Children, Youth & Family Studies Faculty

Students in the Children, Youth & Family Studies program benefit from professors who teach courses specific to their expertise and all have experience working in churches, agencies, schools, or nonprofit organizations that serve children, youth, and families. CYFS professors are not only effective classroom teachers, but caring mentors who help students learn and grow during their college experience.

Mark Jackson

Mark Jackson
Professor & Chair of Children, Youth & Family Studies
Contact: 425.249.4721,

Professor Jackson blends diverse interests in faith formation, leadership development, service learning, and program administration into his courses, supported by graduate study in both pastoral ministry (Gonzaga University) and nonprofit management (Regis University). He primarily teaches courses in program planning and oversees the department’s robust practicum and internship programs. Read full biography.

Rev. Dr. David Ellingson

Rev. Dr. David Ellingson
Professor of Children, Youth & Family Studies
Director, Children, Youth & Family Center

Contact: 425.249.4722 ,

Dr. Ellingson teaches courses in youth and family ministry, human development, spirituality, and social justice. He brings over 40 years of experience in developing leadership programs for youth and young adults within the Lutheran church and associated nonprofits. He attended both Yale Divinity School and the Claremont School of Theology and is an ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Read full biography.

Heather Ingersoll

Heather Ingersoll
Professor & Chair of Early Childhood Education
Contact: 425.249.4720,

Professor Ingersoll has extensive experience working alongside young children and their caregivers in both formal and informal educational settings. She is dedicated to studying and supporting the holistic development of children, with particular interest in nurturing their spiritual lives. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Trinity Lutheran College, majoring in Christian Education, and an M.A. in Family Life Education from Concordia University, St. Paul. She is a current Ph.D. candidate in Education at Seattle Pacific University.

Dr. Timothy Burdick

Dr. Timothy Burdick
Interim Professor & Chair of Psychology

Professor Burdick’s professional background includes mental health counseling, drug and alcohol treatment, and oversight of multiple teen chemical dependency programs. He is both a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Chemical Dependency Professional in Washington state. Burdick’s research interests include the intersection of beliefs, values and social ethics. He holds a Ph.D. in theology (University of Birmingham – U.K.), a master’s degree in psychology, and incorporates experience in ministry, social service and theological studies into his psychology courses. Read full biography.

Janet Cederberg

Janet Cederberg, AIM
Affiliate Faculty in Children, Youth & Family Studies

Professor Cederberg brings 20 years of congregational youth ministry experience to her classes, making them both relevant and practical for students preparing for ministry leadership. She holds a master’s degree in systems counseling from the Leadership Institute of Seattle and is rostered as an Associate in Ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.