The Master's College

Faculty Profiles

Dr. Jack Simons

Chairperson, Communications Department
Professor of Communication
B.A., Moody Bible Institute
M.A., Andrews University
M.F.A., M.A., University of Iowa
Ph.D., Bowling Green State University
Joined TMC 1999

Dr. Simons has had a varied career as a journalist, pastor and writing teacher. He worked as a police reporter in Waco, Texas, and then attended Moody Bible Institute. After graduation in 1974, he began pastoring Inland Manor Baptist Church in Gary, Indiana. In 1978, he became pastor of Tri-Lakes Baptist Church in Columbia City, Indiana. Dr. Simons continued his education at Andrews University in Michigan, and then at the University of Iowa. He worked briefly for the Daily Iowan as arts and entertainment editor, and then was hired at the local Gannett paper to be the editorial page editor. He also pastored Wyndham Community Church of Wyndham, Iowa. He began teaching writing courses at Cedarville College in 1991, pastored First Baptist Church of Troy, Ohio, and completed a Ph.D. in literature at Bowling Green State University.

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Dr. Julie Larson

Professor of Communication
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University
of Southern California
Joined TMC 1983

Upon completion of her master's degree, Dr. Larson began teaching part-time at The Master's College. She joined the faculty in a full-time capacity in 1985 and was soon asked to organize and implement the communication major. While building the Communication Department, Dr. Larson continued post-graduate studies, working on a doctoral program in Communication at USC. She received her Ph.D. in Communication in 1995 after completing work on her doctoral dissertation, "A Narrative Analysis of the Scopes Trial". Continuing her professional development, Dr. Larson is currently involved in researching Christian causes with respect to creation and evolution as argued in the legal arena.

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Mr. Jesse Negron

Assistant Professor of Communication
B.A., Florida State University
M.F.A., UCLA School of Film
Joined TMC 2003

Jesse Negron is a graduate of the UCLA M.F.A. Film Program. His thesis film won the Lew Wasserman award and Panavision New Filmmaker's Award. After graduation, Jesse went to work in the film production industry where he consulted on such films as Heat and Hunchback of Notre Dame. He then started his own film production company, Warfront Pictures. Through Warfront, Jesse was the story creator and editor of Pop & Me, which won the LA Film Festival and made the Academy's short list for nomination (top 12 films) in the category of best documentary. Jesse then went on to Executive Produce the CBS television series American Fighter Pilot with Tony and Ridley Scott.

Jesse and his wife Melissa have three boys. Jesse enjoys collecting WWI aviation militaria, absconding to the great Northwestern wilderness and riding his mountain bike down steep hills at great rates of speed.

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Mr. John Rose

Instructor of Communication
B.A., Graphic Design, California State University, Northridge
Joined TMC 2004

Professor Rose started his career by opening his own business after graduating from CSUN with a BA in Graphic Design in 1989. With a traditional background in the arts, John used his talents to paint, silkscreen and print for local and corporate clients. In 1992, he became a pre-press proofer and operator at the world's largest printing company, Bertlesmann. Professor Rose continued his education in the graphics world and with the help of the Graphics Arts Technical Foundation, John began to learn the emerging technology of Desktop Publishing. In those early days, computers were hardly used for design and jobs that were done were often riddled with problems. That was the best environment for john to learn in and he took his experience to the end of his training when he received a certificate from GATF in his department. He worked briefly for the office furniture shop designing custom offices for executives, and later was hired by Baylor Entertainment to be the Art Director on a small production film. With the suggestion of his wife, he answered a request to teach Desktop Publishing in 1996 at a small private school in Northridge. From there, Professor Rose taught a variety of classes which included many popular applications for computer graphics, film, animation, desktop publishing and 3D animation. Professor Rose had his first book published in 2003, written on a program used widely in the film industry for special effects and animation. Direct Approach: Maya was John's first attempt at writing and the follow up version. Professor Rose hopes to share his experience from the industry to help students to get started in film, television or for personal growth.

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