Amy Jacober (Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary) is the Director of Academics for the Sonoran Theological Group. She teaches, writes, and speaks all while continuing to live her work in the laboratory of life. She utilizes practical theology weaving this into a variety of ministerial settings. She has focused on marginalized communities, urban and disability with particular expertise in early and middle adolescents as well as emerging adults. Her heart is for the spiritual formation of individuals and communities within a broad range of creative service to God. She draws from her training in social work to address systems and consider spiritual formation as it impacts individuals and communities.
Cory Peacock (Ph.D., New York University) is the Director of Operations for the Sonoran Theological Group. His PhD is in Hebrew Bible, focusing on the Hebrew language, the sociological contact of Israel with her neighbors, and the languages and literature of the ancient Near East. He has taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels for the last decade, and has served the church in a variety of capacities. His recent work looks at the necessity of humility in biblical studies and consequently a life of faith. Additionally, he utilizes a theology of play both personally and professionally creating community in its wake.
Lem Usita (Ed.D, Biola University). Lem Usita grew up on the island of Oahu, and ended up at Cedarville College graduating in ’95 with a BA in Bible. He is a professor at San Diego Christian College, and serves as a Worship/Youth Pastor at GC2 Church in San Diego. Lem has an earned doctorate from Biola University and his research focuses on Adolescent Identity Formation in Online Spaces. He presents his research at conferences and camps. He loves being outdoors mountain biking the local trails, surfing when it’s warm, and trying out new sushi joints. The most important thing in the world to him is to Seek first the Kingdom of God. Jesus thought it was important enough to seek it FIRST. Everything flows out of that.
Joyce Del Rosario (M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary) has been running youth programs in various cultural and economic communities for over 20 years. Her heart beats for the healing and empowerment of low to no income young people. She has served at New Creation Home Ministries in East Palo Alto, CA for 6 years, 5 as the Executive Director. She has also served as an Area Director for Young Life in Seattle and in the San Francisco Bay Area. Joyce has a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and has certificate in urban praxis and theology from World Vision’s Vision Youth program. She is also a member of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) leadership cohort.