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PRESIDENT The Fall Semester at Trinity has been filled with numerous highlights, for which we rejoice. We celebrate the good news that for the second year in a row, Trinity has experienced an enrollment increase, which is something that has not taken place at Trinity in more than fifteen years. Trinity is the recipient of a $930,000 gift from the Kern Family Foundation to support the Center for Transformational Churches. Important national recognitions point to the quality of a Trinity education. We are truly pleased to announce that Timber-lee Ministries is now a part of the Trinity community, opening up new educational and ministry opportunities for the days ahead. These are just a small portion of the many good things that have taken place at Trinity in 2016, some of which can be found in this edition of the Trinity Magazine. A spirit of genuine hopefulness characterizes the new initiatives in student and academic life, including new programs in Criminal Justice and international opportunities for the Doctor of Ministry program as well as graduate programs in Bioethics. The prolific publications of the Trinity faculty continue to set the pace for the larger evangelical community, influencing both church and academy. Strategic programming in student life has started to make a major difference for Trinity students.

David S. Dockery President

The “Heritage and Hope: Trinity 2023” plan has provided the entire Trinity community with a coherent guide for every area of the institution. The Plan has been launched and monitored with very real, energetic, and focused steps toward the implementation and initial completion of the 120 initiatives, providing a coordinated effort to build a better Trinity. We are excited about seeing the next steps in the Plan unfold in coming months. Giving to the Trinity Fund has expanded during this semester. We are prayerful that the extended Trinity family, including alums, churches, and friends, will prayerfully consider increasing their investment in the life and work of Trinity during this year and next with gifts to the Trinity Fund. Support for Trinity through this fund has been given a new priority in the new strategic plan. We pray that everyone who reads this column will encourage the students, staff, and faculty of Trinity International University by making a faithful gift, whether large or small, to help advance the Trinity mission. We offer heartfelt thanks to God for the many, many good things that have taken place and that are taking place at Trinity in recent days. Together we celebrate Trinity’s wonderful heritage and move forward with a sense of hopefulness in God’s goodness and his providential care and provision for the Trinity community. We offer gratitude for your ongoing friendship to, prayers and encouragement for, and investment in the life and work of Trinity International University. May God’s blessings rest on each and every one of you. Soli Deo Gloria!

David S. Dockery




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For many students at Trinity, the Mosaic Gathering, which meets every Wednesday during the semester, represents the place they grow in the biblical understanding and practices of reconciliation. Since its beginnings in 2013, average attendance has almost tripled. Its ethnic makeup has also remained diverse. ¶ At the start of this semester, more than 120 Trinity students and faculty came together to kick-off a new year of the Gatherings. During this time, Executive Director of The Fuller Center Hero Project of Lake County Yvette Ewing awarded Peter T. Cha, Mosaic co-founder and TEDS Professor of Church, Culture and Society, with the Wellness Award for his work with Mosaic as well as the Hero Project. ¶ Volunteering in the under-resourced neighborhoods of North Chicago also continues unabated. Mosaic partners with local organizations to provide two Bible studies in North Chicago schools, complete with one-to-one mentoring. The opportunities provide field education, internship and/or service learning credits to Trinity students, and more than 1,600 hours were volunteered last year. Trinity continues to partner with Mosaic House Ministries, which gives Trinity students opportunities for daily prayer, weekly community dinner prayer gatherings, and Bible studies. Being so moved by the impact of the House, the City of North Chicago offered it an old library building for $10, which will open up even greater opportunities for Trinity student place-based learning.

Mosaic Student Leadership team 2015–16: (L-R, back row) Juandi Velez, Jennifer Guo, Irina Schiau, Patrice Thrower, Peter Cha, Marva Ewing, Daniel Hartman, Preston Hogue (L-R, front) Beatrice Lee, Suzie Sang


Mosaic Ministries Continues in Its Impact and Growth

Trinity Receives High Marks in Washington Monthly and U.S. News Rankings This year Trinity ranked highly in two reputable rankings—one from Washington Monthly and the other from U.S. News and World Report. ¶ In its 2016 college rankings issue, Washington Monthly ranked Trinity higher among national universities than any other institution with full membership in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), coming in at 133 out of 742 national universities and colleges. Editors for Washington Monthly say the rankings are based on three equally weighted categories: social mobility, research, and service. ¶ In the high school counselor ranking in U.S. News and World Report, Trinity placed 141st among the 310 national universities considered. ¶ In introducing their high school counselor ranking category, editors for U.S. News and World Report add: “there’s little doubt that high school counselors often have a considerable amount of firsthand knowledge about colleges and universities in their regions—and the experience and expertise needed to assess academic quality and give prospective students smart direction.” ¶ “We don’t seek out rankings, but we appreciate national recognition of our efforts at Trinity,” President David S. Dockery said. “Rankings are often confusing, and each one carries its own biases. We will never draw our institutional identity from these evaluations, but we are pleased by the strong affirmation Trinity has received.”

Fall Athletics Records Exciting Season


With fall sports midway through their seasons, multiple programs show steady improvement from last year. ¶ Senior linebacker Riley Schussler was selected as a semifinalist for the prestigious William V. Campbell Trophy, awarded annually to the top scholar-athlete in college football. The Wrightstown, Wisc., native is one of 156 players across all divisions of college football, and just one of four representing the NAIA. Schussler also put his name in Trinity’s record books in October, becoming the Trojans’ all-time leading tackler. ¶ Trinity Men’s Soccer is out to its best start to conference play in over a decade, going unbeaten in the first four Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference matches. Junior goalkeeper Jared Yonke had recorded three shutouts entering play on Oct. 5, and was named the National Christian College Athletic Association’s Defensive Player of the Week after a shutout victory at the University of St. Francis that included a career-high nine saves. ¶ The women’s soccer program has battled through some early-season injuries, but recovered to a midtable position in its conference

campaign. Trinity Head Soccer Coach Patrick Gilliam celebrates his 20th season on the Trojan sidelines, and remains the second-winningest active coach in the NAIA. ¶ Trinity Volleyball begins its second season under head coach Luke Ward, and is already showing significant improvement from 2015. Three freshmen—Ashlyn Spay, Kayla Jacks, and Piper Thompson—have worked their way into starting roles for a team that has more than doubled their win total from the previous season by the end of September. ¶ All four programs worked hard to prepare for a busy Homecoming weekend: volleyball hosted St. Ambrose University on Friday night, Oct. 21, while both soccer teams played Trinity Christian College on Homecoming Saturday, Oct. 22. Trojan football also was in action, hosting St. Xavier University.

Trinity’s coaches gather together as they receive the Silver Five-Star Champions of Character award from the NAIA.

Senior linebacker Riley Schussler (#44) tackles a Wisconsin Lutheran Warrior. Schussler was selected as a semifinalist for the prestigious William V. Campbell Trophy, awarded to the top scholar-athlete in college football.

Trinity Athletics Filled with “Champions of Character” Trinity’s athletic coaches were presented with the Silver Five-Star Champions of Character award from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics this October. ¶ Only 19 of the 250 NAIA-member schools received a higher designation than Trinity. Conference committees compile data for making the awards decisions each year. The designations include gold, silver, and bronze levels. ¶ The award placed Trinity among the top 91 athletic departments in the NAIA with respect to “character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion,” according to an NAIA news release. ¶ Institutions received points based on “exceptional student-athlete grade point averages and by having minimal to no ejections during competition throughout the course of the academic year,” the release said. ¶ “Using athletics as a platform to teach important life lessons and to build character is incredibly important to us,” Trinity Director of Athletics Michael Gorsline said. ¶ Gorsline pointed to examples of public service that are evident with individual teams at Trinity: • The football team has been working with an organization called Bright Hope that fights human trafficking


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Trinity Regents Approve Faculty Development Initiative, Welcome New Members The Trinity International University Board of Regents welcomed two new members and unanimously approved a new faculty development initiative during its fall meeting Oct. 19–21. ¶ William L. Kynes and

TEDS PhD student Mary Willson delivers her plenary address at this summer’s Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference, which also featured six other Trinity alumnae.

Carl E. McNair were present for their initial board meeting. Kynes is senior pastor of Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church in Annandale, Va., and McNair is a former chief executive officer for HCC, Inc., a farm implement company based in Mendota, Ill. ¶ The board also created The Center for Integrative Faculty Development, which has the stated role of supporting “the professional growth of the faculty of Trinity International University as they seek to live out their callings as scholars, teachers, and members of the university community.” ¶ The board received updates on a wide range of campus developments, including a 45-page report on the progress of the Trinity 2023 strategic plan that was adopted last year. The report showed that 25 percent of the plan already has been completed, with another 55 percent of the initiatives in progress toward completion. The remaining 20 percent represents long-term projects.

Fast start for Chinese Bioethics Initiative Twelve students were selected to compete in Hong Kong for five fully funded spots in Trinity’s Chinese Bioethics Initiative. The five will work toward master’s degrees in three years and then play key roles in the introduction of ethical thought for challenging issues such as abortion, end-of-life treatment decisions, and genetic engineering. ¶ “We’ll train this first group, and then they’ll be the trainers of more and more people over time,” TEDS Professor of Bioethics and Contemporary Culture John Kilner said. “Those trained by the trainers will then become the sources of bioethical information in their communities. ¶ But the process of narrowing 12 students to five didn’t go as planned. ¶ Several of the fully-funded students voluntarily offered to pay a portion of their bills if the savings could go to students who were not selected into the group of five. ¶ “It’s not as if this is a wonderful best-case scenario. It wasn’t even a scenario,” Kilner said. “God talks about doing more than you can even think or imagine; this was literally that.”

