909-558-8434; x. 88434 on campus; email@example.com
Dr Paulien received his bachelor’s degree in theology from Atlantic Union College, which included a year abroad studying in West Germany. His MDiv degree (1975) and his PhD in New Testament (1987) were both earned from Andrews University.
Early in his career, Dr Paulien was a church pastor in New York and Michigan before attending graduate school. After teaching at the SDA Seminary at Andrews University for many years, he came to LLU in 2007 as Dean of the newly-formed School of Religion.
He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Adventist Society for Religious Study, and the Chicago Society for Biblical Research. He has also served on numerous committees and study projects within the Adventist Church and professional organizations. Dr Paulien is listed in Who’s Who in Religion, Who's Who in Biblical Studies and Archaeology, Who's Who in America, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and the Directory of American Scholars.
Dr Paulien is a well-respected biblical scholar and a prolific writer. He has written dozens of book reviews, and has been published on topics relating to the history of the Adventist Church and the book of Revelation. He is a specialist in the Johannine literature in the new Testament (Gospel of John and the Book of Revelation), and the intersection of faith with contemporary culture. Many of his books have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Finnish, Japanese, and the Korean languages. He also takes special delight in seminars and presentations to non-specialists who can make practical use of the material in the real world.
Dr Paulien has traveled to the seven last cities mentioned in the book of Revelation and filmed a series of DVDs on location for the Hope Channel; written chapters on Daniel and Revelation and the apostle Paul for high school religion textbooks for the Adventist church; and conducted many television and radio interviews over the years. He is also a consulting editor of the Andrews University Seminary Studies.
Outside of academia, Dr Paulien enjoys being with his wife Pamella and their three children, and also enjoys travel, golf and photography when time permits.
909-651-5091; x. 15091 0n campus; firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Branson has been an active educator, mentor, ethicist, and advocate for social justice for many decades. He received his undergraduate degree from Atlantic Union College; earned a master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Chicago, and an MA in Religion from Andrews University; and his PhD in Religious Ethics from Harvard University in 1968.
Dr. Branson established the Christian Ethics program within the SDA Seminary’s Master of Divinity program while teaching at Andrews University (1967-’73). He has also held positions at Georgetown University as a senior research fellow at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, and as a professor of Ethics and Public Policy. While at Georgetown he also served on the Ethics Advisory Board of the US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.
Throughout his career Roy has been active in various causes from the civil rights movement to anti-smoking legislation, anti-poverty initiatives, and social, political and medical ethics. He has testified before congress, presented numerous lectures, and led student and professional groups advocating for improved health and safety here in the US and internationally. He is a past board member of Volunteers International Foundation, which is active in relief and development projects in Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Mexico, and Ethiopia.
He co-founded Spectrum magazine, an interdisciplinary quarterly journal, where he has been the editor since 1980 and continues to serve on the board of directors; was the founding editor of Religion and Tobacco Control, a newsletter of the Interreligious Coalition on Smoking OR Health (1992 - ); has served as president of the Association of Adventist forums, an independent organization (1970-72), and continues to serve on the executive committee of the board (1968-1972; 1975-present).
Outside of academia, Roy has been a member of the review committee and a media programs consultant for the National Endowment for the Humanities; served on the Advisory Committee to the Office of Human Relations, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists since 1984; and is a past-president of the Adventist Society for Religious Studies.
Dr Branson has presented numerous papers at professional and political events on topics ranging from church history and politics, to the changing role of the physician in health care. He has been widely published with articles in Christian and secular magazines and journals, as well as being the author of several books on a variety of topics including ethics and health policy to the Festival of the Sabbath.
In 2008 Dr Branson joined the LLU as the Associate Dean, and currently serves as the Director of the Center for Christian Bioethics on the LLU campus. He has hosted several Panel Discussions and Presentations, on issues such as “Adventist Advocates in the Public Square” and “The Healing of the Nations.”
Director, Center for Spiritual Life & Wholeness
Assistant Professor, Relational Studies
Dr Gober received her undergraduate education from Southern Adventist University in nursing and religious studies, which included a year of study in England. She completed two master’s degrees from Loma Linda University; a MPH health education and promotion (1985), and a MS in marriage and family studies (1994). Dr. Gober completed her PhD in religious studies from Emory University (Atlanta, GA) in 2008, where her doctoral focus was in the area of attachment, memory and meaning. She joined the LLU faculty in 1997.
