Meet the Staff

James “Woody” Morwood

Lead Campus Pastor
Doctor of Ministry, Azusa Pacific University
Master of Divinity (equivalency), Azusa Pacific University
Master of Arts in Theology, Point Loma Nazarene University
B.A. in Biblical Studies, Point Loma Nazarene University

Woody Morwood has been involved in young adult and student ministries since 1992 in both the local church and university setting. His primary role at APU is being involved in the lives of undergraduate students. Woody is all about relationships with God, His Word, and the people he finds himself in community with, and his passion is to encourage and challenge undergraduate students to grow deeply as disciples. He preaches periodically in morning chapel and regularly at Wednesday night Kaleo chapel, and leads a small group, a SALT team, and continually meets with students for pastoral counseling and support. Woody also has the amazing privilege of working with the great staff in the Offices of the Campus Pastors and Chapel Programs in order to foster an overall spiritual climate on campus. His greatest joys in life are his family (wife Juli, children Kyla and Ryan, and their Labrador Casey) as well as playing outside in God’s creation: surfing, snowboarding, rafting, and backpacking.

Kelly Roth

Executive Director, Pastor of Operations and Staff
Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership, Azusa Pacific University
Bachelor of Arts in Music Education, Azusa Pacific University

Kelly Roth has been active in ministry since 1994. She is ordained in the Free Methodist church and served for 20 years as the executive pastor and worship pastor at Cucamonga Christian Fellowship. Kelly previously worked as a professional studio musician for many years and loves to sing. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Music Education at Azusa Pacific and continued on to earn her Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership. She serves as a Soul Quest chaplain to graduate students in APU’s School of Music. With her love for music and leadership, Kelly developed a passion for helping people connect to God and to one another. In her free time, Kelly enjoys reading, singing, creating art, and writing. She loves to be outdoors as much as possible, especially with her family and friends.

Chris Adams

Associate Campus Pastor of Community Care
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary
Master of Arts in Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary
Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy, Fuller Theological Seminary
B.A. in Religious Studies, Trevecca Nazarene University

Chris Adams has been involved with APU since 2004 as an adjunct professor and guest lecturer in the Departments of Undergraduate Christian Ministry and Graduate Theology, as well as Undergraduate and Graduate Psychology. A specialist in pastoral care and counseling, he has been involved in ministry to college-age adults since 1995, and also has a lifelong history of involvement in worship arts ministries. Chris is married to Lori, an alumna of APU’s School of Nursing, and they have a daughter, Lexi. Chris enjoys tennis, biking, scuba diving, and music (especially jazz!).

Coba Canales

Associate Campus Pastor for Discipleship Ministries
Masters of Divinity, Fuller Theological Seminary
B.A. in Biblical Studies, Azusa Pacific University

Coba Canales has been in ministry since 2006 and has served in the local church, parachurch, and university setting, including a year as Director of Diversity Programs at Vanguard University. He loves working on ministry teams and has a passion for seeing every student transformed through intentional discipleship alongside peers and mentors. Coba, his wife Drea, and 19 month old son Joseph can be found all over SoCal riding bikes, hiking trails, running the dogs, kayaking at beaches, or just relaxing at home.

Jason Le Shana

Assistant Campus Pastor
Master of Divinity, Azusa Pacific University
B.A. in Philosophy and Theology, Azusa Pacific University

Jason has worked in the Campus Pastors Office since 2007. His primary areas of focus include helping lead Wednesday night Kaleo chapels, providing direction for the Blueprints Men's Spiritual Mentoring Program, and serving as an overall direct support and partner for the Campus Pastor. Jason loves hanging out with his beautiful wife Stephanie, enjoying good conversations with good friends, and teaching his dog Charlie the ways of the Force.

Susie Black

Assistant Campus Pastor
Master of Divinity, Pastoral Care Concentration, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
M.A. in Counseling, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
B.S. in Health Science, San Francisco State University

Susie Black has been mentoring youth and young adults since she was a student leader in her undergraduate college days. Her areas of interest include pastoral counseling, discipleship/spiritual formation, and addiction recovery. Having lived in the Pacific Northwest most of her life, she loves the mountains, pine trees, cycling, skiing, and snowboarding. Her husband, Gary, is the director of APU's Doctor of Ministry program.

Diana L. Shing

Discipleship Groups Coordinator
Master of Divinity, Fuller Theological Seminary
B.A. in Journalism - Public Relations, University of Georgia

Diana has enjoyed ministering to students since 2006 when she served as a campus ministry intern at the University of Georgia. She has also worked as a high school pastor and a pastoral intern for young adults at Evergreen Baptist Church of Los Angeles. She has a passion for discipleship and small group ministry. In her personal time, she loves to exercise, eat Chinese food, and spend time with her husband, Raymond.

Jeanine Smith

Spiritual Mentoring Coordinator
Masters of Divinity, concentration in Pastoral Care and Counseling, Fuller Theological Seminary
B.A. in Communications and in Educational Ministry, Seattle Pacific University

Jeanine Smith has worked in campus or church-based college ministry since 2004. She loves seeing the passion and energy of young adults focused on serving the LORD. When Jeanine isn't at APU, she can be found going down a slide with her son, taking goofy pictures with her daughter, or enjoying a quiet moment with a cup of tea.

Administrative Support Staff

Jennifer Wright

Executive Assistant to the Campus Pastor

Sarah Lochelt

Administrative Assistant for the Office for Discipleship Ministries