Second cohort forms for Korean-language D.Min program Following a successful pilot course that started in June, a Koreanlanguage TEDS D.Min program enrolled a second cohort on Nov. 7. ¶ Classes are conducted at Torch Trinity Graduate University in Seoul under a TEDS partnership with the Torch Center for World Missions. ¶ The first cohort enrolled 17 students, and the second had the same. These 34 students have begun “Christ and Creation,” an Old Testament wisdom literature course taught by Professor Emeritus of Old Testament and Semitic Languages Willem VanGemeren.


in India and other countries around the world Members of the men’s and women’s soccer teams organized a youth clinic last Spring for children in the Deerfield area The men’s and women’s basketball teams volunteered with Special Olympics Illinois Baseball supported local food pantries at the Private Label Trade Show Volleyball performed a service project with a shelter for homeless women


Celebrating 500 Years of Reformation: Trinity Hosts EFCA Great Lakes District Conference on the 5 Solas


Trinity Law School Calls on Halvorson to Lead Trinity’s Convocation service on the Deerfield campus this year included the installation of Eric Halvorson as the new dean of Trinity Law School. ¶ Halvorson has diverse experience in law, business, finance and academia. He is a graduate of Duke University School of Law, where he worked on the editorial board of the Duke Law Journal. He has served as a partner in a law firm, as an accountant, as general counsel and then president of Salem Media Group, as CEO of Media Arts Group, and on several organizational boards. He also taught at Pepperdine University Law School for years. ¶ Dean Halvorson is a member of the American and California Bar Associations, the Christian Legal Society and the National Association of Corporate Directors. He is a Ruling Elder in the Presbyterian Church in America.

Trinity Law School’s Dean Eric Halvorson and his wife Dianne at Convocation Professor of Church History Scott Manetsch lectured about how salvation is made possible only by the unmerited favor of God at the GLD 5 Solas conference.

On Oct. 17–18, Trinity hosted the EFCA’s Great Lakes District, which included a conference highlighting the 5 solas of the Reformation— sola scriptura, sola gratia, sola fides, solus Christus and soli Deo gloria. ¶ The 5 solas mark the core values that emerged during the Reformation sparked by Martin Luther’s Spirit-led convictions 500 years ago, and have to do with the authority of Scripture, the role of grace and faith in salvation, the work of Christ and the goal of the Christian life. They continue to stand today as marks of unity among Protestants who take seriously the call to uphold the purity of the church—the gathered people of God whom he uses to spread his Good News. ¶ Among the conference speakers were TEDS professors John Woodbridge, Scott Manetsch, Doug Sweeney and Kevin Vanhoozer, along with Colin Smith (The Orchard), Bryan Chapell (Grace Presby terian Church, president emeritus of Covenant Theological Seminary), Bryan Loritts (Abundant Life Christian Fellowship), and Maggie Wallem Rowe (Tyndale House Publishers).

Trinity Partners with the University Center of Lake County and College of Lake County Further integrating itself with other schools involved in Illinois higher education, Trinity became a participating member of the University Center of Lake County this year, joining 20 other institutions who are committed to bringing higher education options to the area, in addition to having worked with the College of Lake County to approve a Guaranteed Admissions Program for students who want to complete a bachelor’s degree. ¶ University Center membership includes state-funded universities as well as private schools and faith-based institutions such as Trinity. Among the benefits of membership are access to computer labs, proctoring, open study and meeting space, and student activities at the center’s two facilities in Grayslake and Waukegan. ¶ Trinity also gained approval to conduct classes for its

Ripple Effects: Trinity’s Role at the Challenge 2016 Conference C h a l le nge C on fe re nce 2 016 saw about 4,600 students from Evangelical Free churches coastto-coast come to Louisville for equipping labs, mission projects, large worship gatherings, small group meetings, and recreation from July 3–7. ReachStudents, a

mission arm of the EFCA, recruited a staff of 150 volunteers to assist with daily programming. ¶ Mission projects in the Louisville area involved up to 1,700 students per day. At a large worship gathering on July 6, about 200 students made public professions of faith in Jesus Christ. ¶ But conference leaders say the impact cannot be measured with numbers alone. ¶ “We’re going to see ripple effects to these stories 10 years from now,” ReachStudents National Director Shane Stacey said. “We had students shouting out thousands Challenge 2016 provided opportunities for Trinity volunteers to work with and get to know many of the students that came to the conference.

Students and volunteers from across the U.S. gather together to study God’s Word at Challenge 2016.

of names of people they want to see come to faith in Christ, and we’ve seen churches talk about reconciliation within their groups.” ¶ Trinity brought about 30 current students, alumni, enrollment staff and administrators to volunteer at the conference. They assisted with logistics on the mission outings, led group sessions, and prayed with students in attendance. ¶ Trinity hosted two exhibits and ran giveaway contests throughout the run of the event. Enrollment counselors were able to discuss future plans with the students.


Certificate in Christian Ministries program at the University Center of Lake County facility at 1 N. Genesee St. in downtown Waukegan. The program is designed for adult learners who are not necessarily seeking a degree, but want to enhance personal understanding of ministry and Scripture. Class credits later can be counted toward pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. Tuition charges and class schedules are set with working adults in mind. ¶ “We’re very pleased to welcome Trinity as a University Center member institution and to share their goal of providing more educational services to northeast Lake County,” University Center Executive Director and Dean G. Gary Grace said. “Their Certificate in Christian Ministries will be a welcome addition to our University Center facility in Waukegan.” ¶ Along with Trinity’s induction as a University Center of Lake County member this year came a renewable agreement between Trinity and CLC for students who want to complete a bachelor’s degree and are coming from CLC to Trinity. ¶ Under terms of this one-year agreement, accepted transferring students with at least a 3.0 GPA at CLC are guaranteed grant assistance at Trinity totaling at least $14,000 per year.

The DNA of God’s Story: 2016 Rom Lectures TEDS welcomed Dr. Dave McClellan as the featured speaker for the 37th annual Rom Lectures this fall. The pastor of The Chapel at Tinkers Creek in Streetsboro, Ohio, as well as adjunct professor of communication at John Carroll University, McClellan’s theme throughout the week was “Faith Comes By Hearing.” ¶ During his time at Trinity, McClellan emphasized a different aspect of communicative preaching each day, specifically in the areas of biblical poetry and narrative. Considering these two topics, along with a practical application of them in his concluding sermon on Psalm 131, McClellan offered his perspective regarding the best and most effective ways to convey the overall story of the Bible. ¶ One of the primary ideas McClellan worked with during his second lecture for the three-day event was the importance of keeping the biblical drama present in sermons. ¶ By maintaining a consistent context for Bible stories, McClellan believes the characters and times themselves become more real and more visible. ¶ “In so doing, you

can really see the DNA of God’s story,” McClellan said. ¶ Along with narrative, McClellan also spoke on the “Oral Implications for Preaching Poetry” during the first day of the Rom Lectures and gave a message featuring Psalm 131, called “Wounded Pride, Welcome Rest,” on the final day. ¶ In addition to his lectures, McClellan joined faculty and students from both the divinity school and the college for lunchtime panel discussions, allowing for responses to his talks and providing additional insight on the matters he discussed.

was held from September 19–23 on the Deerfield campus. ¶ Bp. Tendero, an MDiv graduate from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS), spoke on the theme of “the crises of identity and security” during a series of chapel services throughout the week. ¶ Calling students to reflect on their role in the global church community and the place of Christ in their lives, Bp. Tendero challenged the Trinity community to think of the Christian life not so much in terms of Jesus being accepted as a visitor into the hearts of his followers,

Global Christian Week: Serving in God’s Administration

but instead see his entrance into their lives as a reclamation of God’s creation and a return to his administration. ¶ In addition to speaking during chapel services, Bp. Tendero joined two Q&A panels where discussions further delved into issues brought up over the course of Global Christian Week, such as the persecuted church and global evangelicalism.

Bishop Efraim Tendero lead Trinity’s annual Global Christian Week, focusing on God’s sovereign reign in Christ and the church’s part in his kingdom.


Dave McClellan, pastor at The Chapel at Tinkers Creek, emulated a sound method for exegesis and preaching at this year’s Rom Lectures on Preaching.

Bringing perspective to the importance of church involvement in world affairs from his position as Secretary General and CEO of the World Evangelical Alliance, Bishop Efraim Tendero led Trinity’s annual Global Christian Week, which


Marty Crain, after 20 invaluable years of service at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, decided this past academic year to retire from the classroom. Nevertheless, Crain continues his involvement with the Doctor of Ministry program, mentoring major projects and also serving as second reader for students on a few committees. ¶ Before assuming his position at Trinity, Crain served nine years as district superintendent of the New England district of the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA). He also served for nearly 15 years as a minister in a few churches in New England and Illinois, along with a handful of other parachurch organizations. He has served for four years on the board of the Association for Doctor of Ministry Education, filling the position of president for two years. ¶ In his retirement, Crain has been asked to continue on the Association for Theological Schools Educational Polices and Practices peer group for DMin programs, as well as on other accreditation review teams for ATS. Crain also anticipates serving in interim pastoral roles with Chicagoland churches in transition between senior pastors. ¶ Crain has said that the highlights of his Trinity career revolve around the people with whom he has worked and the students he has served. “The faculty are truly the best, not simply academically, but personally,” he said. “And it is incredibly encouraging to see so many [TEDS graduates] bearing fruit for Christ, and to know that I might have had a small but positive impact on their lives and ministries.”


Martin R. Crain Retires After 20 Years of Service at Trinity (L–R) Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon, David S. Dockery, Anthony Esolen, and Robert P. George in a panel discussion on opening night of the Touchstone conference

Celebrating 30 Years with Touchstone Magazine

In the midst of retirement, Marty Crain continues to serve Christ both at Trinity and in the local church, as DMin mentor and as teacher and elder.