Dr Gober has worked as a marriage and family counselor, a specialist in spiritual care & grief therapy, and as a health educator. She was instrumental in developing the hospital-based multidisciplinary grief programs that currently exist at LLUMC, which have trained hundreds of professionals throughout the years in the area of grief. She is a frequent speaker at professional and spiritual care conferences around the US, in the areas of forgiveness, attachment, spirituality and healing, and wholeness.
Her interest in the area of wholeness resulted in the development of a six-page research instrument to test the concept of wholeness in an academic setting. This included using qualitative research to first define categories that would be used. After developing the survey instrument, it has subsequently been distributed to over 2000 LLU students. It was the basis for developing the University’s Wholeness Portal, an online resource for those interested in creating, maintaining, and fostering wholeness individually and for healthcare professionals in their patient care settings.
Dr Gober is also the Director of the Center for Spiritual Life & Wholeness at Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center (LLUAHSC), the umbrella corporation which manages the university and the medical center on campus. The Center for Spiritual Life and Wholeness is dedicated to educating health care professionals across all disciplines on how to provide whole person care to their patients. The Center sponsors a number of programs to minister to the spiritual needs of students, staff, and patients.
Outside of academia Carla enjoys several recreational activities including biking, woodworking, and spending time in her orchard in a rural area close to Loma Linda.
909-558-3414; x. 83414 on campus; email@example.com
Dr Lampkin received his bachelor’s degree from Oakwood College, after which he earned two master’s degrees, both from Vanderbilt University; an MA in Theological Studies (1995), and an MA in Religion, Ethical Studies (1998). In 2000 he earned his PhD from Vanderbilt in Religion, Ethics, and Society.
Prior to joining LLU faculty in 2006 Dr Lampkin held teaching appointments at Tennessee State University, University College, and Oakwood University; and was the Adventist Health Study II Director at the Oakwood University Office. His research and teaching interests range from professional ethics, the SDA health teaching tradition, the role of clergy in disaster preparedness and response, and attitudes of Black Adventists to health.
Dr Lampkin has been published in professional and religious journals, as well as having written articles for peer-reviewed publications. He also received funding through the National Cancer Institute and conducted a four-year study on the “Barriers to Health Research Among African-American Seventh-day Adventists” from 2004-2008.
Andy has presented at numerous professional meetings and religious conferences on ethical issues in society and the Church, both historical and current. His topics have ranged from the controversy of the moral status of the human embryo, ethical issues surrounding stem cell research, the social crisis of HIV/AIDS, implications of the Genome Research Project, and ethical issues within the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Throughout his adult life Dr Lampkin has served his community in various capacities. He has volunteered with organizations as diverse as the ACLU, the Tennessee State Legislature, a Youth-At-Risk Taskforce at Oakwood College, and serving as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in Nashville. Since relocating to Loma Linda, he has served on many committees and special projects for the university and LLU Medical Center.
Outside of academia, Dr Lampkin enjoys walking on the beach and walking in the woods. His other passion has been restoring a 1972 Mustang over the past several years.
Professor, Ethical Studies
909-558-8103; x. 88103 on campus; firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Larson received his bachelor’s degree from Pacific Union College. He went on to complete a DMin (1973) and a PhD (1983) at the Claremont School of Theology.
Early in his career, David served as a church pastor for the SDA church in Southern California. In 1974 Dr Larson joined the LLU faculty of religion and has taught ethics courses to students from many programs and Schools across campus. His areas of specialty include medical ethics, sexual ethics, philosophical ethics, and theological ethics. It was especially gratifying to Dr Larson to be part of the team that gained formal approval to establish a Center for Christian Bioethics on the LLU campus with voluntary contributions in 1983. He was also very instrumental in gaining approval to begin offering the MA in Bioethics at LLU in the early ‘90s.
He has served as Director of the Center for Christian Bioethics, and is a member of the Adventist Society for Religious Studies, the American Academy of Religion, the American Society for Bioethics and the Humanities, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the Society of Christian Ethics. He is also a past president of the Association of Adventist Forums.
He has written extensively in professional and religious publications over the past few decades on topics such as “Sexuality and Christian Ethics,” “Money and Morality,” “Are Apartheid and Nuclear War Bioethical Issues?” “A Time to Die,” “Ethical Liability in Clinical Medicine,” and “The 1992 California ‘Death with Dignity’ Initiative.” His latest book, published in 2009 is “Christianity and Homosexuality: Some Adventist Perspectives.”
