Staff at SBPC
Josh Kerkhoff - George Fox Evangelical Seminary, Doctor of Ministry in Semiotics and Future Studies
After reading that, you might ask, what in the world is semiotics and why is a pastor studying it? Semiotics is the study of signs and understanding the meaning of signs. One of the earliest titles of the gospel of John was "the book of signs." Jesus' life, work and even resurrection was focused on signs. Today, we need to grow in our understanding of how Jesus is at work in our world. In John 4:48, Jesus said, "Unless you people see signs and wonders...you will never believe."
I have been serving on staff with SBPC as the Next Generation Pastor since 2006 shortly after I graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary. I started to identify my gifts and abilities as a leader in the local church when I was in college, and my vocational call was confirmed as I served as a Director of University Ministries at a church in San Antonio, Texas. I have a passion for leadership, spiritual formation and the movement of God in our everyday lives. After the completion of my master's degree, my passion and curiosity for God and our shifting cultural realties have grown. George Fox Evangelical Seminary is a multidenominational Seminary based in Portland, Oregon and my course work will continue for 3 years starting August 2010.
(1) Research Topic and Literature Review, (2) Spirituality and Leadership - Summer 2011
After a two year ministry internship in Orange County, I moved to Solana Beach and began my studies at Fuller while also working at SBPC as the junior high intern. For the past three years I have tried out a few programs and finally decided on pursuing the MDiv. I am an Inquirer for Ordination within the PCUSA, and I am excited for this journey ahead of me.
Course Schedule: Summer: 1 Corinthians (Greek Text), Christian Apologetics, and PCUSA Polity
Billy Jack Blankenship - Point Loma Nazarene University - Masters of Arts in Religion - Theology
I began pursuing a Master's in Theology simply because I felt the growing desire to gain a broader understanding of the scriptures and what it means to be Christian. This process has become enmeshed with my experience in ministry as Director of Children and Preteen camps at Forest Home (through '08), and now as Associate Minister to Children and Families at SBPC. The further along I progress through this program, the deeper my desire to study and understand the scriptures grows. This program is not about becoming more upwardly mobile, it has been an experience about gaining a deeper understanding of God's dream for the world and my participation in God's ever-present reign!
Course Schedule: Spring; Thesis, Expected Completion of Program - Summer 2011
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In entering my 10th year as a missionary to the colleges and universities of San Diego with INTERVARSITY Christian Fellowship, I have felt God lead me towards resourcing myself more and more through a seminary education. I am a third of the way through an M.Div at Fuller Seminary.
I originally began at seminary not to go into vocational ministry but because it presented an opportunity to study the Bible in a professional setting which I knew many people do not have the ability to do, and so I thought it was something I needed to take advantage of. Since I started seminary God has been graciously working on my stubborn heart and mind to reveal that vocational ministry is his calling for my life. Embracing this, I am eager to learn the next step in his unfolding plan as I approach graduation and fix my eyes on service to his kingdom in a new capacity as pastor.