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.

Course Instructors

2022-2023 Class List

Subject to change before 2022-23 applications open

Hermeneutics/Bible Study Methods


Mandatory class with the option to receive three units of Bible Credit through Moody Bible Institute at $220 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.

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Old Testament Survey


Mandatory class with the option to receive four units of Bible Credit through Moody Bible Institute at $220 per unit

A chronological survey of Old Testament people, places, and events, this course highlights the
basic message of the Old Testament books, their contribution to God’s redemptive storyline, and their significance for Christian thought and practice.

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New Testament Survey


Mandatory class with the option to receive four units of Bible Credit through Moody Bible Institute at $220 per unit

A chronological survey of New Testament people, places, and events, this course highlights the
basic message of the New Testament books, their contribution to God’s redemptive storyline, and their significance for Christian thought and practice.

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Historical Geography of Ancient Israel


Mandatory class with the option to receive three units of Bible Credit through Moody Bible Institute at $220 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.

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Spiritual Formation

Mandatory class. Not eligible for credits.

This course equips students to integrate spiritual disciplines and biblical wisdom into their

relationship with Christ, their community, and, in turn, daily living. Through this course,

students will be given resources and platforms to develop a deeper understanding of the movement of the Holy Spirit, life application of the Biblical narrative, and spiritual community development.

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Mandatory class. Not eligible for credits.

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; it is an opportunity
for students to own their faith and strive to understand the heart of God and what he desires from
his people.

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Elective Summer Class worth three units of Bible Credit through Moody Bible Institute at $220 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 and apply the material
in Acts to your personal Christian life and local church.

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Christian Life and Ethics


Elective Summer Class worth three units of Bible Credit through Moody Bible Institute at $220 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.

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Survey of Bible Doctrine


Elective Summer Class worth three units of Bible Credit through Moody Bible Institute at $220 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.

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The Church and its Doctrines


Elective Summer Class worth three units of Bible Credit through Moody Bible Institute at $220 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.

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Course Book Studies

Your God is Too Safe

Mark Buchanan

A Tale of Three Kings

Gene Edwards

Mere Christianity

C.S. Lewis

The Ragamuffin Gospel

Brennan Manning

Practicing the Presence of God

Brother Lawrence

Life Together

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Embracing Obscurity


A Little Book for New Theologians: Why and How to Study Theology

Kelly M Kapic

The Pursuit of Holiness

Jerry Bridges

When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself

Steve Corbett

Love Does

Bob Goff

Tattoos on the Heart

Gregory Boyle


David Platt


The Dangerous Act of Worship

Mark Labberton


The Gospel at Work

Sebastian Traeger & Greg Gilbert

Course Instructors

Course instructors to be announced before start of 2022-2023 school year.

Guest Speakers

Matt Jensen

sep 21 – 24, 2020

Matt was born and raised in Lancaster, California. In his early years, he experienced the gospel that is the power of God for salvation for all who believe. Matt is an education pastor at Lake Almanor Community Church in California. He began serving in his youth group when he was about 15 and this led to full time ministry as a youth pastor after college. He and his wife Marlo served at Youth World as some of LACC’s missionaries in Ecuador. They  have two awesome children, Mikayla and Nicolas. 

About Matt

Chris Schultz

sep 28 – oct 1, 2020

A former college basketball coach and high school athletic director, Chris is the executive pastor at The Well Community Church in Fresno, CA. Chris believes in walking daily in obedience and considers it a privilege to utilize his gifts of leadership and coaching to help individuals and groups grow in Christ-likeness and live on mission with each other. He has a master’s degree in Leadership and Organizational Studies from Fresno Pacific University and is passionate about what makes healthy communities and the people who lead them. He and his bride, Jennifer, have four (that’s right four) beautiful daughters, Kamryn, Addison, Tessa, Samantha.

About Chris

John & Christie Alvarado

Oct 5 – 8, 2020

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 many 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 partner with Hume Lake Christian Camps helping lead youth camps in California, Mexico, Thailand and Hawaii.

About John & Christie

Nick & Jess Connolly

Oct 12 – 15, 2020

When Jess Connolly was 15, she would’ve been voted least likely to succeed and probably definitely least likely to grow up and talk about God. But she went on a retreat where she decided she wanted a relationship with Him and mostly never looked back. Shortly after meeting Jesus, Jess met a handsome looking dude in her new church’s youth group named Nick – they’re now married with four kids: Elias, Gloriana, Benjamin, and Cannon. Jess and Nick live and do their thing in Charleston, SC and biasedly believe it’s the greatest city in America. Five years ago, they planted a church in downtown Charleston called Bright City where Nick is the lead pastor. Jess has been blessed to do work online and abroad. She started Naptime Diaries, now All Good Things Collective in 2011, cofounded SheReadsTruth in 2012, and has written four books: Wild and Free and Always Enough Never Too Much (cowritten with Hayley Morgan), Dance Stand Run, and a new book set for release this fall. Jess is passionate about her family, God’s word, and seeing women and her entire generation take their place in the Kingdom.

About Nick & Jess

Brian Holland

OCT 19 – 22, 2020

Brian Holland is a pastor in Southern California who started teaching high school students then transitioned to young adults and now is currently the Teaching and Campus Pastor for the Claremont campus of Purpose Church. He is an outstanding speaker; he’s captivating, funny, but most importantly Brian’s purpose for ministry is to exalt Jesus as the greatest – one life at a time. He gets to be married to his incredible wife, Kelley, and has two amazing sons, Tyler and Dylan.

