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Upcoming Events

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Mar. 7, 2017 - DSF @ the Table- DSF Claremont, Great Room 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

Mar. 10, 2017 - Aerobics with Tonee, DSF Claremont – Great Room 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Mar. 10-11, 2017 - Chapman University Founder's Day

Mar. 13-17, 2017 – CST Spring Break

Mar. 17, 2017 - 12pm-2pm, Fellowship for Mission and Peace “Islam as Neighbor Religion” with Rev. Jose Morales - DSF Claremont, Great Room – 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm.

Mar. 17, 2017 - PSR - 2017 Earl Lecture and Alumni/ae weekend – DSF NorCal

Mar. 20, 2017 – “Interconnectivity: Where do we go from here?” - Rev. Dr. Jane Spahr, Rev. Dr. J. Alfred Smith, and the Rev. Annanda Barclay – DSF NorCal, SFTS

Mar. 21, 2017 - DSF @ the Table- DSF Claremont, Great Room 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

Mar. 24, 2017 - Body, Mind, World Awareness: Exercise – DSF Claremont, Great Room – 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. light refreshments served.

Mar. 31, 2017 - Seed Planters IV – DSF Claremont, Great Room – 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, light refreshments served. Contact Jo Ann Bynum for details.

Mar. 31, 2017 - Aerobics with Tonee, DSF Claremont – Great Room 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm



"I thank God for Disciples Seminary Foundation, all the support given to me since 2011 going to seminary until today, it has made a difference in my life. This support received from DSF has also impacted our church Casa de Oración de Fullerton in the way that I am serving and preparing other leaders to respond to God’s calling to serve in the community.

In my experience of diversity in the Disciples of Christ I am a witness of this with DSF support, since two years ago I have been receiving the financial support to acquire a Masters Degree in Divinity at Azuza Pacific University. Also, I have been able to attend Disciples of Christ General Assembly in the last four years with DSF financial support.

Again, I am really thankful to God, donors and DSF for all the support received."

- Rogelio Martinez – DSF board member and pastor of Casa de Oración Christian Church, Fullerton

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News & Events

Disciples Seminary Foundation went to Washington

January 25, 2017

Did you know we had at least two DSF people on the ground in Washington DC to protest on behalf of the disenfranchised? Our Board chair, Kathryn Ioannides, was there with her daughter to march in the Women's March on Saturday January 21, 2017. Additionally, Leah Laird, DSF's Initiatvies Facilitator was working behind the scenes.

DSF played a small role, among many other groups so that those making their voices heard would be warmed. Please read the below letter to learn more about our work there and how you can help!

Social Justice Appeal Letter

The 2nd part of the November Newsletter Plus December is Here!

December 21, 2016

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November to December Newsletter

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December 13, 2016

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November 2, 2016

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We Hit the Pavement Running

Septmeber 29, 2016

We have not stopped for a breath since school has started. See what our students, graduates, and staff are doing at all our campuses.

Page 1 September 2016 Newsletter

Busy Summer for DSF

August 19, 2016

School may be on break, but the staff and students of DSF have been busy accros the country. Read our summer newsletter to see all that we have done!

July Newletter

DSF Multicultural Revival Huge Success!

April 5, 2016

The 2016 Spring Revival (March 31 - April 2) opened strong! We were joined by many of our students, staff, graduates, board members, and friends. DSF/Fuller alum B.J. Barlow (M.Div./2015) preached a powerful sermon titled "Keep in Step with the Spirit"; we had great music from Dr. Lisa Tunstall, Carol Warsaw, and DSF/CST students Tevita Uesi (M.Div.) and Jeffrey Ilagan (M.Div.); and we heard inspiring messages from DSF/CST students Stephen Patten (M.Div.) and Siobhan Lopez (M.Div.)

