Religious Studies | Faculty

Full-Time Faculty

DANIEL VECCHIO, PH.D. (CHAIR)

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Education:

  • Ph.D., Marquette University
  • M.A., Boston College
  • B.A., Assumption College

Part-Time Faculty

Judy Corey, Ph.D.

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Amy Hoyt, Ph.D.

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  • E-mail: amy.hoyt@vvc.edu
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  • Bio:

    Amy Hoyt received her PhD from Claremont Graduate University in 2007 in Women's Studies and Religion. Her work centers around issues of female lived religion in contemporary religions, including Mormonism, Islam and Christianity. Her research is based on ethnographic interviews of religious women in North America and Africa. She lived in northern California with her husband and five children. 

Lyman Insley, M.A. (Religious Studies Instructor / Puente Program Counselor and Coordinator)

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Education:

  • (In Progress) Ed.D., Educational Leadership, California State University, San Bernardino
  • M.A., Education: Counseling, California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • M.A., Religious Studies, California State University, Long Beach
  • B.A., Religious Studies,  California State University, Fullerton

Sanejo Leonard, D.Min.

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Education:

  • D.Min., Ministry - Azusa Pacific University
  • (In Progress) M.A., History - CSU Fullerton
  • M.Div., Divinity - Asuza Pacific University
  • B.A., Religion - Vanguard University of Southern California

Bio:

Hi Everyone!

I am an Associate Faculty member here at VVC in the Religious Studies department and have been teaching here for seven years. I teach Religious Studies 101, 110, 111, and Critical Thinking 207. I teach at a few other colleges as an adjunct professor and am currently pursuing another Master's degree in history from Cal State Fullerton.

In my free time I love to read, especially political and presidential biographies, and I love to watch television series that have great character development and plots (my current favorites include Fringe and Scorpion, both, sadly, no longer on the air!). I also love well-written TV comedies—Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Big Bang Theory, Trial and Error—and you will see examples of that throughout the lectures:) I am not married and have no children, but, I love being an "Auntie" and spending time with my nieces and nephews, of which I have almost 30 now. I am pretty active, enjoying hiking in our various California mountains, kickboxing, and other active sports. Lastly, I am a huge music fan loving all genres and it, along with writing, allow me to express my creative side.

Jinsun Park, Ph.D.

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Education:

  • Ph.D., Religion (Philosophy of Religion), Claremont Graduate University, CA
  • M.A., Theological Studies, Claremont School of Theology, CA
  • B.S., Physics, Sookmyung Women’s University, Seoul, Korea

John Quiring

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Nathan Womack, M.A.

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Bio:

I'm a PhD candidate in Religious Studies at UC Riverside.  I have been teaching at VVC since 2016.  My current research focuses on evangelicalism in the US, American religion, the history of Christianity, and the sociological and anthropological study of religion.  I earned a Master of Biblical Studies degree at The King's University in Southlake, TX and an Master of Arts in Religious Studies at the University of California, Riverside.  I am a lifetime resident of Southern California and I currently reside in the Inland Empire with my wife and son.

Emeritus Faculty:

Mark Skuster, Ph.D.

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Education

  • Ph.D., Claremont Graduate School
  • Rel.M., School of Theology at Claremont
  • B.A., Simpson College