Faculty

AJC College is run by a small team who direct everyday operations and provide the backbone of the people who teach you, and with whom you’ll have strong relationships. Most of them also have roles in the local church – which is actually designed: we want you to be taught and discipled by people who are leaders in ministry. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn from our team of mentors as well as our church staff, along with visiting teachers.

Before joining the school, Tim served the church as the Executive Director of Leadership and Missions at Westside, and has been an elder and part of the pastoral team since 2011, a role he continues to fulfill.  In the role of Executive Director of the school, Tim uses his vision and ability to see the potential of the future to mobilize the people around him to step forward into what God has called them to be. He hears his calling in life to awaken the current generation to follow Jesus as He followed the Father. His mission is to disciple and equip a generation to know, love, and follow the Lord their God. Tim’s extensive background in missions, doing everything from church planting in Scotland to evangelistic ministry in Nepal, brings practical experience to share with students.  Tim is married to his wife Britany and has 4 wonderful children.  Favorite Quote: “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” - C.S. Lewis

Before joining the school, Tim served the church as the Executive Director of Leadership and Missions at Westside, and has been an elder and part of the pastoral team since 2011, a role he continues to fulfill.

In the role of Executive Director of the school, Tim uses his vision and ability to see the potential of the future to mobilize the people around him to step forward into what God has called them to be. He hears his calling in life to awaken the current generation to follow Jesus as He followed the Father. His mission is to disciple and equip a generation to know, love, and follow the Lord their God. Tim’s extensive background in missions, doing everything from church planting in Scotland to evangelistic ministry in Nepal, brings practical experience to share with students.

Tim is married to his wife Britany and has 4 wonderful children.

Favorite Quote: “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” - C.S. Lewis

Tim McDonald

Director and Mission Stream Leader

Richard’s position is unique among the rest of the school’s staff in that he moved to Portland from England specifically to work with the school. He brings with him a wealth of experience, serving as a college pastor and worship leader for the last ten years, as well as a Bible college and University teacher. Richard is also a Christian academic with a BSc in Physics and Philosophy, MAs in Philosophy, Theology and Ethics, a PhD in Philosophical Theology, and has published various articles.  A driving force for Richard is his desire to have a foot in the church helping people think about how to articulate their faith in a way that enables them to be authentic and mature; and to have a foot in the world exploring the barriers to engaging with God that can be broken down, sharing Jesus with people, and equipping the church to connect with the unreached in our culture. This goal encompasses the students he works with, as he enables students to learn how to grow in Jesus, follow their calling, and mature in themselves all with clear, articulated purpose. His goal is to see a new generation of leaders stepping into their communities with passion for Jesus, a mature walk with him, and satisfying answers to the penetrating questions people are bothered by.  He moved to beautiful Portland in 2015 with his wife and three children.  Favourite Author: St. Anselm

Richard’s position is unique among the rest of the school’s staff in that he moved to Portland from England specifically to work with the school. He brings with him a wealth of experience, serving as a college pastor and worship leader for the last ten years, as well as a Bible college and University teacher. Richard is also a Christian academic with a BSc in Physics and Philosophy, MAs in Philosophy, Theology and Ethics, a PhD in Philosophical Theology, and has published various articles.

A driving force for Richard is his desire to have a foot in the church helping people think about how to articulate their faith in a way that enables them to be authentic and mature; and to have a foot in the world exploring the barriers to engaging with God that can be broken down, sharing Jesus with people, and equipping the church to connect with the unreached in our culture. This goal encompasses the students he works with, as he enables students to learn how to grow in Jesus, follow their calling, and mature in themselves all with clear, articulated purpose. His goal is to see a new generation of leaders stepping into their communities with passion for Jesus, a mature walk with him, and satisfying answers to the penetrating questions people are bothered by.

He moved to beautiful Portland in 2015 with his wife and three children.

