Message from the Associate Dean for Urban and Multicultural Programs
Since the university’s founding more than 100 years ago, we have stayed true to graduating disciples and scholars fervently committed to Christ. The Graduate School of Theology upholds this institutional mandate through relevant theological programs that pastors and church leaders can immediately apply.
The graduate school’s commitment to equipping those in church and parachurch work also includes those who hail from diverse cultural backgrounds. We seek to equip these individuals so they might present the Gospel message in innovative and culturally relevant ways. Studies indicate that we are more prone to grasp the meaning of something if we hear it in our own language. Hearing the Word communicated in our own language and through our cultural filters, whether it be Korean or Spanish, captures the inherent nuances and complexities.
The Asian Program, offered at the Los Angeles Regional Center, offers bilingual courses in English and Korean, blending Korean culture with the principles of God’s Word. The Hispanic Program, offered at the main Azusa campus, encourages Hispanic church and lay leaders to create a new paradigm of ethnic leadership mutually grounded in scriptural principles.
We look forward to speaking with you regarding your theological training and eagerly anticipate partnering together as you continue to shepherd those entrusted to your care.
Enrique Zone, Ed.D.
Associate Dean for Urban and Multicultural Programs
Professor of Ministry and Hispanic Church Leadership