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Derek Zahnd, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor - School of Theology & Leadership


Ph.D in Intercultural Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA, 2008. Domains: Globalization, Ecclesiology and Leadership. Dissertation: Aspects of the Impact of Globalization on Leadership.
Master of Divinity, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA, 1994. Emphases: Leadership and Intercultural Studies.
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, University of California, Davis, 1989.
Spanish Certificate, Rio Grande Bible Institute and Missionary Language School, Edinburg, TX, 1996


I come from an education-oriented family: my father was a college professor for 35 years, my mother taught as an adjunct professor and my sister is a middle school teacher. In our family, Christmas morning looked like a book exchange! My main qualification as an educator is simply that I am curious. I like to learn. And I go through life trying to make sense. I find that I lead by teaching and I teach by leading. Off-campus, I love to hike and bike ride. Two of our three sons our now out of the home, but we meet up once a year to hike up Half Dome.


Senior Pastor, Sunrise Community Church, Fair Oaks, CA 2013-2018 Mission Pastor, Creekside Christian Church, Elk Grove, CA 2007-2013 Missionary Church Planter / Pastor Iglesia Cristiana de Miramar, Guaymas, México 1995-2007
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