Joshua Cucjen – Director
Josh Cucjen attended KBC for a year in 2008 and afterwards felt God telling him that he would be coming back to Kauai in the future. In 2012, he was hired on as the Registrar. In 2015, he took on the role of Director. He is married to Jewel Cucjen and together they have two daughters, Ellinor and Elaine. Josh’s vision is to facilitate the growth of relationships with God for all of the students who attend KBC.
Jonathan Hoffman – Assistant Director/Dean of Students
Jon first came to KBC as a student in 2011 and was hired on as staff for PCS Manager and Property Manager. After almost a two year break as an intern in Colorado, he returned to KBC with Grace Hoffman, his wife. Jon’s vision for KBC is to help disciple students through hands-on experience and training at the college.
Preston Hood – Dean of Men
Preston is from Chattanooga, Tennessee, and graduated from Kauai Bible College in December 2016. He has a heart for serving the people around him and for making disciples of Jesus Christ. In his free time he enjoys spending time with the guys and playing soccer, ping pong, hacky sack, spikeball, and plungerball.
Gracia Stark – Dean of Women
Gracia is from Denver, Colorado and grew up in Mexico, as her family were missionaries down there. She came out as a student for the 2015-2016 school year. In Spring of 2016 she was called to come back and partner with KBC in discipling and training the students and then was hired as Dean of Women in Fall of 2016. Her desire is to see the students grow in their knowledge and love for God and gain a firm foundation in the gospel that they can use to go and make more disciples of Jesus Christ.
Jake Brinkman – Academic Dean
Originally from Wisconsin, Jake attended KBC as a student beginning with the Fall 2016 semester. After completing the first year program, he has returned on staff as the Academic Dean. Prior to coming out to Kauai, Jake had been engaged in the mission field for the previous three years, but is now excited to be in ministry at KBC. Jake enjoys playing guitar, reading, working in his garden, and studying the Bible. He hopes to be able to unlock and instill a passion and love for learning about God and His word into the students’ lives.
Ben Clawson – Facilities Administrator
Ben Clawson, originally from Minnesota, came out to KBC as a Media Intern in 2011. He has been on staff with the school in 2012, 2014 – 2015. In 2015, he met the woman of his dreams, Rhianna, and they were married Fall of 2016. Ben greatly admires KBC, the church, and the impact that discipleship has made on him personally, as well as the students that come each semester. The Friendly Nerd, Ben likes Star Wars, fantasy, Legos, and gaming.
Emily Curry – Kitchen Administrator
Emily visited Kauai in spring of 2017, and loved it so much that she moved from her home state of New Hampshire to work at KBC as the kitchen administrator. She loves to cook and bake, so the job and locations seemed pretty great! She has felt the call for a long time to dig deeper into God’s word and really learn how to love others and share Jesus’s love with them. In her time at KBC, she hopes to encourage students through joy, laughter, and cooking!
Kyler Schmidt – Assistant Dean of Men
Kyler Schmidt is originally from Fort Collins, Colorado. In 2015 he graduated the two year program at Kauai Bible college, and after getting married to Morgen Schmidt in 2016, he then went on to receive his bachelors degree in Biblical studies in 2017. His desire is that, through the program at KBC, each student would experience the extraordinary love of Jesus Christ and develop an authentic faith. He enjoys surfing, swimming, cliff jumping, and all the adventures the island has to offer.
Michael Hallman – Assistant Dean of Men
After hearing of his dad’s cancer diagnosis in early 2017, he knew coming back to Kauai was the next step in his life. Following his graduation from Biola University, he came back to Kauai to make full use of the time. With a heart for ministry, God orchestrated the transition in serving at KBC with ideal timing. To love, disciple, and encourage the students in Christ has been his first and foremost desire. In all this, Michael attributes the great joy in his life to participating in the ministry at KBC and daily surrendering himself to the Lord in obedience.
Jessie Jacoby- Assistant Dean of Women
Jessie attended Kauai Bible College for one year and fell in love with the island and the family she made at KBC. After a semester off, Jessie came back to fill the role of Assistant Dean of Women. Her goal for the students is for them to understand the gospel, to be able to share that message with others fearlessly, and for students’ love for Christ to be renewed and strengthened during their time at KBC.
Ana Marie (Aly) Perde – Assistant Dean of Women
Aly Perde was born and raised in Southern California, she graduated from California Baptist University in 2015 and shortly after graduating college she felt the Lord placing it on her heart to attend a Bible College. After much prayer for direction where to go to Bible College she found KBC through a google search. She came out to KBC as a student in the Spring of 2016 and fell in love with the college’s vision for discipleship, the people of KBC, and the church. Aly is looking forward to advancing the Kingdom God alongside the incredible people of KBC.
Emily Cucjen – Registrar
Emily first moved from California with her family as missionaries to a small town in Mexico. Hearing about Kauai Bible College from her brother, Josh Cucjen, she embarked on what she thought would only be a semester long stay at KBC. Emily first came out to Kauai as a student in the Fall of 2015, but stayed longer than expected, filling the role of Assistant to the Director in Spring 2017. She is now the Registrar and feels called to be out here at KBC discipling the students and raising up more men and women for Christ.
Rhianna Clawson- Office Administrator
After absolutely loving the two semesters at Kauai Bible College that Rhianna took as a student, she moved back to her hometown Vanderhoof, British Columbia, and believed that was the end of her adventures at the college. But after marrying Ben (whom she met at KBC) and moving out to Minnesota, they both realized the Lord was not done with their time there and desired both of them to serve in ministry there again, this time while being on staff. Rhianna loves the island life and the transforming work the Lord does in the hearts of the students semester by semester and she’s excited about serving and contributing to this amazing work of God.
Bethany Clawson – Assistant Kitchen Administrator
Bethany was raised in the great northern state, Minnesota, with her four sisters and her one older brother. She loves to encourage and bring joy to people in any circumstances, and loves to be expressive especially in the area of speaking about God’s goodness, wisdom, and love. Bethany came out to KBC first in 2015 as a student, with the Lord tugging on her heart to come back out to the community after she had left. God’s provision came through strong, giving her an opportunity to give back to the college, and brought her passion for health and insight on the temple of the Lord.
Morgen Schmidt – KBC Staff
Morgen Schmidt was born and raised in Eagle River, Alaska and first came out to KBC as a student in the Spring of 2014. After completing and graduating the two year program, she married Kyler Schmidt, who she met while attending KBC. After leaving to further her education online, Morgen and Kyler felt God calling them to be a part of the ministry here at KBC. They both are excited to see and help further God’s ministry through this college.
David (Bobby) Perde- Worship Leader
Bobby was born and raised in Southern California and attended KBC as a student in the Spring 2016. He left the college and obtained his Associates in music and began his first semester at California Baptist University as a Christian studies major. At the end of his first semester, God put it on his heart to use the musical gifts He has given him to come back as the worship leader and teacher for the college. Bobby has been called by God to serve and lead at KBC as the worship leader and worship class teacher.