Classroom

Wisdom is built on knowledge. With a core curriculum and excellent teaching, students gain knowledge in the classroom, which they are then challenged to put into practice outside of the classroom. Each class trains students HOW to think critically, rather than simply teaching them what to think.  With the skills and knowledge gained in the classroom, a JWI student can take charge of their faith, no longer dependent on others to interpret their faith for them.

Classes

Pauline Epistles 1 (BI-3325)

Mandatory Class with the option to receive three units of Bible Credit through Moody Bible Institute at $210 per unit.
An expository study of 1 and 2 Corinthians, with attention given to the background, church problems, doctrine, and practical applications of these books.

Historical Geography of Ancient Israel (BI-2260)

Mandatory Class with the option to receive three units of Bible Credit through Moody Bible Institute at $210 per unit.
The Israel preparation class helps students get the most out of their two week trip to Israel as well as tie into the Old Testament Survey course. This class combines biblical geography, Hebrew culture, basics of the Hebrew language, as well as customs and practices of Jesus' time. This class imparts a better understanding of the land and context in which the Bible takes place.

Old Testament Survey

Mandatory Class not eligible for credit.
The Old Testament Class at the Joshua Wilderness Institute has three purposes. The first is to demonstrate to students their ability to study the Old Testament scriptures on their own. Many students today are prone to ignore the OT when it comes to life application, discipleship, or evangelism because they feel that it is either too difficult to interpret or too outdate to be relevant. The first purpose of this class is to dispel that myth. The second purpose of the class is study the character of God. Similarly, when students want to understand who God is they spend the majority of their study time investigating Jesus Christ in the New Testament. While this is certainly a good way to understand God, it is not all that has been revealed about Him and to get a complete picture one must look at the Old Testament. The third and last purpose of the class is to get a clear perspective on the overarching rise and fall of man's relationship with God as displayed in the OT. The Old Testament scriptures show such a clear pattern of man's duality and his constant fluctuation from faithfulness to faithlessness despite God's consistency. This pattern is important for students to understand because that same duality is present in our lives, despite God's consistency, and an understanding of His faithfulness regardless of our failure is a major key to ongoing growth in discipleship, and the avoidance of discouragement.

Theology

Mandatory Class not eligible for credit.
The Joshua Theology class is designed to give students an overview of the basic doctrines of the Christian faith. Our desire is that students will walk away with not only an understanding of what it means to be a Christian but that they would own their faith and practically live out what Jesus describes in the Bible as being a disciple. This is not a quest for knowledge but rather owning ones faith and striving to understand the heart of God and what he desires from his people. During the year we will cover such topics as scripture, God, man, sin, Christ, salvation, church, and the end times.

Acts (BI-2214)

Elective Summer Class worth three units of Bible Credit through Moody Bible Institute at $210 per unit.
Encounter the major changes in God's dealing with the world and His people in this key transitional book of the Bible. Trace the six major sections of the book, consider the purpose and historical context of the book, and study the major events in each section. You will learn the significance of the beginning of the church at Pentecost, the gift of tongues, Stephen's speech, the conversion of Cornelius, the Jerusalem Council, Paul at Mars Hill and the place and purpose of baptism. Apply the material in Acts to your personal Christian life and local church. Two exams test your knowledge of the content of Acts. Two papers give you the opportunity to do an in-depth topical study of the Holy Spirit in Acts, principles of evangelism from Philip's ministry or principles of missionary strategy.

Christian Life and Ethics (TH-110)

Elective Summer Class worth three units of Bible Credit through Moody Bible Institute at $210 per unit.
Christian living is decision making. This course helps you form habits of decision making in all areas of life that will honor the Lord. It encourages the proper development of relationships, ethical decision making, the development of a biblical worldview, the Spirit-filled life, the body life of the church and healthy interpersonal relationships.

Survey of Bible Doctrine (TH-2225)

Elective Summer Class worth three units of Bible Credit through Moody Bible Institute at $210 per unit.
Theology is the systematic organization of what the Bible teaches. In this course, the student will study what the Bible teaches about God's Word itself, God, Christ and the Holy Spirit. The course emphasizes using the Bible in evangelism and teaching, as well as helping others determine for themselves what the Bible teaches.

