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Judy Bradish

Neil Nyberg (BA ’74) Interim President

Larry Collett Howard Dahl Vice Chair Ronald Dunn (BA ’84) Peter Etienne (BA ’85) James Gilbert (BA ’71) Maureen Girkins William Hamel (MDiv ’72) Steven Hawn Charlene Kalebic Robert Kleinschmidt (’76–’79) Chair Paul Mang James Matson Mark Neaman Thomas Nelson (DMin ’98) Robert Nienhuis (MDiv ’77, ThM ’87)

Jeanette Hsieh, EdD Co-Provost Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs Dean of College & Graduate School Tite Tiénou, PhD Co-Provost Senior Vice President of Education Dean of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Steven Geggie Senior Vice President for Information Technology and Planning David Hoag, PhD Senior Vice President of University Advancement Roger Kieffer Senior Vice President of Enrollment Michael Picha Chief Financial Officer Senior Vice President of Business and Finance William Washington, PhD (BA ’88, MAR ’98) Senior Vice President for Student Affairs Dean of Students, Trinity College

William Olthoff Edmond Soliday James Tahmisian Vice Secretary/Recording Secretary Charles Thor Jr. Henry Van Dixhorn

EX OFFICIO MEMBE RS William Hamel (MDiv ’72) EFCA President William Jones (MDiv ’84, DMin ’01) EFCA Board of Directors Chair Neil Nyberg (BA ’74) TIU Interim President

Membership as of July 1, 2013


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As we reflect on the state of the university represented in this annual report, we rejoice in God’s continuing faithfulness to Trinity. We are grateful for our students and alumni, our faculty and staff, our board of regents, churches, parents, donors, and friends of the university who have helped make Trinity a place that plays a significant role in God’s global redemptive work. When people talk about Trinity, they almost inevitably want to know an answer to a simple question: Are we remaining faithful to the gospel entrusted to us? The answer is yes. Trinity is unequivocally committed to the gospel and God’s inerrant Word. When you think of Trinity, we want you to think of the words on our university seal, “entrusted with the gospel,” which are taken from 1 Thessalonians 2:4. These words are both humbling and inspiring because God gives us the opportunity to work with him in proclaiming his gospel to every nation, tribe, people and language and to take part in bringing about his redemptive work—no matter what our specific vocations may be. He has entrusted us with the gospel and Trinity takes that charge seriously. While we experienced less-than-targeted enrollment numbers overall and have focused our attention on that area, we are encouraged by clear evidence of God’s gracious provision for Trinity this past year: • Our students and alumni are making a global impact, bringing glory to God in their lives and work (go to and for stories about Trinity students making a difference in the lives of others). • Both our incoming freshman college class and our PhD student enrollment grew, which poises Trinity to continue being a conduit for Christ-exalting influence in the world. • God has moved in the hearts of men and women to invest in the lives of Trinity students. Annual contributions are up, and the endowment has doubled in the past three years. • We continue to achieve a high score on our federal “Financial Stability Ratio” as determined by the U.S. Department of Education. • This summer we completed renovations in the Lew Center for our new Student Success Center. This Center will help us better equip more students to succeed. For the past 115 years, God has faithfully provided Trinity with the resources needed to accomplish our mission. Trinity educates and nurtures students in remarkable ways. God, in turn, uses their lives for his own purposes. We see evidence of this all over the world, in churches, schools, businesses, homes, and government. Your participation in his work at Trinity makes this possible. Thanking God for you,

Neil Nyberg (BA ’74) Interim President

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At Trinity International University we support and encourage growth in all aspects of a student’s life—academic, walk with Christ, and desire to continue to grow and learn. “I’ve been influenced by faculty that are passionate not only about the student’s needs, but the needs of the kingdom,” said one student recently. As students receive an education to fulfill the calling on their lives, Trinity fulfills its mission by preparing students to think and live as Christians in today’s culture. Dean of Trinity College & Graduate School Jeanette Hsieh

Three-Year Undergraduate Degree Completion Program A major facet of TIU’s mission is to enable others to bring honor and glory to God by providing an excellent liberal arts education in an affordable, accessible way. To that end, a 3-year degree option has been launched for more than twenty undergraduate majors. Students can spend at least 2 summers taking free classes online and in the classroom, graduating from Trinity with 1 affordable, Christ-centered education. See for more information.

Caring for Miami at TIU-FL Dr. Elizabeth Skjoldal, director of MACP program at TIU-FL and associate professor of counseling psychology in TGS, is also the executive director of Caring for Miami ( CFM exists to care for families in need through serving their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Dr. Skjoldal enters her twentieth year at TIU and sees CFM as an extension of her teaching ministry, which has always emphasized reaching out to “the least of these.” CFM provides free dental services through its mobile health unit, professional Christian counseling through the Counseling Center at its three Miami locations. Through Dr. Skjoldal’s leadership, special community initia-


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tives were added within the last year that include counseling for human trafficking victims and first responders and the service network of the Children of Inmates. CFM currently employs counselors and student mental health interns on clinical rotations from local universities, including TIU.

Online Educational Plan Underway Trinity has seen several of its online strategies begin to take shape this year, which will provide students with more flexible, accessible, accelerated, and affordable ways to complete their degrees. Trinity Graduate School launched its MEd in Diverse Learning as a hybrid program this spring semester, and the MA in Bioethics has recently received approval to begin offering its degree in a hybrid-online format, which began this fall 2013. Distinctive tracks that will be offered online are being added to the undergraduate programs of Business, Christian Ministries, and Psychology, and by the next academic year, all General Education requirements can be fulfilled via online courses. In addition, during this next year, TIU will be looking to begin work on offering complete undergraduate and graduate degrees through distance education.