Trinity hosted “More Christianity: Gospel Witness at All Times and in Every Place” Oct. 13–15, featuring presentations from scholars representing a variety of Christian traditions. ¶ The national conference was staged in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Touchstone magazine. The Fellowship of St. James, which publishes Touchstone, exists to bring together Christians f rom various traditions and provide a structure for discussing fundamental doctrines and practices of the faith. ¶ Princeton University’s McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence Robert George presented the opening lecture, titled “The Gnostic Revival: How Should the Body of Christ Respond?” ¶ Following George’s opening-night presentation and a panel discussion, nine additional presentations—from Touchstone regulars

such as Father Henry Patrick Reardon and Anthony Esolen— focused on topics such as reclaiming science for Christ, rebuilding Christian culture, and renewing Christian higher education. ¶ One of these lectures was given by President David S. Dockery, titled “Recognizing Trends, Reclaiming Tradition & Renewing Christian Higher Education.” In his lecture, Dockery said early Christians were known for the love and respect they showed one another, but that today, the church is characterized all too often by infighting and discord. ¶ “One of the reasons for Touchstone (magazine) was to demonstrate a ‘mere Christianity’ that can bring traditions together,” Dockery said. “We appeal for a oneness that is founded on the person and word of Jesus Christ and the common salvation we share in him.”

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UPDATES: CENTERS The Henry Center for Theological Understanding

CBHD Executive Director Paige Cunningham conversing with Claretta Y. Dupree, chair of CBHD’s Academy of Fellows, at the Center’s spring consultation.


The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity expanded its influence in Christian bioethics locally and globally this past several months. Paige Cunningham presented a paper on infertility, assisted reproduction and technology at an international conference in Indonesia on Christian responses to global health issues. ¶ The Center’s 23rd annual summer conference on “Transformations in Care” brought together medical and legal professionals, ethicists and scholars, educators and students. The Robert D. Orr Endowed Fellowship (benefiting future TEDS doctoral students) was inaugurated at the conference. ¶ CBHD hosted Global Bioethics Education Initiative scholars Jacob Koopman, MD, PhD, from the Netherlands and Helio Angotti-Neto, MD, PhD, from Brazil, for a time of concentrated research.

¶ Michael Sleasman’s recent publications include entries on robots and nanotechnology in the Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics (Springer), and he also published a co-authored article on an integrated professional paradigm for Christian physicians in Christian Bioethics. ¶ Cunningham presented a paper on “Innovations in Assisted Reproduction: Human Dignity, the ‘Child of Choice,’ and Christian Engagement” at the “Innovations in Faith-Based Nursing” conference. Sleasman also presented a paper on “Intrinsicality beyond Artifact: A Theological Inquiry into Mere Instrumentalism and the Axiology of Nature” at the International Academy for Bioethical Inquiry (IABI) Summer Symposium at St. Louis University. Please visit for these and many other resources, including information about upcoming events.

Research Professor of Systematic Theology Kevin J. Vanhoozer lectures on “literal” readings of Genesis at HCTU’s kickoff series this year.

on June 1 began a three-year initiative on Evangelical Theology and the Doctrine of Creation (“The Creation Project”). The theme for the first year is “Reading Genesis in an Age of Science,” and the project officially commenced with the Dabar Conference, a threeday gathering from June 8–11 of over 50 evangelical theologians, biblical scholars, scientists, and pastors to address the pressing issues surrounding how to read and interpret Genesis in conversation with the physical sciences. ¶ In late August the Henry Center moved into a new office suite next to the Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity, and welcomed the Creation Project’s 2016–17 Resident Henry Fellows—John Hilber, C. John Collins, Todd Patterson, and Clinton Ohlers—to campus. ¶ The six recipients of the John Stott Award for Pastoral Engagement were announced in early September. The Stott Award is a partnership between HCTU and six congregations from across the US, designed to promote pastoral and ecclesial engagement with the doctrine of creation. Also in September, Kevin Vanhoozer led off the year’s

The Center for Transformational Churches (CTC) welcomed Donald Guthrie, professor of educational ministries at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, as the executive director of the center. Co-author of Resilient Ministry: What Pastors Told Us About Surviving and Thriving, Guthrie brings a unique depth of experience and knowledge to CTC, providing it with leadership and vision as it enters its second year. Under his leadership, the center will continue to

The Jonathan Edwards Center at TEDS, along with Director Douglas Sweeney, remains actively involved in the increasingly global interest in Jonathan Edwards. Last year alone witnessed 11

on-campus events with a lecture titled “Shining Light on Literality: From the Literal Interpretation of Genesis to the Doctrine of Literal Six-day Creation,” which examined the role that “literal interpretation” plays in our understanding of the Genesis account. ¶ The fall also featured events with Mickey Mattox on Luther’s interpretation of Genesis; Todd Beall, Tremper Longman, and John Oswalt on the genre of Genesis; and, George Marsden on Jonathan Edwards’ engagement with the scientific revolution. For more information about these and upcoming events and initiatives, go to

George Marsden focuses on Jonathan Edwards’ natural philosophy at the Center’s first series of the year.

Principal of the Washington institute for Faith, Vocation & Culture Steven Garber delivers his plenary address at CTC’s Avodah Summit, providing attendees with the theological vision and practical tools to help connect faith to daily work.

help develop Christian leaders, congregations, and communities that empower gospel change and whole-life discipleship through continuing and new programs. ¶ This fall, the center was excited to host the Avodah Summit, a gathering of Chicago-area pastors and Christian leaders on the connections among work, worship, and service. The Summit provided theological vision and practical tools to help believers connect their faith to their daily work and the flourishing of their communities. Held on Trinity’s campus, speakers like Skye Jethani, Steven Garber, Thurman Williams, and many others underscored God’s intentions for all parts of our lives to be meaningful and sacred, involved in God’s mission for the reconciliation of all things. ¶ The Center is also excited to announce another significant gift of $930,000 from the Kern Family Foundation in its ongoing support of CTC’s efforts at Trinity and leadership of the national office of the Oikonomia Network.

t h ree major con ferences on Edwards, and each was hosted on a different continent. Sweeney presented at all three events. His speaking circuit has continued this fall, with stops in churches and academic institutions throughout the Midwest and East Coast. ¶ In other Edwards Center news, Edwardseana (the center’s new annual newsletter) awarded the book of the year to Jonathan Yeager for his Jonathan Edwards and the Transatlantic Print Culture. Emily Dolan Gierer, a Masters of Divinity student at Yale Divinity School, won the second-annual Edwards Center Student Writing Competition. More information about both of these awards, as well as an electronic version of Edwardseana, vol. 2, are accessible at ¶ In November, George Marsden returned to campus to deliver the seventh annual Jonathan Edwards and Church Lecture. In collaboration with the Henry Center’s Creation Project, he lectured on “Jonathan Edwards and the Scientific Revolution.” Resources and information about upcoming events and initiatives can be found at


TRINITY COLLEGE / GRADUATE SCHOOL Gregory C. Carlson (Christian Ministries) co-edited along with Trinity colleagues Ruby Owiny (Education) and Peter L. Wright (Education) the spring 2016 issue of the Christian Education Journal. Owiny and Wright also co-wrote “Special Needs Goes to Church: A Special Education Primer for Ministry” for that same issue.

New Faculty Faces Around Trinity


Three new faculty members, all of whom are Trinity alumni, began teaching at the University this fall: Steven M. Bryan (PhD, Cambridge), Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Guy Loftin (JD, Marquette) as a new faculty member in Criminal Justice at Trinity College; and Jason Stanghelle (PhD Cand., TEDS), Visiting Professor of Biblical Studies at Trinity College.

Wendy L. Martin (Business) co-authored the article “Centralization and delegation practices in family versus nonfamily SMEs: a Rasch analysis” with Alexander McKelvie (Syracuse University) and G. T. (Tom) Lumpkin (University of Oklahoma). It appeared in the September 2016 Journal of Small Business Economics 47. Laurie Matthias (Education) has been chosen to lead the University’s newly created Center for Integrative Faculty Development. The effort honors the unique gifts and specific callings of each faculty member, while at the same time encouraging professional growth. Faculty from all parts of Trinity will participate, including regional campuses and adjuncts.

Richard J. McLaughlin (TC/TGS Online Programs) summarized his doctoral research titled “Exploring the Conceptual Compatibility of Transformative Learning Theory in Accounts of Christian Spiritual Renewal at Wheaton College in 1995” in article form for the Christian Education Journal 12.2. McLaughlin also presented workshops at backto-back academic conferences: Society of Professors of Christian Education (“A Biblical/Historical Case for Global Christian Spiritual Renewal”) and Association of Youth Ministry Educators (“Jonathan Edwards on Revival and Application in this Digital Age”). Taylor Worley (Philosophy), managing director of the Center for Transformational Churches, co-edited with Zachary Settle a compilation of essays on Dreams, Doubt, and Dread: the Spiritual in Film (Cascade). Each author in the book aims to explore a particular film as a spiritual experience, how viewers themselves are acted upon in the functioning of film itself. Karen Wrobbel (Education), wrote the article “From National School to U.S. College” for Evangelical Missions Quarterly (July 2016).

Roy Comer, adjunct faculty member at the law school for 15 years, received the Harmon G. Scoville Award from the Orange County Bar Association in October. The annual award recognizes a member of the Orange County legal community whose career exemplifies the highest standards of the legal profession and has championed America’s constitutional system of justice. Andrew DeLoach co-wrote with C. J. Armstrong the chapter “Myth and Resurrection” i n T h e R e s u r r e c t i o n Fa c t : Responding to Modern Critics (NRP Books). The chapter considers ancient religion and myth and looks especially at the views of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien about the nature and use of myth. Christopher Kall traveled to Mongolia in September to deliver a paper, “Economic Development and Human Rights,” as part of a human rights conference and to give a presentation, “Mediation and Conflict Resolution,” at a local law school. He is also solidifying partnerships with Handong International Law School and Regent University School of Law as TLS works to create a new study abroad opportunity for students, with a hopeful launch date of summer 2017. Myron Steeves was appointed to be the chairman of the California State Bar’s Nonprofit Organizations Committee.