The Church and its Doctrines (TH-1110)

Elective Summer Class worth three units of Bible Credit through Moody Bible Institute at $210 per unit.
A foundational course, using primarily a Bible Doctrine approach that surveys basic doctrines of the church and their implications for life. Specifically, the course will survey Bibliology, Theology Proper, Anthropology, Angelology, Christology, Soteriology, Pneumatology, Ecclesiology and Eschatology. Special attention will be paid to key terms, concepts and biblical texts. The course also will introduce the various branches of theology.

Hermeneutics / Bible Study Methods (BI-2280)

Mandatory Class with the option to receive three units of Bible Credit through Moody Bible Institute at $210 per unit.
Develop deeper and richer skills in studying the Bible. In particular, learn to deal properly with matters of context, language, special forms (parables, types, prophecy and literary genre), theological perspectives, principles, and applications. This extremely practical course has numerous learning activities to help develop these skills, two exams over the material in the course and two papers on Bible passages (1 Corinthians 3:9-17 and Luke 15:11-32) to provide in-depth experience in applying the lessons of the course.

The Book of John (BI-2211)

Mandatory Class with the option to receive three units of Bible Credit through Moody Bible Institute at $210 per unit.
Come to know Jesus Christ better through the study of His life as uniquely presented by the apostle John. Learn the basic content of each chapter, follow the flow of John's emphasis on belief throughout the book, delineate the key events and teachings of Christ, and experience personal growth in your own life through them. One exam covers the content of the book of John. The paper allows you to do a more in-depth study of a miracle of Christ or John's teaching of Jesus as the Son of God.  

 

Books

 

A Million Miles and a Thousand Years by Donald Miller

Years after writing a best-selling memoir, Donald Miller went into a funk and spent months sleeping in and avoiding his publisher. One story had ended, and Don was unsure how to start another. But he gets rescued by two movie producers who want to make a movie based on his memoir. When they start fictionalizing Don’s life for film-changing a meandering memoir into a structured narrative-the real-life Don starts a journey to edit his actual life into a better story. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years details that journey and challenges readers to reconsider what they strive for in life. It shows how to get a second chance at life the first time around.

 

Tale of Three Kings by Gene Edwards

This best-selling tale is based on the biblical figures of David, Saul, and Absalom. For the many Christians who have experienced pain, loss, and heartache at the hands of other believers, this compelling story offers comfort, healing, and hope. Christian leaders and directors of religious movements throughout the world have recommended this simple, powerful, and beautiful story to their members and staff. You will want to join the thousands who have been profoundly touched by this incomparable story.

 

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

Mere Christianity is a discussion of Christian belief that has become one of the most popular introductions to Christianity and one of the most popular of Lewis’s books. Lewis uncovers common ground upon which all Christians can stand together.

 

The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning

The world assigns value to people using measurable standards. Someone is a successful student if she receives A’s. Someone is a strong athlete if he runs five miles a day. The Lord, however, knows nothing of standards. The Ragamuffin Gospel was inspired by Brennan Manning after he discovered firsthand what it means to live by grace instead of performance. His words bring new life and sweet refreshment to Christians who are tired of never measuring up.

 

Practicing the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence

To know God is to love God. The more we know Him the more we are able to love Him. Brother Lawrence, a monk in the 1600s, spent many years practicing the presence of God in his life. His key to this practice was that he strove to be consciously aware of God’s presence at all times. A renowned Christian classic, Brother Lawrence’s message has survived several centuries and still inspires many individuals to purposefully enjoy God’s presence in their lives.

 

Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster

Hailed by many as the best modern book on Christian spirituality, Celebration of Discipline explores the “classic Disciplines,” or central spiritual practices, of the Christian faith. Foster shows us that it is only by and through these practices that the true path to spiritual growth can be found.

 

The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges

“Be holy, for I am holy,” commands God. But holiness is something that is often missed in the Christian’s daily life. According to Jerry Bridges, that’s because we’re not exactly sure what our part in holiness is. In The Pursuit of Holiness, he helps us see clearly just what we should rely on God to do–and what we should take responsibility for ourselves.