Trinity’s First MLK Day Celebration TIU held its first Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on January 21 with several workshops, ceremonies, and a performance from the Trinity Community Choir, composed of faculty, staff, and students. During the opening ceremony, which followed a lunch sponsored by the Evangelical Free Church of America, three Trinity professors focused on various aspects of Dr. King’s mission: Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology Peter Cha spoke about reconciliation; Associate Professor of New Testament Dana Harris covered the issue of equality; and Associate Professor of Christian Ministries Michael Reynolds addressed the topic of justice. The remainder of the day saw various workshop presentations from staff and faculty from across the university and a concluding ceremony where attendees received a charge to be agents of reconciliation in the community and were invited to sign a commitment to that end. Following that, University Chaplain Scott Samuelson lead a communion service.

TIU Receives Grant from The Crowell Trust

Career Services Makes Strategic Hire The beginning of the 2012–13 academic year saw the arrival of a much-needed full-time director of career services. Jan Victor came to Trinity with a wealth of experience in the corporate world having worked as a performance consultant, coach, and trainer for clients such as Citigroup, Moody Bible Institute, Price Waterhouse Coopers, and others. The Career Services Office (CSO) exists to serve all of TIU’s students and alumni by offering services that address career exploration, identification, and acquisition. By offering the support and resources necessary to move forward in their professional, ministerial, and/or academic life calling (such as help with writing or securing internships), CSO strives to offer students a holistic approach that integrates professional career development with one-on-one personal care.

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The University received a $35,000 grant from The Crowell Trust ( in May 2013. This grant will be used to support under-resourced Latino students through scholarships made available at TIU-FL, which will help to drive TIU’s mission forward down new and exciting paths. Trinity has been the recipient of more than $500,000 of grant funding from The Crowell Trust, with a relationship dating back to the early 1970s. The Trust was established in 1927 by Henry Parsons Crowell, founder of The Quaker Oats Company.

Dual Enrollment at Trinity Has Begun Qualified high school juniors and seniors may now take 100 and 200 level classes at Trinity at affordable tuition rates. Tuition paid as a dual enrollment student may be credited as institutional aid for those who later enroll as full-time students at Trinity. We are working in partnership with Christian Heritage Academy (Northfield, IL) and anticipate enrolling a number of their students in 2014.



Trinity Evangelical Divinity School continues to be fully evangelical—a word that states our rootedness in the gospel. For us, evangelicalism is a broad family of the Christian faith, and our unity in the gospel makes possible a commitment that cuts across denominational lines. This is especially important in today’s world. We want to thank you for your continued support of TEDS. Dean of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Tite Tiénou

TIU’s Mosaic Ministries Impacts Surrounding Communities Under the leadership of Daniel Hartman, Mosaic Ministries coordinator, the various ministries of Mosaic have seen increased impact in the surrounding communities, especially through its: • Mosaic House: an intentional Christian community in North Chicago for single students who are seeking to grow in the biblical understanding and practice of reconciliation • Mosaic Church Network: a network of African American, Latino, and multi-racial churches, as well as other churches that are committed to healthy, mutual partnerships across the divides of race and socio-economic class • Mosaic Partnerships: a collaboration with CCDA (Christian Community Development Association) and North Lake County churches to create field education and internship opportunities for those who desire to actively serve in under-resourced communities.


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Digging the Holy Land Seeking to better understand the Bible in its cultural and historical context, forty-nine members of the Trinity community journeyed to Israel from February 27–March 11 as part of a TEDS Spring Break Study Tour. Led by TEDS Old Testament Professors Drs. John Monson and James Hoffmeier, the group visited key biblical sites, including locations the average pilgrim tour might not see. Dr. Monson and another group of students returned to Israel for a summer study from June 10–22, with some participants extending their stay until July 19 to participate in an archaeological dig at the ancient biblical city of Abel Beth-Maacah. TEDS students had the opportunity to earn academic credits on each trip. “To stand in these places and see the same things that the biblical authors saw, to experience the desert, the Sea of Galilee . . . it heightens one’s understanding of Scripture and brings the Bible into HD, like a BluRay player, if you will,” TEDS Old Testament Professor Dr. Dennis Magary said.

TEDS Website Redesigned The department of Marketing & Creative Services oversaw a complete redesign of the TEDS website in spring 2013. The most prominent changes included the way scholarships are displayed and the way degree programs are organized. Prospective students can now filter degree programs by vocational category and watch videos on each program page featuring students and faculty talking about the program. The homepage now features regularly updated stories and information about the TEDS community, increased integration with social media, and an overall more intuitive user experience. Fall 2013 has seen continued development on a Media & Resources section featuring new full-length video lectures from TEDS faculty as well as faculty interviews and other media.

Distance Education and Online Courses Being Developed Work continues finding ways to make the “core” Master of Divinity classes available to both on-campus students and those who are not able to come to Deerfield. To that end, a number of courses are in their early stages of development by various faculty and staff members. Videotaping has also been completed in the classes of four TEDS faculty members. Drs. D. A. Carson, Dana Harris, Dennis Magary, and Kevin Vanhoozer have all contributed lectures from their popular classes to be edited into a video series, which will be offered to external constituents as a marketing tool for Trinity Evangelical Divinity School ( These will provide a taste of what TEDS has to offer; a sample of the kind of education one will receive here.

