The Rev. Dr. John A. D’Elia

Seminary President


As President John D’Elia works collaboratively with the Board of Trustees to accomplish the mission and objectives of NTS West. His primary responsibilities include the communication of our vision for theological education, oversight of the faculty and curriculum, and management of our financial resources and internal operations. John is an experienced pastor, historian, and nonprofit leader, who most recently served as the senior minister of the American International Church in London. He has also worked at Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles, Fuller Theological Seminary, and the Presbyterian Foundation. He studied at UCLA and Fuller Seminary, and earned his Ph.D. in History at the University of Stirling in Scotland. His dissertation project, a biography of evangelical New Testament scholar George Eldon Ladd, was completed under the supervision of noted historian David Bebbington, and published by Oxford University Press as A Place at the Table: George Eldon Ladd and the Rehabilitation of Evangelical Scholarship in America (2008). John has worked in partnership with various Palestinian Christian groups and serves on the board of Musalaha (Arabic for reconciliation), an NGO in Jerusalem that provides camping ministries and peacemaking courses for Israeli and Palestinian youth. In addition to his duties as President, D’Elia plans to maintain a program of research, writing and speaking.

The Rev. Dr. David Tomlinson

Seminary Coordinator

The Rev. Dr. Charles Marks

Rev. Dr. Charles MarksDr. Marks serves as a pastor, counselor, spiritual companion, and friend to the students, staff, faculty, and Trustees of NTS West. Stepping into this role he brings 45+ years of experience as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. who has served in a variety of ministries. Dr. Marks has served as a pastor primarily in urban congregations; as denominational staff at the regional Synod and national General Assembly levels; as a seminary chaplain; and for the past 2 1/2 years as Interim Pastor of an African American Presbyterian congregation in the Los Angeles area. He has served on a number of national committees dealing with urban and racial ethnic ministries; he has worked closely with students and Presbytery committees who assist inquirers and candidates prepare for the gospel ministry; and he has taught and taken students to meet international ecumenical leaders in West Africa, Europe and the Middle East.  Dr. Marks received his M.Div. Degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania, and his D. Min. Degree from the San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, CA.

Rev. Rafael Reyes, S.T.M., M.A. (Student)

Coordinator of Online Services

Rafael Reyes (Staff Image)Rafael Reyes serves as an elder and pulpit supply for First Christian Church Pomona.  Rafael is currently working on his Ph.D. in Religion: Process Studies at Claremont School of Theology.  He also received his Sacred Theology Masters at Drew Theological School, his Masters in Divinity at New York Theological Seminary, and his Master of Arts in New Testament at Alliance Theological Seminary.  Rafael had prior worked at New York Theological Seminary as the Manager of Web Services, developing their Online Learning Management System and multiple websites.  He also served as adjunct faculty at Sing Sing Correctional Facility teaching Biblical Studies and was a teaching fellow in the areas of Critical Interpretation, Foundations of Ministry, and Systematic Theology.

Nikki Thomas


Brian S. Gaeta-Symonds, M. Div.

2015-08-01 Radics Wedding-Bryan 01526-XLBrian serves as Minister for Campus Engagement at United University Church at USC. He most recently served as Chaplain Resident at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Brian has a Master of Divinity degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary and a Bachelor degree in Public Relations from California State University, Fullerton. Higher education has held a special place in his heart; he has worked at three different colleges in the Admission, Accreditation, and Compliance offices. His heart and passion thrive in his very much active ministries within the urban and inner-city contexts – with community leadership and ending oppression and poverty. Brian and his family, currently reside in Sherman Oaks, CA.



Ron White

Coordinator of Academic Services