Board of Trustees

  • The Rev. Gary Demarest (vice-chair), retired Presbyterian Pastor; Pasadena, CA
  • Ernest Dow
    Elder, Pasadena Presbyterian Church, CPA; Glendale
  • The Rev. Dr. Tom Erickson (chair), retired Presbyterian Pastor; Pasadena, CA
  • Gerald Herter (Treasurer)
    Elder, Tustin Presbyterian Church, Retired CPA; Tustin
  • The Rev. Dr. Vartkes “Kass” Kassouni, retired Presbyterian pastor; Santa Ana, CA
  • Jean Owen
    Elder, Pasadena Presbyterian Church; Pasadena
  • The Rev. Dr. Grace Park
    Associate Pastor, Pacific Palisades Presbyterian Church; Bell Canyon
  • The Rev. Dr. Ivan Pitts
    Pastor, 2nd Baptist Church; Santa Ana 
  • The Rev. Dr. Michael B. Regele, retired Presbyterian Pastor; Irvine, CA 
  • The Rev. Dr. Jerry Tankersley, retired Presbyterian pastor; Laguna, CA
  • The Rev. Dr. John Toay, retired Presbyterian pastor; Pasadena, CA
  • The Rev. Dr. David Tomlinson
    former Presbyterian Synod Exec. & retired Seminary V.P.; Pasadena
  • Jane Atkins Vásquez (secretary)
    Presbyterian: Author, Church History Professor; Pasadena

In addition to its Board of Trustees, The New Theological Seminary of the West has an expanded “advisory group” of leaders titled “Friends of the Seminary,” a fellowship of supporters that provide non-binding strategic advice to the President and Board of Trustees in support of the Seminary’s mission.

  • George Abdo
    Former seminary trustee and member of the NTSWest Development Committee
  • Lynn Cheyney
    Previous NTSWest trustee, Pastor, Westwood Presbyterian Church
  • Y.S. (John) Kim
    Previous NTSWest trustee, elder, Pasadena Presbyterian Church
  • Bill Olson
    Elder, Presbyterian Church of the Master, Mission Viejo
  • Ross Purdy
    Pastor, First Presbyterian church of Burbank
  • Steve Raney
    Pastor, Tustin Presbyterian Church
  • Sharon Rogers
    Elder, Pasadena Presbyterian Church
  • Wanda Sawyers
    Previous NTSWest trustee, elder, Village Presbyterian church, Pasadena
  • Dean Thompson
    Former pastor, Pasadena Presbyterian church and former president, Louisville Theological Seminary
  • Ron White
    Previous NTSWest Trustee, seminary dean and noted author