TRINITY EVANGELICAL DIVINITY SCHOOL Jared E. Alcántara (Pastoral Theolog y) recently published Learning from a Legend: What Gardner C. Taylor Can Teach Us About Preaching (Cascade Books). Gardner C. Taylor (1918–2015) was former senior pastor of Concord Baptist Church in Brooklyn, and is considered by many to be one of the greatest preachers of the twentieth century. He also wrote “Church in the Wild: Preaching in an Age of Americanized Secularization” for the Journal of the Evangelical Homiletics Society 16.1.


Richard Averbeck (OT) wrote the essay “The Egyptian Sojourn and Deliverance from Slavery in the Framing and Shaping of the Mosaic Law,” in “Did I Not Bring Israel Out of Egypt?” Biblical, Archaeological, and Egyptological Pe r s p e c t i ve s on the E xodu s Narratives (IBR). The book was edited by TEDS OT professor James Hoffmeier, Alan Millard, and Gary Rendsburg. Averbeck also wrote “Sumerian Creation Texts,” in The Context of Scripture, Volume IV Supplements (Brill), which was edited by TEDS OT professor K. Lawson Younger, Jr.

Barry Beitzel (OT) served as the general editor and a contributor to The Lexham Geographic Commentary on the Gospels (Logos/Lexham Press). Beitzel’s hand-picked team of scholars used their expertise and years of on-the-ground teaching experience in Israel to highlight the geographical significance of key events recorded in the Gospels. Constantine R. Campbell (NT) has been working as host of a seven-part documentary series called In Pursuit of Paul. It follows the apostle from his days in Jerusalem as a Pharisee through his conversion, the “missing years,” three missionary journeys, and his imprisonment and eventual death in Rome. It is a production of Day of Discovery, the film branch of Our Daily Bread ministries, and it was shot on location throughout Israel, Jordan, Cyprus, Turkey, Greece, Malta and Rome. The scheduled release is early 2017. D.A. Carson (NT) co-edited with Kathleen B. Nielson God’s Word, Our Story: Learning from the Book of Nehemiah (Crossway). He also wrote the e-booklet Prophetic f rom the Center: The Gospel of Jesus Christ in 1 Corinthians 15:1–19 (TGC); and the essays “Distorting the Love of God?” in The Love of God: Theology in Community (Crossway); and “I Am the Truth,” in The God We Worship: Adoring the One Who Pursues, Redeems, and Changes His People (P&R). Many of Carson’s works also continue to be translated in multiple languages. Stephen P. Greggo (Counseling) recently wrote “Counselor Identity and Christian Imagination: Striving for Professional Case Conceptualization & Artistic Contextualization,” in the Journal of Psychology & Christianity 35.1.

David W. Pao (NT) co-edited a book with TEDS PhD student David K. Bryan in which Pao wrote the chapter on “Jesus’ Ascension and the Lukan Account of the Restoration of Israel.” The book is titled Ascent Into Heaven in Luke-Acts: New Explorations of Luke’s Narrative Hinge (Fortress Press).

Joshua Jipp (NT) wrote three essays for three edited books from Fortress Press: “Paul – The Apocalyptic Apostle,” in Apocalypses in Context; “What are the Implications of the Ethnic Identity of Paul’s Interlocutor? Extending the Conversation,” in The So-Called Jew in Paul’s Letter to the Romans; and “‘For David did not Ascend into Heaven’ (Acts 2:34): The Enthroned-in-Heaven King of the Acts of the Apostles,” in Ascent into Heaven in Luke-Acts.

Douglas A. Sweeney (Church History) served on the editorial advisory board and wrote two articles (on Jonathan Edwards and Nathaniel William Taylor) for the five-volume Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States, published by Rowman & Littlefield. Several members of the Trinity community (staff, professors, students and alumni) also took part in writing entries for this project.

David J. Luy (Biblical and Systematic Theology) wrote the essay “Martin Luther’s Disputations,” for the Oxford Encyclopedia of Martin Luther, which will be available online at The printed volume will appear in 2017. Craig Ott (Mission and Evangelism) edited and wrote the introduction for Understanding the Mission of the Church: Five Views in Conversation (Baker Academic). The book hosts churchmen and women as they represent a range of Christian traditions in conversation with each other and comparing their perspectives on the mission of the church.

Kevin J. Vanhoozer (Biblical and Systematic Theology) wrote Biblical Authority after Babel: Retrieving the Solas in the Spirit of Mere Protestant Christianity (Brazos Press). He also authored several entries and essays: eight of them for the New Dictionary of Theology, of which he served as the North American consulting editor (InterVarsity); “The Pastor as Public Theologian,” in Becoming a Pastor-Theologian: Ne w Possibilit ies for Church Leadership (Zondervan); and “Sola scriptura means Scripture first! A ‘mere Protestant’ dogmatic account (and response),” in Sola Scriptura: Biblical and Theological Perspectives on Scripture, Authority, and Hermeneutics (Brill).


David M. Gustafson (Mission and Evangelism), along with TEDS PhD ICS student, Tan Chi Sing, wrote an article about two Chinese men from Chicago who encouraged Hans Jensen von Qualen, the first Swedish Free Mission missionary, to go to China with them. It appeared in the Trinity Journal 37 (2016).

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17 BY EMILY MILLS desperate need exists for leaders in the world today. The family unit, arguably the most fundamental element of any society, needs leaders. According to Child Protective Services, 34 percent of families in the United States are now single-parent homes, many of which are still led by strong mothers and fathers, though many are not. Local communities also feel this crunch, causing national academic scores to fall and gang numbers to rise, according to recent statistics from the National Gang Center and the Washington Post (Nick Anderson, “SAT Scores at Lowest Level in 10 Years,” 3 Sept. 2015). The business community finds itself on similar ground; not a day goes by where the news isn’t breaking one corporate scandal or another. It’s also not a stretch to suggest that the most recent election cycle pointed to this leadership vacuum. Out of the 320 million people that populate the United States, we have heard many say

that the two individuals chosen by their parties to lead the country severely lack in basic leadership skills. Of course, the church, which is ever in need of reforming, equally needs godly leaders filling its pews and pulpits. We’re tired of seeing ripples of corruption spread throughout the church, from financial mismanagement and sexual scandals to publicity stunts and grasps at power. Clearly change, in every arena, needs leaders. There’s no doubt about it. But are leaders born or made? What instructs them and transforms them into strong influencers of culture? Trinity’s Board Chair Neil Nyberg, who retired from Kellogg Company in 2010 as its vice president and chief ethics and compliance officer, and who also served as interim president at Trinity in 2013, knows full well both the challenges leaders face and the importance of leadership formation. “I think there are certain personal traits that make it easier for certain people to provide ongoing leadership,” Nyberg said. “But I’ve also witnessed during my time in the business world people of strikingly different personalities, character traits and leadership styles serving as effective leaders. These leaders demonstrated to me that there is not one right way to lead, but it’s important in my mind to provide leadership in a way that is true to yourself.” Most people do not receive leadership training until their mid-40s, leaving nearly half a life untrained in these essential traits. According to a national report on institutional leadership, only six percent of colleges, often the most formational aspect of a young adult’s life, offer students leadership development throughout their time at the institution (J.E. Owen, Findings from the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership Institutional Survey, 2012). Trinity places a lot of resources in changing this pattern and equipping students to be the leaders that the world so desperately needs. Through a number of programs, the Student Leadership Development Office works to help leaders emerge from among the student body who are equipped to make a deep impact as they engage in God’s redemptive work in the world. Students experience this through formation of the 5Cs: their calling in Christ is the foundation for their biblical convictions, which in turn shape their character, which develops their competency, aiding them in discovering their unique contextual calling.

THE 360 LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE at Trinity marks the beginning of this journey for many students. Rising high school juniors and seniors from around the world are mentored by students from both Trinity College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and are taught by faculty from both the college and the seminary. This course offers a first-year track focusing on various worldviews, with a second-year course offered for returning students studying philosophy. Director Katherine Jeffery (PhD ’15) explains the experience as “an opportunity at just the right time in a student’s development to further cement what God is calling them to,” and for some students, it is their first taste of Trinity.


any students at Trinity begin learning about leadership before they’re even technically enrolled at the university. Because of opportunities offered by Trinity to high schoolers, many individuals encounter leadership development before they leave their teens. This puts these students more than 20 years before their peers in their leadership development journey.

19 For most of them, however, the process of leadership development starts the first time that the high school student steps on Trinity’s campus for the 360 LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE. Each year, several hundred high school students gather on Trinity’s Deerfield campus to learn more about the individual gifts that God has given them and the way that they can use these gifts in their daily lives. The 2016 conference featured Shane Stacey, the Evangelical Free Church of America national director of ReachStudents, as the main speaker. Another wave of high school students learning more about leadership on Trinity’s campus will arrive April 21–22, 2017. Current sophomore Spencer Mowbray began his leadership journey at the 360 Conference. Mowbray describes his experiences at the conference as an amazing taste of what life at Trinity could be like for him, and he marks it as an important part of his decision to attend the college. Students and youth leaders who attend the conference are often surprised to learn that it is planned and executed by freshman college students, just a few years older than the students themselves. These freshman students are part of the Emerging Leaders program at Trinity, which is an opportunity for first-year students to jump directly into leadership opportunities. This program combines both academics and co-curricular activities into a year of focused growth for each of the 35 students accepted. Paired with a mentor with whom they meet weekly, students in the Emerging Leaders program will finish the three-credit course with the 360 Conference as their capstone project. Following his experiences at the 360 Conference, Mowbray decided to apply and join the Emerging Leader program during his freshman year. He says that this was an exciting decision for him, in that it created an immediate connection with a close group of friends the day he moved on to Trinity’s campus. The Emerging Leaders group has become like family for Mowbray, and it has altered the course of his life at Trinity. After completing their year in the Emerging Leaders program, many students go on to take part in other leadership opportunities through Trinity’s larger Student Leadership Program. Including a host of organizations, such as the Student Government Association, Residence Life, Community Partnerships Cabinet, and the Intercultural Development Office, students involved with these programs continue to grow in their leadership competency, their character, and their understanding of their hopeful vocational callings throughout the remainder of their time at Trinity.

