HERALDING NEWS FROM NORTHEASTERN SEMINARY
Of all the opportunities we have to give to others, the ones we choose to engage are as distinct as we are. Between the inner motivations for making a gift, the nature of a gift, and the anticipated outcome, each case seems to have a life of its own. And they can make us smile. A few of those who have made gifts to Northeastern illustrate how giving includes interior transformation as well as meaningful outward expressions. It’s no surprise that giving grows out of foundational beliefs and values—a natural willingness to help. Philosophies like “all that we enjoy is a gift from God” or “a blessing received instills a blessing for others,” held by graduate Weldon Thomas (2013), or “you can’t out give God,” held by Dean Emeritus Wayne McCown, engender a variety of expressions. Long before the gift receipt arrives in the mail donors to the Seminary have lived generous lives with a sense that their giving can be in time, service, prayer, counsel, and financial resources. For McCown, who with his wife Darlene has established
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scholarships and an academic symposium, his generous heart is rooted in childhood. With parents as role models he learned that “one of the happiest activities in life is to give.” For friends of Northeastern, Charles and Elizabeth Canon, their planned giving is a likely extension of their lifelong service in ministry. According to son Charles Canon, III, giving to scholarships grew out of their heart as opposed to out of their wealth and it is a way to continue their ministry to others. For Norm and Nancy Wetterau, they are among the 90 percent of donors who are motivated by compassion for those in need (http:/ www.redbirdonline.com/research-report). Their commitment to identify and address injustice led to establishing a symposium to articulate faith-based responses. While generosity in general may be on the decline, givers remain generous in supporting religious interests (In Trust, 2014). More than 11 million hyperlinks offered in an Internet search solidify this association as they relate scripture to giving. From Canon’s perspective, “a life of service to the church makes it only natural to give. It’s just part of who you are.” Likewise, reciprocity is common among alumni donors and is true for Thomas as well: “I give to the school I am impressed with. The scholarship I received as a doctoral student was a huge, unexpected blessing and I wanted to be sure that others were helped as they pursue ministry.” (continued)
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Recent giving to the Seminary has been highly personal. Reading the biography of a life cut short by cancer drives home just how personal it is for friends of the Seminary Ken and Barb Hodgins who support those going into ministry as a way to honor the six-year life of their son Peter, “a loving, happy, gifted, blessing from God.” When Bill Erickson, another friend, had success in launching church-based programs for the deaf he decided to set up scholarships so that deaf students could more easily pursue a theological degree. And after a lifetime of acquisitions, retiring faculty member Dr. Paul Livermore entrusted a collection of rare books to the Seminary, while artist Scot Bennett gave an original mixed media piece to display, in each case, so that future seminarians could benefit. Similar to the Christian faith, giving requires belief in things that are seen and unseen. People often give to make a visible impact (In Trust, 2014) and to shared experiences—the seen. Yet so often those who give do not get to see their desired outcome or get immediate gratification—the unseen. The Canon’s will not see others carrying out the ministry they are enabling by their bequest, and of the delayed response McCown notes that patience is part of the process, “The real benefits of investing in education aren’t apparent until 10 to 20 years out. You have to have a vision for the future, but I have seen people become effective in leadership and have an impact on the world.” Giving does not happen by accident. The Hodgins’ hope to memorialize their son was initiated in 1982 when they first had to say goodbye to him. When Thomas was the beneficiary of an estate settlement there was prayerful consideration for how the money
would be used. “There had been other seasons in my life when I couldn’t give,” Thomas recalls. “I always knew I would give sometime and the timing on this was right.” For many, giving involves sophisticated financial planning. McCown recalls the significance of crafting a personal mission statement that reflects personal values, “it informs what you are willing to give to and I return to it annually.” There are often complicated transactions and regulations to attend to depending on the methods of giving but no one seems willing to say there is any significant downside. Giving inspires giving and every gift adds to another. “Giving makes me more aware of God’s blessing—which astounds me—and I have an incredible sense of joy,” McCown said with a reflective smile.
