On April 8th the seminary will host a conversation with Rob Bell about his latest book, Love Wins, a work that has created a lot of controversy on the national stage. Bell, who was scheduled to be in Denver for another event, agreed to come to campus for what we’re describing as an “open discussion.” It will include a thirty-minute presentation by Bell on the themes and goal of the book, thirty minutes of questions from our faculty member, Scott Wenig, and thirty minutes of questions from the student body. We believe this type of event expresses well our core commitments of vigorous scholarship and charitable orthodoxy. (See all of our core commitments at http://www.denverseminary.edu/about-us/who-we-are/our-core-commitments/.) Through this kind of presentation and discussion we want our students to learn how to critically engage controversial ideas by asking hard questions based on solid exegesis and theological reasoning. Just as importantly we want them to learn how to engage in this kind of conversation in a charitable and civil way.
Years ago, Vernon Grounds described the seminary as a place of vibrant evangelicalism. He wrote, “Here is no unanchored liberalism, freedom to think without commitment. Here is no encrusted dogmatism, commitment without freedom to think. Here is vibrant evangelicalism, commitment with freedom to think within the limits laid down in Scripture.” It is in the spirit of that “vibrant evangelicalism” that we are hosting this event. If you’re in Denver on April 8th from 10:00-11:30, I would encourage you to attend.
What has been happening in your life? We want to know! Send us your photos, plus updates (e.g. weddings, births, anniversaries, career changes, etc.), to and we'll highlight it right here in the Alumni Connection. We look forward to "seeing" you!
David C. Bicker (M.Div. 1961)
Served as Founding Chair of the Department of Communication Studies at Azusa Pacific University and retired Professor Emeritus in 2006. In 1987 I founded the Communication Ethics Conference at APU and upon my retirement the faculty named the conference in my honor. The attached picture shows me presenting the annual award (Feb. 2011) at this year's 24th Annual David C. Bicker Communication Ethics Conference. The award is presented annually to the student considered by the faculty to be not only academically superior, but also one who demonstrates the potential to impact our culture for Christ.
Don Brooks (B.D. 1957)
Donald Franklyn Brooks had his 85th birthday March 9th. He celebrated at his daughter's home with family and best friends. Don is well and enjoys living in PA with Cheryl and extended family.
Pictured is Don with his daughter Cheryl on his right and his wife, Sharon on his left.
Geneva Christine (Chris) Davis (M.A. Christian Studies 2002)
I don't have to go out of the country to do missions work, for it is right here in Gallup, NM. I currently serve as pastor of Gallup First Church of the Nazarene.
Larry Goding (M.A. Old Testament, 1980)
Larry and Donna Goding have been involved in Christian ministry for 48 years, including Child Evangelism Fellowship in the early years of marriage, followed by ministry with mentally and physically disabled, Christian school administration, and then on into church ministry for over 26 years. As we have taken each step along the way, it has been exciting to experience God's leading and blessing upon our ministry.
We are currently pastoring a church located in a retirement resort community in Surprise, Arizona [Northwest Phoenix area]. It has been our joy to minister to both the spiritual and physical needs of the folks within our church family and the larger community.
Shirley Lindsay (M.A. Christian Ministries/Chaplaincy 2008)
Fulfilled my life-long dream and graduated from Denver Seminary at age 69 in May, 2008. My husband and I married 53 years ago and met as high school sweethearts. Our life has drastically changed in the past 8 years and again in the past few months as his Alzheimer's is on a sharp decline. He is 74 years old and was a man whose virtues, ethics and deep faith were surpassed by very few. To now see this man's mind be like that of a 2 year old is devastating. It has taken a toll on me and our four children but God continues to be faithful in His love and guidance for us. My 5 years at seminary were a true gift from God for me and I truly miss the seminary environment.
Don McNeill (1969)
Don is the Executive Director of MentorKids USA and One-On-One Mentoring, two youth mentoring ministries in Tucson, AZ. He has been teaching, coaching or running mentoring ministries for over 40 years. He's married to Shirlie McNeill - 43 years, has two daughters and five grand children living in Tucson.
Ray Pountney (M.Div. 1986)
In recent times Ray has had the opportunity to travel with members of the Grace Baptist Mission and interested friends to South Africa and Zimbabwe to engage in training pastors and church leaders with the aim of encouraging a biblical approach to ministry and exegetical preaching. Building on a similar approach, Ray and his wife Judy, are about to join an international team in visiting and training in the far east. They are due to leave on the tenth of April and are due back in London by Good Friday. They have been encouraged in this visit by the comprehensive support of their local church West Hill Baptist in Wandsworth. They ask for specific prayer for protection in Christ for and over those they will be visiting with; that their specific presentation with translation will be helpful and effective; and that they would have good health while there.
