Business Administration

Business Administration and Leadership Program

The Business Administration degree exists to train individuals who wish to acquire a professional discipline within the context of a Christian lifestyle, offering a broad and integrated approach to business administration, assessing the social, legal, and economic dimensions of business.  The program strives to produce highly qualified individuals who will have lasting service to the kingdom of God within their respective business communities.

The degree includes the opportunity to develop skills in leadership, administration, marketing, product development, sales force management, advertising, promotion, and non-profit corporate management. The major combines quantitative methods such as economics, law, and human resource management, with qualitative skills in communication, organizational behavior, and systems theory. Management expertise is applied in virtually all areas of business and industry within the context of Godly biblical principles. It is our belief that Biblical teachings are foundational in good business practices within a community.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Business Administration & Leadership program graduates will be able to:

  1. Explain the major concepts in the functional areas of accounting, marketing, finance, and management.
  2. Evaluate the legal, social, and economic environments of business.
  3. Describe the global environment of business.
  4. Describe and explain the ethical obligations and responsibilities of business.
  5. Apply decision-support tools to business decision making.
  6. Construct and present effective oral and written forms of professional communication.
  7. Apply knowledge of business concepts and functions in an integrated manner.

 Topics Covered

  • Leadership
  • Marketing and Promotions
  • Non-profit management
  • Financial Accounting for management
  • Human Resources
  • Business Communication
  • Business Ethics
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Project Management
  • Business and Non-Profit Law

Potential Careers and Job Opportunities

The purpose and mission of Christian Life College to equip learners for a life of commitment to Christ, biblical fidelity, educational excellence, and lasting service to the kingdom of God.  The types of ministries and careers our degrees lead to will vary upon individual choice.  Below are some suggested career objectives and job vocations for the Business Administration degree:

  • Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Banking
  • Human Services
  • Non-profit Administration
  • Office Administrator
  • Entrepreneur
  • Marketing

Business Degree Faculty

The business program faculty is diverse, not only in education, but in experience and talent, bringing together a robust program that allows for broad interests and needs, from self-employee entrepreneurial interests, to ministerial non-profit and management interests. The program is designed to expose students to the important pillars of good business, but allow students to seek their own specialty through the Senior thesis/capstone project. Here students select their advisors and can pursue the study of business that not only interests them but may reveal practical inroads into the goals they may wish to pursue.

Dr. William Riddell

William has served Christian Life College since 1987, when he began a ministry and teaching classes part time. William’s prior experience was in commercial banking, specializing in small business loans. In 1997, he was made Chief Financial Officer of the College, and, in 2001, he was elected Treasurer of Christian Life Center. Out of these fields of business—banking, college administration, finance, and non-profit church administration—Dr. Riddell brings a valuable contribution to the Business Program, offering broad experience that touches both upon church administration and upon business finance and entrepreneurship through direct experience.

William Riddell has a BS in Business, with an emphasis in accounting at California State University Stanislaus and his MBA at the University of the Pacific. He completed his doctorate in communication in 2009 at Regent University, and is currently completing his Masters in Biblical Theology at Regent.

Business Courses:
  • Church Business Administration
  • Advanced Research
  • Senior Thesis

Tamara Fitzpatrick

Tamara began her pursuit of a degree in Business in 1982, and graduated from Sacramento State University in 1989. In 1985, she started her own business. An intense interest in Business, entrepreneurship and law propelled her to pursue her MBA in 2000 and later a Juris Doctor in Law in 2013. Tamara also earned her degree in Music Management with a concentration in voice in 2007 after attending Sacramento State University with her husband Kenneth Fitzpatrick. Tamara has taught children and youth choirs for several years using Kodaly concepts and Kindermusik. She has been an instructor at Christian Life College since 2013. She and her husband Kenneth have one daughter named Kara.

Business Courses:
  • Business Law
  • Introduction to Business
  • Micro/Macro economics
  • Business Writing
  • Non-profit corporations
  • Business Management & Organizational Behavior

James Langston

While working in the grocery business, at the age of 17, James enrolled in Western Apostolic Bible College (WABC), graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theology, and was part of the last class that had the privilege of having Clyde Haney for an instructor and president of WABC – now Christian Life College (CLC). Since then, James worked several years in business retail. In 2006, he was selected as a Human Resource Manager and has since been responsible overseeing six different companies with multi-state operations.

