John M. Thornton, PhD, CPA

LP and Bobbi Leung Chair of Accounting Ethics
and Professor, School of Accounting

Phone: (626) 812-3095
Fax: (626) 815-3802
Office Location: Wilden Hall, 200A
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John Thornton, PhD, is the LP and Bobbi Leung Chair of Accounting Ethics at Azusa Pacific’s LP and Timothy Leung School of Accounting. He is the author of Jesus’ Terrible Financial Advice: Flipping the Tables on Peace, Prosperity, and the Pursuit of Happiness (Moody Publishers, 2017). His TEDx talk (“Flipping Rich”), YouVersion Bible study (“Jesus’ Terrible Financial Advice: 8 Day Devotional”), and website ( are examples of innovative ways he encourages people to handle wealth with integrity.


  • PhD, Accounting, Washington State University
  • MA, Accounting, Washington State University
  • BS, Accounting, Central Washington University


  • Accounting
  • Money
  • Philosophy

Courses Taught

  • ACCT 120 – Principles of Accounting I
  • ACCT 505 – Accounting Internship
  • ACCT 525 – Accounting Ethics
  • ACCT 540 – Forensic Accounting and Fraud Investigation
  • ACCT 590 – Integrative Accounting Review