MEET OUR FACULTY
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, due to his local popularity, often has a patient 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.
Dr. Jim Garlow
Dr. Jim Garlow is the Founder and CEO of Well Versed, Inc. He is an author, communicator, commentator, historian, cultural observer and has served most of his adult life as a pastor. Dr. Garlow is heard daily on over 800 radio outlets nationwide in his one-minute commentary called “The Garlow Perspective,” and has appeared on numerous national TV shows on NBC, ABC, CNN, Fox, MSNBC, CNBC and Comedy Central.
He graduated from Drew University (Ph.D. in historical theology), Princeton Theological Seminary (Master of Theology), Asbury Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity), Southern Nazarene University (B.A. & M.A.), and Oklahoma Wesleyan University (A.A.).
Dr. Garlow has been interviewed for over 1,300 radio, TV and print stories covering a wide range of topics: historical, theological, political, religious liberty, marriage and family issues, and cultural trends. He has written 19 books, most recently Well Versed: Biblical Answers to Today’s Tough Issues and This Precarious Moment: Six Urgent Steps That Will Save You, Your Family And Our Country, both released by Regnery Publishers of Washington, DC.
Dr. Garlow teaches Biblical Governance and Economics at CVCU, where he introduces students to a host of globally-renowned culture shapers in the field, including a special guest lecture on Israel by his talented and brilliant wife, Rosemary Schindler Garlow. The Garlows have eight children, seven grandsons, and two granddaughters. For more on Dr. Garlow or his ministry, visit WellVersedWorld.org.
Dr. Stephen Kalaluhi
Dr. Stephen Kalaluhi is a leadership expert, a FORBES Coaches Council member, an International Keynote Speaker, a featured contributor to I Love Coaching Magazine, the host of the nationally-televised Business Doctor TV Talk Show™, a certified John Maxwell Team leadership speaker, and the Director of Marketing Mastery Mastermind with Heartcore Business.
He earned his Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Regent University and his MBA and BBA from Ashford University. He has authored several books, including Build Scale Grow Repeat, On Becoming a Master Business Coach, The Secret to Building High Performance Teams, and The Crux of Leadership.
Dr. Stephen has been married for 27 years to his beautiful bride, Gina, and has two amazing sons, Gabriel and Caleb. In his free time, Dr. Stephen serves in the Pathfinders Business Ministry at Awaken Church and, as an ordained pastor, serves weekly at Awaken Church's Eastlake Campus. Dr. Stephen teaches Business Communication at CVCU, where he helps students develop the strategic leadership and communication skills they need to succeed in today's marketplace.
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.
Professor David Baldwin
Professor Baldwin is the owner of the Leadership Insight Group LLC () and has global partnering relationships with the Center for Creative Leadership, Ken Blanchard, MHS based in Toronto, Goal Success which span over 25 years. Some of his clients include Amazon, Citi, Dell Technologies, Disney, Google, Microsoft, PepsiCo, Starbucks, Xerox and the USA government & military.
He has delivered successful ROI transformational leadership and executive coaching work in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, El Salvador, England, France, Germany, Kuwait, Indonesia, Ireland, Malaysia, Mexico, Panama, Russia, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, UAE and throughout 50 of the United States and territories to more than 15,000 executive participants. David acquired his expertise and desire in leadership while working in the television, service and educational industries with positions at CBS, ESPN, and Nordstrom. David is certified in over 100 psychometric self-report and 360 assessment instruments, online/F2F experiential simulations, and has delivered over 400 leadership and team interventions to tribal, non-profit along and 2/3 of clients in the Fortune 100 globally.
Profesor Baldwin holds a Master of Science degree in behavioral communication studies with a focus on organizational leadership behavior from Illinois State University. He holds two other degrees including a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communication with an emphasis in television broadcasting, social psychology and the Spanish language and culture. His research on Transformational Leadership at Caterpillar, Inc. contributed to Ken Blanchard, Paul Hersey and Dewey Johnson’s seventh edition of Management of Organizational Behavior. He has co-written books and articles on influence tactics, communicating vision, leadership networking, along with delivering keynotes on these topics in Bali, Bangkok, Dubai, London, Kuala Lumpur, Phuket and Shanghai.
As a Voice Over Actor, he enjoys supporting his boys in their acting endeavors. He and his wife, Lisa, attend Awaken Balboa and enjoy participating in TrailLifeUSA.com outdoor adventures and sports of all kinds. Professor Baldwin looks forward to leading CVCU students through psychometric assessments and speech and debate.
