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Tim Griffin

GCU Pastor and Dean of Students


Tim Griffin was born in California, where he spent most of his life. He briefly attended Santa Ana Junior College and Liberty University, earning his undergraduate degree from Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College and a Master of Arts degree from Moody Graduate School in Chicago, IL.

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Chris Cunningham

Local Outreach Coordinator, GCU Spiritual Life

chris-cunninghamChris Cunningham is a husband, a son, a writer and lover of all things beautiful. He graduated from Grand Canyon University in 2012 with a BA in Christian Studies. He’s currently working on his MA in Urban Ministry and hopes to one day find his purpose. “I’ve been a curious person since I was a little boy and always had a sense that something much deeper was going on in the world.”

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Nathan R. Hale

Life Leader Manager

nathan-hale1Nathan Hale is a husband, father, minister, writer and musician. He inspires, equips, and educates young Christian leaders for a deeper communion with Christ and more effective discipleship. “The Gospel is the reason I do what I do here at GCU. It informs my roles as a husband and father and has given me hope in my toughest moments.”

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Sheena Tracy

Spiritual Life Ministry Coordinator

sheena-tracySheena works in GCU’s Spiritual Life Department as a mentor to students in the Life Leader and Grand Canyon Servant Scholars Program. She was born and raised in Iowa where she learned the importance of hard work and community, relocating to Arizona in 2009 to pursue marketing and ministry. She is active in her church, Young Life, and enjoys reading anything, especially if it is by Tim Keller or Francine Rivers. “I am an extrovert to the max so I find the most joy when I am surrounded by others, whether it is sitting in my office and drinking coffee, or leading a missions’ trip overseas.”

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Danielle Rinner

Director of Spiritual Life

danielle-rinnerDanielle Rinnier is a wife, a mom, loves laughing and making others laugh. She believes that Jesus makes all the difference, and desires for others to experience the life and hope that are found in Him. She graduated from GCU in 2007, and again in 2011, and is currently starting a doctoral program at GCU. That’s a whole lot of GCU. #GoLopes

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Josh Sugata

Faculty Training and Development Specialist, General Editor

I met my beautiful bride through our old school district and we have two beautiful daughters together. Some would certainly argue that our daughters were our third and fourth children, considering our attachment to our two other four-legged miniature dachshunds.

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