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The Simpson University Experience

Learn more about Simpson University and our majors and programs by hearing from students and alumni about their SU experiences.

“Not only have I learned what I need for my future occupation, I have acquired extra appreciation for the community and wisdom that our professors offer to us, which is just as valuable.”

Rachel Lowe, business administration major, class of 2017

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    Simpson University senior Rachel Lowe is combining her interests in business administration, marketing, and music to gain the knowledge and skills she needs to one day open and run a coffee house/music venue for young adults, a dream she has had since she was a junior in high school.

    “I decided to major in business administration because it’s something that involves people, and I really enjoy people,” the Eagle Creek, Ore., resident said. “I also want to be an entrepreneur in the future and make an impact in a business environment.”

    According to Rachel, one of the things that makes Simpson’s business program unique are the connections between students and professors.

    “Simpson provides students access to our professors’ hearts to see their students succeed,” she said. “Not only have I learned what I need for my future occupation, I have acquired extra appreciation for the community and wisdom that our professors offer to us, which is just as valuable.”

    As part of the business curriculum, students have to participate in an internship. Rachel gained valuable hands-on business planning experience during a three-week internship in Tapei, Taiwan, in 2016. She worked at coffee house run by Envision, the Christian and Missionary Alliance’s short-term mission and internship program.

    “It was very hard and very intense, but the communication skills and material I have learned in my business classes really helped me to work well with our group,” she said.

    In addition to her business degree, Rachel is also pursuing a music minor. She has served on the university’s chapel worship team and the worship team at a local church.

    “What I have learned in my Bible classes and music classes really helped me prepare for the culture that a worship team lives in and how it functions,” she said.

    One of the reasons Rachel decided to attend Simpson was the sense of community she witnessed when her brother was a student.

    “My brother told me about Simpson, and I fell in love with the community he was surrounded by, and I wanted to be part of that community,” she said.

    That sense of community is one of the reasons Rachel would encourage others to attend Simpson.

    “I cannot stress community enough and the unique opportunity to be in a place that fosters spiritual growth freely within the student body, staff, and faculty,” she said. “It is a collective mission that we all strive for, which is an encouraging environment to be in let alone a place that offers great academic programs to aid in your spiritual and personal growth.”

    In order to offset the cost of college, Rachel receives several scholarships and said she is grateful for the financial support from donors.

    “You have lifted huge amounts of stress off my shoulders as well as my family’s shoulders,” she said. “Your gifts have been a huge blessing for my continuation at Simpson.”


“The professors were passionate about my education and reestablishing how I thought about the Bible and God in a way that affected my relationship with Christ in a deeper and more intimate way.”

Rondoe Taylor, pastoral studies major, class of 2016

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    When Simpson University alumnus Rondoe Taylor (’16) decided to major in Pastoral Studies, he knew he had found a degree that combined his interests in community development and social work with a career he was passionate about.

    “I am doing what God has called me to do, and I am following my heart,” the San Francisco, Calif., native said. “I am doing something that gives me a sense of joy and fulfillment.”

    Rondoe said his professors at Simpson were influential in helping him decide to pursue his ministry degree.

    “They were passionate about my education and reestablishing how I thought about the Bible and God in a way that affected my relationship with Christ in a deeper and more intimate way,” he said. “They opened my eyes to a better understanding of how to dig deeper into the context of the biblical authors and the implications behind why they wrote what they wrote.”

    Rondoe’s classes and experiences with leading worship during chapel and being involved in Residence Life have helped prepare him for his future career.

    “I learned what it’s like to work with many types of people and see how to function together even if it seems impossible,” he said. “I also learned that what I am doing affects more than just me. I am a representative and ambassador of the kingdom of God.”

    Rondoe decided to attend Simpson after visiting campus a week before the fall semester of his freshman year started.

