San Diego Faculty

Meet our professors at Bethel Seminary in San Diego.

Jeannine K. Brown

Education: B.A., University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire; M.Div., Bethel Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Luther Seminary

Experience: Brown teaches in local and regional church contexts on subjects of biblical interpretation and the New Testament. Her publications include Becoming Whole and Holy, Scripture as CommunicationDisciples in Narrative Perspective, as well as a number of journal articles in New Testament Studies, Word and World, Catholic Biblical Quarterly, and Journal of Biblical Literature. Brown is also a member of the Committee on Bible Translation for the New International Version.


Minoa Chang 

Education: Ph.D., California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University (San Diego)

Experience: Chang works with individuals who are diagnosed with depression, anxiety disorders, and other chronic mental illnesses, as well as individuals dealing with grief/bereavement, religious/spiritual, and cultural/acculturation issues. She also has experience performing psychological evaluations of children and adults. Chang is a frequent guest lecturer and speaker in community and professional settings, and she travels abroad to train pastors, lay counselors, and professional counselors. Her research interest is in the area of mental health aspects of short- and long-term missionary work.

Mary Cipriani-Price

Education: M.S., Villanova University; Doctoral-level certificate, University of Pennsylvania

Experience: Cipriani-Price has been a licensed marital and family therapist for 24 years and specializes in families, couples, sexual issues, individual issues, adolescents, anxiety, depression, power and control issues, and eating disorders. Her desire is to help clients and students know the living God and look at life and its difficulties through a relationship with Christ.

John R. Lillis

Dean and Executive Officer/Educational Ministries, Spiritual Formation

Education: B.S., University of Kentucky; M.S., Air Force Institute of Technology; M.R.E., Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary; M.Div., Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary; Ph.D., Michigan State University

Experience: Lillis has been a missionary in Bangkok, Thailand, and Manila, Philippines; taught physics, Christian education, and spiritual formation; and served as university provost and executive vice president.

Ben Kock-Hong Lim

Education: Ph.D., Texas Tech University

Experience: Lim was born in Malaysia where he worked for 6 years with the Department of Agriculture before moving to Singapore, where he studied theology and served as a pastor. An ordained minister, Lim has pastored churches in Malaysia, Singapore, and the United States for the past 20 years. Lim is a licensed marriage and family therapist and has his own practice. He is also committed to training marriage and family therapists in the Pacific Rim. Lim’s research interests include multicultural issues in therapy and in the personal lives of the therapist.

G. Keith Olson

Education: B.A., San Diego State University; Ph.D., University of Arizona

Experience: Olson has been a licensed marriage and family therapist since 1973 when he opened his own private counseling center. In addition to teaching at Bethel Seminary, Olson travels internationally to speak and present in Europe, Asia, and Africa. He has also published numerous magazine and journal articles as well as several books about adolescence, including his Gold Medallion-winning Counseling Teenagers. Olson’s research interests include alienation and other issues of integration between Christian theology, spirituality, clinical theory, and practice.

Glen Scorgie

Education: B.Th., Canadian Bible College; M.A., Wheaton Graduate School; M.C.S., Regent College; Ph.D., University of St. Andrews

Experience: Scorgie joined Bethel’s faculty after serving as academic vice president of North American Baptist College in Edmonton, Alberta. He has lectured in the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Hong Kong, and the People’s Republic of China. He is also a past president of the Canadian Evangelical Theological Association. His writings include A Call for Continuity: The Theological Contribution of James Orr; (co-editor) The Challenge of Bible Translation; The Journey Back to Eden: Restoring the Creator's Design for Women and Men; A Little Guide to Christian Spirituality; and (gen. editor) Dictionary of Christian Spirituality.


James D. Smith III

Education: A.B., San Diego State University; M.Div., Bethel Seminary; Th.M., Harvard Divinity School; Th.D., Harvard University

Experience: Smith brings 25 years of teaching and pastoral experience to the Bethel faculty. He previously taught theology and religious studies at the University of San Diego (since 1993) as well as at Eastern Seminary, Philadelphia, and Southern Seminary, Louisville. He has also served as senior pastor at churches in Boston, Minneapolis, and San Diego, and currently is on staff at College Avenue Baptist Church.

Mark Strauss

Education: M.Div., Talbot School of Theology; Th.M., Talbot School of Theology; Ph.D., University of Aberdeen

Experience: Strauss taught at Biola University, Christian Heritage College, and Talbot School of Theology before joining the Bethel Seminary faculty in 1993. He serves as the vice chair of the NIV Committee on Bible Translation and is a frequent preacher at San Diego area churches.