Serving outside the seminary walls

Wed, 2010-06-30 16:39 -- univcomm
June 30, 2010

Dr. David Sebastian, dean of the seminary, attended the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities meeting in Atlanta, Ga.; presented papers on trends and seminary education in Fritzlar, Germany; and attendeded the Association of Theological Schools Biennial Meeting in Montreal, Canada.

Dr. James Lewis, associate dean, professor of theology and ethics and director of the Doctor of Ministry program, participated in The Association of Doctor of Ministry Educators (ADME) annual meeting, where the theme was “Doctor of Ministry Education in a Multicultural World.” Lewis also serves on the national executive board of ADME. Additionally, Lewis spoke at the Ministers-in-Training seminar of the Eastern Star Church on the topic of “Developing a Spirit of Discernment”; participated in a city-wide activity, “Reality Check: Confronting Homelessness”; participated in the deliberations of the Faith and Order Commission, Interchurch Center, New York, New York; and preached at several congregations in Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan.

Lewis is scheduled to preach a renewal and vision service at Smithville Church of God, Smithville, Texas; teach two classes at ISTI (In-Service Training Institute), Anderson University; preach and teach at the Texas State Association Camp Meeting, Halletsville, Texas; and preach and teach at the North Carolina General Assembly Camp Meeting, Hickory, N.C. Lewis has also written the following articles: “African American Ethics,” in the soon-to-be published Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics, Joel Green, general editor; and selected to write five articles, “Ethics,” “Health Care,” “Care for the Creation,” “Social Ethics,” and “Bioethics,” in the soon-to-be-published (early 2011) Global Wesleyan Dictionary of Theology, Al Truesdale, general editor.

Dr. Barry Ross, professor of Old Testament, is once again giving his summer to teaching at the Emmanuel Wesleyan Bible College in Xai Xai, Mozambique. His wife, Margaret, is with him and is also teaching.

Dr. John Aukerman, professor of Christian education and director of distance education, continues as a member of the board of directors of The LOGOS Ministry. Additionally, Aukerman continues serving as chairman of the board of Silent Blessings Deaf Ministries, volunteers in the food pantry at Operation Love Ministries (Anderson), and serves as general coordinator and as publicity coordinator for Maple Grove Church of God's annual Live Outdoor Nativity Pageant. Aukerman also preached at the First Presbyterian Church, Lufkin, Texas, and is a regular blood donor (every 56 days) to help those in need.

Four Seasons of Leadership, a non-fiction trade book written by David Neidert, director of seminary advancement and The Center for Christian Leadership, is now available in Spanish (Cuatro Estaciones del Liderazgo: Creando y Sosteniendo Liderazgo Personal y Legados de Vida). The book was translated into Spanish by Church of God author Dr. Maryann Garcia of Puerto Rico and reviewed by the Rev. Juan Antonio Gonzalez Garcia, a pastor and teacher with La Buena Tierra School in Saltillo, Mexico. The book is available through Unlimited Publishing: Spanish; and English.

The Anderson University School of Theology is the seminary of the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana). Established in 1950, the seminary is fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The seminary offers a number of degree programs, including the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.), the Master of Divinity (M.Div.), the Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.), the Master of Arts in Intercultural Service (M.A.I.S.), and the Online Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (M.A.C.M.).