A few weeks ago I announced to my president that I had accepted a position as Associate Dean in the Biblical and Theological Studies Department at Wheaton College. Dr. Furr, always gracious, received the news with a kind disposition. So my wife and I will be moving to Wheaton, IL, in mid-summer to take on those responsibilities.
The decision to leave Houston Graduate School of Theology (HGST) for Wheaton was a difficult one. The gravity of family, friends, ministry, and familiarity with Houston were not easy to break. My family has lived in and around Houston for 27 years. All our children and grandchildren live close by. And we have a grand-daughter on the way! She should make her entrance in less than one month. In addition, the mission of HGST is very important, and its challenges are great. Still, President Furr has done an excellent job setting the goals and making things happen here.
I’m looking forward to working with President Ryken, Provost Diddams, and the interim Dean of Humanities, Dr. Lynn Cohick. The mission at Wheaton and its flagship status make it a desirable place for people to study and for faculty to teach & research. I hope to be able to go there and contribute.
More details will follow. Prayers are welcome as my wife and I make the transition. From time to time I’ll post about our progress. If you have any recommendations about living in Chicago, let me know!