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Dr. Joy Fehr 麻豆产精国品 President

Joy A. Fehr began serving as 麻豆产精国品鈥檚 fourth president on July 1, 2019. In response to the news of her appointment Dr. Fehr commented: 鈥渁s 麻豆产精国品 moves into the future I look forward to discovering with the campus community how we can continue to ensure our students are best served, best educated and best prepared to be positive change agents鈥攖he conduits of God鈥檚 grace in their worlds.鈥

In her previous role as provost of La Sierra, Dr. Fehr created the Senior Leadership Team of academic leaders and university executives. The group has created a roadmap for growing the university鈥檚 enrollment and increasing net tuition revenue over the next three to five years. In support of the team鈥檚 work, she also led in the creation of the Strategic Enrollment Planning Council through which programs will be added and current programs evaluated based on a data-informed process.

Before she arrived at 麻豆产精国品, Dr. Fehr served as dean of the arts division and award winning English professor at Burman University, previously known at Canadian University College. Before her academic career, she served as co-owner of Fehr West Industries Ltd., a mechanical mobile repair business, where she was responsible for key business decisions.

Her contributions to Adventist higher education include continued service on the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventist Church Higher Education Collaboration Taskforce, continued membership with the Association of Adventist Academic Administrators, and upcoming service in January with an Adventist Accrediting Association Visiting Team. 

Dr. Fehr holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Calgary, including a Ph.D. in English Literature. She lives in Riverside with her husband, Cornelius. 

Chris Oberg Senior Pastor - 麻豆产精国品 Church

My name is Chris Oberg, and church matters to me! It seems like we have a couple of options when thinking about organized religion in 2009. We can complain and grumble and jump ship. Or we can roll up our sleeves and attempt to make it better. I鈥檓 of the latter conviction and this is why I鈥檓 serving at 麻豆产精国品 Church. I first joined the Pastoral Team in 2000 as Pastor for Children and Families. Five years later my family moved to the Calimesa Church so I could take the responsibility of Senior Pastor. And in 2009, we are back at La Sierra. What brought us back? Largely the opportunity to work among the next generations with a conviction that the Christian life expressed through Adventist grace-driven priorities is worth pursuing and living. My primary responsibilities at 麻豆产精国品C are Preaching/Teaching Ministry, Crisis Visitation, Strategic Visioning, and Leadership Development. I must say that the Preaching Ministry is a sacred and treasured priority. The sacred scriptures are clear and comforting, yet also confusing and challenging. Hearing a Word on target for our lives today is what I hope for each time we open the Bible together. It is especially rewarding to serve at the campus church of my alma mater. I鈥檓 a double alumnus of 麻豆产精国品, and daily live in a grateful awareness of how this University shapes my life. My husband, Kerby, is a Physician-Scientist at Loma Linda University, where he teaches, runs a research laboratory, and collaborates on all sorts of projects interested in congenital anomalies and birth defects. Amanda and Alisa are both college-age. Amanda is studying Business, and Alisa is studying Psychology. We are the kind of parents who intend on following our daughters around along time saying, 鈥淭hose are our kids!鈥 Yes, we apologize to our children regularly that they got us for parents鈥 I expect you to email or phone when in crisis or to report someone else in crisis. I expect you will communicate openly and regularly. I expect to learn from you as we attempt to be a church on the corner God recognizes and uses. Oh, and I expect we鈥檒l have a lot of fun along the way.