Some students choose to remain involved in the EMERGING LEADERS program after their freshman year, taking on roles as coaches for the next class of freshman students. In conjunction with nine other upperclassmen, these coaches will spend the next year leading the newest members of the Emerging Leaders program through their first year at Trinity. Coaches for the Emerging Leaders program work together outside of their time with freshman students. They also join the team of undergraduate students in charge of facilitating student connections during the 360 Leadership Institute each summer. Mowbray joined the coaching team for the Emerging Leaders program during his sophomore year at Trinity, excited to be part of the team that had helped to make his first year at Trinity so transformational. His experience so far has been a compelling journey of growth in communication and in trusting others, while diversifying his friend groups and encouraging him to interact with a wider community. The involvement Mowbray has had with this team has allowed him to grow in his own understanding of self while being closely supported by classmates. He plans to join the institute coaching team as well, excited to continue to serve in the programs that have been so crucial in his development.



Academics remain to be an integral piece of leadership development at Trinity, and the partnership of academic and external programs has made excellent opportunities for students to understand what it means to be lifelong learners. The Minor in Leadership combines credits from the Emerging Leaders program with other course credits into an opportunity with a dual emphasis on both theory and practice. This allows students to develop and refine their philosophy of leadership, as well as continuing to learn how to put this knowledge into practice. Some students go on in their leadership education to pursue a Master of Arts in Leadership, which develops and equips emerging and current leaders who can with wisdom respond to the demands of a globalized, knowledge-based society. This degree prepares graduates to creatively and knowledgeably lead others in a Christ-honoring way. “Early career leadership training is valuable because it balances energy and vision with seasoned wisdom and insight,” says Greg Carlson, director of the MA in Leadership program. “The young leader in education gets to reflect on why methods work, not just the rote replication of them. This is true of undergraduate and graduate students, who can set direction and make early progress with more confidence because they know their core values, and the One who is with them and for them.” Previous Emerging Leader and Coach Rebecca Go testifies to the importance of the minor in connection with her own academic

21 studies. Go appreciates that the academic portion of leadership at Trinity offers official credit for time and energy spent in leadership, which gives students the opportunity to articulate clearly one day to interviewers how leadership has shaped them as individuals. Regardless of a student’s particular context, career, or personal goals, being a leader is a calling in Christ, and an academic investment in leadership equips students to fulfill that call in the greater work of God’s kingdom. “Trinity’s leadership program helps students combine specialized training with the practical application of leadership principles in a supportive and caring environment,” Nyberg said. “What they learn from this leadership opportunity provides a solid foundation for further learning during their time at Trinity and for the rest of their lives.” There is no arrival in the world of leadership. There are always more skills to learn and new situations to navigate. However, students at Trinity involved in student leadership gain the tools of learning how to be a leader. Although the situations leaders are required to navigate are constantly changing, Trinity graduates are equipped to be the leaders that the world desperately needs. To learn more about the programs in this story, please visit their websites:,, emergingleaders.

Emily Mills (BA ’17) has served Trinity as the Program Coordinator of Student Leadership Development since January 2016. During her undergraduate career, she has held several leadership positions. Using her passion to see others discover their own leadership potential, Emily hopes to continue working with students while pursuing graduate studies.





23 he room is packed with dozens of college students committed to learning more about leadership. These undergraduates have met together for the past nine months. They have read, listened, and communicated at length. Their final leadership meeting of the academic year is at hand. Project deadlines and final exams are just around the corner. But they aren’t distracted. They appear energized and eager for more understanding. At Trinity International University, the speaker stands humbly before them, sharing observations about the rapidly changing culture they soon will navigate. “More than ever, leaders are going to need empathy, Trinity President David S. Dockery said. “You’re going to need to be good listeners and understand the changes around you with a new appreciation for others.” He is the 15th president of Trinity, and his tenure is just more than two years old at the time of the address. But on this diverse campus, his audience is engaged by his approachable manner and his wise advice. Destiny Koch, a Christian Ministries major from nearby Arlington Heights, asks Dockery about the need for conviction in the town square that does not sound a pejorative tone. “When I say don’t speak pejoratively, it doesn’t mean you back away from speaking truthfully,” Dockery cautioned. “But there’s a way to speak the truth in love and do it in a

positive, constructive, and caring way that I think has a chance of being heard.” Staff members in the audience privately might be calculating the possible impact of Dockery’s words this day on tomorrow’s leaders and institutions. After all, the man has had an extraordinary impact for decades on the leadership ranks in Christian higher education. He has served as a seminary academic dean and as president of two universities. The list of people who are grounded in his tutelage represents a wide variety of educational settings around the world. “David Dockery is one of Christian higher education’s most significant and influential leaders in the past 50 years,” Oklahoma Baptist University President David Whitlock said. “He is the single most transformative leader in Christian higher education during the last half century.” President Jason K. Allen of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo. adds this: “It is impossible to conceptualize Christian higher education in America without the name David Dockery.” One of his greatest contributions has been the development of bright, successful leaders in the field. Eleven current or former college presidents served under Dockery’s mentorship. Some interacted with Dockery in professional organizations or personal visits. Six of those new presidents have assumed office within the past three years, or are about to do so. Several share a common pedigree, having served in Dockery’s administration at Union University in Jackson, Tenn.


EADERSHIP AMID DEEP CRISIS Gregory A. Thornbury is president of The King’s College. It is New York City’s only accredited evangelical institution of higher learning, strategically located in the heart of Manhattan’s financial district. His journey with Dockery started decades ago in a seminary classroom, where professor saw in pupil the unmistakable makings of a future leader. Thornbury was on the Christian studies faculty at Union, and he helped to elevate the department to school status before becoming its founding dean. “When I walk into my office,” Thornbury wrote, “I often think about the fact that none of this would have been possible without David Dockery’s personal investment in me.” Thornbury continues: “When I was a professor, he taught me how to engage students in the classroom. When I became a dean, he showed me how to balance the realities of administrative priorities with faculty concerns. When I was given the opportunity to serve in senior leadership at the university, he modeled wisdom behind the scenes that is the stuff of legend.” Thornbury’s wife Kimberly served Union for 15 years as senior vice president for student services and dean of student life, playing a key role in recovery efforts after the university suffered a direct hit from an EF-4 tornado in 2008 that did $40 million in damage to the Jackson campus and seriously injured several students. “Dr. Dockery is a tremendous leader who has influenced countless people by his writings, leadership style, and mentorship,” Kimberly Thornbury said. “I have learned much about transformational leadership though watching him in various settings, from weekly cabinet meetings to a major crisis.” Kimberly now serves as vice president at The King’s College. She acknowledges that no one has all the answers, but she says Dockery has demonstrated the right way to navigate challenging situations.

In a place far removed from Wall Street, Barbara McMillin serves as president of Blue Mountain College in rural northeastern Mississippi. McMillin, like the Thornburys, served under Dockery at Union, where she was dean of faculty development. Upon arrival at Blue Mountain, McMillin quickly experienced the demanding, sometimes lonely hours inside the president’s office. “The most substantive difference between being a dean and being a president involves vision,” McMillin said. “The president casts the vision that shapes and drives the future of the entire institution; the dean leads his or her area in the implementation of this vision. “David S. Dockery possesses both the ability to conceive a vision and the ability to articulate it in such a way that those under his leadership can bring it to fruition,” McMillin said. Like the Thornburys, McMillin helped lead the tornado recovery, and watched Dockery entrust her colleagues with important jobs that were essential to reopening the campus. Two other Union colleagues who served under Dockery are now presidents. Kina S. Mallard was named the president of Reinhardt University in Waleska, Ga. She was inaugurated April 15, 2016. Timothy L. Smith, the former dean of Union’s nursing school, was named April 11 as the new president of the University of Mobile in Alabama. Smith explored new healthcare initiatives as dean of the nursing school that resulted in a 75 percent growth in enrollment during his tenure. He credits Dockery with providing an environment where such innovations were welcomed. “He had a clearly articulated strategic vision,” Smith said. “It was grounded in Christ-centeredness and rigorous academics. From that foundation, you can develop healthcare servants as the hands and feet of Christ.”