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Into Ghana: The Reconciling Love of Christ Executive Director of the South Chicago Regional Center Dr. Michael Reynolds led a team of ten to Accra, Ghana, and the surrounding region from May 24–June 4. The team sought to learn more deeply about the practice of reconciliation within the church, as well as the opportunities for theological education there. Reynolds said their team had many expectations for the trip, but their main one was to listen and learn: “Our goal was to be become more familiar with Ghanaian culture in order to better prepare us to minister in that context,” he said. One of the more challenging experiences of the trip for the team was visiting the forts where slaves were held before they were taken to North America. According to Reynolds, there were many team members that knew that at some point in their lineage their family had traveled through these forts. Seeing the shore from where the ships left to go to America and envisioning what their ancestors went through was an emotional and educational experience for everyone, he said.

Trinity Celebrates Rodine Café Grand Opening Trinity graduate students, faculty and staff celebrated the grand opening of the Rodine Café this past year, complete with a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by hors d’oeuvres and live music. While the cafe is currently referred to as “Rodine Café,” the Graduate Student Government Association (GSGA) will be facilitating a process for students to name the cafe, marking it out as a place of their own. The Café arose out of a desire for a gathering place on campus for graduate students. When the previous snack and coffee shop moved from lower A.T.O. Chapel to the Waybright Center, graduate students responded that they no longer had a convenient commons to call their own. While grabbing coffee or food between classes was important, graduate students mainly desired a place to hang out, get to know other students, or perhaps continue a conversation started in class.



On behalf of Trinity Law School, thank you for your faithful support this year. We have seen some great developments at the school, and we continue to serve more than 200 students, which brings a remarkable vitality to our campus. TLS exists to serve Christ by championing a biblical view of human law and government through our students, graduates, faculty, and staff, and we could not move forward in this mission if not for your commitment to it. Thank you. Dean of Trinity Law School Myron Steeves

Trinity Law School Website Gets a Makeover Marketing & Creative Services at TIU recently coordinated a fresh redesign of the Trinity Law School website (, centered on four key themes of its identity: Gospel-Centered, Affordability, Practical Experience, and Community & Diversity. A second phase to the site’s launch will include blog integration, calendar connectivity, and more extensive resources for current students and alumni.

The Samaritan Fellowship TLS is now in the development stages of a new program called the Samaritan Fellowship. It includes a school-sponsored mission trip, an internship with an approved mission agency or para-church organization, participation in the Strasbourg Institute of Human Rights summer program, and a host of unique training sessions. This program goes to the very essence of what the law school is all about: the desire to send its graduates out into all parts of the world, bearing the name of Christ, to relieve the oppressed, transform corrupt legal systems, while restoring justice and truth along the way.

New Opportunities for Trinity Law School Students Several new clinical opportunities now give TLS students an edge in the marketplace. Among the new clinics are a poverty law clinic, which gives students the opportunity to provide criminal, family, and guardianship legal services for those unable to afford an attorney. This year TLS also opened a mediation clinic where students get hands-on experience providing mediation services to Orange County litigants.

Continuing Education TLS offers continuing education opportunities to alumni and area attorneys in the form of a practitioner’s library and Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) courses. Over the past year and a half, we have been developing special resources in our library dedicated to local practitioners, which many small firms cannot afford on their own. Also, all attorneys must earn MCLE credits throughout their careers, so TLS offers a regular cycle of these courses in the areas that are difficult to obtain, specifically ethics. The law school is uniquely situated to offer these types of courses because its view of legal ethics is profoundly influenced by the Christian faith.


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SELECTED FACULTY TRAVELS & PUBLICATIONS Gregory C. Carlson (Christian ministries; director of the Division of Biblical, Religious, and Philosophical Studies), has conducted six Walk Thru the Bible live events (in five states) over the spring semester, and in March he gave a Christian Education seminar at the Free Will Baptist Convention of Illinois.

D. A. Carson (New Testament) has edited and written several essays and articles over the course of this past year, also seeing the translation of many of his works into various languages. His book The Intolerance of Tolerance (Eerdmans) was published in early 2013.

Bradly Fruhauff (English) wrote an article titled, “The Devil You Know: Sentimentalism and Gothic Threat in The Pickwick Papers and The Old Curiosity Shop,” which appeared in the Fall 2012 edition of Victorians: A Journal of Culture and Literature. Two of his poems were published in Rock & Sling: A Journal of Witness.

Brad Gundlach (history) continues as book review editor for Fides et Historia, the journal of the Conference on Faith and History. His new book Process and Providence: The Evolution Question at Princeton, 1845–1929 was published by Eerdmans this fall. Donald C. Guthrie (educational ministries; director of the PhD/EDS) co-wrote the book Resilient Ministry: What Pastors Told Us About Surviving and Thriving (IVP), with Bob Burns and Tasha D. Chapman.

Don Hedges (music) reviewed Dissenting Praise: Religious Dissent and the Hymn in England and Wales for Fides et Historia. Dana M. Harris (New Testament) wrote a commentary on the Letter to the Hebrews for B&H Academic’s new Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament, a tool that focuses on paragraph-by-paragraph exegesis of the Greek text and includes homiletical { annual repor t 2 01 2 / 2 01 3 }

helps and suggestions for further study. A comprehensive exegetical outline completes each volume.