 

Walking with a Limp by Brad Bell

You’re hanging out with God, and He’s probably a Facebook friend and you like His stuff. When asked about your relationship with God, you say, “Fine. Good.” But you have no idea. So while you read more, pray more, give more, serve more, share your faith more, and wait to grow more spiritually, the mess of life gets deeper and dirtier. Stuck is where you are – trying to become more like Christ – but never getting there. “Walking With A Limp” takes you through The Anatomy of a Disciple in a way that will both punch you in the face and pick you back up. Brad Bell uses the simple, not-so-sexy, but very intentional life of Jesus Christ to illustrate what authentic spiritual growth really looks like, and how you can become more and more like Him over time, no matter who you are or where you have been. Paperback includes a unique code to take the Anatomy of a Disciple Self-Assessment for free, which determines exactly how you are doing spiritually, and provides a personalized report showing you where God may be specifically growing you right now.

 

Scary Close by Donald Miller

After decades of failed relationships and painful drama, Donald Miller decided he’d had enough. Impressing people wasn’t helping him connect with anyone. He’d built a life of public isolation, yet he dreamed of meaningful relationships. So at forty years old he made a scary decision: to be himself no matter what it cost.

From the author of Blue Like Jazz comes a book about the risk involved in choosing to impress fewer people and connect with more, about the freedom that comes when we stop acting and start loving. It is a story about knocking down old walls to create a healthy mind, a strong family, and a satisfying career. And it all feels like a conversation with the best kind of friend: smart, funny, true, important.

 

Love Does by Bob Goff

As a college student he spent 16 days in the Pacific Ocean with five guys and a crate of canned meat. As a father he took his kids on a world tour to eat ice cream with heads of state. He made friends in Uganda, and they liked him so much he became the Ugandan consul. He pursued his wife for three years before she agreed to date him. His grades weren’t good enough to get into law school, so he sat on a bench outside the Dean’s office for seven days until they finally let him enroll.

Bob Goff has become something of a legend, and his friends consider him the world’s best-kept secret. Those same friends have long insisted he write a book. What follows are paradigm shifts, musings, and stories from one of the world’s most delightfully engaging and winsome people. What fuels his impact? Love. But it’s not the kind of love that stops at thoughts and feelings. Bob’s love takes action. Bob believes Love Does.

When Love Does, life gets interesting. Each day turns into a hilarious, whimsical, meaningful chance that makes faith simple and real. Each chapter is a story that forms a book, a life. And this is one life you don’t want to miss.

Light and fun, unique and profound, the lessons drawn from Bob’s life and attitude just might inspire you to be secretly incredible, too.

 

Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle

For twenty years, Gregory Boyle has run Homeboy Industries, a gang-intervention program located in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, the gang capital of the world. In Tattoos on the Heart, he distills his experience working in the ghetto into a breathtaking series of parables inspired by faith.

Arranged by theme and filled with sparkling humor and glowing generosity, these essays offer a stirring look at how full our lives could be if we could find the joy in loving others and in being loved unconditionally. From giant, tattooed Cesar, shopping at JC Penney fresh out of prison, we learn how to feel worthy of God’s love. From ten-year-old Lula we learn the importance of being known and acknowledged. From Pedro we understand the kind of patience necessary to rescue someone from the darkness. In each chapter we benefit from Boyle’s gentle, hard-earned wisdom.

These essays about universal kinship and redemption are moving examples of the power of unconditional love and the importance of fighting despair. Gorgeous and uplifting, Tattoos on the Heart reminds us that no life is less valuable than another.

 

Radical by David Platt

What is Jesus worth to you? It’s easy for American Christians to forget how Jesus said his followers would actually live, what their new lifestyle would actually look like. They would, he said, leave behind security, money, convenience, even family for him. They would abandon everything for the gospel. They would take up their crosses daily… But who do you know who lives like that? Do you? In Radical, David Platt challenges you to consider with an open heart how we have manipulated the gospel to fit our cultural preferences. He shows what Jesus actually said about being his disciple–then invites you to believe and obey what you have heard. And he tells the dramatic story of what is happening as a “successful” suburban church decides to get serious about the gospel according to Jesus.

