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.

2018-19 Class List



Mandatory class with the option to receive three units of Bible Credit through Moody Bible Institute at $210 per unit

In this course, students develop deeper and richer skills in studying the Bible as they learn to deal
properly with matters of historical context, language, literary devices, theological perspectives,
principles, and application. This extremely practical course has numerous learning activities to
help develop these skills so that students are empowered to engage the Bible intelligently,
faithfully and with integrity.

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The Book of John


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. Students practice the skills of in-depth study as they 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.

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Pauline Epistles I


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.

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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 $210 per unit.

This course combines biblical geography, Hebrew culture, basics of the Hebrew language, as
well as customs and practices of Jesus’ time. It also provides a context foundation for students as
they read the Old Testament and Gospels. The goal of this class is to impart a better
understanding of the land and context in which the Bible takes place and culminates in a two-
week study tour of Israel.

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Old Testament Survey

Mandatory class. Not eligible for credits.

This year-long course takes students through each book of the Old Testament. The class traces the character of God, following the story of Israel from Genesis to Malachi. In the course, students will explore the historical context of the ancient world and wrestle with theological and ethical themes, gaining the confidence and familiarity with the text to study the Old Testament on their own. 

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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 $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 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 $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.

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Survey of Bible Doctrine


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.

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The Church and its Doctrines


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.

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A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

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.

A Tale of Three Kings

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

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

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

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.

Devotional Classics: Revised Edition

Richard J. Foster

Devotional Classics: Revised Edition is an updated and expanded edition of Renovaré’s companion to the devotional life. Edited by Richard J. Foster and James Bryan Smith, this version incorporates all six traditions, or “streams,” that comprise a healthy and holistic life of Christian faith. The fifty-two selections in Devotional Classics have been organized to introduce the reader to the great Christian devotional writers over the course of one year, through an introduction and meditation by Foster, a related biblical passage, discussion questions, and individual and group exercises. Devotional Classics is indispensable for those looking for a deeper and more balanced spiritual life.

Life Together in Christ: Experiencing Transformation in Community

Ruth Haley Barton

2014 Best Book of Spiritual Formation, from Byron Borger, Hearts and Minds Bookstore Have you joined a church or small group in hopes of experiencing real life change, only to be disappointed? Have you sat through inspiring sermons about what is possible when Christians gather together in mutually edifying relationships, only to recognize how cynical you have become after many failed attempts? Community may be one of the most over-promised, under-delivered aspects of the Christian life today. Individuals remain selfish and stuck in their ways. Communities become spiritually lifeless or even fall apart because we don’t know how to experience transformation together. Transforming community does not come primarily from listening to inspiring preaching or adding another church program. It emerges as we embrace a shared commitment to the attitudes, practices and behaviors that open us to Christ in our midst. And that’s where Life Together in Christ comes in. Reflecting on the story of the two disciples who meet Christ on the Emmaus Road, Ruth Haley Barton offers this interactive guide for small groups of spiritual companions who are ready to encounter Christ in transforming ways―right where they are on the road of real life.

Celebration of Discipline

Richard J. 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

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

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.


Everybody Always

Bob Goff

What happens when we give away love like we’re made of it?

In his entertaining and inspiring follow-up to the New York Times bestselling phenomenon Love Does, Bob Goff takes readers on a journey into the secret of living without fear, constraint, or worry. The path toward the liberated existence we all long for is found in a truth as simple to say as it is hard to do: love people, even the difficult ones, without distinction and without limits.

Driven by Bob’s trademark storytelling, Everybody, Always reveals the lessons Bob learned–often the hard way–about what it means to love without inhibition, insecurity, or restriction. From finding the right friends to discovering the upside of failure, Everybody, Always points the way to embodying love by doing the unexpected, the intimidating, the seemingly impossible. Whether losing his shoes while skydiving solo or befriending a Ugandan witch doctor, Bob steps into life with a no-limits embrace of others that is as infectious as it is extraordinarily ordinary. Everybody, Always reveals how we can do the same.


Tattoos on the Heart

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.


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

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.


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.

About Rachel

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.

