Associate Professor of Missions & Biblical Studies
Office Location: Reade 127A
Phone: (765) 998-4542
Specialties: Cross-cultural missions, international service-learning, consumerism, biblical response to poverty, holistic community development, transformational community development, short-term missions, student development
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Upland, IN 46989
2000, Master of Arts in Religion (MAR), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL. Summa Cum Laude
1989, B.S., Computer Science/Systems, Taylor University, Upland, IN. Summa Cum Laude
1984, A.A., Computer Technology, Trine University, Angola, IN. High Honors
New Testament Greek 201, 202, 301, 302, Taylor University, 1996-1997
Geographical and Historical Settings of the Bible, Jerusalem University College, 2000
Philosophy of Religions REL 665, Taylor University, 2007
Mission Communication DMS 923, Concordia Theological Seminary, 2014
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND ACHIEVEMENTS
2011 – Present
Associate Professor of Missions, Taylor University, Upland, IN
1999 – 2013
Lighthouse Director, Taylor World Outreach, Taylor University, Upland, IN
Lighthouse is an international service-learning program that enables 85-110 students to study and serve in 6-8 countries each January term.
2005 – 2011
Assistant Professor of Missions, Taylor University, Upland, IN
2007 & 2010
Who’s Who of American Women
2003 – 2005
Instructor of Missions, Taylor University, Upland, IN
Who’s Who of Students in American Universities and Colleges through TEDS
1998 – 2003
Adjunct Instructor, Biblical Studies, Christian Ed. and Philosophy, Taylor University, Upland, IN
1993 – 1998
Adjunct Instructor, Computing and System Sciences, Taylor University, Upland, IN
1994 – 1996
Lilly Ethics Grant Instructor, Computer ethics researcher and faculty workshop leader, Taylor University, Upland, IN
1991 – 1997
Special Projects Coordinator, Information Services, Taylor University, Upland, IN
1989 – 1991
Information Systems Coordinator, Information Services, Taylor University, Upland, IN
Outstanding Student in Systems Analysis, Taylor University, Upland, IN
1986 – 1989
Network Manager, Information Services, Taylor University, Upland, IN
1984 – 1986
Operations Supervisor, Information Services, Taylor University, Upland, IN
BIB 210 Biblical Literature II (4 times)
COS 104 Computing and Information Concepts (10+ times)
IAS 120 Introduction to International Ministry (14 times)
IAS 320 Cross-Cultural Outreach (14 times)
REL 311 Foundations of Christian World Mission (7 times)
REL 391 Preparation and Strategy for Christian World Mission (15 times)
REL 432 World Mission Area Studies (7 times)
2014, 2013, 2007
“Standards Introductory Workshop” (9-hour pre-conference workshop) at the Missio Nexus Mission Leaders Conference, Atlanta, GA Sept. 24-25, 2014 and Dallas, TX, Sept. 18-19, 2013, and the National Short-Term Mission Conference, Los Angeles, CA, Jan. 18-19, 2007.
“Short-Term Missions Best Practices: From Everywhere to Everywhere” co-presenter at the Missio Nexus North American Mission Leaders Conference, Dallas, TX, Sept. 20, 2013.
“International Service-Learning Best Practices” for the Taylor University Board Academic Programs Subcommittee, May 16, 2013.
“Advancing Global Education at Taylor University” co-presenter at the Taylor University Bedi Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (BCTLE) faculty workshop, Feb. 27, 2013.
“Heritage of Missions Roundtable” participant with 10 other invited leaders at Taylor University’s Heritage Weekend, April 27, 2012. The purpose was to examine what accounts for the missions heritage of Taylor University, what we can learn from it, and how it informs the institution’s future in regard to missions commitment.
“Evangelism and Interfaith Dialogue: Are They in Conflict?” panelist at the Taylor University student forum sponsored by the Taylor Student Organization, March 1, 2012.
“Raising the Bar in Short-Term Missions: Applying the Standards of Excellence” at the Advancing Churches in Missions Commitment (ACMC) Regional Conference, Dayton, OH, Nov. 12, 2011.
“Fostering Student Reflection” panelist at the Taylor University Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE) workshop, Nov. 2, 2011.
“Raising the Bar in Short-Term Missions” national webinar Nov. 18, 2010 for The Mission Exchange www.themissionexchange.org, presented for leaders of the 82 mission agencies who are members of The Mission Exchange and others interested in missions.
“International Service-Learning” poster presentation at the Association for Christians in Student Development (ACSD) Conference, Messiah College, Grantham, PA, June 2010.
“The Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission and Best Practices for International Service Learning Programs and Partnerships” at the Being There: Short-Term Missions and Human Need International Conference at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL, July 30, 2009.
“The Crucial Importance of Debriefing and Reflection for Short-Term Missions” at the Indianapolis Mission Leaders Network meeting, Central Christian Church, Carmel, IN, Jan. 21, 2009.