 

The Dangerous Act of Worship by Mark Labberton

What’s at stake in our worship? Everything. Worship is the dangerous act of waking up to God and God’s purposes in the world. But something has gone wrong with our worship. Too often worship has become a place of safety and complacency, a narrowly private experience in which solitary individuals only express their personal adoration. Even when we gather corporately, we often close our eyes to those around us, focusing on God but ignoring our neighbor. But true biblical worship does not merely point us upward–it should turn us outward as well. In this prophetic wake-up call for the contemporary church, pastor Mark Labberton reconnects Christian worship with biblical justice. From beginning to end, worship must pursue justice and seek righteousness, translating into transformed lives that care for the poor and the oppressed. Labberton shows how to move beyond the comfort of safe worship to authentic worship that is awake to the needs of the world.

Teachers

 

Brian Butler

The Book of John

Brian Butler has been on staff at Hume Lake Christian Camps since 2007, first as the painter and more recently as a supervisor on the Support Services team. Coming to faith in Christ in his late twenties, Brian discovered a real passion for God’s Word and a love of history. After receiving an Associates in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute in 2015, Brian is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in History for Secondary Education through Grand Canyon University. Brian has been immensely “improved” by his wife Keri for 18 years and together they have three beautiful daughters, Megan, Abby, and Chloe.

 

Jason King

Old Testament Survey

Jason was born and raised in Bakersfield, CA. He married his wife, Andrea King, on November 18, 1995 (he still considers her his sweetheart). Andrea and Jason have three kids. Nathan was born in ‘01, David was born in ‘03, and their adopted daughter Liya (born in ‘02) came home from China in 2007.

Jason graduated with a Bachelors in Music Education from San Diego State University in 1996. He served at Bible Fellowship Church in Hemet, CA from March 1997 to November 2014 mainly as the worship pastor but also lead the assimilation curriculum/ministry, small group ministry, creative arts ministry and carried out other pastoral care responsibilities. Jason joined Hume’s staff in December 2014 to accept the Assistant Director of Adult and Family ministry position. Joining Hume’s staff was a “coming full circle” ministry experience for Jason, as he used to come up to Hume as a camper every winter and summer from 1984-1989.

Jason is currently working on his Master’s Degree in Christian Leadership from Multnomah Seminary and plans to finish by 2018. Jason’s interests are reading books on leadership, worship leading, music, collecting vintage Apple Computers, and spending time with his family.

 

Kevin Hibbs

Theology

Kevin joined the Hume Lake team September of 2015 as our Food Service Manager. He lived in Kansas from 2008 until coming to Hume where he served as the Youth and Family Pastor at First Baptist Church of Independence. Before Kansas, Kevin served at a Christian camp in Northern California for 7 years. Half of that time was in Food Service and half was in Program.  Kevin’s time spent in food service, program, and the church have given him a unique perspective of Christian camping and ministry having seen them from multiple angles.

“Here at Hume, Food Service stays very busy. In the summer alone we serve over 350,000 meals in 5 different kitchens. Our food service staff flip over 30,000 hamburgers, cut nearly 10,000 pounds of Tri-Tip, sanitize over 10,000 tables, and wash more than 378,000 plates not counting silverware, cups or pans. To do this we have 13 full-time staff and 60 summer staff.  The hours can be long while the effort put forward is intense and sometimes stressful. But all the work, all the money, all of the focus is for one purpose, that kids can hear and respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Food Service is a part of the body of Hume Lake Christian Camps, and all of the parts of the body are necessary for the mission of Hume to be carried out. That means that because a dish person is washing dishes, a grounds person is mowing lawns, a mechanic is fixing cars, a recreation leader is leading games, and a speaker is preaching the Gospel, kids are responding to the Gospel. This is why I do what I do.”

Kevin received his Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education at Biola University in 1999 and graduated from Liberty University with his Masters of Divinity in 2009. Kevin and his wife Brenda have been married for 16 year and have 5 kids, Richie (13), Audrey (11), Zech (9), Leslie (5) and Elijah (1 year).

