Full-time teaching faculty are those persons with a full-time contract whose principal employer is Trinity and who hold faculty status. They are involved in daily campus life. In the case of teaching faculty, they have completed the regular, full interview process or, in some cases, may be a Dean’s appointment. The date that follows the listing of each faculty member indicates the beginning year of service at Trinity.

Paul Bialek, 1995
Professor of Mathematics

BS, MS, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Prior to coming to Trinity, Dr. Bialek taught as a visiting assistant professor of mathematics at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. He also served as a mathematics instructor at the College of Wooster in Ohio and as a teaching assistant at the University of Illinois. Dr. Bialek’s research interests include the history of mathematics, number theory and the Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler, especially the translation of Euler’s works from Latin to English. Besides Latin, he has studied Spanish, New Testament Greek, Old Testament Hebrew, Chinese, and French. He coauthored articles in Convergence, Transactions of the American Mathematical Society, International Mathematics Research Notices and Canadian Mathematical Society Conference Proceedings. Dr. Bialek is a member of the Mathematical Association of America, the Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences, the National Association of Parliamentarians, the Euler Society, and the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area, for which he served as Chair of the Mathematics Division in 2011-12. Since 2001, he has graded AP Calculus exams for the College Board. Dr. Bialek serves as chair of the Mathematics and Computer Information Systems Department.

Gregory C. Carlson, 2007
Director, Master of Arts in Leadership Program
Professor of Christian Ministries

BA, Grace University (Omaha)
MACE, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University
PhD, University of Nebraska

Before Trinity, Dr. Carlson served as a pastor, dean of graduate studies and Christian education professor at Grace University (Omaha), and global training director for Awana Clubs International. Areas of research and teaching interest include leadership, educational ministry - family/youth, and ministry skill development. He has authored and edited a variety of books including Rock Solid Teacher; Discover the Joy of Teaching Like Jesus (Bethany), and Understanding Teaching Effective Biblical Teaching for the 21st Century (Evangelical Training Association). Dr. Carlson is an associate instructor with Walk Thru the Bible and often speaks in ministry and leadership settings. Dr. Carlson is the Director of the Division of Biblical, Religious and Philosophical Studies.

Susan Corapi, 2015
Assistant Professor of Education

BA, Wheaton College
MA, Denver Seminary
DipCS, Regent College (Vancouver)
MLS, Texas Woman’s University
PhD, University of Arizona

Dr. Susan Corapi teaches literacy classes in the Division of Education. Her work is influenced by the years she spent teaching K-12 students in public and private schools, her experience as a youth services librarian in a public library, the networking she did to generate community support for literacy development, and the international perspectives she gained while living in four countries on three continents. Her research interests center around the use of global children’s and adolescent literature to support the development of intercultural competence. She is also interested in teacher study groups as a form of professional development.

Thomas H. L. Cornman, 2015
Vice President for Academic Administration
Dean, Trinity College and Graduate School

BS, Cairn University
MDiv, Talbot School of Theology
MA, Temple University
PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago

Dr. Tom Cornman brings decades of experience in Christian higher education to his role of Dean of the College and Graduate School. In 1982 Dr. Cornman joined the faculty at Moody Bible Institute, where he taught, served as the chair of the General Education program, and completed his service as the Vice President and Dean of Undergraduate Studies. In 2009 Dr. Cornman was appointed Vice President of Academics and Chief Academic Officer at Cedarville University. While there he taught in the field of Church History. Dr. Cornman has been involved in the Council of Independent Colleges CAO institutes, speaking on topics related to higher education. In addition, he served as the chair of the Council of CAOs for the Southwest Ohio Council on Higher Education. Dr. Cornman has authored and edited books and book chapters in the area of American Religious History and practical Christian ministry.

