Administration Profiles

Dr. John MacArthur - President

B.A., Los Angeles Pacific College
M.Div., Talbot Theological Seminary
Litt.D., Grace Graduate School
D.D., Talbot Theological Seminary

John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, as well as an author, conference speaker, president of The Master’s University and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry.

In 1969, after graduating from Talbot Theological Seminary, John came to Grace Community Church. The emphasis of his pulpit ministry is the careful study and verse-by-verse exposition of the Bible, with special attention devoted to the historical and grammatical background behind each passage. Under John’s leadership, Grace Community Church's two morning worship services fill the 2,600-seat auditorium to capacity. Several thousand members participate every week in dozens of fellowship groups and training programs, most led by lay leaders and each dedicated to equipping members for ministry on local, national, and international levels.

In 1985, John became president of The Master's University (formerly Los Angeles Baptist College), an accredited, four-year liberal arts Christian university in Santa Clarita, California. In 1986, John founded The Master's Seminary, a graduate school dedicated to training men for full-time pastoral roles and missionary work.

John is also president and featured teacher with Grace to You. Founded in 1969, Grace to You is the nonprofit organization responsible for developing, producing, and distributing John’s books, audio resources, and the “Grace to You” radio and television programs. “Grace to You” radio airs more than 1,000 times daily throughout the English-speaking world, reaching major population centers with biblical truth. It also airs nearly 1,000 times daily in Spanish, reaching 23 countries across Europe and Latin America. “Grace to You” television airs weekly on DirecTV in the United States and is available for free on the Internet worldwide. All of John’s 3,500 sermons, spanning more than four decades of ministry, are available for free at

Since completing his first best-selling book, The Gospel According to Jesus, in 1988, John has produced nearly 400 books and study guides, including Our Sufficiency in ChristStrange FireAshamed of the GospelThe Murder of JesusThe Prodigal SonTwelve Ordinary MenThe Truth WarThe Jesus You Can’t IgnoreSlaveOne Perfect Life, and The MacArthur New Testament Commentary series. John's titles have been translated into more than two dozen languages. The MacArthur Study Bible, the cornerstone resource of his ministry, is available in English (NKJNAS, and ESV), Spanish, Russian, German, French, Portuguese, Italian, Arabic, and Chinese.

In 2015, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary series was completed. In its 33 volumes, John takes you detail by detail, verse by verse, through the entire New Testament.

John and his wife, Patricia, live in Southern California and have four married children. They also enjoy the enthusiastic company of their fifteen grandchildren.

Dr. John Stead - Senior Vice President & Academic Provost

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B.A., M.A., California State University, Los Angeles
Ph.D., University of Southern California
Joined TMU 1970

Dr. John Stead has served on The Master's University faculty since 1970. He also served as Vice President for Academic Affairs from 1979 to 1995. His doctoral work focused on Political Theory, Comparative Politics, and American Politics. Dr. Stead has been heavily involved with issues concerning the college's accreditation and the expansion of the academic program over the last three decades. He has been involved with governmental and educational institutions in the country of Albania. Dr. Stead's primary areas of academic interest and research include contemporary church-state relationships and the impact of the church on current political and social public policy.


Jason Hartung - Vice President of Finance

B.S., The Master's College
M.B.A., Azusa Pacific University

Mr. Jason Hartung started working at The Master’s University in July 1994 as a Counselor in the Office of Student Employment where he helped in the development of TMU's Work Study Program. In October of 1996, he became the Director of Student Employment and was then promoted to the position of Assistant Controller in July of 1999. In July 2007, Mr. Hartung was promoted to Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer.

Mr. Hartung serves on the board of The Elisha Foundation, which provides support for families of children with special needs.

Dr. John Hughes - Vice President for Institutional Planning and Research

B.A., Brigham Young University
Ph.D., Brigham Young University

Dr. Hughes began teaching at Los Angeles Baptist College in 1981 as the Director of the Teacher Education department. When the school's name was changed to The Master's University, Dr. Hughes was given the role of Dean of Enrollment Management and then became the Registrar in 1990. In 1992, he became the Associate Academic Dean, and was promoted to Vice President for Academic Affairs in 1995. In 2012 Dr. Hughes became the Vice President for Institutional Planning and Research. He has also served on a variety of committees for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Dr. Joe Keller - Vice President of Student Life

M. Div. The Master's Seminary
D. Min. Westminster Seminary

Joe Keller joined The Master's University in 1996, where he currently serves as the Vice President of Student Life and teaches in the Biblical Counseling Department. He completed his undergraduate degree at The Master's University, his Master of Divinity degree at The Masters Seminary, and his Doctor of Ministry degree at Westminster Theological Seminary. In addition to hanging out with university students, Joe enjoys reading theology, being outdoors, and laughing with his wife Heidi and their four children. 

Kent Haney - Director for Human Resources


Kent Haney started with The Master’s University on January 1, 2000 as the Director for Human Resources. Kent has been in the human resources field for more than 25 years and has worked for a variety of industries in multiple states and international locations. He oversees all compliance issues with federal and state regulations and leads the campus in developing appropriate policies and regulations to provide for a safe and enjoyable campus environment.

Luke Cherry - Director of Development


B.S. Taylor University
M.A. University of Toledo

Luke Cherry has served for six years at The Master’s University.  He is currently the Director of Development and has served as a Development Officer and Admissions Counselor.

Luke was born in Quito, Ecuador and adopted by a Christian missionary family.  He was raised in rural Ohio with his seven siblings.  Luke received a Bachelor of Science degree from Taylor University and a Masters of Administration degree from the University of Toledo.  He continued his education at the Colorado Real Estate School and Focus on the Family Leadership Institute.

As Director of Development, Luke puts his time and energy into developing relationships with donors as he shares the vision for The Master’s University.  He spends many hours travelling to visit faithful supporters, providing them with an up to date report on what the university is doing to enhance the footprint for Our Lord as we train young people for maximum impact in the marketplace.