Veterans Services

Veterans Success Center

Simpson University is a Christ-centered, military-friendly university with an enduring commitment to honoring military service-members, veterans, and their families by offering a faith-infused education in professional studies and liberal arts.

A Welcome Message to Veterans

As the Director of Veterans Success Center, it is my greatest privilege to accommodate service members, veterans, and their dependents as they seek out their education options at Simpson University. I will be your direct contact to ensure you're aware of all of your educational options, and will provide you with all of the steps required for completing your academic goals.

Our services to you (as a veteran) include program information, benefit education, application guidance, student care, wellness and advocacy on and off campus. Come and talk to me at the Veterans Success Center or at our next event. I can help guide you through a successful educational experience and degree completion that adequately prepares student veterans for meaningful careers.

How to Contact Me

  • Stop by the office (Mod 7 Room 72) from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Monday-Friday)
  • Call the Veterans Success Center at (530) 226-4759
  • Email me at
  • More about the Director of Veterans Success Center

    Justin Spears is the Director of Veterans Success Center for Simpson University. In this position, he oversees the successful transition and development of student veterans and the new Veterans Success Center.

    Justin has been with Simpson University since 2015, starting as an undergraduate student, and then attending A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary.

    Prior to joining Simpson University, Justin proudly served six years as a Hospital Corpsman in the United States Navy. While serving in the Navy, he successfully developed several organizational programs and departments, and has a passion for military and veteran higher education.

    Justin earned an associate’s degree in Healthcare Management from Coastline College, a bachelor’s degree in Social and Criminal Justice from Ashford University, and a M.A. in Intellectual Leadership from Simpson's A. W. Tozer Theological Seminary.

    Justin and his wife, Krystal, have been married since 2004 and have two children.

  • More about the Assistant Director of Veterans Success Center

    Christopher Peterson is the Assistant Director of the Veterans Success Center for Simpson University. In this position, he assists student veterans in their successful transition from military members into student life in community at Simpson University.

    Christopher has been with Simpson University since 2011, where he began attendance for his undergraduate degree. Christopher held leadership positions and was scholar athlete in his time as a student.

    Prior to joining Simpson University, Christopher served five years on active duty aboard the USS Topeka (SSN 754), a fast-attack submarine stationed out of San Diego. While stationed on the USS Topeka, Christopher completed two Western-Pacific deployments and one Central-Command deployment. Christopher was also onboard during the filming of Transformers 2 and can be seen driving the submarine!

    Christopher has attended Clinical Pastoral Education from the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy, his Bachelors in Youth Ministry from Simpson University, and his Masters of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary.

    Christopher is currently and passionately serving as a chaplain in the Army Reserves in addition to his role as the Assistant Director of the Veterans Success Center.


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