It’s not only the donors who illustrate how giving includes interior transformation and meaningful outward expressions, but also the students as well as those they serve. A Piece of Serenity is probably what Joanna Card had in mind when she established the Joanna Fund for Innovative Solutions. Her intention was to stimulate student-initiated solutions to fundamental problems for people in need and to fund them. The vision of Susan Buckner (M.Div./MSW, C25) does just that and now A Piece of Serenity will be a reality. This gift will mean that 12-16 year-old, at-risk girls will have a week of peace in a stress-free environment to acquire coping, conflict
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resolution, and social skills to address and overcome the problems they face. International students can have unique challenges to attending seminary. Even when visas come easily, and they often don’t, the financial support is not always present nor is their ability to secure loans or earn an income while in the country. For Priscilla Ozodo (MATL, C28) a missionary kid from Nigeria, the end of each semester signaled uncertainty as to her ability to return. It was only through scholarships that she will be graduating and then developing musical directors who serve in ministry. There are others who have been transformed by receiving gifts—so for anyone who has ever given, consider their sentiments as for you: While I know that God is truly doing a work in my life, I also know he is preparing me to serve his people. I pray that I serve with the utmost integrity and humility and that I am able to touch the lives and hearts of others through testimony and commitment to Jesus Christ. To demonstrate the embodiment of giving as you have so generously done, this is the least I can do. —Wanda Your gifts help solidify in my mind that this degree will be used for God’s kingdom. Every class has molded my understanding of God’s purposes. I have a deeper understanding of God’s word and have developed insights about the Bible and traditions of the Church. Your support has been incredibly helpful for me and my family and I am excited to use what I have learned. —Mark
I am answering God’s call on my life while my boys are furthering their education as well. This scholarship has helped my family meet our financial needs and for this I am grateful. —Linda Without scholarship patrons, there would be many students like myself unable to pursue the career they have dreamed of. —Pison Your generosity has truly eased the financial burden of seminary. Finances will always be a major part of the decision as to whether students can continue their education or not. You are a major part of how students like me are able to continue that quest. —Kenny Though Northeastern Seminary is reasonably priced, the cost is still difficult to afford. Thanks to you, my financial burden is lessened. I can now focus on my full-time job as an interim pastor, and on my full-time “job” as a student. —Bob Being a single mother who is temporarily employed it is a relief to know that these funds are available. Because of your generous gift I have more opportunity to be a blessing to and for my family and the people I come into contact with through ministry. —Desjamebra
Dr. Terry Taber, chair of the Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary boards of trustees, announced to the campus community on Monday, Dec. 9, that Deana Porterfield, Ed.D., will be the 11th president of Roberts Wesleyan College and the third president of Northeastern Seminary.
President-elect Deana Porterfield
"Dr. Porterfield is a visionary Christian leader who transforms her ideas into actions and results," Taber said. "She immediately impressed the search committee with her passion for Christian higher education and her ability to inspire transformation in an ever-changing environment for colleges and universities. Dr. Porterfield is a courageous leader who has the commitment and capability to advance the missions of both Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary." No stranger to Christian higher education, Porterfield has served at Azusa Pacific University and Azusa Pacific Online University for more than 24 years in various roles, including vice president for enrollment management, chief of staff, senior vice president for people and organizational development, and executive vice president. It was the consensus of the search committee that her commitment to advancing Christian higher education, administrative experience and passion to prepare students who will make a difference leading in the world prepared her for the
presidential role. Porterfield voiced her commitment to the mission, vision and core values of Roberts and Northeastern, and identified herself as a leader who drives change for new, more-impactful ways of serving the next generation of students through Christian education. "As the field of higher education continues to change, I believe Roberts and Northeastern are positioned to be a beacon, delivering Christian education that is affordable and accessible to all who desire it," Porterfield said. "The rich heritage and values of Roberts and Northeastern provide the foundation and momentum needed to propel us into the future. We will continue the legacy of graduating men and women of character, ready to serve the world." Porterfield earned a doctorate in organizational leadership from the University of La Verne in La Verne, Calif. She also holds a master’s degree in organizational management and a bachelor’s degree in music from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, Calif. Porterfield and her family will reside in the president’s home in Chili. Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary began the presidential search in February 2013, after President John Martin announced his intention to step down at the end of the 2013-14 academic year. The board formed a presidential search committee, chaired by Taber, which comprised trustees and representatives from faculty, staff, students and administration. The board also engaged CarterBaldwin Executive Search to participate in the process. Porterfield will take office on July 1, 2014, at the start of the 2014-15 academic year.
February 6-7 Stay Sharp—Evangelical Free Conference Canonsburg, Penn. February 21-22 Justice Conference Simulcast Hamburg, N.Y. February 21-22 Justice Conference Simulcast Clifton Park, N.Y. March 1
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June 29—July 15, 2014 Follow the footsteps of Jesus, study the Bible from the shores of Galilee, experience the geographical and cultural context of being in the field, enjoy meals at the Kibbutz, and examine archaeological evidences. Take a 17-day trip to the Holy Land with Northeastern Seminary in association with Jerusalem University College. Alumni, current students, faculty, staff and institutional leadership can earn 2 graduate level credits or audit the course. The cost of $4,700 includes travel, lodging, meals, tips/entrance fees, class materials/maps, and instruction. Credits applied to Northeastern Seminary masters degrees.
psychology. He is most actively involved in neuroscience research related to the cognitive and psychosocial disabilities in a congenital brain malformation called agenesis of the corpus callosum. Brown and colleagues from other institutions have been involved in research into the psychology and neuroscience of exemplars of the virtues of compassion and generosity. This two-day symposium includes lectures, roundtable discussions with students, and chapel service. Find more information.
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April 11-12, 2014 Students, alumni, and spouses are invited to come away and relax at a unique, natural setting, enjoy delicious food, and participate in small group sessions led by Dr. Elizabeth Gerhardt and Dr. Rebecca Letterman. Details about the retreat will be posted on the NES website. To register contact email@example.com or 585.594.6800.
