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PRESIDENT What a wonderful spring term we have enjoyed on the Trinity campus! We have been blessed with a healthy spring enrollment, with one of the best years ever in terms of giving to Trinity, with the launch of the Paul Hiebert Center for World Christianity and Global Theology, and with the winningest season ever for Trinity men’s basketball. In this issue of the Trinity Magazine, you will read more about these things as well as other significant stories related to this outstanding 2016–17 year on the Trinity campus. It would be impossible to identify all of the people in this column who have worked so hard to make these things happen. Still, it is important for me to express my genuine appreciation for members of the Board of Regents, administrators, faculty, staff, and student body who have served so faithfully throughout this year to help advance the Trinity mission in observable and measurable ways. Two of the special privileges that have been mine during my years of service at Trinity have been the opportunity to get to know well and learn from former Trinity presidents Ken Meyer and Wilbert Norton. I have been introduced to Trinity’s past through their eyes, which has better prepared me for service to the Trinity community. President Meyer went home to be with the Lord in the fall of 2016; President Norton followed in February of this year at the age of 102. I was deeply blessed to be able to say a word at President Meyer’s memorial service and to provide the funeral message for Dr. Norton’s service. The Meyer and

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Norton families have been the best sources of support and encouragement that any president could imagine. I am grateful for these remarkable families, for the legacy of these two leaders, and for the privilege that I have been given to stand on their shoulders at this time in the life of the Trinity community. Some of you have heard that I suffered a heart attack on March 6, which was followed by the placement of four stents to reopen the closed arteries in a procedure on March 8. The Lord’s grace and sustaining providence have been quite evident. I am thankful for the world-class care I received in one of the nation’s top hospitals. Doctors told my family that the procedure went extremely well—even better than they had expected. A number of you have sent messages of encouragement, kind words of greetings and prayer support. You made us aware of your willingness to help as needed. For this outpouring, I am deeply grateful. During my recuperation, I ask for your patience and for your prayer support—not only for me, but also for Lanese and my family, and for the caregivers who continue to monitor my progress. I am especially thankful for Trinity administrators who have taken on additional responsibilities during these days. We are hopeful for good days ahead for the Trinity community. Please know of my heartfelt appreciation for your prayers and financial support for all of the many and multifaceted aspects of the Trinity community. May God’s abundant blessings be yours. Faithfully,

David S. Dockery




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Lilly Endowment


The Lilly Endowment has awarded Trinity a $1.5 million grant to help it strengthen relationships with churches and open doors for new urban outreach, especially among young adults. ¶ The effort will move through Mosaic Ministries, a Trinity campus group that works to raise Christian leaders who are able to engage in ministries of reconciliation. The program will focus on work with 12 partnering congregations in northern Lake County during a five-year grant period. The goal will be to guide and resource these churches so new and innovative ministries among young adults can develop. ¶ Trinity is one of 12 organizations around the nation receiving grants through Lilly Endowment’s Young Adult Initiative, which is supporting the establishment of innovation hubs around the nation to help Christian congregations design and launch new ministries with young adults, ages 23 to 29. ¶ As an innovation hub, Trinity will work with each partnering congregation as it establishes new space dedicated to nourishing young adults and empowering them “to help shape the congregation’s culture and missional impact on the community.” ¶ “We are grateful to God for this generous grant from Lilly Endowment,” Professor of Church, Culture and Society Peter Cha said. Cha serves as faculty adviser for Mosaic, and Daniel Hartman serves as the group’s director. ¶ Cha said there is a lack of literature that examines young adults’ spiritual experiences in under-resourced urban settings. A goal of the program is to aid future related research projects. ¶ “This five-year grant project will enable the Mosaic Ministry to work collaboratively with congregations in the North Lake County, developing effective ways to reach out to young adults in this urban community,” Cha said.

Mosaic community members gather around Fuller Center for Housing (Hero Project Lake County) Executive Director Yvette Ewing and her husband Ronnel for prayer.


awards Trinity $1.5 million grant for urban outreach to young adults

Kern Family Foundation

invests $930,000 in Trinity efforts to serve churches

The Kern Family Foundation has awarded Trinity International University two gifts totaling $930,000 in support of the Center for Transformational Churches (CTC) and the Oikonomia Network. ¶ It is the second consecutive year that the foundation has invested in this work at Trinity. ¶ Trinity’s CTC serves as a resource to churches and their members, helping pastors and other church leaders understand the links between faith, work, and economics. The CTC hosts the Oikonomia Network National Office from the Trinity campus and seeks to connect biblical wisdom and the modern global economy through the efforts of 19 evangelical institutions. ¶ The Kern gifts this year will contribute about $450,000 for the CTC, and about $480,000 for the Oikonomia Network. It is the second-largest gift Kern has made to Trinity. Last year’s donation to Trinity of $1 million ranks as the largest Kern gift. ¶ “We are ever thankful for both the demonstrated confidence and the genuine investment that the Kern Foundation placed in the Trinity community with this magnanimous gift,” Trinity President David S. Dockery said. “Members of the Trinity community join with me in offering our gratitude and in our shared pledge to be good stewards of this investment in the days to come.” ¶ “Our programs represent strategic opportunities to equip God’s people in cultivating transformational churches,” CTC Executive Director Donald Guthrie said. “Over the coming generation, with God’s help, we will pray and work toward being part of a movement to reform churches and reconnect faith with the world of daily work and public life.” ¶ Kern Family Foundation President James C. Rahn said Trinity has proven itself as an outstanding partner in a relationship that dates back to 2002. ¶ “We are excited to see its Center for Transformational Churches equipping not only pastors-in-training,” Rahn said, “but also senior pastors looking for training opportunities to better resource their congregants, in all their work.”


Board of Regents approves new budget and clarifies EFCA relationship with Trinity

Holocaust survivors share their stories


The Trinity community came together on February 27 to commemorate two Holocaust survivors, Agnes Schwartz and Frank Stern, during Shalom Student Fellowship’s Honoring Holocaust Survivors event. ¶ During the session, Schwartz (from Hungary) and Stern (from Germany) shared their experiences as Jews before, during and after the genocide. They recalled childhood memories of bombings, parents and neighbors being taken away to concentration camps and the tragic circumstances they faced as they were displaced from their homes and families. ¶ The survivors' stories were followed by a question-and-answer time, where those present either shared their personal testimonies regarding the Holocaust events or asked questions that emerged during the presentations.

Trinity came together to honor two survivors, Agnes Schwartz and Frank Stern, as they told of their experiences during the Holocaust. The event was sponsored by the University's Shalom Student Fellowship.

Trinity International University regents unanimously approved a new budget and clarified the University’s partnership with the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA) during its winter meeting Feb. 23-24. ¶ The board approved a $50.1 million operating budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year. That total includes financial aid for students and pay raises for faculty and staff. Trinity’s new fiscal year begins May 1. ¶ The board also unanimously adopted important recommendations from a task force regarding institutional finances, academic programs, and denominational relations. One key recommendation called for Trinity “to continue to strengthen the relationship with the EFCA, while seeking to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the work of the Trinity Board of Regents.” ¶ In other action, the board recommended tenure for TEDS Associate Professor of New Testament Dana M. Harris, who started as an adjunct professor in 2001 and earned her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from TEDS.

President Dockery opens Council for Christian Colleges & Universities Presidents Conference President David S. Dockery delivered the opening plenary address to CCCU presidents during the organization’s annual January meeting in Washington, D.C. ¶ Dockery’s address, “Trends, Trajectories & Traditions: Toward a Hopeful and Collaborative Future for Christian Higher Education,” focused on the unique calling of Christian higher

education in the marketplace. ¶ “He reminded us that that our work is first and foremost Christcentered,” CCCU President Shirley Hoogstra said, “and that motivates all of the necessary and essential scholarship and pedagogy which makes Christian higher education so necessary and essential in today’s culture and world.” ¶ Dockery said his fellow presidents urged him to publish the address and offered much encouragement for his words. The three-day event brought together presidents from across the organization’s full membership and affiliate institutions.

Trinity recognized for work with transfer students Trinity College is one of 65 institutions nationally honored for its work with transfer students. ¶ Phi Theta Kappa, an honor society based in Jackson, Miss., released an honor roll that recognizes institutions based on “engagement, collaboration, impact and achievements related to the transfer of community college students as well as partnerships, support, admissions outreach, scholarships/ financial aid, student engagement opportunities and institutional priorities,” according to a Phi Theta Kappa news release. ¶ “We are thankful for Phi Theta Kappa’s work with transfer students and are grateful to receive this recognition,” Senior Vice President for University Services and Strategic Initiatives Rich Grimm said. “We look forward to serving Phi Theta Kappa students, and helping them see that Trinity is an institution committed to their success.” ¶ Trinity offers transfer guides for 24 junior colleges. The guides give students clear instructions about the Trinity application process and the courses at each institution that will transfer.


The new Center, named to honor missionary and former faculty member Paul Gordon Hiebert (1932–2007), staged its inaugural event on campus March 22. Professor Joel A. Carpenter, director of Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., spoke on the topic “Renewing the Theological Mind.” Carpenter taught undergraduate history at Trinity College from 1978–1983. ¶ Reflecting on the rapid growth of Christianity in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, Carpenter said that “the world is shrinking, making us all more deeply interactive than before … we will very much need the hard-won perspectives of Christian theologians from the rest of the world.” To that end, he said that it is fitting that the Hiebert Center’s executive director will be theologian Tite Tiénou, who originally is from Burkina Faso, and worked in theological education in that country as well as in the Ivory Coast. ¶ Tiénou is Dean Emeritus of TEDS and serves on the faculty as Research Professor of Theology of Mission and holds the Tite Tiénou Chair of Global Theology and World Christianity. ¶ The Hiebert Center for World Christianity and Global Theology becomes the fifth Center at Trinity International University. These centers hold events throughout the academic year, including debates, conferences and lectures. The aim is to present a wide variety of topics, featuring experts and theologians. The majority of their events are open to the public.