 

 

Rachel Savage

Hermeneutics & Historical Geography of Ancient Israel

Rachel is originally from Fresno, CA. She grew up coming to Hume as a second home and she worked on summer staff over the years. Hume was always a place of key moments in her journey as a disciple of Jesus. In 2013, she earned a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Fresno Pacific University. After that, she taught biblical literature and interpretation courses at Fresno Pacific. Her favorite courses to teach were on wisdom literature, Matthew, the minor prophets, and Psalms. Rachel deeply enjoys mentoring and discipling college-age students and she is passionate about biblical literacy and cross-cultural mission and ministry. She recently married Jason Savage, who also works at Hume Lake. They share passion for ministry, and a love of languages and the outdoors.

 

Wagon Master “Chip”

Pauline Epistles

Wagon Master “Chip” began serving at Hume in 2017 as the Camp Director for Wagon Train. Before coming to Hume, he served as a youth pastor in his hometown of Bakersfield, CA. He has a deep love for camp ministry and a passion for studying and communicating God’s word. One of his greatest joys in ministry is striving to present the truth of the Bible in ways that are both intellectually engaging and emotionally impactful.
 
Chip holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from California State University Bakersfield and a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Talbot School of Theology.
 
Chip has had a lifelong love of comic books and superheroes, particularly Superman. His favorite place on earth is Disneyland, and his real name is being withheld to protect his true identity which thousands of campers are constantly trying to find out! (We got your back, Chip). He and his wife Anna are expecting their first child this fall. 

Speakers

 

Shea Sumlin

September 25-28, 2017

Shea is a teaching pastor at the Well Community Church, a multi-site church in California’s Central Valley. Raised in a non-Christian home, Shea was introduced to Jesus Christ during his sophomore year of high school. He later spent roughly 10 years serving in college ministry, where he met his bride, Tiffany. They got married in 2000 and have five daughters: Emma, Sara, Rebekah, Abigail and Hannah. Shea got his M.A. in Spiritual Leadership from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2003, then went on to pastor the very college ministry he was a part of. He enjoys watching football and playing basketball, and he loves his Blue Bell ice cream.

 

Todd Morehead

October 9-12, 2017

Todd Morehead is from Southern California where he currently lives with his wife Renae and one year old son Benjamin. He Directed and Co Produced the 2012 documentary, Promised Land-Israel through the eyes of Surfers. He is currently a student at Talbot School of Theology where he is working towards his Masters degree in Biblical and Theological Studies. Todd has worked at Walking On Water, a San Diego based Christian surfing ministry, for the past 11 years and has traveled to Israel extensively where he has led Bible land tours, and partnered with humanitarian aid organizations. He has a deep devotion and love for Israel and the Jewish people and desires to share it with the world. Todd loves to surf and to fly fish.

 

John Alvarado

October 16-19, 2017

John Alvarado is the director of Reflect Ministries, working with youth and children growing up in poverty in the north western region of Mexico. John brings over 20 years of ministry experience to the field working in some of Mexico’s most dangerous and volatile areas. With a passion for missions John has spent time working with tribal cultures and has ministered to groups in Mexico, South America, Russia, Papua New Guinea and Japan. John challenges youth to live their faith in action.

John and his wife Christie have partnered with Hume Lake Christian Camps for over 15 years helping lead youth camps in California, Mexico, Thailand and Hawaii.

 

Brad Quillen

October 23-26, 2017

Brad serves as the Formation Pastor focusing on adult ministry at Crossroads Church in Turlock, CA. He attended Simpson University where he earned his B.A. in Youth Ministry and earned his M.A. in Ministry Leadership from Crown College. He also works at Jessica’s House, a grief support center for children, teenagers, and families who have lost an immediate family member.  At Jessica’s House Brad works with families who have lost a family member from homicide or suicide.  Brad is married to Lori who teaches middle school. They have been married 11 years. They have three boys; seven, four, and 3 months old. Brad enjoys working on projects around the house with his boys.

 

Randy Alonso

Oct 30 - Nov 2, 2017

Randy is a teaching Pastor at Central Life Church on the Space Coast in Melbourne, Florida. CL is a multi-site church with a heart for Israel and the Jewish people. Randy has studied and traveled extensively in the Middle East and enjoys introducing people to the Hebraic Roots of the Christian faith. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Bridges For Peace, a Jerusalem based Christian ministry building relationships with the Jewish people. He also serves as President of the International Ministerial Fellowship and hosts Central Life’s daily radio program.