James received his education and obtained a B.A. in Behavioral Science with a minor in Criminal Justice and later completed his M.B.A. with a specialization in Human Resources Management. James is also certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). He presented and published his M.B.A. project, “Fishers of Men: Recruitment & Retention, a Winning Strategy” at an International Business Convention sponsored by the University of Hawaii. James is currently pursuing a his law degree through Humprey’s Business College.

Business Courses:
  • Administration & Human Resources
  • Business Management & Organizational Behavior

Chris Stevens

A lifelong student of the human condition, Chris holds an MA in Leadership studies from Saint Mary’s College of California and was valedictorian of the Christian Life College Class of 1982.
 In 2011, Chris retired from the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office as the Support Services Division Commander while also serving as the Personnel and Training manager for the 800+ employee agency. During his law enforcement career, he served as a dispatcher, a jailer, a beat cop, in community policing, as a supervisor of both civilians and peace officers, a manager and an executive. His most beloved assignment was as a crisis/hostage negotiator. He still stays in touch with negotiators, training and mentoring both veterans and novices in the deliberate practice of communicating with folks who are in crisis.

Upon retirement, Chris formed Summit Solutions Consulting with the mission of providing support for organizations and individuals who wish to foster an environment of safety and personal and institutional growth.

Chris has over twenty-five years’ experience as a consultant, course developer, instructor, and seminar presenter in management science, and has presented management training to government officials, agency managers, and private industry managers and supervisors in the United States, Canada, and Saudi Arabia. As a Senior Consultant and Subject Matter Expert, he provides training in Supervision, Leadership, Strategic Planning, Team Building/Re-Building, Crisis Management, Threat Management, and other related management science concepts.

Chris is a student, practitioner and instructor of the art and science of leadership, from leading groups of people via influence and authority, to assisting executives in forging paths for organizational success, to mentoring individuals as they learn to lead themselves in analyzing and executing personal life choices.

Chris is a Certified Threat Manager and holds instructor certificates in Management of Aggressive Behavior (MOAB), Tactical Communication, and Emergency Management. He is President of the Northern California Chapter of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) and a past member of the State Board of the California Association of Hostage Negotiators (CAHN). He is a member of the Leadership Stockton Class of 2007.

Business Courses:
  • Leadership

Michael Muniz

Michael Muniz vocational, administrative, and educational experience extends from 1972, where he served in the United State Navy, working on numerous projects, including nuclear power submarines as a journeyman electronics technician. In1986, he served as superintendent of the Christian Education department at Christian Life Center, Stockton, CA but also served as pastor of a satellite congregation, the CLC Lighthouse. During these years he continued to pursue formal training through Christian Life College, where he graduated in 1994, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies and an Associate of Arts degree in Christian Education. He was appointed as an Associate Missionary in the Federated States of Micronesia from 1996-2002. While serving as an associate missionary in Guam, Muniz organized and directed a Christian School for United Pentecostal Church of Guam. After their return to Stockton, he was certified through the State of California (BPPVE) and served as a lead instructor for National Training Institute Business College from 2002-2005. He was instrumental in the curriculum development for their business training program.

Michael Muniz completed his Bachelor of Science in Business and Management (2009) and Master of Business Administration (2011) through the University of Phoenix. From 2009 to 2012, He served as the Project Manager in Emergency Preparedness and Response for Solano County Public Health in Fairfield, California. Currently, he is serving an adjunct instructor at Christian Life College from 2014 to present.

Michael is married to Rebecca G. Muniz for 44 years and has two daughters and one granddaughter. Michael’s favorite past time is reading historical documents, genealogy, and trout fishing in the High Sierra Mountains.

Business Courses:
  • Foundations of Business
  • Economics
  • Business Management & Organizational Behavior
  • Business Strategies & Project Management
  • Marketing and Promotions

Brett Little
Assistant Professor, Adjunct

MS, Computer Science, University of Pacific, 2010
BS, Computer Science, University of Pacific, 2008

Jennifer Llamas
Assistant Professor

MS, Legal Studies, Grand Canyon University, 2014
BA, Justice Studies, Grand Canyon University, 2012
BA, Bible and Theology, Christian Life College, 2017