Trinity International University– Florida has moved to a new location along the busy I-75 corridor in western Broward County. ¶ The new campus, at 3700 Lakeside Drive., is just a short distance from Miramar Parkway interchange with I-75, a major north-south route in South Florida. The new building came equipped with top-level classroom facilities, and there is room for expansion. ¶ “We are excited about the new learning environment God has provided and remain committed to do all we can do to assist our students,” Chief Operating Officer Ileana M. Gil said. ¶ Trinity Florida offers undergraduate programs in Christian Ministry, Elementary Education, Psychology, Organizational Leadership and Business Administration, with the addition of a new program in Criminal Justice coming soon. ¶ Graduate programs offerings include Counseling Psychology, Theological Studies and Leadership. ¶ “Whether it is as a school teacher, business owner, organization employee, pastor, ministry leader, therapist or counselor, Trinity students are making a difference within our community and around the world,” Gil said. ¶ The Miramar site collaborates with a second South Florida site in Kendall, just south of Miami. The Trinity Board of Regents helped to dedicate the Kendall campus in February 2016.


Trinity launches Hiebert Center for World Christianity and Global Theology

Trinity Florida moves Broward campus to Miramar

Trinity Law School Moot Court Advances to Nationals for Fourth Consecutive Year

Trinity Florida moved its campus to Miramar from Davie, Fla., complete with top-level classroom facilities and room for expansion.

Trinity Law School’s Moot Court team advanced to a national competition after placing first at the Black Law Students Association Western Regional Moot Court Tournament in Seattle, over the weekend of Jan. 4–8. This is the fourth consecutive year that Trinity Moot Court has advanced to the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition (FDMCC) national championship, held on March 7–12 in Houston, and their fifth appearance since 2012 (under TLS Professor Neil Rodgers’ leadership). TLS made it to the Sweet 16, where it was eliminated by the eventual national championship team. The FDMCC is organized by the Western Regional chapter of the National Black Law Students’ Association and is a premier legal advocacy competition that promotes academic excellence through brief writing, critical thinking, and oral advocacy. ¶ The team was comprised of Nadia Vazirian (JD ’18) and Oscar Sandoval (JD ’18). Sandoval also received the award for Best Oralist.


Trinity College Music Department produces Meredith Wilson’s musical The Music Man


The ATO Chapel transformed into the small town of River City, Iowa for a weekend, Feb. 16–18, as Trinit y students and staff members acted, sang, played and monitored tech for the Trinity Col lege Music Depa r t ment ’s spring production of Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man. The musical was directed by Kelsey

Waybright (whose husband is Assistant Professor of Graphic Desig n Brandon Waybr ight). She was assisted by Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Chuck King (vocal director and conductor) and choreographer junior Aubrey Williams. ¶ Set in the 1910s, The Music Man tells the story of traveling salesman Harold Hill (sophomore Nathan Whittaker) who comes to River City, Iowa, in order to convince the townspeople that they are in desperate need of a boys band. In his attempts to swindle the town, he is faced with opposition from the town’s librarian and piano teacher, Marian Paroo (freshman Joy Young), and a variety of other figures from the town, including the mayor and his wife, the local school board and Charlie Cowell (sophomore Dan Leffingwell), another salesman who seeks revenge on Hill. With the help of the teens of the town and his old partner, Marcellus Washburn (MDiv student Jacob O’Marrah), Hill eventually wins over the townspeople—but not without a transformation of his own.

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School to host Reformation Conference in September

Trinity community members practicing during a dress rehearsal in early February

To mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, TEDS will host a conference Sept. 14–15, “Reformation and the Ministry of the Word,” that will focus on the role of Scripture in the events of 1517. ¶ Scholars scheduled to speak include Timothy George, Dean of Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School, Michael Haykin of The Southern Baptist T he olog ic a l S e m i n a r y, Ron Rittgers of Valparaiso University, Jung-Sook Lee, President of Torch Trinity Graduate University in Seoul, South Korea, Michael Horton of Westminster SeminaryCalifornia, and Kevin De Young of University Reformed Church, East Lansing, Mich. ¶ TEDS scholars scheduled to present include P resident Dav id S. Docker y, Assistant Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology David J. Luy, and Professor of Church History Scott M. Manetsch, who is also one of the conference coordinators. ¶ “The Reformation was a dynamic renewal movement unleashed by God’s powerful word that changed the face of western Christianity,” Manetsch said. “Our conference will explore the Bible’s transformative impact on the theology and ministry practice of Protestant churches, both then and now.” ¶ A limited number of full-time Trinity students may register free of charge. Other attendees will pay $125, which includes meals during the two-day event. Guests may book walking-distance hotel rooms at La Quinta Bannockburn. ¶ To register online, go to reformation.

Trinity Fund giving approaches ambitious goal When Carl Johnson stepped into the leadership role of Trinity’s advancement office, he noticed a new goal for unrestricted donations, commonly referred to as the Trinity Fund. ¶ That goal was $2.1 million. It was an ambitious amount, given that the previous year’s gifts totaled about $1.5 million. But as the fiscal year ends, Trinity is in position to achieve the goal. ¶ In addition to dollar figures, the number of donors also is increasing. ¶ Audits are likely to show 2016–17 among the best giving years in Trinity history. ¶ “We are genuinely grateful to God for the generosity displayed by Trinity’s many loyal friends in recent weeks and months,” President David S. Dockery said. “We are also grateful to Carl Johnson and his advancement team, and for the wonderful leadership provided by the members of the Trinity Board during these strategic days.”

the calendar year. ¶ Among the highlights of the conference were seven teaching sessions focused on the Reformation, a financial workshop, and a presentation examining biblical references to the age of the universe. ¶ The creation presentation featured C. John (Jack) Collins, professor of Old Testament at Covenant Theological Seminary and a scholar-in-residence this year at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS), along with R. Albert Mohler, president of The Southern

at the University of Northwestern (M i n n .), pre s e nte d “ T he Reformation, Creeds, Confessions and Catechisms.” ¶ Among the TEDS faculty leading teaching sessions were Research Professor of New Testament D. A. Carson (“The Heart of the Reformation: Justification”), Assistant Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology David J. Luy (“The Heidelberg Disputation: The Theology of the Cross Versus The Theology of Glory”), Research Professor

Baptist Theological Seminary. Their discussion, titled “Does Scripture speak about the age of the universe?” was part of the Creation Project, a three-year program at TEDS. The Templeton Religion Trust funds the project. ¶ Two other visiting scholars also led teaching sessions. ¶ Stephen J. Wellum, professor of Christian theology at Southern Seminary, presented “Solus Christus as Central to the Reformation Solas,” and Kenneth N. Young, professor of systematic theology and Christian ministries

of Systematic Theology Kevin J. Vanhoozer (“The Reformation, Sola Scriptura and Tradition”), and Professor of Church History Scott M. Manetsch. ¶ The conference opened with a financial workshop aimed at helping pastors. Dan Busby, president of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, discussed issues of trust, accountability, and integrity in his first presentation. A second session brought updates on current issues such as IRS tax laws, religious liberties and a “view from Washington.”

Research Professor of New Testament D.A. Carson delivering his lecture on the doctrine of justification as the heart of the Reformation

Reformation legacy: Trinity hosts the EFCA Theology Conference More than 300 pastors and scholars attended the Evangelical Free Church of America’s 2017 Theology Conference Feb. 1–3 on the Deerfield campus. ¶ The presentations featured speakers invited to campus from a variety of evangelical institutions as well as Trinity faculty. The conference theme, “Reformation 500: Theology and Legacy—God’s Gospel and the EFCA,” was timed to coincide with the 500th anniversary of the reformation, which will be celebrated in evangelical life throughout




Top prospective Trinity students compete for academic awards New scholarships on offer at Trinity


Rising star among classical musicians Nathan Laube performs organ recital at Trinity A star among young classical musicians, concert organist Nathan Laube has quickly earned a place among the organ world’s elite performers. Laube performed on the Casavant pipe organ in the ATO Chapel on Saturday, Feb. 4 as part of the The Helen Smith Richard Organ Recital Series at Trinity. The day prior to performing, Feb. 3, Laube led a masterclass workshop for Trinity students. ¶ In addition to his busy performing schedule spanning four continents, Laube serves as Assistant Professor of Organ at The Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. He also has two CD recordings, the Stephen Paulus Grand Concerto on the Naxos label recorded with the Nashville Symphony, Giancarlo Guerrero, conducting, which received a Grammy Award for Best Classical Compendium; and a new solo recital recording on the Ambiente label, recorded at the Stadtkirche in Nagold, Germany. In addition, many of Laube’s live performances have been featured on American Public Media’s “Pipedreams.” ¶ The Helen Laverne Smith Richard organ recital series is made possible through generous contributions by the Richard family, in loving memory of their wife and mother.

Trinity students will benefit from new scholarships available for the 2017-18 academic year. ¶ Two new undergraduate scholarships focus on members of Awana Clubs International, an organization ministering to children and youth around the world. ¶ Club members who have earned the Timothy, Meritorious, or Citation awards may be eligible for the new Awana Scholarship at Trinity College. Eligibility is limited to fulltime students in a degree-seeking Trinity program, who must provide documentation from Awana verifying award achievement. ¶ Eligible winners of the Citation Award receive $4,000, while Meritorious Award winners receive $2,000 and Timothy Award winners receive $1,000. ¶ A second Awana scholarship at Trinity College will focus on full-time students who are sons or daughters of career missionaries. The Awana Missionary Scholarship will provide eligible students with 50 percent of tuition in total gift aid from Trinity, including any academic, athletic, or music scholarships to which the student may be entitled. ¶ Both the Awana Scholarship and the Awana Missionary Scholarship are renewable on an annual basis. ¶ TEDS students entering the Master of Divinity program may apply for the Grant R. Osborne Scholarship, which provides 75 percent of tuition costs. The scholarship honors the work of Osborne, who retired recently after investing nearly 50 years at Trinity as a student and faculty member.

