Associate Professor of Missions & Biblical Studies
Office Location: Reade 127A
Phone: (765) 998-4542
Specialties: biblical response to poverty, consumerism, cross-cultural missions, holistic community development, international service-learning, short-term missions, student development, transformational community development
MAR, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 2000
BS, Computer Science/Systems, Taylor University, 1989
AA, Computer Technology, Trine University, High Honors, 1984
Why I came to Taylor:
I wholeheartedly agree with Taylor’s mission and I have greatly enjoyed serving here for 30+ years. I appreciate the connections I have with students, faculty, student development professionals and administrators. For a person who is passionate about cross-cultural missions, biblical scholarship, holistic outreach (the spoken and ministered gospel), and working with young adults, I have the ideal position!
How I integrate faith in the classroom:
I believe my relationship with Christ should permeate all that I do and so it is a great privilege to integrate faith and learning in the classroom and help prepare students for God-glorifying intercultural ministry and biblical studies. I enjoy active learning that incorporates biblical reflection, group discussion, analysis of case studies, interviews, blogging, etc. The goal is to move information to knowledge, knowledge to wisdom, and wisdom to advocacy and action. I want students to internalize a biblical view of God’s global purposes and to consider the role He is calling them to play. Other important topics include servant leadership, global theology, recognizing the beauty, diversity and struggles of the worldwide Church, the uniqueness of Christ, exploring the elements of personal character and commitment involved in long-term intercultural service and in being a world Christian.
travel, reading, biking, gardening, birding, outdoor activities
A Wind in the House of Islam, Journey Toward Justice, Honor, Patronage, Kinship & Purity: Unlocking New Testament Culture, When Helping Hurts, Radical, Operation World, Culture Making, Generous Justice
The Good Lie, The Big Year, The King’s Speech, True Grit, Up, The Visitor, Slumdog Millionaire, Amazing Grace
Countries visited recently:
Czech Republic, India, Singapore, Indonesia, New Zealand, Paraguay, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Trinidad, Ethiopia