 

Dewey Bertolini

November 6-9, 2017

Dewey Bertolini…a committed follower of Jesus, unapologetically conservative in his theology, without being uptight, legalistic, judgmental, or angry. Hopeful in his outlook. Redemptive in his purpose. Joyful in his heart. Worshipful in his spirit. A man who prefers to define himself by what he is for: loving God, loving God’s Word, and loving people (rather than what he is against). He has been married to his dear wife Rebecca for 40 years. They have two grown children and four grandchildren.

Dewey is the co-founder and teaching shepherd of The Safe Haven, a loving and redemptive community of Christ-followers in McMinnville, Oregon. He brings more than 40 years of local church experience to his writing and teaching. Dewey speaks annually to thousands of students and adults throughout the country, inspiring them to a deeper, more authentic walk with Jesus Christ.

 

Matt Berg

November 27-30, 2017

Matt grew up in Ventura, California and after he graduated High School, he attended the Joshua Wilderness Institute in the 2011-2012 class. It was here where God changed his life drastically and where he also met his lovely wife Grace. Upon graduating from the Joshua program, Matt attended Simpson University where he majored in Social Science and minored in Discipleship and Education. He then moved to Bakersfield where he was a youth pastor from 2014 to 2017 at Calvary Bible Church. It was in February of 2017 that Matt made his return back to Hume Lake and is currently serving as Director of Wildwood Camp. Additionally, Matt is the Assistant Outdoor Education and Spiritual Emphasis Director here at Hume Lake Christian Camps. 

 

Robb Williams

December 4-7, 2017

Robb is the senior pastor of Verde Community Church in Cottonwood, Arizona (since 2007). He earned his bachelors and masters degrees from Liberty University and Liberty Theological Seminary, and his Ph.D. from Trinity Theological Seminary. Robb has been a regular at Hume over the past dozen years, as well as active teaching and implementing Evangelism Explosion in local churches throughout many countries.

Currently, Robb spends most of his time overseeing his church and Christian school ministries, as well as serving on the public school board in Cottonwood. He enjoys time with his wife of 26 years (Sarah), and their three children (Grant, 18; Emma, 16; and Ross, 13), working on old fountain pens, motorcycling, definitely Netflix-ing, roasting coffee, and stringing tennis rackets.

 

Fred Blackburn

January 1-4, 2018

Fred received a B.A. in History from San Diego Christian College (CHC) in 1990 and a M.A. in Philosophy from San Diego State University in 2002. He taught his first class at San Diego Christian College in 1991 and was promoted from instructor to assistant professor in 1997. Fred lives on the edge of western civilization with his sister and her six children. He is Uncle/Dad and even though a hermit at heart, laughs and rejoices at the bounty with which God has filled his life.

Fred loves trees, coffee, and people, not necessarily, but occasionally in that order. Everyone has a philosophy of life, although not everyone is a philosopher. Fred’s goal is to teach the students how to question and think, how to evaluate data and be aware of their own and others presuppositions. His applied philosophy is education over indoctrination, toleration over acceptance, faith over reason, and ultimately Jesus over self.

 

Dave Hansen

January 15-18, 2018

Dave graduated from Seattle Pacific University and Fuller Theological Seminary. He has spent many years teaching high school and coaching football, as well as spending 8 years on the Young Life staff in Central California. He also spent several years coaching football at the college level and in Europe. He is currently President of Students International, an organization that combines full-time mission work with the poor in community development along with providing opportunities for short term mission participants. He lives with his wife Janice in Reedley, CA and has 4 grown children and 6 grandchildren.

 

Eric Simpson

February 5-8, 2018

Eric is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University and has spoken in over 6 countries and numerous cities in the United States. He served in Ministry at Hume Lake Christian Camps for more than 17 years. Currently, Eric is the Pastor of Community Transformation at The Bridge Bible Church in Bakersfield, California.

Eric brings real life examples and humor to his messages. He desires for God’s Word to be central in all his talks. He believes that true life transformation only happens through the saving grace of Jesus Christ and is a walking example of how God loves to use the weak to proclaim His strength.