    “Simpson felt like the right place because of the atmosphere of hospitality, the size of the classes, and the small environment,” he said. “The people I met were really friendly and kind and very proactive in getting me into Simpson University programs.”

    After graduating in April 2016, Rondoe went to Eastern Europe through WorldSERVE, Simpson’s student missions program. After returning to the States, he started working with a children’s program. He plans on attending graduate school in order to pursue his Master of Divinity and potentially a master’s degree in either social work or marriage and family therapy.

    Based on his positive experience, Rondoe said he would encourage others to come to Simpson.

    “My time at Simpson has shaped me into a better individual in terms of growing in my faith and challenging myself to explore more about who I am as a child of God and how to carry the light of Christ into non-church areas,” he said. “Simpson has a good sense of community and fellowship that I will carry after I graduate.”

    Rondoe had the following advice to offer incoming students.

    “Take the time to really explore Simpson University, who you are, and how you can grow as an individual, in your walk with God, and in community with other people,” he said. “Explore what God has for you. Explore who you are as a person. Explore your talents, your strengths, your weaknesses and see where God is trying to put you and what mission God is calling you into.”

    In order to offset the cost of college, Rondoe received several scholarships and said he is grateful for the support from donors that enabled him to attend Simpson for four years.

    “Your generous contributions to my Simpson education enabled me to be the first individual in my entire family to graduate from college,” he said. “I get to see the dreams of God in my life come into alignment and fulfillment; and for that I am truly grateful.”


“I’m going to graduate equipped and empowered to go into ministry and do it at the fullest extent that God would have me do.”

Samuel Sexton, youth ministries major, class of 2018

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    Samuel Sexton came to Simpson University to continue pursuing the calling to be a youth minister that was placed on his life at an early age.

    “I thought about majoring in Pastoral Studies or Biblical Studies, but I found that the Youth Ministries major was what I was looking for in order to understand what I was going to do with the rest of my life,” said the Modesto, Calif., native.

    One of the things Samuel said makes Simpson’s Youth Ministries program unique is the practical experience that students gain from their classes. He has learned how to develop a year’s worth of ministry curriculum, including messages, themes, small groups, retreats, and leadership trainings.

    Samuel also appreciates how the professors incorporate a variety of disciplines in to their lessons, including psychology, sociology, theology, leadership, and pastoral studies.

    “Simpson has prepared me to lead and to serve by equipping me with the necessary tools to go out and do so,” he said. “My classes have all challenged me to move in a different direction that I thought I would go. They have all given me something new to think on.”

    One of the reasons Samuel chose to attend Simpson was because of the sense of community he felt when visiting campus before he applied.

    “The community here is off the hook,” he said. “People know who you are. They love you and accept you before you make the decision to come here. You feel welcomed; you feel loved; you feel embraced.”

    Samuel said his classes and experience at Simpson are preparing him well for a career in full-time youth ministry.

    “I’m going to graduate equipped and empowered to go into ministry and do it at the fullest extent that God would have me do,” he said.

    In order to offset the cost of college, Samuel receives several scholarships and said he is grateful for the support from donors that enable him to attend Simpson.

    “Thank you for empowering me to do all that I do,” he said. “I would not be here if it were not for financial aid. All that you give has contributed to my life to go out and serve people in a greater capacity than I ever would have dreamed.”


“Simpson has given me practical tools to utilize so I can enter into many closed countries and communities as a teacher and share the love of Christ.”

Summer Yang, cross-cultural studies major, class of 2016

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    Summer (Kyle) Yang graduated from Simpson University in April 2016 with a B.A. in cross-cultural studies and a minor in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). She plans on pursuing a master’s degree and using what she has learned to partner with her husband, Joshua, as a Christian and Missionary Alliance missionary.

    Summer first heard about Simpson from a high school friend who was attending Simpson. She was drawn to Simpson’s nursing program and heart for missions and initially enrolled as a pre-nursing major, but an encounter with a student majoring in cross-cultural studies led Summer to change her major.