About 80 top-level students considering Trinity College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School competed in early spring for academic scholarships in 2017-18. ¶ Some students who could not visit the two campus events competed online. ¶ More than 40 undergraduate prospects and their families attended the Academic Scholarship Competition Jan. 27-28. The invitation-only event awarded Presidential or Kantzer Scholarships to Trinity College (covering tuition, room, board, and required fees), the Regents or Ruud Scholarships (full tuition and required fees), the Dean’s Scholarships ($20,000), and the Faculty Scholarships ($17,000). The awards are annual and renewable if the students maintain quality grades. ¶ Among the students was Nick Baldado of Honolulu, who has made two 8,500-mile round trips to campus in recent months. He also attended the 360 Summer Leadership Institute. ¶ “Praying about school and then getting that sort of opportunity—that’s a big deal,” Baldado said. ¶ Judges evaluated student prospects during individual interviews, group discussions, and a timed essay-writing exercise. Invitations stem from student grades and standardized test scores. ¶ A similar weekend event at TEDS Feb. 19-20 brought 29 prospective master of divinity students to campus, with seven other international students competing online. ¶ At stake were Gleason Archer Scholarships (100 percent of tuition), Grant Osborne Scholarships (75 percent of tuition), Robert Duncan Culver Scholarships (50 percent of tuition), or a number of our previously existing scholarships (up to 50 percent of tuition).



In March, Professor of Homiletics Greg Scharf helped train military reserve chaplains in Springfield, Ill. Out of approximately 50 in attendance, the above seven chaplains were either Trinity alumni or current students. Pictured L-R: Cpt. Vince Lambert, Cpt. Scott Andrews, Col. Steve Cooper, 1Lt. Tyler Stauffer (chaplain candidate), Cpt. Jeff Nelson, Cpt. Eric Hughes, and Cpt. Jenny Nielsen

Research Professor of Theology of Mission and Dean Emeritus Tite Tiénou delivering his address at the regional meeting of the Evangelical Missiological Society in March. Its theme was “Engaging Theology, Theologians, and Theological Education in (or from) Majority World Contexts.”

Research Professor of Systematic Theology Kevin Vanhoozer (center) and President of the Theopolis Institute Peter Leithart (right), both of whom have recently published works that engage the present state of Protestantism and propose directions for its future, interact with each other’s theses during EFCA Week at Trinity, with TEDS Dean Graham Cole moderating.


Professors Ingrid Faro, Dennis Magary, and John Monson led 50 TEDS students to Israel over spring break for an intensive study of the land. Students listened to Dr. Magary preach while sitting on the original steps to the high place in Dan, a site of idolatrous worship built around 920 B.C. by the Northern Kingdom (see 1Kgs 12:26–30).


A capacity crowd in ATO of more than 550 heard R. Albert Mohler and C. John (Jack) Collins discuss and debate the question "Does Scripture speak about the age of the universe?" In addition to the audience, 1,100 online viewers connected to a livestream of the event.

The Trinity Society of Women held its annual theological conference at Trinity on the theme “Redeemed and Re-Created,” in which participants engaged in tactile practices that drove the point home. In this photo, MDiv candidate Amy Calkin demonstrates the biblical imagery of the potter—God’s shaping, redeeming and re-creating our lives.


With technology-related jobs in strong demand across the United States, college graduates with a firm understanding of computer science are finding high-paying positions quickly. ¶ Starting in fall 2017, Trinity College students will pursue a major in computer science, either as a stand-alone program or in connection with another field of study. ¶ “A major in computer science can enhance almost any career choice, because graduates will demonstrate the ability to apply technological problem-solving in the workplace,” Trinity College Dean Tom Cornman said. “We are confident that computer science will help Trinity graduates achieve even more success in the job market.” ¶ Trinity students who major in computer science will be required to complete 40–43 semester hours in the curriculum, including classes in programming, networking, database management, computer ethics, and a professional internship. Computer science falls within the Department of Mathematics and Computer Information Systems. ¶ This marks the second technology-related addition to Trinity’s undergraduate curriculum in the past two years. The new criminal justice major includes a digital studies emphasis that focuses on high-tech crimes, including cyber-based terrorism, espionage, computer intrusions, and cyber fraud.


Trinity College adds major in Computer Science

Trinity celebrates outgoing faculty and staff: Paul Satre and Judy Tetour The Trinity community celebrates the careers of three long-time employees who are moving on to new chapters of life this spring. ¶ Judy Tetour retires after decades of service to Trinity. She began her work as an administrative aide in 1974, and within two weeks was asked to serve new President Kenneth M. Meyer. Tetour recalls sharing an office with Meyer during a renovation of The Mansion. ¶ “It wasn't too bad, since he was still pastoring in Rockford at first and was only in 2–3 days each week,” Tetour said. “When he had meetings I would try to type non-stop so that they would not think I was listening in.” ¶ She left full-time work when her son was born a few years later, but returned in 1987 to work in the School of World Missions and Evangelism. By 2001, she was working as an assistant to interim TEDS Dean Harold Netland, and she remained employed in the dean’s office

Paul Satre

Judy Tetour

until her retirement in January. ¶ Professor of Music Paul Satre retires this spring after serving on the faculty since 1996. He also has served as university organist and as conductor of the college choir. ¶ Satre has conducted and toured with collegiate choirs throughout the United States and overseas. He taught courses in music theory, conducting, piano, composition, church music, and jazz at both the college and TEDS. ¶ A cum laude graduate of Trinity College, Satre earned Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in piano performance from Chicago’s American Conservatory of Music. He has served as organist at The Moody Church since 1979. ¶ Satre lives in Elgin with his wife Joy, who is an elementary school teacher.

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UPDATES: CENTERS The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity continued to

Stott Award recipients gather around the table for conversations about pastoral engagement with the doctrine of creation in an age of science.


The Henry Center for Theological Understanding remains busy w ith its many Creation Project programs. In January, the Henry Center welcomed to campus the 2016–2017 recipients of the Stott Award for Pastoral Engagement for a threeday consultation. Among the first recipients were Greg Waybright (former president of TIU and currently the senior pastor of Lake Avenue Church) and Douglas Kyle (TEDS graduate and EFCA pastor at Green Valley Church). The group gathered for book discussions, sermon series workshops, case studies, and more. The spring semester was also a busy term of public events, hosting 12 events. The featured event of the semester

was the annual Trinity Debate. The Henry Center, in cooperation with the EFCA, welcomed C. John Collins and Albert Mohler to campus to discuss the question of whether Genesis speaks definitively about the age of the universe. These two leaders within the Evangelical community demonstrated biblical fidelity, intellectual integrity, and humility, discussing a topic that is too often characterized by divisive and polarizing rhetoric. The 2017–2018 Henry Resident Fellows were also announced in March, featuring Marc Cortez (Wheaton College) and Stephen Williams (Union Theological College, Northern Ireland). Learn more about these various projects at

Executive Director of CBHD Paige Cunningham and Robert D. Orr take the stage during the Fellowship's inauguration ceremony. The Robert D. Orr Endowed Fellowship will create a space for TEDS PhD students at CBHD to further their research in theology, medicine, and technology.

thoughtfully engage the pressing bioethical issues of our day in the academy, church, and broader culture. ¶ Executive Director, Paige Cunningham taught a workshop on fetal tissue procurement at the Christian Legal Society annual conference, and Managing Director and Research Scholar, Michael Sleasman, presented a paper titled “Virtual Presence & Embodied Relations” at the Evangelical Theological Society conference. ¶ To foster serious theological engagement in bioethics, CBHD hosted its sixth year of Theological Bioethics Roundtable Discussions with graduate and doctoral students from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. CBHD is pleased to announce that the Robert D. Orr Fellowship matching gift has been met. This fellowship allows a doctoral student to serve at CBHD to explore biblical and theological aspects of medicine and technology alongside their doctoral research. ¶ CBHD’s 24th annual summer conference, Genetic & Reproductive Technologies, is slated for June 22–24, 2017. It is an opportunity to learn from leading experts, engage in charitable

Director of the Oikonomia Network Greg Forster addresses the crowd at the Forum.

The Center for Transformational Churches’ Oikonomia Network initiative hosted the inaugural Karam Forum on March 2–3. About 140 theological educators and Christian academics came to Trinity for a time of collaboration, networking, sharing and contributing around the whole-life discipleship conversation going

Professor of English at Georgia State University Riener Smolinksi speaking on early American understandings of the relationship between Scripture and science.

on in Christian higher education. ¶ Attendees from over 40 colleges and seminaries heard lectures from Trinity faculty – Con Campbell, Kevin Vanhoozer and Bruce Fields – and many other speakers including, Tom Nelson, Darrell Bock, Vincent Bacote and Mark Roberts. Noted author Amy Sherman of the Sagamore Institute provided insights into how a concern for whole-life discipleship can shape the pedagogy and structure of classes. Additionally, panel discussions unpacked Kevin Vanhoozer’s keynote lecture on scripture and discipleship and another panel grappled with how theological insight can help direct and shape the work of liberalarts disciplines. Throughout the conference, breakout groups – from theology to biblical studies and business and marketplace issues – discussed and shared how vocation, economic wisdom, flourishing and discipleship shape their respective fields. ¶ This spring, the Center also hosted the first gathering of the Resilient Ministries Initiative. The Resilient Ministries Project is a gathering of 30 EFCA Great Lakes District pastors and their spouses who meet to guide and mentor one another regarding how to thrive, and not simply survive, in ecclesial work.

T he Jonat ha n Edw a rd s Center has partnered with the Henry Center for Theological Understanding to address issues on the doctrine of creation during the 2016–2017 academic year. Following upon Marsden’s talk on Jonathan Edwards and Natural Science last fall, the spring semester featured an equally intriguing lecture by Reiner Smolinski (Professor of English, Georgia State University). Smolinski’s talk, “The Queen of Science and the Handmaiden to Theology,” compared Cotton Mather’s and Jonathan Edwards’ natural philosophies, specifically in relation to the question of Noah’s Flood. Both lectures are available online at In January, Director Doug Sweeney gave a talk on Edwards at the Orchard Evangelical Free Church in Arlington Heights, Ill. In March, he delivered a lecture at Notre Dame on “The Still-Enchanted World of Jonathan Edwards’ Exegesis and the Paradox of Modern Evangelical Supernaturalism,” and in late April, he lectured at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary on “Jonathan Edwards on Human Flourishing.”


dialogue, and network with others interested in the Christian engagement of ethical issues. ¶ In the fall, CBHD launched Intersections, a forum for pastors and lay leaders, on Intersections explores bioethical issues in the language and context of everyday church engagement intended to create awareness of issues in medicine, science, and technology. It features posts from David S. Dockery, Joni Eareckson Tada, Scott Rae, Walter Kaiser, and more. ¶ Paige expanded CBHD’s influence through regular radio interviews and media consultations providing bioethical perspective on various topics. Michael published, “Christian Physicians: Reclaiming Integrity through Conscience, Philanthropia, and Vocation,” coauthored with Gregory Rutecki, MD, in the December issue of Christian Bioethics.


