Rabbi Rich Nichol
Dr. Richard Nichol is one of the founding members of MJTI. He joined the Board at the school’s founding in 2003 and in 2014 was appointed the President of the Institute.
In addition to holding the position of President, he teaches courses in the Master of Rabbinic Studies Program: Sermon Preparation and Delivery, Synagogue Growth and Development, and Key Events in the Jewish Life Cycle. Additionally, he teaches in the Panim el Panim program.
His main goal for MJTI is for us to be a school where “warm hearts and cool heads” meet under the banner of the Risen Messiah of Israel, Yeshua. Only by combining academic excellence with passion for God, Torah, and Messiah can an institution of higher learning like MJTI meet the deepest needs of our students—and through these men and women, the needs of the developing Messianic Jewish community.
Chief Operations Officer
Elliot Klayman has been Chief Operations Officer since 2014, and oversees MJTI’s main office in San Diego. He is also a faculty member, teaches in the Panim el Panim program, and is the former editor of Kesher Journal, a division of MJTI. He continues to contribute to Kesher through the editing and submission of articles.
Rabbi Dr. Vered Hillel
Rabbi Paul Saal
Dean of Students
Rabbi Michael Hillel
Michael Hillel has been MJTI’s registrar since 2019. He is a 2019 graduate of MJTI’s Rabbinic Studies program. He holds a B.A. in Bible and Theology from the International Correspondence Institute (now Global University), a Master of Jewish Studies from MJTI, and the Messianic Jewish Rabbinical Council ordained him as a rabbi in June of 2019.
Joyce came to MJTI after retiring from her position as corporate librarian in Ohio. She began volunteering for MJTI in 2012, assisting in donor management. In 2013 she was hired as the Office Manager with expanded responsibilities in all financial record keeping, overseeing Kesher subscriptions, and various other office duties.
Joyce has been an active participant in the Messianic Jewish movement for many years, and has spoken at conferences and other Messianic events.