    “She explained different classes, experiences, and opportunities you can have with the major, and I found it very unique, practical, and closely aligned to my passion for mission,” Summer said.

    During her time at Simpson, Summer received hands-on experience in a cross-cultural setting through an internship with Footsteps Ministries teaching English to students from Taiwan. She also developed skills to understand other cultures through cross-cultural communication, religions, language acquisition, and theology.

    “Simpson has given me practical tools to be utilized and to enter into many closed countries and communities as a teacher and share the love of Christ,” Summer said. “With Simpson’s motto to be a ‘Gateway to World Service,’ I have learned to steward my education as a Christian in my future ministry.”

    One of the things Summer liked most about Simpson’s cross-cultural studies program was the professors.

    “All of my professors spent at least 10-plus years as missionaries or overseas workers, and I loved that their understanding for cross-cultural studies are not just by the book and knowledge, but real-life experiences and practices,” she said. “They are very relatable and available to mentor and guide you in having a holistic theology of mission and service in the world.”

    Summer received grants and scholarships and said she is grateful for the support from donors that enabled her pursue her love of missions while at Simpson.


“At Simpson, you will find an incredible education, great professors, and a community that is going to love you and truly accept you for who you are.”

Lindsay Szymanski, general ministries major, class of 2016

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    Attending Simpson University was a transformative experience, both academically and spiritually, for alumna Lindsay Szymanski ’16.

    “Simpson University has played a huge role in my legacy being changed,” she said. “I did not grow up in a Christian home, and I didn’t grow up in a family where college was something that was widely pursued. I was the first one in my immediate family to finish a bachelor’s degree.”

    Lindsay, who is from Paradise, Calif., graduated from Simpson in April 2016 with a B.A. in General Ministries.

    “I chose General Ministries because I wanted a major where I could receive wisdom and knowledge about all different types of ministry; where I could learn about the needs of many different demographics of people, and learn how to effectively meet those needs,” she said. “When I looked at all the colleges I was interested in, Simpson was the only one that offered exactly what I was looking for.”

    When Lindsay first heard about Simpson when she was in high school, she had no interest in attending. After she became a Christian and she visited the campus, she knew Simpson was the college for her.

    “I knew that Simpson was a place where I would have a Christian worldview implemented into my education,” she said. “I would get to learn alongside others who wanted to honor God with their lives, and I knew I would be able to ask deep and real questions and be met with wisdom, compassion, love, and truth.”

    According to Lindsay, one of the unique features of the General Ministries program is the professors.

    “They are geniuses, and they have so much to offer their students in the way of wisdom and experience,” she said. “Our professors really love God, and they really love us.”

    As a student, Lindsay discovered her desire to use her General Ministries degree to work in the Student Development Office. Shortly after graduating, she was hired as the assistant director of student engagement at Simpson. She helps oversee the university’s commuter student services, intramural sports, student clubs, new student orientation, and First and Second Year Experience programs. She is also in charge of hiring and working with student leaders.

    "The experience I got at Simpson truly changed my life," she said. "I want to be able to be with college students as they wrestle with answering big questions like who they are and who they want to become. I would love to be able to help provide an experience like I had for current and future students of Simpson University."

    Lindsay said what she learned in her ministry classes will help her in her student development career.

    “I have learned how to listen to people, how to hopefully love them well, and how to practically care about them holistically,” she said. “I gained so much wisdom regarding interpersonal and relational skills. I have learned how to work on a team and where I fit best on a team.”

    Based on her positive experience, Lindsay said she would recommend Simpson to others.

    “If you are looking for a holistic, incredible experience and if you are wanting your life to be changed for the better, I would suggest Simpson University,” she said. “You will find an incredible education, great professors, and a community that is going to love you and truly accept you for who you are.”

    In order to offset the cost of college, Lindsay received several scholarships, including the Heritage Scholarship, and other types of financial aid.