2004 & 2009
“Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission” at the Fellowship of Short-Term Mission Leaders Conference, Simpsonwood Conference Center, Atlanta, GA, Oct. 2004 & Oct. 2009.
“Long Term Partnerships in Short Term Mission” and “Maximizing Your Short Term Missions” at the Advancing Churches in Missions Commitment (ACMC) Regional Conference, Dayton, OH, Nov. 15, 2008.
“Best Practices of International Service Learning Programs, Partnerships, and Pedagogy” with Dr. Michael Guebert and Rukshan Fernando at the 3rd Annual Conference on International Service Learning, IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN, Feb. 29, 2008.
“Best Practices for Short-Term Healthcare Missions” plenary session with Dr. Michael Soderling at the West Coast Healthcare Missions and Ministry Conference, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA, Aug. 14, 2007.
“Best Practices in Short-Term Mission to Foster Better Cross-Cultural Partnerships” and “Practical Resources to Better Equip Lay Teams and Colleagues for Short-Term Missions” with Rukshan Fernando at the Coalition of Supporters of Indigenous Ministries Conference, Wheaton, IL, June 12-13, 2007.
2006 & 2007
“Lesson 2: Old Testament” at the Anderson, IN and Indianapolis, IN Perspectives on the World Christian Movement courses offered for undergrad and graduate credit (course from the U.S. Center for World Mission, www.perspectives.org), Sept. 13, 2006 & Jan. 22, 2007.
“Maximizing Your Short-Term Mission” at the National Missionary Convention, Indianapolis, IN, Nov. 11, 2006.
Devotions and a Lighthouse Presentation at the October Board of Trustees meeting, Taylor University. Also gave Lighthouse presentations for Colleagues College, the Council for Global Engagement, and the Parents Cabinet, Taylor University, Fall 2006.
2004 & 2006
“Short-Term: Where to Go and What to Do” and “Short-Term: Preparing Your Team” at the Advancing Churches in Missions Commitment (ACMC) Great Lakes Regional Conferences, Dayton, OH, Nov. 13, 2004 and Carmel, IN, March 4, 2006.
“Key Elements of Service Learning: A Collaborative Approach for Academic Affairs and Student Affairs” at the Indiana Campus Compact Regional Meeting on International/Cross-Cultural Service Learning, Taylor University, March 3, 2005.
“Lighthouse International Service Learning” to the Taylor University Board of Trustees at President Gyertson’s request, Taylor University, Sept. 30, 2004.
“International Service Learning: A Collaborative Approach to Short-Term Missions for Student Ministries and Academics” at the Association for Christians in Student Development Conference, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL, June 4, 2003.
“International Service Learning for Students” at the Educating for the Global Community Deans’ Conference, Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, IN, Feb. 22, 2002.
PUBLICATIONS AND RESEARCH
2014 – Present
Editorial Consulting for Global Mapping International’s “Missiographic” publications on global mission, www.gmi.org/library.htm.
Review of Journey Toward Justice: Personal Encounters in the Global South by Nicholas P. Wolterstorff. Evangelical Missions Quarterly, January 2015.
“The Standards Explained,” www.roundtripmissions.com, published by Christianity Today, Inc.
“Follow-Up for Growth: Jenny Collins on the importance of follow-up,” www.roundtripmissions.com, interview published by Christianity Today, Inc.
“5 Pitfalls of Short-Term Mission and How to Avoid Them,” with Hannah Neilsen, www.shorttermmissions.com/articles/avoid_pitfalls published by Shorttermmissions.com.
“Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission,” Common Ground Journal, v4 n1 (Fall): 8-9. ISSN: 15479129, www.commongroundjournal.org.
Indianapolis Star interview for article: “Short-Term Missions Give Lasting Hope,” published August 29, 2004.
“Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission,” Koinonia, Winter 2004, a publication of the Association for Christians in Student Development (ACSD).
2002 – 2004
“Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission” co-editor of the Seven Standards of Excellence and other web site content at www.soe.org. Helped overhaul the website again in 2007.
Book chapter: “Short-Term Missions: Maximizing for Long-Term Impact” in Overcoming the World Missions Crisis, Russell Penney, ed., Kregel Publications.
Two devotional articles: “Heavenly Treasure” and “Reach Out” in This Cloud of Witnesses, Taylor University, Upland, IN.
Research project: “God’s Concern for the Poor in the Law of Moses,” Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL.
Manuscript/research project: “Kingdom Conduct: Living a Biblical Lifestyle in a Consumer Culture,” Christianity Today Faith and Consumerism Writing Contest – Honorable Mention.
Research project: “New Testament Teaching on Poverty and Wealth,” Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL.
Attended dedication ceremonies for the Aché language New Testament in Paraguay funded by the Taylor campus community through The Seed Company.
Visit to a Taylor University alumna, Lighthouse host and team in the Czech Republic and site evaluation.
Selected as one of 400 U.S. delegates to attend The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization, Cape Town, South Africa, Oct. 16-25, 2010.
