Meet Our Global Faculty
Since the program is a Global Leadership program, PacRim has sought faculty members who have diverse backgrounds and degrees. The initial program faculty have degrees from Harvard University, Yale University, Columbia University, Oxford University, University of Wales, St. Mary’s College at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, Kobe University in Japan, University of Pittsburgh, University of Southern California, Asbury Theological Seminary, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and the University of California-Davis. The initial faculty members are teaching at PacRim, Colorado Christian University, Oxford University, and Kobe University.
Here are the initial faculty, in alphabetical order, and their courses:
Dr. Teresa Bejan is Associate Professor of Political Theory and Tutorial Fellow in Politics at Oriel College, Oxford University, where she teaches in the Department of Politics and International Relations. She received her Ph.D. with distinction from Yale University in 2013. She is the recipient of the American Political Science Association's 2015 Leo Strauss Award for the best doctoral dissertation in political philosophy. In 2016, she was elected as the final Balzan-Skinner Fellow in Modern Intellectual History at the University of Cambridge. Before coming to Oxford, Dr Bejan taught at the University of Toronto and as a Mellon Research Fellow in the Society of Fellows at Columbia University. Her associated courses at Oriel are History and Politics, and Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
Dr. Bejan's research brings perspectives from early modern English and American political thought to bear on questions in contemporary political theory and practice. She has published peer-reviewed articles in The Journal of Politics, History of Political Thought, Review of Politics, History of European Ideas, and the Oxford Review of Education, and in several edited volumes. Her book, Mere Civility: Disagreement and the Limits of Toleration, was published by the Harvard University Press in 2017. It examines contemporary calls for civility in light of seventeenth-century debates about religious toleration.
Teresa will be teaching Political Thought and Theory in the Master of Global Leadership program.
Dr. Thomas Copeland is Professor of Politics at Colorado Christian University in Littleton, Colorado. He earned his B. A. in Political Science from Geneva College, and his M.P.I.A. in Public and International Affairs and his Ph.D. in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to Colorado Christian University, he has taught at Biola University, Geneva College, and Trinity College. His courses have included Comparative Politics, American Public Policy, International Relations, Politics of Global Terrorism, Political Parties and Elections, and Foreign and National Security Policy.
Tom served as Director of Admissions and Student Affairs for The Institute of World Politics, and was Chief of Staff for the Government Services Division of LexisNexis. He is a Fellow at the Centennial Institute and a former Fellow of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He is the author of Fool Me Twice: Intelligence Failures and Mass Casualty Terrorism, and editor of Drawing a Line in the Sea: The 2010 Gaza Flotilla Incident and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict; he also has published articles in USA Today, Christian Scholars Review, the Journal of Conflict Studies, TownHall.com, The Hill, and The Federalist.
Tom will be teaching Comparative Political Systems and American Democracy in the Master of Global Leadership program.
Dr. Aaron Friesen earned his B.A. in Pastoral Studies at Eugene Bible College, his Master of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary, and his Ph.D. from the University of Wales. He has taught at New Hope Christian College, George Fox/Portland Seminary, Life Pacific College, and Pacific Rim Christian University. He also served as Dean of Students and Director of Distance Education and Degree Completion for New Hope Christian College. He is currently College Age & Community Life Pastor at the Eugene Faith Center. He is a licensed minister with the Foursquare Church, a member of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, and a member of the European Pentecostal Theological Association.
Dr. Friesen’s research areas include Pentecostal-Charismatic history, post-reformation historical theology, Pentecostal theology, Luke-Acts, modern and postmodern ecclesiology, and practical theology. He has published numerous articles, papers, and book reviews. His book, Norming the Abnormal: The Development of the Doctrine of Initial Evidence in Classical Pentecostalism was published by Wipf & Stock in 2013.
Aaron will be teaching A Breviary of Theology for the Master of Global Leadership Program.
