Seminaries and Institutes- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Institute of Religion

Salt Lake City UT University

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Craig Allen

Office : E-119

Office Hours : 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Office Phone : 801-582-6506

Biography :
Brother Allen was born and raised in Salt Lake City. He served his mission in North Carolina and Virginia. He received his BM in Music Education at BYU and his MA in Library and Information Science at BYU. He married Susan Peterson and they are the parents of two children and four grandchildren. He has worked in Church Education for 32 years. Brother Allen has served in various church callings including bishop and first councilor in a Stake Presidency. Besides his family, which is his great love, his hobbies and talents include photography, playing the trumpet and golfing.

Alma Grant Allred

Office : 801-582-6506

Kevin Balfe

Office : W-106

Office Hours : 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Office Phone : 801-582-6506

Biography :
Brother Balfe spent his early childhood in the San Francisco Bay Area. When he was 12 he moved to Sandy, Utah. He graduated from Alta High School in 1990. Brother Balfe joined the church in 1991 when he was a student at the University of Utah. He served a mission to the islands of Micronesia from 1993-1995. He loves baseball, triathlon, trail running, beaches, U2, Jack Johnson, stand up paddle boarding, fish tacos, cleaning his garage and chocolate! He collects sand from beaches he's visited, hopes baseball is a part of heaven, loves to sit on his front porch, and yearly vacations in Southern California. He has three children: Fischer (16), Eliza (14), and Phebe (11). The love of his life is his wife Marcy who he has been dating since 1990. He believes the most important night of the week is DATE NIGHT! Brother Balfe often testifies, " I wouldn't dare live a day of my life without reading the Book of Mormon!"

Bob Beckstrom

Office : E-116

Office Hours : 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Office Phone : 801-582-6506

Biography :
Brother Beckstrom is a native of Salt Lake City. He received a BA degree in Communications from the University of Utah, and an MA degree in Education from the University of Phoenix. His career in Church Education has included stops at seven Seminaries and Institutes in the Salt Lake Valley over a twenty-one-year span. He has enjoyed serving in several church callings including a mission to Sweden. Bro. Beckstrom and his wife, Dana, have two sons, one daughter, one daughter-in-law, and a dog. Brother Beckstrom's teaching is centered around helping students to think. He holds to the philosophy that revelation comes more readily when we're thinking (see D + C 9:7-8).

Kendrick Lee Bytheway

Robert Christiansen

Office Phone : 801-582-6506

Biography :
Robert M. Christiansen, M.D. A graduate of Yale University and the University of Utah, Brother Christiansen is an ophthalmologist, an eye physician and surgeon, at L.D.S. hospital. He also serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Utah and on the faculty at Westminster College. Brother Christiansen is the father of six children and has served as Scoutmaster, and in several Bishoprics and as Bishop twice. He has served in the Church Education System since 1993, teaching initially at the Highland High School Seminary and for the past six years at the University of Utah Institute. He is currently teaching Doctrine and Covenants and finds tremendous peace and joy in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the salvation which it offers.

Del Clark

Office : W-110

Office Hours : 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Office Phone : 801-582-6506

Biography :
Brother Clark served his mission in the Florida Tampa Mission. He has a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and a Master’s Degree from Idaho State University. Brother Clark has a beautiful wife named Cherrie and together they love to play tennis and visit church history and biblical sites. They have been blessed with 5 children and 13 grandchildren

Stephen Clark

Office : E-111

Office Hours : 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Office Phone : 801-582-6506

Kathryn Fowles

Office Phone : 801-582-6506

Jared Halverson

Office : E-121

Office Hours : 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Office Phone : 801-582-6506

Biography :
Jared Halverson was raised in Southern California, served a mission in Puerto Rico, and studied abroad in Jerusalem. He has taught seminary and institute since 1998, including a year at BYU and 8 years in Nashville, Tennessee. He earned a BA in history and an MA in religious education from BYU, where he was on the football team his freshman year. He later earned a second MA in American religious history from Vanderbilt University, where he is currently completing a PhD in the same subject, focusing on anti-religious rhetoric and secularization. His wife Emily served a mission in France and resisted his proposals for 7 months before she finally married him in the San Diego Temple in 1999. They are the parents of 5 children and though they love the mountains, they miss the beach. Besides teaching the gospel, Bro. Hal loves his family, college football, and anything covered in BBQ sauce.

