Preachers

Preachers

At the Sierra Madre Church of Christ we are blessed with many talented preachers. Each Sunday we have a different speaker who preaches a Bible based sermon that applies to our daily living and spiritual journey.

We are fortunate to have a connection with Pepperdine University, and many of our speakers are religion professors from the school. Other speakers come from our own congregation, and sometimes we even have visiting speakers who come from across the country or around the world.

2 Timothy 4:2 "Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke, encourage- with great patience and careful instruction." (NIV)

Ray Carr

An Independent Education Consultant and Religion Professor, Ray describes his research interests as theologically ecumenical, historically sensitive, and radically inclusive. Dr. Carr received his Ph.D. from Graduate Theological Union in Systematic and Philosophical Theology.  

Carr’s teaching, writing, and lectures are complemented by his engagement with budding theological students who participate in ENGAGE, a high school youth theology initiative at Lipscomb University in Nashville Tennessee.  

Ron Cox

As an Associate Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University, Ron teaches the following courses: 

History and Religion of Early Christianity; Christianity and Culture; Pauline Writings; Gospel and Letters of John; History of Christianity -- Ancient and Medieval; The World of the New Testament; Ancient Coins of the Holy Land.

Ron also serves as the Head of International Programs at Pepperdine University.

Billy Curl

Billy served as a missionary in Ethiopia for over 6 years.  While there, he helped establish more than 30 congregations which have grown to over 30,000 members.  

He served as minister of the Crenshaw Church of Christ in Los Angeles for 42 years until his retirement.

Currently, Billy speaks nationally at Christian conferences, organizations and educational institutions.  He is a graduate of Southwestern Christian College and Abilene Christian University. 

Doug Hurley

Doug holds a Master of Arts in New Testament from Lincoln Christian University and a Masters of Divinity from Pepperdine. 
 
As a 25 year veteran of Pepperdine University, Doug serves as the Associate Dean of Student Affairs. He oversees the Health and Counseling Centers as well as Student Activities and Campus Recreation. He works with student leaders to plan and implement on campus programs and helps equip students for academic success.

Jack Scott

A member of the Sierra Madre Church of Christ, Jack has been preaching in the regular rotation at the church since 1973. 

Jack has served as a California state senator.

He also served as Chancellor of the California community colleges and as the President of Pasadena City College.  

Jerry Rushford

Over his long career at Pepperdine University, Jerry has served as minister for the University Church of Christ, Director for the Church Relations office, Professor of Religion and Director of the 1983-2012 Pepperdine Bible Lectures.

He currently serves as Director of The Jerry Rushford Center for Research on Churches of Christ and the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement.

Tim Willis

Tim serves as a Professor of Religion and the Chair of the Religious Division at Pepperdine University.  

In addition, Tim is an Elder of the Conejo Valley Church of Christ in Thousand Oaks, California.