    “To anyone who has given or is considering giving, it is worth the investment,” she said. “God is doing incredible things through your faithfulness and generosity. You are a huge blessing and a big reason why kingdom building is happening through Simpson University.”


“The professors are absolutely passionate about the students here – they love to engage with the students, not just in their academics but also in their spiritual life and mentoring them.

Kong Yang, worship ministries major, class of 2016

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    Kong Yang is a senior worship ministries music major at Simpson University, minoring in pastoral studies. He is co-leader of the chapel worship team, selecting songs and arranging musicians to lead the student body in worship twice a week.

    While at Simpson, Kong has also helped lead worship at the Redding First Church of the Nazarene. He plays guitar and bass, and also sings.

    Kong’s parents immigrated to the U.S. from Thailand before he was born. He attends the Hmong Alliance Church in Sacramento and learned about Simpson through church friends. He visited Simpson during a spring preview weekend, where he visited a music class and met professors who profoundly impacted his life.

    “The professors are absolutely passionate about the students here – they love to engage with the students, not just in their academics but also in their spiritual life and mentoring them,” he said. “They do everything to empower our students to be the best we can be. When we graduate, they want to see us go out into the world and be great people in the name of Jesus.”

    Kong chose the worship music major because he enjoys serving others through leading them in worship. “More than that,” he said, “seeing others excel in whatever they’re passionate about, whether it’s sports, nursing, teaching, anything that they do well in. I love to see them worship God through every aspect of their life.”

    His time at Simpson helped Kong, who describes himself as “super introverted,” grow in confidence and leadership abilities. “In this community, I’ve learned how to be intentional about building relationships and friendships—something I wasn’t able to do easily before,” he said. “Friends and professors are very encouraging and really believe in me.”

    Kong received a music scholarship and student leadership scholarship and is grateful for the support from donors that enabled him to attend Simpson for four years.

    He hopes to use his Simpson education to become a worship pastor after graduation.


“Simpson has taught me what it looks like to be a humble leader with an emphasis in serving people and, in turn, the kingdom of God.”

Robert Kovacs, Bible and theology major, class of 2016

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    Simpson University alumnus Robert Kovacs ’16 was drawn to Simpson University after music professor Dwayne Corbin served as a guest conductor for Robert’s high school band in Chico, Calif.

    “When it came to applying for colleges, Simpson was the only one I looked into and applied to,” he said. “I visited campus sometime during my senior year, and I knew I didn’t want to go anywhere else.”

    Even though Robert initially came to Simpson to study music, he changed his major to Bible and Theology with an emphasis in Old Testament at the beginning of his sophomore year.

    “The Old Testament simply fascinated me,” he said. “The church today doesn’t always know what to do with the Old Testament, so I thought it would be good to develop an understanding of it.”

    According to Robert, one of the things that stands out most about the Bible and Theology major are the professors.

    “The faculty strives to pour into the students’ lives, not only on an academic level, but also on a spiritual and personal level,” he said. “They really show us what it means to be good students of the Bible while holding fast to our Christian values.”

    Robert feels that his Bible and Theology classes have given him a solid foundation to work in many different areas of ministry.

    “Wherever I end up, I have been well equipped spiritually and academically as well as in areas of leadership and service,” he said.

    Although he switched majors, Robert was still able to pursue his passion for music. During his senior year, he served as the worship ministries coordinator for chapel services. He also participated in a yearlong worship internship at Redding First Church of the Nazarene.

    In addition to working in the Spiritual Formation Office on campus, Robert was also active in residence life. He served as a resident assistant for two years and a resident director for one year. Working in these areas helped him grow as a leader.

    “Simpson has taught me what it looks like to be a humble leader with an emphasis in serving people and, in turn, the kingdom of God,” he said. “I have been developed as a spiritual leader as well as a leader who is equipped to go out and serve a larger community. I have felt very much supported, and I feel like the ways I have been able to serve this campus have really been a blessing to me during my time here.”