About Jason

Kevin Hibbs

The book of john

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).

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.

About Kevin

Samantha Littlefield

spiritual formation

Samantha grew up in Turlock, California and graduated from California State University, Stanislaus with a degree in Liberal Studies. She has been in love with Hume Lake ever since first attending Winter Camp in 8th grade. Samantha spent three summers working at Wildwood, and ventured to Hume New England for a summer after her college graduation. She spent a year on the island of Maui working with High School students and most recently worked with Speaker Hospitality at IF:Gathering in Austin, Texas. Samantha loves sushi, coffee, queso and shave ice. Most days, you can find her reading a good book, walking around the lake, processing through life with friends, or chasing the sunset. Samantha is excited to work at Joshua because she gets to be a part of a program that impacted her relationship with the Lord in deep ways. She can’t wait to do life with the residents over this next year – she is excited and expectant in how the Lord will move!

About Samantha

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.

About "Chip"

Art Melli

Theology and discipleship

After seminary, Art has served as a youth pastor and Bible teacher or a Field Director who equips, trains and coaches youth workers all of his adult life, first at several churches in Minnesota, California and Oregon then as a Youth for Christ Missionary in Germany for the past 26 years. Jesus’ mission for his disciples was clear:  to make disciples, Matthew 28:18-29. This term is used over 250 times in the New Testament. Art and Beckie’s life long mission is to “make multiplying disciples”.  He’s also served as a varsity guys basketball coach for the past 21 years at the Back Forest Academy and he enjoys riding his road bicycle. Art and his wife Beckie just recently moved back to the USA, living in their cabin at Hume Lake Christian Camps.  They will continue serving with Youth for Christ Int’l providing Pastoral Care in Europe and they will also serve trainers and coaches with SonLife Ministries.  The Mellis have two grown children and 5 grand children:  Ben and his family, a pastor in the California bay area and Bethany Farmer and her family, who live in Rwanda, Africa.

About Art


Jeremiah Fair

september 24-27, 2018

Lead Pastor, Husband, Father, Young Life Volunteer, Homeless Advocate, Church Planter, Traveler, Teacher, Seminarian, Old Book Aficionado, Musician, Nerd, Angry Driver, Nyctophile

About Jeremiah

Erik Thoennes

October 8-11, 2018

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

John & Christie Alvarado

October 15-19, 2018

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.

About John & Christie

Jim Wright and Heather Keany

October 22-26, 2018

Jim is British, but has spent much of his life outside Britain, principally in Cairo where he lived for 18 years, including the period of the January 2011 revolution.
He was an international corporate lawyer for 20 years in Europe, Asia and Africa. He is now based in Santa Barbara where he coaches 25 of his former Egyptian colleagues mostly by Skype, and leads semester abroad programs in Cairo for Westmont College, with his wife Heather. Heather and Jim have recently started a new spiritual community in Santa Barbara called Margin, which seeks first to reduce distance between privileged and more marginalised populations, and second to create a congenial spiritual home for people who are ambivalent about Evangelical Christianity but are not yet done with Jesus.
Heather Keaney is an Associate Professor of History at Westmont College.  She received a PhD in Middle East History from the University of California at Santa Barbara.  She specializes in debates on religio-political legitimacy in Islamic history.  She pays particular attention to how the violence and rebellions of the early Islamic period are continually re-interpreted and re-deployed to justify or undermine the use of force by authoritarian states, Islamists, and modernizers in the contemporary Middle East.  She is working on her second book, a popular biography of Uthman b. Affan, one of Muhammad’s close companions.  Uthman was later murdered and this event sparked the first Islamic civil war from which Sunni and Shii Islam emerged. Heather lived for 12 years in Cairo, much of that teaching at the American University in Cairo and the CCCU’s Middle East Studies Program.  She left Cairo in the summer of 2011 to take up her position at Westmont where she also leads a study abroad semester in the Middle East every other Spring.  She was in Egypt, Jordan, and Israel-Palestine with 16 Westmont students this past Spring.   Other semesters she teaches courses on the Modern Middle East, Women in the Middle East, and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.
About Jim and Heather

Dave Larson

october 29-november 1, 2018

Dave has been the Lead Pastor of New Life in Turlock, CA for the past 26 years.  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 has been married to Gena for 32 years, and they 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

Dewey Bertolini

november 5-8, 2018

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

D.J. Criner

november 26-29, 2018

D.J. Criner, answered the call for Pastor over the congregation at Saint Rest Baptist Church in June 2013. Through his obedience to God in leading and teaching the congregation with strong emphasis on college ministry, education, witnessing and evangelism, the Church is being added to greatly!

