- Gian Timbol
Major: Liberal Studies
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
Favorite Verse: “He answered, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your should and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” – Luke 10:27
Favorite Quotation: “Guidance: God U+I dance.”
Favorite Aspect of APU: APU makes me feel at home and at peace. The community of loving and genuine people is such a beautiful sight.
- Emily Connor
Major: Social Work
Minor: Biblical Studies
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Favorite Verse: “Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.” – Isaiah 4:31
Favorite Quotation: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Ghandi
Favorite Aspect of APU: I love how easy it is to become close-knit with people here. I have found that there are many like-minded people, which makes me feel as though I can be open and vulnerable. However, because of the fact that APU’s campus is so diverse, the friendships I have made have taught me so much about what it looks like to love people for who they are and love them well.
- Erin Braun
Major: Youth and Family Ministry, Biblical Studies
Hometown: Folsom, CA
Favorite Verse: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Favorite Quotation: “Sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.” – Benjamin Mee, We Bought a Zoo
Favorite Aspect of APU: I love how at home I feel. APU does an excellent job at creating a community where everyone feels included and accepted. It’s my home away from home!
- Giulianna Arza
Major: Business Management
Hometown: Asuncion, Paraguay
Favorite Verse: “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” – Jeremiah 33:3
Favorite Quotation: “God didn’t make a mistake when he created you.” – Jenn Johnson
Favorite Aspect of APU: The community and the freedom to speak about God. I love how I continue to meet people that are growing and finding their purpose and God, and I can share that with them.
- Hannah Sy
Major: Allied Health
Hometown: La Crescenta, CA
Favorite Verse: "No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light." – Luke 8:16
Favorite Quotation: “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and world’s deep hunger meet.” – Frederick Buechner
Favorite Aspect of APU: People genuinely care here. The professors, faculty, friends, and fellow students have all shown nothing but true compassion
- Maddie Brown
Major: Global Studies
Hometown: Leavenworth, WA
Favorite Verse: “I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, ‘You are my servant’; I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:9-10
Favorite Quotation: “There isn’t a person you wouldn’t love if you could read their story.” – Mary Lou Kownacki
Favorite Aspect of APU: I absolutely love the people. My professors and peers continuously challenge me to be a better person by showing me Christ’s love in everyday interactions.
- Nick Beeson
Major: Social Work
Hometown: Palo Alto, CA
Favorite Verse: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” – John 14:27
Favorite Quotation: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
Favorite Aspect of APU: The opportunities. That there are resources you can seek out to make this the best experience possible. From the free counseling to the SCRD to ethnic orgs, there are places to challenge your faith and worldview.
- Nicole Funk
Major: Christian Ministries
Minor: Communication Studies
Hometown: Lakewood, CO
Favorite Verse: “You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy.” – Psalm 16:11
Favorite Quotation: “I have learned that I will not change the world. Jesus will do that. I can, however, change the world for one person. So I keep stopping and loving one person at a time because this is my call as a servant of Christ.” – Katie Davis
Favorite Aspect of APU: The Christ-centered community that makes each person feel seen, known, and loved. Because of the APU community, I have seen a glimpse of the Kingdom of God and have gained a deeper understanding of what it means to love God and love others.
- Sydney Miller
Major: Communication Studies
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Favorite Verse: “Let all that you do be done in love.” – 1 Corinthians 16:14
Favorite Quotation: “Friendship with oneself is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Favorite Aspect of APU: The community! God’s love is so evident at APU.
- Addison Degollado
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies
Hometown: Palm Springs, CA
Favorite Verse: “The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked came against me to eat up my flesh, my enemies and foes, they stumbled and fell.” – Psalm 27:1-2
Favorite Quotation: “Through all the rain and the pain, you gotta keep a sense of humor.” – 2 Pac
Favorite Aspect of APU: The push for change on a personal level and in the community.
- Quinton Garrard
Major: Political Science
Hometown: Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Favorite Verse: “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you. Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. keep straight the path of your feet, and all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.” – Proverbs 4:23-27
Favorite Quotation: “Life is not about the amount of breaths you take. It’s about the moments that take your breath away.” – Hitch (Will Smith)
Favorite Aspect of APU: The opportunities APU provides are truly amazing. Apu creates a community that promotes not only strong relationships with one another, but also with God.
- Suzann Lee
Minor: Christian Ministries
Hometown: Kimcheon, Korea; Kjabe, Kenya
Favorite Verse: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I will be with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28:19-20
Favorite Quotation: “But the revelation of our sin and unworthiness is only half of the equation...the other half of the equation is how holy He is on our behalf...what one generation could accomplish from this one revelation is far beyond comprehension.” – Bill Johnson
Favorite Aspect of APU: Its original heart and vision of a missionary training school, and how there’s always a group of students praying and crying out for a revival.
- Sydney Grove
Major: Sociology, Biblical Studies
Hometown: Walnut Creek, CA
Favorite Verse: “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on fo my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.“ — 2 Timothy 1:6-7
Favorite Quote: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.“ — Nelson Mandela
Favorite Aspect of APU: I love the spaces it creates to navigate what it means to be a Christian scholar, and the ways it challenges me to grow in my understanding of the world, others, and God.