    Based on his positive experience, Robert said he would recommend Simpson to others.

    “I would encourage others to attend Simpson based largely on the community that is built here,” he said. “There are not many places where you get to live in such a close-knit community with others who have a very similar viewpoint and lifestyle pursuits as you do. To be able to build friendships that are going to be able to last forever is such a powerful experience and opportunity.”

    In order to offset the cost of college, Robert received several scholarships and said he is grateful for the support from donors that enabled him to attend Simpson for four years.

    “To those who give to support students I would say thank you,” he said. “Your generous hearts and your willingness to give allow students to have an opportunity that they might not get to have elsewhere in life. Thank you for your willingness to give back to this community and this young generation that’s being equipped to go out into this world.”


“Simpson has changed my life in ways I would have never imagined. I learned and grew so much through sports, student leadership, mission trips, and academics.”

Kendra Kaiserman, communication major, class of 2016

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    Simpson University alumna Kendra Kaiserman (’16) has a knack for sharing peoples’ stories through the written word.

    “I love writing and I love talking to people, so majoring in communication with an emphasis in journalism was the perfect fit for me,” said the Manteca, Calif., resident.

    During her senior year, Kendra developed her skills as an interviewer and writer through an internship at Enjoy, a Redding-based lifestyle magazine. She had articles published in three issues of the magazine while she was a student. She also served as the editor-in-chief of The Slate, Simpson’s award-winning student newspaper.

    Kendra also minored in business, and she plans to use her communication and business background to purse a career in public relations or marketing. She also wants to continue writing. Shortly after graduation, she was hired at Enjoy as a marketing/sales assistant.

    Kendra’s time outside the classroom also had a big impact on her life. Her leadership roles with Simpson’s First Year Experience (FYE), Transfer Connection (TraC), and WorldSERVE student missions programs taught her important life skills, including time and conflict management. They also caused her to grow as a person and a leader.

    “These positions pushed me out of my comfort zone and at times were quite difficult, but learning how to overcome those obstacles made me who I am today and I am thankful for those challenging times,” she said.

    Based on her positive experience, Kendra said she would encourage others to visit and apply to Simpson.

    “Simpson has changed my life in ways I would have never imagined,” she said. “I learned and grew so much through sports, student leadership, mission trips, and academics. I had such a great college experience here, and I know many others will have great college experiences here as well.”

    Kendra is grateful for the financial support and scholarships she received in order to be able to attend Simpson.

    “I would like to sincerely thank all who give to support Simpson students,” she said. “Without your generous donations, some would not be able to afford Simpson; for others, like me, it relieves so much financial burden off mine, and my family’s lives.”


“There is a great sense of community at a school like this. Students can relate to professors and get to know them. There are also lots of opportunities for a student to pursue what they love.”

Megan Hasebe, psychology major, class of 2016

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    When Megan Hasebe took a psychology class in high school, she knew she had found the right career path.

    “Since I was young, I always wanted to go into a field of helping people,” the Simpson University psychology major said. “I was hooked.”

    A resident of Visalia, Calif., Megan heard about Simpson University, a Christian university in beautiful Northern California, from her youth pastor and his wife, who met as Simpson students.

    She visited the campus—and was hooked again.

    “There is a great sense of community at a school like this,” she said. “Students can relate to professors and get to know them. There are also lots of opportunities for a student to pursue what they love.”

    The psychology major is one of the largest at Simpson, with professors emphasizing undergraduate research in addition to field experience opportunities and a wide variety of classes.

    Such experience can be immensely valuable for students seeking to get into graduate school or competitive internships. Simpson psychology students are also regular presenters at the university’s annual Student Research Symposium.

    Field Experience is a yearlong course that allows students to pair with an organization in the community to work as a psychology intern. Megan, who plans to pursue a master’s degree in social work, worked at an adult day health center.

