Having served as a local church pastor for 25 years, and a district superintendent for 12 years, I have a passion for and deep commitment to the life and work of parish ministry. The church at its best lives and serves together under the lordship of Jesus in ways that the congregation’s life becomes a living and observable paradigm of the reign of God in Christ Jesus.
This passion led me toward the Seminary as a pastor, superintendent, instructor, professor, and now as president because I believe that what we do in helping to shape ministers of the gospel for the church should impact positively what happens in local churches all over the world every week.
My great joy is time spent with my wife, four children and their spouses, and six grandchildren. I love baseball (Chicago Cubs), music (especially big band jazz), and ice cream.
Melissa Spas is the Managing Director of Education and Engagement for the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving. She joined the staff of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in 2016, having spent two years developing new initiatives and strategic partnerships for Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs in Bloomington. From 2007-2013, Melissa worked for Leadership Education at Duke Divinity, where she contributed to the development, design, and delivery of strategic leadership programs and resources for Christian institutions. A native of Chautauqua, New York, Melissa is a graduate of Allegheny College and Harvard Divinity School, and she is an active lay person in the United Methodist Church.
Dr. Wang is a licensed psychologist, pastor, and associate professor of psychology and pastoral counseling. He is the editor of the Journal of Psychology and Theology and serves on the editorial board for Spirituality in Clinical Practice (an APA journal).
Dr. Wang teaches and speaks internationally, maintains a small clinical practice in Fullerton, CA, is the pastor of spiritual formation at One Life City Church and serves on the board of directors for Joya Scholars —a non-profit organization that seeks to inspire and prepare students from families of at-risk communities in Fullerton to succeed through higher education. He also does ongoing consulting work with the Global Aftercare Program of the International Justice Mission, an international non-profit organization devoted to ending the global slave trade and has co-authored their manual on Trauma Informed Care. Dave and his wife Vivian live with their two daughters in Fullerton.