Chris Firestone, 1999
Professor of Philosophy

BA, BS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
MA, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
PhD, University of Edinburgh

Dr. Firestone came to Trinity with experience in teaching and research in Hong Kong and Scotland. At Trinity, he has worked at developing the annual “Trinity Debates” through the Henry Center for Theological Understanding and at leading short-term outreach trips to Eastern Europe. His most recent books are Kant and the Question of Theology, co-edited with Nathan Jacobs and James Joiner (Cambridge University Press, 2016), Persistence of the Sacred in Modern Thought, co-edited with Nathan Jacobs (Notre Dame Press, 2012), Kant and the Theology at the Boundaries of Reason (Ashgate Publications Ltd., 2012) and In Defense of Kant’s Religion, coauthored with Nathan Jacobs (Indiana University Press, 2008). In 2012, "Choice" selected Persistence of the Sacred as an "Outstanding Academic Title." In 2009, the American Philosophical Association nominated In Defense of Kant's Religion for "Book of the Year" and the American Academy of Religion nominated it for its prestigious "Textual Analysis Prize." Dr. Firestone was the winner of Trinity College's inaugural Regent's Prize for Teaching and Scholarship in 2007. He is a member of the Executive Board of the Evangelical Philosophical Society, and a regular member/attender of the Society of Christian Philosophers, the American Philosophical Association, and the American Academy of Religion.

Lois C. Fleming, 1986
Associate Professor of English

BA, BA HONS, MA, University of Natal
MA, Wheaton Graduate School

Prior to coming to Trinity, Professor Fleming was a music critic for the Natal Mercury in Durban, South Africa, taught in a missions training program at International Teams, and worked in donor development for MAP International. She is the advisor of the student newspaper.

Gregory Forster, 2015
Assistant Professor of Political Science

BA, University of Virginia, summa cum laude
MA, Yale University
PhD, Yale University, with distinction

Greg Forster serves as the director of the Oikonomia Network at the Center for Transformational Churches at Trinity International University. He is the author of six books, most recently Joy for the World: How Christianity Lost Its Cultural Influence and Can Begin Rebuilding It, and the co-editor of three books. Dr. Forster is a senior fellow at the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice; has published numerous articles in scholarly and popular periodicals; speaks at large conferences like the Gospel Coalition and Jubilee; edits the group blog Hang Together; and contributes regularly to other online outlets. His primary scholarly interest is studying how the structures of culture and civilization (family, work, education, business, politics, etc.) respond to the challenge of the gospel and the ambiguous tensions of religious freedom, in order to equip the church to be good citizens of both the Kingdom of God and our human communities.

Steven D. Fratt, 1990
Professor of History

BA, Westmont College, History [Honors], Philosophy
MA, PhD, University of California–Santa Barbara

Dr. Fratt is a European generalist with interests in intellectual and military history, history of science, and the philosophy of history. He is an expert in nineteenth-century military tactics and is the Colonel commanding the Federal 1st Brigade, Illinois Volunteers of Civil War reenactors. He is also the president of the Historical Miniatures Gaming Society - Midwest which runs the Little Wars convention in Chicago annually. Dr. Fratt has articles in Strategy and Tactics and North and South magazines, and has created a variety of simulations for his classes and the history gaming community. He has been a consultant for several authors of military history, and is also the ongoing editor for the Oxford Online Military History Bibliography for “Tactics.” Dr. Fratt is chair of the History Department. Prior to Trinity, he taught at Sterling College and Westmont College. 

Karl J. Glass, 2001
Associate Professor of Health Science

BA, Spring Arbor College
MS, Indiana State University

Professor Glass earned his Bachelor of Arts in physical education from Spring Arbor College and the Master of Science with a specialization in athletic training from Indiana State University. He comes to Trinity with extensive experience in the clinical practice of athletic training for a major health care system in Detroit. He supports the position that the role of the athletic trainer is primarily in the prevention of injuries through education of safe sports participation. He has served many years as a state board member for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association. Professor Glass is chair of the Health Sciences Department.

