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Deploy Program Faculty & Mentorship


Each student will have direct access to credentialed faculty members to dialogue regularly concerning the academic content and the progress on related competencies. Ministry and Formation Mentors will provide regular feedback related to the development of ministry skills, and the personal, spiritual development of each student.


Matthew S. Harmon

Professor of New Testament studies, loves to help people understand the beauty of Jesus Christ as revealed in the Scriptures, seeing it as the key to life transformation (2 Corinthians 3:18). As a result, the focus of his ministry is teaching and preaching God’s word in various contexts. He has a passion for research and writing, specializing in the use of the Old Testament in the New Testament, biblical theology, commentary writing and the Pauline epistles. He is an active member of Christ’s Covenant Church, where he leads a small group, teaches Sunday School, and serves on the preaching team. Education: Ph.D. 2006 Biblical Theology, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois M.Div 2003 Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois B.S. 1995 Communication, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio Contact Dr. Harmon at harmonms@grace.edu


Christy Hill

Professor of Spiritual Formation and Women’s Ministries, has a passion for facilitating the holistic development of men and women into mature disciples of Jesus Christ, who are transformed by the experience of God’s love and truth. Saddened by the discrepancy between accurate theology and a living faith, she seeks to help her learners acknowledge that their operant belief system (behaviors, values, attitudes, motives) reveals their true beliefs. She then seeks to aid spiritual formation by resolving the gap between one’s professed belief system (correct theology) and actual beliefs. Education: Ph. D. 2003 Educational Studies, Talbot School of Theology, La Mirada, California M.A. 1996 Christian Education, Talbot School of Theology, La Mirada, California B.A. 1992 Christian Education, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL Contact Dr. Christine Hill at hillcm@grace.edu


Rock LaGioia

Professor of Pastoral Studies, is passionate about building up the body of Christ by training the next generation of effective church leaders. Rock has many years of pastoral experience and enjoys preaching and teaching sound doctrine regularly at worship services, conferences, and seminars. Education: D.Min. 2007 Preaching, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois Th.M. 1992 Practical Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois M.Div. 1991 Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois B.A. 1989 Pastoral Studies (Greek Emphasis), Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, Illinois Contact Dr. LaGioia at lagioir@grace.edu


Tiberius Rata

Associate dean of the School of Ministry Studies and professor of Old Testament Studies, focuses on instilling in students a love for God and His inerrant Word, remembering the words of Ezra 7:10: “For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the LORD, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.” Rata wants his ministry students to become pastors who can preach and teach God’s word passionately and accurately, with a strong foundation on the principles of Scripture so they can be pillars in their churches, leaders in their workplaces, and model citizens in their communities. Education: Ph.D. 2003 Old Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois M.Div. 1997 Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Mill Valley, California B.S. 1994 Urban and Regional Planning, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California Contact Dr. Rata at tiberius.rata@grace.edu


Thomas M. Stallter

Professor of Intercultural Studies and executive director of the GTS Center for Korean Studies. Stallter has a heart for the world and for preparing others to reach out to those of other cultural worldviews. Whether teaching cultural anthropology or world religions or even methods of social research, his real intention is to prepare students for the impact of culture on relationships and ministry. “Relating to real people in a multicultural world with a relevant message that touches both felt needs and spiritual needs is our part in the mission of God.” After 18 years of service in Africa, he has now served 18 plus years at Grace College & Seminary preparing others to take his place. “Penetrating worldviews with God’s love and grace is our purpose. His love for the world is our calling. His Spirit is our strength. His amazing grace in our lives is our motivation.”' Education: Post-Doctoral Studies 2006 Cultural Anthropology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois D.Miss. 1993 Western Seminary, Portland, Oregon Th. M. 1979 Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas B.A. 1974 Grace College, Winona Lake, Indiana Contact Dr. Stallter at stallttm@grace.edu


Contact Information

Gabe Tribbett
Associate Director of Deploy
Email: tribbegj@grace.edu