Professor Wendy Gibbs
Professor Wendy Gibbs is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and founder of LiveWell Gainesville private therapy practice in Gainesville, Florida. She holds a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Liberty University and a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Florida.
Professor Gibbs has extensive experience working in the field of mental health care working as a victim advocate therapist in coordination with law enforcement, human trafficking restoration programs, and with veteran care-giver organizations, as well as a provider in a large psychiatry practice. She is an EMDR-trained therapist with the passion to care for patients who are the survivors or witnesses of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse. She has been additionally trained in trauma response care through the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence and teaches the continuing education course for licensed professionals entitled Recognizing and Treating the Symptoms of Traumatization and Sexual Violence.
Prior to her graduate work, Professor Gibbs served as a high school advisor and certified Advanced Placement English teacher, as well as an editor and ghost writer. She has collaborated on more than 27 published manuscripts.
Professor Gibbs enjoys kayaking the beautiful water features of Florida with her husband of 21 years and two children, 20 and 17 years of age. She and her family lead a weekly prayer service at her local church.
Professor Gibbs believes mentorship is the undervalued key to empowerment and she hopes to contribute to the restoration of family through her course at CVCU.
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, Professor 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.
He and his wife Mariah have three children and live in San Clemente, where he and his family love to surf as much as possible. Professor Chico teaches CVCU's Algebra and Logic class, helping students unravel the mysteries of the ordered world of mathematics to discover practical, everyday applications of math in each career field.
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. She 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.
Professor Peralta 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 and her husband, Joel, live in beautiful and sunny San Diego, where she serves on the worship team at Awaken Church's East Campus. When she is not teaching or performing, one can often find her spontaneously composing songs for her children, Ezra and Katya.
Professor Peralta teaches Classical Voice at CVCU, helping non-music majors learn to expand their musical analysis, performance abilities, and communication skills through the study of Italian arias and other classical music selections.
Professor Brian Reiswig
Professor Reiswig holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Bethel Seminary and a BA in English Literature from UCSD. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Psychology at Liberty University. He is a member of the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals and a Board-licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has served as a guest lecturer at Bethel Seminary, Azusa Pacific University, and Teen Mania’s Honor Academy.
Professor Reiswig finds encouragement in CVCU’s relationship-based, real-world focused approach to higher education. In his graduate school work, he experienced the brokenness of the traditional education system: “What I saw as a student teacher deepened my belief that America’s schools are producing deeply wounded graduates. Students are treated as behavioral challenges to be managed instead of children of God with intrinsic goodness and potential.”
Professor Reiswig hopes to challenge CVCU students with an exposure to the numerous voices of the field, giving them an opportunity to wrestle with the world and their faith in an environment of connection and faith integration. “I am convinced that the cognitive development of the student will not likely exceed the safe attachment that student has access to,” he says. “Relationship and identity must be as important as subject matter.”
Professor Reiswig’s additional field interests include Attachment Theory and Attachment-based Therapy, Addiction, the Psychology of Eating Disorders, and the Psychology of Personality. He and his wife Sarah lead the marriage ministry at Restoration Church, where he is also an elder.
Professor Ginger Vertican-Carrier
Professor Ginger Vertican-Carrier is professor, speaker, singer, worship leader, writer, theater director and playwright, who has taught in universities across America from Virginia, North Carolina and California to countries such as Japan, Kazakhstan, Thailand, and South Korea for the last 18 years.
She holds a Master's degree in English Education, a Bachelor’s degree in Child/Adolescent Psychology and a Minor in Acting/Directing with a Certificate from the Hollywood Film Institute for Screenwriting. Professor Vertican-Carrier has created innovative online and in-person courses such as ACAS, American Culture and Academic Success, Theater for ESL Speakers, Keyboarding, and Playwriting for Middle School and High School students, which recently successfully wrote and produced on-stage “The Great Divorce” inspired by C.S. Lewis’ book by the same title. She has won the Innovative Leadership Award from the University of Lynchburg and numerous speech and drama awards over the last 35 years.
In addition to her great love for traveling and the vast beauty of the world’s many cultures and languages, she desires to utilize her skills in the classroom and on the stage to help her Kingdom brothers and sisters flourish. Professor Vertican-Carrier contributes her wisdom and experience to the Chula Vista Christian University classroom this year by teaching the freshman course Introduction to Theater.
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. He 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.
Professor White 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, his 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 teaches Integrated Biology as well as Personal Health and Fitness at CVCU, where he helps students discover practical methods for caring for mind, body, and spirit. He and his wife, Dr. Cherise, are an integral part of Awaken Church's Balboa Campus and are expecting their first child this year.