Life at Maranatha

Every year, new students comment on how welcomed they feel at Maranatha, and what a loving community this is. Maranatha faculty and staff are highly relational and involved in all areas of student life. Maranatha is a welcoming place because we truly do love each other and want to know every student.

Maranatha recognizes the need for students to develop as whole persons and we are committed to training them to be skilled communicators, rigorous scholars, transformative disciples, and global stewards. Because of this recognition, we purposefully offer a wide selection of opportunities and activities to allow students to connect, find their niche, and develop leadership skills. We strive to encourage the interpersonal growth of our students through student activities, clubs, and other social opportunities.  These opportunities prepare our students to live balanced lives, learning to meet their rigorous academic responsibilities while celebrating and developing their God-given abilities and talents.

We also desire for each of our students to develop a personal relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ and a meaningful Christian worldview. Not only is faith integrated into every aspect of our curriculum, but Maranatha provides multiple extra and co-curricular opportunities to enhance their faith through all areas of living, learning, and serving. Students attend weekly chapels on campus to celebrate Jesus through the diverse Christian community of Maranatha. Advisory groups, retreats, missions trips, and multiple service opportunities are also offered. We are also committed to seeing our students live out Christ's example of service to others. Our two school days of Community Service during Thanksgiving week are meant to stretch our students and staff to give them the opportunity to serve others with an attitude of grace and love as well as make a difference in the communities of the greater Los Angeles area.

Student Life Department Staff

List of 5 members.

  • Photo of Daniel Newkirk

    Daniel Newkirk '97 

    Dean of Student Life / Science Chair
  • Photo of Trishia Arrington

    Trishia Arrington 

    Dean of Students
  • Photo of Michael Mancini

    Michael Mancini 

    Dean of Students/Theology Faculty
  • Photo of Pat Mesisca

    Pat Mesisca '92 

    Theology Faculty; Speech & Debate; Advisory Groups Coordinator
    626-817-4000 x1923
  • Photo of Erica Thomson

    Erica Thomson 

    Administrative Asst. Student Services & Attendance