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Days of Hope Hope is a powerful word—a driving force in life. It is an eager and confident expectation that sustains us while we patiently wait for God's plan and purposes to be fulfilled. Our identity as followers of Jesus Christ is shaped by hope. Hope is not escapism, but an energizing motivation for godly living and faithful service each day. While we wait, we work faithfully, for hope shapes and directs our service and gives it proper motivation. David S. Dockery President

A Hopeful Plan

Building on the wonderful heritage that has shaped the Trinity community through the years, we have entered into a new day shaped by a hope-filled and hope-inspired plan. This issue of Trinity Magazine provides an overview of this plan, which is called “Heritage and Hope: Trinity 2023.”

Markers of Hope

In this issue of Trinity Magazine you will see some of the exciting things that have been developing in recent weeks and months. § Significant campus projects have been moving forward on the Deerfield campus, including the development of the next phase of Trinity Central as well as the new space of the Student Leadership program. The big project for the summer of 2015 has been the renovation and refurbishing of the courtyard area between the chapel and the library. § We are also quite excited about the launch of the new Kendall Center site in Miami, which will move forward in partnership with the Christ Fellowship Church, one of the most dynamic congregations in all of South Florida. § We are pleased to announce that we have received the desk and office memorabilia from the outstanding British evangelical leader, John R. W. Stott.

§ We are grateful that Trinity has been named the recipient of a $3.4 million grant from the Templeton Religion Trust to fund a threeyear study called "Evangelical Theology and the Doctrine of Creation.” § We rejoice that the Kern Family Foundation has made a $1 million gift to Trinity to help support the launch of the Center for Transformational Churches and to extend the efforts of the "faith, work, and economics" project. This gift will be the largest one-time gift that the Kern Family Foundation has ever given to an institution, coming with the hope of a longer term commitment to help ensure these initiatives for the days to come. § We are thankful for alumni who are serving Christ in so many different ways and in so many different spheres of influence in this country and around the world. § We are delighted to welcome Graham Cole and Tom Cornman to Trinity to direct and oversee our academic programs for the days ahead. Both of these gifted and capable leaders bring years of experience to their new areas of service. Finally, I want to thank you for your faithful support and prayerful encouragement. We are counting on your partnership with us as we take these exciting steps together, seeking to build faithfully on the Trinity heritage while seeking to advance the distinctive mission of this institution in a hopeful and God-honoring way. May the Lord be with you and may his blessings rest upon the extended Trinity community around the globe. Faithfully,

David S. Dockery

TRINITY MAGAZINE AUTUMN 2015 Trinity Magazine exists to tell Trinity’s stories, to serve Trinity alumni and friends, and to connect the Trinity community. David S. Dockery President Mark Kahler Vice President of University Communication Chris Donato Editor and Assistant Vice President of University Communication Julia A. Wright (MA ’07) Designer Joshua Stoiber (BA ’15) Contributing Writer / Proofreader Kathleen Murray Photographer To contact the editor, email or call 847.945.8800. To send alumni news items or to change your mailing address, email or call 877.339.1416. Trinity International University is a private, Christian university composed of four schools: Trinity College, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Trinity Graduate School, and Trinity Law School. Trinity educates men and women to engage in God’s redemptive work in the world by cultivating academic excellence, Christian faithfulness, and lifelong learning. 


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at trinity: from the newsroom—5 Trinity Awarded $3.4 Million Templeton Grant College Faculty Honored for Service Kern Family Foundation Awards $1 Million Grant HLC Approves Expansion of Distance Learning First Bioethics Cohort from India TEDS Authors on Effective Teaching HCTU Update JEC @TEDS Update CBHD Update New Faces around Trinity TEDS Contributes to New Study Bible New Partnership with Christ Fellowship Miami Fall Athletics Preview New MA in Leadership Program Dockery and Cha Visit South Korea Improvements Bring New Look to Campus Trinity Named to President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

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Trinity’s Henry Center Awarded $3.4 Million Templeton Grant

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School’s Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding has been awarded a grant of $3.4 million from the Templeton Religion Trust for a multi-year study project that will examine and develop the Christian doctrine of creation within evangelical theology. The initiative, titled “Evangelical Theology and the Doctrine of Creation,” will unfold over the course of three academic years, each covering a distinct theme and set of issues—including the interpretation of Genesis in light of modern science and especially the thorny issues surrounding theological anthropology—and develop across six distinct programs and initiatives and multiple levels of audience engagement.

“This generous grant,” said Henry Center Director Thomas H. McCall, “makes it possible for evangelical theological scholarship to explore crucial hermeneutical, exegetical, historical, systematic, and pastoral elements of the doctrine of creation, especially as these relate to important developments in scientific inquiry.” President David S. Dockery expressed his appreciation for the confidence of the Templeton Religion Trust. “The opportunity to explore these important issues is incredibly exciting to consider,” he said. TEDS Dean Graham A. Cole added that he is “excited and enthusiastic about the project, and what it may mean for Trinity and the wider evangelical community.” Dockery noted that this project will proceed “in a way that is faithful to Trinity’s identity and mission and in concert with outstanding scholars from around the globe.”

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The grant will be administered by the project directors McCall (Henry Center Director and Professor of Systematic Theology) and Dick Averbeck (Professor of Old Testament). Geoff rey Fulkerson (Henry Center Assistant Director) will be responsible for executing the grant. It will fund six initiatives, some academic, others pastoral. Through an annual resident scholarship program and summer conference, the project hopes to stimulate evangelical thought leadership in the doctrine of creation. Through public lectures, online presence, and a congregational partnership program, the project is also intended to advance this doctrine at a broader church level. McCall hopes that the grant will “proceed with deep confidence in the complete truthfulness of divine revelation as well as an unswerving commitment to the importance of intellectual humility in dialogue with other disciplines.” He added, “We


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are hopeful that this project will bear much fruit.� A council (see box) will be made up of individuals who will be involved in the oversight of the project at an advisory level, the shaping of its

content, and personnel. In addition to putting their name on the project, the hope is that the council will also be informally and formally involved in the project in various ways, consistent with their own spheres of expertise and influence.

More details about the various projects will be available in coming months at creation-project.

HCTU Templeton Grant Advisory Council Denis Alexander Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion at St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge Kirsten Birkett Author and Lecturer at Oak Hill Theological College

Mark Galli Editor, Christianity Today Jeff Hardin Chair, Dept. of Zoology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Stephen Moshier Professor of Geology, Wheaton College John Oswalt Visiting Distinguished Professor of Old Testament, Asbury Theological Seminary

John A. Bloom Professor of Physics, Biola University

Michael S. Horton J. Gresham Machen Professor of Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary California

Darrell L. Bock Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary

Bill Kynes Senior Pastor, Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church, Annandale, Va.

Donald A. Carson Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

John Lennox Professor of Mathematics, University of Oxford

Sandra Richter Professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College

Richard Lints Dean, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Hamilton Campus

Carla D. Sanderson Academic committee, Trinity Board of Regents

Crawford Loritts Senior Pastor, Fellowship Bible Church, Roswell, Ga.

Jeff Schloss Distinguished Professor of Biology, Westmont College

Hans Madueme Assistant Professor of Theological Studies, Covenant College

Greg Waybright Senior Pastor, Lake Avenue Church, Pasadena, Calif.

R. Albert Mohler President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Ravi Zacharias President, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries

Graham A. Cole Dean, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School C. John Collins Professor of Old Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary William Lane Craig Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology Oliver D. Crisp Professor of Systematic Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary Paige Cunningham Adjunct Professor of Law and Bioethics, Trinity International University and Executive Director of the Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity Ligon Duncan Chancellor and CEO, Reformed Theological Seminary

Douglas J. Moo Blanchard Professor of New Testament, Wheaton College Graduate School Russell D. Moore President, Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission Terry Morrison Director Emeritus, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Faculty Ministry

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Chrystal Ho Pao Associate Professor of Biology, Trinity International University Michael C. Rea Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame

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From left: Professor of Biblical Studies Bill Moulder, Chair and Professor of Biology Angelo Rentas, Chair and Professor of History Steve Fratt, Professor of Christian Ministries Jana Sundene, Chair and Associate Professor of Mathematics Paul Bialek

College Faculty Honored for Years of Service

College faculty members Dr. Bill Moulder, Prof. Angelo Rentas, Dr. Steve Fratt, Prof. Jana Sundene, and Dr. Paul Bialek were honored at the annual Trinity College Faculty Recognition Dinner for their many years of service to the University. Dr. Moulder, the college’s longest serving full-time faculty member, has been at Trinity for 40 years. Professor Rentas completes 30 years of service this past academic year. Dr. Fratt and Professor Sundene have both served at Trinity for 25 years. Dr. Paul Bialek was honored for 20 years of service at the college. All honorees were presented with a gift in appreciation of their service. To honor the 25 years milestone, the provost’s office gives a chair with the Trinity logo embossed in it. Prof. Sundene and Dr. Fratt join seven other currently serving college faculty in owning a Trinity chair.

Kern Family Foundation Awards Trinity $1 Million Grant

The Kern Family Foundation has awarded a $1 million grant to Trinity International University to serve churches by helping to launch the Center for Transformational Churches. The Center will also become the new home of the Oikonomia Network, an evangelical seminary learning

community that equips pastors to connect work and the economy to biblical wisdom, sound theology, daily discipleship, and good stewardship. “We are deeply grateful to the Kern Family Foundation for this investment in our service to churches, pastors, and church leaders,” President David S. Dockery said. “This agreement represents another stage in what has been a fruitful partnership with the Foundation, and it will strengthen Trinity and its preparation of church leaders for years to come.” Kern Family Foundation President Jim Rahn said the award recognizes Trinity’s excellent leadership in preparing future pastors. “We are excited to extend our partnership with Trinity in this strategic way. It will strengthen pastors and churches across the country.” Trinity’s new Center for Transformational Churches will serve as a resource both to church members and church leaders. The center will help pastors and other church leaders better understand the vital connection between faith, work and economics with their congregations. Dr. Greg Forster will lead the faith, work, and economics initiative. Forster is currently the director of the Oikonomia Network, which the Foundation has operated since its beginning in 2010. The new Center will also work closely with Made to Flourish, a national network of pastors led by Trinity Board member Tom Nelson that helps pastors and churches nourish human flourishing and further the common good.

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HLC Approves Expansion of Trinity Distance Learning Programs

In March 2015, the Institutional Actions Council of the Higher Learning Commission approved a stipulation for Trinity International University that will lead to expanded distance learning options. The stipulation states that Trinity is “approved for distance education courses and programs.” The action took effect immediately, and the stipulation will be added to Trinity’s accreditation statement.

