The Anderson School of Theology recently honored two persons with the Church of God (Anderson, Ind.) during the recent North American Convention of the Church of God in Anderson. Honored during the event was Rev. Jeannette Flynn, director of the Congregational Ministries Team for Church of God Ministries in Anderson and the late Rev. Dr. Richard Shockey, former state minister of Indiana Ministries of the Church of God. Flynn received the Distinguished Ministries Award while Mrs. Judy Shockey accepted the Distinguished Service Award on behalf of her late husband.
Rev. Flynn was raised in a Church of God home in northeast Ohio. Rev. Flynn first entered college to study elementary education. After teaching for a year, her husband, Chuck, affirmed and encouraged Jeannette’s calling. Jeannette went back to school at Mid-America University in Oklahoma City, Okla., to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Bible and Theology and then came to the Anderson University School of Theology to earn her Master of Divinity Degree.
Jeannette began her ministry at a church in Castleton, Ind. After her graduate studies, she and her husband moved to the northwest, where Jeannette took a position as associate pastor at Vancouver, Wash., for eight years, and then as pastor at Walla Walla, Wash., for another eight years. She then served at a national level by joining the Church of God Ministries team in Anderson, Ind. She began as the director of the Church and Ministry Service and is now the director of the Congregational Ministries Team.
Her team is responsible for serving congregations and pastors across the country by providing services in curriculum, credentials, conflict resolution, pastors seeking relocation, churches seeking leadership, leadership development, prayer ministry, the International Youth Convention, and church planting.
Rev. Dr. Richard Shockey was born in Ft. Riley, Kan., and graduated from Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oreg. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts, Shockey eventually completed a Master of Religious Education at Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Mich.), a Master of Divinity at Anderson University School of Theology and in May 2005, a Ph.D. at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, Ill.). His academic rigor was recognized by receiving an Award for Christian Education from Western Theological Seminary and both Academic Honors and Professional Distinction in Pastoral Leadership from Anderson University School of Theology.
Rev. Dr. Shockey began his ministry in Augusta, Kan., serving as associate minister for Youth and Music. He would hold additional pastoral roles in Omaha, Neb.; Lawton, Okla.; and Wyoming, Mich. He became Indiana’s associate state minister in 1987 and the state minister of Indiana Ministries of the Church of God in 1994.
Shockey loved youth and believed fervently in pastoral excellence. His love of youth kept him connected to youth ministry at both the State and National Levels. Rev. Shockey was also instrumental in the Church of God Ministries’ SHAPE Initiative (Sustaining Health and Pastoral Excellence) supported by Lilly Endowment, Inc. Rev. Dr. Shockey passed away in early June of 2005 following a long struggle with cancer.
Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts university of approximately 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs of study in theology, business, nursing and education.