 

 

PJ and Sheri Lewis

February 12-15, 2018

P.J. and his wife Sheri have been working coming up to Hume since 1994. Their ministry is one of faith. Only faith can make trusting disciples of Jesus and develop a real love for God and others. P.J. is currently a pastor at a church plant for The Well Community Church in Kingsburg, California.

 

Lem Usita

February 19-22, 2018

Lem Usita EdD is a researcher, an educator, a writer, and a coffee drinker. Lem serves as a Professor and Director of the Henry Morris Leadership Scholarship Program at a small private college in San Diego. Lem received his B.A. from Cedarville College, an M.A. from Biola University, and defended a dissertation for an EdD from Biola University.

 

Brad Bell

March 5-8, 2018

Brad lived the stereotypical college life as a star athlete at CSU Fresno until he gave his life to Christ in 1993. The former defensive lineman has a Master’s degree in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. After marrying his bride, Jen, in Denton, Texas, they moved back to his hometown of Fresno. He was crazy enough to quit his job in 2002 to start a church with no financial support, no staff, and no building.

Brad and Jen have two daughters, Peyton and Kendall. One of his proudest moments as a pastor and father was baptizing his daughter, Peyton, at age seven.

 

Michael Smalley

March 12-15, 2018

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They bring a history and legacy of inspiring couples to love better.  Through their leadership, the Smalley Institute has begun to open up centers across the United States and internationally. Their popularity as nationally renowned couples’ counselors quickly grew through their straightforward, no-nonsense advice.

Their love story began while they were undergraduates at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Michael’s love for Amy was immediate, but Amy, however, took some more convincing. So Michael went to the ends of the earth (by becoming a college male cheerleader because Amy was on the Baylor Yell-Leading squad) to finally win her over. After graduation, they went on to earn master’s degrees in clinical psychology from Wheaton College in Chicago, Illinois.

The Smalleys have enjoyed 20 years of marriage and have three children Cole, Reagan, and David.

 

Craig Hill

March 19-22, 2018

Craig Hill is an affiliate Assistant Professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is also a member of the adjunct faculty at Biola University in New Testament. Hill has taught in university and seminary settings for 18 years and has served for over two decades in youth, and pastoral ministries. He also works with Standing Stone Ministry, a ministry that provides pastoral care for pastors. Hill also serves on the Board of Directors of Hume Lake Christian Camps, one of the largest youth camps in the Nation. He lives in Irvine, California with his wife Kelly and four kids.

 

Jim Cook

April 23-26, 2018

Jim is a former missionary in India, the Philippines and Sri Lanka. Subsequently in Honolulu, Hawaii he founded International Baptist Church and College & Graduate School of Theology. After 16 years in Hawaii he became senior pastor of First Baptist Church, San Jose, CA. He is presently ministering with International Ministries across this nation and around the world. He uniquely blends a world focus with personal responsibility.

 

Susan Leonard

Apr 30 - May 3, 2018

As a Certified Life and Marriage Coach as well as a Certified Biblical Counselor, Susan has over 15 years experience coaching couples and individuals through life’s challenges and transitions. Before Susan and her husband returned to Maui in early 2014, she was on staff at Big Valley Grace Church (California) as the Director of Counseling Ministries, Director of Single Women, and as a Celebrate Recovery Leader. Additionally, she oversaw both Premarital and Financial Ministries.

Because Coaching is solution focused and forward moving, it is perfect for people that are motivated to learn and/or improve their present circumstances to achieve a more balanced and satisfying life. Susan helps by Integrating Biblical truth and principles in order to work together to find and implement practical tools and healthy solutions. She desires to help people discover who they are and get to where they want to be in life.

Susan is also Certified in Sex Addiction and Crisis Incident Stress Management, with over 15 years Addiction and Recovery experience.

 

 

Trent Lewis

May 7-10, 2018

Trent Lewis is the Pastor of Ministry (oversees the GROW departments which pour into the lives of kids, students and adults) at Arbor Road Church in Long Beach California. He is a graduate of Biola University and has been working with students for 15 years. Trent is passionate about communicating the truth of God’s Word in an engaging and relevant way. He feels strange writing about himself in the third person but his wife Cora assures him this is okay.