The most formative influences in my life, after my parents, have been my professors.
My life’s trajectory changed 20 years ago after sitting in Professor Holmes’ Life & Teachings of Paul class and Professor Eddy’s Historical Jesus class in college. My view of reality and the Christian faith was revolutionized by a paper I wrote for Professor Scourgie’s Intro to Theology class in seminary. My current doctoral studies were precipitated, not by a desire or need to go back to school and earn another degree, but rather the chance to study under one of my academic heroes, Professor Scot Mcknight.
For this reason, I have long wanted to be a professor myself and do for others what these wise and godly intellectuals have done for me. For 15 years this dream has been postponed as I have obeyed God’s call to pastoral ministry in the church. For many years I have wished I could wave a magic wand and have the best of both worlds: pastoring a church while teaching part-time in a college classroom. That dream is coming true this year as I have been invited to join the faculty at Solid Rock Discipleship School as the professor of Christian Theology this next academic year.
Solid Rock, a Covenant school and ministry of the Lake Beauty Bible Camp in Long Prairie, MN, is a college-level, one year academic and discipleship school for students age 18-22. Students spend two semesters in the classroom at Lake Beauty Bible Camp, 8-days in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, 2 weeks in Israel, and are transformed by God’s work through living in an amazing community! At Solid Rock students:
- Go deeper with Christ to shape their identities
- Live their faith out in community and learn to justly love and serve their neighbor
- Learn more about God through a biblical curriculum
- Be equipped with the skills to lead in a diverse and global world
- Seek to be disciples so they can make disciples
I am thrilled to be teaching Introduction to Christian Theology where I get to help students gain an understanding of broad Biblical themes and principles concerning God, humanity, life, the world and history through the discipline of Systematic Theology. I’m honored to be joining these other fantastic faculty!
This is part-time commitment (beginning January 2020) will not interfere with my responsibilities and leadership at MainStreet. Many of the professors pastor full time in Covenant churches, but also want to invest in equipping next generation Covenant leaders through teaching at Solid Rock. I’m grateful to Tyler Menssen and Solid Rock / Lake Beauty for this opportunity. I hope I can have a fraction of the impact on the students as my professors have had on me.
So…I guess you can now call me prof!