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Quentin Kinnison, Ph.D.

School of Humanities, Religion and Social Sciences

Education history

  • Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary, Theology-Practical Theology emphasis & Systematic Theology minor
  • M.Div., Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Arizona Regional Campus
  • B.A., Grand Canyon University, Bible, English Literature


As an Anabaptist, evangelical, and ecumenical institution, Fresno Pacific University draws faculty from across the Christian faith spectrum. As a result we engage one another in conversations that deepen our appreciation for how God works in our various traditions as we all faithfully seek to follow Jesus and participate in the Kingdom's work. As a teaching institution, faculty interaction with students focuses on learning and faculty participation in that transformative process through relationship. We pursue a holistic approach, engaging students and empowering them to find their fit in God's work.


Additional Information

I was born in Wyoming, but consider Phoenix, Arizona, home. In 1973, I made my faith commitment to Jesus at Twin Lakes Baptist Church in Las Vegas, Nevada, and was baptized in 1976 at First Southern Baptist Church in Glendale, Arizona—the same church that licensed me to the ministry in 1989. My wife, Cindy, and I were married in 1990. She has her B.S. in sociology, an M.S.W., and a D.Min. with emphasis in church social work. We had the joy of being on staff together at First Southern Baptist Church in Phoenix, Arizona, where she was a church social worker. We have one child, Carissa, whom we adopted in 2009 from the Guangdong province in China. I enjoy most strategy games, reading fiction, basketball, golf and Pixar movies (especially the shorts).


Selected Ministry Experience

Camp Pastor

  • Joni & Friends Central California Family Camp, Wonder Valley, CA. March 19-25, 2016.
  • Mennonite Senior High Youth Camp. Camp Keola, Huntington Lake, CA. July 26-August 1, 2009, July 18-24, 2010.

Minister of Discipleship/Administration

1998 – 2003 First Southern Baptist Church, Phoenix, AZ

Interim Pastor

1996 – 1997 Arrowhead Baptist Church, Phoenix, AZ
1995 – 1996 First Baptist Church, Ajo, AZ

Youth Minister

1993 – 1995 South Jefferson Baptist Church, Louisville, KY
1989 – 1992 First Southern Baptist Church, Glendale, AZ



  • 2015. Louisville Institute, with Dr. Julie M. Lane (primary investigator, FPU) & Dr. Rick Eigenbrood (SPU) (funded: $23, 440).

Awards & Honors

  • 2018 Alpha Chi Inspirational Faculty Award, Fresno Pacific University
  • 2017 Faculty Merit Recipient, Fresno Pacific University
  • 2016 Alpha Chi Inspirational Faculty Award, Fresno Pacific University
  • 2014 President’s Distinguished Service Award Recipient, Fresno Pacific University
  • 2014 Faculty Merit Recipient, Fresno Pacific University
  • 2013 Nickel Excellence in Teaching Award (NETA) Recipient, Fresno Pacific University
  • 2005-06 Full Fellowship, Center for Advanced Theological Studies, Fuller Seminary

Selected Credentials & Certifications

  • 2018–Grant Writing for Professionals (1.6 C.E.U.), Grant Writing USA/FPU
  • 2017–Human Subjects Research Basic (6 AMA PRA C.E.U.), CITI-University of Miami
  • 2016–Licensed toward Ordination, First Chinese Baptist Church (ABC), Fresno, CA
  • 2002–Compassion Fatigue: the Cost of Caring seminar, NASW
  • 1999–Supervision Training II (1.8 C.E.U.), NAMB/SBC
  • 1998–Supervision Training I (1.8 C.E.U.), NAMB/SBC
  • 1989–Licensed to Gospel Ministry, First Southern Baptist Church, Glendale, AZ

Selected works

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