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meet the faculty

Dr. Rodolfo Galvan Estrada III, Ph.d.

PhD, Regent University

MA, Divinity School of Duke University

MTS, Divinity School of Duke University

BA, Vanguard University

Rudy Estrada holds two Master degrees from the Divinity School of Duke University, and a PhD 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 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, John, Acts, Introduction to Greek, Ancient Church History, and the Social World of the New Testament.

Steven Acevedo

PhD, Grace Mission University in Fullerton, CA (Candid)

MTS, Vanguard University 

MA, Keller Graduate School of Management 

BS, DeVry Institute of Technology

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 Master of Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management, and a Master of Theological Studies degree from Vanguard University. He is a current doctoral candidate at Grace Mission University in Fullerton, California. He is a proud Pentecostal to the core. An avid reader, 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.

Steve Pinto

PhD, Capital Seminary (Candid)

MTS, Liberty University 

BA, Vanguard University

Asc, LABI College

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.

Elizabeth Baez
MS,  University of Phoenix

BS, Vanguard University

Asc, LABI College

Elizabeth Baez is an ordained minister of Assemblies of God. She acquired a Biblical Studies degree from LABI. She obtained a Bachelor in Psychology from Vanguard University, and she earned a Master of Science in Counseling with a focus on Marriage, Family and Child Therapy from the University of Phoenix. She focuses on the professional task of counseling leaders in the human services industry, and has a strong focus on community-based behavioral healthcare and welfare services for children and families.  She is a senior faculty member at LABI where she teaches Introduction to Psychology, Counseling Children and Adolescents, Spiritual Care and Healing, Counseling for Youth Ministers, and Marriage and Family.

Nehemias Romero

MA, Fuller Theological Seminary

BA, Vanguard University

Asc, LABI College

Nehemias graduated from LABI in ‘09, obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Vanguard University in ‘11, and a Master of Arts in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in ‘15. He currently works at LABI as Dean of Academic Affairs and as an Adjunct Professor teaching courses such as New Testament, Old Testament, Kingdom of God, and Penteostal Theology. He also oversees the LABI's accreditation progress, as well as LABI's application for federal student aid. He lives with his wife and daughter in Los Angeles, CA. 

Steve Valdez

MS, Emporia State University

BA, Vanguard University

Asc, LABI College

 

Steve Valdez is the Librarian at LABI College. In this role, Steve manages the library team by providing support to all aspects of the Dr. Simon Melendres Library, including providing support for research resources, and leading the Dr. Joel Torres Writing Center.

A big believer in higher education, Steve supports the LABI College community by maintaining the library. Steve Valdez is a qualified Librarian and holds a Master of Library Science degree from Emporia State University.  

Steve is no stranger to the field of librarianship. Having spent 2 years as a Library Associate at Vanguard University, Costa Mesa, California and 2 years as Library Director Librarian at LABI College where he has grown into the school’s Librarian.

Prior to starting his work in the library field, Steve also has worked in business administration, Steve spent 2 years as a Edward B. Cole Academy public charter school.

Has a Alumni of LABI College, Class of 1999, Steve has a heart for LABI College, the students, and the mission of the school.

Yvette Robles

MS, La Verne University

BA, Bethany College

Yvette Robles earned a bachelors degree in Psychology from Bethany College and a Masters of Science in Leadership and Management from the University of La Verne. Her leadership experiences have ranged from church administration to youth ministries and adolescent probation programs from the juvenile justice system.

 

She has extensive years as an executive assistant and administrator at Centro Cristiano Las Buenas Nuevas. She also comes from a psychology background where she served as a mental health coordinator for youth. Her passion is empowering current and future leaders in healthy spirituality to enhance Kingdom work.  As Ministry Formation Coordinator Yvette she focuses on internships, practicum, chapel planning, and bilingual ministries. Yvette is from Whittier and serves alongside the Director of Student Life.

Juan Lopez

Austin Martinez
Emiliany Vargas
Cassandra Whitfield
Enrique Vivar
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