Specialities: Philosophy, Poetry, Quaker Studies
B.A., George Fox University; M.Div., Nazarene Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Boston University. George Fox University 1953-
I began teaching at George Fox in September 1953. Even now, retired from active classroom teaching for several years, I feel very much a part of the school, and especially of the religion faculty. My teaching specialties have been philosophy, church history, and Quaker studies.
In recent years I have devoted my energy to writing and lecturing, with a stint in local governance as councilor and mayor of the town of Yachats, where my wife and I live.
My own calling to ministry came during my high school years, nurtured by my family and especially by the faithfulness of local Greenleaf, Idaho, Quaker elders and by the discernment and guidance of Milo C. Ross, who was then pastor. I was early encouraged to do deputation ministry with older Friends, and to learn how to study the Scriptures and to pray for guidance.
Coming to George Fox, then known as Pacific, I majored in religion, profiting greatly from the ministry of religion faculty, including Gervais Carey. At this college I found Fern. We were married in 1943. Her support and encouragement have sustained my ministry. She had a successful career as a public school teacher, serving many years in Portland inner-city schools.
Following graduation from George Fox, I entered pastoral work, serving in Everett, Wash., Kansas City, Mo., and Goffstown, N.H. After completing seminary and doctoral studies I answered a call to return to my alma mater and teach. I am glad I answered that call. It has surely been in divine ordering.
During the early years of teaching, my family, with the backing of Newberg Friends Church, started a new work which became Tigard Friends Church. We also helped start the North Valley fellowship, and for a time later I served on the pastoral team for Reedwood Friends, in Portland. I am grateful the Lord has strengthened me for a writing ministry, to be a modern-day "Publisher of Truth" through the printed page, and that George Fox has encouraged that ministry.