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Franklin Lamca
Instructor, College of Theology
"Franklin Lamca graduated with a B.R.E. in Pastoral Ministry from Manahath Christian College in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. After several years of ministry, he returned to school at age 30 with a wife and two children, and earned a Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Franklin’s life in ministry began at the age of twenty three in an inner-city setting in Pittsburgh, moving to the booming area of Central Florida where we planted a church near Orlando and then another in rural Pennsylvania. In Pennsylvania, Franklin served on the executive board for a cooperative of 300 some churches who work together for ministry and outreach. In 2000, his family moved to South America where they worked as missionaries organizing church planting and community development in both rural and urban areas.

Franklin counts being at Grand Canyon University as a privilege and responsibility that he gets to share what is of ultimate importance. Franklin’s current involvement in missions is that of a Non-Residential Missionary. Though based in Phoenix nine months out of the year, his summers are spent in Trujillo, Peru where our family runs a thriving ministry that involves Grand Canyon University students and local people. The Lamca family are members of a village in the high desert and will be developing a sustainable model farm."

Chip Lamca is originally from Pennsylvania and has been in the Phoenix area since 2008. He earned a Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina and is working on a Doctor of Ministry in Missions in the area of Short-Term Mission.  He and his family served as missionaries in Peru and Ecuador from 2000 to 2008 and continue the work during summers, along with Grand Canyon University students. His wife, Julie, is a student in the College of Theology; they have a son who teaches at a Christian school, another who is a Physician Assistant, a daughter who is an RN and a son who is a graphic design major – all either with GCU degrees or in the process.

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I love what I do. I spent years as a missionary, sharing Christ, planting churches, helping communities and more things than I can name. In this stage of my life, I get to challenge a new generation to take up some of those goals and then I get to take them to a place where God is doing amazing things.

I have a map on my wall that shows the nations of the world. The missionary part of me hears “make disciples of all nations,” but as an instructor at GCU, the nations come to me! I am able to share my passion for the Christian worldview with students from all parts of the world and to present a faith that is based on the one true God who loves us and provides reconciliation to a world that so desperately needs him.

Finish. You do not need to finish quickly, nor take forever, but finish your degree. Ministry has an element of urgency and I have known many theology students who really believed that they needed to break off the learning and get about the doing. While some of those went on to have success in life and ministry, they are the exception and not the rule. I see in scripture that there is a pattern of people who were called by God and who for an extended period were set apart for preparation.

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