AU School of Theology honors distinguished members

Tue, 2010-06-29 08:07 -- univcomm
June 29, 2010

Anderson University School of Theology honored Dr. Kerry Robinson with the 2010 Distinguished Ministries Award, Dr. Randall W. Spence with the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award, Dr. Cassandra Trentaz with the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award, and Dr. Merle D. Strege with the 2010 Distinguished Service Award at the annual SOT Alumni & Friends Annual Awards Luncheon on Monday, June 28.

sotluncheonDr. Kerry Robinson has served in pastoral ministry for more than 25 years. A graduate of both the Anderson University and the School of Theology, he obtained further education from Chandler School of Theology at Emory University and Beeson Divinity School at Samford University. He received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Samford University in 2005. [Photo to left: Dr. Randall Spence, Dr. Kerry Robinson and President James L. Edwards.]

Dr. Robinson began his pastoral career as senior pastor of Scott Memorial Church of God in Chattanooga, Tenn., where he served for nine years. In 1992, Robinson and his family moved to Florida, where he was senior pastor of the White Chapel Church of God and president of the Warner Christian Academy. In 1996, Dr. Robinson returned to Anderson as senior pastor of East Side Church God, a congregation he continues to lead at present.

Over the years, Dr. Robinson has been active in national church leadership and in the leadership of Anderson University. In 1988, he served on the School of Theology Alumni Cabinet, and in 1990, began a term on the alumni cabinet for Anderson University. He has served on the Anderson University Board of Trustees since 2002. In the national church, Dr. Robinson sat on the By-Laws Committee for the General Assembly for the Churchof God for three years, and for four years, he worked on the Commission on Christian Unity, also for the General Assembly.

Kerry and his wife, Becky, live in Anderson. They have two adult sons, Kyle and Kameron. It is an honor to have Dr. Robinson with us today to present to him the School of the Theology’s Distinguished Ministries Award for 2010.

Dr. Randall Spence has shared the compassion of Christ in congregations throughout Ohio as a pastor and in long-term health-care facilities as an administrator. Now serving as the director of ministries for the Ohio Ministries of the Church of God, he mentors pastors and congregations searching to fulfill their mission.

Dr. Spence is a graduate of Anderson University and the Anderson University School of Theology. He holds a Master of Divinity from United Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from Trinity Theological Seminary. An ordained minister in the Church of God and a licensed long-term health-care administrator, he has served at the First Church of God in Hamilton, Ohio; the First Church of God in Germantown, Ohio; and Maiden Lane Church of God in Springfield, Ohio, as well as president and CEO of Willow Knoll Retirement Community. As director of ministries for Ohio Ministries of the Church of God, he works with 225 congregations and 600 pastors.

Dr. Spence is married to Pamela Fitzgerald. They have two grown children, Melanie and David.

In her brief years as an alumna of the Anderson University School of Theology, Dr. Cassandra Trentaz has already set herself apart as an accomplished leader in the church. She has served in both education and mission fields and is embarking this fall on a new chapter of her life at Warner Pacific College.

Dr. Trentaz completed a Ph.D. in theology, ethics, and human sciences from Chicago Theological Seminary in May. Prior to her doctoral studies, Dr. Trentaz served the Church of God in the areas of youth and family ministries and leadership development at the Church of God national offices. She has taught courses at Anderson, Chicago, and a series of trainings in East Africa. Her research and writings have appeared in various publications.

Dr. Trentaz is married to Perry, and they have one son, Winston. As she transitions from Chicago to Portland, we welcome her back her alma mater. It is an honor to have Dr. Trentaz as one of our representatives in ministry and education.

Dr. Merle Strege has served Anderson University and the School of Theology for 30 years. His commitment to students, passion for historical theology, and knowledge of Church of God history has made him a valued member of the Anderson University Community.

Dr. Strege earned his undergraduate degree from Anderson University and a Master of Divinity from the School of Theology. He went on to study at Graduate Theological Union, earning a Doctor of Theology degree in American religious studies.

Dr. Strege began his teaching career Warner Pacific College in 1974. He joined the School of the Theology faculty at Anderson University in 1980 as a professor of historical theology. He has been teaching in the undergraduate college since 1992, serving as chair of the Department of Religious Studies from 1992 to 2005.

Dr. Strege has shared his knowledge of historical theology through many different publications over the years. He is currently working on a book chronicling the first 100 years of Anderson University, which will be published in time for the university’s centennial year.

Dr. Strege is married to Francis Schmidt Strege. They have two grown sons, Ike and Pete, and seven grandchildren. Dr. Strege has touched many lives during his years as a mentor and teacher.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2009, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the sixth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.