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Alhambra Guitar Trio, Sunday, April 27

The Alhambra Guitar Trio will perform Sunday, April 27 at 2:00pm in the ATO Chapel.

Faculty member Norman Ruiz, TIU alum Jeff Warren, and Mexican guitarist Iván Resndiz will perform
trios, duos, and solos by by Albéniz, Granados, Hindemith, Debussy, and more!

Tickets are $8 General Admission, $5 Students/Seniors, and FREE for TIU Faculty, Staff, and Students.

Race to Registration Contest (& win an iPad!)

If you register for classes between April 14th and 25th you will be entered to win one of two iPads with retina display and a variety of gift cards.

Register early to be entered in to win! This helps you have your schedule solidified and set for employers.

Prof. Gundlach to Present on the Evolution Question at Old Princeton


On Tuesday, April 15, from 2:30-3 p.m., Professor of History Dr. Bradley J. Gundlach will present his recent book Process and Providence: The Evolution Question at Princeton, 1845-1929 in the McLennan Atrium. Join us as we hear about his findings, as well as what they mean for us today. Dr. Gundlach’s brief discussion will be followed by a Q&A, along with an opportunity to purchase the book at a significantly reduced rate (cheaper than!) and to have your copy signed by the author.

In Process and Providence, Professor Gundlach explores the surprisingly positive embrace of developmental views by the whole community of thinkers at old Princeton (e.g., Charles Hodge and B. B. Warfield)—an embrace not only of the development of the cosmos and lifeforms but also of Scripture and the history of doctrine, even as they defended their historic Christian creed.

By the 1920s their nuanced distinctions, together with their advocacy of both biblical inerrancy and modern science, were overwhelmed by the brewing fundamentalist controversy. Process and Providence portrays the preeminent conservative Protestants in America as they defined, contested, and answered—precisely and incisively—the many facets of the evolution question.

“It’s a question of origins,” says Gundlach. “Don’t we base our understandings of ourselves, our purpose, in God and the world? I think the Princetonians in general are helpful to study because they are very thorough in their explorations of these questions, and they tried to be utterly fair to their opposition, which is something we could see more of these days.”

For those interested in the relationship between science and the Christian faith, Professor Gundlach’s work provides one of the more relevant case studies to come out of evangelical academia in recent years.

Financial Aid and Student Accounting Merge into One

Trinity’s Business Office and Enrollment Office are excited to announce that effective on Monday, March 31, the offices of Financial Aid and Student Accounting at Trinity will be combined into one department called Student Financial Services.

Coincident with this combination we are pleased to announce that Rachael Russiaky will be returning to Trinity to manage this new, combined department. Rachael will serve as the director of student financial services and report to Paul Eisenmenger in the Business Office. Both Carrie Fakhoury and Patricia Coles will report to Rachael; Carrie in the position of assistant director, and Patricia in the position of financial aid compliance officer. We believe that this merger will yield dividends both immediately and in the years to come.

In order to accommodate the merger of these departments, Interim President Nyberg has authorized a remodel of the current Business Office and Human Resources space within ATO. This investment is being made in order to move the six current Financial Aid employees from their current location in lower McLennan into this new area.

We are confident that the service students receive at Trinity regarding their financial aid, billing, and account management will be greatly increased by the combined function and location of the new Student Financial Services Office.

David Dockery Named 15th President of Trinity International University

David S. Dockery

Following 18 years of transformational leadership at Union University, David S. Dockery was unanimously selected by Trinity International University’s Board of Regents to become its 15th president.

“We are overwhelmingly grateful to God for the invitation from the Trinity Board to serve the students, staff, faculty, and various institutional constituencies in the days ahead,” Dockery said. “We are humbled by the confidence that the Board has communicated to us in this call to guide Trinity forward in the days and years to come.”

Robert Kleinschmidt, chairman of the TIU Board of Regents, said he was excited for Dockery and his wife Lanese to join the TIU family.

“Dr. Dockery brings a great wealth of experience and knowledge about higher education from his years at Union University,” Kleinschmidt said. “I know he will be a great leader for Trinity and look forward to the tasks ahead.”

Located in Deerfield, Ill., Trinity International University consists of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, one of the most highly respected evangelical institutions in the country; Trinity College, a liberal-arts based institution; Trinity Graduate School, with programs in such fields as biomedical ethics, leadership, and education; and Trinity Law School, located in Santa Ana, Calif. Total enrollment for the university is about 2,800.

“What a joy it will be to seek to reflect the influence and leadership of 20th century evangelical giants like Kenneth Kantzer and Carl Henry, who invested so much at Trinity,” Dockery said.

“Their emphasis on serious and rigorous academics shaped and informed by the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, the full truthfulness of Holy Scripture, international missions, cultural renewal and engagement, transdenominational and transcontinental evangelical cooperation and service to the global church will, we trust, continue to characterize all aspects of Trinity’s life and work.”

During Dockery’s 18-year tenure as Union University president, the institution saw 16 straight years of increasing enrollment and more than doubled in size, growing from a fall enrollment of 1,972 to 4,288 in 2013. Donors increased from 1,600 to 6,000 annually. The budget expanded from $18 million to more than $90 million per year, and the university’s net assets grew from less than $40 million to $120 million.

