Jeremiah Kitchel, M.A.

Adjunct Professor, Department of Communication Studies
Phone: (909) 802-8600
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Biography

Jeremiah Kitchel brings a unique communication perspective to the classroom based on his 30-plus years of service in Christian nonprofit work. His professional public relations career began at World Vision U.S.A in 1985 during the height of a major famine in Ethiopia that riveted the world’s attention. At that time, he helped build and manage a highly accomplished team of professional communicators. In later years, he held senior positions with Michigan-based International Aid, Open Doors USA, and Union Rescue Mission, Los Angeles.

“Professor K,” as students know him, is recognized throughout the nonprofit community as an accomplished international and U.S. media relations specialist. For over twenty years, he helped facilitate major news coverage for relief efforts in response to many urgent man-made and natural disasters worldwide. An inspiring speaker, writer, and communication strategist, Mr. Kitchel presents a spiritually integrated view of communication, which is supported by real-life from his extensive work in Latin America, Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa, and across the U.S.

In 2006, Mr. Kitchel began serving in his current role as director of advancement for Foothill Christian School in Glendora where helped create a separate public charity (FCS Educational Foundation) to strengthen the school’s financial base. For over 40 years, Mr. Kitchel has received numerous awards for professional achievements in the fields of public relations, community service, and nonprofit work.

Mr. Kitchel enjoys the rich experience of teaching university students, and the opportunity it provides to help them develop greater understanding of communication in the context of biblical stewardship. “The responsibility we have to receive, handle, and disseminate information is a serious matter of stewardship. How we view and treat communication in the realm of Kingdom values matters greatly. It is a sacred trust.”

Education

  • M.A., Christian Studies, Grand Canyon University
  • M.A., Theology and Ministry, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • B.S., Political Science, California State University, Fullerton
  • A.A., English, Mount San Antonio College

Credentials/Certifications

  • Specialized training in national media relations, University of New York

Academic Area

  • Communication
    • Department of Communication Studies

Expertise

  • Christian Nonprofit Sector
  • Communications, Marketing, and Advancement
  • Design and Implementation of Strategic Communication Initiatives
  • Media Relations and Public Relations
  • World Travel and Global Communications
  • Writing for Diverse Applications of Communications

Courses Taught

  • COMM 200 – Introduction to Mass Communication
  • COMM 305 – Writing for Communications
  • COMM 440 – Persuasion and Attitude Change
  • PUBR 420 – Nonprofit Public Relations and Social Causes