Dr. Lindsay is a gifted administrator and scholar whose deep personal faith and track record of servant leadership uniquely equips him to effectively serve in this critical position in the years to come. He has a broad understanding of the complexities facing Christian higher education, and we believe he will lead the University forward with humility, wisdom and courage. Dr. Lindsay excels in areas of innovation and creative adaptation, and his spiritual and intellectual development in cultivating and discipling the next generation of servant leaders is truly a calling.
For the past 10 years, Dr. Lindsay has served as President of Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts, our fellow charter institution in the Christian College Coalition. During his tenure at Gordon College, the school experienced record years of opportunity and growth, representing banner results in terms of increases in fundraising and endowment; campus diversity, academic and student program development; sponsored research; athletic success; student satisfaction; and faith expression on campus. Gordon recently ended its most successful fiscal year ever, and this spring is completing the most ambitious and successful fundraising campaign in its history, including the largest gift ever given to a Christian college. Last fall, Dr. Lindsay announced his intention to step down as Gordon’s president effective June 30, 2021.
Prior to his service at Gordon, Dr. Lindsay was a member of the sociology faculty at Rice University, where he won multiple awards both for his teaching and academic research. He is the author of two dozen scholarly publications and numerous books, including Faith in the Halls of Power, which was nominated for the nonfiction Pulitzer Prize in 2007, and his award-winning View from the Top, which has been translated into Chinese and Japanese. His forthcoming book, Hinge Moments, will be released April 27, 2021, by InterVarsity Press.
Todd Hartch is the author of Understanding World Christianity: Mexico (2019), The Rebirth of Latin American Christianity (2014), and other works on World Christianity and the history of Christianity in Latin America. His forthcoming book, How to Rebuild: Examples of the True, the Good, and the Beautiful, provides examples from recent American history of individuals and organizations who can serve as models as we attempt to restore our culture in the coming decades. It will be available from Angelico Press in May 2021. Dr. Hartch received his doctorate from Yale University in 2000 and has been a professor of History at Eastern Kentucky University since 2003.
Beth and her husband, Todd, live with their family in Cincinnati, Ohio where they serve as Co-Executive Directors of Back2Back Ministries. After graduating from Indiana University, the Guckenberger’s moved to Monterrey, Mexico where they lived for 15 years. Between biological, foster and adopted children, they have raised eleven children.
Beth is the author of nine book including adult and children’s titles. She travels and speaks regularly at conferences, youth gatherings and church services about reckless faith. Her style is based in story-telling and she draws from her vast field experience as a missionary, Bible teacher and parent for illustrations of biblical concepts.
Brad grew up in Glen Ellyn, IL. He received a B.A. in Biblical Literature from Taylor University, a M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and is currently working on a D.Min. at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Brad has been on staff at The Orchard since 2011 and now serves as the Pastor at The Orchard – Arlington Heights. Brad is married to Kristen and they have two children, Joanna and John.
Rev. Ethan Linder serves as Pastor of Young Adults and Hospitality at College Wesleyan Church in Marion, Indiana, where he lives with his wife, Sarah, and their three sons: Ezra (who’s 3), Isaiah (who’s 2), and Jack (who’s 9 months old). In a season where young people are often questioning the role of church in a community, he loves seeing the church use creativity and connection to extend load-bearing grace.
REDIGER: The Lion and the Lamb / The King in all His Beauty / Hallelujah Here Below
ODLE: Good Good Father / Here Again / Sinking Deep
What is God calling me toward in this season?
What is God calling me away from?
If I’m honest, am I more like Zacchaeus before meeting Jesus (My generosity doesn’t cause me to give up anything; my happiness is centered on success; I’m not willing to own up to my part in others’ hurts; I would rather stand out from the crowd than serve them) or am I more like Zacchaeus after meeting Jesus (generosity makes me sacrifice; I name and make amends for my ways of mistreating others; right relationship with God is the orienting priority in my life)? Which—if I’m honest—seems more like me?
As an avid traveler nationally and internationally, born in Middle America, with years spent living in multiples different states, currently my roots are being watered in Indiana. I live with an insatiable curiosity to live an embodied life through exploration and experience. Being present in lament and celebration within community are essentials to meaning making.
Inviting people to build a table together or participating with others hiking the Camino in Spain encompass the expanse of how I spend my time…cooking and sharing meals together along with exploring the land on a trail or sleeping under the stars.
My education includes a BS in Christian Education and Leadership, Master’s degree in Counseling and a Doctorate in Semiotics and Future Studies. Professionally working at a University in the area of Discipleship through Student Development along with teaching, offering spiritual direction, speaking, and writing.
In order to enact authenticity in relationships that mirror the love and belonging of the Divine Triune God we must together hold nuance as we live among one another. It is here we will be able to experience redemption in the world.
She is publishing her first book that will come out later this year entitled: Transcendence at the Table: A Transfigurational Experience While Breaking Bread Together.
Alyssa Dunker is a commissioned missionary with ReachGlobal, the foreign mission of the Evangelical Free of America. She has served over a decade in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, a rapidly growing city of over 6 million people and even more coconut trees. She and Mark have been married for 22 years and together, they helped start two Bible colleges for pastors and church leaders in East Africa. Alyssa has a passion for trauma counseling and loves the privilege of walking with her African brothers and sisters through hardships. She earned a BA in Secondary Education and English Literature from Pacific University (1994), a Master of Divinity from Multnomah Biblical Seminary (2001), a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling from Kyiv Theological Seminary (2020, Ukraine), and is currently a doctoral candidate at Southern Seminary. Alyssa has two adult children, Bethany (Taylor, 2024) and Jacob. She is also privileged to be called mama by many young adult Tanzanians. Currently, she and her husband are in Indianapolis on home assignment.
REDIGER – God of Revival / The Blessing / Here as in Heaven
ODLE – Here as in Heaven / Beautiful Things / Tremble
1. Can you think of other women who have made an impact for Christ? If not, would you do a bit of research and find one? How did God use them?
2. Jesus first appeared to women. Why is this significant?
3. In Romans 16:3, Paul calls his friends co-workers with Christ. What is a specific way God wants to work through you?
Paul D. Patton, Ph.D., is emeritus professor of communication and theater at Spring Arbor University in Michigan. He was a pastor until he was forty, ministering in the Detroit area at Trinity Church in Livonia. It was at Trinity, while a youth pastor, that Paul founded Trinity House Theater in 1981. He has graduate degrees in Guidance and Counseling, Religious Education, and Script and Screenwriting, and a doctorate in Communication with an emphasis in theater arts. He is the author of over 30 produced stage plays, radio plays, and performance essays. He is contributing author to the books, Understanding Evangelical Media (InterVarsity, 2008), Evangelical Christians and Popular Culture (Praeger, 2013), and Prophetic Critique and Popular Culture (Peter Lang, 2013) and co-author of the book Prophetically (In)Correct (Brazos Press, 2010). His book, Everyday Sabbath, co-written with Robert Woods, is scheduled to be published this spring (Cascade, 2021). Paul has lectured on topics ranging from “The Idolatry of the Cult of Celebrity” to “God Talk: Lessons in the Manipulative Use of Religious Language.” He has been married to Beth for forty-six years and has three daughters—Jessica, Emily, and Grace, three sons-in-law, David, Joe, and Eric, six grandsons and one granddaughter.