Dr. Randy Furushima graduated from McKinley High School in Honolulu in 1967. He earned his B.A. in English at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, his Master’s in Religious Education at Boston College, and his Ed.D. in Religion and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Dr. Furushima was the founding Dean of Pacific Rim Bible Institute in 1998. He later served as Academic Vice President, then Dean & Executive Officer, and then Dean of the Graduate School. He is currently President Emeritus and a member of the adjunct faculty of Pacific Rim Christian University. In addition to PacRim, he has taught at the Vancouver School of Theology, the Pacific School of Religion at Berkeley, and Union Theological Seminary of New York. He has been a guest lecturer at many churches and universities, and has led seminars at dozens of conferences and leadership events in twenty different states.
Randy was one of the first staff members for New Hope Christian Fellowship on Oahu. He was a founding pastor of Wellspring Covenant Church in Aiea, and he assisted in the founding of New Hope Town. He served as an Associate Conference Minister for the Hawaii Conference of the United Church of Christ, and a staff member in the national office of the United Church of Christ in New York City. He also served as Dean of Student Affairs at Hawaii Loa College and Director of Christian Education at four different churches on Oahu. He is active in the national Society of Biblical Literature, and received training to become a Bible translator through Wycliffe Bible Translators.
Randy will be teaching Understanding Cultures and Worldviews for the Master of Global Leadership program.
Dr. Michael Halcomb teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Theology, Hebrew, and Greek at Pacific Rim Christian University. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Lexington Theological Seminary, an M.A. in Biblical Studies from Asbury Theological Seminary, an M.A. in Linguistic Theory and Typology from the University of Kentucky, and a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Asbury Theological Seminary. Over the years he has taught at Asbury Theological Seminary, University of Kentucky, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Evangelical Theological College, and the Conversational Koine Institute. He is Lead Pastor of The Bridge Church (Nazarene) in Honolulu, HI.
Dr. Halcomb has published extensively, including books on Paul, Mark, inductive Bible study, Biblical interpretation, Koine Greek, and Amharic. He has preached and taught at Methodist churches in Kentucky and Michigan. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, and a Senior John Wesley Fellow with A Foundation for Theological Education.
Michael will be teaching Communication & Rhetoric for the Master of Global Leadership program.
Dr. Steve Hostetter is Vice President for Academic Affairs at Pacif Rim Christian University. He was ordained to the ministry in 1987 by Calvary Bible Church, and earned his Ph.D. in Educational Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 2003. From 1980 to 1983 he was a Youth Pastor, and from 1983 to 1987 an Associate Pastor. From 1987 to 2005 he was a missionary with SEND International serving primarily at Alaska Bible College, where he was a faculty member and then for ten years served as the President. In 2005 he accepted the position of Dean of Education and Provost of Oak Hills Fellowship and Christian College in Minnesota. He was appointed President in 2008, and served until 2016.
Dr. Hostetter is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), the accrediting agency for PacRim. He has chaired nine accreditation evaluation committees for ABHE, and has taught accreditation at ABHE annual meetings.
Over the years, Steve has taught more than 25 courses on the Bible, Theology, Christian Education, General Education, and Ministry. From 1994 to 2008 and again in 2013, Steve taught two-week intensive courses on “A Philosophy of Ministry” and “A Theology and Philosophy of Christian Education” for the Moscow Theological Seminar at Khabarovsk, in Far Eastern Russia. He taught “A Philosophy of Christian Education in the Church” and “Teaching the Bible” at the Mokahum Ministry Center, a postsecondary education institute for Native Americans. At Pacific Rim Christian University he has taught Practical Theology of Christian Education at the graduate level, and Critical Thinking at the undergraduate level.
Dr. Keith graduated from Roosevelt High School in Honolulu in 1966. He earned a B.A. in American Government from Harvard University, an M.A. in Philosophy and Politics from Oriel College at Oxford University in England, a Certificate in Japanese from Waseda University in Tokyo, a J.D. from the University of Hawaii, and an Ed.D. in higher education leadership from the University of Southern California. He is a Rhodes Scholar.