Adeline Allen (Trinity Law School) recently wrote an article titled “Uber and the Communications Decency Act: Why the Ride-Hailing App Would Not Fare Well Under § 230.” It was published in the NC Journal of Law & Technology 18.1 (2017). Allen also accepted a visiting fellowship position at Princeton Un iversit y ’s Ja mes Mad ison Program in American Ideals and Institutions ( for the academic year of 2017–18.


Constantine R. Campbell (NT) wrapped-up his work as host of a seven-part documentary series called In Pursuit of Paul. It follows the apostle from his days in Jerusalem as a Pharisee through his conversion, the “missing years,” three missionary journeys, and his imprisonment and eventual death in Rome. It is a production of Day of Discovery, the film branch of Our Daily Bread ministries, and it was shot on location throughout Israel, Jordan, Cyprus, Turkey, Greece, Malta and Rome. The scheduled air date is fall 2017. It is already available on DVD at Graham A. Cole (dean of TEDS) published four articles in the first half of 2017: two on the atonement, focusing on expiation, propitiation and eschatology in Adam J. Johnson (ed.), T & T Clark Companion to Atonement (T & T Clark); one on the Holy Spirit in Matthew Barrett (ed.), Reformation Theology: A Systematic Summary (Crossway) ; and one on prayer in Paul Copan, Tremper Longman III, Christopher L Reese and Michael Strauss (eds.), Dictionary of Christianity and Science (Zondervan).

Perry G. Downs (Educational Ministries, emeritus) delivered two keynote addresses at the Society of Professors of Christian Education meetings in Orlando. The focus of the conference was Sola Fide (by Faith Alone). Downs’ topics were “What Is This Stuff Called Faith?” and “How Has the Church Taught Faith?” Chris L. Firestone (Philosophy, chair) wrote several pieces on Immanuel Kant slated for publication during 2017: “Kant and Science,” in the Dictionary of Christianity and Science (Zondervan); “Immanuel Kant and Christian Theology,” in Greg Ganssle and Ben Arbor (eds.), Christian Theology and the Modern Philosophers (Zondervan); “Can the New Wave Baptize Kant’s Deism? Maybe.” in Philosophia Christi (summer 2017); “Kant and the Bible” in Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception (DeGruyter). Firestone also co-edited with Nathan Jacobs and James Joiner Kant and the Question of Theology (Cambridge University Press), which includes his co-written Introduction along with his essay, “Rational Religious Faith in a Bodily Resurrection.” David M. Gustafson (Mission and Evangelism, chair) recently wrote the article “P. J. Elmquist: Founding President of the Swedish Bible Institute of Chicago, 1897– 1908” for the Swedish-American Historical Quarterly, journal of the Swedish-American Historical Society. Elmquist was a Free Church pastor, missions superintendent, and founding president of what is today Trinity College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

John F. Kilner (Biblical and Systematic Theology) recently published Why People Matter: A Christian Engagement with Rival Views of Christian Significance (Baker Academic), which he edited and for which he contributed the introduction, conclusion and an essay. The book considers five major alternative outlooks on life in comparison to biblical Christianity, showing that they not only cannot ground the idea that people matter, they actually undermine it. Kilner also delivered the keynote address, “Made in God’s Image” at Liberty University’s ethics conference hosted by its Medical School. Te-Li Lau (New Testament) recently wrote “I Write These Things Not to Shame You,” which focuses on 1 Corinthians 4:14, for the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 60 (2017): 105–24. S c o t t M a n e t s c h (C hu r c h History) edited a commentary on 1 Corinthians, which will be published in the Reformation Commentary on Scripture series (IVP). He also delivered a keynote address at the EFCA Mid-Winter Theology Conference, held on Trinity’s campus in February, which focused on “The Extent of the Reformation's Reform: Word, Church, Ministry, and Worship,” as well as two workshops at The Gospel Coalition’s conference in Indianapolis in April.

James R. Moore wrote the essay “Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi: Advocate for Child- Centered Education” in Elmer L. Towns (ed.), A Legacy of Religious Educators: H i s to r i c a l a n d T h e o l o g i c a l Introductions (Liberty University Press). Ruby L. Owiny (Education) wrote two essays set for publication this year: co-authored with A. Brawand and J. Josephson, “Instructional strategies and UDL: Making content accessible,” in W.W. Murawski and K. James (eds.), What Really Works with Exceptional Children (Corwin Press); and co-authored with A. Brawand and J. Josephson, “Addressing the ‘invisible disability’: Supporting students with learning disabilities,” in W.W. Murawski and K. James (eds.), What Really Works with Exceptional Learners (Corwin Press). Greg R. Scharf (Pastoral Theology, chair) recently revised and updated Relational Preaching: Knowing God, His Word, and Your Hearers (Langham Preaching Resources). Relational Preaching contains 113 daily meditations that aim to help preachers nurture the three relationships most crucial to faithful preaching. Katelin M. Schwartz (Trinity Law School) joined the faculty as assistant dean and assistant professor. Prior to this role, she served as a legal fellow with International Justice Mission in Southeast Asia and previously taught Legal Research and Writing at Trinity. She is a graduate of Chapman University Fowler School of Law and holds a BA from Pepperdine University.


Joshua Jipp (NT) recently wrote one book and two articles: Saved by Faith and Hospitality (Eerdmans); “Hospitable Barbarians: Luke’s Ethnic Reasoning in Acts 28:1–10,” Journal of Theological Studies 68 (2017): 1–23; and “Is the Apostle Paul the Father of Christian AntiJudaism: Engaging John Gager’s Who Made Early Christianity?, Horizons in Biblical Theolog y (forthcoming).



Douglas A. Sweeney (Church History, chair) released in paperback, Edwards the Exegete: Biblical Interpretation and AngloProtestant Culture on the Edge of the Enlightenment (Oxford University Press); co-authored with Daniel Cooley “The Novelty of the New Divinity,” in Michael A. G. Haykin and Mark Jones (eds.), “A New Divinity”: Transatlantic Reformed Evangelical Debates D ur ing the L ong Eighteenth Century (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht). Sweeney also delivered keynote addresses at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (“Jonathan Edwards on Human Flourishing”), the University of Notre Dame (“The Still Enchanted World of Jonathan Edwards’ Exegesis and the Paradox of Modern Evangelical Supernaturalism”) and at Trinity (“Founders’ Day Lectures,” see pp. 30–31 of this issue). Kevin J. Vanhoozer (Biblical and Systematic Theology) wrote “Redemption Accomplished: The Atonement,” in Scott Swain and Michael Allen (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Reformed Theology (Oxford University Press). He also delivered keynote addresses at the L.A. Theology Conference (“A naly tic, Poetics, and the Mission of Dogmatic Discourse”), the EFCA Theology Conference (“The Reformation, Sola Scriptura, and Tradition”), the Radical Christian Scholarship Conference (“Trinitarian Transdisciplinary Hermeneutics”), the Karam Forum (“Learning Christ: Theological E du c a t i o n f o r T h e o l o g i c a l Discipleship”), and a theology conference in Basel, Switzerland (“The Drama of Theology, Scripture, and Liturgy”).

Taylor Worley (Philosophy) edited one book and contributed two essays during the first half of 2017: edited with W. David O. Taylor, Contemporary Art and the Church: A Conversat ion Bet ween Two Worlds (IVP Academic), in which Worley wrote the essay “Graced Encounters: A Response to Ben Quash”; “A Modern Reformation: Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Quest for the ‘Real Luther’” in Ray Van Neste and J. Michael Garrett (eds.), Reformation 500: How the Greatest Revival Since Pentecost Continues to Shape the World Today (B&H Academic). Karen Wrobbel (Education), director of the Division of Education at TC and TGS, delivered the plenary address at the SHARE Family Education Conference in Siofok, Hungary. SHARE Education Services assists expatriate families throughout Europe, Russia, Central Asia and the Middle East with educating their children. K. Lawson Younger (OT and Semitic Languages) wrote the article “The Arameans” in B.T. Arnold and B.A. Strawn (eds.), The World Around the Old Testament (Baker): 229–65.


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ne of the biggest turnarounds in all of college basketball quietly occurred inside Van Dixhorn Arena over the past four years, and culminated in the most successful campaign in Trinity International University history this spring. Out of every division of NCAA or NAIA basketball, only five teams orchestrated an improvement of 20 or more wins over the last four seasons. Trinity International tops that list, with a 25-game improvement during that span. A transition of that magnitude cannot happen without an overhaul of the program’s culture; the start of that transformation began with the hiring of TIU Head Coach Boomer Roberts in the spring of 2014, and since then the Trojans have shown steady improvement each season. On a veteran-heavy squad with six seniors in 2016–17, just one Trojan competed for four seasons in the program. Sean Smith came to Trinity as a freshman in the 2013–14 season, one year before Roberts’ arrival. As the lone four-year senior, Smith has a unique perspective on the turnaround of the men’s basketball program. He was there when Roberts first introduced himself to the team. “After our first team meeting, it felt like even though we have the exact same team, we could beat anybody,” Smith said. “We all felt like we could run through a wall right then, and he made you believe you could really do that.” Photo by Mark Korosa




The dismal ’13–’14 season was nothing out of the ordinary compared to recent seasons. The team finished with a 5-25 record, marking the fifth time in a seven-year run in which the Trojans failed to reach double-digit victories. With a new head coach following the season came new routines and a new culture to the program. Beginning that summer, Roberts had the team commit more time in the weight room, keeping his guys in better shape year-round in preparation for his first season on the Trinity bench. The team would also come back on campus for open gyms, getting more and more used to playing with each other and learning one another’s tendencies on the court. To hold his new players accountable and push them further, Roberts and the rest of the coaching staff joined in the workouts themselves. “The way he runs with us, lifts with us, it makes us feel like they’re in the fight with us,” Smith said. The increased attention on fitness helped improve the team’s record by eight victories the following season. But the turnaround did not come right away. The Trojans began 2014–15 with 10 losses in their first 12 games. Just before the team left for Christmas break, Trinity secured a win at Indiana University-Northwest, the first of what would end up as a ten-game winning streak throughout the month of January, the longest win streak for the program in nearly 20 years. The team qualified for the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship tournament, but lost in the first round. Despite the early postseason exit, the foundation was solid for the next few seasons. With his first campaign as a college head coach under his belt, and his first full recruiting season with Trinity, Roberts signed a majority of the students who would help place the program back in the national spotlight. Freshman twins Jeremy and Greg Carlyle joined the Trojans after successful high school careers in southern California. Local junior college players Henry French and Luke Mead transferred to Trinity after playing with members of the team in open gyms over the summer. A pair of transfers who earned Roberts’ attention when he coached at Vanguard University (Calif.) moved from the west coast to Deerfield and made an immediate impact: Grant Corsi and Zach Kirschbaum.