Charles Hamilton

Office : E-123

Office Hours : 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Office Phone : 8015826506

Biography :
Charles was raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He served a mission in Baton Rouge Louisiana. Attended BYU, where he met his wife Shea Gibson. They have 3 Children; Cameron (15), Ella (12) and Griffen (9). Charles loves to Run, Camp, Hike and spend as much time as possible outdoors. He loves his opportunity to teach the gospel.

Juan Henderson

Office Phone : 801-582-6506

Biography :
Juan Henderson grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada. Following high school graduation, Juan was recruited by Dixie Junior College to play football. He continued his education at Southern Utah University, where he was an All-American running back. In 1986, during his senior year at SUU, Juan was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1988, he was called to serve in the Nashville, Tennessee Mission. Juan met his wife, Tammy, in the MTC; they were both leaving on missions, but to different places. Upon the completion of his mission, Juan enlisted his former stake president to contact Tammy's mission president for her forwarding information. Juan and Tammy were married in 1991. That same year, Juan was hired by the LDS Church Educational System. Juan and Tammy are the parents of five children.

James Stuart Jardine

Office Phone : 801-582-6506

Armand Johansen

Michael Lambert

Office : W-116

Office Hours : 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Office Phone : 801-582-6506

Biography :
Brother Michael Lambert was born in Lovell Wyoming and lived in Cody Wyoming as a little toddler. When he was four, his family moved to Southern California where he was raised. He played baseball at Ricks College (BYU-Idaho), served his mission in the Florida Tampa Mission, then he attended BYU-Provo where he met his sweetheart, Kimberly. They have 5 children and one grandson. Brother Lambert has been teaching seminary and institute for over 24 years. He has spent all 24 of those years in Arizona and is excited to be back in Utah. He loves to do anything outdoors! Running, hiking, fishing, working in the yard, skiing, snowmobiling, taking a walk, playing ball etc. All the more enjoyable if these activities are done with his family. He loves to be with the youth and young adults of the church and to feel of their faith and sincerity as they seek to do their best. He firmly believes that “no one is better than anyone else because we all have the same covenants to make and keep if we are to return home to our Heavenly Father.”

Robert Lund

Office : W-124

Office Hours : 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Office Phone : 8015826506

Biography :
Brother Robert Lund was raised primarily in Washington, Utah, and Idaho. After returning from serving a mission in Georgia, he was an instructor at the MTC. While working at the MTC he fell in love with the most beautiful co-worker, Marie Olsen, who had just returned from serving her mission in Milan Italy. After a heartwarming romance that would bring tears of joy, they were married in the Salt Lake Temple. Together they have three wonderful children and three adorable grandchildren. Brother Lund has been a religious educator for over 28 years. He was awarded Juris Doctorate degree and admitted to the Utah State Bar in 1996.

Mark Macdonald

Office : E-107

Office Hours : 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Office Phone : 612-968-8102

Biography :
Mark Macdonald has been a teacher and leader in Seminary and Institute for over 20 years. Though he is fun to be with in class, he will teach the doctrines and principles of the gospel in a deeply spiritual way.

Marshall S McDonald

Office : W-006

Office Hours : 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Office Phone : 801-582-6506

Biography :
Brother McDonald loves teaching institute at his alma mater! He grew up in East Millcreek and received bachelor’s degrees in Music and Communications and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Utah. He served a mission in the Buenos Aires Argentina South Mission. Brother McDonald has taught for 13 years with S&I both as a seminary and institute instructor. He is also an accomplished and sought after musician who arranges and composes for many well-known groups, artists, and movies. He currently directs the Salt Lake University Institute Singers and Institute Choir. He lives in Riverton with his wife Kristien and their 6 children.

Karen Milius

Office Phone : 801-582-6506

Biography :
Karen Milius is teaching Special Education Classes.

John Wade Palmer

Sean Peck

Office Phone : 801-582-6506

Biography :
Brother Peck was born in Moscow, Idaho and raised in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He served a mission in Tokyo Japan, upon returning from his mission Brother Peck studied Psychology and Sociology at Ricks College and eventually earned a BA in Sociology from Idaho State University. After spending five years working in retail management he was hired to teach for Seminaries and Institutes. Brother Peck has taught Seminary at Highland, Olympus Jr., and East High Schools. During that time he earned a MA in Education and Extension from Utah State University. Brother Peck and his wife Vanessa have three children, two daughters and one son, Jacquelynne, Victoria, and Adam. He loves reading, playing golf, Star Trek, Star Wars, playing golf, watching midnight movies, watching sports, and playing golf. Brother Peck hopes that students will feel the spirit, be edified, and encouraged to act while in his class.

