After thirty-eight years, I retired from Anderson University School of Theology. I began working for Anderson University in 1978. It was my joy to spend my adult life in this academic setting helping students to find their place in the world.
I also retired after twenty-five years as the Director of the Gustav Jeeninga Museum of Bible and Near Eastern Studies. I was the second director of the museum, following my friend, mentor, and museum founder, Dr. Gustav Jeeninga. I hope you will visit the museum via the link posted here. It is a hidden treasure on our campus and in the Midwest.
I received both my undergraduate and graduate degrees from Anderson University and The School of Theology (BA, ’77; MA ’87). Additionally, I received a management certification (CM; ’90) through the Institute of Certified Professional Managers (on the campus of James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA). I was also trained through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Community Coalition Leadership Program in conjunction with the Center for Creative Leadership regarding building coalitions and community programming through partnerships.
In 2013, I coordinated a team to write a grant related to facing the challenges of finances for those in ministry, both as students and future ministers. In November 2013, the Anderson University School of Theology received a $250,000 grant from the Lilly Endowment to research, study, and implement its strategies. As grant director, we created significant materials to help people thing about debt and living free of it over their lifetime. I hope you will visit our materials at the Lilly Endowment Grant page on the AUSOT website. I am particularly honored to be the writer of a FREE book on stewardship and managing debt. Spiritual Matters is available as a PDF load for anyone.
During my lifetime, I have been honored with a number of awards. They are:
The Wilbur McFeely Award, from the International Management Council of the YMCA of the USA (2003) for “books and teaching in the area of human development and leadership”
The John A. Morrison Award (2013) for a staff member from Anderson University for years of dedication to the school and helping it live fully its mission statement and leaving a legacy for those yet to follow.
The Servant Leader Award from the Leadership Academy of Madison County (2002)
The Distinguished Service Award from the Leadership Academy of Madison County (1995)
The Distinguished Service Award from the International Management Council of the YMCA (1995)
I have also served on a number of local, regional, and national boards:
Chair of the Board of Regents, Institute of Certified Professional Managers (2003)
National Steering Committee of the SHAPE Program of the Church of God Ministries (2002-2006)
Indiana Ministries of the Church of God Board of Directors (2002-2005)
National President of International Management Council of the YMCA (1994)
President of the Leadership Academy of Madison County (1992-96)