Favourite Author: St. Anselm

Richard Tamburro

Dean and Theology Stream Leader

Molly is first and foremost an apprentice to Jesus. She is currently pursuing her M.Div. at Western Seminary and has a bachelor’s in Bible and Theology from Biola University.  Her heart is for discipleship, teaching and transformation. She longs to see the next generation of Kingdom leaders be trained holistically to expand the territory of the Kingdom of God through the power of the Spirit. She loves cultivating community, facilitating spaces for learning and development, and teaching the Bible to women and men. Her years in leadership and global missions work have challenged her to regard God's mission from a global perspective.  Molly is married to her husband, Jake, who works at Westside as the Middle School Director.  Her favorite book is the Bible, and yes that counts. :)

Molly is first and foremost an apprentice to Jesus. She is currently pursuing her M.Div. at Western Seminary and has a bachelor’s in Bible and Theology from Biola University.

Her heart is for discipleship, teaching and transformation. She longs to see the next generation of Kingdom leaders be trained holistically to expand the territory of the Kingdom of God through the power of the Spirit. She loves cultivating community, facilitating spaces for learning and development, and teaching the Bible to women and men. Her years in leadership and global missions work have challenged her to regard God's mission from a global perspective.

Molly is married to her husband, Jake, who works at Westside as the Middle School Director.

Her favorite book is the Bible, and yes that counts. :)

Molly Inman

Dean of Students

Jon grew up in Winnipeg, Canada, and spent nearly 17 years in full time music ministry with his band “Starfield". He lived in Nashville for a decade where he recorded several worship albums and travelled the world leading worship in many different contexts. He has been married for 12 years to his wife Jesse, and they have 3 sons, Hudson, Flynn, and Leo. Jon has been relationally connected to Westside for many years, and has served as the Worship Director for 2 years. He is passionate about seeing people encounter the Holy Spirit through worship and singing, and discipleship to Jesus. He feels called to be a worship leader that draws people into an authentic experience of the presence of God that re-aligns our will, our desires, and our passions back to Jesus and His Kingdom. Jon still spends some of his time traveling, leading worship, and recording music under his name as a solo artist as well. His favorite books are “The Great Divorce” & “Mere Christianity” both By C.S. Lewis.

Jon grew up in Winnipeg, Canada, and spent nearly 17 years in full time music ministry with his band “Starfield". He lived in Nashville for a decade where he recorded several worship albums and travelled the world leading worship in many different contexts. He has been married for 12 years to his wife Jesse, and they have 3 sons, Hudson, Flynn, and Leo. Jon has been relationally connected to Westside for many years, and has served as the Worship Director for 2 years. He is passionate about seeing people encounter the Holy Spirit through worship and singing, and discipleship to Jesus. He feels called to be a worship leader that draws people into an authentic experience of the presence of God that re-aligns our will, our desires, and our passions back to Jesus and His Kingdom. Jon still spends some of his time traveling, leading worship, and recording music under his name as a solo artist as well. His favorite books are “The Great Divorce” & “Mere Christianity” both By C.S. Lewis.

Jon Neufeld

Worship Stream Leader

Daniel has been with Westside since 2008 where he serves as a House Church leader, Bible Study teacher, Missional Community leader, and House of Learning teacher. He has also spoken at Men's trips, set up chairs, torn down chairs, gone on missions trips, and tried to be involved in any area he can. He is currently on staff as an embedded church planter, and working to establish the Tualatin Gathering.  An eclectic background of unique experiences taught Daniel numerous skills that all come into play for his role with the school. Growing up in the mission field in Europe taught him how to be flexible while his time as a financial planner gave him an understanding of how to develop sustainable budgets. His natural inclination towards planning anchors his talents, which he uses to further his goal of seeing lives transformed. His desire is to see people grow in their love for God and to live sacrificially for Him. He keeps the school moving and growing by equipping the people around him.  He is married to Jillian and they have a baby daughter.  Favorite Quote: "It is not so much that God has a mission for his church in the world, but that God has a church for his mission in the world.” - Chris Wright

Daniel has been with Westside since 2008 where he serves as a House Church leader, Bible Study teacher, Missional Community leader, and House of Learning teacher. He has also spoken at Men's trips, set up chairs, torn down chairs, gone on missions trips, and tried to be involved in any area he can. He is currently on staff as an embedded church planter, and working to establish the Tualatin Gathering.

