Faculty Member Ron Benefiel

Ron Benefiel

DMin Track Professor of Sociology and Theology

Faculty Member Ron Benefiel

Ron Benefiel

DMin Track Professor of Sociology and Theology
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I am first and foremost a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. My calling is to be immersed in a Body of Believers committed to Christ and the Mission of God in the world and to use whatever gifts I have in service of Christ and the Church. Throughout my life in ministry, that has led to some combination of serving as pastor, educator and/or administrator. My years serving as pastor of Los Angeles First Church of the Nazarene were especially formative as the congregation wrestled with the challenges of being a faithful Kingdom presence in the middle of a world-class city.

On a personal note, my wife, Melanie, is a research scientist in the field of genomics, which, of course, leads to interesting faith and science conversations over dinner! I am the proud father of three outstanding young Christian leaders and the grandfather of two delightful grand-daughters. My first wife of 32 years, Janet, died in 2013. Her life and death is a testament to the love and grace of God and the certain hope we have in Christ.

I play the piano, find willing partners to meet me on the tennis courts a couple times a week and backpack every summer in Yosemite. I have much to be thankful for and receive every day as a gift from God.

“A Theology of Diversity”, Grace and Peace. 2018.


PhD, University of Southern California
M.A., Point Loma Nazarene University
BA, Pasadena College/Point Loma Nazarene University

Academic Affiliations

Association of Nazarene Social Researchers (ANSR)
Wesleyan Theological Society

Teaching/Research Interests

Wesleyan Theology, Missional Theology, Social Justice, Sociology of Religion, Urban and Multi-Cultural Ministry, Christian Formation

Classes Taught

Life of Holiness
The Church in Mission
Biblical Perspectives of Social Justice
Evangelism and Cross-Cultural Ministry
Sociology of American Evangelicalism


Elder, Church of the Nazarene

Local Church Involvement

San Diego First Church of the Nazarene

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