Outside of academia, David has varied interests which include going to the beach, horseback riding, travel, and growing small patio-size trees. He also enjoys working on two websites he created, where he shares his own writings as well as organizing and sharing information, articles, and thought-provoking ideas with his students and friends. You can visit him either at www.ponderanew.com or at www.somereligionstuff.com.
909-558-4945; x. 44945 on campus; tlevterov @llu.edu
A native of Bulgaria, Dr. Levterov graduated with a BA in Theology from Newbold College in England. Both his MDiv and his PhD degree were earned from the SDA Theological Seminary at Andrews University. His dissertation was titled, “The Development of the Seventh-day Adventist Understanding of Ellen G White’s Prophetic Gift: 1844-1889,” which combined his dual areas of interest and expertise in Adventist studies and historical theology.
His professional experience includes pastoring in Bulgaria and the United States, and since 2011 he has been the Director of the Ellen G White Estate branch office on the Loma Linda University campus, as well as a faculty member of the LLU School of Religion.
Dr. Levterov holds membership in Phi-Kappa-Phi, the Adventist Society of Religious Studies, and the Society of Biblical Literature. He is also fluent in the English, Bulgarian, and Russian languages.
He has authored numerous book reviews and articles, and continues to present lectures and seminars on topics related to Ellen White and SDA Church history.
Dr. Levterov is married and the father of three sons and enjoys reading, music, sports, soccer, and traveling in his limited free time.
909-651-5097; x. 15097 on campus; zplantak @llu.edu
A native of Croatia, Dr. Plantak received his BA in Theology from Newbold College in England. He then earned an MA in Theology from Andrews University, and a postgraduate certificate in Pastoral Counseling and Church Growth before receiving a PhD. in Theology and Christian Ethics from King’s College, University of London.
Early in his career, Dr. Plantak pastored in Croatia and England, and has been a youth ministries leader and speaker/presenter at numerous Conferences and Lectureships. For sixteen years he was at Washington Adventist University in Maryland, where he held various positions, among them directing a master’s program and chairing the religion department. In addition to his regular teaching duties, Dr. Plantak also developed several online courses (for both undergraduate and graduate levels) in the area of ethical leadership, public service ethics, and ethics in the modern world. He has also led a number of educational tours of the Holy Land and Europe.
Until recently he chaired the Board of the Center for Metropolitan Ministry (Washington, DC), is a past president and current member of the Adventist Society of Religious Studies, and is a member of the Board of Ministerial and Theological Education for the North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church (BMTE) and the World Church (IBMTE). He also is a member of the Board of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Other professional affiliations include the Adventist Peach Fellowship (APF), the American Academy of Religion (AAR), the American Philosophical Association (PA), Society for Biblical Literature (SBL), Society of Adventist Philosophers (SAP), and the Society of Christian Ethicists (SCE).
Due to his expertise in the area of Christian ethics Dr. Plantak serves on the Internal Review Board of Washington Adventist Hospital and the Institutional Biohazards Committee for research on human subjects of both Washington Adventist Hospital and Montgomery County hospitals (Maryland).
Publications include articles in professional journals and religious magazines, as well as a book on human rights and social justice.
Outside of academia, Dr. Plantak is enjoys a wide variety of interests, including travel, food from many cultures, and quality time with his family.
Professor, Theological Studies
909-558-3452; x. 83452 on campus; email@example.com
Dr Rice earned his MDiv degree from the Andrews University Theological Seminary in 1969. He received both his master’s degree (1972) and his PhD (1974) from the University of Chicago Divinity School. Early in his career he was a pastor at two churches in Southern California. He first joined Loma Linda University to teach religion courses in 1974; then, after spending almost fifteen years teaching religion at the undergraduate level at La Sierra University, Dr Rice re-joined the LLU faculty in 1998.
He has written extensive book reviews over the years, published in professional and religious journals; participated in numerous symposia; and authored several theological books.
Outside of academia, Rick enjoys traveling and spending time with his family, which includes two grand daughters.
Professor, Relational Studies
909-558-4570; x. 44570 on campus; firstname.lastname@example.org
“Pastor Randy” was born in South America of missionary parents, and spent the majority of his life before college in Latin American countries.
