DSF Staff

Rev. Belva Brown Jordan

Interim President

is Interim President of Disciples Seminary Foundation in Claremont and serves as Associate Professor of the Practice of Ministry at Claremont School of Theology. Rev. Jordan began her ministerial career as a denominational executive for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) with the Division of Homeland Ministry (Indianapolis, IN) as the director of racial/ethnic ministry. Jordan’s first faculty appointment was with Lancaster Theological Seminary (Lancaster, PA). After eight years at Lancaster, having earned tenure and served as dean of the faculty for one year, she moved on to Harvard University Divinity School (Cambridge, MA). For seven years Rev. Jordan served as the assistant dean for student life at Harvard Divinity. When the opportunity presented itself to serve in a Disciples of Christ affiliated seminary, Rev. Jordan became the associate dean for admissions and student services at Phillips Theological Seminary (Tulsa, OK). bbrownjordan@dsf.edu

Rev. Siobhan Lopez

Program Coordinator

works as the Program Coordinator at Disciples Seminary Foundation in Claremont. She completed her Master of Divinity degree from Claremont School of Theology in 2016. She serves Iglesia Cristina Del Este De Whittier (DOC)/East Whittier Christian Church (DOC) as Co-Pastor for their English Ministry along with her husband, Gabriel Lopez. She is also an active member of the Christian Church Disciples of Christ Pacific Southwest Region in such ministries as  Disciples Women, and the Youth Immersion Ministry as well as the General church such as with La Obra Hispana and the General Youth Ministry. Siobhan also holds a deep passion for those individuals and groups who are “in the shadows of the open table. People who are often overlooked or forgotten,” and works in partnerships to extend the table. slopez@dsf.edu

Rev. Xosé G. Escamilla

Director of CMS Program

is Director of DSF's Certificate in Ministry Studies (CMS) program. He is the Senior Pastor of Casa de Oracion (Disciples of Christ) Church in San Diego.  Under Xosé's leadership, this congregation has become the largest Disciples of Christ congregation west of the Rocky Mountains. It is a multi-cultural, fully bi-lingual congregation and has birthed three other growing Disciples Congregations in the Pacific Southwest Region and one in Tijuana Mexico. He holds an M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary and is passionate about New Church Starts, Church Growth and forming and mentoring Pastors who are committed to doing effective and flourishing ministries. Xosé is married to Ofelia Escamilla with whom they have a son, a daughter and two grandchildren. The Certificate of Ministries Studies Program is offered in San Diego and Claremont in Spanish for the training of lay Pastors and leaders. xescamilla@dsf.edu

Rev. Jenny Crosswhite

Creative Director

is the Creative Director for Disciples Seminary Foundation. She also serves as pastor of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Santa Paula and is on the City Council for the city of Santa Paula. She holds an M.Div. from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary where she received the “George and Jean Edwards Award in the Interpretation of Scripture to Christian Life” and the “Melanie Lane Preaching Award.” She also received a dual Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Oregon University in Graphic Design and Spanish. jcrosswhite@dsf.edu

Jess Kim

Managing Director

is the Managing Director at DSF, Claremont. She graduated from Chapman University in 2007 with a degree in English/journalism and is currently pursing an M.Div. degree at Claremont School of Theology. jkim@dsf.edu

DSF Embassadors

Rev. Dr. Eric C. Smith

Director of Pastoral Formation

is Director of Pastoral Formation at the Iliff School of Theology, where he serves as Term Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity and New Testament Studies. He earned a B.A. in English from Mars Hill College near Asheville, NC, a M.T.S. from Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, TN, and a Ph.D. in Religious and Theological Studies from the Joint Doctoral Program at the University of Denver and the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO. He is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and has served churches in the United Methodist and United Church of Christ traditions. Smith is the author of Jewish Glass and Christian Stone: A Materialist Mapping of the 'Parting of the Ways' (Routledge 2018), Foucault's Heterotopia in Christian Catacombs: Constructing Spaces and Symbols in Ancient Rome (Palgrave MacMillan 2014), and a forthcoming book from Chalice Press tentatively titled Paul the Progressive: Learning to Love the Apostle You Love to Hate. He lives in Denver with his wife Jessa and their three children.  esmith@dsf.edu

DSF's Deans Emeriti

Mark David Parsons

Mark David Parsons was DSF's Dean Emeritus in Claremont until his death on June 3, 2015. He had been Vice Dean for Academic Programs at Claremont School of Theology where he also served as Assistant Professor of Religion and Music. He taught in the areas of music and worship, theology and the arts, and religion and popular culture. He held a Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and brought a strong background in music ministries, with 10 years of experience as a church music director and numerous publications in the field.

Joseph Driskill

Joseph Driskill is Dean Emeritus for DSF Berkeley and is also Professor Emeritus of Christian Spirituality at PSR. He served as DSF's dean in Berkeley from 1993 to his retirement in 2011. He holds a Ph.D. from Graduate Theological Union as well as degrees from Culver-Stockton College and the Divinity School at Vanderbilt University. He has been a pastor and college chaplain. His books include Protestant Spirituality Exercises: Theology, History and Practice published in 1999, and in 2002 he published the well received Spiritually Informed Pastoral Care: The Elder's Ministry of Care-giving in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). More recently he co-authored and published with Karen Lebacqz Ethics and Spiritual Care: A Guide for Pastors, Chaplains and Spiritual Directors. Joe's wife is Dr. Leslie Bryant, a staff psychologist and administrator for Kaiser Permanente.

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