Gather 4 Him Christian College Faculty and Staff
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Bob Nash


Instructor – Human Performance / Practicum
M.Ed., Counseling/Psychology, Washington State University, WA
B.S., Math and Physical Education, Washington State University, WA
Gather 4 Him Founder and President.

Bob Nash has been involved in public and private Christian school education for nearly 31 years as a Teacher, Counselor, Athletic Director, Principal and President. In addition, for 10+ years Bob was called by Liberty Christian School to perform many of the duties listed above and raise a substantial amount of funds for special projects within the school. Bob formed a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization called Gather 4 Him ministries in 2005, which developed through a regional youth event called “The Gathering” and started Gather 4 Him Christian College in 2008. He is excited to see what the Lord is going to do as his ministry is expanding to take more territory for Jesus Christ. You can contact Bob at:


Alice Christenson

Financial & Administrative Services

Alice Christenson has been involved with Gather 4 Him Ministries since 2005 and worked several years with Bob Nash at Liberty Christian School. She graduated from Northwest University with Associate of Arts Degree, Minor in Missions. She is involved in many aspects of the college. Contact Alice, the VA certifying official for assistance to apply for VA Benefits.

Feel free to email Alice:

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Nathan Smith

Director of Student Affairs

Nathan Smith joins Gather 4 Him as the Director of Student Affairs after working in organizations such as KSPS/PBS, World Vision, the Seattle Seahawks, and Gesa Credit Union. Nathan graduated from Northwest University with a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication. While attending Northwest, Nathan was heavily involved with student leadership as a Community Builder, Resident Adviser, Student Body President, and Assistant Resident Director. As Student Body President, Nathan was the first student in NU’s history to be appointed to the President’s Cabinet, the highest position ever given to a student representative at the University. Nathan is passionate about strength-based development, team building, and servant leadership. For questions related to Admissions and Student Affairs please email Nathan at:


Dr. Darrell Puls

Dean of Academic Affairs
Instructor – Biblical Education, Humanities

Dr. Darrell Puls has been involved with education at the secondary and college levels as an educator, advocate, and consultant since 1971. He has taught in the public schools and as adjunct faculty and guest lecturer at several colleges and universities. He has lectured at law schools, universities, and at conferences around the country on interpersonal relations with a specialization on conflict management and reconciliation practices. His work has been published in numerous textbooks and he continues as an active researcher and author. Feel free to email Mr. Puls:

Doctor of Religious Studies, Trinity Theological Seminary, IN
M.A., Educational Leadership, Western Michigan University, MI
B.A., Music Education, Western Michigan University, MI

Peacebridge Ministries – Founder and President


Johan Curtiss

Instructor – Social Science, Ministry Practicum

Johan Curtiss has had experience working in a higher education over 15 years including 8 years in Student Affairs at WSU Tri-Cities. She graduated from Saint Leo University with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Business Administration. Currently, Johan is working at Gather 4 Him Christian College as Registrar. Feel free to email Johan:

M.A., Business Administration, Saint Leo University, FL
B.A., Business Administration-Management, Saint Leo University, FL


Dr. Diana Petty

Head of Faculty/Instructor – Science, Mathematics

Doctor of Philosophy-Atmospheric Science, Nagoya University, Japan
M.S., Physics, Major Meteorology, Sofia University, Bulgaria
B.S., Physics, Sofia University, Bulgaria

Math & Science Tutor.

Laurie Bender

InstructorCommunication Skills
M.Ed., English as a Second Language,
Texas Wesleyan University, TX


B.A., Secondary English Education,
Oklahoma Baptist University, OK

Sadie Bender

InstructorSocial Science
M.S. Predictive Analytics, Currently Enrolled,
Northwestern University, IL


B.S. Economics,
Central Washington University, WA


Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, WA

Larry French

Oregon State University, OR


B.S., Science,
Western Oregon University, OR

Jacob Morris

InstructorBiblical Education
ThM., Theology,
Dallas Theological Seminary, WA


B.S., Biblical Studies,
Moody Bible Institute, WA

Robert (BJ) Olson, MS, LMHC

Instructor Social Science
M.S., Counseling Psychology,
Central Washington University, WA


B.A., Psychology Minor in Mathematics,
Central Washington University, WA


Executive Director – The Emmaus Center

Jennifer Spurgeon

Instructor Communication Skills
M.Ed., English as a Second Language,
West Chester University, PA


B.A., German, Secondary English Education,
Indiana University, IN

Mark Taylor

Head of Biblical Studies
InstructorBiblical Education
M.A., Biblical Studies with a
New Testament Emphasis,
Denver Seminary, CO


B.S., Biblical Studies,
Western Baptist College (Corban University), OR

Cori Smith

Development Assistant
Instructor Communication Skills
B.A. English,
Eastern Washington State University, WA


Harvest Bible College,
Glasgow Scotland

Dr. Beth Smith

Professor Communication Skills
Doctor of Education in Education Leadership,
Washington State University, WA


Dissertation: “The Influence of a New Student Introduction Program on Freshman Student Retention at a Rural, Two-Year Community College”


Master of Education in Education Leadership,
Washington State University, WA


Bachelor of Arts in Humanities,
Washington State University, WA