An eclectic background of unique experiences taught Daniel numerous skills that all come into play for his role with the school. Growing up in the mission field in Europe taught him how to be flexible while his time as a financial planner gave him an understanding of how to develop sustainable budgets. His natural inclination towards planning anchors his talents, which he uses to further his goal of seeing lives transformed. His desire is to see people grow in their love for God and to live sacrificially for Him. He keeps the school moving and growing by equipping the people around him.

He is married to Jillian and they have a baby daughter.

Favorite Quote: "It is not so much that God has a mission for his church in the world, but that God has a church for his mission in the world.” - Chris Wright

Daniel Golder

Teacher

Amber loves to study the Bible. She has a passion for Jesus and His Word, and her primary goal is to help others experience the life-giving transformation that comes from knowing and loving the Lord. Community is very important to Amber, as she strives to help people find a place where they can know and be known.  Amber previously worked for The Bible Project where she contributed to their blog and aided their administrative team. The experience and organizational skills she brings to the team help streamline and enrich the student experience. Her heart is to do everything with excellence.  She is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies at Western Seminary and has a Bachelor of Theology. Her areas of interest include biblical Greek, Johannine writings, the Book of the Twelve, and the Epistle to the Hebrews. She is currently studying the letter to Philemon.  Amber is married to her husband, Ryan, and they have a small fur child named Lewis.  Her favorite author is Dallas Willard.

Amber loves to study the Bible. She has a passion for Jesus and His Word, and her primary goal is to help others experience the life-giving transformation that comes from knowing and loving the Lord. Community is very important to Amber, as she strives to help people find a place where they can know and be known.

Amber previously worked for The Bible Project where she contributed to their blog and aided their administrative team. The experience and organizational skills she brings to the team help streamline and enrich the student experience. Her heart is to do everything with excellence.

She is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies at Western Seminary and has a Bachelor of Theology. Her areas of interest include biblical Greek, Johannine writings, the Book of the Twelve, and the Epistle to the Hebrews. She is currently studying the letter to Philemon.

Amber is married to her husband, Ryan, and they have a small fur child named Lewis.

Her favorite author is Dallas Willard.

Amber Dillon

Administrative Coordinator

Partners

Our program is run in collaboration with our partners: Eternity Bible College. This is a great organization, founded by Francis Chan, with whom we share values and aims. It is because of their commitment to Jesus, and to providing Bible-based education at a low cost, that we are able to do what we do. Our online classes are run with Eternity Bible College, and you can find out more about their faculty on their website.

Visiting Teachers

Along with our school faculty, and some of the Westside: A Jesus Church staff, these are some of the people that have visited to spend time with our students.

Andy Ashworth, Elder, Re:Hope

Paul Baloche, Leadworship.com

Chuck Bomar, Pastor of Vision & Teaching, Colossae Church

Gerry Breshears, Professor of Systematic Theology and Chair, Center for Biblical and Theological Studies, Western Seminary

Prof. Stan Campbell, Music Ministry Dept. Chair, Multnomah University

John Mark Comer, Pastor of Vision & Teaching, Bridgetown

Aaron Doerr, Worship Pastor, Rolling Hills Community Church

Luke Hellebronth, Global Director, Worship Central

Bill MacLeod, Executive Director, Misson ConneXion

Michael McDonald, Executive Director, Hear the Cry

Glen Miller, President, Hands of Hope

Ian Nelson, Director of Communications, Remember Nhu

Carl Palmer, Senior Staff and Teacher, Global Training Network

Paul Ramey, Pastor of Worship & Arts, Imago Dei Community

Rend Collective, Band & Worship Family, Rend Collective

Dr. AJ Swoboda, Pastor, Theophilus and Professor, George Fox Evangelical & Fuller Seminaries

Josh White, Lead Pastor, Door of Hope

Phil Wickham, Artist