Bradley J. Gundlach, 1999
Professor of History

AB, Princeton University
MA, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
MA, PhD, University of Rochester

Dr. Gundlach specializes in American intellectual, cultural, and religious history and also enjoys teaching broadly in world civilization, the philosophy and methods of history, and church history – having recently taken Trinity College students to Europe for the Western Cultural Heritage class and taught Reformation History and Theology for the Ambex program in Germany. He serves as director of the division of Humanities and as book review editor for Fides et Historia, the journal of the Conference on Faith and History. Dr. Gundlach is the author of Process and Providence: The Evolution Question at Princeton, 1845-1929, and is currently at work on a biography of Princeton theologian B.B. Warfield. Dr. Gundlach is the Director of the Division of Humanities.

Don P. Hedges, 19991
Associate Dean, College and Graduate School
Professor of Music

BS, Faith Baptist Bible College
MM, PhD, Indiana University

Dr. Don Hedges serves as an Associate Dean of the College and Graduate School.  While at Trinity he has chaired the music department, taught a number of music courses, directed musical theater, and supervised church music interns. Before coming to Trinity, Dr. Hedges served as Associate Pastor for Music and Worship at Richview Baptist Church in Toronto, Ontario, and taught music and Christian worship at North American Baptist College and Edmonton Baptist Seminary (Edmonton, Alberta).

Joshua R. Held, 2015
Assistant Professor of English

BA, Trinity International University, summa cum laude
MA, PhD, Indiana University

Dr. Held teaches all periods of British and American literatures, and his teaching, like his scholarship, centers on the intersection of literature and religion. He has published articles in The Journal of Pre-Raphaelite StudiesThe Hardy Society JournalThe Henry James Review, and The Victorian Review, and he has articles forthcoming in Arthuriana and Studies in Philology. He is presently at work on a book that treats the evolving concept of the “conscience” in English literature from the Renaissance through the early twentieth century, with a focus on Shakespeare and John Milton. Dr. Held is a 2009 honors graduate of Trinity College.

Chrystal Ho Pao, 2006
Associate Professor of Biology

BA, University of California Berkeley
PhD, Harvard University

Dr. Ho Pao worked at Genentech Inc., a biotechnology company, as an intern and researched on the efficiency of producing human proteins in animal cells. Her graduate research involved constructing mouse models of two human diseases with the techniques of genetic engineering. She also participated in a project locating a human gene pertinent for proper bone development. As a postdoctoral research fellow, she investigated molecular cues specifying the precise neuronal connections between the eyes and the brain in experimental subjects including mice and ferrets. She has published articles in scientific journals including Science, Nature Genetics, Journal of Clinical Investigation, Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Neurobiology, Journal of Cellular Physiology, Brain Research Bulletin, NeuroReport, and Journal of Neuroscience Research. Dr. Ho Pao’s publication record attests to the broad spectrum of her technical skills in human genetics and molecular biology.

Dori L. Karlesky, 1989
Associate Professor of Biology and Chemistry

BS, Wheaton College
PhD, Texas A&M University

Dr. Karlesky joined the Trinity faculty after holding teaching positions at Millikin University and St. Petersburg Junior College. She has pursued research in organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, and physical chemistry. Her areas of expertise include high-pressure liquid chromatography and gas chromatography-mass spectroscopy. She has worked as consultant and analyst for two companies and is an ACS certified professional chemist. She is a member of the American Scientific Affiliation, the American Chemical Society, and the Midwestern Association of Chemistry Teachers.

Charles D. King, 2014
Visiting Assistant Professor of Music

BM DePaul University
MM Northwestern University
MEd University of Illinois, Chicago
MA Wheaton College

Prior to coming to Trinity on a full time basis, Professor King has been an adjunct professor at Wheaton College, College of DuPage, and Trinity College. For 27 years he was a pastoral minister of music, at Berean Baptist Church (Burnsville, Minnesota) and College Church in Wheaton, (Illinois).  He holds masters degrees in Music History (Northwestern University), Educational Studies (University of Illinois at Chicago), and Historical Theology (Wheaton College). His theology thesis combines musicology, theology, and practical musical-liturgical studies. As a trombonist he has played in bands, orchestras, quintets, and other ensembles. At TIU he teaches music history, worship and music, music fundamentals, music appreciation, and world music, supervises church music interns, and was musical director for the spring 2015 campus musical.

