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Growing Together: Meet the YTI Team

Our faculty and staff are made up of bright, reverent, impassioned scholars and educators with diverse sets of spiritual and Christian beliefs. Together they foster productive dialogue and reexamine the way we can serve the world. Here, faculty members learn from and challenge one another in a spirit of humility and friendship, each growing as individuals and pursuing the characteristics that strengthen and bring light to our organization.


Dr. Jay Smith

President, Bridger Professor of Theology and Ethics

Dr. Derry Long

Professor of Christian Leadership

Rev. Jim Keena

Professor of Pastoral Theology

Rev. Brett Desper

Lecturer in Discipleship and Spirituality

Dr. Bill Fowler

Professor Emeritus

Rev. Susan Rose

Seasonal Lecturer in Christian Vocation

Rev. Tracie Jernigan

Seasonal Lecturer in Worship Studies

Dr. Nathan Chambers

Visiting Lecturer in Old Testament

Dr. Russell Almon

Visiting Lecturer in Theology


Melissa Smith

Director of Operations

Kathryn Green

Social Media Coordinator, Enrollment Counselor, Tutor in Diploma Studies

Matthew Green

Marketing & Communications, Tutor in Diploma Studies

Dayna Van Dyke

Executive Assistant

Dr. Hannah Dreblow

Whatcom County Cohort Coordinator

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