Corban is a place where we learn to think like Christians, and by that I do not mean that we present our students with a list of approved ideas. We help them identify the big questions, and we read and talk together about how the Christian story is revealed in Scripture speaks to these questions. In other words, we think hard about what it means to be a redeemed human being in our thinking and doing, living out what Christians understand to be our identity and our vocation.”

“On a personal note, Bonnie and I have been married since 1965. I’m from upstate New York, she’s from Long Island, and we met in college in Southern California. We have four children and six grandchildren. She likes gardening, I like sports, travel and canoeing.

Traveling has led to some awkward moments, including being examined with more interest than I would have liked by a big barracuda patrolling a reef where I was snorkeling near Key Largo; and falling off of a boat into the Thames river between London and Oxford. (If you’re thinking of doing the same, here’s an important geographical note: the sea off the Florida Keys is warmer and clearer than English rivers. On the other hand, English rivers do not house large fish with teeth like finishing nails.)”

Dr. John Wilson
Associate Professor of Humanities
Corban University


B.A. University of Oregon
M.A. University of Oregon
Ed.M. Oregon State University
Ph.D. University of Oregon

Dr. Stephen Baarendse
English Minor Program Coordinator
Columbia International University

Baarendse, Steve
B.A., Taylor University; M.A., Indiana University; Ph.D. Candidate, University of South Carolina

Steve was born and raised in Austria, where his parents served as missionaries. Before joining CIU’s undergraduate faculty in 2001, he studied literature and art at Taylor University and Indiana University in the Midwest, and taught third culture kids at Black Forest Academy in Germany. Steve enjoys teaching, reading old books, helping to lead student tours to Europe, playing soccer, and spending family time with his wife and best friend Sara and their three children Abigail, Jacob, and David. Steve’s passion for his students is that they might grow into maturity in Christ—in every area of life (Col. 1:28-29).

B.A., Taylor University; M.A. (Art History), M.A. (Comparative Literature), Indiana University; Ph.D. Candidate, University of South Carolina; adjunct faculty, Taylor University, 1996; missionary and teacher, Black Forest Academy, Germany, 1996-99; teacher, Lighthouse Christian Academy, Bloomington, Ind.,


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