Robert H. Krapohl, 19981
University Librarian

BA, University of Florida
MDiv, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
PhD, Baylor University
MLS, University of Albany, SUNY

Prior to Trinity, Dr. Krapohl served as assistant head of the social science and humanities department at the library of Baylor University. Dr. Krapohl also taught courses in church history and Western religions at Siena College in Loudonville, New York. Since 2005, Dr. Krapohl has served as an adjunct instructor at Trinity College, teaching courses on government and political science. A student of modern American evangelicalism, he has published several works on the subject, including a book entitled The Evangelicals: A Historical, Thematic, and Biographical Guide (Greenwood, 1999) and biographical essays in The Encyclopedia of Religion in the South, 2d ed. (Mercer Univ., 2005) and the Encyclopedia of Modern Christian Politics (Greenwood, 2006).

Kristin Lindholm, 1994
Associate Professor of Communication

BA, MA, University of Illinois
MA, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
PhD, University of Illinois

Dr. Lindholm teaches how human communication occurs in a variety of contexts. She specializes in how people communicate about health-related concerns in interpersonal and organizational settings. Dr. Lindholm has coauthored several papers and book chapters, and she has received four awards for her achievements in education. She is a member of the National Communication Association.

Wendy L. Martin, 2006
Wesley Anderson Chair of Business
Professor of Business

BS, University of Colorado
MBA, University of Michigan
PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago

Before beginning her career in teaching, Dr. Martin enjoyed a career in consumer goods marketing management at Procter & Gamble and Schering-Plough Healthcare Products. She joined Trinity after teaching for twelve years at another Christian college. Her primary research interest focuses on marketing for ministries, while her additional research efforts on intergenerational family businesses have yielded several awards, including best papers and the designation as a Family Business Research Scholar. Dr. Martin serves as the Director of the Division of Social Sciences.

Samir B. Massouh, 1988
Associate Professor of Biblical Studies

BA, California State University
Graduate School, University of California, Santa Barbara
MA, MDiv, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

In addition to his work at Trinity College, Professor Massouh has taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, pastored Elmbrook Church in Wisconsin, and served on the Translation Committee of the Arabic Holy Bible. He was a contributor to the Expositor’s Bible Commentary and the New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis. Professor Massouh was selected to the Chicago Tribune “All Professor Team” of small universities. He also specializes in Islam and history of the cinema.

Laurie R. Matthias, 2007
Associate Professor of Education

BS, Bob Jones University
MEd, EdD, Regent University

Dr. Laurie Matthias enjoys drawing upon her twenty-plus years in middle and high school English classrooms to prepare Trinity’s teacher candidates in both the traditional and graduate programs. Her areas of interest in teaching include the philosophical foundations for educational choices, the integration of faith and learning, the inner life of the teacher, and faculty development.

William J. Moulder, 1975
Professor of Biblical Studies

BA, Columbia Bible College
MDiv, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
PhD, St. Andrews University

During his forty years of teaching at Trinity College Dr. Moulder has also taught at Moffat College (Kijabi, Kenya), Union Biblical Seminary (Puna, India), North Park Seminary (Chicago), Torch-Trinity Graduate School of Theology (Seoul, Korea), Cornerstone Christian College (Cape Town, S. Africa), The Theological College of Uganda Christian University (Mbale, Uganda), and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He teaches regularly in the REACH program and in Trinity Graduate School. His many articles cover a number of topics in both Old Testament and New Testament. Dr. Moulder is the co-editor of Social Injustice and author of the book’s chapter entitled “The Bible and Social Justice”. Special interests include NT Christology, art and theology, spiritual and sports, social justice, and Christian formation.

