We recently gave family members the opportunity to honor 2016 graduates and the following individuals wanted to honor two students.
Ruth Fry and Millard Mason McKennon honored Michelle Deibler
Fred and Mary Johns honored Stuart Johns
Last spring, during national educators week, alumni were invited to honor faculty member who deeply impacted their life. Here is a list of professors and instructors who were honored followed by a list of those who honored them.
Dr. Doug Buckwalter
J. Creighton Christman
Dr. Dave Dorsey
Dr. Robert Hower
Dr. Ken Miller
Dr. Janet Stauffer
Dr. John Tornfelt
Dr. James Yoder
All ETS faculty
The Faculty Were Honored By:
Marlin Miller, Jr.
Quotes from Alumni:
So many great memories of professors at Evangelical! It’s where my call to ministry was affirmed and deepened (particular thanks to Dr. Buckwalter and Dr. Palmer), and where I found faculty who care about their students as persons. I remember Dr. Dorsey trying to get us to call him Dave by saying in unison, “Hi, Dave!” (I just couldn’t do it.) And I still have his “final exam” as inspiration for impossible questions. I learned “Not to worry!” from Dr. Buckwalter, and learned to worry every time I had to preach in Dr. Tornfelt’s class! (On a more serious note, I learned to preach without notes from Dr. Tornfelt, something that I’ve found invaluable in ministry.) I learned how to think critically in Dr. Miller’s classes, how to practice the disciplines from Dr. Mellinger, and learned to love Scripture from all the faculty. I am grateful for the opportunity to grow in faith at ETS. Thanks be to God!
Dr. Hower was a teacher in the finest sense of the word. Many may find Church History boring or tedious, but he made it come alive. He is one of the many professors who greatly enriched my life – and I am deeply grateful!
He [David Dorsey] brought the Old Testament alive to me. He gave me a greater appreciation of God’s Word and “rightly dividing the word of truth.”
Both Dr. Miller and Dr. Tornfelt were very kind to me and each has a place in my heart.
To honor Dr. David Dorsey, Dr. Doug Buckwalter, Dr. John Tornfelt, and Dr. Ken Miller – I just want to say thank you for your instruction, your love of God, your integrity, and your investment in my life. You have encouraged and shaped my life. I will always be thankful for your years of instruction and counsel while I was at Evangelical as well as the years after graduation.
Dr. Yoder was a gifted Biblical linguist of the highest caliber and yet a humble servant of God. He instilled in me the task and privilege of applying the Word of God correctly.
One of my favorite classes in my time at Evangelical was a class taught by Dr. Stauffer that had us practice contextual therapy in our own lives and with each other. The class was powerful and formative and I’ll always be grateful for it.
A message from our Director of Alumni Relations…
Evangelical Seminary is blessed with more than 700 alumni who are serving the church and their local community as agents for change. Many serve in Pennsylvania and neighboring states, while others serve across the country and around the world. Some are counselors, others pastors, and many serve in the business community. As a 2001 graduate myself, I understand the tendency to take what I have learned and drift away from Evangelical.
As the Director for Alumni Relations I would like to reverse that trend. My desire is to encourage and strengthen the relationship between Evangelical and our alumni. We still have much to offer each other. Take the time to read about the experiences of fellow graduates, and then share your experiences with us. Update you information so we can stay in touch with you. Take advantage of upcoming learning opportunities. Come back to visit – and bring a friend.
— Ken Nafziger