Faculty & Staff Directory
Dr. David Corbin
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. David Corbin has taught political philosophy, American politics, international relations and politics & literature at the University of New Hampshire, Boston University, and The King’s College over two decades. Read more »
Dean of Student Life
Geoff Shaw is the Dean of Student Life at Providence. He graduated from Calvin College and Covenant Theological Seminary and has served as a youth pastor, senior pastor, and campus minister (with Reformed University Fellowship) in Southern California. Read more>>
Director of Educational Technology and Online Learning and Adjunct Professor of Business
firstname.lastname@example.org Brandon Addison was born and raised in Mishawaka, Indiana, in the shadow of the Golden Dome. In 2007, he migrated from the Midwest to Ontario, California to attend Providence Christian College, graduating in 2009…Read more »
Scott A. Swanson
Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies
Dr. Scott A. Swanson is professor of biblical and theological studies at Providence Christian College and one of the first full-time faculty members. He calls biblical and theological studies, “a tremendously exciting endeavor…Read more »
Jan Van Spronsen
Director of Academic Resource Center, Director of Institutional Assessment, Disability Coordinator, Instructor of Education
Jan grew up in Michigan and was transplanted to California thirty years ago. She received her degree in Special Education and Liberal Studies from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI and a Masters degree in Educational Leadership…Read more »
Adjunct Professor of Greek
Dr. Austin was born in Thunder Bay Ontario, and lived in Winnipeg Manitoba until the age of nine. He lived in the Chicago Suburbs where he studied Theology and History at Trinity Christian College. He then moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan…Read more »
Adjunct Instructor of English
Nick Barrett is from Denver, Colorado. He and his wife Rita moved to Los Angeles in 2007 to attend Fuller Seminary and work with youth at Hollywood Pres. Nick has a BA in Biblical Studies from Colorado Christian University and an MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is currently pursuing a PhD at Fuller Seminary in Theology and Culture and an MA in English Literature from the University of California, Irvine.
Adjunct Instructor of Education
Julie Bykerk serves as an instructor of Children’s Literature at Providence Christian College. She received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with minors in English and history from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan…Read more »
Adjunct Instructor - Art
Bernard (Bernie) Chadwick is a native southern Californian who has briefly lived in Costa Rica and Switzerland and has traveled throughout Europe and South America. He earned a BFA in Painting from the Laguna College of Art and Design…Read more »
Adjunct Instructor of Spanish
Instructor of Music
Dianne Harmel, M.A., is the CEO and artistic director of Foothill Academy of Vocal Arts, a nonprofit organization she founded in 2006 to provide voice instruction and choral music opportunities for elementary and high school youth in the Greater Pasadena area. Harmel is an accomplished mezzo-soprano soloist specializing in oratorio work. She studied with Metropolitan Opera mezzo Herta Glaz while at the University of Southern California, and is pursuing a DMA in Music Education from Boston University.
Dr. Chuck Ryor
Adjunct Professor of Communication Arts
Chuck Ryor serves as an Adjunct Professor of Communications. Dr. Ryor is also a local Pastor at Prism Church in Pasadena (www.PrismChurch.com), which is part of the Sojourn Network of Churches. He received his PhD from Florida State University…Read more »
Jaci has dipped her feet into almost every possible role at Providence over the last year, assisting the Women’s Volleyball team to a 12-13 record, training the Resident Assistants alongside Bethany and Johnathan, and educating the students in Physical Education courses as an Affiliate Professor…Read more »
Academic Success Director and Writing Center Coordinator
Danielle Alsky is a Providence graduate from the class of 2015, and she recently obtained her M.A. in Literature and Composition from California State University, Long Beach in May 2017. Forever a Sea Beggar at heart, she has returned to begin the new Writing Center at Providence and assist with student academic success and retention. >More
Director of Experiential Learning
email@example.com Max Belz originally joined the Providence staff as an admissions counselor in 2009 and has since transitioned to directing experiential learning. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history and education from Covenant College…Read more »
VP of Advancement
Advancement & Digital Media Manager
Mark Pomerville joins Providence after several years producing unscripted television programs such as MTV’s Catfish: The TV Show, ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss and Game Show Network’s The American Bible Challenge…Read more »
Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Advancement & Alumni Relations Manager
Lizzie MacAdam completed her studies at Providence in December of 2018 with an emphasis in Business Administration and Social Studies. She will walk at commencement this spring…Read more »
VP of Finance and Operations
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Head Volleyball Coach
Chris Chown has been at the helm of the Sea Beggars Women’s Volleyball team since 2015. He brings a passion for the game of volleyball that has developed over many years of competing and coaching both indoor and on the beach. He played throughout high school as well as three years as a part of the club volleyball team at University of California-Los Angeles. Recently, he has focused his playing efforts in the California Beach Volleyball Association.
Coach Chown spent six years coaching varsity boys and girls volleyball teams at various high schools throughout Los Angeles, leading two different programs to their first league championship in school history.
Chown graduated from UCLA with a degree in Sociology and after spending a year in Mexico City doing missions work, returned to UCLA to earn his teaching credential and masters in secondary math education. He taught and coached in the Los Angeles Unified School District for five years, where he actively invested in the lives of young people. He, his wife Amanda, and daughter Zayna are members at Pacific Crossroads Church.
Women's Soccer Coach
Sam Mahtani joined the Providence community in December 2014 to start the men’s and women’s soccer program and transitioned to only the women’s program in 2018. He holds a M.A. in Coaching & Athletic Administration from Concordia University Irvine, and a B.A. in Business Management from Trinity Christian College. In addition to his work at Providence, he is also the head boys soccer coach at Maranatha High School, is involved with various camps and FCA, and a photographer. Sam is a member of Grace Pasadena Church in Pasadena, CA.
Head Baseball Coach
Trevor Davidson has been Providence Christian College Head Baseball Coach since 2017. Trevor was previously an Assistant Baseball Coach for Biola University. Coach Davidson holds an Associates (AA) Degree in general studies from College of the Canyons, a B.A. in Business Administration from California Lutheran University and will be completing his Master’s in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University Irvine in February. Trevor played two season of professional baseball for the Victoria Seals (2010) and the Tucson Toros (2011).
Coach Davidson lives in Pasadena and is a member at Prism Church.
Head Men's and Women's Cross Country Coach
Men's Soccer Coach