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Dr. Brian Thomas

Dr. Brian Thomas holds a Ph.D. in paleobiochemistry and a Master’s degree in biotechnology. In addition to teaching at high schools and universities in the surrounding regions of Dallas, Texas, Dr. Thomas is a science writer, editor, and research associate for the Institute for Creation Research. He is the author of several books including Dinosaurs and the Bible and Creation Basics and Beyond. His dissertation, Ancient and Fossil Bone Collagen Remnants, is also available in book form. Dr. Thomas is passionate about helping the next generation think critically and scientifically about God’s design of the created realm. He is a frequent contributor to Acts and Facts Magazine; learn more about his research and writings at ICR.org.  As a paleobiochemist, one of Dr. Thomas' specializations is analyzing the tissue of recently excavated dinosaur bones and assessing the findings in the light of creationism. 

 Dr. Thomas teaches CVCU's freshman apologetics course, Science and the Christian, where he teaches students to reason and analyze scientific theory through the lens of the biblical worldview.

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Dr. Donald Adema

Dr. Donald Adema has over 28 years of experience as an osteopathic physician in family medicine, with special interest in epigenetics, palliative care, and hospice care. He also holds administrative duties with Scripps Physicians Medical Group and runs his own private family practice. Dr. Adema holds a Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from Western University as well as certificate and licensure through the State of California. He is well-known in homeschool circles and often has a membership waiting list spanning several years. Dr. Adema is passionate about training up medical students who will bring the wisdom of scripture to the multifaceted arena of modern medicine. Through his teaching sessions and textbook selections for the CVCU classroom, Dr. Adema endeavors to bring the academic rigor of Harvard within the context of faith-based environment of Chula Vista Christian University. 

Dr. Adema teaches CVCU's freshman biology course, training up premedical students and general education students in a biblical worldview of the sciences.

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Professor Chico Jones

Professor Chico Jones is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy and has an M.A. in Philosophy from Southern Evangelical Seminary. He has taught Math, Christian Apologetics, Philosophy, Logic, and World Religions for over a decade. He also hosts a philosophy YouTube channel that focuses on logic, metaphysics, and philosophy of religion. Prior to teaching, Chico was a KC-10 Extender pilot in the US Air Force and flew in Operation Enduring Freedom. He has volunteered with youth ministry for many years at his home church, the Shoreline Church of San Clemente, taking students on mission trips to the Dominican Republic and Skid Row in Los Angeles. Chico is married with three kids and lives in San Clemente, where he and his family love to surf as much as possible. He makes the commute to CVCU each week to teach our amazing students in person. Professor Jones teaches CVCU's first-year algebra and logic class, where he helps students unravel the mysteries of the ordered world of mathematics. 

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Professor Elda Peralta

A native of Tijuana, Mexico, Professor Elda McGinty-Peralta is known for her versatility in singing and teaching classical and commercial music styles. She holds a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance & Literature as well as a B.A. in Music Education. Professor Peralta is the recipient of numerous local and national awards and is an experienced worship leader, songwriter, and worship director. Peralta has been featured with many ensembles ranging from jazz quartets and big bands to “rondallas,” and in recitals and concerts from baroque to Mexican folk music styles. She has performed as a soloist with the Chicago Arts Orchestra, Orchestra of New Spain, La Jolla Symphony & Chorus, Orquesta de Baja California, Opera de Tijuana, and Aspen Opera Theater Center. Additionally, she has performed at the Cathedral of Durango’s Third Viceregal Music Festival, the Metropolitan Cathedral in México City and with the San Diego Opera Chorus, Grant Park Music Festival, Lyric Opera Chorus, and the Chicago Symphony Chorus. She lives in beautiful and sunny San Diego with her husband, Joel, and one can often find her spontaneously composing songs for her children, Ezra and Katya. Professor Peralta is part of the worship team at Awaken Church, East Campus. Professor Peralta teaches CVCU's freshman level classical voice course where non-music majors learn to expand their musical analysis and performance skills through the study of Italian arias. 

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Professor Jason White

Professor Jason White is a dynamic, award-winning trainer, coach, and speaker with over a decade of performance breakthrough experience serving students, athletes, and entrepreneurs. Jason completed his undergraduate studies as a Dean’s List Student at the University of Iowa. During his time he would earn a Reggie Roby Special Teams Player of the Year Award playing football, 3 Bowl Championships, 3 Academic All Big-Ten Awards, and complete 2 degrees in 4 years. He completed his Master’s degree at Concordia-St. Paul where he was recognized as the All Purpose Yards Leader, and then earned a Ministry and Theology degree. In addition to teaching for CVCU, Professor White coaches middle and high school athletes to prepare for D-I and Jr. Olympic performance excellence.  As a breakthrough expert, Jason’s programming facilitates environments for students to step into their purpose, walk in power, and run to WIN by collaborating with the people around them and managing the resources they have available to them. He is passionate about science, sports, discipleship, and evangelism and looks forward to sharing all he has learned through academia, biblical principles, and sports to empower the next generation. Professor White and his wife, Dr. Cherise, are an integral part of Awaken Church, Balboa Campus. Alongside Dr. Adema, Professor White teaches CVCU's freshman biology class.

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