“The Trinity academic community is extremely pleased to receive this good news from the Higher Learning Commission,” President David S. Dockery said. “The decision affirms the desire of the Trinity Board of Regents to create new opportunities for delivering the Trinity education in new ways and new contexts.” Dockery said the decision also recognizes the quality of Trinity academic programs as well as capable leadership for these programs represented among the Trinity faculty and academic administration. Trinity academic administrators requested the HLC stipulation in light of plans to expand distance learning opportunities, which opened the door for full degree programs online. Previously, Trinity offered accredited distance learning classes, as well as degree completion programs at the bachelor’s level. Now there are fully


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online bachelor’s degrees available in Christian ministries, business, and psychology. Beyond this, Trinity Graduate School’s MA in Bioethics can be completed by combining online courses and two summer bioethics conferences along with associated wrap-around courses. Additionally, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School has approval from the Association for Theological Schools to offer comprehensive distance education. For example, the MA ICS program in Missional Ministry can now be completed in several non-traditional formats that include online, modular, weekend, and extension courses—ideal for persons who wish to study while remaining in ministry or without changing residence.

Trinity’s First Bioethics Cohort from India

Through the generosity of an anonymous benefactor, Trinity Graduate School is providing the opportunity for five doctors from India to complete their MA Bioethics at Trinity. They spent two weeks on the Deerfield campus this summer for courses and the summer CBHD conference as the culmination of their hybrid experience.

Their bioethics journey began in 2011 when Executive Director of CBHD Paige Cunningham and Dennis Sullivan (MA/BE ’04) along with Jameela George (2009 Global Bioethics Education Initiative scholar) presented a five-day intensive bioethics course in New Delhi, India. The students continued their work through online courses. Here's a brief look at who they are: Sedevi Angami, MD: Dr. Angami is medical superintendent at the Christian Institute of Health Sciences & Research in Dimapur, India, where he develops medical leaders who desire to impact northeastern India by opening centers of care in underresourced areas. Gigi Chandy, MD: Dr. Chandy is a physician in the department of reproductive medicine at Christian Medical College & Hospital in Vellore, India. She previously developed expertise in counseling infertile couples while working at the Queen Elizabeth Reproductive Medicine Unit in Adelaide, Australia. Roopa Jewel, MD: Dr. Jewel is a consultant OB-GYN at Landour Community Hospital in Mussoorie, India. Dr. Jewel serves as the administrator for the OB-GYN unit and performs a variety of surgeries. She is also engaged in medical research related to maternal health.

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From left: February’s Trinity Debate, hosted by HCTU, featured Doug Moo and Douglas Campbell; Kevin and Becky Kompelien

Ashita Singh, MD: Dr. Singh is an internal medicine physician currently working at the Christian Medical College & Hospital in Vellore, India. Before coming to the Christian Medical College, Dr. Singh and her husband spent seven years practicing medicine in rural northeastern India. Satish Thomas, MD: Dr. Thomas is an associate professor of ophthalmology at the Christian Medical College & Hospital in Ludhiana, Punjab, India. He is published in national and international journals and has been invited to give QUEST lectures on strabismus (misalignment of the eyes) and pediatric ophthalmology.

TEDS Authors Share Current Research on Effective Teaching

Christian Education Journal is a well respected peer reviewed journal that seeks to foster improved teaching in higher education and equip people for leadership in the field. Each issue of the journal includes a special focus area, and the most recent edition features a collection of articles written by TEDS professors, staff, and students. The Autumn 2015 issue of the journal focuses on “Research on Effective Pedagogy” and contains articles

at trinity from Director of the PhD (Educational Studies) program and Professor of Educational Ministries Donald Guthrie, Associate Professor of Educational and Leadership Studies Deborah Colwill, Doctoral Programs Coordinator Hae-Won Kim, PhD candidate Timothy Baldwin and PhD student Jason Walch. Dr. Guthrie served as guest editor of this special focus section of the journal. In keeping with the scholar/practitioner approach of the Educational Doctoral Studies program at TEDS, he invited a variety of colleagues to contribute to this collaborative effort.

Henry Center for Theological Understanding Update

HCTU wrapped up a full 2014–2015 academic year and is preparing for a packed slate of lectures and programs in the year ahead. Bob Priest and Deb Colwill continue their interdisciplinary, interinstitutional collaborative projects on witchcraft accusations and emerging adults, respectively. David Luy, in part with the help of a Henry Center grant, has also included Trinity in a leading role in the emerging regional theological group, the Chicago Theological Initiative. This year, the Henry Center will also be addressing the important and frequently neglected (if not actively suppressed) idea of death. Among the many speakers included in the lineup are TEDS’s own D.A. Carson and Dennis Magary. More about the topic and the full lineup of events can be found at

Jonathan Edwards Center at TEDS

The Jonathan Edwards Center continues to gain interest and engagement from Jonathan Edwards experts and enthusiasts, promoting

awareness of Edwards’ life, thought, and legacy and advancing Edwards scholarship all around the world. This summer, The Edwards Center awarded the first graduate student paper prize. Applicants spanned three continents and four countries. Ryan Hoselton, a PhD student at the University of Heidelberg (Germany), was the winner. His essay, “Jonathan Edwards, the Inner Witness of the Spirit, and Experiential Exegesis,” can be read online at [jec journal]. This October, the center welcomes Jonathan Yeager of the University of Tennessee (Chattanooga) as part of our usual lineup of lectures. He will deliver a New Directions lecture on “Jonathan Edwards and the Transatlantic Print Culture.” Director Doug Sweeney also remains actively involved in speaking engagements around the world, with destinations from Tokyo to Australia, then on to Georgia and Pennsylvania.

The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity Update

Participants at CBHD’s summer conference on “Science, Research, and the Limits of Bioethics” heard from scientists working in rare genetic diseases, affective computing, mitochondrial diseases, and astronomy. They challenged us as Christians to increase our scientific literacy, in an effort to both be in awe of God’s creation and to be aware of bioethical hazards that exist in the sciences. CBHD also convened a private, byinvitation-only consultation on the mechanism of action of levonorgestrel (Plan B) and potential effects on the embryo. This is one of the drugs covered by an HHS mandate to provide contraception coverage, and the subject of litigation. Held in Hinkson Hall in February, participants were deeply appreciative as the discussion helped to clarify the medical and biological points of concern.

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Welcome the New Faces Around Trinity Graham Cole as executive dean of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Susan Corapi as visiting assistant professor of education Zack Cormier as assistant professor of law Thomas Cornman as vice president for academic administration and dean of Trinity College and Trinity Graduate School Alex Daye as director of design Benjamin Dockery as associate vice president for enrollment development Dan Ebert as director of graduate programs (South Florida Kendall campus) Greg Forster as director of the Center for Transformational Churches Joshua Held as visiting assistant professor of English Steve Kang as professor of educational ministries and interdisciplinary studies Kathleen Murray as university photographer Priscilla Selvaraj as assistant professor of counseling Joy Tong as affiliate professor of missions and evangelism Ryan Wilkinson as associate professor of athletic training and director of athletic training program Taylor Worley as associate vice president for spiritual life and university ministries Engaging audiences in our nation’s capital, CBHD hosted a well attended congressional briefing on “Improving Emotional Connection in the Digital Age: Affective Computing & Assistive Technologies” with Dr. Rosalind Picard, PhD (MIT). Michael Sleasman presented a response paper discussing virtue, humility, neuroscience, and genetics at a late June symposium on “Bare Life and Moral Life.” The event in Madrid



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was hosted by the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics (St. Louis University) and co-sponsored by CBHD and the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture. Earlier this year, Paige Cunningham represented CBHD in California speaking to the faculty of the Talbot School of Theology on “Why the Ethics of Science, Medicine, and Technology Matter More to the Church than Bioethics.” While there, she also presented on “‘Two-Dad’ and ThreeParent Embryos: Constructing Persons in the 21st Century” to faculty and alums at Trinity Law School.

TEDS Faculty and Alumni Contribute to New Study Bible

Zondervan’s latest study bible, The NIV Zondervan Study Bible, which came out this summer, feature many contributions from members of the Trinity community. Dr. D.A. Carson served as the general editor for the project, alongside writing several introductions and articles. Trinity faculty Drs. Richard E. Averbeck, K. Lawson Younger, David W. Pao, Te-Li Lau, and Dana M. Harris also contributed to the volume alongside alumni Craig Blomberg (MA ’79), Andrew David Naselli (PhD ’10), Thomas Richard Wood (PhD ’06), and Andreas J. Kostenberger (PhD ’93).

According to the publisher, the book “is built on the truth of Scripture and centered on the gospel message. It’s a comprehensive undertaking of crafted study notes and tools to present a biblical theology of God’s special revelation in the Scriptures.”

Trinity develops new partnership with Christ Fellowship Miami

On an average weekend, Christ Fellowship Miami ministers to at least 10,000 worshippers on its nine

Top to bottom: Dr. Michelle Kirtley (CBHD bioethics and public policy analyst) moderates a panel on ethics, science, and technology, with Dr. Fabrice Jotterand, and others. The cover, binding, and examples of the illustrations, charts and notes found in Zondervan's new study Bible.

campuses in Dade County, Fla. The congregation shares a commitment to reach 100,000 new people for Christ by 2020, and is nearing the halfway point toward that goal. Christ Fellowship needs scores of new ministers and teachers as it strives to reach South Florida and beyond. Under a new partnership agreement with TEDS, Christ Fellowship members will benefit from classes online and at a new Trinity classroom facility in Kendall, south of downtown Miami.

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In autumn 2015, the first two classes offered are Theology II: Christ, Man, Sin, Salvation (taught in Kendall) and Introduction to New Testament (offered online). Students may either take individual classes or work toward an MA in Theological Studies. Trinity President David S. Dockery preached in all five Christ Fellowship services July 10–11, examining leadership lessons found in Titus 1, and the Great Commandment that instructs Christians to love God with heart, soul and mind.

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Fall Athletics Preview

With the start of the new academic year comes another exciting campaign for Trinity’s athletic programs. The Trojans closed out a 2014–15 season that saw over 130 team and individual awards, including ten All-Americans and a school-record 22 NAIA Scholar-Athlete honorees. Trojan Football returns for its 26th season with high expectations as well: senior running back Chris Elliott will look to set a new all-time rushing record for TIU, as his current tally of 3,033 yards is less than 300 shy of Todd Johnson’s (1990–94) career mark. On the defensive side of the ball, junior linebacker Riley Schussler will look to lead TIU after finishing 3rd in the NAIA in tackles as a sophomore. The Wrightstown, Wisc., native was nominated earlier this summer for the 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, recognizing both his performance on the field as well as his work away from football. Schussler has been a key member of the Trinity football program’s partnership with Bright Hope International, and the “Rescued: with TIU Football” initiative. This summer, women’s soccer senior Melissa Loretto was selected by the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) as the 2015 recipient of the Game Plan 4 Life Award, given to one male and female student-athlete who epitomize the Christian character qualities of love, integrity, faith, and excellence.

“Sometimes, our approach to the Christian faith leaves out the mental part,” Dockery said during the sermon. “What we want to do is to learn to love God with our minds.” Dockery added that academic preparation is especially important for the next generation of leaders, who will serve “in the most confusing cultural context that our society has ever known.”

Registration Underway for New MA in Leadership Program Leaders who want to refine their skills can now choose from three areas of emphasis in Trinity Graduate School’s new MA in Leadership program.

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The squad looks to continue their run of NAIA National Tournament appearances in 2015, after reaching the big stage the last two seasons. Senior forward Samantha Yasatan will rejoin the team after her record-setting season a year ago, in which she set Trinity’s single-season record with 29 goals scored. TIU Men’s Soccer looks to build upon last season’s four-win performance, and will return a number of key starters, including junior Zach Reget, who led the team in goals while earning NCCAA All-North Central Region honors. TIU Volleyball welcomed Luke Ward as the program’s newest head coach in May, coming to Trinity after a successful stint as the assistant coach and junior varsity head coach at Olivet Nazarene University. Ward spent the past three seasons helping lead ONU to three straight CCAC Tournament appearances, and coached ten All-CCAC Team award winners. Trinity’s AllCCAC hitter Samantha Stoller, who graduated last spring, joins Ward on the bench as assistant coach. The new season officially kicked off on Tuesday, August 25, when women’s soccer hosted a rematch against The Master’s (Calif.), the team that knocked them out of last year’s tournament, resulting in a draw. Football began its season with a win on the road the following Saturday (45–0), August 29, at Trinity Bible (ND). The rest of the fall schedule can be found at TIUTrojans. com/schedule.

The degree program offers students an emphasis in either nonprofit, international, or organizational leadership. Students complete the degree with 36 credit hours of academic work plus a capstone project of 3–4 hours. Students can complete the program in as little as 36 months by attending class one night per week. Daytime, modular and online options also are available. A primary distinctive of the program is strong connections to expert practitioners and mentors. “We want this group of business, non-profit, and international leaders to give perspective, provide mentoring opportunity and guide the students to new insights of the principles of leadership,” said Gregory C. Carlson, who directs the degree program and serves as professor of Christian ministries. He said each



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course will have several practitioner leaders weigh in on the issues of the subject matter. Another distinctive is the integration of Christian faith principles with the study of leadership. Carlson said that integration is “demonstrated in our approach to ethics, followership and mentoring.” TGS previously offered an MA in Nonprofit Leadership, but the new program expands the focus to include a larger group of potential students, some of whom might be mid-range managers attempting to advance their careers. More information about the MA in Leadership is available at

Dockery and Cha Visit South Korea

President David S. Dockery and TEDS Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology Peter Cha spent several days in the spring touring South Korea, connecting with Trinity alumni, Korean Christian leaders and congregations. Dockery spoke at the Onnuri Church in Seoul, where attendance averages about 40,000 for weekend worship services. He addressed alumni in several locations, bringing a video greeting from TEDS professors who maintain close relationships with former students now serving in South Korea. The country has been sending students to TEDS for years, and there are now many alumni in key leadership positions in Korean churches, seminaries and missionary agencies. Dockery and Cha also visited Torch Trinity Graduate University, which has been a partner institution with TEDS since its founding in 98. The enrollment of 600 is equally divided between English and Korean instruction, and students come from about 50 countries to earn MDiv and PhD degrees.

“An important way through which TEDS can serve today’s global

church is by continuing to assist and collaborate with our alumni who are serving Christ around the world,” Cha said. “Our trip to Korea was a significant step toward the cultivation of such a missional partnership.”

Improvements Bring New Look to Deerfield Campus

Construction concluded this summer on several key campus projects, including a new headquarters for Trinity’s student leadership program, an updated entrance to the Norton Welcome Center, and a refurbished courtyard area between Rolfing Library and A.T. Olsen Chapel. Student leadership development work, including the Emerging Kingdom Leaders program, now is located in remodeled space beneath Trinity Central on the lower level of the Petersen Wing. The area includes offices and meeting rooms as well as a student lounge. External updates also were completed in front of the Norton Welcome Center, including a resurfaced parking lot and new landscaping. Resurfacing work was completed in the Meyer lot and several other campus parking areas. Sidewalks, entrances and the courtyard area between the library and chapel were improved, representing the largest single renovation project of the summer. The work was completed prior to the arrival of new students in late August. In late July, faculty and staff donned work clothes and performed

Left to right, by row: The newly remodeled Student Leadership Offices, affectionately dubbed “The Underground.” Student Leadership Retreat students and Trinity Student Life staff members gather for an official beginning of the year group photo on the Mansion lawn. Prof. Dennis Magary, Dean Graham Cole, Pres. Dockery, Dean Tom Cornman, and VP for Student Life and University Services Felix Theonugraha line up for Convocation, during which Cole, Cornman, and Theonugraha were officially installed in their new roles. President Dockery interacts with incoming TEDS students at their commissioning service. Student leaders introduce themselves to fellow students during the welcoming session of their on-campus retreat. Raquel Abreu, freshman, moves onto campus to attend the Student Leader Retreat. Students gather for a time of worship during the Student Leadership Retreat in the A.T. Olson Chapel.

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heard in chapel "God wants to break open this shell of our limited perspective. The Lord has no limits in time. He is the everlasting God. He has no limits in space. He is the creator of the ends of the earth. He has no limits in power. He does not grow tired or weary. He has no limits in wisdom, because his understanding no one can fathom. In fact, the Lord is not limited by our limitations." BILL JONES Senior Pastor, First Evangelical Free Church Ballwin, Mo.

"God’s promises are true where we meet with him in the person of Jesus Christ. And if that’s the case, then whatever is happening in the mission field around us, whatever is happening in the culture around us, however uneasy we may feel in the world around us, we are marching joyfully and triumphantly to Zion. Our response should not be fearfulness at the outside, and it should not be anger at the outside. It should be humbling ourselves as a church, repenting together as a church, crying out in prayer together as a church. " RUSSELL MOORE President, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission

Jesus demands my total allegiance. He alone is the King. He alone is worthy of Lordship in every area of my life . . . . Jesus is Lord over my dreams for my family; He is Lord over my hopes for ministry and my leadership. He is Lord over my deepest longing and He alone is the source of true life. maintenance in a wide variety of areas. They worked on painting, gardening, and clean-up projects.

Trinity Named to President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll For the seventh straight year, Trinity International University was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary community service programs.

Community Service (CNCS), the annual award is considered the highest federal recognition an institution can receive for its commitment to community, servicelearning, and civic engagement. This year, 766 colleges and universities were named to the honor roll, but Trinity is in a more select group of institutions that have been awarded the designation for consecutive years. The CNCS launched the honor roll in 2006, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the American Council on Education, Campus Compact and the Interfaith Youth Core.

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AMBER JIPP Intervarsity Christian Fellowship

Committed service means making the decision to say, again and again, I’d rather have Jesus, than anything else. The reason why committed service looks like laying down our lives is because committed service looks like Jesus. JARED ALCANTARA Assistant Professor of Homiletics Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

All that will be there in eternity forever are other people who have been welcomed into the kingdom of God by the faithful witness and testimony of people who know Jesus already. The local church is where we work together to bring other people into God’s family. NATE ADAMS Executive Director, Illinois Baptist State Association

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faculty updates

Richard E. Averbeck (Old Testament)  rote several articles and essays w recently, including “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 Perspectives on the Exodus Narratives, Bulletin of Biblical Research Monograph Series, edited by James Hoffmeier, Alan Millard, and Gary Rendsburg, (Institute of Biblical Research, forthcoming  2015); “Sumerian Creation Texts: Enki and the World Order and KAR 4 The Creation of Humanity,” in The Context of Scripture, vol. IV, edited by K. Lawson Younger, Jr. (Brill, forthcoming 2016); and a review article of “John Walton, The Lost World of Adam and Eve (IVP 2015),” Themelios (forthcoming).  Paul Bialek (Mathematics)and Dominic W. Klyve (Central Washington University) used their new translation of a Latin treatise by Swiss mathematician Leonard Euler to co-author a paper entitled “Did Euler Know Quadratic Reciprocity?: New Insights from a Forgotten Work,” for Convergence: Where Mathematics, History, and Teaching Interact. Constantine R. Campbell (New Testament)will be hosting a seven-part TV documentary series on the Apostle Paul, with the first three episodes having been filmed in Israel in early August. The documentary is being produced by Day of Discovery, the television arm of Our Daily Bread Ministries. Plans for 2016 are to film in Turkey, Greece, and Rome for the remainder of the series. Gregory Carlson (Christian Ministries) reviewed Abdu H. Murray’s Grand Central Question: Answering the Critical Concerns of the Major Worldviews and Dan Phillips’ The World-Tilting Gospel: Embracing a Biblical Worldview & Hanging on Tight for the Journal of Youth Ministry.

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D.A. Carson (New Testament) w  rote the essays “Jesus’s Resolve to Head toward Jerusalem (Luke 9:18–62),” in His Mission: Jesus in the Gospel of Luke (Crossway, 2015); and “The Biblical Basis for Missions: Treasure in Jars of Clay (2 Corinthians 4:1–12), in God’s Love Compels Us: Taking the Gospel to the World (Crossway, 2015). He also wrote the article “Why the Local Church Is More Important Than TGC, White Horse Inn, 9Marks, and Maybe Even ETS” for Themelios. Many of his previous works continue to be published the world over in various languages. Steve Fratt (History) has added ten book reviews to his Oxford Online Bibliography on “Tactics.” This May he also acts as Quartermaster for the First Federal Division at the 150th anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Bentonville (NC), as well as Commanding Colonel at the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s funeral (Springfield, IL). David M. Gustafson (Mission and Evangelism) wrote “August Davis and the Free-Free: Pentecostal Phenomena among the Swedish Evangelical Free,” which will be published in the next issue of Pneuma: The Journal of the Society of Pentecostal Studies. S. Steve Kang (Educational Ministries and Interdisciplinary Studies)served as an editorial advisory board member for Encyclopedia of Christian Education, 3 volumes, (George Kurian and Mark Lamport, eds. Encyclopedia of Christian Education (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015). He wrote on the following entries: “Christ and Culture,” “Hermeneutics,” “Idealism,” “Karl Barth,” “Modern Epistemology,” “Shared Christian Praxis,” and “Theory of Multiple Intelligences.”

faculty updates 15 Thomas H. McCall (Biblical & Systematic Theology) wrote An Invitation to Analytic Christian Theology (IVP Academic, forthcoming winter 2015), in which he explains the connections of analytic theology to scripture, Christian tradition and culture, using case studies to illuminate his discussion. Richard J. McLaughlin (TC/TGS Online Programs) wrote an Encyclopedia of Christian Education entry on “Williams College,” a Wheaton Magazine article on “The Essence of Revival”, and a Journal of Youth Ministry book review on Trent Sheppard’s God on Campus: Sacred Causes & Global Effects. Craig Ott (Mission and Evangelism) wrote the article “Globalization and Contextualization: Reframing the Task of Contextualization in the Twenty-first Century” in Missiology (Jan. 2015). Miriam Stark Parent (Counseling) recently wrote an article focusing on personality issues in counseling: “The Eccentrics: Paranoid, Schizoid, and Schizotypal Personalities,” for Christian Counseling Today (2015). Robert J. Priest (Mission and Evangelism) continues to lead the conversation on witchcraft accusations with several publications on the subject, including “Putting Witchcraft on the Missiological Agenda: A case from Northern Peru,” International Bulletin of Missionary Research; “Culture and the Missional Engagement with Good and Evil: What we learned about contextualization from J. Robertson McQuilkin,” in Transformed from glory to glory: Celebrating the legacy of J. Robertson McQuilkin (CLC Publications); and “The Value of Anthropology for Missiological Engagements with Context: The case of witch accusations,” in Missiology: An International Review. Greg R. Scharf (Pastoral Theology) recently abridged and updated John Stott’s The Challenge of Preaching, which was published by Eerdmans in August 2015.

Kevin J. Vanhoozer (Biblical and Sytematic Theology) w  rote several articles and chapters in books, including: “The Spirit of Light after the Age of Enlightenment: Renewing/ Reforming Pneumatic Hermeneutics via the Economy of Illumination” in Spirit of God: Christian Renewal in the Community of Faith (IVP, 2015); “‘Exegesis I know, and Theology I know, but who are you?’ Acts 19 and the Theological Interpretation of Scripture,” in Theological Theology: Essays in Honor of John B. Webster, (T&T Clark, 2015); and “Improvising Theology According to the Scriptures: An Evangelical Account of the Development of Doctrine,” in Building on the Foundations of Evangelical Theology, (Crossway, 2015). Along with alumnus Owen Strachan (PhD ’11), Vanhoozer authored The Pastor as Public Theologian: Reclaiming a Lost Vision (Baker, 2015). Brandon Waybright (Design) exhibited at the Form+Content Gallery in Minneapolis this summer as a part of “Beyond Brand”—an exhibition of graphic design and visual communication as social criticism. K. Lawson Younger, Jr. (Old Testament) wrote A Political History of the Arameans, which investigates their tribal structures, the development of their polities, and their interactions with other groups in the ancient Near East (SBL, 2016).

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Dr. Tom Cornman “C Dean of Trinity College and Trinity Graduate School ompassion, competence, and character.”

Those three words rolled thoughtfully out of Thomas H.L. Cornman’s mouth when asked how he would like his tenure as dean of Trinity College and Graduate School to be characterized.

He went on: “When my time at Trinity College and Graduate School is over, I would hope that the faculty and staff would be able to say that I was full of sympathy(being able to feel with them), that I was

a thoughtful and engaged leader and that I exhibited a Christ-like character, and that I lived a life of congruence.”

family moved to Bucks County when I was seven, the same family-friendly neighborhood existed.”

Dr. Cornman, a veteran of more than three decades of service in Christian higher education, was appointed dean of Trinity International University’s college and graduate school in the spring of 2015, and he joined the community in July.

Cornman described himself as “a freerange kid growing up on the borders between rural and suburban spaces.” He also was raised in the church, as his father was a Presbyterian elder, meaning that Cornman “was enrolled in the cradle roll the day I was born (which happened to be a Sunday of course).”

Cornman grew up in Southeastern Pennsylvania. “My earliest memories are in Allentown, Penn., where we lived in a tight-knit community,” he said. “And when my

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“I grew up in the grand tradition of Donald Grey Barnhouse, and I came to Christ through a Child Evangelism Fellowship backyard Bible club when

at trinity I was eight,” recalled Cornman. By junior high, he remembers being regularly discipled at church, along with his father, who “played a key role in that development as we would have regular evening dinner discussions related to theology and practice.” It was by high school that Cornman became convinced that he needed to prepare for a teaching ministry, so he began to plan for Bible college and the seminary. Among Cornman’s five academic degrees are a PhD in history from the University of Illinois at Chicago

Trinity when Dr. David Dockery was announced as the new president. So, when I was approached about going through the process of interviewing for the dean’s position, my interaction with Dr. Jeannete Hsieh, the search committee, and Dr. Dockery was so positive and encouraging, that my wife and I became convinced that this is where we needed to spend the last quarter of our career.” “What a joy it has been to welcome Tom Cornman to Trinity,” President David S. Dockery said. “Dr. Cornman is a highly competent administrator, a

“Tom Cornman is widely respected as a leader among academic leaders — a strategic thinker who knows what it means to be intentional about loving God with one’s mind.” and master’s degrees from Biola University’s Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, Calif., and Temple University in Philadelphia. Since 2009, Cornman has served as vice president for academics and chief academic officer at Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. He supervised six deans and eight department chairs as well as the university registrar. In addition to these administrative duties, Cornman served as professor of history, teaching both traditional and online courses. Prior to Cedarville, Cornman served from 2001–2009 at Moody Bible Institute as vice president and dean of the undergraduate school. Prior to that appointment, Cornman served Moody as a department chair and faculty member, beginning his work there in 1982. His previous experiences with Trinity during that time is in part why Cornman, along with his wife, Sue, considered coming back to the area. “From my time at Moody, we knew about Trinity and I taught American Church History at TEDS as an adjunct on occasion [from 2005–2009],” Cornman said. “We were excited for

solution-oriented manager, a highly regarded ambassador for Christian higher education and the liberal arts, and a faithful churchman. Trinity will be blessed to be the beneficiary of his excellence-driven leadership in his new roles in Trinity’s academic administration.”

an organization of which Trinity is a member. “Tom Cornman is widely respected as a leader among academic leaders — a strategic thinker who knows what it means to be intentional about loving God with one’s mind,” said Gene Fant, provost and professor of English at Palm Beach Atlantic University, a CCCU-member institution. “I congratulate Trinity College on their choice, which enriches an already strong reputation as an institution that values the Christian intellectual tradition.” Cornman was selected after a national search. The committee that reviewed candidates recommended him unanimously to the Trinity Board of Regents, who approved the appointment at their February meeting. “Our committee was praying we could nominate a dean who had experience with demonstrated leadership, ability to recruit, support and retain excellent faculty, work collaboratively and successfully with faculty and upper level administration and prompt an environment for enrollment growth,” said Professor of Christian Ministries Gregory Carlson, who served on the search committee. “I believe we have found such a person in Dr. Cornman.”

“He has an innate understanding of the value of a Christian liberal arts education in the creation of interdisciplinary critical thinkers.” Among his many publications are an edited volume Proclaiming Jesus: Essays on the Centrality of Christ in the Church in Honor of Joseph Stowell, published by Moody Publishers in 2007, and a single-authored work titled Caterpillars and Newfangled Religion: The Struggle for the Soul of Colonial American Presbyterianism, published by University Press of America in 2003. His positions in Christian higher education have made Cornman well-known throughout the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities,

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“Dr. Tom Cornman brings a wealth of higher education experience reflecting the perspectives of both an academic administrator and a faculty member,” said Professor of Biology Joyce Shelton, another member of the search committee. “He has an innate understanding of the value of a Christian liberal arts education in the creation of interdisciplinary critical thinkers who will be both excellent professionals and long-term learners. He will resonate with and lead our community at Trinity College and Graduate School very well.”



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Dr. Graham Cole Dean of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School


rowing up in Sydney, Australia, with the iconic Opera House in view out of the left side of his bedroom window and the Sydney Harbor Bridge out of the right, Graham A. Cole struggled to imagine ever leaving his small corner of the world. He loved the harbor and fishing was his passion.

Raised “a latchkey kid by a single mum,” Cole’s home was a rentcontrolled flat and tiny. “It was a solitary experience for the most part in the midst of high

rise apartments,” he recalled. “My upbringing was barely religious (nominally Anglican), but eventually I found community in finding Christ when I was around 18.” Cole recounted how he had heard a sermon on the cross, and then, in short, he came to Christ and married the preacher’s daughter. “I was found by the love that will not let me go,” he added. Not unlike fishing, which he noted remains his passion, Cole includes now his primary passion for ministry—to serve as dean of TEDS in such a way

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that is remembered for being, in his words, “God-honoring, Scripturebelieving, gospel-promoting, churchserving, and world-impacting.” When the opportunity to join TEDS the first time came around (as professor of biblical and systematic theology from 2002 to 2011), Cole remembers with affection how he “had been blessed by the ministry of its faculty and books for years. If ever I was going to write books myself as well as get back to the class room full-time—my first love— this was it. And what a faculty to work with!"

at trinity This second time around, after having taught theology at Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Ala., since 2011, returning to TEDS as Dean “seemed such a gospel strategic thing to do,” he said. Educational administration is not new to Cole: He started his professional life after university as an education administrator for the state government of New South Wales (Deputy Registrar of the Correspondence School). He was also on the council of a top fifty university in the world and led an institution as a combined president/

Members of the search committee also have noted Cole’s many academic connections with the TEDS faculty. “Graham Cole was well-known to the search committee,” said Research Professor of Systematic Theology Kevin Vanhoozer. “All of us on the committee quickly agreed that his wisdom and winsomeness made a winning combination.” “Dr. Cole made invaluable contributions to TEDS as a theologian,” said Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology Peter Cha, also a search committee member. “We look forward to what lies ahead as he serves as the new dean.”

"Graham Cole is a well-respected theologian, prolific author, and experienced administrator. He will bring long-standing relationships with Trinity faculty, staff, and alumni to his new leadership role at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.” dean (principal). In all, Cole brings more than thirty years of experience in theological education, both as an administrator and as a faculty member. In addition to his duties as TEDS dean, Cole also will once again serve as professor of biblical and systematic theology. “So here we are,” he said, “and I will still teach. And still I think, what a faculty to work with!"

“We are delighted to welcome Graham and (his wife) Jules Cole back to the TEDS community,” said Associate Professor of New Testament Dana M. Harris. “We are thankful for their

by TEDS Research Professor of New Testament D.A. Carson. Cole also has contributed to important works on the importance of historical biblical and theological interpretation with Jim Hoffmeier, professor of Old Testament and ancient near eastern history and archaeology, and Dennis Magary, chair of the Old Testament and Semitic languages department. Cole and Vanhoozer worked together on a project on the theological interpretation of the Bible, and his writings on the Holy Spirit were included in a series from Crossway Books and edited by John S. Feinberg, TEDS professor of biblical and systematic theology. Among Cole’s six academic degrees are a bachelor of divinity with honors from the University of London and a ThD from the Australian College of Theology. “Dr. Graham Cole is a wonderful scholar and friend and has done a great job at Beeson,” said Dean Timothy George. “We send him back to Trinity with our love and best wishes for his new work there.” In addition to TEDS and Beeson, Cole has served at Moore College in Sydney, the University of Sydney, the Australian College of Theology and the University of Melbourne, where

“Dr. Cole made invaluable contributions to TEDS as a theologian. We look forward to what lies ahead as he serves as the new dean.”

A campus committee conducted a national search for the new dean, and affirmed Cole unanimously. The Trinity board of regents approved Cole’s hiring at its meeting in February 2015.

willingness to serve in this capacity and are looking forward to Graham’s capable and wise leadership.”

“Graham Cole is a well-respected theologian, prolific author, and experienced administrator,” President David S. Dockery said. “He will bring long-standing relationships with Trinity faculty, staff, and alumni to his new leadership role at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.”

The many collaborations with members of the TEDS faculty include The God Who Became Human: A Biblical Theology of Incarnation and God the Peacemaker: How Atonement Brings Shalom, two books for the InterVarsity Press series New Studies in Biblical Theology that is edited

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he served for a decade as principal of Ridley College. “An outstanding scholar and dedicated churchman, Dr. Cole’s commitment to Christ, to the people of God, and to the best of serious theological education make him an ideal person to lead the divinity school to new and hopeful days,” Dockery said.


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THE IMPORTANCE OF PLANNING We also think it is important not just to initiate ideas, but to articulate a plan that brings clarity to the Trinity community at this time, helping to develop shared vision and common goals for a unified future. We can take this one step further and say that this plan has been shaped in order to develop a shared and preferred future for the entire institution. Such vision and motivation will enable the Trinity community to shape a realistic and credible plan that can help to encourage renewed commitment, while energizing Board members, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends, helping to bridge the past, the present and the future. Moving this motivation and vision forward in this manner requires strategic thinking that must remain missionfocused. And while this new plan is forward-looking, it is grounded in the best of Trinity’s history and heritage, its strengths and virtues. Attempting to articulate such a quality-enhancing plan to influence aspects of the entire Trinity community has resulted in what is now called “Heritage and Hope: Trinity 2023,” a plan the Trinity Board of Regents unanimously and enthusiastically adopted and approved on February 28, 2015.

to Trinity’s institutional and evangelical heritage, while seeking to be ever more in touch with reformulations of the world in which we now find ourselves. The new plan seeks to anticipate educational and demographic shifts, as well as cultural issues, that will invite our very best efforts, The plan, which includes twelve overarching priorities and more than 120 initiatives, seeks to shape the future steps of the Trinity community in the most wise, strategic, and creative manner possible. In doing so, the plan calls for Trinity to become more distinctively mission-driven, more thoroughly connected with its constituencies and with the best of Christian thinking as it has been articulated over the past two-thousand years.


PREPARING FOR CHALLENGES Standing on the shoulders of those who have gone before us and learning from their previous decisions and actions, the academic community called Trinity International University will seek, with God’s help, to be prepared for the seemingly ubiquitous challenges currently facing higher education. The changes in higher education seem to be ever-shift ing in terms of philosophy, methodology, and delivery system possibilities. While it is impossible to keep up with these constant changes, this new plan seeks to provide a path toward a Christ-centered, church-connected, communityfocused, and culturally-engaged education that is faithful

The proposals found in this plan will seek to guide Trinity College, Trinity Graduate School, Trinity Law School, and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in ways that are characterized by intellectual seriousness and academic rigor, as well as evangelical and confessional faithfulness. The plan has been introduced at a time clearly marked by the shift ing sands of our society and our culture-at-large, changes in denominational landscapes, and tensions around the globe. Until the earth is made new, we live with the essential disorder of human life that can be seen all around us. Yet, in the midst of these things, we have hope. We have hope not because of our combined abilities or intelligence, but because Jesus Christ has come to this world and by his sinless life, atoning death, triumphant resurrection and ascension, we can live and serve together in the Trinity community with a hopeful and hope-fi lled future. The plan is informed by a great appreciation for Trinity’s heritage, particularly the best of the Kenneth Kantzer-Carl

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Appreciating who we are as a Christ-centered academic community and recognizing what we believe, we understand the significant people, ideas, initiatives, programs, and beliefs that have influenced and shaped the Trinity community for nearly twelve decades.

Henry trajectory from the previous generation, as well as by our shared Christ-centered hope. It is by bringing together these two themes in a strategic, wise, and winsome fashion that Trinity has a special opportunity to help lead the way across the evangelical community. While we seek to honor the best of the past, to learn from it and to build upon it, we do not seek to relive it or merely imitate it for another period of time. Understanding who we are as a Christ-centered academic community and recognizing what we believe, we appreciate the significant people, ideas, initiatives, programs, and beliefs that have influenced and shaped the Trinity community for nearly twelve decades. We believe that drawing on the strengths of this heritage will provide guidance for today and tomorrow.

gospel” by showing the implications for all academic and student program offerings. Another important initiative related to this priority has been the adoption of a new University Hymn. As the University moves toward the 2022–23 academic year, the time of Trinity’s 125th anniversary, we will seek to recruit an author to write the institutional history to celebrate God’s faithfulness through these years.




CELEBRATE TRINITY'S INSTITUTIONAL HERITAGE AS A HOPEFUL RESOURCE FOR ADVANCING THE MISSION OF TRINITY INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY. Trinity will look for new ways to celebrate current strengths and recent positive initiatives based on Trinity’s blessed heritage. One way that this has been done is by establishing a Founders’ Day to celebrate Trinity’s heritage on an annual basis. We will seek to extend the recognition that Trinity has been “entrusted with the

This plan sets forth a trajectory for the work of Trinity International University in days to come that is shaped and informed by confessional commitments, our mission, and our core values. The University recognizes the importance of a thoroughgoing commitment to both unity and community in seeking to carry forward the work across the various schools, centers, and programs in faithful, effective, and efficient ways. In order to do so, we want to establish and articulate with clarity Trinity’s identity, working to create a more unified and synergistic community in our day-to-day operations, while simultaneously stressing the separate identities, distinctives, and strengths of each educational entity that makes up the overall work of the University. As members of the Trinity academic community, we pledge to pray for God’s help in order to implement and carry out the initiatives identified in this plan. That includes its overarching vision for strengthening Trinity’s identity and mission, as well as focuses on the recruitment and retention of students and the

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hope and enable us to move forward toward spiritual, communal, and institutional health, resulting in the praise and exultation of God.

needed services for them. It touches the facilities and development opportunities, institutional operations and finances. It connects with the work of the Board of Regents and the administration, including ways to enhance and strengthen both faculty and staff. We are truly hopeful regarding the exploration of new academic programs that will enable Trinity to bolster and expand the vision for a comprehensive university.



Trinity recognizes the importance of a shared theological confession as the foundation for all we do, even as we recognize the need for both truth and piety, orthodoxy and orthopraxy. These foundational commitments must serve as the very backbone of the Trinity community. Without these commitments, Trinity will lack institutional identity and clarity in the various and multi-faceted efforts to carry out its distinctive University mission. An understanding of our biblical and theological heritage will help mature the head, strengthen the heart, and make ready our hands and feet for service. We pray that these steps will renew our

Trinity’s strength will be reflected in the strength of the work of the Board of Regents. The Board has developed a new Policy Manual for the Board of Regents, which will clarify the role and expectations of the Board and the Administration, including processes to help implement and review current policies.


An understanding of our biblical and theological heritage will help mature the head, strengthen the heart, and make ready our hands and feet for service.

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and publications, by hosting major conferences on the Trinity campus, by promotion of faculty speaking opportunities, and through networking, as well as other means.

Trinity must develop key processes to move from the generation of ideas and proposals toward prioritization and implementation strategies. A key aspect of these processes will include a new focus on institutional research in order to gather data and provide analysis. This will help us better understand the areas of strengths and areas of weaknesses across the institution. The goal is to enhance both effectiveness and efficiency of operations. Based on findings of institutional research, Trinity will seek to prioritize strategic initiatives that will maximize effectiveness, while exploring ways to create efficiencies. We recognize the need to explore new and strategic partnerships for the sake of collaborative cooperation, efficient stewardship, and effective use of space, facilities, and personnel.


Trinity will refocus attention on all aspects of the University’s work in light of the mission, thus seeking to become mission-focused in every area of our work. In doing so, the Trinity community will seek to evaluate and to differentiate how the mission and core values of the institution are carried out specifically and uniquely for each campus and extension site. The focus on quality enhancement and support systems will be carried out in order to evaluate the impact that all academic, student, and athletic programs have on the University’s mission, academic quality, and financial strength.

STRENGTHEN THE COMMITMENT TO INTELLECTUAL SERIOUSNESS AND ACADEMIC RIGOR WHILE EXPLORING NEW ACADEMIC PROGRAMS, OFFERINGS, AND SERVICES FOR THE TRINITY COMMUNITY AND BEYOND. At the heart of Trinity’s work is a clarion call to strengthen mission-faithfulness and academic seriousness. In coming years, the University will seek to establish new centers of focus, new academic programs, new strategic and extension sites in this country and international settings. One aspect of these new initiatives will involve the exploration of specific academic programs that will respond to the needs of EFCA churches and other congregations and entities across the larger evangelical community. These efforts will include an initiative to address a healthy understanding of theology, faith, work, and economics for both pastoral and lay leaders in the churches. Trinity will seek to extend its external influence in the broader evangelical world through faculty research


We will seek to prioritize enrollment strategies as an aspect of the University’s overall emphasis on recruiting, retention, and student services that will focus on quality enhancement, stronger academic markers, and expanded quantity in all programs, particularly traditional undergraduate, selective graduate, and divinity school programs, resulting in enrollment growth and enhanced quality of the student body. A key aspect of these priorities has

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At the heart of Trinity’s work is a clarion call to strengthen mission-faithfulness and academic seriousness. In coming years, the University will seek to establish new centers of focus, new academic programs, new strategic and extension sites in this country and international settings.

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Trinity will look for ways to elevate the importance of the sense of belonging and shared mission through the strengthening of the Trinity community, including worship and service opportunities for Trinity students.

included the development of a new campus welcome center and a new area for student support services known as Trinity Central.


Trinity will look for ways to elevate the importance of the sense of belonging and shared mission through the strengthening of the Trinity community, including worship and service opportunities for Trinity students. We will look for ways to strengthen student life opportunities, student leadership programs, chapel and campus ministry programs, athletic programs, and residential housing for undergraduate and graduate students.


Trinity will seek to recruit and retain the most qualified faculty and staff possible, looking to strengthen the sense of community and long-term commitments for the University. Recognizing the incredibly important roles

of faculty and staff throughout the Trinity community, we will seek to prioritize worship, wisdom, service, teaching, and learning in all that we do, increasing the sense of belonging and shared mission for all Trinity employees. The University will work toward the development of a comprehensive review of all employee compensation and benefits, while simultaneously seeking to ensure that a Trinity education remains accessible to students.

BECOME INCREASINGLY GOOD STEWARDS OF FINANCIAL AND FACILITY RESOURCES. Trinity must look for new mission-appropriate revenue streams through the development of the areas of institutional initiatives and strategic partnerships. We recognize the need to implement strategy to expand its revenue base and resources. The University will begin to focus on ways to continue to enhance the quality and presentation of the Deerfield campus, as well as the facilities that serve the regional campuses. The Board of Regents will lead a long-term process to explore the construction of a new chapel/multi-purpose center, with additional facilities for offices, conference space, and classroom usage inside.

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enhanced attention related to various constituencies, including alumni, church, and community relations.



The University will enhance efforts to communicate the Trinity story in new, fresh, creative, coherent, and consistent ways to current constituents, as well as to new audiences, new friends, and new publics with a focus on website enhancement and contentmarketing expansion. These efforts will involve the prioritization of institutional communication in order to strengthen institutional identity, student recruitment efforts, and advancement opportunities. In order to resource the numerous and multi-faceted initiatives represented in this plan, the University will initiate plans to develop a large and comprehensive campaign. With the development of a major campaign and the reformulation of the Trinity International University Foundation, we will seek to expand support for the Trinity Fund, for student scholarships and financial aid, for building and capital improvements, for new facilities in Deerfield and regional sites, for academic and student programs, strategic initiatives, and residential life enhancements. An important aspect of this strategic work will focus on all constituent relations with

Trinity will develop effective technologies to enhance teaching and learning, enhance service to students, and improve institutional agility and productivity. Recognizing the ever-expanded challenges associated with new technologies, Trinity will seek to provide the best resources possible to serve well the entire Trinity community.

TOWARD  As members of the Trinity community, we pledge to pray for God’s help in order to implement and carry out the initiatives identified in this plan, including its vision to strengthen the recruitment and retention of students, as well as the goal of providing enhanced services for them. We will seek to support the teaching, research, scholarship, and service of the Trinity faculty and staff, while working to develop operations, opportunities, facilities, and resources for the overall good of the University. The entire Trinity community reflects a truly hopeful spirit regarding the strengthening of existing programs and exploration of new programs and

As members of the Trinity community, we pledge to pray for God’s help in order to implement and carry out the initiatives identified in this plan, including its vision to strengthen the recruitment and retention of students, as well as the goal of providing enhanced services for them.

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We acknowledge that these things are not possible without our complete trust in and dependence on the enablement of God’s Spirit. With his help and by his grace, we will seek to carry out the priorities and initiatives called for in this plan for the glory of our great and majestic God.

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opportunities that will enable the institution to expand the vision for a Christ-centered, church-connected, communityfocused, and culturally engaged comprehensive university.

multitude from every nation, all tribes and all people groups and tongues shall stand before the Lamb as proclaimed and promised in the Bible’s final book (Rev. 7).

We are excited as we focus on the coming years with an eye on 2023, which represents the year that Trinity will celebrate its 125th anniversary. As we look forward together, we do so fully aware that these priorities rest upon our confessional commitments, our institutional mission, and our core values. These important commitments are shaped by a renewed dedication to the virtues of humility, gentleness, passion, forbearance of one another, a love and diligence to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

The new plan highlights the importance of collaboration and cooperation in all that we do. We will seek to carry out this plan in a faithful manner shaped by a desire to serve an intercultural, transdenominational, intergenerational, and global evangelicalism. Furthermore, we acknowledge that these things are not possible without our complete trust in and dependence on the enablement of God’s Spirit. With his help and by his grace, we will seek to carry out the priorities and initiatives called for in this plan for the glory of our great and majestic God, with an ever-expanded appreciation for our institutional heritage, and with a spirit of hope that envisions a preferred, blessed, and joyful future for Trinity International University.

A NEW VISION FOR A NEW DAY FOR THE GLORY OF GOD We will seek to enhance our vision, our motivation, and our plan with a call for an expanded global perspective that includes a renewed dedication to racial reconciliation in this country, looking forward to a day in which the great

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Homecoming When welcoming refugees, be prepared to be welcomed just as warmly INTERVIEW BY JOSHUA STOIBER (BA ’15) PHOTOGRAPHY BY HEIDI ZEIGER

TM: How did you find out about EWS? What got you involved? Exodus World Service’s (EWS) refugee ministry connects volunteers with newly arriving refugee families, equipping them to help the families adjust to daily life in America. During visits, Exodus volunteers might help with everyday tasks like sorting through mail or helping children with homework, but most importantly, volunteers are often among the family’s first close friends in their new home. Trinity’s Community Partnerships Cabinet has worked with EWS for years, plugging students into this vital ministry. As a part of EWS’s ministry, Moriah Hall (MA ’15) spent two years getting to know the Abdul Malik family, who fled the violence in Burma, where the Abduhl Malik family’s ethnic, religious, and linguistic minority group, the Rohingya, faced intense persecution.

MH: I found out about EWS through Trinity’s New Student Orientation in August 2013 and through various advertisements throughout campus. I was initially attracted to the idea of becoming friends with someone from a different cultural background, and so I became increasingly involved because I knew it was an opportunity like no others provided on campus.

TM: What made EWS stand out to you over other serving opportunities? MH: EWS has distinctively personal and

Moriah was among the first to welcome the Abdul Malik family to the United States after their immigration to Chicago. The Trinity Magazine team recently connected with Moriah to learn more about her experiences with Exodus and the Abdul Malik family.

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cross-cultural components. It's not a formal, perfectly manicured event where one shows up and completes some tasks and leaves. It's vibrantly intimate, an opportunity to forge deep relationships with someone who views time, family, religion, material artifacts, relationships, and even food in a drastically different manner. EWS also requires the participant to be fully invested,

giving of not only their time but also their very heart. It pulls human beings together so that it's not just a

TM: Can you tell us a little bit about how your relationship evolved? MH: As the months progressed, my weekly visits turned out to be so much more than homework tutoring. We

ministry that you do, but an experience that you are living

shared about our families, our experiences, our dreams

in wholehearted, comprehensive, and dynamic ways.

for life, and our cultural customs, discovering the beauty that comes from becoming connected to other

TM: What was it like when you first met the Abdul Malik family?

human beings.

MH: When I first met the Abdul Malik family, I felt unsure

The Abdul Maliks welcomed me like family, loving

and a bit intimidated. How in the world would I develop

me not because of what I did for them, but because of

a relationship with people who were entirely different

who I was. We came to each other in need, though in

from me and who barely speak English!? I visited them

different ways, and received an abundance of kindness

a bit cautiously for the first couple weeks, often anxious

and care. When I moved away from Chicago, the Abdul

about speaking and acting in ways which were culturally

Malik family was one of my dearest and closest friends

understandable and appropriate. I observed them a lot and

that I was leaving behind, who helped me far greater

was eager to help in any way that I could, which turned

than I could ever repay.

out to be mainly through helping the daughters with their school work.

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tender care through the Abdul Maliks, and to reveal to me the power and mutual enrichment that comes through genuine friendship.

TM: What are some of the ways you've seen God work in you as you've served the Abdul Malik family?

TM: What would you say to someone considering getting involved with refugee ministry?

MH: I have felt much more like the recipient than the giver.

MH: Please, please, please for your own sake get involved!

When participating in ministry, too often it’s easy to

This is not just about you helping refugees as they

be in the "provider" position where we remain strong,

transition into life in America, it is so much grander

capable, in charge, and always seemingly helpful.

than that. This opportunity will transform you. It will

Yet EWS functions entirely different from many other

show you how precious friendship is. It will expose you

opportunities, creating a leveled groundwork from which

to areas of cultural blindness and failings. It will shake

both parties are the giver and the receiver.

your perceptions of the world, of wealth and poverty, privileged and underprivileged, American and non-

Impoverished is no longer a word that denotes monetary

American. It will usher in laughter and fun and new

lack, but one that encompasses a realm of need—be

experiences into your life, adding the brightness and

it spiritual, physical, mental, or emotional. I came to

vibrancy that comes from cross-cultural friendship.

the Abdul Maliks impoverished in many ways, and

I hope that your experience will be similar to mine,

God was manifested strongly through their love, care,

and that you will experience the creative, loving, and

and presence in my life. In turn, although I helped the

adventurous spirit of Jesus through the partnership

Abdul Maliks in some tangible, physical ways, they have

between Trinity and Exodus and becoming friends

repeatedly spoken of how our friendship was the most

with refugees.

meaningful thing to them. God used this friendship to show me great needs in my own heart, to display his

To learn more about Exodus World Service, visit their website at

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Having been named a Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology for 2014–15 by the Association of Theological Schools, Professor Douglas A. Sweeney (MA ’89) engaged in a year-long research project that resulted in Edwards the Exegete: Biblical Interpretation and Anglo-Protestant Culture on the Edge of the Enlightenment, published by Oxford University Press and due out in late 2015. What follows is an adaptation of a portion of that volume written by Dr. Sweeney for Trinity Magazine.

Jonathan Edwards (1703–58) stood in a long line of Christian intellectuals who conceived of change through time first and foremost in relation to the gradual unfolding of the Lord’s eternal plan for the redemption of the world. Whereas many pagan cultures favor cyclical views of history, full of fate and repetition, lacking transcendental purpose, Jews and Christians, in particular, think that history is progressive, full of meaning and direction that is indicated in Scripture. Men like Edwards taught that history had devolved from the inner-Trinitarian counsel of God. It began with the fall of the angels, then the creation and fall of humans, after which it took its shape from God’s design to rehabilitate a remnant of the lost. It passed through Noah and his sons, who survived the great flood, then continued through their offspring, who overspread the earth and founded all the ancient nations. It centered on the Israelites, elected by the Lord to shine a light upon the world. Then it culminated in Jesus, the Israelite Messiah who redeemed the world from sin. It would end, Edwards claimed, with the Savior’s second coming and his wedding to the church, with whom he pledged to live forever in a lustrous New Jerusalem. Edwards left little doubt about the sovereignty of God over history and its course. As he wrote in his one of notebooks of Ezekiel’s weird vision of the gyroscopic wheels (Ezek. 1:15–16), “the entire series of events in the course of things through the age of the visible universe may fitly be represented by one great wheel, exceeding high and terrible, performing one great revolution. In the beginning of this revolution, all things come from God, and are formed out of a chaos; and in the end, all things shall . . . return to God, so that he that is the Alpha will be the Omega.” He made much the same point with another metaphor in a different note written on Revelation 6:14 (“And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together”). “When God made the world,” he wrote, "it stood forth as a piece of parchment or paper for him by providence to write what he pleased on. And

at the end of the world, God shall have done writing. He shall have finished his tract, and have written all that in providence in the scroll of the heavens . . . that before was written in the book of his decrees that was to be accomplished in this world. And therefore, having finished the writing, he rolls the scroll together, as a scrivener is wont to do when he has writ out the scroll. In this writing God is Alpha and Omega, the first and last letter in the alphabet." Edwards preached this message to his congregations frequently, eliciting their trust in what the Bible says of history and exhorting them to take a long view of God’s promise to redeem his chosen people. For Edwards and his students, Scripture functioned as the main frame of reference for interpreting the rest of human knowledge. John Calvin (1509–64) had written before about the “spectacles” of Scripture needed to see the world aright. But by Edwards’ day “encyclopedic” knowledge was all the rage. Many majored in the study of the world beyond the Bible, chasing new and better ways to see the universe whole. The “encyclopedists” of France were only the best known of many seeking to organize the wealth of modern learning comprehensively. Some used the Bible for this systematic purpose, making sense of new data in relation to its contents. But it served more liberal Christians as a loose set of narratives that shaped their cultural outlook more than a firm set of dogmas that outlined their worldview. Most of them believed in the unity of knowledge (or coherence of all truth), but few used the history of redemption in the Bible as a unifying principle. Edwards did, however, as did other evangelicals in his eighteenthcentury world—a fact that students of “the Enlightenment” should learn to take seriously. Edwards thought the Bible said the Lord ran the universe, at least since the fall, for the sake of rehabilitating a bride for the Son. If the canon was a map of the history of the world, then redemption was the engine of its progress over

time. It is “the chief of all God’s works,” Edwards stated to his people. Even the acts of creation were decreed with it in mind. As he preached in a sermon on Revelation 21:6 (“I am Alpha and Omega”), The grand design of God in all his works and dispensations is to present to his Son a spouse in perfect purity, beauty and glory from amongst mankind, blessing all the elect and destroying those that oppose, and so to glorify himself through his Jesus Christ, God-man; or in one word, the work of redemption is the grand design of history, this the chief work of God, the end of all other works, so that the design of God is one. God does everything ad extra (that is, outside the Godhead) for the glory of the Son and his mission of redemption. And Edwards, as an early modern, theocentric clergyman, longed for the progress of redemption in his time. As he wrote in the “Personal Narrative” of his life as a young pastor: “I had great longings for the advancement of Christ’s kingdom in the world. My secret prayer used to be in great part taken up in praying for it. If I heard the least hint of anything that happened in any part of the world, that appeared to me, in some respect or other, to have a favorable aspect on the interest of Christ’s kingdom, my soul eagerly catched at it; and it would much animate and refresh me. I used to be earnest to read public news-letters, mainly for that end; to see if I could not find some news favorable to the interest of religion in the world.” Edwards’ trust in the purposes of God in world history played a leading role in regulating his purposes in life. Edwards would be called a providentialist today. He contended that the Word of God performed the heavy lift ing in the history of the cosmos, that angels served as ministers of God’s redeeming will, that humans played the part of day laborers in his vineyard (Matt. 20:1–16), and that souls of departed saints cheered from above for the progress of redemption, attaining greater glory as the gospel moved forward on the trail of human history. He intended to feature Deuteronomy 33:26 as the opening epigraph of an unfinished opus on the history of redemption. “There is none like unto the God of Jeshurun,” it read, “who rideth upon the heaven in thy help, and in his excellency on the sky.” At that verse in his Bible he wrote, “the universe is the chariot in which God rides, and makes progress towards the

last end of all things on the wheels of his providence . . . . Therefore this verse signifies as much as that God governs the whole world for the good of his church; the wheels of the chariot of the universe move for them; and the progress that God makes therein in his throne above the firmament, the pavement of this chariot, is for them; and every event in the universe is in subserviency to their help and benefit.” Providence was everything, in Edwards’ view of the world. It covered all that really mattered in the history of redemption. Secondary causes—human labor most importantly—were part of God’s design with important roles to play. Yet, “except the Lord build the house,” Edwards sang with Solomon, “they labour in vain that build it” (Ps. 127:1). The noblest human efforts took their rise and importance from the grand design of God. In our own, more secular age, even the most ardent Christians usually assume that what we see, hear, and touch is most real, that the natural world and its history comprise the facts of life, and that we should make sense of less taken-for-granted spiritual things in relation to those facts. But Edwards begs to differ. Faithful Christians, he contends, see that Scripture and its story line are what is most real, that the spiritual things they talk about still make the world go round, and that we should make sense of physical things in light of them. Is his outlook even possible in the twenty-first century? Are your own, deepest longings shaped by God’s grand design? There are several ways to be faithful to the doctrine of God’s providence. We needn’t avow every detail of Edwards’ Calvinistic worldview, some of which are controversial even among Calvinists. But all faithful Christians ought to trust in the promise of the sovereignty of God—and live our lives accordingly. As hard as this can be in our more naturalistic age, we should make sense of the Ed w a r d s the world in relation to the Bible E x EgEtE more than we make sense Biblical Interpretation and Anglo-Protestant Culture on of the Bible in relation to the Edge of the Enlightenment the world. Let us pray that God will give us eyes to see, and courage to live by, what Edwards the Exegete, by Dr. Douglas A. Sweeney Edwards took for granted: Oxford University Press God’s lordship over all of life and history.

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a note

Dear Alumni, Over the past few months and since the last time you heard from me in this column, the Alumni Relations Office has had the great opportunity to represent Trinity around the country at numerous events such as the EFCA National Conference in Vista, Calif., and The Gospel Coalition Conference in Orlando, Fla.

Michael Gorsline (BA ’07) Director of Alumni Relations

from the department of alumni relations

During these events, I have had many great conversations and interactions with Trinity alumni from all around the world. The most refreshing and uplifting thing for me to hear from you is how you support Trinity. Many of you pray for Trinity on a daily basis, many of you give financially to Trinity, and many of you even recruit students for us by speaking highly of the school to friends, family, co-workers, and members of your church. For all of that support, I simply want to say, thank you! Please know that it is a huge blessing to those of us who have the privilege of coming to work at Trinity each day. I want you also to know that your support matters. In the same way, I want you to know that we want to support you as well. We all need constant prayer in our lives. If there is ever anything that we can pray specifically for you, please don’t hesitate to let us know. We want to be in prayer for you when you are in need and also rejoice with you in times of thanksgiving. You are more than welcome to send any of your prayer requests and praises to us in the alumni office at One thing I want to invite you to do is continue to check the Trinity alumni website,, for all of your latest news, events, and much more. We want to make sure that you are always up to date on what’s happening on campus and around the world with your fellow alumni. You also have access through the site with some exclusive content like Trinity library journals and our career and ministry center. As we head into autumn and holiday season, the Alumni Relations Team is greatly looking forward to Homecoming on Trinity’s campus (October 2–3) and the ETS and SBL conference in Atlanta (November 17–24). We are excited to see many of you at each of those! Be on the lookout also as in the coming months we will begin to launch regional alumni chapters. As always, it is our pleasure to serve you and be part of a wonderful community like Trinity. Sincerely,

Michael Gorsline


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Michael Young-Suk Oh MASTER of DIVINITY 1997

Alumnus of the Year Dr. Michael Young-Suk Oh (MDiv ’97) has served the Lausanne Movement as its executive director/CEO since March 2013. Oh and his wife, Pearl, were teachers in the Philadelphia area before coming to Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 1994. It was there while under the training of Paul Hiebert that they received a call to global mission with a particular vision for reaching Japan with the gospel. In 1998 and 1999 they served as missionaries with Mission to the World in Nagoya, Japan, where they planted Chita Zion Church, founded the Open House English School, and began an outreach event for young people called Heart & Soul. In January 2004 the Oh family founded Christ Bible Institute in Nagoya.

Oh has spoken at conferences, churches, and schools around the world. He first became involved with the Lausanne movement by participating in the 2004 Forum for World Evangelization in Pattaya, Thailand. He delivered the keynote address at the 2006 Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering in Port Dixon, Malaysia, and joined the Lausanne Board in 2007 with a particular focus on developing younger leaders within the movement. Oh has contributed to three books: Living and Leading Like Jesus, Finish the Mission, and the ESV Global Study Bible. He has also written extensively for Desiring God and Salt and Light Magazine in Seoul, Korea. The Ohs have five children—four daughters and one son.

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Paul Swan (BA ’69) has received Stevenson High School’s Heritage award in honor of the significant impact he’s made on the community since his arrival in 1969. Swan has coached men’s sports for all of his 46 years at Stevenson, including baseball, basketball, and football, and has taught mathematics for 30 years. He was the school’s first head baseball coach, leading the program for seven seasons. In 2009, Paul was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.


Vicky Nordhem (BA ’79) who has taught physical education at Stevenson High School for 35 years, has been selected as the 2015 High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year for the Northeastern District of the Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Nordhem has also become a candidate for High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year in the Midwest District of the Society of Health and Physical Educators.

