Faculty


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Michael Larkin, Ph.D.

President, CEO, and Adjunct Professor

Dr. Michael Larkin has served the community as a YMCA executive, in the local church as an associate pastor, at Foursquare Missions International as the director of missions and at Life Pacific College as a full time and adjunct professor.  He has two earned Bachelor’s degrees in theology and organizational management, an MBA with emphasis in non-profit and international business leadership, and a PhD in Missiology with emphasis on global leadership and Pentecostal mission structure. 


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Joseph Volpi, M.A.

Vice-President of Operations and Adjunct Professor

Joseph Volpi is married to Kathy for 20 years and are blessed with 3 daughters: Toni, Jojo and Micki. In addition to teaching, Joe serves as the Vice President of Operations for LPC–Ignite.  

Joe began his ministry under Pastor Jack Hayford at The Church on the Way, served our Foursquare Family as a ARC director and then as the National Church Administrator in the Foursquare National Church Office.  He additional served as the Director of Education for the Foursquare church.   Preceding that, Joe served as a Vice President at The King’s University for 7 years and oversaw Living Way Ministries at the same time.

Joe has earned two master’s degrees; one in Economics from UNLV and another in Writing for Theater, Film and Television from UCLA,.   He worked as a playwright and television writer in Hollywood and as a playwright, in addition to founding his own consulting company.  He resides in Virginia where they now pastor a church in their home town.


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Michael Salmeier, Ph.D.

Vice President of Academic Affairs (Life Pacific)

Dr. Michael A. Salmeier is the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Bible and Theology at Life Pacific College. He received his D.Phil. from the University of Oxford. A revised version of his doctoral thesis was published in 2011 as Restoring the Kingdom: The Role of God as the “Ordainer of Times and Seasons” in the Acts of the Apostles. Dr. Salmeier has taught at Azusa Pacific University and Talbot School of Theology and has given presentations in various venues from local churches to national conferences.

 


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Ryan Lytton, M.A.

Academic Coordinator and Adjunct Professor

Ryan Lytton was raised in Southwest Virginia, attending High School only a few miles away from the current LPC–Ignite campus. He started his education at LIFE East Bible College and continued at Life Pacific College where he graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies. While there he learned to read both Greek and Hebrew, and developed a passion for studying the Bible in its original languages. 

His Life-Mission is to help equip future ministers of the gospel with the education they need to accurately interpret the Word of God. He has a Master of Arts in Christian Thought from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary where he focused on Patristic Theology, specifically how they interpreted scripture.  He’s presently working on a second MA from Gordon-Conwell, this time in Old Testament.  Upon completion, he hopes to pursue a PhD by researching the history of interpreting the Old Testament.

He has been married to Samantha Lytton (also a Life Pacific graduate) since 2008.  Their first child, Marshall, was born in 2014, and their second, Amelia, was born in 2016.


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Debbie Courtney, M.A.

Adjunct Professor

Debbie Courtney has been a licensed Foursquare minister for 35 years (ordained in 1985).  She graduated from Mt. Vernon Bible College in 1977 and then served for 20 years as an assisting minister/youth pastor in Mansfield, Ohio.  She earned her Master’s Degree in Christian Education in 1997 from Ashland Theological Seminary and joined the staff of LIFE Bible College East that same year.  During her tenure at LIFE East, Debbie served as Dean of Students, Dorm Overseer and eventually full-time faculty.  After LIFE East closed in 2003, Debbie felt the Lord told her to “stay put”, and she did just that.  She is THRILLED to be a part of LPC–Ignite and to be able to “love on” the students. One of her favorite hobbies (and passion!) is memorizing Scripture.

 


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Joanna Hampton, M.A.

Adjunct Professor

Joanna Hampton, originally from Logan, West Virginia, graduated from Virginia Tech with a BA in English with a History minor and an MS in Education—Curriculum and Instruction. She holds a dual Virginia teaching license for ESL (K-12) and English (6-12). Joanna has taught 6-12th grade English, as well as other disciplines, at a local K-12 Christian school since 1995. She loves to teach and is passionate about helping students achieve beyond what they think they are capable by challenging them to pursue excellence in all things, trusting in the unwavering grace of God. She is married to her best friend Dug Hampton—a genuine worshiper—and has two children: a grown son—Nathanael, and a bubbly preschooler—Jason—currently addicted to cars.


Donna Pearsall, M.A.

Adjunct Professor


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Andrew Shepardson, M.A. (Ph.D candidate)

Adjunct Professor

Andrew I. Shepardson, M.A. is an adjunct professor of philosophy at Life Pacific College-Ignite and the King’s University and a PhD Candidate in theological studies at the University of Toronto, pursing work in natural theology and postmodernism.  He has been married to Kelsey for eight years, and they have two daughters.  He is an ordained minister in the Foursquare Church, and he roots for the Atlanta Braves and the Denver Broncos.