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Carl P. Cosaert

DEAN, Professor of Biblical Studies: Greek and New Testament

(509) 527-2194


(BA Union College [1989]; MDiv, Andrews University [1993]; MA Nazarene Theological Seminary [2000]; PhD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, New Testament and Early Christianity [2005])

Carl Cosaert is currently Dean of the School of Theology and  professor of Biblical Studies at Walla Walla University. He has a passion for helping others understand the wonderful news of what God has done for the human race in Christ. A graduate from Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska, his desire to better understand Scripture has led him to complete two masters degrees and a doctorate in New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of North Carolina. He has been teaching in the School of Theology at Walla Walla University since 2005. Before earning his Ph.D., he served as a pastor for ten years in the Midwest. The combination of his experience as an ordained Adventist minister and his diverse academic background provides him with a rich perspective for his classes. He enjoys preaching and is the author of a number of published works. His most recent work is entitled, "Galatians: A Fiery Response to a Struggling Church." The book accompanied the 2011 Sabbath School Lesson Quarterly on Galatians, of which he is was the primary contributor. He is the author of several forthcoming projects, including the revised study notes on Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, and Galatians in the Andrews Study Bible (NIV), the commentary on Galatians for the Andrews Bible Commentary, and commentaries on 1 and 2 Timothy for the Seventh-day Adventist International Bible Commentary.

His wife, Carol, is an elementary school teacher who loves working with kids. Their four adult children are Marissa, McKenzie, and  Matthew. Their oldest daughter Mindy is deceased.

Brant Berglin

Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies: Greek and New Testament

(509) 527-2186


(BA in Theology, Walla Walla College; MDiv, Andrews University; currently a PhD student at Andrews University)

Brant Berglin joined the Walla Walla University School of Theology in January of 2013, as an Assistant Professor in New Testament Studies and Greek. He is a Walla Walla College - School of Theology graduate. Three months later, he moved to Alaska where he served for one year as an intern pastor in Anchorage, Dillingham, Fairbanks, and then for three years as the pastor of the North Pole and Delta Junction Seventh-day Adventist churches.

In 1999, he moved to Michigan to complete a Masters of Divinity at Andrews University where his two children, Connor (b. 1999) and Cami (b. 2001) were born. They happily returned to Anchorage in 2001 where Brant was involved in church-planting and evangelism.

Although pastoral ministry was rewarding, teaching and Biblical Study has been Brant's passion, so they returned to Michigan in 2007 for Brant's PhD in Religion, New Testament Studies. He gained valuable experience teaching Biblical Greek and Ministry of Jesus. He is currently in the dissertation phase examining narrative features in the book of Revelation.  

Living in the great Northwest, near family, friends and the mountains, is a dream-come-true for Brant. In his free time, he enjoys music and activities like mountain biking, hiking and volleyball.

Susan Bungard

Instructor of Religion, Accreditation Writer

(509) 527-2610


(BA, Walla Walla College; MA in Counseling, Walla Walla University)

Susan Bungard graduated with a B.A. from Walla Walla College and returned to the community in 1990 and later earned an M.A. in Counseling. She has worked in various capacities at WWU, primarily in teaching.  In 1999, she became a director in the Spiritual Life and Mission office and in the Placement and Cooperative Education department.  Beginning in 2000, she was the writer of the comprehensive NWCCU Accreditation Self-Study and the comprehensive AAA Self-Study (SDA accreditation) as well as subsequent interim accreditation reports. In 2002, Ms. Bungard accepted a half-time position for the School of Theology, teaching lower division New Testament courses such as Ministry of Jesus, Parables of Jesus, and Sermon on the Mount. In 2011, she accepted a half-time position as the accreditation writer for Walla Walla University. Ms. Bungard has one adult son, Dane.

Paul Dybdahl

Professor of Mission and New Testament

(509) 527-2467


(BA, Walla Walla College; MDiv, Andrews University; PhD, Andrews University)

Paul Dybdahl was born in Thailand and spent the first eight years of his life in Asia before moving to the Walla Walla Valley. He attended grade school and high school in College Place, and graduated from Walla Walla College in 1992. He then accepted a call to be a pastor in the Oregon Conference, where he served for nearly five years. His time as a pastor included a sojourn to Andrews University, where he earned his MDiv in 1995. Paul later returned to Andrews for his doctorate and received his PhD in Missiology in 2004. His academic interest centers on the issues related to the effective communication of the gospel, especially across cultural barriers. Paul has been teaching at Walla Walla University since 2001.

