Hi! My Name Is…


Richard Goodwin

Where did you grow up?

Cambridge, New Zealand. A small, rural town, quasi-famous for its horse studs and preponderance of Olympic rowers.  And I know you’re all dying to ask so here it goes…Yes, I grew up 30 minutes from the Shire in LOTR.

What brought you to Fuller?

The Theology and the Arts emphasis. I had no idea you could actually study theology and arts, much less at a seminary. But when I found out that you could at Fuller, I was instantly sold on it. It has allowed me to reconcile seemingly disparate parts of myself.

What is your favorite…


Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind



Smartphone App:

This one called “Phone.”


Lucyphone.com has saved me countless hours waiting for AT&T to find their competence.

TV Show:

Friday Night Lights

Sports Team:

All Blacks. If I don’t say that the feds will take my NZ passport.

Type of Frozen Yogurt:

Mango Passion

Place to eat in Pasadena:

Azeen’s Afghani Restaurant

Thing to do in Southern California:

Go to a TV show taping. Get the wrong show and it can be tedious, but it’s so LA that you gotta do it at least once.

Class you’ve taken at Fuller:

TC588 Engaging Independent Films. You go to Sundance for a week and they give you credit for it. You’d be silly not to.

If you had the opportunity to do a different program at Fuller, what would you choose and why?

MDiv. It’s the most comprehensive master’s degree. It’d be nice to have done a few language and exegetical classes.

What book are you reading right now?

Metamorphosis  by Franz Kafka

Who is your favorite Fuller professor and why?

Rob Johnston. He’s a theology and film guru, and that’s why I came here.

What is an interesting fact that most people would not know about you?

Puppetry paid for my college education. Props to the “Kids Up the Road” show (a.k.a. “Kids On the Block”).

What are the top 5 most played songs on your iTunes?

Cut Off Your Hands – “Turn Cold”
Radiohead  – “All I Need”
The Mars Volta – “Cygnus…Vismund Cygnus”
Kings of Leon – “Four Kicks”
Ladyhawke – “Paris is Burning”

If you could give advice to someone who is thinking about coming to Fuller, what would you say?

Don’t weigh it up purely in terms of dollars and cents. The return on your investment probably won’t be financial, but it’ll still be big.

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