John Peterson

Office : E-105

Office Hours : 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Office Phone : 801-582-6506

Biography :
Brother Peterson has obtained 3 degrees in History - a B.A. from Utah State University, an M.A. from BYU, and a Ph.D. from Arizona State University. He has been adjunct faculty at BYU, an archivist for the Church historical department, and a tour director to Europe and Church history sites. He was a seminary principal and instructor and a CES coordinator in Arizona, and a seminary instructor in Utah. He served a mission in Denmark. Brother Peterson believes "teaching the scriptures in their historical context allows a much richer background from which to draw parallels to help individuals apply the principles of the gospel in our lives. I try to create an atmosphere where the student can be both intellectually and spiritually edified."

Brandon Porter

Office : E-203

Office Hours : 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Office Phone : 801-582-6506

Biography :
Brother Porter was born and raised in Ogden, UT. Following his service in the Russia Yekaterinburg Mission, he earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Brigham Young University. He has also obtained a master’s degree in family and human development and a PhD in education, both from Utah State University. He has been a seminary instructor at Skyline and Bonneville Jr. in the Salt Lake Valley, and he spent four years as a curriculum writer working on seminary and institute materials. Brother Porter is married to the captivating Danielle Taylor, and they are the happy parents of four daughters and one son. Brother Porter loves being with his family, playing sports, reading, the Utah Jazz (especially the 1990’s version), and hamburgers. As a teacher, he loves helping others discover the abiding joy that comes from learning and living the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Chuck Schwab

Office : E-104

Office Hours : 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Office Phone : 801-582-6506

Biography :
Teaching Philosophy: My personal philosophy of teaching is that the teacher is the Holy Ghost and under its influence, I involve the students in a learning, discovering and sharing experience. My responsibility is the same as the students in my class. We must both be worthy of promptings of the Spirit, recognize it, record it and share it and then apply it to our real life situations, circumstances and needs. The emphasis for OUR class is preparation, studying, identifying and understanding doctrines and principles, seeing applications and taking these truths into our hearts and then living these truths in every aspect of our lives. They will then be better prepared, strengthened, focused, converted and have a more powerful resolve to live what they know and can then share with others.

Adam Smith

Office Phone : 801-582-6506

Biography :
Adam was born and raised just a few blocks from the University of Utah. He served a mission in Sweden. Adam earned his bachelors and masters degrees from the U before receiving his doctorate from BYU. He and his wife Michelle have five children. Adam has been with Seminaries and Institutes for 15 years.

Scott Wardle

Office : W-110

Office Hours : 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Office Phone : 801-582-6506

Biography :
Bro. Wardle was raised in Sandy, Utah where he attended Alta High School and participated in debate and various sports. He is married to his beautiful wife, Courtney. They are the parents of 2 daughters, Emma and Lauren and a son, Jackson. He served an LDS mission in New York City. He earned his associates degree from CEU and his Masters from USU. He has taught in the Seminary and Institutes system for 16 years. One of his favorite assignments is teaching the inmates in the Tooele County Jail. Bro. Wardle loves college football and he enjoys doing yard work, scuba diving, reading and being with his family.

Martsie Webb

Office Phone : 801-582-6506

Biography :
Sister Webb studied at the University of Utah but eventually received her BS in Education from the University of Maryland. She has taught Missionary Prep and New Testament for the past l6 years at the UofU Institute as well as SLCC. Her family of 5 boys and l daughter has blessedly morphed into 6 sons and 4 daughters, with l6 grandchildren that are the lights of her life. Sister Webb has always been drawn to the New Testament and studying the Savior's life and is now teaching Women in Scriptures. She loves a good morning run, reading historical novels, quilting, and anything chocolate.

Tracy Williams

Office : E-114

Office Hours : 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Office Phone : 801-582-6506

Biography :
Brother Williams earned a bachelors degree in personal family finance from BYU and a Masters Degree from Weber State in Education. He has taught Institute at West Point Military Academy, University of Utah and LDSBC. He is married to the lovely Teri Rich and they are the parents of five children and 16 grandchildren. He loves backpacking, fly fishing, gardening and reading. He served a mission in the Netherlands and Belgium.

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