In addition to the focus on the team’s recommitment to off-season fitness, Roberts developed a family-like culture. At the start of each season, the team would attend a retreat where players would develop deep relationships with each other while setting their goals for the upcoming year. Smith says that family commitment shines through in the unselfishness of the younger players. “We talk about this all the time, the family atmosphere,” Smith said. “All the guys really believe in each other. The twins love the seniors enough, and Will [Davidson] and Sam [Schroeder] love the seniors enough, that even though they might not get as much shine as the seniors, they’re willing to fight for us. I think that’s really cool.” The turnaround continued during the 2015-16 season, and the newcomers quickly showed that Trinity basketball was on the rise. The Trojans opened the year by winning five of their first six games, and in January, earned their first win over a nationally ranked opponent in three years. Four nights later, Trinity defeated 15thranked Robert Morris for another upset victory. Tr i n it y acce pte d a n invitation to compete in the National Christian College Athletic Association national tournament, their first national postseason appearance since 2007. The Trojans would reach the semifinal round of the eightteam tournament, finishing with 20 victories on the year, their first 20-win season since 1999. “At the team retreat, we set our own goals for the season,” Smith said. “Coach is involved in that, but it’s ours. Three years ago, we wanted to get to the national tournament. Last year, the same thing; win the [CCAC] North Division, get to the national tournament. This was the first year where the goal was to win a national title. You always think you have a shot, but this is the first year where we knew if we do what we’re supposed to do, we’d be here.”

Photos by Mark Korosa

Despite a stumble in the first game of the year, Trinity would set all kinds of program records throughout the 2016–17 season. In a Nov. 11 in a win over Silver Lake College, the Trojans came within one point of the all-time TIU scoring record, knocking down a program record of 25 three-pointers. On Dec. 6, Trinity upset No. 5 Indiana University-East, the highest-ranked team the Trojans have defeated in recent years. The following month, Trinity notched its first-ever win over longtime conference rival Saint Xavier University. The team earned its first national ranking in 19 years, debuting in the NAIA Coaches’ Poll at No. 20 and rising to as high as No. 11 at the end of the regular season. With a victory over No. 8 Robert Morris in the final game of the regular season, Trinity clinched a share of their first-ever CCAC regular season championship. “What this team has accomplished is remarkable,” Roberts said after the title-clinching victory. “To go from worst in the CCAC to first in three years shows God’s faithfulness, and our guys’ dedication and love for each other. This is a special group.” Trinity would advance to the championship game of the CCAC Tournament, earning a rematch with Robert Morris about a week after defeating the Eagles in their own arena. The Trojans lost the rematch, but won the battle of the stands. Trinity fans packed the visitors’ side of the RMU Athletic & Convocation Center in Arlington Heights, outnumbering the home team’s fans by a wide margin. Despite the loss, the Trojans clinched a spot in the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship for the fourth time in program history, and the first since 2007.

making a mark on the TIU basketball program, athletic department, and campus as a whole. The team won a school-record 30 games, and advanced further through the NAIA Tournament than any Trinity team in any sport had ever done. Kirschbaum finished his Trojan career as the 20th member of the 1,000-point club. He and Corsi both earned status as NAIA All-Americans. The CCAC named Boomer Roberts conference coach of the year. “Our seniors have been unbelievable, and the rest of the guys followed their lead,” Roberts said. “They announced that TIU Basketball is for real to the rest of the country, and saw an entire university rally around them.”

Greg Gorham serves as Trinity’s Director of Sports Information.

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Facing off against the host College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo., Trinity tipped off the tournament in the presence of the most hostile crowd awaiting any of the 32 tournament teams. As the host institution, Ozarks filled the arena with a raucous student section, hundreds of local fans, and alumni. The Trojans held Ozarks to just 55 points, the second-lowest point total allowed all year. Two nights later, Corsi’s score with 2.2 seconds remaining pushed the Trojans over Taylor University 74-72, to advance them to the national quarterfinals. Even following the biggest game to date of his young coaching career, Roberts was able to put everything in the proper perspective. “While we are thankful for the win, the game-winning shot wasn’t even the best part of our day,” Roberts said during a postgame interview. “We had a team devotional and worship session this afternoon, and it was inspiring to see what God is doing in and through our guys. “Winning is great, and we really want to keep it up, but this group’s purpose is bigger than that.” Trinity would ultimately fall to the eventual NAIA Division II national champions from Union College (Ky.), but not before




Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Clothes Horse



They come to Deerfield having no idea how they will afford to feed and clothe their children, or how they will furnish even a small apartment. They leave behind loved ones, continents, and cultures. Many balance part-time work with their rigorous academic studies. “The people who come here are brave,” observes Char Berry (’69). “There’s no other word for it. They believe God brought them here.” Berry is among dozens of volunteers at Trinity’s Clothes Horse who have helped those faithful students, seeing that everyday needs like diapers, breakfast cereal, and warm winter clothing come at no cost. The Clothes Horse started half a century ago, in 1967, as a ministry open to all students. Ruth Kantzer, wife of Dean Kenneth Kantzer, saw a need and organized a team of faculty wives and volunteers from local churches. Those needs have changed in subtle ways through the years. But the same daily financial challenges still exist for Trinity students who have stepped forward on faith. “A lot of the families come from warm climates and they have no winter stuff,” says Patti Younger, who has been a volunteer and coordinator at the Clothes Horse for many years. “In their minds, they never prepared for those things.” Food selections at the Clothes Horse are limited, as are supplies of clothing, toys, and furniture. Yet needs are met week after week, and year after year. Donations often are recycled. “Items come back because when people leave here, they leave behind all of the stuff that they accumulated,” Berry says. “There’s a cycle of things that happen here that is amazing to watch.” Each visit, shoppers select up to three free items from each area of the store. Longtime volunteer Wilma Sweeney says area churches regularly conduct canned food drives on behalf of the Clothes Horse, and at times nearby grocery stores have donated about $1,000 worth of fresh produce in a single week. Panera Bread donates day-old baked goods. The commitment to provide food is strong, as feeding families ranks among the most pressing needs on campus. A moment lingers in Younger’s mind from more than a decade ago. “There was a family from another country—I’m not quite sure where,” Younger recalls. “They were literally in the woods foraging, to see if there was anything edible. I saw that with my own eyes.” BEGINNINGS IN A BASEMENT The first Clothes Horse location was the basement vault of The Mansion. In the early years, it was little more than a small room in which clothing was stored and distributed. A few years later, it moved to a larger room in “The Compound,” a collection of utility buildings in the early years of the Deerfield campus.

FACULTY WIVES AND COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTIONS In the beginning, faculty wives put in thousands of hours. They would wash donated clothing and then iron the men’s dress shirts, so they could be ready “off the rack” for anyone who had a last-minute interview, or obligations to officiate at a wedding or funeral. “When we renovated, we had to get rid of all the old stuff and I found little signs that read ‘needs to be washed’ and ‘needs to be ironed,’” says Kristen Johnson, who has been a Clothes Horse volunteer since 2000. Sometimes, the storage areas would become flooded from spring and summer rains, and the process of cleaning clothes would start from scratch. Johnson remembers the moment she committed to working at the Clothes Horse. She happened to be there when Susan Woodbridge, who managed operations for years, emerged with bags of wet clothing after floodwater leaked into a storage area. “She looked at me and said, ‘Are you here to help?’ And I said, ‘I can,’” Johnson recalls. “That’s what started the whole thing for me.” The examples of faithful faculty wives inspired others to take up the work. Many mention the contributions of Woodbridge, Joy Carson, and the example of Marietta Coleman, the late wife of former faculty member Robert Coleman. “Marietta’s infectious enthusiasm to serve the student community opened my eyes to see God working,” Scharf says. “I saw God working in loving detail, meeting needs as well as giving us the gift of getting to know student families. I could watch how they served and encouraged each other.”


As enrollment grew, so did the students’ needs. A move to its present site in the Aldeen Building during the early 1990s brought added room, but need quickly caught up with that increased capacity. A lack of space was not the only concern. The store was sorely in need of refurbishment, including a new floor plan and better furniture. The need for this work caught the attention of volunteers from Arlington Heights Evangelical Free Church (now known as The Orchard), who brought the situation to the attention of the congregation’s missions pastor. In March 2005 the church contributed $1,500 as well as a team of volunteers to help with renovation. New furniture would be on the way. Moldy carpeting gave way to tile flooring. But the physical layout did not lend itself to shopping. During this time, Younger started imagining a better space. She sketched out a floor plan that involved repositioning walls and recruiting help. “This offer of help was an enormous encouragement,” says long-time volunteer Ruth Scharf. “It was telling us that God was going before us!” In June of that year, the team went to work, and by the following fall semester, the Clothes Horse served 265 clients during about 1,000 separate visits.

As years passed, faculty wives were more likely to have outside employment and older children in need of more attention. Help came from local churches and from TEDS students. By 2007, there were 33 volunteers, 24 of whom were not faculty wives. The passing of decades also saw the larger North Shore and Chicago communities making investments in the Clothes Horse. “That happened organically,” Johnson says. “Someone needed diapers, and they discovered someone had a connection with the Archdiocese of Chicago, which had started a collection drive.” A similar conversation started the Panera Bread connection. “A student would say, ‘Hey, I work at Panera and they give away (day-old baked goods) for free,’” Johnson remembers. “’I'll just bring it.’"