Dr. Keith began his professional career in Hawaii in 1974. Over the years he has served as an attorney for Cades Schutte Fleming & Wright; State of Hawaii Director of Planning and Economic Development; Project Manager of the Mililani Technology Park; President of Chaminade University of Honolulu; Senior Vice President of the YMCA of Honolulu; CEO of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership (USA) in Indiana; and CEO of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership (Asia) in Singapore. He has served as President of Pacific Rim Christian University since April 2015.
Dr. Keith has given more than a thousand speeches and workshops in the United States and thirteen countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa. He has appeared on more than a hundred TV and radio programs in the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, Korea, Australia, and Kenya. He is known throughout the world as the author of the Paradoxical Commandments and as a leader in the servant leadership movement. More than 250,000 copies of his ten books have been sold worldwide.
In addition to his administrative duties as President, Kent teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on servant leadership at Pacific Rim Christian University. His publications include The Case for Servant Leadership; The Christian Leader at Work: Serving by Leading; and Servant Leadership in the Boardroom: Fulfilling the Public Trust.
Kent will be teaching The Christian Leader for the Master of Global Leadership Program.
Dr. Tosh Minohara is Professor of U.S.-Japan Relations in the Graduate School of Law, and Professor of Foreign Policy in the Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies at Kobe University in Japan. He earned his B.A. in International Relations at the University of California-Davis, and his Ph.D. in Political Science from Kobe University Graduate School of Law.
Over the years, Dr. Minohara has been a visiting scholar, affiliate fellow, or lecturer at dozens of colleges and universities including St. Antony’s College at the University of Oxford, Harvard University, University of Washington, Seoul National University, University of Iowa, Leiden University, Stockholm University, Osaka Sangyo University, Keio University, Chuo University, Bosporus University, Ankara University, Cairo University, Kuwait University, Ritsumeikan University, and the University of California-Irvine.
Dr. Minohara currently serves as a fellow, research associate, visiting faculty, adjunct faculty, consultant, council member, or editorial board member for many institutions, including the Salzburg Global Seminar, the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University, Asia Pacific Forum, Palgrave Macmillan, Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, US- Japan Foundation Leadership Program, Kansai Association of Corporate Executives, University of Guadalajara in Mexico, Research Institute for Peace and Security Fellowship Program, and the Japan Association of American Studies.
Dr. Minohara has published monographs, book chapters, journal articles, and book reviews on US-Japan relations, Japanese history and politics, American foreign policy, and international relations in Asia. He write monthly op-ed columns for newspapers in Japan, and frequently provides comments for media outlets such as Channel News Asia, Straits Times (Singapore), and The Diplomat. He has appeared regularly on Asahi TV and Asahi Radio in Osaka, and NHK TV and NHK Radio in Tokyo. He gives approximately 60 talks per year for major firms and the general public.
Tosh will be teaching International Relations for the Master of Global Leadership program.
Dr. Matt Sanders teaches Old Testament and Christian Theology at Pacific Rim Christian University. He earned his B.A. in Journalism from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, his M.A. in Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and his Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from St. Mary’s College, University of St. Andrews, in Scotland.
Dr. Sanders has served churches in Hawaii for twenty-five years. He served as minister of First Southern Baptist Church in Ewa Beach, and Interim English Minister at Agape Mission Baptist Church. He is currently Senior Pastor at Wai’alae Baptist Church.
Dr. Sanders taught journalism, writing, and Bible courses at Hawaii Baptist Academy, where he later served as Director of Institutional Advancement. He also served as Associate Director of Public Relations for Southwestern Seminary in Forth Worth, Texas.
Dr. Sanders has taught Classical (Attic) Greek, New Testament Survey, Theology I and II, and focus studies on the Trinity, Pauline writings, Johannine writings, and anthropology for The College at Southwestern, Fort Worth, Texas. He has also taught New Testament, Old Testament, Greek I and II, Historical Theology and Pauline epistles for Wayland Baptist University virtual campuses in Hawaii and Kenya, and Systematic Theology I and II, Survey of Theology, and Doctrine of God for the virtual campus of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.
Matt will be teaching Exploring the Bible for the Master of Global Leadership program.