Meet the Faculty

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Rudy Estrada
PhD (a.b.d.), Regent University
MA, Duke University
MTS, Duke University
BA, Vanguard University
Rudy Estrada holds two Master degrees from the Divinity School of Duke University, and is currently a PhD candidate in Biblical Studies at Regent University. He is a published writer on topics such as the Spirit in John, Acts, and Jude in the Journal of Pentecostal Theology and Pentecostal Hermeneutics in Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies. His area of interest is in Johannine pneumatology and ethnoracial relations in early Christianity. He teaches New Testament Literature, Biblical Exegesis, Romans, John, Acts, Introduction to Greek, Church History, and the Social World of the New Testament.
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Steven Acevedo

MTS, Vanguard University
MBA, Keller Graduate School
MAFM, Keller Graduate School
BS, DeVry Institute of Tech

Steven obtained an associate of arts degree from Cypress College, a Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications Management from DeVry Institute of Technology, a Master of Accounting and Finance and a an Master of Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management, and a Master of Theological Studies degree from Vanguard University. He is a proud Pentecostal to the core. An avid readers, passionate learner, and equally passionate about sharing what he has learned with others. He teaches Introduction to Theology, Eschatology, Pentecostal Theology, Theological Ethics and Finance courses at LABI as a senior faculty member.

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Elizabeth Baez

MFT, Phoenix University
BA, Vanguard University
Dipl, Latin American Bible Institute

Elizabeth Baez is an ordained minister of Assemblies of God. She acquired a Biblical Studies from LABI. She obtained a Bachelor in Psychology from Vanguard University, and she earned a Master’s Degree of Marriage and Family from Phoenix University.  She focuses on the high professional task of being leaders of the human services industry, focusing on community-based behavioral healthcare and welfare services for children and families.  She as a senior faculty member at LABI; where she teaches Introduction to Phycology, Pastoral and Youth Counseling and Marriage and Family.

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Nehemias Romero

MA, Fuller Theological Seminary
BA, Vanguard University
Dipl, LABI College


Nehemias graduated from LABI in 2009, obtained a Bachelors in Religion from Vanguard University in 2011, and a Master of Arts in Theology (MAT) from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2015. He currently works at LABI College as Chief of Staff and as an adjunct professor teaching courses such as Old Testament, New Testament, Prophets of Israel, General Epistles, and Pentecostal Theology. He married his wife Gaby in December 2015. They currently live in Pasadena, CA, and both serve as worship leaders and Sunday school teachers at New Life Church in Mid City Los Angeles.

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Victoria Perez Rivera
MTS, Duke University
BA, Vanguard University
Asc, LABI College

Victoria Perez Rivera graduated from LABI in 2013, obtained her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Vanguard University in 2013, and earned her Master’s Degree in Theological Studies from Duke University Divinity School in 2017. She is passionate about seeing students develop a hermeneutic of critical thinking along with their Pentecostal spirituality. She works as an assistant professor at LABI College teaching courses on New Testament Literature, Romans and Biblical Exegesis. She married fellow LABI alumni Daniel in 2017, and they reside in Fullerton, California.

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Steve Pinto

MA, Liberty University
BA, Vanguard University
Dipl, Latin American Bible Institute

Steve Pinto obtained an associate of arts degree from LABI College, a Bachelor of Arts in Ministerial and Pastoral Studies from Vanguard University, and a Master of Theological Studies degree from Liberty University. He’s a candidate for Doctor of Ministry with an emphasis on Formational Leadership in the 21st century at Capital Seminary. Steve’s knowledge of God’s Word and love for people, mixed with his high energy and sense of humor has been a powerful tool in God’s hands as an associate Pastor at Faro Church and as keynote speaker at various youth events, camps, conventions, and concerts around the country. He teaches, Communicating the Gospel in a Post-Christian Context, Introduction to Youth Ministry, Current Issues in Youth Ministry, Discipleship Making, and Expository Preaching.

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Rebekah A. Rossi
Dean of Students

MDiv, Fuller Theological Seminary
BA, Bethany University

Becky is a minister with the Assemblies of God. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Communications with a Minor in Biblical Languages from Bethany University. She received her Masters of Divinity with emphasis in Islamic Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. She not only serves as an adjunct professor of LABI but also is the Dean of Students. She began her LABI College career as the Missionary in Residence and as the founder of the school’s Writing Center. At LABI, she teaches courses such as Pentecostal Theology, Missions, General Epistles, and Comparative Religions.

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Dr. George M Pallil
Dmin, Fuller Theological Seminary
PhD, Cal Grad Seminary
ThM, Fuller Theological Seminary
MDiv, Southern Asia Bible College
BA, University of Kerala


Dr. George M. Pallil, earned his Master’s and Doctorate in Ministry Degrees from Fuller Seminary. He has served in India as an AG Presbyter and Dean of a Bible College. Currently he is serving as the Presbyter of the AG English Churches in Los Angeles and also pastors South Pasadena Assembly of God Church. As a faculty member in LABI, he is known for being a compassionate teacher with a tender heart for his students. He teaches Introduction to Systematic Theology, Pentecostal Theology, and Spiritual Disciplines.

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