‘YOU CAN’T MAKE THESE THINGS UP’ At a banquet on campus March 11 to celebrate the 50th anniversary, long-time observers of life at the Clothes Horse lingered after the formal program to share their own stories of unlikely blessings. >>There was the TEDS student who had to officiate at a funeral for the first time. He did not have a dark suit, nor could he afford to buy one. The day before the funeral, that student came to the Clothes Horse and found a dark suit that fit him perfectly. >>And then there was the girl who returned to campus on furlough with her family after four years on the mission field. She had grown out of her favorite dress, which she obtained at the Clothes Horse. Someone had donated a larger dress that was otherwise identical to her favorite, and it fit perfectly. >>Another time, someone donated a fur coat. It arrived just as a couple departed Trinity for the mission field in Russia. “Who else could we give a fur coat to?” Susan Woodbridge asks rhetorically with a smile. “Remember the would-be piano teacher?” Johnson asks colleagues. “One student was going to teach piano to another student in exchange for something else, but she didn't have the

A few Clothes Horse regular volunteers line up during the 50th anniversary celebration. (L-R) MDiv student Jessica Bauman (student manager), Sharon Johnson, Linda Healen, Pamela Hedges, Laurel Dahl (BA '70), and Susan Woodbridge

music notebooks or the lesson plans. Wouldn't you know we had 12 Progressive Beginning Piano teaching books?” Volunteers at the Clothes Horse, no matter the era in which they worked, tell similar stories that point to God’s providence. “I think that's why, as faculty wives, we are so emotional about the Clothes Horse,” Johnson said the night of the banquet. “We see the impact. I mean, you can't make these things up.” GATHERED AT THE VILLAGE WELL For many, visiting the Clothes Horse is among the week’s social highlights. “When I think of the Clothes Horse, I liken it to the town’s well, where everyone gathers and gleans news about the community,” says Irene Sun, a Master of Theology student and the wife of a PhD student. “This was where I found out when dear friends were pregnant, or whether they were having a boy or a girl, or who had just given birth. This was where I got to tell friends when we were expecting, and where I introduced my own babies to the community.” Two years ago, Sun stumbled at the top of the stairway just outside the Clothes Horse entrance. She lost consciousness briefly and sustained a head wound. “A sister came with clean towels for my bleeding head,” Sun says. “A brother calmed my children and prayed with them. Another person called the security, and then the ambulance. A sister started driving to Vernon Hills to pick up my husband, who was studying at home that day.” Sun jokes that if she had to fall down a flight of stairs, there was no better place to do so. “In that chaos, that fearful waiting for the arrival of the ambulance, someone sat beside me,” Sun said. “She was wearing a pink jacket, and she was praying—in Spanish. That was how I met my friend Berni.” GRATEFUL IN A TIME OF NEED Alice Pilkington’s testimony is touching but typical of the help cycle repeated scores of times in 50 years of service from the Clothes Horse. She vividly remembers the day about three years ago when she and her husband Matthew, a new MDiv student at the time, set foot on the Trinity campus. “We arrived from England with a five-month-old baby,” Alice recalls. “We came with three suitcases, and we arrived on campus to our unfurnished apartment.” They had no cooking or serving utensils, and nothing beyond a couple of sleeping bags for bedding. Alice soon discovered that

SUSTAINING THE NEXT HALF CENTURY: HOW YOU CAN HELP Early in the Dockery administration, Trinity added a paid administrator to the Clothes Horse staff for processing donations, soliciting additional help, and maintaining day-to-day operations. Faculty wives continue to serve faithfully, as they have since 1967. But there are still areas of need. Gently used items that can benefit a young family are welcome, as are cash donations and clothing in good condition. Cash donations go through the Trinity advancement website, or by checks payable to Trinity International University, with “Clothes Horse” on the memo line. Undesignated monetary donations typically go for food purchases. Gifts are tax-deductible. Some needs are more specialized. Additional volunteers and vans could help transport and distribute fresh produce. Area grocery stores are generous in supplying these foods. The limitations often involve logistics. An aspiring Eagle Scout has plans to rework the Clothes Horse storage area in an upstairs Aldeen room, but similar work is needed organizing furniture storage. Volunteers and donors enjoy the looks of gratitude and satisfaction from students and their families. But word of these efforts spread to other countries and are remembered for generations. “The Clothes Horse is known all over the world,” according to an annual report presented in 2003. “Student families return to their countries and talk about the Clothes Horse.” From the same report: “One international student wife said that she and her fellow Africans say ‘Jesus is in the Clothes Horse,’ because of the way they feel many family needs are met providentially through donations.” “When you see God's specific provision again and again, you just know there's something special happening there,” Johnson says. “It's easy to protect it and give to it and serve to it and honor it.”

Mark Kahler is Vice President for University Communication at Trinity International University.


her situation was common, and help was as close as the Clothes Horse, a short walk from the new campus apartment. “I went in and spoke to the ladies who were helping out on that day, and I said, ‘Can I just have anything that you could offer me?’" Pilkington says. “They were so kind, and they loaded up a car with pots and pans and plates and towels and bedding.” The response went beyond anything she expected. “The Clothes Horse furnished our house, more bountifully than we could have ever imagined. We had all that we needed.” As with many others, Alice and Matthew will leave behind as much as possible for another family to use when they return home to England after graduation. But they’ll take home a lifetime of memories and friendships that started at the Clothes Horse. “The women who serve there are so genuinely interested in you,” Pilkington says. “I’m just blessed to have had somebody interact with me on a personal level, and just be interested in my life.”

THE CLOTHES HORSE Hours: Tuesday, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. (open until 5:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of every month) and Thursday, 9:30–11:30 a.m. Summer and holiday hours may vary. Location: South entrance, Aldeen Building, Trinity campus Mailing Address for financial donations: Trinity International University 2065 Half Day Road, Deerfield, IL 60015 Attn: Wilma Sweeney, Clothes Horse Contact: Brett Mitchell, 847-317-7072 or





Editor's note: TEDS Assistant Professor of Homiletics Jared E. Alcántara recently received the Book of the Year Award from Preaching magazine for Learning from a Legend: What Gardner C. Taylor Can Teach Us About Preaching. We asked Alcántara to share thoughts and excerpts from the award-winning work, as we believe Taylor’s exemplary career can serve as inspiration in the Trinity community for current and future pastors.


n Easter Sunday 2015, the last pulpit prince died. How fitting that Resurrection Sunday would be the day that Rev. Dr. Gardner C. Taylor (1918–2015) boarded the last leg of a long flight from this life to eternity. What gospel preacher wouldn’t want to return home on such a day? At 96 years old, having outlived almost all of his contemporaries, it was time to go home. Like Barnabas in Acts 11:24, Taylor was a “good man fully of the Holy Spirit and faith.” His life was long, productive, and Christ-honoring. He received national and international recognition on account of his advocacy for African Americans, strategic leadership during the Civil Rights Era, campaigns for equal opportunities in education, community work in New York, and steadfast commitment to standing up and speaking out for the least, the lonely, and the lost. For these and other reasons, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Bill Clinton in the year 2000, the highest honor a civilian can receive. Yet, these accolades are only part of the story. They make more sense in the context of what countless leaders consider his most distinguished attribute. His preaching set him apart. Taylor modeled sermonic excellence wherever he preached whether in various parts of the world, around the United States, or most often at Concord Baptist Church in Brooklyn where he pastored from 1948 to 1990. He mentored a younger cohort of preachers like Martin Luther King Jr., H. Beecher Hicks Jr., James Earl Massey, Otis Moss Jr., and Cleophus J. LaRue, to name a few. In fact, an entire generation of African American preachers looked to Taylor as the gold standard for pulpit eloquence. Moreover, some of the best-known White preachers of the mid twentieth century like George Buttrick, Paul Scherer, Ralph W. Sockman, and others, held him in high regard and invited him to preach in their pulpits. In the 1960s, he preached on the radio to families across the nation through NBC’s National Radio Pulpit. Taylor also accumulated numerous titles and distinctions on account of his preaching. In 1979, Time magazine named him,

“Dean of the nation’s black preachers.”1 In 1984 and again in 1993, Ebony magazine listed him as first on its list of the 15 greatest Black preachers in America.2 In 1996, Baylor University named him one of the twelve most effective preachers in the Englishspeaking world.3 Other titles also surfaced from various corners: “Poet Laureate of the American pulpit,” “Prince of the American Pulpit,” and, most recently in an obituary written by H. Beecher Hicks Jr. in The Huffington Post, “The Prophet of Jordan’s Mists.”4 To be sure, a person who excelled at preaching and Christian living for such a long tenure has much to teach the next generation of preachers. In my most recent book Learning from a Legend: What Gardner C. Taylor Can Teach Us About Preaching, I lift up six lessons in particular that can enhance our own preaching. However, in this article, I would like to emphasize two life lessons that I learned from Taylor that have not only helped me grow as a person, but have also shaped my preaching and teaching ministry. First, Dr. Taylor cared more about faithfulness than success. Even with so many accomplishments and commendations, especially in preaching, Taylor never pursued any of them. In today’s climate of news-cycle-driven, celebrity-focused, trophycarrying actions and attitudes outside and inside the church, it almost seems odd that Taylor never tried to make a name for himself or act newsworthy. He did not pursue political office although he could have. Many leaders looked to him as a significant and influential person in the civil rights movement, but he was fine with being behind-the-scenes rather than on the front-page. James Earl Massey puts it this way: “Taylor has been stuck with the church. He has been busy handling the themes of the gospel and seeking to affect society in ways that are consonant with the gospel purpose. This is not newsworthy like leading a sit in.”5 Day after day, year after year, decade after decade, Taylor did the same thing God calls every preacher-teacher to do: he kept preaching, and he kept living out the gospel in everyday life. Faithfulness mattered more to him than success.


