Seminary Faculty & Staff
Freddy Cardoza, is the Dean of Grace Theological Seminary and the School of Ministry Studies at Grace College. Freddy oversees the faithful execution of the mission and vision for the School of Ministry Studies. He is committed to advancing the Kingdom of God by expanding the size, reach, and impact of the school, faculty, staff, and the dynamic programs they offer. Freddy also serves as Professor of Christian Ministry and Leadership. In this capacity, he equips Christian leaders for ministry impact, and trains disciples to wield the Word of God and the power of God, for the glory of God.
Dr. Cardoza’s most recent scholarship includes the primary textbook entitled Christian Education: A Guide to the Foundations of Ministry (2019, Baker Academic).
- Ph.D. 2005 Leadership, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY
- M.A. 1994 Christian Education, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC
- B.A. 1991 Church Ministries, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA
- Additional Post-Doctoral Studies: The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Tiberius Rata, Associate Dean of the School of Ministry Studies and Professor of Old Testament Studies, focuses on instilling in students a love for God and His inerrant Word, remembering the words of Ezra 7:10: “For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the LORD, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.” Rata wants his ministry students to become pastors who can preach and teach God’s word passionately and accurately, with a strong foundation on the principles of Scripture so they can be pillars in their churches, leaders in their workplaces, and model citizens in their communities.
- Ph.D. 2003 Old Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois
- M.Div. 1997 Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Mill Valley, California
- B.S. 1994 Urban and Regional Planning, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California
Matthew S. Harmon, Professor of New Testament studies, loves to help people understand the beauty of Jesus Christ as revealed in the Scriptures, seeing it as the key to life transformation (2 Corinthians 3:18). As a result, the focus of his ministry is teaching and preaching God’s word in various contexts. He has a passion for research and writing, specializing in the use of the Old Testament in the New Testament, biblical theology, commentary writing and the Pauline epistles. He is an active member of Christ’s Covenant Church, where he leads a small group, teaches Sunday School, and serves on the preaching team.
- Ph.D. 2006 Biblical Theology, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois
- M.Div 2003 Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois
- B.S. 1995 Communication, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
Rock LaGioia, Professor of Pastoral Studies, is passionate about building up the body of Christ by training the next generation of effective church leaders. Rock has many years of pastoral experience and enjoys preaching and teaching sound doctrine regularly at worship services, conferences, and seminars.
- D.Min. 2007 Preaching, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois
- Th.M. 1992 Practical Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois
- M.Div. 1991 Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois
- B.A. 1989 Pastoral Studies (Greek Emphasis), Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, Illinois
Christy Hill, Professor of Spiritual Formation and Women’s Ministries, has a passion for facilitating the holistic development of men and women into mature disciples of Jesus Christ, who are transformed by the experience of God’s love and truth. Saddened by the discrepancy between accurate theology and a living faith, she seeks to help her learners acknowledge that their operant belief system (behaviors, values, attitudes, motives) reveals their true beliefs. She then seeks to aid spiritual formation by resolving the gap between one’s professed belief system (correct theology) and actual beliefs.
- Ph. D. 2003 Educational Studies, Talbot School of Theology, La Mirada, California
- M.A. 1996 Christian Education, Talbot School of Theology, La Mirada, California
- B.A. 1992 Christian Education, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
Thomas M. Stallter is Professor of Intercultural Studies and executive director of the GTS Center for Korean Studies. Stallter has a heart for the world and for preparing others to reach out to those of other cultural worldviews. Whether teaching cultural anthropology or world religions or even methods of social research, his real intention is to prepare students for the impact of culture on relationships and ministry. “Relating to real people in a multicultural world with a relevant message that touches both felt needs and spiritual needs is our part in the mission of God.” After 18 years of service in Africa, he has now served 18 plus years at Grace College & Seminary preparing others to take his place. “Penetrating worldviews with God’s love and grace is our purpose. His love for the world is our calling. His Spirit is our strength. His amazing grace in our lives is our motivation.”’
- Post-Doctoral Studies 2006 Cultural Anthropology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois
- D.Miss. 1993 Western Seminary, Portland, Oregon
- Th. M. 1979 Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas
- B.A. 1974 Grace College, Winona Lake, Indiana
Alumnus of Grace College, earning a B.Sc. with a double major in Business Administration and Psychology in 1990. Earned an M.Div. at Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary and a Th.M. and Ph.D. in Theology at Wycliffe College in Toronto. 20+ years of experience teaching theology, advising and mentoring students at both undergraduate and seminary levels. Past Lecturer of Ministry and Spiritual Formation at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto and Theologian in Residence at St. James Church in Paris, Ontario. Previously, he taught for 11 years as Associate Professor of Theology at Redeemer University College in Ontario, Canada also serving as department chair. Editor of Christian Scholar’s Review.
- Ph.D. Wycliffe College, Philosophical and Systematic Theology
- Th.M. Wycliffe College, Systematic Theology
- M.Div. Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary
- B.S. Grace College, Winona Lake, Indiana
Alumnus of The Ohio State University, earning a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Church Administration in 1995. Earned a M.A. in Ministerial Leadership at Indiana Wesleyan University and a M.Div. and D.Min at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. Trent has 20+ years of experience teaching and writing Bible, ministry, and leadership related courses, advising, and mentoring students at both undergraduate and seminary levels. Trent also has 20+ years of pastoring and planting churches on the West Coast and in the Midwest. 15+ years working in college administration. Currently, Instructional Support Manager and Director of Master of Arts in Ministry for Grace College and Seminary.
- D.Min. Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, Lynchburg, VA
- M.Div. Liberty University, Lynchburg VA
- M.A. Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN
- B.S. The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Brad, a graduate of Cedarville University and Grace Theological Seminary, has spent nearly 25 years in Youth and Next Generation ministry. He loves serving on staff as the Lead Pastor of Family Ministry at Grace Church of Greater Akron and training the next generation of leaders by teaching Youth Ministry at Grace College. He and his wife Tara are the parents of Finn, Sullivan, Killian and Sawyer. Brad loves most sports, fly-fishing and being outside.
John is the Director of the School of Ministry Blended Program, an accelerated Bachelors/Masters program. He gives oversight to the operations and student support of the program.
- Th.M. 2014 New Testament, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
- M.Div. 2012 Exegetical Studies, Grace Theological Seminary
- B.S. 2009, Youth Ministry, Grace College
Gabe is the Director of Deploy, a Competency-Based Theological Education program. He gives oversight to the operations and student support of the Deploy program.
- M.B.A. 2020 Business Administration, Grace College
- M.Div. 2010 Pastoral Studies, Grace Theological Seminary
- B.S. 2006 History and Secondary Education, Manchester University