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.

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 and his wife Drea have two children, Joseph and Ruth.

Jason Le Shana

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

Jason Le Shana has worked in the Office of the Campus Pastors since 2008. As a direct support to the lead campus pastor, he serves in various areas of campus ministry, including chapel leadership, mentoring and discipling students, coordinating interns, and pastoral counseling. Jason and his wife, Stephanie, have two young sons, and together they enjoy playing at the park, reading stories, and mastering the finer points of Lego architecture.

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 ministering to 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 golf. She is the mother of two teenage girls, and her husband, Gary Black, Ph.D., is a professor in the Azusa Pacific Seminary.

Diana L. Shing

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

Diana L. Shing 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