Meet the Staff

  • Coba Canales, Ed.D.

    Dean of Spiritual Life

    Coba Canales has a passion to see students’ lives deeply transformed by Jesus. He loves doing ministry in teams and specifically enjoys helping others walk freely in their calling and gifts. Coba loves spending time with his family and would literally never leave the beach if that were possible.

    Education

    • Ed.D., University of Southern California
    • M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary
    • B.A. in Biblical Studies, Azusa Pacific University
  • Kelly Roth

    Director of Campus Ministry/Campus Pastor

    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 a B.A. in Music Education at Azusa Pacific and continued on to earn her M.A. 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.

    Education

    • M.A. in Organizational Leadership, Azusa Pacific University
  • Leah Fortson

    Associate Director of Spiritual Care/Campus Pastor

    Leah Fortson has been in ministry since 2006. She served as an associate pastor within her local church, was a chaplain at an evangelical seminary, and has preached across denominations for more than 10 years. Formally trained as a psychologist, she has a passion for helping others get unstuck, heal from past wounds, and overcome the self-defeating mantras that impede progress. Leah enjoys beach days, eating barbeque with mac and cheese, and delving into a good book.

    Education

    • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary
    • M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary
    • M.A. in Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary
    • B.S. in Psychology, California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • Wesley Parker Reed

    Discipleship Coordinator/Campus Pastor

    Wesley has served in a variety of ministry leadership roles since 2009 with most of his time dedicated to young adults. He was born and raised in the northeast suburbs of Atlanta, GA and made his way to the West Coast to attend Azusa Pacific as an undergraduate transfer student. In his role, Wesley provides leadership and vision for the programing of APU D-Groups. He also serves as the director of his church's young adult ministry and is pursuing ordination in the Free Methodist denomination. Wesley lives to invite people from all walks of life into genuine discipleship relationships that lead to lasting transformation.

    Education

    • M.Div., Azusa Pacific University
    • B.A. in Biblical Studies, Azusa Pacific University