Gene Sonnenberg, D.Min.

Photo - Gene SonnenbergProfessor of Biblical Studies

Phone: (714) 879-3901 x1260
Email: gsonnenberg@hiu.edu
Office: Nutwood Rm 216, office C


  • B.Th., Theology, Northwest Christian College
  • M.Div., Emmanuel School of Religion
  • D.Min., Fuller Theological Seminary


  • Hebrew History and Literature
  • Early Christian History and Literature
  • Apostolic Hermeneutics
  • Romans
  • Isaiah and His Contemporaries
  • Theology of Ministry
  • History of American Religion


Korea in 1994
Nine trips to such countries as Thailand, Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia
Current President of "Hope for Cambodia"-a non-profit organization for Church Planting, providing scholarships for students at 'Hope Bible Institute' at Battambong, Cambodia and pastor support in Cambodia
Needs Assessment for "Children's Hunger Fund" in S. E. Asia
Church Consultants' Group, past Associate Consultant


Professor of Bible and History, 2001-Present
Chair of the Graduate Ministries Department, 1999-2001
Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and School of Professional Studies, 1993-1999
Associate Professor of Bible and History, 1981-1993
Director of Extended Degree Programs, 1982-1983
Dean of Students, 1978-1981
Campus Minister at Missouri Western State College, 1974-1978
Pastoral Ministries in Oregon, Virginia and Kentucky, 1965-1974


° 2001-present teacher in Southeast Asian Credential Program of Christian leaders in Thailand and Cambodia
° Church Diagnosis and Prognosis: for individual churches and for clusters of congregations in California, Arizona, Ohio, New York
° "Eight Greatest Days" College Career Camp at Westcliff, Colo. Main speaker for three consecutive years.
° Seminar on "Hermeneutics" in Pusan, Korea
° Speaker at North American Christian convention on "Counter Culture Challenges for the Church"
° Conference Speaker at Wi-Ne-Ma Christian Camp in Oregon for College Career and 'Septemberfest' camps
° Main Lecturer for "Wineskins Conference" twice for house church Movement
° Led leadership retreats twice each for Goldenwest Christian Church and Rancho Santa Margarita congregations
° Led weekly Bible study at home for 13 years
° Interim Ministries for seventeen congregations three of which were for over Three years and four over one year in length (1978-1996)


Playing blue grass and Celtic music: fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo, backpacking and canoeing, amateur prospecting, currently writing "Apostolic Hermeneutics: the Quest for the Holy Grail of Bible Interpretation".


"Before anything is going to change around here, things are going to have to change around here."
"Every reaction is an over reaction."
"The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing."

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