Multicultural Spring Revival Worship BJ Barlow Preaching Young Lan Kim Communion
Jeffrey Ilangan, Lisa Tunstall, Carol Warsaw & Tevita Uesi
BJ Barlow
Young Lan Kim

The second day of our Revival was Friday at 5PM at CST's Kresge Chapel. DSF/CST student Lori Tapia (M.Div.) preached, and music was provided by members of South Pasadena Christian Church. Several students and DSF staff spoke as well. To view the full second night of the revival click the image below.

Communion Night 2

Nora Jacob lead the sacramental blessing. Table servers from left to right Cisa Payuyo, Rene Martin, shawn Koester, SeonBeen Kim, and Werner Tillinger.

DSF/CST student Eddie Anderson (M.Div.) concluded our three-day multicultural revival on Saturday with a sermon titled "Set the Spirit Free." We had music from members of Abundant Life Christian Church, and several student speakers: Werner Tillinger (CST/M.Div.), Toni Bond Leonard (CST/Ph.D.), Sally Willis-Watkins (CST/D.Min.), Jose Morales (CST/Ph.D.), and Daphne Gascot Arias. Thank you to everyone who attended the event! To view the full second night of the revival click the image below.

Group photo final night

DSF to Host PSWR Anti-Racism Traning

March 15, 2016

Save the date for this DSF/PSWR joint event! On April 29, 2016 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm we will gather at Disciples Seminary Foundation for Anti-Racism Training. Our speakers are Shayne Flowers and Bentley Stewart. More information coming soon.

Chapman University Founders Day Celebration

March 15, 2016

We saw many of our students, alums, board members, and friends at Chapman University's annual Founders Day event March 11-12, 2016. DSF will had a booth at the vestibule of the Fish Interfaith Center, thanks to all those who stopped by!

Cisa and Rob Jenny and Nora Mary Jo and Nancy
Cisa Payuyo & Rob Blair

Jenny Crosswhite &
Nora Jacob

Mary Jo Bradshaw &
Nancy Fowler
Richard and Ray
Villanueva Pastor Felix and Sepulona Tanuvasa
Ben Bohren
Richard J. Follett & Raymond McDonald
Villanueva Pastor Felix & Sepulona Tanuvasa
Ben Bohren

On Saturday DSF's Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, Rev. Dr. Ben Bohren and DSF/CST student Sepulona Tanuvasa (D.Min.) were honored as the Disciples and UCC "Church Leaders of the Year," respectively.

Michael Kinnamon Rita Nakashima Brock
Michael Kinnamon
Rita Nakashima Brock

The keynote speakers this year were Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock and Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon. Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon gave a powerful sermon titled "Fear Not! The Witness of Religion in a Time of Fear," and Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock gave a lecture on moral injury and recovery.

DSF Students to Present at Regional SBL

March 10, 2016

DSF students Soo Kim (CST/Ph.D.) and Laura Jean Torgerson (GTU/Ph.D.) will be presenting at the SBL Pacific Coast Regional Meeting at CGU on 3/14. Soo will be presenting a paper at 10:15AM titled "Josiah and Abijah, Their Fathers, Their Space, and Their Destiny: Curse Shadow of the House of Jeroboam in the Josiah Narrative in 2 Kings 22-23." Laura Jean's presentation will begin at 1:30PM, and she will be speaking about "The Pentecost Event as Baptism in the Spirit: Is Prophecy Fulfilled?" For more information, click here.

Dr. Soo Kim Laura Jean Torgerson

Soo J Kim
Phd, CST

Laura Jean Torgerson
Phd Student, GTU

Multicultural Revival to be Held at DSF Spring 2016

February 15, 2016

"Set the Spirit Free" will be a celebration that encompasses the diversity of DSF.

Multicultural Event

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New DSF Position and Staff Member

January 15, 2016

Dr. Jinsuk ChunRev. Jinsuk Chun, the immediate past Executive Pastor for NAPAD, will join DSF staff part-time on February 1 as Director of Mission and Peace Education. Jinsuk brings his expertise in some critical areas for DSF: new church development, international missionary experience, wonderful contacts with the global church, deeply significant work in local and international peace and reconciliation movements, and awareness of the general church. Welcome aboard Jinsuk!