Kristin Lindholm (communication) directed Our Town for Trinity this spring (March 22–23), this year being the 75th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize winning show. She also made a presentation on how to conduct a job search at a meeting of Lambda Pi Eta in February and is currently reviewing manuscripts for the Health Communication Division of the National Communication Association. Laurie Matthias (education) and Karen Wrobbel co-wrote an article on “Teacher Candidates’ Perceptions of the Integration of Faith and Learning as Christian Vocation” for the Journal of the International Christian Community for Teacher Education. In addition, Dr. Matthias contributed a book review to the International Journal of Multicultural Education.

Scott M. Manetsch (church history) published the book Calvin’s Company of Pastors: Pastoral Care and the Emerging Reformed Church, 1536–1609 (OUP). Harold A. Netland (philosophy of religion and intercultural studies; director of the PhD/ICS) wrote in dialogue with Paul Knitter on the question Can Only One Religion Be True? (Fortress). This volume highlights points of agreement and disagreement on the subject of religious pluralism. Craig L. Ott (mission) co-edited with J.D. Payne Missionary Methods: Research, Reflections and Realities (Wm. Carey Library), a selected collection of papers from 2012’s Evangelical Missiological Society meeting. David W. Pao (New Testament) authored a commentary on Colossians and Philemon for Zondervan’s Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series.

Sylvie Raquel (Bible) participated in a papyrology workshop in January at Baylor University with other papyrologists from Oxford University and the American University in Cairo. Dr. Raquel also chairs a new section on Textual Criticism for the Midwest Society of Biblical Literature (SBL). Douglas A. Sweeney (church history; chair of the Department of Church History and History of Christian Thought) wrote the article “Why I am an Evangelical Christian and a Lutheran” (Why We Belong: Stories of Evangelical Unity, Amidst Diversity, Crossway) and co-wrote with Richard J. Mouw the book The Suffering and Victorious Christ: Toward a More Compassionate Christology (Baker Academic). Kevin J. Vanhoozer (biblical and systematic theology) has written and published several articles and essays during the course of his sabbatical this past spring semester, including two articles in The Routledge Religion Companion series “Scripture and Theology: On Proving Doctrine Biblically” (Companion to the Practice of Christian Theology) and “Systematic Theology” (Companion to Modern Christian Thought).

John D. Woodbridge (history of Christian thought) co-wrote with Frank A. James III volume 2 of Church History: From the Pre-Reformation to the Present Day (Zondervan).

Karen Wrobbel (associate dean, TC and TGS) has published book reviews in the International Journal of Multicultural Education and in the Journal of Education & Christian Belief. In May, Dr. Wrobbel presented at the Association of Christian Schools, International’s educators convention in Paraguay, and then went on to Argentina presenting much of the same material in various settings. For a more comprehensive list of faculty achievements, including travels, publications, and recognitions, please visit the faculty pages at


The Henry Center for Theological Understanding is in its eighth year of ministry and continues to help bridge the gap between the theological academy and the church. In addition to continuing our intellectually engaging lineup of perennial lectures, luncheons, and debates, two faculty-led initiatives are especially noteworthy.


The Hana Project

In March, Dean Tite Tiénou and Professor Robert Priest led a faculty initiative addressing the pressing human-rights concern of witchcraft accusations. Consisting mostly of African church leaders and hosted by the African International University (Nairobi, Kenya), this gathering marked the first-ever international, interdenominational effort of the church and from within the framework of Christian theology to address this social concern. Further plans are forthcoming. In May, Professor Peter Cha led another faculty initiative, named The Hana Project. The Hana Project, a three-day consultation that convened sixty Hispanic and Asian North American pastors and theologians together on the Deerfield campus, represented an unprecedented level of collaboration and constructive pastoral and theological engagement between two of North America’s most rapidly growing demographic communities. This gathering marks the beginning of this collaborative relationship, and new networks and events are already in the early planning process.

The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity continues discussions of tough ethical questions through lectures, publications, and events. The Center’s 2013 Annual Summer Conference marked its 20th anniversary and featured Francis Cardinal George as the keynote speaker. This year CBHD also partnered with several organizations to host a one-day conference on “Managing an Unexpected Prenatal Diagnosis.” In March, the Center launched Her Dignity Network and, the Center’s newest initiative in global women’s health. Highlighting the launch, published an article by Executive Director Paige C. Cunningham (MA’ 04), titled “She’s a Person, Not a Uterus.”

The Jonathan Edwards Center at TEDS continues to offer lectures centered on the relevance of Jonathan Edwards’ teaching in today’s culture under the guidance of Professor Douglas Sweeney (MA ’89). In its initial years, the Edwards Center has featured two primary lecture series: “New Directions,” which promotes the ongoing study and advancement of Jonathan Edwards research, and “Jonathan Edwards and the Church” (co-sponored with the Henry Center), which probes the riches of Edwards’ theology for its enduring pastoral fruitfulness. In addition to these lectures, the Edwards Center now has a new, third lecture series: “The Global Edwards.” Thanks to the generous support of Yullin Church (South Korea), this series launched this fall 2013 with lectures from British theologian Paul Helm, Dutch historian Adriaan Neele, and South African professor Dolf Britz (the latter two addressing Edwards’ reception in Africa).


