Student Development Staff
Dr. Rich Brown
VP for Student Development
As the Vice President for Student Development and as a parent of four Simpson University graduates, it is my privilege now to invest in the next generation of young adults. Together with a great staff, we seek to foster an environment where students can continue their academic, social, and physical development while learning to make wise, God-sized choices that will last a lifetime.
I hold a B.A. in History from Crown College (MN.), an M.A. in Christian Education, an M.Div. in Pastoral Care and Counseling, and a D.Min. from Bethel Seminary (MN.). I am an author, the husband of Kathy, the father of four and grandfather of seven. I served in full-time pastoral ministry prior to coming to Simpson in 1993 as a professor and dean. I stepped into the VP role in 2005. Growing up on the east coast, I have an excuse for being a fan of the Yankees and the Hurricanes.
Director of Spiritual Formation
As the Director of Spiritual Formation, I have the privilege of creating opportunities for students to mature in their Christian faith and practice. I oversee chapel at Simpson along with prayer groups, worship teams, local service in the community, and our short-term missions program. I love being able to walk with a community of young adults as we ask God to transform us to be more like Him.
I graduated from Simpson in 1995 with a degree in Youth Ministry and am currently working on a Master of Divinity at A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary. I am licensed and ordained as a reverend with the Christian and Missionary Alliance. In my spare time, I enjoy wrestling with my three children, laughing with my wife, and journaling at a local coffee shop.
Director of Student Life
As the Director of Student Life at Simpson University, my job includes overseeing Residence Life, Commuter Life, and the undergraduate discipline process. My job is very rewarding, and we have a great community here at Simpson. Helping others reach their potential and goals, both personally and corporately, is an exceptionally fulfilling part of my profession. Working alongside quality team members and colleagues is also a real pleasure.
I grew up in central Washington and Oregon and spent some high school years in Redding. I graduated from Cedarville University in 1994 with degrees in Public Administration and Political Science, in 2000 from Multnomah University with an M.A. in Pastoral Studies, and I am currently working on a PhD in Higher Education from Azusa Pacific University. In my spare time I enjoy reading, playing, and chatting with my three daughters, born in 2010, 2007 and 2005. In addition, my Australian wife and I enjoy long weekend getaways, late night Hulu, and eating out as often as possible.
Director of Student Inclusion
As the Director of Student Inclusion, I am able to do something I truly love and that is point to the redemptive work of Christ to heal, deliver and set free every community of God’s Creation. Since I am drawn to the collective work of young adults to connect with others, better their surroundings and pursue their personal best, overseeing student inclusion is rewarding and fulfilling. At Simpson, God is doing amazing things in the lives of our students. Through activities, student government and student clubs/organizations, students are encouraged to enlarge their vision about leadership, pure entertainment and community inclusion.
I have lived in the Bay Area, but I grew up in Redding, Calif. In 1991, I had the pleasure of wearing the Ms. Shasta County crown and sash, and currently I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I graduated from A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary in 2011 with a Master of Divinity. My undergraduate degree is in Liberal Studies from San Francisco State University.
Coordinator of Student Life
As the Coordinator of Student Life at Simpson University, my job includes coordinating the leadership training and development for our Commuter Life and Residence Life student staff as well as coordinating and implementing the discipline process for our undergraduate students. I have served in Student Development at Simpson University since 2000 and continue to love being a part of this community as much as I did the day that I arrived. I have a heart to see lives changed and am continually amazed to see the transformational and redemptive heart of God actively at work at SU.
I grew up in several different places from Minnesota and Arizona to British Columbia, Canada (I’m a dual citizen). I graduated from Trinity Western University in 1998 with a degree in Intercultural Religious Studies and a certification in Teaching English as a Second Language. It was my phenomenal, life-changing experience in college that led me to pursue a career in Student Development. In my spare time I enjoy travelling, playing games, watching LOST, drinking coffee, and spending time with my family and my friends. My husband is originally from India, and we have two precious children: a daughter who was born in 2007 and a son who was born in 2010.