    “It really helped prepare me for my future career,” she said. “Not only was I actually working somewhere, but in class we discussed things like resumes, interviews, ethics and situations we might run into in the field of psychology.”

    In addition to the guidance received from her professors, Megan has had other opportunities for personal growth and leadership experience at Simpson. She’s a leader in the Simpson Chorale and has been part of Strike Teams, small groups that help meet needs in the community.

    Megan is the first person in her family to attend college and said she is grateful for the financial support of those who donate to student scholarships, as well as aid such as Cal Grants.

    “I definitely wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the people who give,” she said.


“I was encouraged to use my inquisitive nature to pursue questions about the world around me as well as have my eyes opened to questions I never knew existed.”

Leanne Davis, biology major, class of 2015

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    Leanne Davis graduated from Simpson University in 2015 with a bachelor of science in biology. She is pursing her teaching credential and master’s in education through Simpson’s School of Education in hopes of becoming a middle or high school science teacher.

    “My education at Simpson was a well-rounded one that forced me to grow and challenged me in ways I never thought would be possible,” she said. “I was given a way to approach the secular world from a Christian viewpoint which will be beneficial for my future teaching career and as a Christian scientist.”

    According to Leanne, one of the unique features of Simpson’s biology program was the professors who were willing to invest time in their students’ lives.

    “By being able to know your professors and have them know you, an unlimited amount of doors are opened,” she said. “They are aware of your interests and aspirations, enabling them to give you research opportunities you are interested in, as well as, being your advocate for everything you want to achieve.”

    Leanne also enjoyed the hands-on experience she received in the biology program.

    “I was encouraged to use my inquisitive nature to pursue questions about the world around me as well as have my eyes opened to questions I never knew existed,” she said. “It is so fulfilling to be able to use my hands and literally work through an experiment or problem.”

    Leanne received financial aid to attend Simpson, including the President’s Scholarship, which covered 100% of her tuition. She is grateful for those who choose to help financially support Simpson students.

    “Students at Simpson go on to be researchers, teachers, missionaries, pastors, and much more,” she said. “Supporting students who are going into the world with a Christian background is invaluable. It is a way to take part in their future ministries and help change the lives that they are going to change.”


“The business professors at Simpson are really good at preparing their students to go out in the world and have great Christian morals and to be leaders in their industry.”

Jack Long, business administration major, class of 2017

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    Jack Long first heard about Simpson University from some of the pastors of his home church, and after visiting campus, he knew Simpson was where he wanted to attend college.

    Jack, a senior from Cameron Park, Calif., decided to major in business administration with an emphasis in marketing because the degree fit his outgoing personality and creative side.

    “I like business and enjoy meeting people and working on a team,” he said. “Business administration also offers a wide range of options for different careers.”

    The small class sizes and professors make Simpson’s business program unique, Jack said.

    “The professors are able to get to know you on a personal basis and help walk you through each course,” he said. “My professors have been there to help me with life and to be a success in the classroom.”

    During his time at Simpson, Jack has participated in several internships. In 2014, he interned for Meyer Marketing in Sacramento, Calif., and in 2015, he interned for Business Advantage Consulting in Folsom, Calif. This year, he is the intern for Simpson’s Marketing and Communication Department.

    After he graduates in April 2017, Jack plans to work for a marketing company in the Sacramento-area as a sales representative. He said he feels ready for his future career.

    “The business professors at Simpson are really good at preparing their students to go out in the world and have great Christian morals and to be leaders in their industry,” he said. “They are helping me create a foundation of knowledge in business with ethics and integrity.”

    Based on his positive experience, Jack said he would encourage others to attend Simpson.

    “The community at Simpson is very tight-knit; it’s a very close group of people,” he said. “I have made quality, lifelong friends while at Simpson.”

    In order to offset the cost of college, Jack received several scholarships and he is grateful for the support from donors that enabled him to attend Simpson for four years.

