Students

Clayton Christensen and his wife Kami both graduated with a B.S. in Accounting from BYU and together have 3 boys and a new baby girl. Clayton is currently a full time institute director and seminary teacher coordinator for the LDS Church, a bishop in his LDS ward, and a Master’s student in religious studies with an emphasis on Mormon Studies.

April Chabries Makgoeng began producing documentary films on religious topics while teaching for the Theatre & Media Arts Department at Brigham Young University. In 2006, she left academia to produce documentaries for National Geographic Television in Washington DC. Next year April is looking forward to spending more time in her husband’s hometown of Gaborone, Botswana while collecting oral histories with the CGU Women Studies in Religion program.

Matthew Pitts comes to CGU with a Law degree and a Master’s in Jewish History from Yeshiva University in New York City. He is interested in discovering new and exciting intersections between Judaism and Mormonism. He is married and a father of three, and is currently employed at Cal State Fullerton, teaching a course on Jewish thought.


Taunalyn Rutherford is currently an Adjunct Professor of Religion at BYU teaching World Religions and Doctrine and Covenants. She is a PhD Candidate at Claremont, finishing her dissertation on Mormonism in India based on her research in India this past Spring. She is married to James Rutherford and they are the parents of five children.

Courtney Rabada is a native of San Francisco, California, and spent many years working in the film industry before becoming a Master’s candidate at Claremont studying Mormonism and World Religions. Her primary research interest is the recent age change for Mormon female missionaries, and a paper she wrote on the topic will be published in Dialogue later this year.

Andrew C. Smith holds a BA in Middle Eastern Studies (BYU), an MA in Israeli Studies (Hebrew University), and is pursuing his PhD in the Critical Comparative Scripture program at CGU, emphasizing Islamic Studies and Hebrew Bible. His dissertation will be a comparative literary analysis of ritual prostration in the Qur’an and Hebrew Bible. His research interests include religious ritual and the scriptural traditions of Christianity (including Mormonism), Judaism, and Islam.