Board of Trustees

Designated as the “keepers of the university mission,” the Board of Trustees provides perspective, clarity, and direction to the president and administration.

  • Larry Acosta, D.Min.

    Christian Ministries

    Founder of Urban Youth Workers Institute, Hispanic Ministry Center, and KidWorks, Acosta continues to focus on the development of the next generation of urban leaders for transformation ministry through his speaking, writing, and mentoring.

  • Sally Colace

    Christian Ministries

    Colace and her husband have served on the founding boards of several Christian ministries. She is also a Bible teacher and advisor for a Christian drug and alcohol recovery home.

  • Evan Collins, MBA

    Securities Executive

    Collins is founding president of a foundation and its chief investment officer. Previously, he spent 14 years with a securities group as a senior vice president.

  • Greg Esgar

    Business Executive

    Esgar has been chief financial officer for more than 15 years with various franchising brands including Massage Envy, BrightStar Care, and PROSE.

  • Dan Fachner

    President and CEO, ICEE Company

    Fachner is president and chief executive officer of the ICEE Company, which markets frozen beverages throughout the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Asia, and the Middle East. He has been with the company for 40 years, and also serves on the board of ICEE America as president. In addition to serving on the APU Board, Fachner is a member of the Los Angeles Pacific University Board of Trustees.

  • Paul W. Ferguson, Ph.D., DABT

    President, Azusa Pacific University

    Prior to his role as APU’s 17th president, Paul Ferguson served as the founding dean of the School of Science, Technology, and Health at Biola University and held leadership roles at five universities, including as president of Ball State University and president of the University of Maine.

  • Lynette Ilertsen

    Teacher/Administrator (Retired)

    Ilertsen has been in Christian private education for 39 years, having served as a teacher and administrator.

  • Ray Johnston, Vice Chair

    Senior Pastor

    Johnston is the founding pastor of a church in Granite Bay, California, and president of a leadership consulting group. He is also an author and sought-after conference speaker.

  • Elizabeth Maring, JD

    Attorney/Nonprofit Founder

    Maring is an Illinois attorney engaged in the general practice of law since 1985. She is founder of a Christian nonprofit social enterprise that benefits homeless women and children and provides education scholarships.

  • Cathy McIntyre, MAS

    McIntyre began her professional career in the hospitality industry and then started a consulting firm that provides logistic and conference management support to a variety of corporate clients.

  • Tom Miller

    Business Executive

    Miller is managing director of a national real estate investment and development company. He leads the firm’s growth through strategic acquisitions in Southern California.

  • Lucie Moore, JD


    Moore is an independent trustee and chair of the governance committee for two funds. Prior to that, she was a partner at a firm specializing in corporate finance, securities law, and mergers and acquisitions.

  • Steven L. Perry

    Foundation Chair

    Perry is a retired Lutheran pastor. In 2003, he and his wife founded Sacred Harvest Foundation.

  • David Poole, JD, Chair

    Law Firm Partner

    Poole is a partner in a Los Angeles-area firm with extensive trial experience in state and federal courts, and specializes in civil litigation with a focus in the areas of complex business disputes, labor and employment, real property, and environmental law.

  • Sally Segerstrom

    Business Executive

    Segerstrom is managing partner at her family’s real estate business.

  • Ava Siwek

    Christian Ministries Advocacy

    Siwek is president of a medical practice. Previously, she served as an elementary school teacher.

  • Tim Stripe

    Real Estate Development Executive

    Stripe is co-president/ownership partner of a real estate development firm that focuses on timeshare and hotel development.

  • Albert Tate

    Senior Pastor

    Tate is senior pastor of a growing, thriving multicultural church in Southern California.

  • Larry Walkemeyer, D.Min.

    Superintendent/Lead Pastor

    Since 1991, Walkemeyer has served as lead pastor of a large, multiethnic church that has planted 19 churches nationally and dozens internationally. He is also a superintendent for the Free Methodist Church in Southern California. He is an author and frequent conference speaker.

  • Nick Yphantides, MD, MPH

    Chief Medical Officer

    Yphantides is chief medical officer in Southern California, advocating for the poor and needy and all those who struggle to maintain their own health and fitness. He is also the national director of a health and wellness group.