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, schools, agencies, 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
Director, Center for Community Engagement

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 joined Trinity as a notable fixture in the development of Lutheran youth and family ministry in the Pacific Northwest. His teaching includes courses in youth and family ministry, youth spirituality, and justice/social transformation. An ordained Lutheran pastor, he attended both Yale Divinity School and the Claremont School of Theology. Read full biography.

Sue Houglum

Susan Houglum
Professor & Chair of Early Childhood Education
Contact: 425.249.4720,

Professor Houglum has a diverse background in early learning, preschool education, children’s ministry, and program administration. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Pacific Lutheran University, majoring in religion and sociology. Her M.Ed. degree from the Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt University emphasized young children and the importance of play in their learning. 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.

Whitney Dibble

Whitney Dibble
Affiliate Faculty in Children, Youth & Family Studies

Professor Dibble’s experience in counseling and mental health includes medical family therapy, eating disorders, and cross-cultural reconciliation, and she is currently completing an internship with the University of Washington Family Medical Centers. She is a graduate of Seattle Pacific University’s Marriage and Family Therapy program and is a Washington State Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate.