Student Development, School of Social & Behavioral Science
B.S., Oklahoma Wesleyan University; M.A., Southern Nazarene University.
Mission & Passion
James 3:1 states,
Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we shall incur a stricter judgment (NRSV). The teacher must realize the seriousness of his/her task and be dedicated to it. The task is serious because it is scrutinized by the Judge’s evaluation. The perfect Judge will render judgment on the nature, dedication, faithfulness, and consistency of the teacher. Teaching is a ministry that demands we give our hearts, minds, and actions to building the kingdom of God. Paul said,
Woe to me if I do not proclaim the gospel! (1 Corinthians 9:16, NRSV).
Teachers are called to a significant task. This is not an easy task since we live in an age marked by materialism and egocentrism. A world in which loneliness, isolation, lack of friendship and intimacy, broken relationships, boredom, feelings of emptiness and depression are the norm. A world where our homes have failed to model good relationships and have instead modeled selfishness, anger, pride, lasciviousness, and a lack of anything permanent. It is no wonder the students teachers are facing are students who have been hurt and rejected at the most intimate level. Effective teachers have no choice but to reach out to these hurting students and attempt to lead them to a healing relationship with God. Fredrich Buechner compared humanity to an enormous spider web and said, “If you touch it anywhere, you set the whole thing trembling.” As we move around this world and as we act with kindness, or with indifference, or with hostility, toward the people we meet, we too are sending a tremble through the great spider web. As a teacher, the life that I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place and time my touch will be felt.
“If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you.” – James 1:4
“A true servant leader will never realize that he/she is unappreciated.” – Unknown