Living Faith is a Christian blog that interacts with a variety of biblical, theological and practical topics written by Grand Canyon University's College of Theology faculty and specially invited guests of the college. Our content provides practical and biblical advice from a Christian worldview for living our faith in the midst of an increasingly secularized world. In addition, our content wrestles with cultural topics and issues that challenge how we live out our faith as believers. For this reason, contributors to our Christian blog strive to write with compassion and apologetic concern to honor Christ and edify the church in every way possible.
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College of Theology Contributors

Jason Hiles, PhD

Dean, College of Theology

Jason Hiles headshotDr. Hiles is a native of St. Louis and Dean of the College of Theology at GCU. He studied sculpture, completed an M.Div., and earned a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Southeastern Baptist Seminary before becoming a professor. His interests relate to the doctrines of salvation and the church as well as the intersection of theology and culture.

“It’s difficult to comprehend all that God is doing at GCU. Incredible opportunities to serve Him present themselves every day. I am richly blessed to be involved in the College of Theology at a time when the university is experiencing explosive growth. Our theology programs are expanding in new and exciting directions, our faculty is amazing, and students’ lives are being transformed by the power of Jesus Christ. God is good!”

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André Mooney, ABD

Faculty, GCU College of Theology

André Mooney is a “military brat” of African American descent. He received a BSBA in Marketing (1996) and an MDiv in Theology (2004) from Golden Gate Baptist Seminary (Scottsdale, AZ). He is a licensed ordained minister (Southern Baptist Convention) and currently serving as a USAFR Chaplain for 943rd Rescue Group (Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ). He is married to Tanya and they have three children and two grandchildren.

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Bob Greene, MTS

Faculty, College of Theology

Bob Greene headshotBob Greene served in pastoral ministry in California and Arizona for 14 years, and completed a BA in Christian studies and an MA in theological studies, before joining the faculty at Grand Canyon University. Bob loves preaching and teaching, worship, surfing and hanging out with his three children: Justice, Micah and Dixie (the family Jack Russell Terrier).

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Brett A. Berger, ThM

Faculty, College of Theology

Brett was born and raised in Arizona. He completed an MDiv from Phoenix Seminary and a ThM from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. His academic interests include biblical theology and ethics. He and his wife of 17 years, Audra, have three boys. He enjoys coaching their football and baseball teams.

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Chip Lamca, MDiv

Faculty, GCU College of Theology

Chip Lamca is originally from Pennsylvania and has been in the Phoenix area since 2008. He earned a Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina and is working on a PhD in Missions from South African Theological Seminary. He and his family served as missionaries in Peru and Ecuador from 2000 to 2008 and continue the work during summers, along with Grand Canyon University students. His wife, Julie, is a student in the College of Theology; two of their sons work part-time for GCU; a daughter is a student in the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions and their youngest son hopes to attend GCU next year, following high school.

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Daniel Diffey, PhD

Assistant Dean, Grand Canyon Theological Seminary

Daniel Diffey headshotDr. Diffey serves as Assistant Dean of Grand Canyon Theological Seminary. He has his BA in History, an MDiv in Christian Ministry, and he earned a PhD in Old Testament before becoming a professor. His interests are in the area of Old Testament and biblical theology. He is married to Anne and has three children.

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David Farbishel, DMin

Faculty, GCU College of Theology

Dr. Farbishel is from Pennsylvania and also lived in Illinois and Texas before settling in Arizona where he is an instructor in the College of Theology at GCU. He studied and worked in engineering, but later completed his M.Div. and served as a pastor for many years before eventually earning his D.Min. at Covenant Theological Seminary.

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Hector Llanes, PhD

Faculty, GCU College of Theology

Dr. Llanes is a native of El Salvador and fulltime faculty in the College of Theology at Grand Canyon University. He served as pastor, completed a M.Div. and earned a Ph.D. in church history before becoming an online instructor. His interests relate to historical theology and philosophy, history of Christianity and biblical studies. He and his wife of 30 years, Margarita, have four children.

