Biola University || Spiritual Development

Due to COVID-19 all pastoral care sessions are being conducted remotely via video conferencing or telephone

If you are a Biola student and have thoughts of harming yourself or someone else, find help immediately!

Crisis intervention services is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for Biola students.
Please call (562) 903-4800 and the operator will assist you with contacting the on-call therapist.

In the event of a life-threatening emergency, call 911.

If you’re seeking to discuss behavior that may be in violation of our sexual misconduct policy, this is a safe and confidential place for you. However, please make an appointment with the Campus Pastor, Todd Pickett, in particular, who is designated as the confidential pastor for those who’ve experienced sexual misconduct.

For Pastoral Care see below:

Please select a team member below, or feel free to select “no preference” to find a time that works for you.

We look forward to connecting with you for Pastoral Care.

Chad Miller

Chad is the Director of Student Led Ministries and Spiritual Formation. He leads our “Fives” chapel offerings, teaches Spiritual Formation, and shares an advisory role to Biola’s Student Missionary Union. Chad served as a pastor locally for 12 years before he came to Biola and has been married to Beth since 2002. Chad answers to his name, or to one of two nicknames, “Mad Chiller” or “Chad-the-Dad.”

Noreen Muehlhoff

Noreen is the Assistant Director of Chapel Programs. She is a UCon grad (Go Huskies!) and while a native of Connecticut, she has also lived in Ohio, Russia, Lithuania and North Carolina. Noreen is the magic behind all things Chapel Programs. If she could curate a perfect day, it would involve the beach, some dark chocolate and her family!

Mike Ahn

Mike Ahn is the Assistant Dean of Chapels & Worship. He hosts The Biola Hour and serves on the pastoral care team. If he could, he would have two In-N-Out cheeseburgers with whole grilled onions, animal style fries, chopped chilis, and a Pamplemousse LaCroix for every meal.

Lisa Igram

Lisa works on campus as Dean of Student Wellness - a fancy title for someone who gets to meet with students, think about how our embodiment connects to spiritual growth, and go to lots of meetings. When she’s not on campus, she’s living one of her life-long dreams: sitting in her cozy living room, reading through colorful stacks of books for her PhD in NT Studies (coffee, anyone?).

Chris Barragan

Chris is the Assistant Director of Pastoral Care and leads The Dwelling, our on campus ministry for students that experience same-sex attraction or identify as lgbtq. He also oversees Depths, a program for students seeking freedom from pornography. If you are looking for Chris, he is probably at Disneyland with his family, enjoying a churro! Chris believes that you can never have too many tacos, and that there is always room for one more cup of coffee.

Todd Pickett

Todd serves as Campus Pastor and Dean of Spiritual Development. In his former life he was an English professor and Dean of Humanities. When he is not listening to U2, reading poetry, or petting his dog Winston, you’ll find him up at Eagles Nest waiting for you to talk to him.