Second, Dr. Taylor made sure the accent was always on the greatness of the gospel instead of the greatness of the preacher. Toward the end of his life and before his ill health confined him to a convalescent home, Taylor occasionally would visit Shaw Divinity School, a seminary not too far from his home in Raleigh, North Carolina. One of his mentees, Dr. Reginald High, was a professor there. (Dr. High visited him weekly and helped care for him in the final years of his life.) On occasion, Taylor would slip in through the back door of the chapel, cane in hand to help him keep his footing, and would take his seat near the back row of the sanctuary in order to listen to that day’s sermon. My hunch is that any preacher who saw him enter the room mid-sermon, and who knew who he was, this Dean of American Preaching, probably felt a slight tightening of the throat and a few extra beads of sweat gathering on the forehead. Taylor also guest lectured and even listened to student sermons from time to time. On one particular day, when reflecting on a student’s sermon, Taylor told his class: “You do not want to strive to be a great preacher. You do want to strive for people to feel, after you have tried to preach, what a great gospel it is.”6 Notice where the accent lies: on the greatness of the gospel. The gospel fed Taylor’s relentless desire to grow and refine his craft. The gospel fueled the fire of his life and ministry. At the end of the day, it was the gospel that compelled him. We have a great gospel! We do not grow as preachers so that people will say what great preachers we are. We grow so that people will see what a great gospel we have. Gardner C. Taylor’s life and ministry remind us of an important and abiding truth. If gospel witness is our primary motivation, then every preacher, regardless of lot or station, race or ethnicity, class or gender, will not only be known for a commitment to preaching, but for a commitment to growing. As the Lord Jesus puts in Luke 12:48, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.

1. “American Preaching: A Dying Art?,” Time, December 31, 1979. 2. “America’s 15 Greatest Black Preachers,” Ebony, September 1984; “The 15 Greatest Black Preachers,” Ebony, November 1993 3. “Baylor Names the 12 Most Effective Preachers,” Baylor University Media Communications, February 28, 1996, mediacommunications/news.php?action=story&story=1036. 4. Michael Eric Dyson, “Gardner Taylor: Poet Laureate of the Pulpit,” Christian Century 112, no. 1 (January 4, 1995): 12–16; Henry H. Mitchell, “African American Preaching,” in Concise Encyclopedia of Preaching, ed. William H. Willimon and Richard Lischer (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 1995), 372; H. Beecher Hicks Jr., “The Prophet of ‘Jordan’s Mists’,” April 8, 2015, the-prophet-of-jordans-mists_b_7024334.html. 5. Interview with Dyson in Dyson, “Gardner Taylor,” 14. 6. Quotation in “Reverend Gardner C. Taylor (PBS Documentary),” Religion & Ethics News Weekly, August 18, 2006, religionandethics/2006/08/18/august-18-2006-reverend-gardner-ctaylor/1786/. Emphasis added.

*This article contains excerpts from the author’s most recent book Learning from a Legend: What Gardner C. Taylor Can Teach Us About Preaching (Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2016). Trinity Magazine readers can get a $20 discount off a one-year subscription to Preaching magazine by using the following link:


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‘The Trinity Story’ in Founders’ Day

TRINITY INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY marked Founders’ Day 2017 with a presentation that traced the institution’s history from its roots within the Scandinavian immigrant community to its present focus as a global institution. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Professor of Church History Douglas A. Sweeney delivered the address, “Immeasurably More than we Asked or Imagined: The Trinity Story,” during chapel services Feb. 8–9 on the Deerfield campus. A tradition started when David S. Dockery became president of Trinity in 2014, Founders’ Day is a two-day long event where students, faculty and staff of Trinity come together to celebrate the founding of the university and reexamine its history. Sweeney, who also serves as the chair of the Church History department and director of the Jonathan Edwards Center, started with an examination of a church reform movement in Sweden that


Trinity International University traces its roots to 1897 when the Swedish Evangelical Free Church began a ten-week Bible course in the basement of a Chicago church. It shares a commitment with the EFCA to serve the Lord Jesus Christ under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and obedience to the Word of God. The EFCA regards Trinity as its gift to the wider evangelical community, making its educational offerings accessible to students from a wide variety of denominations. This unique nature of the University allows breadth for Christians from many different backgrounds to study, worship, and serve together.

Trinity's first president, P.J. Elmquist (1851–1924)

Co-founder of Trinity, John G. Princell (1845–1915)


met with persecution. Many of the reformers, who had started what they called “free churches,” moved to the United States and its promise of religious freedom. They joined a larger exodus. From 1840–1920, Sweeney said more than 2.6 million immigrants arrived on U.S. soil from Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. “More Swedes came to Chicago than to anywhere else,” Sweeney said. “By the time they founded Trinity, more lived here than in any other city in the world except Stockholm.” Sweeney described the 1897 start of what would become Trinity International University as “a simple missionary training course in Bible, Swedish language, church history, natural sciences, anthropology, and logic.” The Svenska Bibelinstitutet (Swedish Bible Institute) enrolled 22 men and women, who studied at a location along West Oak Street just a few blocks from what is now considered Chicago’s upscale Gold Coast. In those days, Sweeney said, locals

Kantzer called “a love gift from the EFCA to the entire church of Jesus Christ.” “He turned it from a Scandinavian Free Church school to a top-tier, world-class destination of choice for earnest evangelical theological students everywhere,” Sweeney said. Sweeney said the first talk of becoming a university started in the early 1970s, but it was not until the presidency of Kenneth Meyer that the discussion intensified, amid dramatic enrollment growth. Shortly after Meyer’s retirement, the name changed to Trinity International University. “Over the past 20 years, TIU has also grown more international than ever,” Sweeney said. “Every geographical region in the world had sent some—few of whom had even heard about our Scandinavian history, but all of whom shared the evangelistic passion and educational aims of our Free Church founders, and most of whom went on to multiply the work of their hands far more faithfully and effectively than they had dared to dream.” Sweeney’s research reveals that by 2015, Trinity had 23,000 alumni and a footprint in 89 countries around the world. “Who could possibly have guessed that a school with such a pedigree—founded in a slum, transplanted several times, often tested by expansion and economic strain—would be used by the Lord in such a global way today?” Sweeney asked in conclusion. “God has forged our identity through trial, to be sure. But He has done so in order to bless the church and the world, engineering a way of life and a culture here at Trinity that edifies us all.”

Trinity has enjoyed an influx of diversity for more than 65 years. Doris Eckblad (pictured left), a Free Church missionary serving in Hong Kong, was enrolled in Trinity's first seminary program in 1947. By the late 1950s and early 1960s, a steady stream of women and non-white students filled the ranks. And in 2006, TIU received The Robert and Susan Andringa Award for Advancing Racial Harmony, a token of the progress it had made in racial diversity and reconciliation on campus.


called the area “Little Hell,” and “a rough-and-tumble slum.” From those humble beginnings, Sweeney traced a series of developments: the institution’s move to Minneapolis, the joint venture with Moody Bible Institute, the move to a location on North Hermitage Ave., and the merger with Norwegian and Danish institutions just after the conclusion of World War II. It was during that time that the school first took the name of Trinity. The first seminary programs emerged in 1947, and included women as well as men. Women typically were not welcome in seminaries during that period. Sweeney noted that Harvard Divinity School did not admit its first female student until eight years later. Continued growth in the 1950s led then-President Will Norton to consider moving the campus, and through a real estate contact he became aware of a tract in Bannockburn known as the Sunset Estate. Sweeney said Free Church leaders agreed to pay $146,000 for a portion of the land in 1960, and the Welch family donated the remainder of the property. The site included “a large country home,” several other small buildings and a swimming pool. By the early 1960s, students took classes and meals in the largest building, later called “The Mansion.” “In the midst of all this busyness, Dean Kenneth Kantzer arrived,” Sweeney said, “perhaps the most important person in the history of the school, with a plan to revolutionize the Seminary. In the years ahead, Sweeney said, the school’s focus shifted from a Scandinavian constituency to a global ministry – something


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Donald T. Williams (MDiv ’76) has just published his tenth book, Deeper Magic: The Theology behind the Writings of C. S. Lewis (Baltimore: Square Halo Books, 2016). It surveys the theology behind the popular apologetics, the Space Trilogy, and the Narnia books to discern its strengths and weaknesses as a guide to biblical faith. Williams, who recently finished a term as president of the International Society of Christian Apologetics, is R. A. Forrest Scholar at Toccoa Falls College in the hills of northeast Georgia.

Pamela Braman (MAR ’91) is now the superintendent of the Genesis Conference within the Free Methodist Church USA. She oversees 58 churches in upstate and western New York, attended by some 10,000 on an average Sunday. Braman is married to Marshal, a natural resource specialist, and they have a 28-year-old daughter Jennifer, who is originally from Ghana, Africa.

Kenneth J. Morgan (MA ’77) published Upon This Rock: A New Look/ Catholicism, Israel, and the Church (Westbow Press, 2012). It is a technical, exegetical study of Matthew 16:13-20; John 20:21–23; 21:15–19; Romans 11; and Ephesians 2. The major theme is the centrality of Israel in God’s plan of salvation for the world. His former professor at Trinity, Dr. Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., wrote the Forward for the book. Morgan is now retired and resides in Danville, Ky.



David Masterson (ThM ’84) founded Gaudete Ministries in 2013 for the purpose of proclaiming the Beautiful, the Good, and the True through sacred, classical music and preaching to the lost in churches throughout the United States and overseas. The team of musicians now includes a violinist, two sopranos and a cellist, and last year they traveled to Japan to partner with local pastors. Winfred Neely (BA ’87) (DMin ’05) is releasing his first book, How to Overcome Worry: Experiencing the Peace of God in Every Situation (Moody Publishers, 2017). Based on his own experience with anxietyinducing circumstances and Philippians 4:6–7, the book presents a biblical and practical strategy for overcoming worry, anxious thoughts and stress. Neely, a full time professor of hermeneutics, homiletics, and pastoral studies at Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, is currently working towards an advanced research degree in Old Testament at the University of Bristol, England, and serves as interim pastor of the Judson Baptist Church in Oak Park, Ill. He and his wife Stephne have been married for 40 years and have four adult children and nine grandchildren.

Rick Sessoms (PhD ’93) has authored a book titled Leading with Story: Cultivating Christcentered Leaders in a Storycentric Generation. Through engaging stories, biblical insights, field-tested methods, and practical models of effective leadership development, Leading with Story offers solutions and challenges to teachers in our story-centered generation. Sessoms and his wife Tina have two grown children. Ron Nickelson (PhD ’97) is the editor of the Standard Lesson Commentary and has served in this role for 16 years. During this time, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and in December became the second patient to undergo Focused Ultrasound treatment at Ohio State as part of a clinical research trial. His story and encouraging results were reported in the December, 2016 edition of “The Columbus Dispatch” ( Nickelson, his wife Lu Ann, and their cat Micah transitioned from Cincinnati to Colorado Springs last summer.

