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Mary HulstMary Hulst

Evening Worship

The Rev. Dr. Mary S. Hulst has served as college chaplain since 2009. She spent eight years serving as the senior pastor at Eastern Avenue Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Mich., before leaving to pursue a Ph.D. in communication ethics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After earning her degree, Hulst taught for one year in the Calvin College Communications Arts and Sciences Department and then for two years at Calvin Theological Seminary as assistant professor of preaching. Now, she preaches weekly on Sunday evenings at the Calvin College LOFT service for students, integrating her love for Scripture and her love for college students. Known as “Pastor Mary” on campus, she loves to meet with any student to talk about life, faith or anything else. When her schedule allows, Hulst also lectures around the country on preaching, teaches workshops for preachers, and consults with churches and search committees on how to listen to sermons. Her book A Little Handbook for Preachers (IVP Praxis) was released in 2016. You can follow her on Twitter at @PastorMary2U, follow her on Facebook as “Pastor Mary,” and hear the sermons she preaches at Calvin by searching for the “Calvin College LOFT” podcast or looking at the LOFT Archives at www.calvin.edu/faith.

Jerry Sittser

Jerry Sittser

Bible Hour

Whitworth Professor of Theology Jerry Sittser specializes in the history of Christianity, Christian spirituality and religion in American public life. He founded the Certification for Ministry program, the Whitworth Masters of Arts in Theology program, and the Academy of Christian Discipleship. Currently he is serving half time as professor of theology and half time as senior fellow and researcher in the Office of Church Engagement. He has written eight books, too. He is currently doing research and writing a book on “The Third Way" – how the early Christian movement developed such a clear identity in the ancient world and grew that movement, against all odds, into a formidable force long before Constantine assumed the throne. It will be published by Baker. He enjoys music, literature, hiking and woodworking, and he attends the Oregon Shakespeare Festival every year with his family. Married to Patricia since 2010, he has three married children, two married stepchildren and two grandchildren.

James Edwards

Bible Hour

Edwards is a Colorado native and a graduate of Whitworth University who earned his M.Div. at Princeton Theological Seminary, did postgraduate work at the University of Zurich, and received his Ph.D. from Fuller Theological Seminary. He joined the Whitworth faculty in 1997 and taught as the Bruner-Welch Professor of Theology at the university at the time of his retirement, in 2015. He has published numerous articles in scholarly and popular journals, is the author of the quarterly Edwards Epistle, was a contributing editor to Christianity Today, and has authored three New Testament commentaries for Community Bible Studies. He and his wife, Janie, reside in Spokane. They have two grown children and five grandchildren.

Nicholas Warnes

Nicholas Warnes

"Planting New Churches/Worshipping Communities"

Nicholas Warnes (Masters of Divinity, Fuller Theological Seminary, Emphasis in Worship Theology and Art) is the founder and executive director of Cyclical INC. He enjoys the regular pattern and rhythm of being both the executive director of Cyclical INC and director of Cyclical LA in Los Angeles, a ministry of the San Fernando Presbytery. Warnes is also a recognized speaker on church planting, coach for New Worshiping Communities with the Presbyterian Church USA, on the advisory board for the church planting program at Fuller Theological Seminary, and an adjunct professor at Fuller Theological Seminary (church planting). Nick finished his first book in 2014 with Mark Lau Branson called Starting Missional Churches: Life With God in the Neighborhood. Warnes and his wife, Whitney, have a young son named Lee and live in Los Angeles.

Mark FinneyMark Finney

"Hospitality with Refugees and Immigrants"

Mark Finney is the Director of World Relief Spokane. He holds a Ph.D. from Fuller Theological Seminary and has served in leadership at a number of nonprofit organizations. Finney has traveled extensively and lived for a time in Southeast Asia. He regularly speaks at churches and community gatherings about topics related to refugees, immigration, public policy, leadership, advocacy and faith. He is a member of the Washington State Refugee Advisory Council. Finney enjoys life in Spokane with his wife, Becky, and their four children.

