Meet the Staff

  • Chris Adams, PhD

    Associate Professor; Executive Director, Center for Vocational Ministry

    Rev. Chris Adams, PhD, is executive director of CVM, and also teaches ministry leadership and pastoral care/counseling courses at Azusa Pacific Seminary. Chris is a third-generation pastor’s kid, and is also an ordained minister with a number of years of pastoral ministry experience, including 8 years as a campus pastor at APU. Also a clinical psychologist, Chris conducts research in clergy health and well-being, and is a consultant to a number of denominations and seminaries in the areas of clergy candidate assessment, clergy health, and pastoral leadership formation.

  • Rev. Jenn Graffius, DMin

    Director of Mentoring and Formation

    Jenn oversees Vocāre, a 5-Year BA to MA in Pastoral Studies, and ministry-focused mentoring for undergraduates and Vocāre seminarians. She also works with CVM women-in-ministry initiatives, and she is the chaplain to Azusa Pacific Seminary students. Jenn is an ordained minister, an alum of APU (BA ’00), and an adjunct faculty member in the APU School of Theology’s Department of Practical Theology. She has pastoral leadership experience in church ministry and campus ministry, including seminary chaplaincy. Jenn recently earned a Doctor of Ministry and wrote a dissertation titled “Transformational Mentoring for Ministry.” She is a frequent guest preacher and retreat speaker.

  • Chris Neal, Ph.D. (Cand)

    Director of Strategic Initiatives

    Chris oversees many of CVM’s efforts to serve and resource the local church, including vocational discernment for high school students, leadership coaching for youth pastors, and continuing education for pastors. Chris is an ordained minister, an alum of APU (BA ’04, MDiv ’07), and an adjunct faculty member at APU. Chris has served in youth and family ministry for more than 15 years, and he is a PhD student researching the intersection of faith, work, economics, vocation, and youth ministry.

  • Rev. Freddy Rivas, MDiv

    Assistant Director of Vocāre

    Freddy, an Azusa Pacific alum, has 17 years of pastoral ministry experience. He helps lead Vocāre and serves as a mentor to APU undergraduate students who are discerning a call to vocational ministry. Freddy is also planting an Evangelical Friends church in Temple City, California.

  • Rev. Dick Pritchard, DMin

    Senior Faculty Advisor

    Dick mentors ministry students and pastors, and is involved in coordinating CVM’s consulting and continuing education opportunities for ministry leaders. He has almost 50 years of ministry leadership experience and is professor emeritus at APU, having recently completed 14 years as chair of the Department of Practical Theology.

  • Rev. Joe Halbert, MA

    Alumni Council Coordinator

    Joe, an Azusa Pacific alum, has 28 years of ministry experience. He provides the primary leadership to the School of Theology Alumni Council, is the lead pastor of Gateway Church of the Nazarene, and has served as a professor of mentored ministry for Azusa Pacific Seminary.

  • Anna Kang, MA, MS

    Pastor Mentor

    Anna is a pastor mentor within the Vocāre program. She feels most herself when she is sitting with someone helping to create space to listen to God. She also pastors a church plant in downtown Los Angeles alongside her husband.

  • Jaime Fahey, BS

    Marketing Coordinator

    Jaime assists the CVM team with marketing and design needs. She has served in various administrative and design roles for more than 10 years.

  • Juliana Ford, MDiv

    Recruitment Coordinator

    Juliana works closely with our Vocāre and Youth Leadership Initiative programs. She initiates recruitment and orchestrates events, and is a mentor to undergraduate and graduate students. In spring 2019, she helped lead a group of 30 students on a 10-day trip to Israel. Juliana is a double alum of APU (BA in Communication Studies ’15, MDiv ’20). She has a passion for mentoring and discipleship and helping others grow into whom God has called them to be, and she feels especially called to pastoral ministry with college students.

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