N INFLUENCER OF FUTURE PRESIDENTS Dockery is recognized as a leader among leaders, as evidenced by the many roles that he has held in the field of Christian higher education. A few examples: he served as the chair of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, chair of Consortium for Global Education, vice president of the Evangelical Theological Society, vice chair of the Consortium of Christian Colleges, and a board member of the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities. Frequently invited to speak on leadership and the integration of faith and learning, Dockery has visited more than 60 prominent Christian campuses at least once in every region of the country, as well as institutions in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. Those in his audiences or who served with him on committees often developed friendships and gained the benefit of his mentorship. Barry Corey, president of Biola University in Los Angeles, observes that “what David Dockery has modeled for me and for everyone else in Christian higher education is the seriousness with which he takes the great tradition of Christian thinking.” D. Michael Lindsay, president of Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., pointed to Dockery as “an extraordinary role model for me and so many others in Christian higher education.” Other college presidents Dockery has mentored through the years include Anthony Allen, president at Hannibal-LaGrange University (Mo.), Larry Nikkel, former president at Tabor College (Kan.), John Senyonyi, president of Uganda Christian University, Jon Wallace, president of Azusa Pacific, Evans Whitaker, president of Anderson University (S.C.), and Oklahoma Baptist’s David Whitlock. Another factor in the depth of Dockery’s leadership influence is his prolific writing and editing. He is the author or editor of 37 books and more than 100 academic articles and reviews. Not surprisingly, one of his most celebrated works focuses on Christian higher education. Renewing Minds: Serving Church and Society through Christian Higher Education serves as a blueprint for integrating faith and academic rigor. It has been made required reading at faculty workshops throughout the country. He serves as the general editor of the Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition series, to which he also is a contributor. He is the editor of Faith and Learning: A Handbook for Christian Higher Education, as well as Christian Leadership Essentials: A Handbook for Managing Christian Organizations. He has contributed to other volumes and various journals on the topic of Christian higher education. Dockery’s leadership efforts have been the subject of a recent doctoral dissertation by Tanner Hickman at Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., titled Integration of Jesus’ Great Commandment within Christian Higher Education: An Analysis of the Leadership Praxis of David S. Dockery. “David Dockery is the doyen of evangelical higher education,” Southeastern Seminary Provost Bruce Ashford said. “He has cast a compelling vision for theological faithfulness and pedagogical excellence.”

Dockery and Gregory Alan Thornbury, the sixth president of The King’s College in New York City.

An avid Red Sox fan, Dockery gave Kina Mallard a baseball cap when she assumed leadership duties at Gorden College in Massachusetts. She has since became president of Reinhardt University in Waleska, Ga.


ENTORING OTHER CAMPUS LEADERS The list of leaders with Dockery ties extends far beyond presidential offices. Some hold important academic positions in strategic population centers. Chris Morgan is dean of the School of Christian Ministries at California Baptist University in Riverside. Hunter Baker is university fellow in the Administrative Office of the Provost at Union, and an author or contributor to 12 books. Both Morgan and Baker consider their associations with Dockery as essential and ongoing. Gene C. Fant is provost of Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Fla. He meets former colleagues who served under Dockery who are now laboring across a wide geographic spectrum. “I have rarely traveled to a place where I haven’t run into someone who was mentored by President Dockery,” Fant said. “In cities, he has leaders who are influencing the culture in the halls of power. In rural churches, he has pastors who are proclaiming the gospel in faithful pulpits. In publishing, he has authors who are taking the Christian Intellectual Tradition to new heights.” Carla D. Sanderson served on the presidential search committee that brought Dockery to Union. Dean of the school of nursing at that time, Sanderson eventually advanced to provost and provost emeritus, then to vice president of Chamberlain College of Nursing, based in the Chicago area. She traces her growing list of responsibilities to Dockery’s mentorship. “From his wide sphere of influence, he gives himself to others by campaigning for their appointments to significant positions for kingdom building purposes,” Sanderson said.

Gene C. Fant, who served at Union University with Dockery, is now provost and chief academic officer at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Sanderson says Dockery is that rare leader who works tirelessly to help individual colleagues find their highest callings, even if that results in vacancies on his own staff. “For the more than 20 years I have known him, he has been mentoring, making introductions, opening doors, and fostering networks for the good of the people he leads,” Sanderson said. Sanderson, who has a national reputation for expertise in the field of accreditation, recently joined the Trinity International University Board of Regents, where she serves on the academic and technology committee. Christopher Mathews and Richard A. Grimm are two administrators who served under Dockery and later moved to accept greater responsibilities. Mathews recently was named as dean of the College of Fine Arts at Oklahoma Baptist, and Grimm followed Dockery to Deerfield, where he serves as Trinity’s senior vice president for university services and strategic initiatives. “Dr. Dockery isn’t afraid to get down in the trenches and work hard,” Grimm said. “He casts vision and helps us see the horizon. He encourages us to dream and to reflect on what our institution can become. And then he goes to work alongside us to make it happen.” Grimm and his Trinity team work hard to further the institution’s tradition of prioritizing leadership development. It’s an initiative that started before the current administration, and thrives under Dockery’s watch. It’s evidenced by the packed meeting hall in which Dockery addresses kingdom leadership.

Mark D. Kahler is vice president of university communication at Trinity International University.


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RINITY HAS ALUMNI SERVING ALL OVER THE WORLD in various capacities—from homemakers to entrepreneurs to pastors and beyond. While God’s people are known equally in his kingdom commensurate with their sacrificial living for the sake of the gospel, some Trinity alumni are known the world over; others are known only to the neighborhoods in which they live. Both are fulfilling their callings. Where do we start to even begin to tell their stories? While there are scores of alumni leading in numerous ways, here we offer just a few examples of those who have answered the call of presidents at institutions of higher learning:

Don Green (DMin ’08), Lincoln Christian University Don Green accepted the presidency in 2014 after 47 years in various roles at Lincoln, starting as an undergraduate student and eventually taking on both teaching and administrative roles after graduate school.


Donald Sweeting (PhD ’98), Colorado Christian University Don Sweeting is president of Colorado Christian University since August 2016, having been a long-time trustee for the university. He served as president of Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando from 2010–2016, and also as a pastor for more than a decade. Mark Young (PhD ’90), Denver Seminary Mark Young has been president of Denver Seminary since 2009, a theological educator and pastoral leader with over 35 years of global ministry experience. Prior to his presidency, he served as professor of World Missions and Intercultural Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) from 1995–2009. He also held a variety of pastoral roles at Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas, from 2000–2009. Young has a ThM in New Testament Literature and Exegesis from DTS and a PhD in Educational Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has travelled extensively, both domestically and internationally, as a teacher, consultant and missions leader, and he has written and spoken on issues in theological education and mission for numerous international symposia and conferences. Young and his wife, Priscilla, were involved in theological training and local church ministry with WorldVenture in Eastern Europe for 14 years. They lived in Vienna, Austria, for four years while ministering throughout the former Soviet bloc. They relocated to Poland and experienced firsthand the world-changing events of 1989. Young was the founding academic dean of Evangelical Theological Seminary in Wroclaw, Poland. Mark and Priscilla Young have been married for 35 years. They have three grown children and four grandchildren.

Stanley E. Porter (MA ’82), McMaster Divinity College Stan Porter has been president, dean and professor of New Testament at McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario, for 12 years. He is also senior editor of Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism. His publications include 28 authored books and over 300 authored journal articles and chapters, along with over a hundred other shorter pieces; he has also edited nearly 90 volumes.

W. Kent Fuchs (MDiv ’84), University of Florida Kent Fuchs became the twelfth president of the University of Florida (UF) in January 2015. Previous to the UF presidency, Fuchs spent six years as provost of Cornell University. He was appointed provost after serving as Cornell’s Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering from 2002 to 2008. He joined Cornell from Purdue University, where he headed the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 1996 to 2002. He was a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois from 1985 to 1996. On September 16, 2016 President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Fuchs as a member of the National Science Board. Fuchs earned his PhD in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois, and his MDiv from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He credits TEDS with teaching him communication and community-building skills, and to balance his innately analytic perspective with a deep appreciation for people and for human relationships. He also holds a bachelor of science in engineering from Duke University. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association of the Advancement of Science, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the Association for Computing Machinery, and has received numerous awards for teaching and research. Fuchs is married to Linda Moskeland Fuchs, an art historian whose scholarship centers on the sculpture of sarcophagi created in the first centuries of Christian art-making. Linda has two master’s degrees in art history, from the University of Chicago and Cornell, and received her third in biblical studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (’82). The Fuchses have three sons and a daughter, Micah, Eric, Isaac and Christine, as well a daughter-in-law, son-in-law, and two grandsons.

John Senyonyi (MA ’92), Uganda Christian University John Senyonyi is vice chancellor of Uganda Christian University since 2010. He has served there since 2001, where he has also served as deputy vice chancellor and university chaplain.

In addition to his speaking engagements, Hollinger is the author of four books and has authored more than 80 articles, mostly in ethics (including bioethics), church and society, and preaching, and has served as the co-editor for the Eerdmans book series, Critical Issues in Bioethics. He is a board member for the National Association of Evangelicals, Hope International, and is on the board of reference for the C.S. Lewis Institute in Washington, D.C. Dennis is a Distinguished Fellow with the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity, which is located on Trinity’s Deerfield campus, and for many years was a member of the Health Care Ethics Committee at Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill, PA. He recently served as chair of the board for the Boston Theological Institute. Hollinger and his wife, Mary Ann, live in Beverly, Mass., and have two adult daughters who are married, Daphne and Naphtali. They have five grandchildren.

Lal Senanayake (PhD ’16), Lanka Bible College and Seminary Lal Senanayake was the first in his Sri Lankan village to convert to Christianity. There was nothing cheap about that choice. He was subsequently abandoned by his family and found himself relying totally on the mercy of others for a time in his younger years. Now, however, he’s president of Lanka Bible College and Seminary (LBCS) in Kandy, Sri Lanka, not more than a few miles from where he grew up. He took on the role in 2009. Senanayake received his BA in theology from Lanka Bible College, his MA from the University of Nottingham and his PhD in Educational Studies from TEDS. For a time, Senanayake served as an associate pastor at a local church while earning his bachelors at Lanka, and after completing it decided to stay at Lanka as a member of the staff. With support from ScholarLeaders International, a ministry that publishes the InSights Journal for Global Theological Education and supports theological leaders in the majority world, Senanayake eventually traveled to TEDS to earn his PhD before returning to LBCS to become president of the institution. Senanayake serves as an elder and member of the pastoral team at Lighthouse Church in Kandy along with his presidential position, and he also is a member of the ScholarLeaders International editorial board. In the latter capacity, he researches cognitive development and the role of education in reaching the Sri Lankan people to spread the Good News of God’s gospel. Senanayake lives in Kandy, Sri Lanka, with his wife and four children.


