Meet the Difference Makers
Azusa Pacific University is a community where the individual stories of students, alumni, professors, and staff connect to a collective identity: we prepare and serve as difference makers, ready to impact the world for Christ.
Annie MacAulay ’11 founded Mountain and Sea Adventures (MSA), which provides educational science camps that benefit hundreds of students every year.
Carrie Webber, Azusa Pacific’s head softball coach, serves as a mentor and advisor for her players on and off the field.
APU alumnus Darnell Abraham ’09 stars in Hamilton and uses the gift of his influence to build bridges in the entertainment industry.
Rene Colon ’14, M.Div. ’16, is formally trained in pastoral leadership, but his role in ministry is anything but conventional. With a gift for understanding and connecting with others, Rene helps people meet Christ wherever they happen to be—in a church pew, through a film, or amid times of great loss.
Paul Svagdis loves cultivating great baseball players, but his real passion lies in preparing players to live victoriously off the field.
Tiffany (Porter ’06) Moore sees miracles in action every day in the lives of more than 400 South and East Los Angeles students who attend KIPP Scholar Academy, the college-preparatory school she founded and leads.
Alpha leader. Resident advisor. Biology major. Nine-time Mexico Outreach participant. Gabriel Martin ’17 learned and served in each of these roles during his time at Azusa Pacific. A full-tuition Trustees’ Scholarship made all of it possible.
Hope, perseverance, and the power of shared vision. A leader in secondary education, Kim Lu Lawe, Ed.D. ’16, applies this mindset every day as director of the Eastvale STEM Academy in Riverside County, California.
Emily LaVelle ’14 began her journey at Azusa Pacific as a nursing major, inspired by the health care workers who cared for her mother during her battle with cancer. But she quickly realized that she was called to something else, an interest she once shared with her mom—art.