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Center for Faith and Learning

George Pepperdine believed that a Christian education should help students learn not merely "how to make a living," but "how to live." While such goals are pursued in many ways, research demonstrates that university students and alumni identify classroom experiences and relationships with faculty as primary influences on both their professional and personal development during the college years. For Pepperdine University, this illustrates the importance of continually nurturing a healthy and organic symmetry between the academic and religious dimensions of the University mission.

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Since 1999, the Pepperdine Center for Faith and Learning (CFL) has been a primary catalyst for the pursuit of integrating the University's commitment to Christian faith with its pursuit of academic excellence.

CFL works to equip faculty in incorporating the integration of faith and learning in their teaching, scholarship, and life. Additionally, CFL provides opportunities for students, staff, administration, and the broader Pepperdine community to explore the intersections of faith and learning through various events and activities. With the support of faculty, staff, and alumni, students at Pepperdine have the opportunity to explore their vocations and to pursue programs that integrate faith and learning.

The Center for Faith and Learning frequently collaborates with other departments at the University to contribute to Pepperdine's wider goals around spiritual life and formation.




Meet the Staff

John Barton

Dr. John Barton

Director, Center for Faith and Learning

Professor of Teaching of Religion

Thornton Administrative Center (TAC) 100


Jennifer Smith

Dr. Jennifer Smith

Associate Director, Center for Faith and Learning

Associate Professor of English

Cultural Arts Center (CAC) 103E


John Peterson

Dr. John Peterson

Associate Director, Center for Faith and Learning

Associate Professor of English

Cultural Arts Center (CAC) 305


Stephanie Cupp

Stephanie Cupp

Program Administrator

Thornton Administrative Center (TAC) 100