Administration & Staff

Executive Comittee

Eli Lopez, President

MA, Evangel University

PhD, Amridge University
MA, Evangel University

Dr. Eli Lopez has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the College from 2015 to the present. Overall, he has over twenty-eight years of experience in ecclesial and academic leadership and has filled leadership roles in both local church settings and in elected organizational positions. Further, President Lopez is a recognized voice in the Oneness Pentecostal movement in the areas of church administration and spiritual formation; as such, he is a frequent speaker at various religious conferences and meetings. Rev. Lopez’s educational qualifications include a BA in Bible and Theology from Christian Life College, an MA in Theological Studies from Evangel University (Springfield, MO), and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies (Biblical Studies, Ministry, and Leadership) from Amridge University (Montgomery, AL). Both his educational training and leadership experience provide him with the understanding, knowledge, skills, and deportment to lead CLC in addressing the opportunities and challenges it presently faces in its continued development and growth as an institution of higher education.

Micah Johnson, Vice President of Academic Affairs

MABTS, Western Seminary

MABTS, Western Seminary
BA, Christian Life College

Rev. Micah Johnson is the Vice President of Academic Affairs for the College. In this position, he fulfills the roles of Chief Academic Officer (CAO) and Academic Dean of the College. Rev. Johnson possesses a BA in Bible and Theology from Christian Life College and an MA in Biblical and Theological Studies from Western Seminary (Portland, OR). Since 2008, Rev. Johnson has served as an instructor of the College in addition to fulfilling various ecclesial leadership roles in both local church and organizational positions. Since 2013, he has been a member of the College’s Executive Committee and has been instrumental in leading both academic and administrative units in fulfilling CLC’s vision of being institution of excellence in higher education.

William Riddell, Vice President of Finance

PhD, Regent University

PhD, Regent University
MA, Regent University
MBA, University of the Pacific

Dr. William Riddell is the Vice President of Finance and serves as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the College. Dr. Riddell possesses a BS in Accounting from CSU Stanislaus (Turlock, CA) and an MBA from University of the Pacific (Stockton, CA). Combined with over thirty years of experience in financial services, Dr. Riddell is fully qualified to fulfill the duties of the CFO. In addition to his financial training, he has also earned a PhD in Communication from Regent University (Virginia Beach, VA). Additionally, Dr. Riddell has most recently completed the Master of Theological Studies-Biblical Studies program, also from Regent University. Additionally, Dr. Riddell has marked over thirty-five years as an instructor of the college. Due to his vast level of institutional knowledge brought about by his many years of service, Dr. Riddell is a critical member of the Executive Committee as he continually helps craft CLC’s responses to the challenges it faces in fulfilling its mission.

Laird Sillimon, Vice President of Operations

BS, Howard University

MBA, Grand Canyon University
BS, Howard University

Rev. Laird Sillimon is Vice President of Operations and serves as the Chief Operations Officer (COO) of the College. Rev. Sillimon possesses a BS in Engineering from Howard University (Washington, DC) and is completing an MBA with a concentration in Leadership from Grand Canyon University (Phoenix, AZ). Rev. Sillimon has over twenty-five years of managerial experience in both the engineering and ecclesial fields. This experience has equipped him with the requisite skills for developing departmental practices and for formulating and instituting quality control protocols. In serving on the Executive Committee as the COO, Rev. Sillimon oversees the college’s administrative operations and staff, and is responsible to ensure that all of the various departments and programs operate in accordance with the CLC’s mission and established policies.



Melanie Britt
Administrative Assistant

Tamara Fitzpatrick
Dean of Students, Accrediting Liaison Officer, Title IX Officer

Juris Doctor, Lincoln Law, 2013
MBA with Specialization in Non-Profit Management,
Hope International University, 2000
BS, Business Administration in Finance, CSU Sacramento, 1989
BA, Music Management, CSU Sacramento, 2007

Rebecca Montantes
Front Office Coordinator

John Rasberry
Facility Liasion, SEVIS PDSO

Sandra Riddell
Bookstore Manager

Sheila Wiley
Strategic Planning Coordinator

MBA, Hope University, 2019
Paralegal Certificate, University of the Pacific, 2013
BA, Christian Education, Christian Life College, 1981

Academic Services

Vanessa Abrego
Learning Resource Center Manager

Educational Interpreter Certification (EIPA), 2021
BA, General Ministry with concentration in Deaf Ministry, Christian Life College, 2021
BA, Bible & Theology, Christian Life College, 2017

Tara Fontanoza
Distance Education Faculty Support

EdD Candidate, Reading, Language & Literacy, Concordia University Chicago, (expected completion 2023)
MA, Teaching with Specialization in Reading, National University, 2005
BA, Interdisciplinary Studies with Depth in Literature, National University, 2004
BA, Christian Music, Christian Life College, 1999

Jennifer Llamas

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

Lynn Richardson
Assistant Registrar

PharmD, University of the Pacific, 1976

Regina Lopez
Director of Distance Education, Director of Learning Resources

MA, Education in Curriculum and Technology, University of Phoenix, 2002
BA, Bible and Theology, Christian Life College, 1998
BA, Communication with Emphasis in Intercultural Communication,
University of Arkansas, 1997
BA, Spanish, University of Arkansas, 1997

KristaJoy Wasson
Senior Academic Advisor

Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Counseling, Liberty University, 2018
MA, Teaching, Liberty University, 2014
BA, Christian Music, Christian Life College, 2010

Campus Life

Morgan Ellis
Campus Pastor

MDiv, Multnomah University, 2020
BA, Biblical Studies, Christian Life College, 2014

Robin Torres
Student Campus Supervisor

BA, Bible & Theology, Christian Life College, 2023

Financial Services

Amanda Armstrong
Financial Advisor, Scholarship Program Coordinator

Connie Smith
Financial Services Assistant

Institutional Effectiveness

Ken Fitzpatrick
Director of Institutional Research

MS, Engineering Management, National University, 2014
BA, Music Management, CSU, 2001

Israel Rodriguez
Assessment Specialist

Enrolled in MEd (Expected completion 2023),
Regent University
BA, General Ministry, Christian Life College, 2012


Joanne Gresham
Director of Recruitment

Elias Nevarez
Recruitment Department Administrative Assistant


Joshua Rivas
Creative Brand Manager

MA, Film-Television, Regent University, 2018
BA, Bible and Theology, Christian Life College, 2005

Joshua Shalapsik
Product Content Manager

MA, Theological Studies, Evangel University, (expected completion 2023)
BA, Christian Music, Christian Life College, 2012

Human Resources

James Langston
Director of Human Resources

Juris Doctor, Humphreys University Drivon School of Law, 2021
MBA with Specialization in Human Resources, National University, 2002
BA, Behavioral Science, National University, 1999
BA, Bible and Theology, Western Apostolic Bible College/Christian Life College, 1974

Rhonda Lobosco
HR Training Coordinator

IT Services

Timothy Khadvongsinh
IT Specialist

BA, General Ministry, Christian Life College, 2020

Nathanial Khadvongsinh
IT Department Assistant

Dining Services

Jose Cisneros Jr.
Dining Services Director

Araceli Cisneros
Dining Services Co-director