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Not Pictured: Deborah Colwill, PhD Constantine Campbell, PhD Associate Professor New Testament

Associate Professor Educational Ministries

Dana Conley Clark, JD Associate Professor Trinity Law School

Greg Gorham, MA Sports Information Director

Marcia Lee Kelly Chief Advancement Officer Trinity Law School

David Luy, PhD former Dean’s Appointment now Assistant Professor Biblical and Systematic Theology

Ruby Owiny, PhD cand. Assistant Professor Education

Martha Shin, MBA, MSA Assistant Professor Business

Aaron Smith, MA Dean’s Appointment Health and Wellness

Brandon Waybright, MFA Assistant Professor Graphic Design

Julia Wright, MA half-time Dean’s Appointment Graphic Design

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rinity’s undergraduate leadership program Emerging Kingdom Leaders (EKL) hosted their first ever sold-out annual conference, with 400 high school students attending on April 26–27. EKL is a leadership program designed for freshman undergraduate students, and students can continue to participate as mentors throughout their undergraduate career.

The conference, hosted by current EKL freshman and leaders, consisted of three main sessions, three workshop sessions, a TOMS Sole party and a variety of other fun activities. The main session speaker, Pastor of Spiritual Formation at River Valley Church Matt Tebbe, shared about the 360° theme of the conference. Director of Leadership Development and Director of the Office of Christian Formation and Mission Katherine Jeffery said that it intended to encourage participants to look at every part of their lives, in order to make Christ the center of them all. EKL developed the 360° logo around this idea, with the cross forming a circle. Students attending the conference had the opportunity to attend several workshops, with topics focusing on well-rounded relationships, social media usage, mentorship, academics, and evangelism, among others.


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EKL began in 2007. Each year, EKL members work towards the conference as their year-end project and take on individual responsibilities. EKL members were divided up into groups for planning the workshops, main sessions, hospitality, Friday night coffee house, team challenge, and the TOMS Sole party. At the sole party, students were each given a pair of white canvas TOMS shoes to decorate. This year, 400 students attended the conference, coming from Indiana, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. EKL members sought creative ways to get the word out about the conference, such as an EKL 360 Leadership Conference Facebook group and a “EKL Harlem Shake” YouTube video. These measures proved effective, especially when compared to last year’s attendance count of 107 students. Senior Brittany Aylesworth has been involved with EKL since her freshman year. She first attended the conference in high school because of her leadership involvement there.

Junior Michael Smith is a communications major and an EKL mentor. He oversaw the hospitality committee for the conference. In some instances, this involved using his communications experience to edit conference materials. “I think the opportunity to plan a conference is one that most people will never get to have until after college. I think the fact that it allows the students to do this with a lot of guidance while in college is phenomenal,” Smith said. The EKL program has been a formative program for Aylesworth during her undergraduate degree. “Through the mentorship and educational pieces of the program, I have become aware of and more confident in the unique ways that God has gifted me to serve. From the very beginning as a freshman to my time as a mentor my sophomore and junior years, I have been surrounded by people who see my potential and walk with me in the process of becoming the person God has intended me to be,” Aylesworth said.

“It looked like the perfect opportunity to get my foot in the door right away,” Aylesworth said. Aylesworth was on the workshop committee, and spent the past few months brainstorming topics, recruiting speakers, and working through logistics. The best part of the conference for Aylesworth is the students that attended. “I love seeing the high school students and knowing that not only are those prospective Trinity students, they are more importantly future leaders. It is awesome to think that God might be using our conference to affect future teachers, ministers, businessmen, or world leaders,” she said. Jeffery said preparing for the conference helps the freshman EKL members learn more about themselves and their leadership style as they get out of their comfort zone in different activities. Throughout the year, EKL members have been reading through the book Introduction to Leadership by Peter Northouse.

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or Paul and Marianne Wheeler, the decision to invest in students through Trinity International University was founded on several reasons: a close relationship with

Trinity staff during a difficult season, a desire to help relieve the financial burden of higher education, a passion for spreading the Word of God across the earth, and ultimately an obedience to God’s calling on their lives.

The Wheelers’ closest connection to Trinity began through their church, CrossLife Evangelical Free Church of Libertyville. They had been members of the church for many years and had met many Trinity students and staff during their involvement in the church. Paul and Marianne express gratitude for the role that TIU students and staff have played there.

“We were always appreciative of the many ways that Trinity professors and their spouses—as well as Trinity students—actively participate in the life of our church,” the Wheelers said.

“We were always appreciative of the many ways that Trinity professors and their spouses—as well as Trinity students—actively participate in the life of our church,” the Wheelers said. “They use their expertise to teach, sometimes preach, work in the children’s and music programs, and are mentors.”


I was so arly in the fall semester of 2013, Caleb Afulike was faced with several financial hardships. He had just begun his first semester of studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS) and had bills to pay for his tuition and rent. On top of that, his family’s car had recently broken down and required extensive repairs that they likely could not afford.

overwhelmed with joy that I began to dance right there in my house,” Caleb said. “My wife asked me why

With these financial stressors weighing on him, Caleb decided to turn on his iPod and listen to some worship music while he checked his email. Within moments, his worry turned to celebration. “I opened my email, opened the first message and saw the word, ‘Congratulations,’ and I was so overwhelmed with joy that I began to dance right there in my house,” Caleb said. “My wife asked me why I was dancing, and I told her, ‘Just let me dance, and I will tell you!’” The email, as Caleb would tell his wife, was regarding the Don and Joy Carson Endowed Scholarship (established in their honor—see above story), and Caleb had been selected to receive a scholarship worth $15,000 to apply toward his education at TEDS. It is a gift

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I was dancing, and I told her, ‘Just let me dance, and I will tell you!’”



