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.

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.

Todd Williams ’13

For Todd, who was born with spastic cerebral palsy, Walkabout served as a reminder that life is about trusting God. “No matter how hard I think I have to work at something and use my own strength— it’s not enough. That’s something that God’s teaching me. I don’t have to depend on myself. I have to depend on Him.”

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.

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.

Emily LaVelle ’14

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.