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

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.

Gabriel Martin ’17

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.

Kim Lu Lawe, Ed.D. ’16

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.

Matt Klingler, DPT ’16

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.

Edgar Barron

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.

David Flores

Giving a prominent face to the School of Visual and Performing Arts’ commitment to cultural relevance and the classics, Los Angeles-based artist David Flores painted a mural of William Shakespeare on the east entrance of APU's Warehouse Theater.

Alex Aguas, M.Div. ’12, and Matthew Veling, M.Div. ’11

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.

Margarita Ramirez ’12

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.

Robert Mullins, Ph.D.

Professor Robert A. Mullins, PhD, came to APU after spending a number of years in Israel. His interests encompass the fields of archaeology, history, geography, and biblical studies in an effort to better understand the world of the Ancient Near East.