Board of Trustees

  • Rev. Tom Erickson, D.Min. (Chair)
    Presbyterian Pastor (ret.); Pasadena, CA
  • Rev. Gary Demarest (Vice-Chair)
    Presbyterian Pastor (ret.); Pasadena, CA
  • Jane Atkins Vásquez, Ph.D. (Secretary)
    Presbyterian Elder and Author; Pasadena, CA
  • Gerald Herter (Treasurer)
    Elder (Tustin Presbyterian Church), CPA (ret.); Tustin, CA
  • Rev. John A. D’Elia, Ph.D. (President and Ex-Officio Trustee)
    Pastor (First Presbyterian Church, San Luis Obispo); Shell Beach, CA

  • Ernest Dow
    Elder (Pasadena Presbyterian Church), CPA; Glendale, CA
  • Rev. Vartkes “Kass” Kassouni, D.Min.
    Presbyterian Pastor (ret.); Santa Ana, CA
  • Jean Owen
    Elder (Pasadena Presbyterian Church); Pasadena, CA
  • Rev. Grace Park, D.Min.
    Associate Pastor (Pacific Palisades Presbyterian Church); Bell Canyon, CA
  • Rev. Ivan Pitts, D.Min.
    Pastor (2nd Baptist Church); Santa Ana, CA
  • Rev. Michael B. Regele, D.Min.
    Presbyterian Pastor (ret.); Irvine, CA
  • Rev. Jerry Tankersley, Ph.D.
    Presbyterian Pastor (ret.); Laguna, CA
  • Rev. John Toay, D.Min.
    Presbyterian Pastor (ret.); Pasadena, CA
  • Rev. David Tomlinson, D.Min.
    Presbyterian Pastor, Synod Executive, and  Seminary Vice President (ret.); Pasadena, CA

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.

  • Rev. George Abdo
    Former NTSW trustee and member of the Development Committee
  • Rev. Lynn Cheyney, D.Min.
    Former NTSW trustee, Presbyterian Pastor (ret.)
  • Y.S. (John) Kim
    Former NTSW trustee, Presbyterian Elder
  • Bill Olson
    Elder, Presbyterian Church of the Master, Mission Viejo
  • Rev. Ross Purdy, Ph.D.
    Pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Burbank
  • Rev. Steve Raney
    Pastor, Tustin Presbyterian Church
  • Sharon Rogers
    Elder, Pasadena Presbyterian Church
  • Wanda Sawyers
    Former NTSW trustee, Presbyterian Elder
  • Rev. Dean Thompson, Ph.D.
    Former Presbyterian Pastor and retired President, Louisville Theological Seminary
  • Rev. Ron White, Ph.D.
    Former NTSW trustee and noted author