    “Scholarships have been a huge help as far as figuring out finances and how I will pay for school,” he said. “It really takes a lot of stress off me to have those scholarships.”


“I am passionate about this generation, and I knew that the Youth Ministries major would prepare me to call them to what they are created for.”

Brian Howell, youth ministries major, class of 2016

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    Simpson University alumnus Brian Howell ’16 has a heart for lost and broken youth. In order to learn how to best serve them, Brian chose to pursue a B.A. in Youth Ministries.

    “I chose to major in Youth Ministries because I wanted to develop my ability to walk with and mentor youth,” he said. “I am passionate about this generation, and I knew that this major would prepare me to call them to what they are created for.”

    Brian said one of the things that makes Simpson’s Youth Ministries program unique was the capstone course where students learn to plan out a year’s worth of ministry material and are equipped with pastoral care tools.

    “Simpson has prepared me to serve and lead well,” he said. “You will leave your four years at Simpson with a philosophy of ministry that is ready to present to any church or organization.”

    During his time at Simpson, Brian was very involved in residence life, serving as a resident assistant for three years. He described that work as transformational.

    “My involvement with residence life has prepared me for service and life in community outside the university, exposing me to hundreds of people unlike me and increasing my compassion and heart to see people become all they were created to be,” he said. “This is the heart of service, that we place the development of others above our own interests and intentions.”

    Brian graduated in April 2016 and began working as worship coordinator at a Redding church in May.

    He received a full scholarship to attend Simpson and is grateful to donors for their financial support.

    “You are investing in the lives of young leaders like myself,” he said. “God is using you to impact not only the Redding community but also the farthest reaches of the world.”


“Because of the experiences I’ve had at Simpson, every time I step on the campus, I get a feeling of home. This is where I got to dream about what God might have for me. This is where God gave me my calling.”

John Hinton, communication major, class of 2006

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    John Michael Hinton graduated from Simpson University in 2006 with a bachelor of arts in communication.

    “I wanted to figure out how to communicate the Gospel in a way that would impact people,” he said.

    John became a world traveler at age 7 when his parents took a job with an oil company in Saudi Arabia. As a blue-eyed, red-headed white boy in an Arab land, he stood out from the crowd and often found himself on the outside. Learning magic tricks from his father was one of the few ways he found he could gain approval from his friends, but he knew it was temporal. John found the only acceptance and love that was lasting: the love of a Heavenly Father. From then on, it became his life’s purpose to share the Gospel using any creative means possible.

    "My tagline is: I fake the supernatural to cause people to be interested in the real supernatural," he said.

    John has been “fabricating the supernatural” for 30 years. He has extensively studied the tricks and techniques used by psychics, mediums and faith healers. In his performances, he first defrauds their methods, revealing their false forms of spirituality. John speaks on real miracles and spirituality and how people should approach discovering the Real Supernatural.

    “My goal is simply to be a tool that God can use to spread His incredible gospel,” he said. “If my illusions earn me the right to be heard, awesome, but it’s the heart of God that I want people to truly walk away remembering.”

    A member of the exclusive, world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, John has traveled to numerous countries over the past 15 years to fulfill that purpose, including Papua New Guinea, Russia, Taiwan, El Salvador, Mexico, and France.

    In addition to his magic career, John spent five years serving as a youth pastor in Central California and recently moved back to the States after spending a year and a half doing missionary work in Paris, France, with his family. Most of his free time is spent sharing large cups of black tea with his wife, Maribeth, a 2006 Simpson general ministries graduate, and their two children.

    “Because of the experiences I’ve had at Simpson, every time I step on the campus, I get a feeling of home,” John said. “This is where I got to dream about what God might have for me. This is where God gave me my calling.”

    For more information on the ministries of John Michael Hinton: Speaker, Magician, Redhead, visit johnmichaelhinton.com.