Late in 2001, the Wheelers found themselves connecting more deeply with the Trinity community when Marianne was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Within hours of Marianne’s diagnosis, a couple from CrossLife sought out Paul and Marianne and counseled them through this difficult process. That couple was Don and Joy Carson. Don Carson—better known as D.A. Carson—is a research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and he and Joy play an active role both in the Trinity community and at CrossLife. The Wheelers were both thrilled and humbled that the Carsons were so attentive and loving in their assistance during Marianne’s treatment and recovery. “The Carsons immediately reached out to us and mentored us through a very difficult year,” Marianne said. “Their counsel was instrumental in helping us meet all the mental, emotional, and spiritual challenges we faced.” Upon Marianne’s recovery, the Wheelers felt that God was calling them to honor the Carsons for their assistance. They could think of no better way than to fund a scholarship in their name. Thus, in 2004, the Wheelers established the Don and Joy Carson Endowed Scholarship—the first PhD scholarship in the history of TEDS. “We felt that the scholarship enabled us to show tangibly our appreciation both to Trinity, its faculty and students, and especially to the Carsons,” Marianne said. Since its endowment, the scholarship has allowed the Wheelers to grow even closer to the Trinity community and see firsthand the impact their gift has had on its recipients.


Thanks to the scholarship, Caleb can continue his studies and pursuit of his mission. He plans to use his opportunity to earn a degree so that he can return to his homeland and more effectively teach God’s Word.

for which Caleb is incredibly thankful, and one which he plans to use to pursue God’s calling in his life. Caleb was an evangelical pastor in Kaduna State, Nigeria, for nine years before coming to America. In 2010, he moved to Massachusetts with his family—a wife, Happiness, and three children—to study at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. After graduating from Gordon-Conwell with a Masters in Divinity and a Masters in Biblical Languages, God called him to continue his studies at TEDS. “Trinity is well-known around the world,” Caleb said. “Many of my professors in Nigeria have gone here, and it was a school I have wanted to attend for a long time. I appreciate how it is an evangelical school that holds fast to the authority of Scripture and is also academically vigorous.” Now at Trinity, Caleb is pursuing his PhD in Old Testament—a degree he hopes to complete in five or six years. Though he is only in his first year at Trinity, he already appreciates how his professors have his best interests in mind and want to help lay a foundation for his success, even if that means extending deadlines or arranging lastminute meetings. Thanks to the scholarship, Caleb can continue his studies and pursuit of his mission. He plans to use his opportunity to earn a degree so that he can return to his homeland and more effectively teach God’s Word. “When I was a pastor in Nigeria, I knew very little about the Old Testament,” said Caleb.


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“Since the scholarship was established, we have had increased communication and interaction with the university and have seen the Christian world-

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worldwide impact that the faculty,

the gospel, both here and abroad.”

students and former

Ultimately, Paul and Marianne are thankful that they heeded God’s

students have made,”

calling to honor the Carsons. Their investment in Trinity students is something that will last for many years to come.

the Wheelers said.

“The endowment was established in perpetuity—long after we’re gone— and that’s a great thing to think about,” Paul said. “The more students who can benefit from things like this, the better off the world will be.”

“It is my hope that I can learn about the Old Testament so that I can help other pastors and church leaders learn more about the Old Testament as well.” Even though Caleb still has financial concerns, as do most students pursuing higher degrees of learning, he is grateful for the Carson Scholarship and the opportunity that it has afforded him. “Getting the Carson Scholarship has renewed my faith and hope in our God who provides for the needs of his people,” Caleb said. “The scholarship was an answer to many prayers. I was not sure how to make it through this semester with how much I was owing. Even if I do, I was afraid that I might not be able to register for spring because my unpaid debt. But this scholarship has paid off my debt and has given me hope for spring tuition. I am so, so grateful.”

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Finishing in the Black

Chief Financial Officer J. Michael Picha





$14,041,038 $2,845,847

Academic Support


Trinity International University finished the 2012–13 fiscal year (July 1– June 30) in the black with an operating budget surplus of $104K, but there is a story behind these numbers.

Student Services



Operation and Maintenance



Institutional Support









And that story is . . .

Total Expenses

We have reason to be thankful. In a community where we frequently focus on the lack of resources, God has once again provided what we needed in order for our operating revenues to exceed our operating expenses. But behind this statement are a few financial realities that Trinity’s constituents ought to know:

Other Depreciation and Amortization






201 3

1. Every President’s Cabinet member finished positively with respect to the budget for his or her division. 2. Reserves existed from surpluses from a prior year. These had been wisely set aside in a storehouse for a day when they might be needed.

$40 m

Instruction $13.8

3. Donor contributions that were earmarked to be applied against a potential budget shortfall were utilized.

$30 m

After twenty-four years at Trinity, I continue to be amazed at the sources and timing of God’s provision. We have reason to stay focused on our role as stewards. This is crucial in several ways. First, while we should always trust in God’s provision, it would be presumptuous for us to plan on extraordinary interventions every year. Next, while operating expense budget savings are positive, they also represent lost investment opportunities in all areas of the university. Lastly, deferred maintenance on campus has reached a critical point and we are falling further behind on the maintenance of our facility. This is not a sustainable plan for the future. These and other unfunded priorities point to the need for us to stay focused on our role as stewards. It is absolutely essential that we at Trinity work together to develop comprehensive and ongoing solutions in order to create a sustainable plan for the future. So, there is reason to be thankful and to stay focused. We thank God for his provision and we also know that we have more work to do. Please keep Trinity in your prayers.

