Honoring faculty accomplishments.

The influence of our expert faculty extends beyond the classroom. Their work as authors, researchers, spiritual leaders and lifelong learners uniquely qualifies them to help students build connections between academic knowledge and everyday work.

Board and Committee Appointments

Dr. Ronald Foster, special appointment faculty of business, was nominated to the State of Michigan Foster Care Review Board, Region #5 (Kent, Allegan, Ottawa and Kalamazoo counties).

Dr. Jonathan Greer, associate professor of Old Testament, received an invitation to join the Harvard University Semitic Museum Publication Board.

Dr. Kendra Jackson, assistant professor of counseling, accepted the opportunity to co-chair the awards committee for the Association for Specialists in Group Work, a national counseling organization.

Dr. Rob Keys, professor of science, accepted an appointment to serve on the board of trustees for Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies.

Grants and Fellowships

Dr. Nigel Crompton, professor of biology, received a Cornerstone travel grant to visit Hawaii and develop a J-term course on origins for traditional undergraduate science students. The inaugural student cohort is planned for January 2018.

Dr. John Hilber, professor of Old Testament, concluded his time as a 2016-17 Senior Henry Fellow with the Creation Project at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Having conducted research on the contribution of relevance theory to reading Genesis 1 and the problem of divine accommodation, he is nearing completion of a monograph that presents the results of his year of study.

Dr. Martin Spence, associate professor of history, received a $6,000 Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Association. These funds allowed him to conduct research at the British Library in London for his forthcoming book on British evangelicalism.

Presentations, Lectures and Performances

In July, Dr. Tim Detwiler, professor of communication, traveled to Beijing, China, to teach a public speaking course at Peking University.

Pamela George, assistant professor of special education, and Beth VanderKolk, assistant professor of teacher education, co-presented sessions at the National Student Teaching and Supervision Conference, IAPCHE Conference and Great Lakes Conference on Teaching and Learning.

In the spring, Dr. Jonathan Marko, assistant professor of philosophical and systematic theology, presented an invited talk on John Locke as part of Acton Institute's Academic Colloquy Series.

Don Perini, professor of creativity and innovation, served as a speaker for the West Michigan Advertising Federation Speaker Series and Flow-Rite Controls Ltd Conference.

Through a recent partnership between Asia Biblical Theological Seminary and Kawthoolei Karen Baptist Bible School & College, Christopher Sadowitz and Daron Wilson taught the first master's-level classes in Mae La Refugee Camp in Western Thailand.

In January, Dr. Scott Sanders, professor of social work, spent two weeks in Chennai, India. He taught a class for the social work program at Hindustan Bible Institute and spoke at a public university about ethics, faith and practice.

In late spring, Dr. Brad Stamm, professor of economics, conducted a workshop for New York area education professionals on creativity and program development.

In October, Dr. Michael Stevens, professor of English, spoke at Cornell University. He presented "Wendell Berry's Ecological Vision" to the university's Graduate Christian Fellowship and "Wendell Berry's Life and Work" to undergraduates associated with the Chesterton House, a Christian study center.

In May 2017, Dr. Kent Walters, professor of music, led the University Chorale on a three-week tour to Europe. The tour included visits to significant locations associated with Martin Luther and the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

In April, Dr. Mike Wittmer, professor of systematic and historical theology, traveled to Berlin, Germany. He lectured on Martin Luther and the Reformation at the Eurasia Directors Meeting of ABWE.


Cynthia Beach, associate professor of English, published an interview and three featured reviews in The Englewood Review of Books.

Randy Cook, adjunct professor of human services, contributed a chapter to "The Practical Guide to Lakefront Living: Enjoying and Conserving Your Lake" published by Michigan Lake and Stream Associations, Inc.

Dr. Sérgio da Silva, associate professor of psychology, published an article entitled "Self-Forgiveness and Forgiveness-Seeking in Response to Rumination: Cardiac and Emotional Responses of Transgressors" in the Journal of Positive Psychology.

Dr. Timothy Gombis, professor of New Testament, contributed an essay on Paul to the "T&T Clark Companion to Atonement" edited by Adam Johnson.

Licensures and Certifications

Linda Knasel, adjunct professor of human services, became a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach.

Chris Loiselle, assistant professor of business, received his license to practice public accounting from the State of Michigan.

Community Involvement

Dr. Ronald Foster, special appointment faculty of business, wrote, designed and presented an estate planning seminar for low income individuals in Kent and Ottawa counties.