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From the President's Desk

Greetings from William Jessup University!

William Jessup University is experiencing record growth, record accomplishments by our alumni, and increasing impact on our world. Our graduates are transforming the world for the glory of God.

William Jessup University is growing fast. We have doubled in size the last three years and are on track to double again during these next few years. We fulfill our mission in the spirit of a family where we love one another and help each other to
achieve God’s best in our lives. Our University provides high quality Christ-centered higher education. Affordable excellence is available here at Jessup.

We prayed for you. Before we knew your name, and before we even met, we prayed for you. We are looking forward to meeting you as you become part of the Jessup family. You can be part of making history as a graduate of Jessup. We would love to have the opportunity to share in your life as we together seek to glorify God through William Jessup University.

John Jackson, Ph.D.


Dr. John Jackson

(2011-Present) President

  • University of California, Santa Barbara, M.A., Ph.D.
  • Fuller Theological Seminary, M.A.
  • Chapman University, B.A.

Prior to joining William Jessup University as its Sixth President in March 2011, John served as the Executive Director of Thriving Churches International and as a Senior Leader of Bayside Church, Granite Bay, California. He is the Founding Pastor of LifePoint Church in Minden, Nevada, and previously was the Executive Minister of the American Baptist Churches of the Pacific Southwest (now Transformation Ministries) where he was responsible to serve more than 270 churches in four Western states. John also served as the Senior Pastor and in several staff roles at First Baptist Church of Oxnard and as the Youth Pastor at First Baptist Church of Buena Park. Dr. Jackson earned both his Ph.D. and M.A. in Educational Administration and Organizational Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara; M.A. in Theology (Christian Formation and Discipleship) at Fuller Theological Seminary; and a B.A. in Religion (Christian History and Thought) from Chapman University.

His strong background in executive and organizational leadership has given him the opportunity to come alongside high impact churches and leaders in national and global settings to strengthen their organizational leadership and communication skills. John is committed to leverage his Kingdom influence through strategic relationships.

Dr. Jackson has written and co-authored six books: Finding Your Place in God’s Plan, God Size Your Church, Leveraging Your Communication Style, Leveraging Your Leadership Style, Pastorpreneur and High Impact Church Planting.
Dr. Jackson is married to Pamela Harrison Jackson and they make their home in Rocklin, CA; they have 5 children, three of whom are married. They just welcomed a beautiful grand daughter to the family and another is on the way.

Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Dennis Jameson

(2012-Present) Provost and Chief Academic Officer

  • (2011-12) Vice President of Academic Affairs
  • University of California Los Angeles, Ph.D.
  • Fuller Theological Seminary, D.Min.
  • University of Santa Clara M.A.
  • Assemblies of God Theological Seminary M.A.
  • Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, M.Div.
  • Bethany College, B.Sc.
  • Diploma Instituto De La Lengua Espanola (Spanish Language and Culture)
  • Diploma Instituto Cultural Peruano, Norteamericano (Spanish and Peruvian Culture)

Dennis has a passion for the efficacy of the Christian liberal arts university as an expression of God’s grace to current and future generations and as a place in which great ideas are birthed and formed that can have profound transformational impacts on the world. William Jessup University is postured to become a major center for Christian higher education in Northern California and beyond. Serving the student population in undergraduate, continuing studies and post-baccalaureate studies, the university’s faculty is committed to providing the highest quality educational programs that embrace the values of leadership development, foundational study/knowledge of the liberal arts, whole-student and spiritual formation, diversity, and global awareness.

Jameson, a native Californian, has served in higher educational leadership as a faculty member and administrator for more than two decades during which time he has worked in colleges and universities in California, Illinois, South America, and Canada where he served for 12 years as a vice president and provost in Canada’s largest, privately-funded Christian liberal arts university. He has received more than a dozen academic awards, recognitions, and honors and is a member of several leading academic agencies, societies, and fellowships in the U.S. and Canada. His theoretical contributions are in the areas of adaptive pedagogies, organizational persistence-moral capital, experiential learning and spiritual formation in higher education where he has produced multiple volumes, scholarly papers, and conference presentations.

Chief Enrollment Management Officer

Guy Adams

  • Azusa Pacific University, M.A.
  • Warner Pacific College, B.A.

Guy has over 30 years of experience in a variety of higher education settings and understands how to build leadership and financial operating capacity.

Over his career, Guy has provided strategic leadership and counsel to educational, healthcare, and a variety of nonprofit and for-profit organizations that seek to transform the communities they serve. He has served in volunteer and board roles that include the Eskaton Foundation, National Council on Child Abuse and Family Violence, American Heart Association, Building Legacies International, Trauma Intervention Program, and Sheriff’s Toy Project. Guy has held positions ranging from Director of Admissions to Campus President in regionally accredited colleges that also encompassed P&L responsibility for total institutional operations and the development of cohesive leadership teams across all functional areas. Previously he held leadership roles at Azusa Pacific University, Menlo College, Life Care Centers of America, Warner Pacific College, and Heald College. He is also the founder of HigherEd-Solutions, a private consulting firm based in Northern California.