Randy received his undergraduate degree from Southwestern Adventist University, and his MDiv from the SDA Theological Seminary at Andrews University. He also has an MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from the US International University in San Diego, California (and is a licensed marriage and family therapist), as well as a DMin from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.
His career includes pastoring in Texas for more than five years before moving to Loma Linda. In 1987 he began work as a chaplain at Loma Linda University Medical Center. During the next several years he was also instrumental in establishing and leading the Medical Center’s grief recovery program.
Randy has been on the faculty at the LLU School of Religion since 1994. In addition to teaching, he has pastored the Corona Seventh-day Adventist Church, and became senior pastor of the LLU Church in 2000.
Dr. Roberts has spoken to many and varied audiences both nationally and internationally; has written articles for various publications; and has authored one book for Pacific Press, entitled, The End is Near (Again).
He is married to Anita, and they have a son and a daughter. His hobbies include playing sports, cheering for the Dallas Cowboys (!), and reading.
909-558-3413; x. 83413 on campus; email@example.com
Dr Sorajjakool, a native of Thailand, earned his bachelor’s degree in Theology from Southeast Asia Union Seminary in Singapore (1982). He holds two master’s degrees; an MA Religion from Andrews University (Extension Campus at Spicer Memorial College, Pune, India – 1987), and an MA Theological Studies from Claremont School of Theology (1998). In 1999 Dr Sorajjakool also received his PhD in Theology and Personality (Pastoral Care and Counseling) from Claremont.
Dr Sorajjakool has extensive clinical experience, having earned Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) units from the LLU Medical Center and VA Hospital in Loma Linda; the LLU Behavioral Medicine Center; and an additional CPE unit through the LLUMC Respiratory Intensive Care Unit and Oncology at the Behavioral Medicine Center. He also completed a pastoral care and counseling internship at Christian Counseling Service in Redlands, California. He has been a full-time faculty member since 1998 at LLU.
He has conducted research on the role of spirituality among patients being treated for depression, breast cancer, chemical dependence, and pain; and a study of cross-cultural factors enhancing female Thai AIDS patients’ ability to copy with terminal illness. In addition, he has authored numerous articles and books in both the English and Thai languages. They include “When Sickness Heals: The Place of Religious Belief in Healthcare;” “Spirituality, Health, and Wholeness: An Introductory Guide for Healthcare Professionals;” “Child Prostitution in Thailand: Listening to Rahab;” and “Negativity and Depression: The Principle of Non-trying in the Practice of Pastoral Care.” In 2009, he co-authored “World Religions for Healthcare Professionals.”
Dr Sorajjakool is a respected researcher and speaker outside the US, and has presented at conferences and symposiums in Thailand and Cambodia with topics ranging from ethics and tobacco prevention, spirituality and health, religious symbols and healing, and pastoral care and counseling.
Outside academia, Dr Sorajjakool has been involved in numerous projects and initiatives. One of his earliest volunteer experiences was assisting at the Mother Teresa’s Home for the Aged in Pune, India. From 1985-2002 he coordinated 19 micro-projects including health screening, personality assessment seminars, and construction of toilets, water tanks, and gravity-fed water systems. He also was granted funding for seven major water and agricultural projects from different agencies (AIDAB, CIDA, ADRA, Yip-insoi Foundation). He continues to fundraise and provide scholarships for 70 underprivileged children, medications for AIDS victims, and scholarships for at-risk girls in northern Thailand.
Dr Sorajjakool has also worked tirelessly to focus attention on the commercial sex trade and child prostitution in Thailand. Through his efforts, a member of the Thai Parliament, the Deputy Secretary General to the Thai Prime Minister, and the President of Young Northern Women’s Development Foundation were invited to speak at Claremont School of Theology, Claremont Graduate University, LLU, and other Thai communities in Southern California
909-558-6268; x. 46268 on campus; firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Thomsen has been teaching for the LLU School of Religion since 1999, with expertise in the areas of grief and bereavement, spiritualty and therapy, and integrative patient care.
Dr. Thomsen’s educational background includes a BA in Theology (La Sierra University), an MDiv from the Theological Seminary at Andrews University, a DMin from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a PhD in Marital and Family therapy from LLU.