Academic Support $2.7

Student Services $7.7

Operation and Maintenance $3.5

$10 m Institutional Support $7.5

Fundraising $1.6 Auxiliary $1.8 Depreciation and Amortization $2.5


$20 m

$0 m



Tuition and Fees




Less Institutional Scholarships $(11,498,952)


Net Tuition and Fees









Investment Income






Key Financial Indicators



Property, Plant & Equipment $42,746,361


Long Term Debt Total Revenues Change in Net Assets








(includes board-designated endowment)



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$40 m

Net Tuition and Fees $26.1 $30 m

Student Enrollment ’13


Undergraduate Students Deerfield Traditional REACH and Online EXCEL

1,176 690 228 258

1,212 703 244 265

Graduate Students 1,608 TEDS Deerfield 1,007 TEDS Extension Sites 225 Graduate School (IL, FL) 160 Trinity Law School 216

1,700 1,063 227 174 236

Total Enrolled



$20 m

Contributions Breakdown

Contributions $7

Trinity Fund Capital Endowment Other Restricted Scholarships

$1,683,358 $222,807 $3,347,475 $1,043,550 $716,555

Total $7,013,745

$10 m Auxiliary $6.1

Investment Income $4.9 $0 m

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PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE Trinity International University gratefully acknowledges the support of the following individuals (those who have given $1,000 or more) during the 2012–2013 fiscal year, as well as the support of many others who remain anonymous.

Anonymous (29)