Yamileth Bazan B.A, M.A, PhD Vice President of Student Life

Yami, was born in Cuba and came to the United States when she was 8 years old. A pastor鈥檚 daughter, an athlete, a sister, cousin, wife, mother, teacher, pastor, all these can describe her, but she prefers the label, 鈥渁 child of God鈥. A graduate of 麻豆产精国品 and of Andrews University Yami feels 鈥渋ndebted to the lives of the men and women who took the time to grow my faith, my intellect, and ultimately my love for God.鈥

Yami鈥檚 been involved in education and youth ministries for the past 24 years. She began as a middle school teacher in an academy, went on to public school, spent a year as a missionary with her husband, returned and served for eight years as the Associate Youth Ministries director for Southeastern California conference whereby she designed, implemented, ran high-school-aged youth ministry, trainings for local churches on youth evangelism, served on a number of committees for the North American Division and was recognized and ordained as a minister of the gospel on December 2006. Her area of interest reflects the diversity of her spirit: she is actively involved in her local city and has been recognized for her work by her peers and state officials, she collaborates with Hispanic colleagues developing relevant ministry for second and third-generation Hispanic youth, volunteers her time to sit in various local and church boards, and her research in Diversity and Student Engagement has her pursuing a variety of research opportunities. At the core is her love for young people. She has dedicated her life to serving God, the youth and her beloved Adventist church. She began as an educator, was called into ministry and for the past eleven years has used both roles in her service as the Vice President for Student Life at 麻豆产精国品. Her passion is to set the record straight about God and the Truth we hold so dear. She preaches Christ and Christ alone. There is no other Truth that can ever compete with His grace.

Yami鈥檚 been married for 26 years. 鈥淢y husband is my best friend, greatest supporter and my complete opposite.鈥 Together they share an intelligent, thoughtful, and musical son; both dad and son are named Daniel.

Jonathan Leonardo Love Reality Speaker

Jonthan Leonardo is currently sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ of on his Love Reality Tour. On experience in ministry, he says :

"There were a lot of years where I preached theology. Theology tricks with no life.

I had theology degrees and was comfortable in front of an audience, but was living with no assurance.

Then I heard the simple gospel of Jesus: the love of the Father.

It sounds crazy, but it was that simple. To realize that the Father loved me for me. That He sent Jesus to reveal that love and He gave me Spirit to become that love.It changed everything.I鈥檓 loved. So are you.

He says so."

Dan Nyirady BA, MS, PsyD Clinical Therapist - 麻豆产精国品

Dan really enjoys his work in the counseling center helping students figure their lives out. Before coming to La Sierra, he spent time teaching high school, working in youth, family and worship ministries, and most recently, practicing as a marriage and family therapist. During his free time, he enjoys riding his bikes, playing with power tools, hanging out with his two teenage daughters, Rachel and Sarah, and going on adventures with his wife Janice. Dan has a BA in theology from Southern Adventist University, an MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from Loma Linda University and is in progress with his dissertation for a PsyD in MFT from Alliant International University.

Roy Ice Associate Pastor at LLUC

Roy Ice has explored the rain forests of Panama, Australia, and Costa Rica, and has plunged into the freezing waters of Finland in December. He has been awarded two awards from the Gospel Music Association as a member of the Christian band, Big Face Grace, has taught an English class to a Ukrainian Olympic Gold Medalist, and grade 12 Bible class to an American Double-Gold and Silver Medalist. He was mistaken for a major Hollywood producer for an entire day at Sony Picture Studios, and has climbed to the top of the Continental Divide.


Ice is the author of the book, 12 Things to Try While You're Still Mortal, which climbed to the #1 Bestseller spot on Amazon Kindle Religious Books in July of 2015. In August of 2010, he was nominated for the highest award granted by the Society of Children鈥檚 Book Writers & Illustrators Guild for his novel, Treasure of Heaven.


Ice鈥檚 life has been thoroughly upgraded in every way by Christ鈥檚 relentless grace, and through the testimony of God鈥檚 Word he has helped people to have that same encounter with the Savior on every continent, with the exception of two; Africa & Antarctica. He still has not given up hope of taking the Good News to the Emperor Penguins of Antarctica, however.


Since 1993, Ice has been a pastor, college chaplain and religion professor in Texas and California, and now serves as the Pastor for Resource Development at the Loma Linda University Church.

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