Jeff AupperleDirector of Calling and Career and Promising Ventures
As the Director of Calling and Career at Taylor University, I encourage students to explore connections to people and experiences that equip them to live a faithful response to God's call. The core values that mark the work of our office are imagination, risk, collaboration, and truth.
As Director of Indiana Employer Relations, I oversee Taylor University’s Promising Ventures program. Promising Ventures is a co-curricular program within the Calling and Career Office designed for students from all disciplines that have an idea or dream to start a business or nonprofit organization.
The Promising Ventures Program exists to connect students to people and experiences that will accelerate entrepreneurial aspirations toward the creation of high-impact ventures in the state of Indiana – inspiring students to innovate for the common good.
I am inspired by the potential of Taylor student creativity when exercised in entrepreneurship. My job aligns with my research interests and a deeply embedded desire to help students understand how their unique passions and abilities intersect with the world’s needs.
My time with Adventures in Missions following my undergraduate studies gave me an appreciation for interdenominational faith-based organizations and taught me lasting lessons on the diversity of God’s Kingdom. It also formed my passion for a longer-term investment in people’s lives.
As a pastor for seven years, I had the opportunity to see the fruits of that kind of investment. I also discovered a love for student ministry. Working with high school students set me on the path to where I am today. After being invited in Fall 2011 to speak at Bethel College's chapel, my passion to dedicate my life to college students flourished. This passion was cultivated through my time as a student in the Master of Arts in Higher Education (MAHE) program at Taylor University.