A Global Experience
Developing Christ-Centered Leaders Who Change Global Cities

Full-Time Faculty & Administration

Lowell Bakke

Director of Student Services;
Professor of Pastoral Studies;
Director of Theology of Work Certificate Program

  • DMin in Transformational Leadership, Bakke Graduate University, Seattle, WA, 2006
  • MA in Religious Education, Denver Theological Seminary, Denver, CO, 1973
  • BS in Bible, Gordon College, Wenham, MA, 1971
  • Diploma in Pastoral Ministries, Moody Bible Institute, Chicao, IL 1969

Lowell Bakke, in addition to his responsibilities at BGU, he also directs the Mustard Seed Foundation's Theology of Work Grant Program. His search for education took him to cities like Chicago, Boston, and Denver. His 35 years of pastoral leadership took him across the country, as well. Throughout his pastoral career he has attempted to integrate the missional/urban focus of his brother Ray Bakke and the international business calling of his brother Dennis Bakke into the churches he served. His heart and passion are still to help pastors and churches “send” their people to broken places that churches cannot control (like Daniel to Babylon) to do things most pastors could not condone (like Esther running for Miss Persia), while serving creatively enough to transform that context (like Joseph in Egypt) for the glory of God and good of all the people.

Charles Barber

Director, MBA Programs

  • DTL, Bakke Graduate University, Seattle, WA 2015
  • MBA, Columbia Southern University, Orange Beach, AL 2013
  • BA, Excelsior College, Albany, NY 2012

Dr. Charles Barber is a proven Human Resources (HR) and business professional with over 18 years of experience from operational to strategic levels of support. He is a U.S. Army veteran and specializes in process improvement and transformational leadership. He has provided support to a number of Department of Defense agencies supporting process improvement and transformation efforts. He spearheaded the overhaul of the Army's record brief and talent management framework supporting the largest Army Human Resources (HR) transformations in the last 30 years. He currently supports the Defense Logistics Agency and is responsible for providing HR and process improvement expertise for all military services and components supporting Department of Defense (DoD) and the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). Charles has in-depth experience in strategic planning, organizational leadership and is a well-known expert in DoD Human Resources and Business applications. Dr. Barber is a certified Human Capital Strategist and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt professional. During his tenure in the Army, Dr. Barber competed on the All Army Track and Field team in the 100 meters. He ran a personal best of 9.98 seconds which currently stands as one of the fastest times ever recorded at Fort Huachuca, AZ.


Gwendolyn J. Dewey

Gwendolyn J. Dewey

Director of Doctoral Programs;
Vice President of International Partnerships;
Professor of Theology of Work

  • DMin in Transformational Leadership, Palmer Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA, 2001
  • EdD in Policy, Governance & Administration, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1984
  • MEd in Educational Psychology & Counseling, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1973
  • BS in Psychology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1968

Gwendolyn Dewey, has served in the past as President (then NWGS) and Academic Dean for BGU, was the Senior Associate for Academic Affairs at IUA, administering the Trans Pacific Alliance DMin in Transformational Leadership for Ministry in the Global City. Dr. Dewey teaches Theology of Work, networking with and recruiting students in ministries and seminaries around the world. Her previous experience includes serving as Director of Community Ministry for her local church, public school educator and administrator, professor of courses for school administrators and principals and educational consulting.

Judi Melton

Dr. Judi Melton

Academic Dean; Director of eLearning; Registrar; Director of Institutional Assessment; Professor of Academic Writing

  • DMin in Spiritual Formation, Bakke Graduate University, Seattle, WA, 2009
  • MTS, Bakke Graduate University, Seattle, WA, 2006
  • BA in Fine Arts, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, 1973

In 1992, Judi and her husband were involved in a church plant in Nashville, TN. Since 2004, she has been instrumental in the academic administration and policies of BGU. For much of that time, she served as the Registrar and Director of Institutional Effectiveness. Her dissertation focused on Spiritual Formation for the Transformational Leader, and she has written material focused on finding intimacy with Christ.  She serves our larger student body with her writing and editoral skills.

Rodney Robinson-Rogers

Dr. Rodney Rogers

Director of DMin Degree

  • DMin, Bakke Graduate University, Seattle, WA
  • MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ
  • BA, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

Dr. Rodney DeWitt Robinson-Rogers is the senior pastor of Christ of Calvary Covenant Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Rogers work is to transform urban communities by supporting the development of urban leaders. He believes in the Holistic vision of the Kingdom of God, good health in body, soul and spirit builds healthy families and communities. He is the President of Covenant Leadership Academy an institute that trains adults in outcome based Christian education, discipleship and principals of transformational leadership.  He is the host of a weekly internet radio broadcast on LookUpRadio called Grace Points. His most recent publication Pavements, Daily Reflections for Christians on the Go continues to grow in popularity nationally and abroad.  


Brad Smith

President; Professor of Transformational Leadership

  • DMin in Transformational Leadership, Bakke Graduate University, Seattle, WA, 2008
  • ThM in Systematic Theology, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, TX, 1988
  • BA in Business Management, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 1981

Brad Smith is the President of BGU and board member of the World Evangelical Alliance, Leader Formation International, and board chairman of visionSynergy. He served as a legislative assistant to two U.S. Senators in areas of foreign relations and agriculture and was on the founding team of the Center for Christian Leadership at Dallas Seminary in 1986, where he spent seven years developing spiritual formation and leadership programs. President Smith also was the founding pastor of Kessler Community Church in Dallas, Texas. He also served as the President of Leadership Network.