Pastor D.J. Criner, graduated from the Franklin High School in Stockton, CA with honors and 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.


Pastor D.J. Criner, accepted the call to preach the gospel at the tender young age of 10 years old, at Greater Faith Baptist Church in Stockton, California, under the leadership of Dr. Joseph L. Slade. For 17 years, he spread the gospel to all, with a special focus on children, youth & young adults while serving as children and youth pastor at Greater Faith in Stockton and then at Saint Rest Baptist Church in Fresno under the leadership of Dr. Chester Riggins and concluding his youth and young adult pastorate under Rev. Shane B. Scott in 2011.


Pastor D.J. Criner is highly regarded as one of this country’s jewels in preaching and teaching the Word of God. He has a unique ability to break the text down with simplicity so that the smallest babe in Christ could understand the text. With stories and examples, he paints a picture of the text with clarity and understanding. He has been affectionately labeled “the High School and College Pastor”. One who can relate to all ages no matter what their back ground. He is charismatic and humble. His smile warms even the hardest heart. More than anything else, he is a man after God’s heart.


Pastor D.J. Criner is a teacher. He has taught/lectured at: CSU Fresno, Fresno Pacific University, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, New Life Clubs, Baccalaureate ceremonies, and several high schools throughout Fresno.  He has initiated and lead programs at Kirk, Edison Bethune and King Elementary Schools, while mentoring and encouraging students at Gaston Middle School, Central and Edison High Schools.

Pastor D.J. Criner is also a leader in the community. He serves as chairman of the Faith In Fresno board, which advocates for social justice in Fresno, as a federation under PICO. He also serves as campus pastor for Fresno Pacific University North Campus working under university campus pastor Dr. Angelus Wilson. He has worked with Fresno Unified Superintendent Mike Hansen in achieving academic success among students in West Fresno. He serves a member of Mayor Ashley Swearengin’s Task Force. Has worked with Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer on race relations regarding police and civilian interactions. He has also taught seminars with the police department on cultural bias for new and current officers. He has led marches on numerous issues including but not limited to; gun violence, blighted and board homes, slumlords, police and community relations, and air quality in West Fresno. In August 2014, he traveled to Ferguson, Missouri to stand with 100 clergy in light of the Mike Brown shooting, where he spoke with youth and community members regarding a just response to epidemic call racism. He has since traveled to Memphis, TN, Atlanta, GA, Los Angeles, CA and Philadelphia, PA during the visit of the Pope to address the black church’s response in time of social injustice. He has set on panels, held meetings and has become one of Fresno’s leading agents for social justice through the word God. He highlights Psalm 11:3 as his driving point; “The foundations of law and order have collapsed. What can the righteous do?”


Pastor David Criner 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 and Jesselle Emily, and Riley Joyce who are being raised and trained according to the Word of God.

About D.J.

Jeff Bachman

December 3-6, 2018

Jeff Bachman has been in youth ministry for 26 years and is currently working at Mariners South County in Orange County, CA as the Student Minstry Pastor. He is passionate about getting a glimpse of the eternal though the lives of the people he works with that passionately seek out Christ in their life on a daily basis.  Jeff has had the privilege of communicating with thousands of students and young adults through preaching and teaching at his own church, speaking at Hume Lake and other camps, and equipping events internationally for students, and through student ministry training events such as National Youth Workers Convention.  He has been a contributing writer for Download Youth Ministry, Interlic, Journal of Student Ministries, David C. Cook Publishing, and HomeFront Resources.  Jeff has his Master’s Degree from Western Seminary in Evangelism and Equipping. He and his wife of 17 years, Shara, have three children, Jackson (12), Isabella (10), and Charlotte (8). Jeff loves music, cooking, traveling, comic books, and sitting over conversation with a beverage.

