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|Office of Presbyterian Ministries Staff |
Director of the Office of Presbyterian Ministries and Associate Professor of Presbyterian Ministries and Pastoral Theology
Ron Kernaghan is a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA), having been ordained in the Presbytery of San Gabriel in 1981. He has served as assistant pastor for Christian education at Arcadia Presbyterian Church, associate pastor for Christian education and mission at Glenkirk Presbyterian Church, interim pastor at La Verne Heights Presbyterian Church, and pastor of La Habra Hills Presbyterian Church. In 1999 he was named director of the Office of Presbyterian Ministries at Fuller.
Dr. Kernaghan earned an MA in Biblical Studies (1976) and a PhD in New Testament (1979) from Fuller, and in 1985 was a postdoctoral fellow in Christian Education through a grant from the Lily Foundation. His Commentary on the Gospel of Mark was published by InterVarsity Press in 2008. While a member of the Presbytery of San Gabriel (1981–92), Dr. Kernaghan served as chair of its Christian Education Committee and was a member of the Presbytery Council. After joining the Presbytery of Los Ranchos (1992 – present), he was appointed to the Social Justice Ministry Committee. He has also been a member of the Presbytery Council of Los Ranchos and a delegate to the Synod of Southern California and Hawaii. Dr. Kernaghan was a member of the General Assembly Task Force on Reparations from 2002 to 2004, and from 2004 to 2010 he served on the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy, the last two years as co-moderator.
Dr. Kernaghan’s hobbies include hiking, bicycling, music, writing, and woodworking. He is currently engaged in ministries of evangelism, social justice, developing new worshipping communities, and studying the Scriptures in cross-cultural settings. Dr. Kernaghan is married and has two sons and one grandson.
Verónica is a California native who came to Fuller in 2006. Although she is not a Presbyterian, she is a friend and admirer of the Presbyterian ministry. Verónica’s affiliation to the Presbyterian community began with her work as an administrative assistant to the Children and Youth Ministry departments for La Cañada Presbyterian Church and as a youth pastor for Iglesia de la Comunidad, PC(USA).
Verónica holds an MA in Theology from Fuller and is currently an MS Marriage and Family Therapy candidate at the seminary. Her passion in ministry is to serve the marginalized Native-American and Latino populace. She has served as a youth pastor for over eight years at three distinct congregations, and is currently co-developing a project for “Unaccompanied Youth” in urban cities.
Chaplain and Assistant Director
Chris Murphy is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and a certified Spiritual Director. Chris leads Fuller’s quarterly prayer retreats, assists with Monday chapel services, oversees the Presbyterian Spiritual Life Team, provides spiritual direction for students, and participates on Fuller’s Spiritual Formation Council. He is a graduate of the Master of Divinity program at Fuller and has a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Christian Formation and Direction Ministries.
Chris has worked in ministry for the last 20 years, specializing in the areas of spiritual formation, campus ministry, and urban mission. He has a deep passion for walking with students through the journey of seminary education and a love for Christian spirituality. Chris’s own faith journey has been influenced by the reformed evangelical, contemplative, charismatic, and social justice traditions of the Church. His hobbies include running, singing, songwriting, hiking, and going on family outings with his wife Karen and two daughters, Cate and Chiara.