Ruby L. Owiny, 2013
Assistant Professor of Education

B.A., Asbury University
M. A., Asbury University
PhD, University of Kentucky

Dr. Owiny worked for 13 years in both private Christian schools and public schools in Lexington, KY. She served as an elementary classroom teacher and as a special educator. Her passion for teaching lies in the inner city where she spent 11 years of her career and worked to help create higher quality inclusive settings for students with disabilities. Her dissertation was based on virtual coaching of general education and special education teachers in Guatemala to train them in the use of specific praise. Her current research interests include identifying methods for improving the quality of inclusive settings, including strategies teachers use in their general education classrooms, the relationship of general educators with their special educator counterparts in co-teaching relationships, and the interactions of students in those settings. Outside of the university, she directs Project REACH, a ministry to teachers in third world countries, to train them in inclusive principles.

Sylvie T. Raquel, 2004
Associate Professor of Biblical Studies

BA, East Texas Baptist University
MDiv, PhD, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

Prior to coming to Trinity, Dr. Raquel taught at East Texas Baptist University, Nunez College, New Orleans Baptist Seminary, and Xavier University in New Orleans. She also has experience working in three different international churches in youth ministry, discipleship ministry, and prison ministry. Dr. Raquel has taken missions trips to Khazakstan, France, Mexico, Brazil, and Ecuador, as well as within the U.S. She cofounded two ESL ministries, is fluent in three languages (English, French, Spanish), and has studied four more (Greek, Hebrew, Latin, and German) languages. Dr. Raquel specializes in textual criticism of the New Testament and has conducted research at the Center of New Testament Textual Studies in New Orleans.

Brian Reichenbach, 2012
Assistant Professor of Music

BM, Wheaton College
MM, DePaul University

Brian Reichenbach directs the Trinity Symphonic Band and teaches trumpet and classes in music theory, aural skills, music technology, and brass techniques.  Currently, he is a doctoral candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he was a Graduate Fellow and recipient of the Hindsley Award during the 2014-15 school year.  Professor Reichenbach has participated in wind conducting masterclasses with Mallory Thompson, Michael Haithcock, Craig Kirchhoff, and Paula Crider and has studied trumpet with Charles Daval, Ronald Romm, John Hagstrom, Stephen Burns, and Terry Schwartz.  He regularly performs with some of the Chicago area’s top ensembles and is a member of the Elmhurst and Northbrook Symphonies.  Professor Reichenbach regularly appears as a guest soloist, clinician, and adjudicator at area middle and high schools.  An avid chamber musician, he is a member of the International Chamber Artists and founding member of the Lincoln Park Brass.  Before coming to Trinity, Professor Reichenbach taught trumpet at Olivet Nazarene University, North Central College, and College of DuPage.  Since 2003 he has been active in musical worship at Blanchard Alliance Church in Wheaton.

Angelo G. Rentas, 1985
Associate Professor of Biology

BS, MS, Northern Illinois University

Professor Rentas was formerly a senior research associate at Baxter Travenol. Moving to Abbott Laboratories, he became the lead scientist of the Gonozyme Technical Support Group and participated in the development of a test kit called Chlamydiazyme. Presently he is overseeing undergraduate research that addresses nucleotide sequence differences among 165 rRNA genes in various species of Chlorella. He has a special interest in creationism and is available for presentations. Professor Rentas is the chair of the Department of Biology and Chemistry.

Darryl B. Reynolds, 2014
Assistant Professor of Business

BA, University of Illinois
MBA, University of Illinois

Professor Reynolds has been a groundbreaking and innovative business professional in marketing and communications, working for both small start-up firms and major corporations. Professor Reynolds brings over 25 years of management experience, knowledge, and training, including involvement in business education. He also has an extensive background in business consulting working with construction, manufacturing, human resource, and videography companies. Prior to his appointment to the full time faculty, Professor Reynolds was a business instructor in Trinity International University’s REACH Adult Undergraduate Program, beginning in 2007.