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This conference brings focus to the intersection between mental health and the unique and important role of the church. It is designed for pastoral and lay leaders and features Dr. Michael Torres, founder and president of the Center for the Integration of Spirituality and Mental Health. Dr. Nelson Grimm will be presenter for a workshop addressing the issue of stigma in the church. This conference is offered in partnership with Agape Counseling Associates. To register.
The third annual Barnes Symposium on Faith and Science Symposium features speaker Dr. Warren Brown of Fuller Theological Seminary. Dr. Brown serves as director of the Travis Research Institute and professor of
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Alumni News: Niki Brodeur (C20) will be ordained on February 22 at 4 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Pittsford. She has accepted a call to be the associate pastor of youth and educational ministries at First Presbyterian Church in Greensburg, Penn.
The Seminary community mourns the loss of Joanne Green-Colon (C8, M.Div. '05) pastor of Heart & Soul Community Church, Rochester, N.Y., and adjunct professor of Church History and Childrenâ€™s Ministry in the Certificate in Ministry Program at the Seminary. She passed away December 16, 2013 after experiencing serious complications during the delivery of their second child. A most faithful follower of Jesus, she will always remain known as a remarkable, talented, energetic, and creative woman who touched many lives in the Rochester community and elsewhere for Jesus. She is survived by her husband, Louis D. Colon, Jr. (M.Div. cohort 14), a son and daughter, and a large extended family including Louis E. Colon, Sr. (MA, '04). Doug Milne (C19), associate pastor at Grace Church of the Nazarene, spoke at the Roberts Wesleyan College chapel on "Functional Holiness for College Students" on January 15. Pedro Rios (C27) was hired as an adjunct professor online with SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary in Oakland, Calif. for their new Spanish program for undergraduate and graduate studies. He started teaching his first class, Introduction to the Five-Fold Ministry, in Spanish.
Todd Rodriguez-Spencer (C10) was installed as pastor at Payne's Temple Church of God in Christ, Utica, N.Y., in December. Todd also serves as dean of evangelism for the Institute for Ministry, the Buffalo area instructor for the jurisdictional ordination curriculum, and the president of the New York Western First Ecclesiastical Jurisdictional Department of Evangelism. He founded the â€œI Won't Be Addicted Anymore" tent revival crusades and incorporates mental health awareness with evangelism techniques and methods. He has also served as a district superintendent and the chair of the Ecumenical Committee of the Black Leadership Commission on A.I.D.S. in Buffalo. Mark Torrey (C9) was a contributor to the January-February 2014 issue of The Good News sharing an update on his ministry, ACTION partnership, and a new evangelistic opportunity they are organizing, Take It To the Streets. Read the articles here.
Bishop William Turner (C3) with gifts that were delivered to his church, Living Word Temple of Restoration in Rochester. The gifts came from Pearce Memorial Church's "Clothes for Kids" drive. More winter clothes were also delivered to Rev. Dr. Fred Johnson, Sr.'s (C3, D1) church, First Genesis Missionary Baptist Church in December.
Students, alumni, faculty and staff shared dessert at the annual Seminary Christmas Gathering featuring a concert by the Roberts Wesleyan musical ensembles.
Rev. Roosevelt Baums (C30) served as the keynote speaker for the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Syracuse and Vicinity, Inc.'s annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. The program took place at Living Waters Church of God in Christ on January 15.
Dr. Barry Hamilton, theological librarian and professor of historical and contemporary theology, had a book published in December. “The Role of Richard Watson’s Theological Institutes in the Development of Methodism After John Wesley” was published by Edwin Mellen Press.
Congratulations to Duffy Beigel (C30) and his wife Amy on the birth of their son, Silas Michael Beigel. Silas was born December 12 at 10:15pm and weighed 10lbs. 9oz. Denis Johnson, Jr., (C33) spoke at the Roberts Wesleyan College chapel on "What Does Love Require?" on January 22. Jonathan C. Perkins (C27) was appointed pastor of Mount Calvary Church of God in Christ, Geneva, New York, as of October 27, 2013. The Seminary welcomed 19 students to Cohort 33 this spring, the first to utilize video conferencing technology in the Capital Region. The cohort is 75% male and 25% female, ranging in age from 22 to 51 with backgrounds in over ten denominations.
Dr. Wayne McCown was re-elected to a three-year term on a board for the development of a Christian (Free Methodist) university in Hyderabad, India. Wayne and his wife, Darlene, visited Immanuel University in December and lectured to M.B.A. and graduate theology students. They also conducted a three-day Emerging Leaders Seminar and participated in the Christmas program. Advisory Board member Rev. Douglas Taylor-Weiss contributed an article titled, "In December's end is a great beginning" to auburnpub.com. Read it here.
Check out the ever-changing list of job opportunities at the career services website . Positions include worship leader, senior pastor, chaplain, and more. Also view a list of recent postings around upstate N.Y. here . See if they are a good fit for you. PAGE 7
From top: Doctor of ministry students in the Scriptural Foundations for Ministry class taught by Dr. J. Richard Middleton, far left, met in early January; community time during the breaks are all part of the residency experience.
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