Anderson, Indiana

AU School of Theology honors distinguished members

Wed, 2011-06-29 11:22 -- univcomm
June 29, 2011

Anderson University School of Theology honored Rev. Dr. Phil Kinley with the 2011 Distinguished Ministries Award, Rev. Dr. Patrick Hannon with the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award, Sarah Blake with the 2011 Distinguished Young Alumni Award, and Rev. Dr. Fred Shively with the 2011 Distinguished Service Award at the annual SOT Alumni & Friends Annual Awards Luncheon on Monday, June 27.

sotluncheon11The Rev. Dr. Phil Kinley and his wife, Phyllis (Gillespie), served as pastors and educators for 43 years. He received his BA from Anderson College in 1952. Kinley's leadership was recognized even at that time as he served his class as its president. He went on to receive his Master of Divinity from the Anderson University School of Theology in 1955. His ministry would move across the globe after his pastoral work in Bluffton, Indiana. Phil and Phyllis were commissioned and began serving with the Church of God in Tokyo, Japan in 1955. [Photo to left: President Dr. James L. Edwards, Rev. Dr. Phil Kinley, Sarah Blake, Rev. Dr. Fred Shively, Dr. Patrick Hannon and Dr. David Sebastian.]

Phil and Phyllis served with distinction as missionaries for the Church of God in Japan for many years. In 1973, Kinley was recognized as the person who might lead the Tamagawa Seigakuin School in Tokyo as its second headmaster. During his 25 year term with the school, the junior and senior high grade levels developed an integrated six-year curriculum. His dedicated and tireless work brought distinction and recognition to the institution as one of the most highly regarded schools for women in the country of Japan. Upon the Kinley’s retirement from this post, they were recognized by the country of Japan for extraordinary and visionary service.

With such dedication to ministry and the church worldwide, it was fitting that in 1999 Anderson University should honor both Phil and Phyllis Kinley with honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees. Kinley has also been recognized with an honorary degree from Warner University.

While the Kinley’s have been away from Japan for many years, they continue to serve the church there when possible. Recently they traveled to Tamagawa Seigakuin School to participate in its graduation. Closer to home, the Kinleys serve as Chaplains-in-Residence with the School of Theology, and as lay leaders in Park Place Church of God. Phil also served his alma mater with two full terms on the Anderson University Alumni Council.

Rev. Dr. Patrick Hannon is a promising young alumnus serving his community, Christian higher education, and the church-at-large. Hannon received his B.A. in Christian Ministries and Music Business from Anderson University in 1996, and both this M. Div. (2000) and D. Min. from Anderson University School of Theology 2011. He holds the distinction as one of fewer than 10 “Super Alumni” in Anderson College-Anderson University history to hold a bachelor’s degree and two graduate degrees all from our institution.

Hannon has already served with distinction in his short ministry career. For more than seven years, Hannon served as pastor of the Faith Community Church of God, in Grayson, Georgia, a growing community in the northern metro Atlanta area. It was there that he began honing this preaching and teaching ministry. Long time pastor (now retired), Rev. Paul Rider said of Hannon, “He is a gifted preacher. He moves with ease in the pulpit, drawing people into the message and the call to ministry that each sermon offers.” It was in this congregation that Hannon began exploring a calling to ministry in Christian higher education.

Hannon found his calling confirmed when he accepted the position as Associate Dean of the Chapel for Indiana Wesleyan University’s Wesley Chapel. In this capacity he serves as one of the campus pastors for IWU where he provides spiritual formation guidance and pastoral care to college students. Hannon also serves as an adjunct faculty member at this institution.

Hannon and his wife Alison, have three children, Eliana, Ashlyn, and Ian, who keep their lives full and enjoyable.

Sarah J. Blake courageously and passionately ministers with individuals and families dealing with chronic illness and disability, most notably sight impairment. Blake has lived her life with limited vision but has not let blindness define her.

Blake is originally from the Houston, Texas area. It is there she obtained her undergraduate degree in psychology with a minor in special education from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Tex. in 1999. Sarah earned her Master of Divinity from Anderson University School of Theology in 2009, with distinction in Biblical Hebrew.

Blake excels at research and writing. She has written and delivered papers for a variety of organizations since 2007. One of her research projects, "Educational Controversies in the History of Anderson University," is an important contribution to the Donald A. Courtney Series in Christian Education for the Anderson University School of Theology. Sarah also wrote a chapter entitled, “Meeting Special Needs in the Christian Education Setting” in a 2011 Christian education textbook. An exciting opportunity will come to her this fall because of her research and writing abilities as she presents a paper to the 2011 meeting of the Society for Biblical Literature on biblical language instruction for the blind.

She was an early adopter of technological resources for the visually impaired and has been using software for more than 20 years. This interest in technology afforded Blake the opportunity to discover all the tools needed to learn Biblical Hebrew and Greek. She maintains a website, Growing Strong.org , with significant resources for people who need encouragement for living with special needs. In addition, she serves as a facilitator of online support groups for people with special needs, as well as facilitates online interfaith discussion forums.

Blake is active at Park Place Church of God, where she serves on the vocal worship team. Indiana Ministries of the Church of God also recently approved her for ordination.

Rev. Dr. Fred Shively has been an educator and advocate for Anderson University, the School of Theology and the Church over a lifetime. After completing his undergraduate degree from Anderson College in 1961, he proceeded to obtain his M.Div and D.Min degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1972 and 1982, respectively.

It was then that Shively began serving the Church in a variety of ministry capacities. He served as Minister of Youth and Music, First Church of God, Kokomo Ind.; Minister of Music, South Bay Church of God, Torrance Cal.; Pastor of the Inter-Community Church of God, Covina Cal.; Pastor of Maple Grove Church of God, Anderson Ind.; and served in twenty-one Interim Pastoral Assignments in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Florida, California, and Oregon.

Shively has also had a distinguished teaching career. He taught at Fuller Seminary; Arlington College; Azusa Pacific University; Warner Pacific College; Anderson University School of Theology; and now at Anderson University since 1982. Among his many roles with Anderson University, he serves as Director of Ministry Education; the AUMCE Ministry Worship Teams (a program of university students helping serve the church), and serves on the International Education Committee, in addition to other assignments. Shively was also instrumental in helping Anderson University receive a $22,500 grant from Indiana Campus Compact, a nonprofit that advocates for civic engagement in higher education. This grant helps teachers integrate service projects into their classes.

Missions and service have always been central to his call to ministry, as evidenced by his numerous interim missionary appointments and more than 70 work camps and Anderson University Tri-S trips to all corners of the globe. These experiences have taken him to 25 countries in the capacities of preacher and teacher. Shively has served with C.E.M.D.I.D., San Jose, Costa Rica; Mediterranean Bible College, Beirut, Lebanon; and been a popular teacher with the seminary’s Center for Christian Leadership’s partnership program with La Buena Tierra in Saltillo, Mexico.

As an author, Shively has written “The Widening Witness” on the book of Acts. This book has been translated into Spanish and is used in Latin America with the Church of God. He has also contributed to eight other books.

Fred and his wife Kay are active at Park Place Church of God, where he serves on multiple teams and committees. He also has volunteered for the Kiwanis Club, Madison County Urban League and the Christian Center in Anderson. Shively also lends his gifted voice to the SOT’s Seminary Chorus on a regular basis. He and his wife, Kay, have two sons and three grandchildren. A significant honor came to Fred and his wife, Kay, in 2010 as they were named Peacemakers of the Year.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the seventh 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.