About Jeff

Fred Blackburn

December 31-January 3, 2019

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

Chris Schultz

January 7-10, 2019

A former college basketball coach and high school athletic director, Chris was blindsided by God when he was asked to come on staff at The Well Community Church as a pastor. While this was never part of the master plan for his life, Chris walked in obedience and for the past two years he has had the 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. Chris 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 is passionate about overseas travel, having studied in Oxford and live in Germany. The past year he has spoke to youth in Thailand and taught in Israel. He has been married to his bride of 15 years Jennifer, and the two of them have four (that’s right four) beautiful daughters, Kamryn, Addison, Tessa, Samantha. They are his delight and he counts it no greater privilege and responsibility to love, lead, and equip them so that they might be authentic followers of Jesus.

About Chris

Dave Hansen

january 14-17, 2019

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

Lem Usita

february 4-7, 2019

Lem Usita EdD is a researcher, an educator, a writer, and a coffee drinker. Lem is currently the Next Generation Pastor at Christ the King Church in Bellingham, WA.

In a previous life – Lem served as a Professor and Director of the Henry Morris Leadership Scholarship Program at 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.

About Lem

P.J. Lewis

February 11-14, 2019

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 PJ

Scott Stubbert

february 18-21, 2019

Pastor Scott Stubbert is the Associate Pastor of the Recovery and Counseling Ministries of Big Valley Grace Community Church. Scott has been a pastor at Big Valley Grace since 2006 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in religion from Liberty University. Scott is a certified Biblical Counselor through the American Association of Christian Counselors and a Pastoral Sex Addiction Professional through the International Institute for Trauma & Addiction Professionals.

Scott has a passion for leading people out of the bonds of addiction and into the freedom, grace, and healing offered through Jesus Christ. He currently leads our Lay Counseling Ministry on Wednesday evenings and co-leads our Celebrate Recovery Ministry on Tuesdays.

Scott and his wife Christine have five children: Silas, Mary, NehemiahEzra, and Boaz.

About Scott

Brad Bell

March 4-7, 2019

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

Brad Quillen

march 11-14, 2019

Brad Quillen lives in his hometown of Turlock, CA. He attended Simpson University where he earned his B.A. in Youth Ministry and earned his M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Crown College. Brad serves as the Formation Pastor focusing on adult ministry at Crossroads Church. He also works at Jessica’s House, a grief support center for children who have lost an immediate family member. Brad served as a volunteer fire fighter for 10 years as well. Brad is married to Lori who teaches middle school part-time. They have been married 11 years. They have two boys, six and three years old, with a third boy on the way. In his free time you’ll find Brad tinkering around in the garage, listening to a police scanner, while training his boys to be handy-men.

About Brad

Craig Hill

march 18-21, 2019

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.

About Craig

Nick and Jess Connolly

march 25-28, 2019

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 and Jess

Matt Jensen

April 1-4, 2019

Born and raised in Lancaster California. By the grace of God, Matt grew up going to church because his mom took him (sometimes against his will). God opened his eyes to the gospel sometime around Junior High. He had heard the good news repeatedly for years. Due to the collective efforts of his mom, Sunday school teachers, and preachers at church he was awakened and responded in faith by asking for forgiveness and trusting Christ for salvation. He experienced the gospel that is the power of God for salvation for all who believe (Romans 1:16). He began serving in 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 were married in 1993 and then served in Youth Ministry together for about 14-15 years (11 of these here at LACC). They became members of Lake Almanor Community Church in 1995. Along the way they had two awesome children, Mikala and Nicolas. They just recently returned from about 7 1/2 years in Ecuador where we served at Youth World as some of LACC’s missionaries. They are glad to be back home and love serving the church in any way they can.

About Matt

Dr. Jim Cook

April 29-May 2, 2019

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

Trent Lewis

May 6-9, 2019

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