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Jim Uhley, DMin

Faculty, College of Theology
james-uhleyDr. Uhley arrived at GCU after 35 years of service to the Church as a pastor. He earned his Doctor of Ministry from McCormick Seminary in Chicago. Dr. Uhley is passionate about short–term mission projects and the relationship between Christian spirituality and addiction recovery.

“My greatest joy in teaching is hearing from students about how they are growing in their faith through the education we provide. Students often share stories of how broken they were before Christ showed his love to them and how they are finding hope and direction in their lives.”

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Joe Stanley, MDiv

Faculty, College of Theology

joe-stanleyJoe Stanley is a proud Texan from San Antonio. He has 25 years of experience in small church pastoral ministry. He has a degree in Christian Education, a Master of Arts in Theological Studies, a Master of Divinity and is currently working on his Doctor of Ministry. He and his wife Glenda have 2 children and 1 grandchild.

“After God confirmed my calling to ministry in various ways I decided to surrender to God’s will and enter the ministry… Little did I know that I would not stop at just a Bachelor’s degree, but I would also earn two Master’s degrees and I am now working to complete a Doctor of Ministry.”

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Joshua M. Greever, PhD

Faculty, College of Theology

Joshua Greever headshotJoshua Greever, PhD, is a professor of New Testament in the College of Theology at Grand Canyon University. He received an MDiv and a PhD in New Testament before becoming a professor. He is married to Amelia and has three children. Dr. Greever loves the local church, reading books and rooting for the St. Louis Cardinals.

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Margaret Koontz, MDiv

Faculty, GCU College of Theology

M. Koontz 2015 Head ShotMargaret Koontz is in her sixth year as a full-time faculty member in the College of Theology. Originally from Bakersfield, CA, she earned her MDiv at Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary in Fresno, CA. She has served in children’s, youth and cross-cultural ministries as well as pastoring small churches in California, New York and New Mexico. She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Hal, for 43 years, and has four grandchildren.

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Matt Hampton, MDiv

Faculty, GCU College of Theology

Matt Hampton headshotMatt Hampton is a native of Phoenix and serves as a faculty member in the College of Theology at Grand Canyon University. He studied business at Arizona State University before completing an MDiv from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary and then an MEd degree. He has adopted five children and is a foster parent. He is married to his beautiful wife Carol Hampton, and they preside in the Phoenix area.

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Pete Charpentier, DMin

Faculty, College of Theology

Pete CharpentierDr. Charpentier is a native of Louisiana. He earned an undergraduate degree in Biblical Studies and a graduate degree in New Testament. His Doctor of Ministry work focused on personal disciple-making in the context of pastoral ministry. Dr. Charpentier has served in various ministry roles for over 25 years. He and his wife have been married for 22 years and have two sons.

“Paul’s words to Timothy summarizes my view of classroom interactions: ‘You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also’ (2 Timothy 2:1-2, ESV).”

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Sammy Alfaro, PhD

Faculty and General Editor, GCU College of Theology

Sammy Alfaro headshotDr. Alfaro is a Phoenix native of Latino descent. He has an MA in Biblical & Theological Studies (’02) and a Ph.D. in Theology (’08) from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. He is an ordained minister (Church of God, Cleveland, TN) and pastor of New Day Church in Phoenix.

“In my late teens, I perceived God’s call on my life to full-time ministry… I love becoming a part of the great story being written by God in the life of our students.”

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Todd Forrest, MA

Faculty, GCU College of Theology

Todd Forrest, Faculty College of TheologyTodd Forrest has lived his whole life in ministry, growing up as a pastor’s and missionary’s son. He has been in active ministry since 1990, and continues to pastor today. He is a board member of Children of Promise International, caring for orphans in 12 countries. He and his wife, Debbie, have three children, two of which are GCU students.

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