He has pastored several SDA congregations in Southern California, most recently at the Loma Linda University Church as the Pastor for Family Life Ministry. He has also been a research associate for the LLU Center for Spiritual Life and Wholeness; served on committees and boards of non-profit and church-related organizations, including the Adventist Health System; and presented and published extensively on topics ranging from various aspects of psycho-social dynamics of religion to spirituality in family relationships. His particular area of specialty is in the neuroscience of spirituality, and he is known for bringing cutting-edge research into his classes, generating great dialogue and discussion.
In addition to his teaching commitments, he serves on the Professional Advisory Committee for Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at the LLU Medical Center, and on the LLU School of Dentistry Admissions Committee.
Dr. Thomsen is married and the father of two adult children. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, photography, cycling, and music (piano, choral, and guitar.
909-558-2251; x. 42251 on campus; email@example.com
Dr Sigve Tonstad was born and raised in Norway, where he graduated from high school. His undergraduate experience took him to Middle East College in Beirut, an extension course in France, and he then completed his BA degree from Andrews University in 1974.
He is a medical doctor (MD from LLU in 1979), earned an MA in Biblical Studies from Loma Linda University (1990), and received his Ph.D. from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland (2005).
Dr Tonstad is board-certified in Internal Medicine both in Norway and the US, and is a member of the American College of Physicians. While practicing general and internal medicine in Norway, he also was the senior pastor at a Seventh-day Adventist church in Oslo from 1991-98. This keen interest in the integration of religion, science, and health care led to his pursuit of a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies, New Testament.
Dr Tonstad currently limits his medical practice to patients suffering from diabetes, as well as holding teaching appointments with both the School of Religion and the School of Medicine since returning to LLU in 2007. He has published numerous articles and essays in professional journals and Christian publications internationally; has presented at professional conferences; and is the author of five books on topics as varied as lifestyle and health to “the Scandals of the Bible.” His latest book was released in 2010 and is titled, “The Lost Meaning of the Sabbath” (Andrews University Press).
Professor, Ethical Studies
909-558-4536; x. 47011 on campus; firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Walters received his undergraduate degree from Southern Adventist University and then completed his MDiv at Andrews University. He also earned a master’s degree and his doctoral degree from the Claremont Graduate School. He wrote is doctoral dissertation on “The Ethics of Martin Buber: A Theological and Philosophical Analysis.”
Before joining the Loma Linda faculty of religion in 1980 Jim was a minister for the Seventh-day Adventist church in Georgia and Southern California. He is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Christian Ethics, and the Andrews Society of Religion Scholars. He is a former executive editor of Adventist Today, and is a co-founder of the Center for Christian Bioethics at Loma Linda University.
His research has included the “Ethics and Aging Project,” funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities; and a recent four-year project funded by the National Institutes of Health – “Biological and Psychosocial Manifestations of Religion Study” – co-authored with a colleague.
Dr Walters has written a number of book reviews and is the author of several books exploring various facets of ethics surrounding nuclear war, health care for the elderly, ethics and aging, and a book on Martin Buber and feminist ethics. He has also written extensively for professional journals and religious publications on a wide range of subjects, as they relate to ethics. He has presented at professional and religious conferences over the past few decades on the ethical issues facing society today regarding aging, human cloning, organ transplantation, end-of-life care and decision-making, abortion, and many other sensitive topics.
Outside of academia, Dr Walters has volunteered as a member of the Claremont Ecumenical Council, as a Task Force member of the Association of Adventist Forums, and as a member of the board of elders at Loma Linda University Church. He also teaches a Sabbath School class on contemporary issues. He is an enthusiastic outdoorsman, and enjoys spending time hiking the Sierra Mountains.
Assistant Professor909-558-7008; x. 47008 on campus; email@example.com
Dr Yi returned to Southern California in 2013 after earning his doctorate degree at Fordham University. He also holds master’s degrees in philosophy and theology from Fordham, Fuller Theological Seminary and Loyola Marymount University in California
In addition to being fluent in Korean, he also has respectable skills in the German, Spanish, Greek, Hebrew, and French languages!
He has pastored churches in Southern California, New York, Tennessee, and Georgia, with experience in leading urban, diverse, ecumenically-minded, and service-oriented congregations. His teaching experience includes a range of subjects from philosophy and critical thinking to Christian theology, ethic, and religion.
He has authored numerous articles and book reviews, and has presented at professional conferences, symposiums, church retreats, and Camps. He is a member of several professional associations and has served in leadership positions for many years.
Dr. Yi and his wife and parents of a young daughter.