Visits to Lighthouse hosts and teams in India and Indonesia and site evaluation in Singapore.
Lighthouse team visit and site evaluation in Paraguay.
Took part in three Spanish courses at Taylor University to learn Spanish – SPA 101, 102, 201.
Lighthouse team visits and site evaluations in Ecuador and Trinidad.
Lighthouse set-up trip and site evaluation in Ethiopia.
One day course: “Sharing the Hope with Muslims” taught by Fouad Masri of The Crescent Project, Muncie, IN.
Chaperone, Israel/Greece Study Trip, Taylor University, Upland, IN.
One week course: “Cyberspace Stress, Sabbath and Serenity,” taught by Dr. Marva Dawn, Oxford University & Regent College Joint Summer Program, Oxford, England.
Ministry exposure trip to Ireland & Northern Ireland – OMS International & Project Evangelism.
Ministry exposure trip to Turkey – Frontiers.
- The North American Mission Leaders Conference, sponsored by Missio Nexus (2011-2014); responsible for the short-term mission track 2012-2014.
- The Lausanne Consultation/Mission America Coalition, Orlando (2011)
- Being There: Short-Term Missions and Human Need, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL, July 29-31, 2009.
- Fellowship of Short-Term Mission Leaders (1999-2009)
- Association for Christians in Student Development (2000-2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012)
- Advancing Churches in Missions Commitment (2001, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2011)
- North American Professors of Christian Education: Reaching the Nations through CE (2000)
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS & SERVICE
2013 – Present
The Taylor University Comprehensive Internationalization Lead Team
2002 – Present
The National Committee for the Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission (www.soe.org), serving as Secretary fall 2012 to present; served as Interim Executive Director in 2007.
Peer Review Team for Grace Community Church’s (Noblesville, IN) two-day Peer Review in its pursuit of Accredited Membership in the Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission
2011 – 2013
The Taylor University International Programs Advisory Group
2000 – 2013
The Association for Christians in Student Development (ACSD)
Peer Review Team for CURE International’s two-day Peer Review in its pursuit of Accredited Membership in the Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission
2007 – 2009
Consultant to the Committee for Best Practices in Global Health Missions
The Taylor University Center for Global Engagement committee to determine global site criteria
The Taylor University Life Together Covenant Task Force at UCAP’s request
Lighthouse students and sponsors have participated in Dr. Steve Snyder’s research through the Taylor University Intercultural Inventory instrument and personal interviews with very positive results.
The Lighthouse Program/TWO underwent a three-day on-site review with a very favorable outcome. The review team consisted of Dr. Rod Spidhal (Chair), Missions Professor, Northwestern College (Iowa), Dr. Sam Shellhamer, recently retired Vice President of Student Affairs, Wheaton College, and Dr. Pam Medows, Professor of Education, Taylor University.
The Lighthouse Program/TWO underwent a two-day Peer Review in pursuit of Accredited Membership in the Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission. The program and Director received high commendation and Accredited Status from the review team consisting of missions professionals from Northwestern College (Iowa), Perimeter Church (Atlanta), and Send International.
MINISTRY AND RELATED EXPERIENCE
Served as a consultant/trainer for Muncie, Indiana’s Habitat for Humanity chapter as they planned their first international service trips to Bolivia and Paraguay
1999 – Present
Missions Task Force, The Gathering Church, Muncie, IN
1992 – Present
Mentor of Taylor University students (1–4 women per semester)
Sunday School Teacher, Adult Class, First Church of God ECI, Muncie, IN (now The Gathering)
2002 – 2005
Deacon of Missions, First Church of God ECI, Muncie, IN
Sunday School Teacher, Adult Class, First Church of God ECI, Muncie, IN
2002 – 2004
Board of Directors, Globalink Ministry, Upland, IN
1992 – 2002
Lighthouse and Spring Break Sponsor for international service learning/mission projects, Taylor University, (Bahamas, Jamaica, India (4x), Singapore, Kenya and South Africa)
2001 – 2002
Sunday School Teacher (college class), First Church of God ECI, Muncie, IN
1996 & 1997
Chair, Missions Committee, Grace United Methodist Church, Hartford City, IN
1986 – 1996
Sunday School Teacher (college class, senior high youth), Grace United Methodist Church, Hartford City, IN
1993 & 1994
Co-Coordinator of Just for You women’s conference with 700 women in attendance, Taylor University, Upland, IN
1986 – 91, 1993, 1995
Senior High Camp Counselor, United Methodist Camp, Epworth Forest, IN
Husband: J.D. Collins, Commissioner of the Crossroads League NAIA Athletic Conference, Consultant to the Big Ten Conference, Coordinator of Men’s Basketball Officials for the Mid-American Conference and Summit League, former NCAA Division I basketball official and business owner
ACTIVITIES AND INTERESTS
Gardening, travel, cultural studies, reading, writing, bird/wildlife watching, outdoor activities