Paul and his wife, Kristyn (also a graduate of Walla Walla College), have three children: Noah, Alyssa, and Sarah.

Mathilde Frey

Associate Professor of Theology

(509) 527-2379


(BA, Seminar Marienhoehe, Darmstadt, Germany; PhD, Andrews University)

Mathilde Frey comes to Walla Walla University with a European background. She grew up in communist Romania where she attended elementary and high school, and graduated with the Baccalaureate. In 1984, she immigrated to West Germany, studied Theology in Austria and Germany, and served as a pastor in the South German Conference for five years. In 2003, she moved to Berrien Springs, Michigan, and earned a PhD in Old Testament from Andrews University. Her dissertation is titled, The Sabbath in the Pentateuch: An Exegetical and Theological Study.

In 2008, Mathilde received a call to teach Old Testament and Hebrew Language at the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies in the Philippines, a graduate level school conferring master and doctoral degrees in Theology, Education, Business, and Public Health. In addition to teaching in the Biblical Studies Department, Mathilde was the editor of the Journal of Asia Adventist Seminary (JAAS) and the chair of the Master of Arts Theology Program until she moved across the globe to the Walla Walla Valley in 2014.

Mathilde's academic interest is focused on close reading of the Hebrew Bible. She has written articles and book chapters on the Sabbath, has authored the Deuteronomy commentary for the Andrews Study Bible, and is currently writing a commentary on the book of Judges for the Seventh-day Adventist International Bible Commentary. Her international experience combined with pastoral ministry and academic work enriches her teaching in the classroom and her other contributions to the Walla Walla University campus.

In 1990, Mathilde married Marcus H. Frey, currently an Advancement Officer in the Alumni and Advancement Department at Walla Walla University. They have two daughters, Delia Sarah and Eva Chiara.

Pedrito Maynard-Reid

Assistant to the President for Diversity - Ombudsman
Professor of Biblical Studies and Missiology

(509) 527-2028


(BTh, West Indies College; MA, MDiv, ThD, Andrews University; MTh, Fuller Theological Seminary, Missiology)

Pedrito Maynard-Reid has brought to the Northwest a piece of the Caribbean, thus nudging us to examine things from a "two-thirds"-world perspective. A prolific writer, he has authored several books on contemporary worship, holistic evangelism, and the book of James. He exhibits an enthusiasm and evangelistic spirit which makes important contributions to the outreach of the School of Theology in the northwest. Having degrees in piano, it is obvious that music is a large part of his life. He is also Assistant to the President for Diversity and University Ombudsman.

His wife, Violet, served many years as reference librarian at the Walla Walla College Library. Their son, Pedrito II, a Ph.D graduate in computer science from Stanford University resides with his wife in Seattle, and their daughter, Natasha, a PhD graduate in psychology from Arizona State University, resides with her husband in Gainesville, Florida. The Maynard-Reids have four grandchildren.

David Thomas

Professor of Practical Theology and Apologetics

(509) 527-2196


(BA, Atlantic Union College; MDiv, Andrews University; DMin, Andrews University)

David Thomas is Professor of Practical Theology & Apologetics. He has been a member of the faculty at WWU since the summer of 2001. He served as Dean of the School of Theology for seventeen years (2001-2018). He is now focused on full-time teaching and writing. Prior to joining the faculty, Thomas spent some 24 years in pastoral work in New England, and in Washington. His pastoral experience ranges from multiple church districts to large, multi-staff churches. While pastoring in the east, he taught as an adjunct professor at Atlantic Union College for six years. He has served on many administrative committees at conference, union, and institutional levels. He has been a member of the Walla Walla College Board of Trustees.

Thomas, an ordained minister in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, was born on the continent of Africa of British missionary parentage. He emigrated to the United States to attend college. He is a graduate of Atlantic Union College (BA 1975) and Andrews University (MDiv 1978). He received his doctorate in Pastoral Ministry from Andrews University in 1999. His dissertation was titled, A New Evangelistic Paradigm: Using Foundational Theology Issues as an Apologetic Instrument for Evangelism in a Secular World.

