James Cummings, M.A. | Faculty

International American University

M.A. in Psychology; Antioch University; Los Angeles, CA
M.Div.; St. John’s Seminary; Camarillo, CA
B.A. in Psychology; Adlai E. Stevenson College; University of California, Santa Cruz

Jim is a Southern California native. He studied for the priesthood in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, obtaining a Master’s of Divinity from St. John’s Seminary. After spending several years in church ministry, he switched career paths and has been working in higher education administration. He continues to lead retreats, present workshops, and provide liturgical & spiritual direction for the San Fernando Valley chapter of DignityUSA. He is the Research Administrator for the Travis Research Institute (TRI) at the School of Psychology of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena.

Deacon Jim is an avid movie-watcher and Star Wars fan and collector. Some of his favorite inspirational people are Greg Louganis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Walt Disney, William Blake, Saint Francis of Assisi and Blessed Padre Miguel Pro. Because of his interdisciplinary background encompassing both humanities and social science, he has taught courses in philosophy, art history, psychology, the history/philosophy of science & technology, world religions, The Bible, and Christianity.