Nora Cavelli

Sharon Falkenheimer

Thomas and Jean Hudson

Thomas and Susan Abernethy

Charles and Geraldine Cerling

Suchuan Fan

Bruce and Janette Hultgren

Omar Aleman

David and Angela Chally

Douglas and Carol Fast

Kwok and Sue Hung

Quinten and Rachel Alfors

Lawrence Chan and Danchen Gao

Naomi Fausch +

Gene and Jackie Imes

Clifford and Elaine Anderson

Curtis Chang

Gene and Tobi Faut

Philip Jamieson

Darwin and Darlis Anderson

Scott and Lou Ann Chapuis

Bryan and Julie Finch

Raymond Jamison

Edna Anderson +

Douglas and Shelly Chen

Pauline Fok

Brentley and Coral Jeffries

Heather Anderson

Tsu-Kung and Marie Chuang

Billy Fouty

Donald and Linda Jensen

Kenneth Anderson +

Mabel Clemensen +

Gregory and Kelly Franz

Carl and Sharon Johnson

Warren and Greta Anderson

Perry and Nancy Cliburn

Leslie and Gale Frazier

Gordon Johnson

Wesley and Janice Anderson

Daniel and Patricia Coleman

Steven and Kristine Geggie

Larry and Beth Johnson

Cecil Angel

David and Barbara Coleman

Harold and Mary Gianopulos

Nancy Johnson

Mark and Virginia Ashpole

Larry and Sherry Collett

James Gilbert

Paul and Laurie Johnson

David and Jennifer Ausbrook

Earle and Virginia Combs

Maureen Girkins

Stephen and Carol Johnson

Richard and Melinda Averbeck

Bill and Barbara Crawford

Kelley Goewey

William and Carol Jones

James and Neva Babcock

Freda Crews

David Gordon

Anthony and Sarah Julianelle

Daniel Baer

John and Elizabeth Crocker

Jeffrey and Karen Granger

Michele Junkin

Barry Baker

Robert and Cindy Cross

Stephen and Susan Greggo

Shawn and Barbara Kafader

Richard and Mary Baker

Jay and Paige Cunningham

Hayne and Virginia Griffin

Michael and Kimberley Karpeles

Kent and Diana Beauchamp

Brian and Terrie Dahl

David and Sharon Gustafson

Karen Kasch

Kenneth and Connie Bengtson

Howard and Ann Dahl

James and Nancy Gustavson

Hillis and Janet Kauffman

Sture and Miriam Bengtson

Jonathan and Sarah Dahl

Susan Haack

Jeffrey and Cynthia Keegan

Clinton and Juanita Bergman

Philip and Laurel Dahl

Robert and Teresa Haeffner

Verna Kehoe +

David and Jamie Bernholdt

Bruce and Mary Damon

Walter and Donna Hamann

Deborah Kennicott

Matthew Berry and Patricia Lyons

Patrick Davidson

Steven and Kris Hamon

Adeeb and Marcia Khalil

Edward and Cynthia Bingley

George and Rose Davis

Nathan and Liz Hancock

Dale and Patricia Kiefer

Janice Birkeland

Guy and Susan Davis

David Hansen

Roger and Robin Kieffer

John and Yolanda Black

Reece Day

Walter and Darlene Hansen

John and Suzanne Kilner

Thomas and Eileen Boehne

Rick and Knowelle Decker

Graydon and Lora Hauser

Peter and Deborah Kilner

William and Lynn Bohnsack

Glenn and Ann Deckert

Eric and Wendy Hawkins

Joan Kingstrom +

George Brader

Randy and Nancy DeDecker

Howard and Donna Hawkins

Martin and Barbara Klauber

William and Judy Bradish

Daniel and Jennifer Derksen

Steven Hawn

Andy and Brynne Krispin

Vernelle Bristol

Joel and Hannah Dillon

Timothy and Betty Heitke

Michael and Lynne Krueger

Densil and Peggy Brown

Mark and Susan Dillon

Donald and Sandra Helfer

Wayne and Linda Ladd

Adam and Elizabeth Burnett

Robert and Shirley Dillon

Norbert and Betsy Hennrich

Charles and Susan Lamson

Orpha Cade

John and Dorothy Dunlop

Samuel and Elizabeth Hensley

Keith and Sheryl Lancaster

William and Nancy Calvin

Julie Dybul

William and Rhoda Herda

Kenneth and Judy Landrud

Bruce and Joy Carlson

Paul and Victoria Ellingsen

Adam Herritz

Kenneth and Barbara Larson

Janis Carlson

Dale and Sue Erickson

David and Joanna Hoag

Knute and Jeanine Larson

Paula Carroll

Gary and Marilyn Erlandson

James and Cathy Hoffmeier

Lowell and Gwen Larson

Samuel Casey

Robert and Edra Estabrooks

Jay and Charlotte Hollman

James Lau and Shirley Tam

William and Tania Casperson

Peter and Marci Etienne

Theodore and Jeanette Hsieh

LaVerne Edlund +

Jason and Bethany Cassity

Eugene Falk

Shengyu Hu

Daniel Lee

+ Bequests


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Destinee Lerner

Jerald and Carolyn Norquist

Ryan and Jacqueline Schott

Brian and Christine Toevs

Jeffrey and Margery Lewis

Philip and Judy Nussbaum

Jose Sepulveda

Harold and Barb Tonnesen

Richard and Nora Lewis

Neil and Rebecca Nyberg

Timothy and Janet Simonec

David and Kathy Tooley

Robert and Janet Liljestrand

Claris Nystrom

David and Linda Smith

Timothy Traxinger

Jeanne Lindquist

Margarito Ocampo

Dirk Smith

Tony Tsai

Larry and Cynthia Lindquist

Magdalena Ojeda

Marianne Sobey

Tat and Corina Tsang

Herb Lowe

Theodore and Darlene Olsen

Richard and Jean Soderberg

Charles Upcraft

Stanley and Pauline Luben

William and Ruth Olthoff

Edmond and Mary Soliday

Luann Van Campen

Milo and Barbara Lundell

Kenneth Oman

Richard and Sandra Southworth

Henry and Ruth Ann VanDixhorn

Thomas and Linda Macy

Craig and Alice Ott

Thomas and Marci Speckhard

Warren Verploeg

Charles and Yvonne Maloon

Donna Peterson

Matthew and Irene Spejcher

Adam and Stephanie Vietmeier

Paul and Alicia Mang

Michael Peterson

Roger and Janet Spoelman

Paul and Debra Waggoner

Phillip and Lynn Martinson

Michael and Kimberly Picha

Merlyn and Caroline Stadler

Ayako Wakaiki

Samir Massouh

Connie Plumstead

Annette Stamos

Kenneth and Carolyn Walker

James and Susan Matson

Robert and Mary Procunier

Jeffrey and Joyce Stearn

Robert and Cynthia Waschek

Michael Mayo

Sylvester Pues

Myron and Patty Steeves

William and Kenna Washington

Jacob McClanahan

David and Kari Pugh

Shane Steiner

Gregory and Chris Waybright

Matthew and Ashley McKee

Edwin and Beverly Puzia

Cameron Stokka

Charles and Philippa Webb

Carl and Patricia McNair

Amelia Radford

Terrance Stokka

Ronald and Lynette Webb

Steven and Mary McNicol

Wallace and Joan Ragan

Daniel and Marian Stoleson

Lawrence and Christina Wee

Steve Meline

Carl Richard

Douglas and Susan Stover

Daniel and Lisa Weyerhaeuser

Timothy and Deborah Melton

Donald and Sonja Ring

Doris Strom

Cedric and Ruth White

Jonathan and Nancy Menn

Freddy and Blanca Rivera

Priscilla Strom

Craig and Carolyn Williford

Hersey Miller

Jim and Patty Rodine

Paul and Linda Sun

Christina Wocosky

Carl and Kimberly Moeller

Eugene and Sandra Roeder

Craig and Susan Swanson

Kinfun Wong and Ruth Wu-Wong

David and Dorothy Morris

Herman and Marjorie Rohlfs

Todd and Kristin Swanson

John and Susan Woodbridge

Mikel and Gail Moses

Sigfred and Marie Rommen

Douglas and Wilma Sweeney

Arthur and Carol Wright

William Moulder

Kenneth and Dora Rose

Mark and Janet Sweeney

Ferdinand and Jacquelyn Yates

Joseph and Jill Muldoon

Frederick and Patricia Rudy

James Tahmisian

Stephen and Lois Yeh

Mark and Susan Neaman

Bartholomew Ruggiero

Donald and Mary Ellen Thoes

Harold and Vivian Youngberg

Edward and Elaine Nekarda

Bruce and Faith Rulapaugh

David Thomas

Lawson and Patti Younger

Harold and Ruth Netland

Alan and Patty Ruud

James Thomas

Charles and Mary Jane Yue

Charles and Ruthanne Neuhaus

John and Nancy Sampson

Ira and Patricia Thomason

James Zahniser

Joseph and Linda Ney

Scott Samuelson

Rick and Lisa Thompson

Richard and Elizabeth Zimmerman

LaVonne Nilsen

Steven and Janet Sanborn

James Thomson

Terrence and Josephine Noetzel

Mary Scharkey

Charles and Joanne Thor

William and Diana Noller

David and Susan Schoenholz

Tite and Marie TiĂŠnou + Bequests

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