Dennis P. Hollinger (MDiv ’75), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Dennis Hollinger is president and the Colman M. Mockler Distinguished Professor of Christian Ethics at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Mass. Prior to assuming his present role in 2008, he served as president and professor of Christian ethics at Evangelical Theological Seminary in Myerstown, Pa. Hollinger received his BA from Elizabethtown College, an MDiv from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, his MPhil and PhD from Drew University, and did post-doctoral studies at Oxford University. Hollinger has served as an adjunct or visiting professor at several seminaries internationally, and is a visiting professor of Christian ethics at Trinity International University in the graduate program in Bioethics. He is a frequent speaker in churches, pastors’ conferences, seminaries, colleges and academic forums.

MAPPING THE SIGNIFICANCE OF SCRIPTURE: THE EXTRAORDINARY CAREER OF BARRY BEITZEL Bible Lands (Moody Press, 1985), Biblica, The Bible Atlas: A Social and Historical Journey Through the Lands of the Bible (Global Publishing, 2006), The New Moody Atlas of the Bible (Moody; Oxford: Lion Hudson, 2009), and Lexham Geographic Commentary on the Gospels (Lexham Press, 2016).

As he considers the role he’s played at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Professor Emeritus of Old Testament and Semitic Languages Barry J. Beitzel frequently cites a verse from the New Testament: All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.—2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV) Paul’s admonition to consider every word of every verse strikes at the heart of Beitzel’s career. He has focused much of his attention through the years on words many Bible readers tend to ignore. “When one takes a look at Scripture, one finds hundreds and hundreds of references to geographic reality,” says Beitzel, who retired after 40 years of service from the TEDS faculty earlier this year. “The Bible’s use of the geographic dimension allows it to stand in radical opposition to other holy writings.”


Beitzel points out that texts regarded as holy in the Hindu or Buddhist traditions make very few references to location, and the Koran contains fewer geographic references in total than one finds in the first 12 chapters of Genesis. “The byline of my life and ministry has been that space is a legitimate hermeneutical category,” Beitzel says, “and it’s one that is often overlooked, especially in our American society.” Beitzel’s teaching and research have resourced readers and students as they think clearly about biblical geography. He has published or collaborated on atlases that serve as standard reference works in theological libraries throughout the world, including The Moody Atlas of

Put another way, it’s quite possible the maps consulted in a favorite study Bible had the Beitzel touch, because the editors of eight major study Bibles have included maps that he either created or edited. “Barry is one of the premier scholars in the world of the geography of the land of Israel and its context,” says colleague K. Lawson Younger, Jr., professor of Old Testament, Semitic languages and Ancient Near Eastern history at TEDS. “Not only is Barry a true scholar, but he is always ready to be a help, always manifesting a Christ-like spirit.” Beitzel and his wife Carol have spent decades following maps overseas. In retirement, they look forward to opening some U.S. road maps. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, and a trek up the coasts of Rhode Island and Maine are two itineraries in their immediate travel plans. When he isn’t exploring, Beitzel has lined up at least three major projects as he steps into retirement. That geographic commentary on the Gospels should be finished by year’s end, but might spawn additional volumes. A second project involves development of a full-scale electronic atlas of the Bible. A third project is in collaboration with Magary. It’s a synopsis of the Hebrew Bible. Only two have ever been attempted, Beitzel says. Both are out of print and not in English. As his scholarly work continues, Beitzel says he will miss interacting with TEDS students. In his 40 years, he’s seen demographic changes that naturally connect with a geographically oriented mind. “When I first came to the school, almost all of the students were single, male, and white,” Beitzel says. He added that most came from undergraduate programs at secular institutions, where parachurch organizations such as Campus Crusade and InterVarsity had played pivotal roles in their lives. “Now, more students come from Christian schools. They come here with a Christian undergraduate program,” Beitzel says. He adds that many hold jobs in local churches rather than finding work as store clerks or security guards. They tend to be married and come from a diversity of backgrounds. Beitzel says today’s TEDS students are committed, but in ways slightly different from 40 years ago. “Committed more to the local church,” Beitzel observes with a look of satisfaction. “Committed perhaps a bit more to the application of the Gospel and to the implications of that.”

AN AMBITIOUS RETIREMENT PROJECT: GRANT OSBORNE’S 19-VOLUME NEW TESTAMENT COMMENTARY In his time at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, many would argue that Grant Osborne already has offered teaching and scholarship to both his students and the larger evangelical community in ways that are virtually unmatched. But at age 74, Osborne is far from satisfied. He recently retired as professor of New Testament on the TEDS campus in Deerfield, Ill. after nearly 50 years as a student and faculty member. Retirement will not feature golf, beachcombing, or Caribbean cruises. Osborne has signed a contract to produce a 19-volume set of New Testament commentaries for Lexham Press, which is based in Bellingham, Wash. He’s already completed work on several volumes, including Revelation, ColossiansPhilemon, Ephesians and Philippians. He reports solid progress on Galatians. “There’s nothing in the New Testament I haven’t already taught several times,” Osborne said, “so I’m building on that.” His TEDS colleagues see the project as an opportunity for Osborne to use his unique gifts as a theologian and professor. “Grant is one of those scholars who, dare I put it this way, specializes in being a generalist,” TEDS Research Professor of New Testament Don Carson said. “He reads very widely and has commented on many books in the New Testament.” “Grant Osborne has mastered the art of writing helpful, readable, and informative commentaries, helpful to scholars, pastors, and students alike,” Trinity President David S. Dockery said. “This timely project will be a blessing to many for years to come.” The audience for Osborne’s project extends beyond theologians to pastors and lay people who teach the New Testament. The idea is to provide commentaries that are easy to use. “I didn’t think of doing this until last summer, when I started to rework my Revelation commentary,” Osborne said. “It was too academic in 850 pages. I wanted to make it for lay people. As I started working on it, I thought, ‘this is exactly what I’ve always wanted to see for the entire New Testament.’” The timing of Osborne’s project is important. As he enters his sixth decade of ministry, he compares the amount of biblical knowledge today with when he embarked on his career. “The knowledge level of biblical material has literally quadrupled in those 50 years,” Osborne said. “We really know four times as much as we did about the meaning of the text, what’s behind the text, and all the background.” The sheer volume of new knowledge actually can become a problem for pastors and lay teachers. The demands of ministry occupy so much time that digging into new biblical commentaries is not possible. Osborne says there are commentaries today that are 800,000-words long and written primarily for scholars. But those volumes contain information that Bible teachers need for their classes and congregations.

“Pastors are kind of blown away and almost get intimidated by all the material,” Osborne said. “What I’m going to do is take all that material and make it useful for pastors, too.” Osborne says many people want to minister and share the Gospel, but they don’t fully appreciate the riches that can be found in Scripture. “What I really want to do is help people to learn to love His Word, learn to get God’s heart about His Word,” Osborne said. “We call it the Word of God but we don’t treat it like the Word of God.” Without his teaching load, Osborne thinks he can have all 19 volumes done in 10-12 years. By that time, he will be into his mid-80s. “We hope and pray that in retirement, the Lord will give him many years to be productive,” Carson said. Rather than years of work, Osborne sees opportunities and promise. “It’s a joy. It really is a culmination of my life,” Osborne said. “I feel my entire life has been preparing me for this moment.” Editor’s note: An extended interview with Osborne about this project is available for viewing from Lexham Press at


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Class of ‘66 Golden Reunion


TIM WESTER The Alumni Office of Trinity College named Tim Wester (’77) the 2016 Alumnus of the Year. Wester earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry and biology at Trinity, and later completed a medical degree at the University of Iowa. He and his wife Ann have served since 1986 as medical missionaries in Africa. In 32 years, Wester has worked in at least five different mission hospitals in three countries. He was raised on the mission field in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and returned there after completing his education in the United States. Civil war forced a relocation to the Central African Republic in 1998.



Wester has traveled Africa extensively, serving as the initial AIDS Director for ReachGlobal, the international missions arm of the Evangelical Free Church of America. In his current role, Wester works as a physician and surgeon at a 180-bed mission hospital in Gamboula, a city on the Central African Republic’s western border with Cameroon. According to the Christian Medical Fellowship, the Medical Center of Gamboula treats about 12,000 patients each year and has an active public health program in 24 surrounding villages. The hospital also offers a university degree nursing program. “We congratulate Tim Wester on his years of faithful service,” Trinity President David S. Dockery said. “He is a worthy recipient of this alumni recognition from Trinity College.”


Wester received his award on Oct. 21, during Homecoming chapel on the Trinity campus, where he also served as the guest speaker.


WILLIAM LANE CRAIG The alumni office of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School named William Lane Craig (’74 and ’75) the 2016 Alumnus of the Year. Craig earned master’s degrees from TEDS in philosophy of religion, as well as in church history and the history of Christian thought. He taught philosophy of religion at TEDS from 1980–1986. He currently serves as research professor of philosophy at Biola University’s Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, Calif., and as professor of philosophy at Houston Baptist University. Craig is a leading scholar in the field of Christian apologetics, a discipline focused on presenting rational explanations for the existence of God. He has authored or edited more than 40 books. Craig has engaged Christopher Hitchens and Lawrence M. Krauss in public debates about God’s existence. He authored Reasonable Faith (Crossway, 1994), a book which started as a collection of apologetics lectures Craig presented to students attending his classes. The book is now in its third edition. “Over the years I have had the opportunity to learn from Professor Craig through his many outstanding publications,” Trinity President David S. Dockery said. “We are grateful for the ways that he has brought honor to Trinity through his life, scholarship, and service.” Dockery added: “I have certainly admired his ministry from afar and will look forward to the opportunity to welcome him to campus when he returns in the fall.” Craig received his award Oct. 18 during a Homecoming Week luncheon on the Trinity campus. He gave a special lecture to TEDS faculty and invited guests during his campus visit.




