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As amazing as it seems, this fall I will complete 14 years at Whitworth. I no longer teach biblical literature courses in the traditional daytime undergraduate program, but am now concentrating on teaching solely for the evening Continuing Studies and the Master of Arts in Theology programs. This past academic year I taught Life and Teachings of Jesus and New Testament for Continuing Studies, and Leadership in the Christian Community and Pastoral Theology and Practice for the M.A. program. In May we graduated six students in our M.A. program (including two students who were part of our very first cohort) and we welcomed another group in June (our fifth cohort).
As many of you may know, the M.A. in Theology Program comprises 12 courses (eight core courses plus four electives) and takes about 27 months to complete. The program is designed to develop deeply committed, spiritually disciplined visionary leaders for the church and society. It focuses not only on the classical biblical and theological disciplines, but also on practical ministry development and spiritual formation.
In addition to my work with the M.A. in Theology Program, I continue to direct the Institute for Clergy and Lay Leadership Development through the Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith & Learning. This past year we offered several programs for clergy and laity through the center, including the Certificate in Lay Ministry; an online version of the Certificate in Lay Ministry; and the Certificate in Teaching the Bible. We hope to offer the Certificate in Teaching the Bible online this coming year. We also partnered with Life Center Church, in Spokane, to offer a Certificate in Ministry for their interns and staff. I continue to work as a consultant with Spokane's Knox Presbyterian Church as it transitions to a new form of ministry called shared ministry. I also continue to serve on the Alumni Council at Fuller Theological Seminary.
On the home front, my oldest son, Andrew, who graduated from Whitworth six years ago, just celebrated his two-year anniversary with his wife, Jamie. Andrew continues to work as director of ticket sales for the Spokane Shock (arena football league). My daughter, Rachael, graduated from Whitworth four years ago with a degree in psychology and is just finishing her second year in a master's in counseling program at Western Seminary, in Portland, Ore. This fall she will do an internship at Concordia College in Portland. My youngest son, Peter, graduated from Whitworth in 2011 and just completed his first year of law school at the University of Washington. This summer he did an internship with Union Gospel Mission, in Seattle. My wife, Debbie, continues to serve as director of operations for Spokane County Head Start.
We are all doing well and continually thank God for the opportunity to be connected to such a wonderful faith community as Whitworth University.
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