A frequent speaker in churches and at seminars, Thomas’s interests are primarily in theology, apologetics, and pastoral life and function. He has published a number of articles and papers.

In 1975, Thomas married Loralee Minty, an Elementary Education major from Massachusetts who currently teaches at Rogers Adventist School. They have two sons Matthew and Jonathan who are now gone from home into the adult world where one works as a structural engineer, the other as an auditor.

Alden Thompson

Professor of Biblical Studies: Old Testament and Adventist Studies

(509) 527-2195


(B.A. [1965], Walla Walla College; M.A. [1966] and B.Div. [1967 = M.Div.], Andrews University; Ph.D [1975], University of Edinburgh) 

Alden Thompson is currently professor of Biblical Studies at Walla Walla University. He has been a faculty member at WWC since 1970. From 1972 to 1974, he was on college-sponsored doctoral study leave at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. In 1980-81 he was an exchange teacher at Marienhöhe Seminary in Darmstadt, Germany. After serving as WWC academic vice president for four years (1986-90), he returned to full-time teaching in the School of Theology.  He formally retired on July 1, 2009, but continues to teach half time.

An ordained minister in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Thompson is a graduate of Walla Walla College (BA 1965) and Andrews University (MA 1966; B.Div. 1967). Before joining the faculty at WWC/WWU, he pastored in Southeastern California (1967-1970). He received his doctorate in Old Testament and Judaic Studies from the University of Edinburgh in 1975. His dissertation, Responsibility for Evil in the Theodicy of IV Ezra was published by Scholars Press in 1977. 

He is in frequent demand as a speaker and seminar presenter. His primary interests are the Bible, especially the Old Testament, Ellen White studies, "Inspiration," and Adventist History. He has written extensively for Adventist publications. His five-part "Sinai to Golgotha" series was published in The Adventist Review (December 1981). The Review also published a four-part series, "Adventists and Inspiration" (September 1985) which resulted in the invitation to write Inspiration: Hard Questions, Honest Answers (Review and Herald, 1991), now translated into German (1998) and Dutch (2002). 

His first semi-popular book, Who's Afraid of the Old Testament God? was published initially by Paternoster Press in Britain (1988) then by Zondervan in the US (1989).  It has since been published in Icelandic, Norwegian, and Russian.  The fifth English edition appeared in 2011. In 2005, his Escape from the Flames: How Ellen White grew from fear to joy and helped me do it too, was published by Pacific Press. Available in German, Norwegian, and Russian, as well as in English, it contains a significant autobiographical element, focusing on the role of Ellen White in his own experience.  Beyond Common Ground: Why Liberals and Conservatives Need Each Other was published by the Pacific Press in 2009.  It is available in English and French.

Thompson is also a frequent participant and study guide editor for "The Good Word," a weekly 15-minute dialogue commentary on the Sabbath School Lesson, produced by KGTS, the WWC radio station, and the WWU School of Theology. Study guide and audio are available at wallawalla.edu/goodword.

Jody Washburn

Assistant Professor of Theology: Old Testament and 
Ancient Near Eastern Languages & Cultures 

(509) 527-2479


(BA in Theology, Walla Walla College; MA in Old Testament & Religious Education, Andrews University; PhD in ancient Near Eastern Languages & Cultures, UCLA)

Jody Washburn, originally from Southern Oregon, has "come home" in a sense by moving back to the Pacific Northwest to serve as an Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Walla Walla University. She earned a BA in Theology from WWC in 2005, and MA degrees in Old Testament and Religious Education from Andrews University in 2010. Jody, along with her husband Chad and daughter Danielle, moved most recently from Lancaster, CA, where Chad served as a pastor the last several years. During their time in Lancaster, Jody completed her PhD at UCLA in Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Cultures.

She loves studying Scripture in its ancient context and showing students how the language and cultural context of Ancient Israel Hebrew language, Biblical Archeology and Hebrew Prophets. She is also currently working toward the publication of her dissertation, which focused on Hebrew inscriptions found in two Iron Age burial caves in Israel.

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