DSF President Rev. Dr. Jon Berquist at SFTS: "The Growth and Manufacture of Wholeness: Aganist Pathology and Normativity"

Fall 2015

Berquist Lecture: Health and Healing

Reflections on health, the interdependence that completes us, the shalom of god, and the healing of the body of Christ. - Fall 2015

DSF is pleased to announce the named scholarship recipients for the 2015-2016 school year:

  • Janis Brown Scholarship: China Isler (CST, M.Div./MA)
  • Bremer Scholarship: Rob Blair (CST, M.Div.)
  • Parsons Scholarship: Lori Tapia (CST, M.Div.) and Tevita Faungaofe Uesi (CST, M.Div.)
  • Joseph D Driskill Scholarship: Jessica McFarland (PSR, M.Div.)
  • Jon and Melba Lacey Scholarship: Werner Tillinger (CST, M.Div.), Greyson Vega (SFTS, M.Div.)
  • CST's Fisher Award: Soo Kim (CST, Ph.D.)
  • San Lorenzo Scholar: Adam Bradley (SFTS, M.Div.)

NAPAD has also announced the awardees of the 2015-2016 scholarships:

Fall 2015

  • The David Kagiwada Scholarship: Park HaeJin (CST, MA)
  • The Martha & Aki Suzuki Memorial Scholarship from the David Kagiwada Scholarship Fund: Tevita Faungaofe Uesi (CST, M.Div.)
  • The Soongook Choi Scholarship: Heesook Yoo (Seattle University, MA)

Congratulations students!


May 2015

CST observed the start of a new academic year this week with a service of Convocation, with DSF President Jon Berquist delivering the Convocation address. We celebrate 55 Disciples and UCC students in Claremont this year! To view Dr. Berquist's convocation address, please visit: Note: The service starts at the 2 hour 38 minute mark.


DSF students receive the highest level of theological education through our partner institutions: Claremont School of Theology, Pacific School of Religion, San Francisco Theological Seminary, and Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry.

Our students graduate with the skills for effective ministry and with spiritual resources for a lifetime of ministry. DSF also partners with the church to nurture and call future leaders.

All of this is made possible by generous donors, including Disciples Mission Fund, who share our vision of leadership for mission in an ever-changing future.

New Positions for DSF Students and Graduates

-Lorraine Ceniceros has been called to serve in a new position with Providence Health Services. Effective August 28 she will begin as Manager of Spiritual Care at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica.

-Gregory Stevens has been called by First Baptist Church, Palo Alto as the Associate Pastor for Faith Formation and Family Life

-Thea Mateu has accepted the call to serve South Congregational Church of Middletown Connecticut as their settled minister.

- Katy Valentine was just installed as the interim Minister of Women's Ministries of the CCNC-N Region

- Desert Dove Christian Church is pleased to announce the Installation of Rev. Pedro Goycolea

- Rev. Matt Harris-Gloyer is the Pastor of FCC Riverside.

- Pedro Ramos Goycolea has been called to pastor two congregations: Desert Dove Christian Church, Tucson and Iglesia Cristiana Ebenezer, Tucson, a Spanish speaking congregation.

- Shannon Smith Greenhaw will become pastor of FCC Slidell in Louisiana as of March 1, 2015.

- Chad Thompson, a DSF regional scholar and 2014 graduate of Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary will be moving to Mayfair Christian Church, Stockton, CA, as associate pastor for youth.

- Caroline Hamilton-Arnold was called to serve as the Transitional Associate Minister of Newtown Congregational Church, UCC, in Newtown, Connecticut.

- Rev. Bentley Stewart is a Chaplain and an ACPE Supervisory Student at UCSF Medical Center.

- Recent DSF and CST grad Thea Mateu is now the Sustaining Transitional Minister at San Dimas Community Church (UCC).

- Timothy Murphy, DSF student, named as the executive director of Progressive Christians Uniting





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