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.

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).

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

John Michael Day

Office : W-108

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

Office Phone : 801-582-6506

Biography :
Mike Day grew up in Modesto, California. He served his mission in Chicago from 1990-1992. After his mission he attended Weber State University, where he met his sweetheart Sonia. Together they have four sons, two of which are currently serving missions in Texas and Florida. He earned a Master's Degree in Education in 2001. He loves studying church history, trail running, cycling, warm beaches, basketball, reading missionary emails, and all things Star Wars. He is passionate about teaching the gospel and is so excited to join the faculty this year.

Rob Elzey

Office : E-122

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

Office Phone : 801-582-6506

Biography :
Brother Elzey and his wife, Lee Ann, have five children, one son-in-law, one daughter-in-law, and one adorable granddaughter. Sister Elzey is the lead school counselor at American Fork Junior High. After completing a PhD, Brother Elzey taught Institute for 8 years at UVU, 5 years at BYU, and is thrilled to now be teaching full-time at the UofU institute!! He LOVES young adults—having spent much of his professional career and many years of his ecclesiastical callings serving young adults. He enjoys snowboarding, wake boarding/wake surfing, hiking/camping, lounging/reading in his hammock, and traveling.

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.

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 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. Together they have three wonderful children and three adorable grandchildren. Brother Lund has been a religious educator for over 28 years. In addition, for over twelve years he worked as a curriculum writer/manager helping to produce several seminary and institute manuals. He earned a BA, MLIS, and a Juris Doctorate. Brother Robert Lund was raised primarily in Washington 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. Together they have three wonderful children and two adorable grandchildren. Brother Lund has been a religious educator for over 25 years and has taught at the BYU Religion Department. In addition, for over twelve years he worked as a curriculum writer/manager helping to produce several seminary and institute manuals. He earned a BA, MLIS, and a Juris Doctorate from BYU.

Mark Macdonald

Office : E-107

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

Office Phone : 612-331-1154

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.

Jeffrey Marsh

Office : E-216

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

Office Phone : 801-582-6506

Biography :
Brother Marsh has taught at the University of Utah Institute, SLCC’s South City Institute, and in the department of Ancient Scripture at BYU. He received his Bachelors degree in Pre-Law/Political Science from the University of Utah, completed Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Educational Leadership at Brigham Young University, and received his Paralegal Degree from Weber State University. He has written curriculum materials for Seminary and Institute programs, for the Melchizedek Priesthood courses of study, the current Gospel Doctrine courses, and the new Cornerstone Courses. He and his wife Kathie have conducted Church History tours across the country, Lands of the Book of Mormon tours in Mexico and Central America, and Holy Land tours in Israel, Egypt, Greece, Turkey and Italy. Jeff and Kathie are the parents of six wonderful children and grandparents of eight awesome grandchildren.

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.

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.

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.

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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