Dr. Drew Moser

Monday, January 14, 2019
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Dr. Drew Moser is Dean of Student Engagement and Associate Professor of Higher Education and Student Development at Taylor University. He’s worked at Taylor since 2009, and lives with his wife and 5 kids in Upland. He co-authored Ready or Not: Leaning into Life in Our Twenties with Jess Fankhauser.



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Dr. Rusty Hawkins

Monday, January 21, 2019
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Russell (Rusty) Hawkins graduated from Wheaton College (IL) in 1999. After taking an M.A. in American History from Montana State University, Rusty served for a year with AmeriCorps as a literacy program coordinator in the public schools of Boston, Massachusetts. He earned his Ph.D. in American History from Rice University in 2009.

In 2013 Rusty and his co-editor, Philip Luke Sinitiere published Christians and the Color Line: Race and Religion after Divided by Faith (Oxford University Press). The book was drawn from papers delivered at a 2010 conference that Rusty organized at Indiana Wesleyan University to commemorate the tenth anniversary of Michael O. Emerson and Christian Smith’s book, Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America.

Rusty is currently finishing a book manuscript titled The Bible Told Them So: Southern White Christians’ Fight against Racial Equality, which argues that white Christians’ theology informed and shaped their resistance to the civil rights movement in the South. He has received research grants for his book from the Southern Baptist Library and Archives, Baylor University’s Institute for Oral History, the University of South Carolina’s Institute for Southern Studies and Indiana Wesleyan University’s Lilly Scholarship Fund.

Rusty has begun research on a new project examining the white flight of churches from urban America in the second half of the twentieth century.

Rusty and his wife, Kristi, have two sons, Caleb and Micah. In addition to spending time with his wife and boys, he enjoys reading (obviously), running (not as often as he should), and following his favorite sports teams (Kansas basketball and the Kansas City Royals and Chiefs).


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Reflection/Discussion Questions:

  1. How can remembering be an act of worship?
  2. What ways can you see past actions affecting how you live today?

Jay Link

Monday, January 7, 2019
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After concluding a 35-year Family Wealth Counseling practice, Jay now serves as the Director of Stewardship Planning here at Taylor. He has written six books and over 100 articles as well as a three-year discipleship curriculum on whole life stewardship entitled The Steward’s Way (www.TheStewardsWay.org).


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Rev. Jon Cavanagh

Friday, January 4, 2019
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Rev. Jon Cavanagh, Campus Pastor at Taylor University since 2015, is a 1998 Taylor University alumnus.  He has served at Taylor since 2007, filling roles that have included Director of University Apartments/Coordinator of Off-Campus Community, Co-Chair of Residence Life Programming, Hall Director at Wengatz Hall, Head Men’s Golf Coach, and committee assignments including Chair and member of the Community Life Committee, Lighthouse and J-term Capstone Co-Leader, and the leadership of various devotional groups.

In addition to his Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education from Taylor, Cavanagh holds a Master of Divinity from Winebrenner Theological Seminary, Findlay, Ohio (2008). He is an ordained minister in the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches (N.A.C.C.C.).

Prior to returning to Taylor, Cavanagh served as Associate Pastor for Plain Congregational Church in Bowling Green, Ohio, and as resident director at Asbury University in Wilmore, Ky., and Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. He also filled the role of Church Planter for Mercy and Grace Ministries in Sheridan, Wyo., from 1999 to 2000.

Jon and his wife Kara are the parents of 2 daughters, Phoebe (9) and Hattie (2).


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Jay Kesler

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
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Jay Kesler is the former president, Chancellor and current President Emeritus of Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.  Kesler graduated in 1958 from Taylor University and is notable for his writings and radio work.  Most recently, he has served as the Preaching Pastor of Upland Community Church, in Upland, Indiana. Dr. Kesler was President of Youth for Christ from 1973–1985 and President of Taylor University from 1985-2000. Dr. Kesler is also the author of nearly 30 books.


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Dr. Skip Trudeau

Monday, January 22, 2018
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C. Skip Trudeau (EdD, Indiana University) is the Vice President for Student Development at Taylor University.  He has faithfully served at Taylor for 18 years. Skip came to Taylor in 1999 as the Associate Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life. Skip has served in a number of roles in student development and is a former president of the Association for Christians in Student Development (ACSD). He coauthored A Parent’s Guide to the Christian College: Supporting Your Child’s Heart, Soul, and Mind during College Years (with Todd C. Ream and Timothy W. Herrmann). He serves as the co-editor (with Timothy W. Herrmann) for Growth: The Journal of the Association for Christians in Student Development. Skip and his wife, Jennifer, have five children: Libby ’12, Maddy ’15, Gabby ‘ 7, Kitty ’20 and Sam ’24 and live in Upland.