70s Roger Songer (MA ’79) is retiring from 32+ years as senior campus minister with Christian Campus House at Eastern Illinois University. He previously served for five years as campus minister with Fellowship of Christian University Students (FOCUS) at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. Although retiring from CCH, he will continue in ministry—focusing on writing and speaking. He and his wife, Sue, have three daughters (Rachel, Leah & Rebekah) and three grandchildren, with one more on the way. Songer may be reached via email at

Updates from the Trinity family 50s From Lowell Lionberger (’54) in his own words: “I didn’t graduate because I was drafted, but did attend for three years. Bill Carlson was my roommate. Dr. Ludwigson was our Bible teacher and Dr. Norton was our Missions teacher. I spent 39 years as a school teacher and retired in 1955. Trinity started me out in a good field. Thank you all. I attend the Mountain View Free Church in Greeley, Colo., and lately have been traveling the world. I enjoy reading the Trinity Magazine.”


60s Micki (Mildred Flynn) Green (BA ’65) recently published a book by Westbow Press titled Broken and Made Whole. A prayer encounter with the living Christ set the stage for Micki and her husband, Dave, to serve as missionaries with Greater Europe Mission. Readers are introduced to her use of blacklight pictures and her sharing of Christ through the teaching of English. Now faced with serious illness, she shares how her faith is preparing her to meet Jesus face to face.

Arthur Volkmann (MDiv ’73): Susan “Sue” Bonfield Volkmann, age 72, passed away on Sunday, August 14, 2016, with her husband, Art, by her side, at their home in Ripon, Wisc. They were married in Madison in 1965 and together served with the SIM in Ethiopia for about five years and served four short terms in Indonesia with Reach Global of the EFCA.

80s Larry D. Harwood (MA ’84) has published a new book with Wipf and Stock, Medieval Civilization: Formation, Fruition, Finality and Fall. He also taught a modular course at Tyndale Theological Seminary in Holland in January of this year titled Preaching Christ in a Postmodern World. Harwood is married to Dottie Almen (MDiv ’83). Robert Domokos (DMin ’80) has retired from his ministry at Faith Baptist Bible College after 44 years of service for Christ. He began teaching at Faith in 1972 as professor and chair of the Pastoral Training Department, and served as the president of Faith from 1988 to 1993. Upon his retirement, he was given the title of Distinguished Professor Emeritus. Through the years he has trained hundreds of men who are serving in pastoral ministry around the world and has had an extensive ministry outside of the classroom, having served 31 times as an interim pastor. Domokos and his wife, Shirley, live in Ankeny, Iowa.

Randy Rheaume (DMin ’96) has recently published a revised edition of his PhD dissertation (University of Wales) titled Equal Yet Subordinate: An Exegetical and Theological Analysis of the Son’s Relationship to the Father in John’s Gospel. Rheaume argues that John portrays the Father and Son as eternally equal within the nature of the one true God. Nonetheless, along with this equality there exists an eternal hierarchy of functional roles in which the Father lovingly leads the Son and the Son lovingly submits to the Father. The book contains an appendix on the Holy Spirit’s role among the members of the Godhead as portrayed by John.

Several TEDS Alumni Gather in Jakarta In August 2016, the Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering took place on the campus of Universitas Pelita Harapan, where TEDS alumnus Daniel Kim (MDiv ’96, ThM ’04, PhD ’06) serves as executive dean. The gathering meets only once a generation, and this is the third such gathering since 1987. (R–L) Kim with fellow MDiv grad Paul Johnson (’94) and his

wife Nydia

Donald Woolery (MDiv ’94) edited The Biblical Worldview Training Seminar manual, written by Philip DelRe for The Institute for Christian Apologetics (Voice Publishing, 2015), a thoroughly biblical approach to building bold-as-a-lion Christians capable of evangelizing anyone willing to think.

10s Bob Martin (MDiv ’11) is currently the director of membership & assimilation and singles ministry coordinator at College Park Church in Indianapolis, IN. In July, he married Caroline Burdette in Greenville, S.C. Michelle Carter (BA ’12) published a book titled, Silent Servant, Silent Service: Held by his Victorious Right Hand (Xulon Press, 2016). The book details the life of a military spouse and family of over 19 years and depicts the struggles and devastating life challenges faced along the way and the need to count on the faith in Jesus Christ for survival. The book also offers an up close look at military families and survival skills.

Kim with his small group at the Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering. Jongwon Park (ThM ’12) is standing to his right.

Kim with (R–L) an unnamed friend, Daniel (PhD ’04) and

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Thomas A. McDill (MDiv ’55), former EFCA president, passed away March 9, at the age of 89. The funeral was held at New Hope Church in New Hope, Minn. Ordained in 1949 (the same year he married his wife Ruth), he served as pastor of Grace EFC in Chicago, at Liberty Bible Church (EFCA) in Chesterton, Ind., and later at Crystal EFC (now New Hope Church). In 1976, he was elected as the EFCA’s third president and remained in that role until 1990. During Dr. McDill’s tenure the number of Free Churches more than doubled. McDill and his wife have participated in many Trinity Alumni events over the years, and Ruth continues to do so, as she came to the Twins game alumni event in August 2016. In addition to completing his master’s degree at TEDS, he earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Bethel Theological Seminary and an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from TEDS. Marilyn Carlson (BA ’58) passed away on September 15, 2015. After graduating from the Swedish Hospital School of Nursing in Minneapolis in 1954, she attended Trinity College in Chicago where she earned her degree in Missions. She then served at the Tandala Mission Hospital in the Democratic republic of the Congo for almost five years and carried a love for the Congo and its people throughout her life. Soon after returning to the States in 1964, she began working for Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Neb., where she helped start and direct the hospital’s first intensive care unit. Carlson was named director of the Central Community College School of Practical Nursing in 1970 and served in that position for 25 years before retiring. In May 2015, she was honored with an Emeritus Award. This was only the ninth presentation of this award, and Carlson was the first woman to be so honored. She was a member of the Kearney Evangelical Free Church for many years.


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Colene Woodard Norton, the first lady of Trinity from 1957–1964, died August 10, at age 101. Colene was married to former Trinity Seminary and Bible College president H. Wilbert Norton (also aged 101) for 77 years. The Nortons met in 1936 at Columbia Bible College (now Columbia International University) in South Carolina. They married after graduation in June 1939. Wilbert Norton served as the ninth president of Trinity when the Deerfield campus was first opened and is credited with its “second founding.” The Nortons had been Free Church missionaries to the Democratic republic of the Congo (where they established the Bible Institute of Ubangi) before coming to Trinity in 1950, when Wilbert became professor of missions. It was during this time that the college’s name was officially changed from Trinity Bible College to Trinity College to reflect its movement toward a broader liberal arts curriculum. Enrollment had increased rapidly by the late 1950s, which led to the need for Trinity to seek out a suitable property that could sustain its burgeoning student body. Together, they document a long life of service as missionaries, a college professor, dean and seminary president. Last year, the new welcome center at Trinity was named in Wilbert’s honor for his contribution to education. In addition to Wilbert, Colene is survived by three sons, Drs. Will, Peter and Seth Norton.


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Kenneth M. Meyer, the 11th president of what is now Trinity International University, died Oct. 11 in Plymouth, Minn. He was 83. A Chicago native, Meyer earned a Master of Divinity degree in 1956 from what was then known as Trinity Seminary and Bible College. The school later became Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS). He also earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Luther Rice Seminary. Meyer was pastor of First Evangelical Free Church in Rockford, Ill., when appointed temporary interim president of TEDS in 1974. A year later, he stepped down from his pastoral position and was elected to his first three-year term as president of TEDS. He is credited with stabilizing the institution’s finances and producing balanced budgets for five consecutive years amid a poor national economy. At the start of his tenure TEDS and Trinity College had been separated. In 1984, Meyer assumed the additional role of president at the college. He set forth a plan to reunite the college and the divinity school that led to the creation of Trinity International University. Judy Tetour, who served as his first executive assistant, said Meyer’s administrative expertise was much needed in Deerfield. “President Meyer not only kept TEDS in the black all the years he was president, but when the College was in desperate need, he became president of that institution as well, laying the groundwork for what is now TIU,” said Tetour, who worked with Meyer from 1974–1980. “The fact that we remain (as an institution) is in large part due to his exemplary efforts.” During his tenure, Trinity began its work in South Florida with the 1993 acquisition of the former Miami Christian College. Today, Trinity operates campuses in Dade and Broward counties.

After leaving Trinity, Meyer continued active, fulltime service for causes in which he deeply believed. With Carol, his wife of more than 62 years, Meyer was instrumental in the early development of Torch Trinity Graduate University in Seoul, South Korea. He served as president there from 2001–2005. The institution offers six theological degree programs, with instruction in Korean and English. Carol and Kenneth Meyer were extensive world travelers, and family members say the couple visited 101 countries. Much of their travel focused on Christian higher education work or a charity called Food for the Hungry, an effort the Meyer family has supported for many years. Carol passed away on Easter Sunday of this year at the age of 83. “We are grateful to God for the life and legacy of Ken Meyer, who was one of the most significant and entrepreneurial leaders in Trinity’s history,” President David S. Dockery said. “President Meyer provided capable guidance for Trinity during some of the institution’s best days. He has been a marvelous cheerleader for our work in recent years and I am deeply grateful that I had the privilege to know him and to learn from him.” Meyer is survived by sons Keith and Kevin, a daughter Caryn Magnuson, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. “The Trinity community joins with me in offering our prayers and Christian sympathy for the Meyer family at this time,” Dockery said. A memorial service was held on Wednesday, Oct. 19, in the A.T. Olson Chapel on the Trinity campus. Memorials can be sent to Trinity International University, 2065 Half Day Rd, Deerfield, IL 60015 or given online at




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