Chief Operating Officer

Judy Rentz

  • Grand Canyon University, M. Ed. Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology
  • Point Loma Nazarene University, B.A. Business Education

Judy Rentz has been dedicated to Christ‐centered education since 1989. As an educator, her passion has been to develop students from a foundation of faith and truth. Judy’s many years of classroom experience focus her strategies on enhancing the teaching/learning process. Her desire is to support and facilitate the engagement of students. Judy’s oversight includes Information Technology Services, Media Services, Facilities, Events and Conference Services, Human Resources, and Campus Safety.

Judy and her husband, Eddie, have served as pastors at River City Community Church in Elk Grove, CA; District and National Youth Directors for the Assemblies of God; Campus Pastors for Bethany University; and currently, her husband serves as a National spokesperson for Convoy of Hope—a faith‐based, international relief organization helping the impoverished, hungry, and hurting. They have three adult children who have benefited greatly from an education at William Jessup University.

Chief Financial Officer

David J. Punt

  • University of California, Los Angeles, BA Business Economics, Accounting minor
  • Calvary Chapel Bible College, BA Biblical Studies

David Punt has a passion for finance and ministry, and comes to William Jessup with a unique mix of experience in both the nonprofit and corporate worlds. David started his professional career as a CPA with PricewaterhouseCoopers, and after specializing in the Banking and Corporate Finance arenas, obtained his Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) designation. After 10 years in the corporate sector, David felt his calling to Christian nonprofits. His strong financial leadership has allowed him the privilege to serve in influential churches and ministries like Saddleback Church and World Vision. Before coming to William Jessup, David also spent time as a CFO of a global mission agency and an Executive pastor. With a passion to share the gospel and faithfully steward the resources that God has provided, David’s life verse is Matthew 6:19-21.

David was born and raised in Orange County, California and grew up surfing and skateboarding. He enjoys biking, camping in Yosemite, and especially the natural beauty of God’s creation outdoors. David and his wife, Lori, have been married 14 years with 2 children and currently reside in Rocklin, CA.

Chief Student Life Officer and Associate Provost: Educational Effectiveness

Kay Llovio

  • (2012-present) Associate Provost for Student Development
  • (2004-present ) Professor, Practical Theology and Education
  • (1999-present) Accreditation Liaison Officer
  • (2000-2006) Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • (1999-2000) Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs
  • (1990-2001) Professor and Chair, Christian Education Department
  • (1985-1990) Library Director
  • Ed.D., Organization & Leadership, University of San Francisco
  • Concentrations: Pacific Leadership International, International Adult Learning, Higher Education
  • Dissertation: “A Spiritual Dimension of Leadership: Hermeneutic Encounters within Cultural Milieu”
    • Research explores the centrality of belief systems to an expression of personal leadership style; the research was conducted on three continents with individuals from Asia, Europe, Central America, South America, North America, and Africa.
  • M.L.S., San Jose State University. Concentration: Academic Libraries
  • B.S., Bible and Theology, San Jose Bible College. Concentration: Christian Education

Kay believes education is more than learning job skills. She believes education is about knowledge, attitudes and values. To Kay, education is about being a better person, and she knows no better source for that than the Bible. But even more – what Kay loves about this sacred trust – is its connectedness throughout history (Hebrews 1:1-3; 11-12:2). For Kay, education is about learning who we are – who we can be – and how we want to invest our lives in the context of a history that far surpasses our individual lives.

Board of Trustees

Clifford Daugherty (Chair), President and Superintendent, Valley Christian Schools, San Jose, CA

Bonnie Gore (Vice Chair), Vice Mayor, Roseville, CA

Edward Lee (Secretary), Real Estate Developer; Healthcare Administrator, Elim Care, Inc., Granite Bay, CA

Steven Olds (Treasurer), Principal and CPA, Williams & Olds CPAs, Sacramento, CA

Laura Chiappe, Founder, HISTORY Rocks!, Charter School Contractor, El Dorado Hills, CA

Paul Edwards, Senior Pastor, Sun River Church, Rancho Cordova, CA

Jennifer Silva Griffin, ​Vice Principal of Academics, Valley Christian High School, San Jose, CA

Valerie Hanson, Regional Ministry Leader, El Dorado Hills, CA

John Jackson, President, William Jessup University, Rocklin, CA

Laurie Kubicek, Professor, Division of Criminal Justice, California State University, Sacramento, CA

Chris Mann, Principal, CPA/CFP, Mann, Urrutia, Nelson CPAs, Roseville and South Lake Tahoe, CA

Brett Neal, Public School Administrator, Lancaster School District, Lancaster, CA

Rick Pickering, CEO, California Exposition & State Fair, Sacramento, CA

Robert “Bob” Reeve, Retired CEO, Reeve-Knight Construction, Inc., Roseville, CA

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