Reflect

Where in your community do you have a broken relationship that you need to restore?

What are pieces of the Life Together Covenant that you do well, and other parts you need to improve in?

How can you be faithfully present here at Taylor, in your community?

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Julia Hurlow

Friday, January 19, 2018
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When people gather, the kingdom of heaven here on earth seems much more tangible. Whether it is around a table sharing a meal, on a walk, sharing a cappuccino, or participating in something of a shared interest I deeply believe in the sharing of stories through communal living.

As I have lived in a number of states, worked at a number of different Christian Universities as well as lived in shared housing for the past fifteen years I have found deep joy in living among others to share in celebration as well as sorrow experienced here on earth. The stories we have experienced are to be shared as a proclamation of the redemption story of Jesus’ resurrection for our freedom. The narrative of Scripture encompasses so many stories of healing, reconciliation, and mercy.

Throughout my own narrative of joy, longing, loss, and healing the triune God is present. Along with the educational experiences that I have had in Christian education, a master’s degree in Community Counseling as well as my current work on my doctoral degree in Semiotics and Future Studies, I have found that each of life’s experiences have guided my desire to make meaning in the world that portrays the love of the triune God.

It is a joy to return to Middle America to live, work, and cultivate community here at Taylor University. I enjoy sharing my experiences in order to foster growth in relationships here in this community.


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Wynn Coggin

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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Wynn Coggin is a 2016 graduate of Taylor University who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in Taylor’s Master of Arts in Higher Education Program (MAHE). Wynn enjoys all things sports, with a special interest in Taylor and Alabama football, basketball, and watching his wife Ellie run for Taylor.

He has been married to his wife Ellie Coggin for almost 7 months now, but who’s counting? Wynn also has a passion for the Word of God and believes that the Bible is relevant and important in all areas of life. He is excited about starting a career in higher education after graduating from Taylor this Spring.


Reflect

What stage of community are you in with the people around you (pseudocommunity, chaos, emptiness, or true community?)

How is your relationship with Jesus Christ impacting your life in your community?

Who in your community will you talk to about this?

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MLK Jr. Day, Tali Hairston

Monday, January 15, 2018
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As a Seattle native, Tali began working in Christian higher education in 2001 as assistant director of Campus Ministries. His multicultural upbringing in Seattle’s Rainier Valley and at-risk youth ministry experience, prepared him for leading SPU in a unique partnership in 2003 as the Special Assistant to the President and founding director of The John M. Perkins Center for Reconciliation, Community Development, and Leadership Training.

Tali has led the reformation of global and urban service programs, advised the University in its Reconciliation and Diversity Initiative, formed regional and national partnerships with scholars and practitioners in reconciliation, created Seattle Pacific’s only pre-college outreach program, advised the ethnic-minority scholarship program, assisted the Faculty Diversity Committee in forming the Reconciliation Studies Minor Program, created the Justice Speaks Lecture Series, co-produced the auto-biographical documentary of John Perkins entitled Let Justice Roll On, and developed reconciliation training programs for ministry, churches, and non-profits.

Hairston is a student of the life and legacy of John M. Perkins and is currently responsible for leading the educational advancement of reconciliation and community development at Seattle Pacific. Managing a diverse staff and resourcing students, staff, faculty, alumni, and stakeholders; Hairston oversees co-curricular programs in global and urban service learning programs, intergroup dialogue, and experiential education opportunities in justice, poverty, ethnic identity, and cultural capacity.

Hairston presents an impressive awareness and reflection for the contributing experiences he has had. The gift of his family history and story – a large slave-holding family told in The Hairstons: An American Family in Black and White by Henry Wiencek – has been transformative for the way he embraces the world. His scholarly training earned him tools for critical analysis and theological prowess, with an interest in history at the University of Washington to a graduate focus on global leadership at Fuller Theological Seminary. A supportive mentoring community, including great leaders such as Dr. John M. Perkins, has strengthened his values of faith, family, community, justice, and love for the other. His travels in Southeast Asia, Paris, Belgium, Jamaica, and South and Central Africa have opened his perspective and contributed to his depth of understanding in trauma healing, reconciliation, and community development.

Hairston has written several articles on issues of reconciliation and community development, co-teaches and guest lectures in a host of courses, co-teaches for Fuller Seminary’s Youth Institute, and leads a profound “interpreting the city” program with Asbury Seminary and a variety of other organizations and ministries. As a speaker, lecturer, preacher, and trainer, both domestically and internationally, Hairston brings his local hands on organizational and leadership knowledge together with his theological training in reconciliation and community development.


Reflect

How are you wrestling with God like Tali talked about today?

What walls have you built up between you and your brothers and sisters in Christ that are different than you?

Who are you going to talk to about this?

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