Michael D. Reynolds, 2006
Associate Professor of Christian Ministries
Executive Director and Associate Academic Dean, South Chicago Regional Center

BS, Illinois State University
MAR, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
DMin, McCormick Theological Seminary

Prior to his appointment as an associate professor at Trinity College, Dr. Reynolds served in both traditional and nontraditional programs as an affiliate professor of psychology and sociology. He also held an appointment as affiliate professor of pastoral theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has taught courses in preaching, counseling, sociology, education and urban ministry at Trinity’s Deerfield campus, at its regional centers, and at various extension sites. He has special interests in mentoring and urban leadership development. Dr. Reynolds' research interests include the study of theological issues in the urban setting. He was the senior editor of the Urban Devotional Bible published by Crossway in 2007. He has also been a senior pastor for more than twenty-five years.

Timothy M. Robinson, 1988
Associate Professor of Psychology

BS, Western Michigan University
MA, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
MA, Western Michigan University
EdD, Western Michigan University

Dr. Robinson is a licensed clinical psychologist and a charter member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He has a keen interest in the integration of psychology and Christianity and how to assist married couples to enrich their relationships.

Paul J. Satre, 1996
Professor of Music

BA, Trinity College, cum laude
MMus, DMA, American Conservatory of Music

Dr. Satre has conducted and toured with collegiate choirs throughout the United States and overseas and has taught courses in music theory, conducting, piano, composition, church music, and jazz. He has had several of his choral arrangements published and is on the editorial board of Creator, a magazine for church musicians. Dr. Satre is an active performer on the piano and organ, as well as the principal organist at the Moody Church in Chicago.

Joyce A. Shelton, 1988
University Assessment Officer
Professor of Biology

BS New Mexico State University
PhD, University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Dr. Shelton’s predoctoral research was in immunology and developmental biology. Prior to coming to Trinity she did postdoctoral research at Northwestern University in biochemistry, immunology, and reproductive biology, and has publications in these areas. She also has interests in the field of Bioethics. She has served as the director of The Basic Bioethics Institute at the International Conference on Bioethics for a number of years and is on the editorial board of two bioethics journals. While at Trinity she has been Chair of the Health Sciences Department, Associate Dean of TGS, and Interim Dean of Trinity Graduate School and REACH. She is currently Director of the Division of Science, Technology, and Health.

Martha Lim Shin, 2013
Assistant Professor of Accounting

BS, University of Florida
MAS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
MBA, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business

Prior to coming to Trinity, Shin spent 18 years in management at Wrigley Company, a subsidiary of Mars Inc., and PepsiCo, and practiced as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) at KPMG, LLC. She also cofounded a non-profit organization that mobilized Christian professionals and channeled resources from U.S. corporations to support missionaries in developing countries. She hopes to invest in future business men and women who will demonstrate integrity and faithfulness in the marketplace to impact the world for Christ. 

Aaron C. Smith, 2013
Visiting Assistant Professor of Health and Wellness

BS Aurora University
MS University of Illinois Chicago

Prior to becoming a full time faculty member at TIU, Professor Smith taught a variety of exercise science courses at University of Illinois Chicago, TIU, and Aurora University.  He completed his master’s degree at the University of Illinois Chicago in Applied Exercise Physiology and researched the effects of various exercise tests as a means to predict endurance performance in male and female cyclists.  He has also worked as a performance coach with athletes at Velocity Sports Performance and as a Body Geometry FIT Specialist for cyclists.   His current research interests include high intensity interval training, resistance training for runners, and the biomechanical comparison of barefoot and shod running.  Sports, health and wellness play a major role in people’s lives, and Professor Smith feels it is crucial to train up strong Christians with the tools to guide and mentor others in these areas so they can be their best and honor God.