About M

Tim Hamilton

NOV 2 – 5, 2020

Tim Hamilton has been a follower of Jesus since 1970.  Over the years he has served as a pastor, an assistant pastor, Bible school teacher and is currently the principal at Calvary Chapel Christian School in Moreno Valley, CA. Tim’s educational background is in Comparative Literature (BA from CSULB) and Bible (certificate of completion from Calvary Chapel Bible College). Tim and his wife Denise have four adult children and four adorable grandchildren. He loves to cook, listen to classical music, hike, and is a loyal fan of the Angels baseball team.

About Tim

Matt Berg

nov 9 – 12, 2020

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. 

About Matt

Dave Larson

NOV 30 – Dec 3, 2020

Dave is the Lead Pastor of New Life in Turlock, CA. His desire to teach and lead in a way that is real, transparent, and practical has led New Life to live out their mission of “loving people one step closer to Jesus.” Dave and his wife Gena have 4 adult children and 1 grandson. He enjoys cycling, running, hiking, coffee with lots of hazelnut creamer, and is currently addicted to “The Great British Baking Show.”

About Dave

DJ Criner

Dec 7 – 10, 2020

D.J. Criner is the pastor over the congregation at Saint Rest Baptist Church in Fresno, CA. He accepted a full ride scholarship to CSU Fresno, while there, he majored in Sociology. He then continued his education at Fresno Pacific University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Business with an emphasis on Organizational Leadership. D.J. has a unique ability to break the text down with simplicity so that the smallest babe in Christ can understand. He is charismatic and humble. His smile warms even the hardest heart. More than anything else, he is a man after God’s heart. D.J. is married to his best friend and confidant, the lovely Jessica Lauren. Lady “J” is an amazing choir director and serves as a social worker for a faith based foster care agency. Pastor DJ and Lady J are the proud parents of three beautiful girls, Faith Mia, Jesselle Emily, and Riley Joyce who are being raised and trained according to the Word of God.

About DJ

Chris Wienand

Dec 14 – 17, 2020

My deepest passion is to father, mentor, coach and empower others to live out their God story. Added to this is to walk alongside church planters and pastors to encourage and strengthen them on their gospel story. In doing this we see healthy, multiplying, throbbing local churches, rich on divine assignment.

About Chris

Fred Blackburn

jan 4 – 7, 2021

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.

About Fred
Jeff Lilley

Jeff Lilley

Jan 11 – 14, 2021

Jeff spent nearly 30 years living and working with Hume Lake Christian Camps; and nine years in Seattle working with Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission, serving the poor, broken, and homeless in the inner city.  He and his wife, Eugenie, now live in Fullerton, CA, where he is the executive pastor and serves as one of the teaching pastors for a large church in Orange County.  They have five adult children, and an entire passel of grandchildren.  He and Eugenie love road trips and exploring new places.  They love camping, kayaking, and contributing to the mischief of their grandkids.  He has a creative, visionary mind and enjoys inspiring others to live better stories.

About Jeff

Dave Hansen

Jan 18 – 21, 2021

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.

About Dave

P.J. Lewis

Feb 8 -11, 2021

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.

About P.J.

Brad Bell

feb 15 – 18, 2021

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.

About Brad

Lem Usita Ed.D

Feb 22 – 25, 2021

Dr. Lem Usita comes with experience in Christian higher education as a professor and was a former VP for Student Life. He has been training pastors and leaders for almost 2 decades and is excited about what God is doing at Daybreak Church and at the Daybreak Leadership College.

About Lem

Dewey Bertolini

mar 8 – 11, 2021

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 41 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.

About Dewey

Dr. Erik Thoennes

mar 15 – 18, 2021

Erik Thoennes is Professor and Chair of the Theology Department at Biola University and is a pastor at Grace EVFree, La Mirada. He was voted Professor of the Year twice, and was awarded the Faculty Excellence Award by his colleagues at Biola University. He is the author of “Life’s Biggest Questions: What the Bible Says About the Things that Matter Most,” and “Biblical and Theological Studies: A Student’s Guide,” Erik and his wife Donna have four children; Caroline, Paige, Samuel, and Isaac.

About Erik

Mike and Susan Leonard

Mar 22 – 25, 2021

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.

About Mike and Susan

Chris Simning

APR 19 – 22, 2021

Chris Simning is a remarkable storyteller. He has a personal story to share that is timeless and compelling, endearing him to people of all ages. What captivates his audiences worldwide is not just his voice, but rather the manner in which the Lord uses his platform to share about the reality of brokenness, the provision of God in the midst of it, and the resiliency of the Gospel message in what may be deemed tragic. His hope in Jesus has ignited a passion in Chris to speak about the experience of finding purpose in the midst of a life filled with challenges.

Chris is not a disabled speaker but a speaker who just so happens to have a disability. His story provides hope in a world that seems bleak, and encourages people who need to be inspired by the faithfulness of the Lord, Who is with us even when His presence is not felt. His zeal for the Bible, not to mention his humorous personality, is contagious. Chris speaks to churches, retreats, and youth conferences nationally as well as internationally.

About Chris

Trent Lewis

Apr 26 – 29, 2021

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.

About Trent

Dr. Jim Cook

May 3 – 6, 2021

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.

About Jim