Faculty News: Dr. David Basinger is one of four authors of the 5th edition of Reason and Religious Belief, recently published by Oxford University Press. This text is a companion piece to another text by the same four authors entitled Philosophy of Religion: Selected Reading, which is in its 4th edition. These are currently the most widely used philosophy of religion texts in U.S. colleges and universities.
Dr. Elizabeth Gerhardt, professor of theology and social ethics challenges ministry leaders to consider strategies for addressing domestic violence and child sexual abuse in their churches.
Dr. Elizabeth Gerhardt was keynote speaker for an event in the Seminary’s Conference on Ministry Series, Shattering the Silence: Pastoral Strategies For Addressing Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse. She led and moderated sessions on The Tactics of Perpetrators and Interventions, Child Sexual Abuse, and Church Models of Response. Dr. J. Richard Middleton served as a respondent at the 49th Annual Graduate Student Theological Seminar at the Free Methodist World Ministries Center in September.
Student News: Jonathan Bratt (D9) was recently interviewed in the Lafayette, Indiana Journal Courier about a “softer form of evangelism at Purdue.” Jeff Cappello (C30) is the new assistant pastor at Gates Wesleyan Church. Among the other speakers for the day were representatives from child protective services, the Bivona Child Advocacy Center, and Safe Journey/Standup Guys, a domestic violence resource and support center.
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Brendan Hobbs, Devin Lyles, and Matthew Davis of Cohort 28 accompanied Dr. J. Richard Middleton to the Canadian Evangelical Theological Association (CETA) in October to hear from new voices in Canadian theology as they presented papers on such topics as
understanding holiness, theology after the end of nature, post-foundationist, post-liberal, and postcritical methods on theological anthropology. Middleton serves as president of CETA.
Alumni News: An article by Marlena Graves (C11) was published on Relevant Magazine’s website: “Why Women Don’t Speak.” Read it here . Lynn Scarpine (C20) was installed as pastor of Grace Lutheran, Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ in September.
Staffing Updates: The admissions office is in the midst of transition as JP Anderson moves from his role as director of admission at the Seminary to assume leadership of the Roberts Wesleyan College undergraduate admissions office. JP has been a very effective recruiter and networker for the Seminary and his creative energy has been much appreciated by the faculty and staff. During the transition he has continued to oversee admissions efforts for the incoming cohort that starts in January. We welcomed back Dr. Brian Babcock, former assistant dean and director of the doctor of ministry program, who agreed to assist us as interim recruiter for this season. We appreciate the expertise and energy that Brian brings to the office during this critical time. And with deep gratitude for her service, we said goodbye to Admissions Administrative Assistant Jillian Chilson Pietruch who has accepted a position with Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. We have enjoyed her oversight of office operations and her spirit of caring for students.
The award recognizes those who exemplify faithful service in ministry and demonstrate such qualities as: innovative approaches to ministry, engagement of cultural context, perseverance through challenge, excellence in preaching and worship, equipping others to serve, and transformation of self and others through spiritual formation. Nomination form. Submit nominations by December 30, 2012.