Jason Stanghelle, 2016
Visiting Assistant Professor of Christian Ministries

BA, Truman State University
MDiv, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Professor Stanghelle has a long history with Trinity International University. He was born at Trinity while his father attended seminary. His father Richard planted a church with the EFCA in Lindstrom, Minnesota where Professor Stanghelle grew up. Professor Stanghelle studied Physics at Truman State University before he came to Trinity to earn his M.Div from TEDS. He is currently a PhD Candidate at TEDS in Theology: Old Testament. While working on his doctorate he also was active in Residence Life ministry with Trinity College. Professor Stanghelle has written in the areas of the Psalms and biblical inerrancy, integrating philosophy and theology and on Carl Henry’s interpretation of scripture. His research interests include Old Testament prophets, hermeneutics, the history of biblical criticism, continental philosophy (particularly Hegel, Heidegger, Foucault and Agamben) and political theology. He has also participated in archaeological digs in Israel at Khirbet Qeiyafa, which is an ancient Iron Age Israelite settlement that dates to the time of David and Saul. Professor Stanghelle also has a wide variety of ministry experience in Christian camp ministry, residence life and church service.

Jana Sundene, 1990
Associate Professor of Christian Ministries

BA, Wheaton College
MA, Northern Illinois University
MA, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Before coming to Trinity, Professor Sundene served as an associate director of youth at Garden Grove Community Church in California and at Willow Creek Community Church in Illinois. She is a founding member of the Association of Youth Ministry Educators. She is a part of the leadership core and very active in her church body. Her research and writing interests are in the areas of spiritual formation, leadership development, small groups and ministry communication. She co-authored Shaping the Journey of Emerging Adults, published by IVP. Professor Sundene does training seminars and speaks for on-campus organizations, local churches, and conferences. She has done short-term missions work and taught courses in the Philippines, El Salvador, Poland, and Mexico. Professor Sundene is active in mentoring students and was awarded the President’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

Brandon Waybright, 2013
Assistant Professor of Graphic Design

BA, Westmont College
MFA, Otis College of Art and Design

With extensive experience as a designer and publisher, primarily working with musicians, artists, and cultural organizations, Professor Waybright's practice employs design as a tool for exploration and community intervention. He is the author and designer of Los Angeles Mythology, a collection of visual and written poetry that was released in 2013 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, California. He operates a design studio called CAPE design, which serves clients with Web, Identity, Print, and Exhibition design. His areas of research include multi-sensory design experiences, methods of interdisciplinary collaboration, and design as an agent for community. His approach to teaching centers on visual thinking and social responsibility, encouraging students to explore diverse ways of making as they construct their own fulfilling practices.

Ryan D. Wilkinson, 2015
Associate Professor of Athletic Training
Athletic Training Program Director

BS - Athletic Training, Concordia University Wisconsin
MS - Athletic Training, Indiana University
EdD - Health Care Education, Nova Southeastern University

Dr. Wilkinson has served in various roles within athletic training higher education since 2002. Prior to joining TIU, Dr. Wilkinson served as Interim Program Director and Director of Clinical Education in the Athletic Training Program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). Prior to starting at UWM in 2010, he served as Coordinator of Clinical Education and Associate Athletic Trainer at Concordia University Wisconsin for eight years, providing athletic training services primarily for the football program. In the past, he has served the state, district, and national athletic training organizations in a variety of roles, including President of the Wisconsin Athletic Trainers' Association (WATA). He is currently President-Elect of the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers' Association (GLATA) and Chair of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) State Association Advisory Committee. His scholarly interests center on athletic training education (classroom and clinical), the scholarship of teaching and learning, and leadership and professional development.    

Paul A. Worfel, 2011
Associate Professor of Education

BME, Central Michigan University
MM, Eastman School of Music
MA, Western Michigan University
PhD, Indiana University

Over the last decade, Dr. Worfel changed venues from public school to higher education, developing a number of different courses for undergraduate and graduate learners. Most recently, he taught for six years at Huntington University helping to define the new Master of Education program there. Dr. Worfel also has strong background in music performance and education, having taught instrumental and choral music for eleven years in Michigan. At TIU, he has had administrative responsibilities and teaches in the areas of educational philosophy, methods, research, and assessment.

