imago Dei institute

Full-Time Faculty

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James Hansen
B. A. (Pastoral Theology), Christian Heritage College
M. Div.; Western Seminary, Portland
James received his B. A. in Pastoral Theology from Christian Heritage College, (now San Diego Christian College) and his Masters in Divinity from Western Seminary, Portland. He currently serves on the Pastoral staff of Antioch Bible Church where he works in the Leadership Development Department. James also functions as the Academic Dean of the imago Dei institute, where he teaches in the areas of Biblical Studies, Theology, Cross-cultural Ministry and the Arts. He makes his home in Everett, Washington with his wife Linda and son, Josiah.
Dwight Paulson
B. A., (English); Seattle Pacific University
M. A., (Religion Studies); Seattle Pacific University
Ed. D.; University of Washington
After receiving his M. A. in Religious Studies from Seattle Pacific University, Dwight went on to complete his Doctorate of Education from the University of Washington. He served on the teaching faculty of the Scandinavian Bible Institute in Saffle, Sweden for 12 years, and then returned to the United States to assume the Presidency of Cascade Bible College. Dwight currently serves as the Administrative Dean of the imago Dei institute, where he also teaches in the areas of Biblical Studies, Archaeology and Christian Literature. He and his wife, Sharon, make their home in Lynnwood, Washington.

Part-Time Faculty


Phil Fernandes
Ph. D. (Philosophy of Religion), Greenwich University
Phil currently serves as the pastor of Trinity Bible Fellowship as well as the President of the Institute for Biblical Defense. He lectures widely on the subjects of philosophy and apologetics, and is the author of the popular apologetics books, The God Who Sits Enthroned: Evidence for God’s Existence and No Other Gods: A Defense of Biblical Christianity. Some of his most recent publications include Theism vs. Atheism: The Internet Debate (co-written with the notable atheist, Dr. Michael Martin, from Boston University) and God, Government, and the Road to Tyranny. He and his wife, Cathy, make their home in Bremerton, Washington.
Scott Golike
M.Div., Talbot Theological Seminary Seminary
Th.M., Regent College
Scott is a New Testament Greek scholar who has a passion for studying and teaching the Word of God. He is an active participant in the Acts 29 network, speaking at conferences and seminaries--both national and international. Scott is currently the Senior Pastor of Grace Fellowship of Puget Sound, which he helped found in 2002.
Sean Harrelson
B.A., (English), Master's College
M. Div., Masters College
Sean serves as the Pastor of Coram Deo Fellowship, a church located in Lynnwood, Washington. A gifted instructor, his teaching interests are in Theology, Biblical Studies, Church History and English Literature. Sean and his family make their home in Everett, Washington.
Neil Huber
Ph. D., Tuebingen University
Neil received his Doctorate in Natural Sciences from Tuebingen University in Germany. He has served as a Research Physiologist at the University of California, Berkley; and was an Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Huber began his Christian journey as a Professor after being confronted with questions and challenges from some of his Christian students. After resigning from his university position, he founded a biotech company in the Seattle area. He now teaches in the areas of Apologetics and Christianity and the nature of science. He and his wife, Herta, make their home in Bellevue, Washington.
Karl Payne
M. Div., Western Seminary, Portland
D. Min., Western Seminary, Portland
Karl received both his Masters of Divinity and his Doctorate of Ministry from Western Seminary, Portland. For over 25 years, Karl has been training people through his discipleship material (Transferable Cross-training) from all walks of life. His practical material has helped equip thousands across the United States. A frequent speaker at retreats and at P.A.O. (Professional Athletes Outreach), Karl serves as the Pastor of Leadership Development at Antioch Bible Church, as well as the Chaplain for the Seattle Seahawks football team. He has co-authored two books: A Just Defense: Nuclear Weaponry and the Christian Conscience, and Crosstraining.
Asif Sharaf
M. A., (Biblical Studies), Bethany Seminary
Ed. D., Triune Biblical University
Born and raised in Pakistan, Dr. Sharaf keenly understands the Islamic worldview. As the only great ethnic religion that is younger than Christianity, Islam holds more than 1.2 billion adherents worldwide. Asif’s heart is in reaching those people with the Gospel of Christ. He has worked in Libya, Northern Nigeria, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States. He holds a Masters of Biblical Studies from Bethany Seminary as well as a Doctor of Christian Education from Triune Biblical University. Asif currently is the host of the Global Radio Outreach program, a ministry reaching millions of Urdu and Hindi speaking listeners.
Ted Swezey
B.A., Simpson College
M.A., Faith Seminary
D. Min., Faith Seminary
Dr.Ted Swezey received his B.A. from Simpson College and both his M.A. and D. Min. from Faith Seminary in Tacoma. He has served as pastor in a number of Seattle area churches, often working to re-establish struggling or failing ministries. In addition to his current pastoral position, Ted’s teaching interests are in the areas of apologetics, Bible history and discipleship.