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This past school year I taught Life and Teachings of Jesus and New Testament for Whitworth Continuing Studies, and Leadership in the Christian Community for the M.A. in Theology Program. I also taught one third ofIntroduction to the Biblefor a colleague recovering from an illness. In May we graduated 11students in our M.A. in Theology Program.
In addition to my work with the M.A. in Theology, I continued 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 a Certificate in Lay Ministry and an online version of the Certificate in Lay Ministry. We hope to offer the Certificate in Teaching the Bible online this coming year. We also continued our valued partnership with Life Center Church, in Spokane, to offer a Certificate in Ministry for their interns and staff. I continued to work as a consultant with Knox Presbyterian Church, in Spokane, as it transitions to a new form of ministry called shared ministry. I also finished a six-year stint on the Alumni Council at Fuller Theological Seminary.
On the home front, my oldest son, Andrew, who graduated from Whitworth with a business degree seven years ago, celebrated his third anniversary with his wife, Jamie. Andrew continues to work as director of ticket sales for the Spokane Shock (indoor arena football league). My daughter, Rachael, who graduated from Whitworth five years ago with a degree in psychology, graduated in April with a master's degree in counseling from Western Seminary, in Portland, Ore. I have it on good authority that wedding bells will be in her future very soon. My youngest son, Peter, who graduated from Whitworth in 2011, completed his second year of law school at the University of Washington. He is doing an internship with a Spokane law firm this summer. My wife, Debbie, continues to serve as director of operations for Spokane County Head Start.
This will be my last submission to the theology department newsletter as a full-time employee at Whitworth University. I have recently been offered, and have accepted, a full-time faculty position at Denver Seminary, in Littleton, Colo. I will be the director of the Doctor of Ministry Program and associate professor of pastoral leadership and ministry. The position officially begins Sept. 3, so I plan to work at Whitworth full time through June 30.
As you can imagine, it is with mixed emotions that I leave Whitworth. In many ways, Whitworth has been a great place to serve and it has been a blessing both to me and my family. But given the changes and transitions that were occurring in my role with the M.A. in Theology Program, and this unique job opportunity, it seems like God opened this door at this time and it is the right step for me to take.
Blessings to all of you as you serve the Lord in various ways now and in the future.
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