Jim Smith (BA ’79) has accepted an invitation to serve as pastor at San Antonio Heights Community Church in Upland, CA. Smith has been the Executive Director of Pacific Church Network since 2006, which focuses on church planting and discipleship in Southern California, Hawaii and Guam, with an aim at planting four new churches every year.

Robert Willey, Jr. (MA ’73, PhD ’91) retired in June after 42 years in higher education. Willey’s career in higher education began in 1972 as a teaching assistant to Dr. John Warwick Montgomery at TEDS followed by adjunct instructional responsibilities at Philadelphia College of Bible, now Cairn University. Willey served as fulltime faculty and then academic dean at Lancaster Bible College, Dean of the School of Professional Studies at Eastern University, PA, and Dean of the School of Human Services Springfield College, MA.


Glenn W. Giles (ThM ’86) received his PhD in Biblical Studies from Trinity Theological Seminary. He is now Founder and Director of the Rocky Mountain School of Ministry and Theology in Denver, CO as well as an Adjunct Professor of Bible at Lincoln Christian University. Giles recently retired from a 20-year career as a pharmacist and pharmacy manager. Larry D. Harwood (MA ’84) recently published Putting Philosophy in Its Place: A Preface to the Life of Philosophy (Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2013). Harwood is married to Dottie AlmenHarwood (MDiv ’83). Hutz H. Hertzberg (MAR ’88, DMin ’94, PhD ’08) began serving as President of Christian Union in April, 2015. Hutz, wife Lynne, and daughter Hiley, now reside near the Christian Union national office in Princeton NJ.

clockwise from top left: Jim Smith (BA ’79) ; Putting Philosophy in Its Place: A Preface to the Life of Philosophy by Larry D. Harwood (MA ’84) ; Hutz H. Hertzberg (MAR ’88, DMin ’94, PhD ’08); Jackie M. Johnson (BA '83).

Jackie M. Johnson (BA ’83) writes the Living Single blog on Dr. James Dobson's Family Talk website. It's a blog that encourages singles of all ages with relevant topics and book reviews. Jackie is also the author of three books, Powerful Prayers for Challenging Times (Revell/Baker), When Love Ends and the Ice Cream Carton Is Empty (Moody Publishing) and Power Prayers for Women (Barbour Publishing).


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Wilfredo De Jesús BACHELOR OF ARTS 1999

Alumnus of the Year Reverend Wilfredo De Jesús (BA ’99), better known as Pastor Choco, is senior pastor of New Life Covenant Church.

church in the U.S. and their vast influence on the political landscape, Paster Choco is and will continue to be a strong voice for the evangelical church in America.

Pastor Choco was born and raised in Chicago’s Humboldt Park community. As the senior pastor of New Life, one of the fastest-growing churches in Chicago as well as one of the largest Assemblies of God congregations in the nation, he encourages others to go out into the community not just with words but with his own actions. Under his leadership, New Life is reaching out to the outcasts and forgotten in our society— the homeless, women suffering with addiction and prostitution, and young people in gangs.

In April 2013, Pastor Choco was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world and recognized for his leadership and influence with evangelical and Latino audiences. He was also featured on the cover and in the accompanying story of TIME’s April 15th edition, “The Latino Reformation,” which explored the growth of Latinos among Protestant churches across the U.S. He is author of In the Gap: What Happens When God's People Stand Strong and Amazing Faith: How to Make God Take Notice.

But his influence spreads far beyond the Chicago area as vice president of social justice for the nation’s largest Hispanic Christian organization, the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. With Hispanics playing such a large role in the expansion of the evangelical

He and wife, Elizabeth, have three children—two daughters and one son.

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alumni Vincent Bacote (MDiv. ’94), recently published The Political Disciple: A Theology of Public Life (Zondervan, 2015). The book examines the intersection between politics and the Christian life, offering practical suggestions for public engagement as an act of Christian faithfulness.

90s clockwise from top left: Lisa Anderson (BA ’93); Catherine Draeger (MA '11); The Political Disciple: A Theology of Public Life by Dr. Vincent Bacote (MDiv. ’94); Susan M. Baganz (BS ’89, MA ’93) and her book, Pesto and Potholes.

Lisa Anderson (BA ’93) published a new book, The Dating Manifesto: A Drama-Free Plan for Pursuing Marriage with Purpose (David C. Cook, 2015) August 1. The book addresses the cycle of dysfunctional dating and how to learn to honor marriage. Lisa is director of young adults for Focus on the Family. She manages Boundless, Focus' ministry for young adults, with the goal of helping 20- and 30-somethings grow up, own their faith, date with purpose and prepare for marriage and family.

Susan M. Baganz (BS ’89, MA ’93) published her first contemporary romance novel, Pesto and Potholes, in April. She works as an acquisitions editor with Prism Book Group and has been published in Splickety Magazine and in the I Choose You anthology with OakTara Press.

10s Catherine Draeger (MA '11), founder of Shielded Hearts and currently Executive Director of Friedens Community Ministries, is a recipient of the 2015 Ten Outstanding Young Americans Award. The award is presented annually by the United States Junior Chamber (Jaycees).


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in memoriam

In Memoriam

Robert Duncan Culver died on February 7, 2015, in La Crosse, Wisconsin at the age of 98. He was born on July 19, 1915, in Tampico, Washington, and married Arlene Leola Hoyt on January 29, 1937. Arlene died October 26, 1974. He served at Grace Theological Seminary (professor of Old Testament and Hebrew), Wheaton College and Graduate School (associate professor of Bible and theology), and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (chairman and professor of theology). He also served as annual director of the Near-east School of Archaeology at Jerusalem in 1962. He has published many works, including A Biblical View of Civil Government (1974), The Life of Christ (1976), Daniel and the Latter Days (1977), and the section on Daniel in the Wycliffe Commentary. He married Celeste Fay Knipmeyer on November 22, 1975. He is survived by his wife, son, daughter, seven grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, three sisters, and two brothers. Ingred Holmberg Hedlund (’39) passed away on January 23, 2015, in Colorado Springs at the age of 95. She received her diploma from the Free Church Bible School in June 1939. She married Rev. John Hedlund on September 15, 1940, in the Monroe Evangelical Free Church (Phillips, NE). Together, they served Evangelical Free Churches in Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Missouri for 62 years. She was preceded in death by her husband.

Verna Jean Bowen Kellander (’49-’52) passed away April 18, 2015, at the age of 85. Verna was a dedicated member of the East Chain Evangelical Free Church where she was involved in children’s and women’s ministries. Verna helped found the Options Pregnancy Center, and was a member of the Gideons Auxiliary. She is survived by her husband, Maurice, four children, and nine grandchildren. Max Lee Rosenquist (MDiv ’76), passed away on September, 7, 2013, in his home after losing a battle with cancer. He was born August 20, 1942, in Princeton, IL, and received a degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Champaign in 1965. He was married to Betty TerMeer on December 20, 1966, while serving as an Officer in the Civil Engineer Corps of the US Navy. After serving a one-year tour in Vietnam and the US Naval Reserves, he attended TEDS, where he graduated with an MDiv cum laude in June 1976. From 1988 until his retirement in 2011, he held a position with the Department of Energy at Argonne National Laboratory. He is survived by his wife, two sons, daughters-in-law, and 13 grandchildren.

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Robert (Bob) Ray Nieuwendorp (MDiv ’80) passed away Friday, April 17, 2015. Bob spent much of his life in the pastorate, serving at Britt Evangelical Free Church, Iowa Falls Evangelical Free Church, and Grace Church. He also spent five years planting 10 churches in Iowa. Robert is survived by his wife, Lois, four children, two sisters, one brother, and eight grandchildren. Charles Wickman (DMin ’84) served for 45 years as an Evangelical Presbyterian pastor. Because of his experience, he started a ministry called Pastor’s in Residence to help pastors in need, and he wrote a book titled, Pastors at Risk: Protecting your Future, Guarding Your Past. Throughout his 82 years of life and ministry, he traveled to India and North Korea multiple times and many other places around the world.

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After a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer in early July, Judson University professor Ted Hsieh (BA ’63, MA ’68) was hospitalized and then moved to hospice care. He passed away on Monday, July 13, surrounded by his family, including his wife, Jeanette (special assistant to the president for academic administration at Trinity, where she has also served as dean of the College and Graduate School, as senior vice president for academic affairs, and as interim president). In 1959, Ted came to Chicago with $27 in his pocket, heading to Trinity College on a scholarship. During the evenings, he worked at Chinese restaurants and on weekends he installed windows in Evanston homes. Ted also enjoyed playing basketball at Trinity while earning his bachelor's in social science. Upon graduation, Ted went to the Illinois Institute of Technology for his master's in psychology. He ended up finishing his degree at Northern Illinois University (NIU) in 1966. He then returned to Trinity to complete his MA in Intercultural Studies in 1968. A few years earlier, Ted, along with twelve other Trinity students, started North Shore Chinese Baptist Church in Lakewood. This church needed an English speaking Sunday School teacher, and so Ted sent inquiries to Moody, Trinity and Wheaton. Wheaton responded that a Chinese American woman from California was coming in the fall. Her English was impeccable.

Ted alongside Jeanette at her retirement reception at Trinity in May 2015

That woman was named Jeanette. In 1966, Ted and Jeanette were married. Ted returned to NlU as a teaching assistant and fell in love with teaching. He applied to Judson College in Elgin and was accepted as a professor of psychology in 1969 (where he remained for 44 years). From the beginning, Ted and Jeanette served as house parents, and Ted became the director of student housing, during which time he earned the affectionate title “Papa Hsieh.” “Professor Hsieh dedicated his life to his Lord, to his family, to Judson University and to the multitude of students who either took his classes or lived in the dormitories that he and his wife Jeannette supervised,” said Judson President Dr. Gene C. Crume. “His passion for teaching coupled with his extraordinary love for his students made him a favorite among students. When anyone asks what makes Judson unique, the answer ‘Ted Hsieh’ is at the top of the list of right answers.”

Jose, Calif.), Wheaton College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Professor Hsieh’s major interest as a psychologist was in the areas of personality, religious behavior and relationships. His research has been published in various distinguished periodicals and cited in several standard textbooks. The Hsiehs have two married sons, Matthew and Benjamin, and five grandchildren. Adapted from a reflection written by the children of Ted and Jeanette Hsieh, along with parts of an article by Lisa Townsel, courtesy of Judson University

He also spent time as a visiting professor at the Chinese Christian Leadership Institute (Palo Alto, Calif.), the Chinese Christian Witness Theological Seminary (San

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