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.
Juli (McGowan ’01) Boit recognizes the key to caring for the sick and dying goes beyond treatment and medicine to loving and caring for the whole person.
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.
Matthew Veling, M.Div. ’11, and Alex Aguas, M.Div. ’12 graduated from Azusa Pacific Seminary and are now the pastors of Restoration Abbey in San Marcos, California. The church meets in a restaurant called Pizza Nova.
Meet Edgar Barron, Cand. Ed.D., chair and assistant professor in the Department of Leadership and Organizational Psychology. With a passion for creating and nurturing curiosity in his students, Ed strives to help them discover who they are, believing that each of them has the ability to influence others and effect positive change.
As an associate professor of biology and chemistry at Azusa Pacific University, Skyla Herod, Ph.D., focuses on an integrative model of teaching, engaging students through group work and hands-on learning in the classroom, and including students in research opportunities in the lab. Through science, she hopes to help students go beyond learning facts to understanding the process of learning, deepening their knowledge of the brain and their bodies, and gaining greater appreciate of God’s creation.
When Margarita Ramirez ’12 stepped for the first time into a classroom in California’s Central Valley, she spoke virtually no English. Today, she is earning a Ph.D. at Georgetown, the latest step in an academic career that includes a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship.
Meet Azusa Pacific University alumnus Matt Holguin ’02, MBA ’05. While at APU, Matt was encouraged to pursue both his passion for business and his calling to be a pastor. This combination fueled him to form Working to Give, a for-profit business created for the sole purpose of earning money to give it away and make a difference in the lives of others.
Azusa Pacific University alumnus Matt Klingler, DPT ’16, is applying his expertise as a movement science specialist to help people prevent injury and improve their fitness and function, thanks to the lessons he learned during his time in APU's Doctor of Physical Therapy program.