Adam Renfrow (M.A. Counseling 2007)
Adam opened up a private practice in Lakewood in 2008. He received his LPC in December and is now in EMDR training. Adam has enjoyed working with Denver Seminary students. He hopes to journey with students and their families through their secrets, traumas, and crises in order to lead with transparency and weakness to the body of Christ in their ministry positions after graduation.
Dennis Teigland (M.A. Counseling Ministries/Chaplaincy 2007)
I really appreciate my DS education as well as my residency in CPE. Great training for what/where I am now ministering. In fact, for the last seven months or so I have been extremely busy at work - still intermittent at Denver Health and full time at Heartland Hospice. God has truly blessed me; I absolutely love what I am doing! I was also ordained this past year in the Missionary Church.
John Trull (M.A. Christian Studies 2008)
Through the Niger Rural Water Project, World Vision is working with the WIN (Water in Niger) Fund to prevent disease and death by providing access to clean water and sanitation. The Fund was established by John in 2007 to partner with World Vision and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to provide safe water, sanitation facilities and hygiene education to communities in Niger. Already, this partnership has mechanized a well in Rafa, and projects are underway to provide clean water for a village of 3,500 people, and to drill four or five new boreholes in the Zinder region.
Joe Wright (M.Div. 1974)
Joe and Calla Jean served as WorldVenture missionaries in Austria from 1976 to 2009. They redeployed to the U.S. at the beginning of 2009 and now serve with WorldVenture in a variety of roles. Both facilitate the SUPER online missions course KE101 (Kingdom Expansion 101--http://www.WorldVenture.com/ke101), help churches with missions programs, are involved in mentoring, and lead teams each year to Austria. Calla Jean is helping to develop a transition program for WorldVenture to help missionaries returning to the U.S. better transition to life here. Joe is helping plan the 2012 Missions Symposium sponsored by WorldVenture and Denver Seminary (www.missions21.org). Joe and Calla Jean live in Littleton, Colorado.
We would love to hear what God is doing in your life! Please send your personal and/or ministry updates to .
Alumni Dinners in Kansas and Missouri
Join fellow Denver Seminary alums for dinner and an update on the great things happening on campus. Hosted by Dr. Jim Howard, VP of Advancement.
Monday, April 18, 6:30 pm - St. Louis, MO
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Tuesday, April 19, 6:30 pm - Kansas City, MO
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Wednesday, April 20, 6:30 pm - Wichita, KS
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Alumni Dinner in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Join fellow Denver Seminary alums for dinner and an update on the great things happening on campus. Hosted by Dr. David Buschart, Associate Dean and Professor of Theology and Historical Studies.
Thursday, April 28, 7:00 pm
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Other Alumni Gatherings
Tuesday, April 26 - Dallas, TX
Thursday, May 5 - Boston, MC
Details Coming Soon!
2011 Commencement Events
Friday, May 13
10:00-11:00 a.m. – Alumni Reception w/ Dr. Mark Young and Gordon MacDonald
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11:30-1:00 – Lunch with Gordon MacDonald
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Over the past 5 years, Denver Seminary has seen growth that is stretching our current facilities. While this is a good problem to have, we also acknowledge how frustrating it can be for the students.
Due to this limited space, the seminary is launching a campus expansion plan, with the purpose of creating better space, more space, and better opportunities for online education. Part of the plan will include an expansion of the student center, creating three times more space andl including comfortable places to meet, study, and relax. In addition, two classrooms will be redesigned to better accommodate students and online learning capabilities. This expansion will be happening soon, as early as June 2011.
More information is forthcoming. Until then, please join us in praying for the Seminary as we embark on this new adventure!
Dr. David Mathewson, who is currently the Associate Professor Biblical Studies at Gordon College, will be joining the faculty as an Associate Professor of New Testament in the fall of 2011.
Dr. Betsy Nesbit, who is currently the Assistant Professor of Family Studies at John Brown University, will be joining the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Counseling in the fall of 2011.
Wilmer Ramírez, Director of Hispanic Initiatives, Ordained
On March 10, 2011 Wilmer Ramírez, Denver Seminary's Director of Hispanic Initiatives, was ordained by the Evangelical Church Alliance. Three people were on the ordination committee; Pastor Wayne Darbonne of St. James Presbyterian Church in Littleton, Pastor Mike Romberger of Mission Hills Church in Litlteton, and Dr. Helene Dallaire of Denver Seminary. The ceremony was followed by a reception with friends and representatives of the Hispanic community (Hispanic Pastor Alliance, KLVZ Radio, Assembly of God and Presbyterian Church).