Taylor Worley, 2015
Associate Professor of Philosophy

BA, Union University
MDiv, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
PhD, The University of St. Andrews

Taylor Worley serves as the managing director for the Center for Transformational Churches at Trinity International University and provides administrative oversight that supports the executive director and the director of the Oikonomia Network. Taylor earned a Ph.D. in theology from the University of St. Andrews with a concentration in theological aesthetics and most recently taught for seven years at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. In his roles as both a faculty member and administrator of spiritual life initiatives for students, Taylor focuses on enabling students to see how their gifts and passions can be leveraged for greater vocational impact in the kingdom of God. He comes to Trinity excited to facilitate the integration of faith, living, and learning through the strategic work of the Center for Transformational Churches. His scholarly projects center on theological explorations in the visual arts and film as well as creatively applying Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s distinctive vision for discipleship and community in the church. Taylor and his wife, Anna, are growing their three kids to love God and His church, and they enjoy exploring their new community in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Chicago.

Julia Wright, 2013
Assistant Professor of Graphic Design

BS, Biola University
MA, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Professor Wright has worked in Graphic Design, and Marketing and Communications for more than 15 years, focusing on non-profit educational institutions including Biola University, Trinity International University, and various Christian non-profits and churches. She runs her own graphic design and marketing and communication consulting business. Her experience includes extensive work in print design, web design, photography, marketing and advertising, and internal communications. Professor Wright is passionate about exploring how design can assist specifically non-profit organizations in meeting their mission, vision, and goals. In the classroom, she desires to help students unlock their potential as graphic designers and understand their place as artists in Christ's Kingdom by exploring the integration of faith, design, and art in the classroom and beyond. Professor Wright is passionate about the integration of design, art, and theology across a spectra of media and contexts. Her integrative paper for her master's degree at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School explored the history of the use of images in the church in worship since the Reformation. She is currently completing an MFA in Collaborative Design at John Brown University. As a fine artist, Professor Wright enjoys working with photography, oil painting, and assemblage. 

Peter L. Wright, 2007
Associate Professor of Education

BA, Trinity College
MSEd, Northern Illinois University
MSEd, National College of Education
EdD, National-Louis University

Following graduation from Trinity College, Dr. Wright enjoyed working for thirty-two years in the public schools of Waukegan, Illinois, and Vernon Hills, Illinois, as an elementary classroom teacher, school psychologist (K-12), special education coordinator, and IEP database supervisor. Prior to becoming a full-time faculty member, he taught at National-Louis University and at Trinity College, Trinity Graduate School, and REACH program as adjunct faculty. His dissertation was based on a ten-month family journey around the United States studying the impact of family dynamics on living and learning, how personal learner characteristics influence the teaching/learning process, and the influence of experiential education. His current research interests include studying the services available for students with disabilities in higher education. He is also interested in working within educational systems to encourage positive change for all students, helping understand and teach exceptional students, brain-based learning, and the application of educational psychology to increase student learning and achievement.

Karen A. Wrobbel, 2003
Associate Professor of Education

BA, Biola University
MA, Wheaton Graduate School
EdD, University of Minnesota

Dr. Wrobbel taught missionary kids (MKs) and other international students in Christian schools in Spain and Venezuela for more than twenty years before joining Trinity’s faculty. Her school experience extends across the grade levels and includes teaching self-contained elementary classrooms, various subjects at the middle and high school levels, and administration. She continues to be actively involved internationally with Christian education through conference speaking and accreditation work. Dr. Wrobbel is a member of the Latin America Accreditation Commission of the Association of Christian Schools, International. Her expertise and research interests include the education of MKs and other global nomads, languages and education, and intercultural communication. Dr. Wrobbel’s articles have appeared in several publications, including Missiology, Evangelical Missions Quarterly, and Christian School Education. Dr. Wrobbel is the Director of the Division of Education.


Administrators with faculty status.