Quentin P. Kinnison, Ph.D.


  • 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 part of its Anabaptist, evangelical tradition, Fresno Pacific University draws its faculty from across the Christian faith spectrum. As a result we are able to engage one another in conversations that allow us to deepen our appreciation for how God is at work in our various traditions as we all faithfully seek to follow Jesus and to participate in His Kingdom's work. In addition to that, FPU is a teaching institution. Our interaction with the student is focused on their learning and our participation in that transformative process. We are interested in a holistic approach to engaging students that empowers them to consider how they fit into God's work as well.

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

  • 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

  • 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

Publications & Presentations