Bob Savage

Bob Savage

"Hospitality with Refugees and Immigrants"

Bob Savage is the community engagement manager for World Relief Spokane. He worked for 30 years in nonprofit management for an international Christian ministry before joining World Relief. His travels have taken him to 45 countries. Savage has an M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary with an emphasis in cross-cultural studies. His current focus is on helping individuals and organizations in the Spokane community become involved with helping local refugees thrive. His wife, Martha, is a professor at Gonzaga University who trains students working to get master's degrees in teaching English as a second language. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.

Mathew Soerens

Matthew Soerens

"Hospitality with Refugees and Immigrants"

Matthew Soerens serves as the U.S. director of church mobilization for World Relief and the national coordinator for the Evangelical Immigration Table, of which World Relief is a founding member. He is the co-author of Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis (Moody Publishers) and Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate (InterVarsity Press). He is a graduate of Wheaton College (Ill.) and DePaul University. He lives with his wife, Diana, and their three children in Aurora, Ill.

Ben BrodyBenjamin Brody

"Crafting and Choosing Words for Worship"

For the past 20 years, Brody has planned and led worship services for the Whitworth Institute of Ministry. As director of worship for the Whitworth M.A. in Theology program, he developed an innovative program, crafting worship services that integrate with the curriculum for each course. Brody has presented interest sessions and planned and led worship services for a variety of regional and national church conferences. He is a life member of The Hymn Society and currently serves on its executive committee. A hymn tune composer, he recently published Come, O Holy House, And Worship (GIA, 2017), a collection of 50 of his hymn tunes.

Mark OestreicherMark Oestreicher

"Intergenerational Youth Ministry"

Mark Oestreicher (Marko) is a veteran youth worker and founding partner in The Youth Cartel, providing resources, training and coaching for church youth workers. The author of dozens of books, including Youth Ministry 3.0, Hopecasting and Leading Without Power: 9 Paths to Non-Coercive Ministry Leadership, Marko is a sought-after speaker, writer and consultant.

Mindy Smith

"Preaching & Teaching Scripture"

Smith studied theology at Whitworth, graduating in 1998. She served on the Young Life staff in Spokane for three years before she began her studies at Princeton Theological Seminary, graduating with her M.Div. in 2006. She then spent two years serving in the inner city among at-risk Latino students. In Phoenix, she worked at First Historic Presbyterian Church as the executive director of Downtown Urban Community Kids.

In summer 2008, Smith received a call to serve as campus pastor at Whitworth. For 10 years she developed ministry programs at the university, taught pastoral-care and ministry-training classes and preached regularly during weekly community chapel. She recently graduated with a Doctorate in Ministry from Portland Seminary and will transition July 1, 2018, to serve as the associate director in the Whitworth Office of Church Engagement.

Smith lives in Spokane with her husband, Kyle, and their two girls, Sydney and Ashlyn.

Ron PyleRon Pyle

"Preaching & Teaching Scripture"

Pyle completed his Ph.D. at the University of Washington. He has two master's degrees, one in speech communication and one in theology. His doctoral research, on the preaching of Charles Finney, reflects his research interests in public address, rhetoric and religious communication.

Pyle teaches a variety of courses related to interpersonal relationships, theories of communication, African-American preaching, and analysis of social influence. He also teaches courses in preaching and small-group ministry and leads seminars for pastors and church staff on topics including pulpit communication, mentoring and conflict management in the church.

Eric Peterson

"Preaching & Teaching Scripture"

Peterson, a theology graduate of Whitworth, where he now serves on the board of trustees, earned his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, with a concentration in preaching. He completed his D.Min. at George Fox Evangelical Seminary, in semiotics and future studies. His doctoral research and writing focused on the sacrament of baptism as a pedagogy for congregational formation.

Peterson, who identifies himself as a "village pastor," is the founding pastor of Colbert Presbyterian Church, where he has served since 1997. He is married to Elizabeth, and together they are the parents of six children.

Questions? Please contact WIM at oce@whitworth.edu or 509.777.3275.