00s Khaldoun Sweis (PhD ’03) published a book titled Killing God: Addressing the Seven Most Common Objections from the New Atheists. Sweis suggests ways to address this issue with academic rigor, reviewing the major arguments atheists employ and offering possible Christian responses.

Christopher McCammon (BA ’04) and his wife Sarah Fowler McCammon (BA ’04) live with their two sons in Virginia Beach, Va. Christopher earned a PhD in philosophy from the University of NebraskaLincoln in 2015, and works as an assistant professor of philosophy at Tidewater Community College in Norfolk, Virginia. Sarah, a journalist for National Public Radio, covered the 2016 Republican primary and the Donald Trump campaign, contributing frequently to the NPR Politics Podcast. She is currently covering the Mid-Atlantic and South for NPR. J. Daniel Salinas (PhD ’04) recently published a book titled Taking Up the Mantle: Latin American Evangelical Theology in the 20th Century. This book introduces the reader to figures active in the Latin American church from the Panama Congress of 1916 to the end of the millennium, and their influence on evangelical theological thought over this time period. Salinas then “challenges new generations to pick up the task of contextually living out the biblical message.” Salinas is currently the International Partnership Coordinator for the Thological Education Initiative and he and his wife, Gayna, have three children. Samuel Poriah (ThM ’08) recently published Regaining Lost Paradise: Papua New Guinea’s New Beginning (Xulon Press, 2014). The book is about the donation of the rare first edition 1611 King James Bible by Indiana businessman, pastor, statesman, and educator Dr. Gene Hood to the Pacific Island country of Papua New Guinea. The book details the arrival of the KJV Bible and its permanent place in the National Parliament House, spiking parliament reform and ongoing revival in the nation. Poriah is a current PhD candidate at TEDS and taught Bible and Theology at Union Bible College from 2011–2015.

10s Dennis M. Jackson II (ThM ’16) was promoted to the rank of Assistant Chief of Police of the City of Miami Police Department on September 30, 2016. He now oversees the largest section of the Department, the Field Operations Division, which is responsible for the day-to-day delivery of a wide range of police services within the city of Miami.

Swain, Sweeting assume leadership roles Two TEDS alumni recently assumed new key positions of leadership in Christian higher education. Scott R. Swain (PhD ’02) has been tapped to lead Reformed Theological Seminary’s Orlando campus, and Donald Sweeting was inaugurated in February as the new president of Colorado Christian University. Swain, who studied at TEDS under Kevin Vanhoozer, took the position from which Sweeting resigned to become president at CCU. RT S p l a n s a S e p te m b e r inauguration for Swain. “Swain is a man of definite convictions and wide associations,” RTS Chancellor Ligon Duncan said. “I can’t wait to serve RTS together with him in his new role.” Sweeting (PhD, '98) succeeds Bill Armstrong, who passed away in July after a battle with cancer. Armstrong, a former U.S. Senator in Colorado, had been president at CCU since 2006. Armstrong’s son Gary, chairman of the school’s board of trustees, called Sweeting “the right man to lead CCU at this time—someone with an unshakable commitment to Jesus Christ, the university’s Statement of Faith and Strategic Objectives and our pursuit to become a great university.”


Tom Bennardo (DMin ’04) and his wife Marcia have relocated to San Clemente, California. After 21 years as founder and senior pastor at Life Community Church, Hilliard Ohio, Bennardo has accepted the position of Director of Pastoral Development & Western U.S. Church Multiplication with the Fellowship of Evangelical Churches. He will be equipping and mentoring existing pastors, as well as recruiting, coaching, and training the next generation of church planters. Bennardo and Marcia have two grown daughters. He can be reached at t.bennardo@

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Lisa Stribling (JD ’02), adjunct professor of Community Property and Family Law at Trinity Law School since 2010, passed away on March 22. Stribling began practicing in the area of Family Law in 2003. Her solo practice was in Los Alamitos, Calif., and she had been delighted to offer Trinity students internship opportunities over the past four years. As a divorce survivor and single parent of two daughters, she felt the Lord calling her into Family Law, where she was passionate about helping people and encouraging them to lean on Christ as they walk through their legal troubles. Professor Stribling sat on the Board of Directors of the Orange County Christian Legal Aid Office as well as on the board of Chosen to Be Loved, a non-profit organization supporting foster parents and children, for more than five years. She had also served on the Trinity Law Faculty Senate.

Florence LaRue Hunter (BA’46) passed away February 18, 2017. She was a graduate of The Evangelical Free Church Bible School in Chicago (later Trinity International University). In the years just prior, she contributed to the WWII war effort as a shipyard welder in Vancouver, Wash. After graduation, she continued her education in the Medical Missions Course at Northwestern Schools in Minneapolis and met fellow student and future husband William F. “Bill” Hunter of Oakland, Calif. After French study in Belgium, they served in Congo from 1953–1960 and 1965–66 for the Conservative Baptist Foreign Mission Society (now WorldVenture). Florence tirelessly prepared educational materials for mission schools and ministered to women at Kitsombiro and Katwa mission stations. The Hunters' last overseas assignment sent them to Madagascar in 1966, where they served until Florence became seriously ill in 1969. In 1973 Florence became the administrative assistant to the deans at Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University, La Mirada, Calif., where Bill served as a faculty member. The Hunters retired in 1992, moving to Annandale, Minn. before returning to Ripon, Calif. Florence was a proud and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, loved deeply by her family, a quiet lady with a vibrant faith in her Savior Jesus Christ. Her oft-repeated words for any of life’s messy situations were, “This too shall pass!”


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Belgian Congo (now Democratic Republic of Congo) from 1940–1949. Deeply dedicated to theological education in the Third World, he founded the missions programs at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Wheaton. He later founded a Bible institute in the DRC and a seminary in Nigeria. Norton also was mission-minded at home. During a furlough, he helped plan the first InterVarsity Missions conference in Toronto. That gathering later became the Urbana Missions Conference, one of the largest annual gatherings of its kind.

Hugo Wilbert “Will” Norton, president of Trinity from 1957–1964, died Feb. 20 at his home in Tahlequah, Okla. at the age of 102. Trinity dedicated the Norton Welcome Center in his honor just days from his 100th birthday in 2015. Norton took part in the ceremony. Norton served as professor of missions, dean of education, and president of Trinity College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School from 1950–1964. During his tenure, the institution moved to its current location, with many additions to the faculty and strong enrollment growth. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School first assumed that name under Norton’s administration.


"The Trinity community joins together in giving thanks to God for the extraordinary life and wide-ranging influence of President Wilbert Norton," President David S. Dockery said. "We offer our gratitude to God for Dr. Norton's legacy and his impact on the Trinity community through the years, even as we continue to pray for the Norton family during this time." Norton came to Trinity with strong credentials as a leader in the field of missions and as a theological educator. With language skills in Swedish, Lingala, and Mbaka and a reading knowledge of Norwegian and Danish, Norton proved to be a skilled, dedicated missionary. He and his wife Colene served as missionaries in the

In addition to his undergraduate work at Wheaton, Norton earned a Doctor of Theology degree in 1955 from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, studying church history under Carl F.H. Henry. He took post-doctoral work at the University of Chicago, where he studied with R. Pierce Beaver and Paul Tillich. Norton received honorary doctorates from Jos Evangelical Theological Seminary in 1995 and Columbia International University in 2012. Survivors include three sons: Will, Jr. (Susan), Peter (Jean) and Seth (Linda). Eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren also survive him. His wife Colene passed away Aug. 10, 2016 at the age of 101. Trinity President David S. Dockery delivered the funeral sermon for Norton on Feb. 25. Memorials may be sent to the Norton Scholarship Fund at Trinity International University.

updating. In early 1977, for example, after a day of training from IBM, he returned to introduce the first mainframe computer system, which streamlined receipt processing. McDill also hired the movement’s first director of business affairs. “As I look back,” McDill said in an interview posted on the EFCA’s website, “I was a bridge from what the Evangelical Free Church had been to what it was becoming.” In addition to his work for the EFCA, both at home and abroad, McDill served at Trinity. According to Doris, who attended Trinity Bible College for two years and was a member of the TEDS Board of Regents from 1986–1992, McDill came to Trinity on occasion to talk about the EFCA and his discipline. Thomas A. McDill (BA ’54, MDiv ’55), former EFCA president, passed away last year at the age of 89. He and his wife, Doris, split their time between Arizona and Minnesota. They are members of both New Hope Fellowship (EFCA), which they helped start in Sun City West, Ariz., and of New Hope Church in New Hope, Minn. (EFCA), where McDill served as pastor for 10 years and Doris continues to attend. Ordained in 1949 (the same year he married his first wife, Ruth, who died in 2001), McDill served as pastor in various churches in Illinois, Indiana and Minnesota. In 1976, he was elected as the EFCA’s third president and remained in that role until 1990. “Dr. McDill was the one who put in a vision for church planting and church expansion,” William Hamel, the EFCA’s fifth president from 1997–2015, said. “He really started what we call the ‘all-people movement,’ with his significant message at the EFCA centennial conference in 1984.”

Even after his retirement from EFCA presidency, McDill remained heavily involved in theological studies. Doris remembers her husband spending time dissecting books of the Bible, finding ways to study and interact with current conversations on creation. McDill also spent time investing in his relationships, both at church and at home. “When he was talking to you, he gave his full attention to you,” Doris said. “He loved [the] people and they loved him. He loved the Lord and expressed that in many ways.” McDill and Doris often traveled overseas together, going on cruises to Australia, New Zealand, Scotland, Ireland and many other places. They also participated in many EFCA and Trinity Alumni events and conferences over the years, and Doris continues to do so, as she came to the Twins game alumni event in August 2016.

Hamel recalls sitting in that conference as a young pastor and listening to McDill give a call to “reach and embrace the mission field that God was sending” to America’s shores.

In addition to completing his bachelor’s degree at Trinity College and his master’s degree at TEDS, McDill earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Bethel Theological Seminary and an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from TEDS.

Under McDill’s oversight, the EFCA doubled in size, growing from 500 churches when he took office to more than 1,100 when he left.

*Some of the material for this in memoriam was culled from Dan Schaeffer’s “Leaving a Legacy” article at

Growth happened in other ways as well. McDill saw early on that the EFCA needed some organizational




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