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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ilertsen has been in Christian private education for 39 years, having served as a teacher and administrator.
Ray Johnston, Vice Chair
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
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.
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
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.
Segerstrom is managing partner at her family’s real estate business.
Christian Ministries Advocacy
Siwek is president of a medical practice. Previously, she served as an elementary school teacher.
Real Estate Development Executive
Stripe is co-president/ownership partner of a real estate development firm that focuses on timeshare and hotel development.
Tate is senior pastor of a growing, thriving multicultural church in Southern California.
Larry Walkemeyer, D.Min.
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.