Residence Life Supervisor
As Residence Life Supervisor, I aim to create a thriving living and learning environment in the community of our Residence Halls. We hope to create a holistic space where students can walk fully into the life that God has called them in the present, creating life-long healthy life habits for the future. I oversee the work of our Faculty in Residence, the Residence Life Coordinator, and coach/develop 30 talented student leaders. We work together to create this successful Christ-centered living and learning environment.
I grew up in southern San Diego but have fallen in love with the unique beauty that northern California has to offer. I attended Simpson University and have a bachelor's in Mass Media Communication with a minor in Bible and Theology. I completed my master's in Counseling Psychology in 2013 and am a registered MFTI working towards licensure. My most recent experiences include being employed with a local foster family agency as social work personnel, and completing individual, family and group therapy in our local elementary school district. I enjoy being able to see my counseling skills bring students to whole living, thriving in every life season. My specific areas of interest include, Solution Focused Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Family Therapy, Art Therapy, Eating Disorders, Anxiety, and Self-Harm behaviors.
I’m married to a handsome outdoorsman, and we enjoy being active and investing in the lives of students together.
Residence Life Coordinator
As the Residence Life Coordinator, it is my job to assist the Residence Life Supervisor in leading and organizing our Res Life program at Simpson University. I work hand in hand with our student leaders (RA's & SRD's), encouraging them and providing opportunities for leadership development and spiritual formation. Living in the Res Hall is a great joy for me, as it provides genuine opportunities for community development and missional living.
I am a Seattle native and graduate of Simpson University ('09). After graduating I moved back to Seattle to work at Mars Hill Church and in late 2010 I moved out to Colorado Springs to work for the C&MA as the Ministry Coordinator for Alliance Youth. After a few years of ministry with The Alliance I felt the Lord calling me back to Redding, CA, and eventually calling me back to Simpson. In my spare time you will find me channeling my inner Kobe Bryant on the basketball court, reading Bonhoeffer and Nouwen, or running the lifestyle and fashion blog wearecommon.org.
Coordinator for Student Ministries
Jon leads Redding Transformation/WER1, a movement that empowers, connects and mobilizes the Body toward regional transformation. He also serves as the Coordinator for Student Ministries at Simpson, oversees Project 18, a local mentoring initiative that brings the Kingdom of God near to at-risk teens, and runs Netsound - a local sound and lighting company. With a heart to reach our city and beyond, Jon has had his finger on the pulse of Kingdom activity and loves to link people who bring Christ to culture.
He married his Argentine sweetheart, Natalia, 20 years ago and they now enjoy parenting four amazing world changers. He graduated from in 1996 with youth ministry degree.
Commuter Life Supervisor
As the Commuter Life Supervisor, my job is to develop and support the community life for those students living off campus. I oversee the other Commuter Life staff and have the opportunity to support them administratively as they seek to create unique communities on campus.
I grew up on Evanston/Chicago, IL. I graduated from Taylor Business Institute in 1994 with an A.A.S in Computerized Business Systems. From there I went on to graduate from Kendall College in 2004 with a B.A in Business Studies. I earned my M.A in Christian Family Life Education from Shasta Bible College here in Redding, Calif., in 2013. In my spare time, I enjoy spending quality time with my son who was born in 1997 and my daughter who was born in 1999. As a family we enjoy, reading, movies, shopping, dancing, water sports, cooking and being silly with tons of laughter.
Student Life Specialist
As the student life specialist, I wear many hats to serve our wonderful students. I assist the Director of Student Life; I oversee and manage our housing software as well as all incident reports; I’m the budget keeper and a liaison between Student Life and other SU departments regarding student needs.
I graduated from MTSU with a degree in Recording Industry and worked in the Christian music industry for several years. I then received my Pastoral Care and Counseling degree from LIFE School of Ministry. My background as a youth pastor and worship pastor has helped me to serve our students and their parents well. I am very active in my church community and have a passion to see people set free by knowing who they are in Christ. I am a worship leader, mentor, singer/songwriter, speaker, and author. However, my favorite role is being married to my best friend Zac who happens to be an amazing man of God!