Judy Bradish, co-chair of the TIU presidential search committee, said Dockery has “demonstrated Christ-centered, excellent, effective and visionary leadership that we believe he will bring to Trinity.”

“We as a committee feel confident that Dr. Dockery is the leader TIU needs at this point in our history,” added Paul Mang, also co-chair of the search committee.

EFCA President, Bill Hamel, served on the Search Committee and sits on TIU’s Board of Regents. “I look forward to presenting Dr. Dockery to the EFCA Board of Directors and the Conference for final affirmation. His proven leadership and mainstream evangelical positions will make him a great partner with the EFCA in preparing students for service in the gospel.”

Prior to his administration at Union, Dockery served as the chief academic officer at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., where he also was professor of theology and New Testament.

He completed his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Texas system and holds master’s degrees from Texas Christian University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Grace Seminary, as well as a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama in Birmingham.

Dockery is the author or editor of 35 books, including such titles as Renewing Minds, Faith and Learning, Theologians of the Baptist Tradition, New Testament Interpretation and Criticism, and Biblical Interpretation Then and Now.

He serves as the New Testament editor for the New American Commentary series, as general editor for Crossway’s series on Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition, and as general editor for the forthcoming Holman Worldview Study Bible.

Dockery served as the chairman of the board for the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and was a board member for Christianity Today International and Prison Fellowship. He has spoken at major conferences and lectureships at dozens of churches, state conventions, colleges, churches and seminaries.

A native of Birmingham, Ala., Dockery and his wife Lanese have been married for 38 years. They have three married sons and six grandchildren.

“David Dockery is truly an evangelical statesperson,” said John D. Woodbridge, research professor of church history and the history of Christian thought at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. “He is one of the most respected Christian educators, authors, theologians, and biblical scholars in the United States. Members of the community at TIU look forward to giving Dr. Dockery their full and enthusiastic support as he leads them in creating an education for students that integrates the gospel of Jesus Christ with a first-class education.”

TIU formed a presidential search committee in July 2013 to find a successor to former president Craig Williford. Neil Nyberg is serving as TIU’s interim president for the 2013-2014 academic year.

“We are indeed grateful to be given the privilege to provide leadership for an institution with a strong commitment to the preparation of leaders for the global church, an opportunity that we find both exciting and daunting, inviting and intimidating,” Dockery said. “To be granted such a key leadership role for the larger evangelical community in this country and around the world for the coming years of the 21st century is certainly a great blessing and a joyful opportunity to contemplate.”

Dockery will begin serving as Acting President on June 1. He will officially assume the TIU presidency when affirmed by the conference of the Evangelical Free Church of America.

Read on for a more detailed biography of David S. Dockery.

To see Dockery’s acceptance speech go to and click on the “On Demand” tab.


Trinity International University is a private, Christian university comprising four schools: Trinity College, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Trinity Graduate School, and Trinity Law School, as well as three academic centers: the Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding, the Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity, and the Jonathan Edwards Center at TEDS. An educational ministry of the Evangelical Free Church of America, TIU is located on the north shore of Chicago, with regional centers in South Chicago, Florida, and California, and extension sites throughout the Midwest. TIU exists to educate men and women to engage in God’s redemptive work in the world by cultivating academic excellence, Christian faithfulness, and lifelong learning. Visit the University online at

TEDS: Discounted Registration for LJ Live


Christianity Today and Leadership Journal are dedicating two years and six cities to the topics of vocation and calling in their first-ever series of live events. Titled LJ Live: Redeeming Work, the series’ inaugural gathering is March 13, 2014, in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood, with Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, among others, providing sponsorship of the event. Kingdom Calling author Amy Sherman is Chicago’s featured speaker and Futureville author and Leadership Journal executive editor Skye Jethani (MDiv ’01) will serve as host.

Register now to receive the best value, and in the “enter promotional code” link enter the word “trinity.”

The live events are a result of a nationwide listening tour in 2013. Editors met face-to-face with those in ministry to learn about their joys, challenges, and needs. A top trend was the emerging struggle to address young adults disengaging from the church. Jethani states, “Young adults do have an increased focus on vocation for a sense of identity—yet receive little guidance from the church to live their careers as callings. We hope to start a conversation that’ll resonate with those in ministry and result in more churches communicating that one’s work can be a vital part of discipleship.”

LJ Live: Redeeming Work will gather presenters and ministry leaders deeply invested in vocational discipleship. Chicago’s event will also feature a diverse panel of younger leaders and pastors from different neighborhoods in the city.

Unlike some performance-oriented conferences, LJ Live will be a personal, conversation-based setting where seminarians and pastors can explore with ministry peers how to mobilize Christ’s people to live out their callings.

Future LJ Live cities include Minneapolis, Denver, Los Angeles, and two more cities yet to be named. For more information about Redeeming Work, visit

TEDS Receives Lilly Endowment Grant

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School has received a $250,000 grant as part of Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Theological School Initiative to Address Economic Issues Facing Future Ministers. It is one of 67 theological schools across the country to receive this funding.

Personal financial pressures are severely limiting the ability of seminary graduates to accept calls to Christian ministry and undermining the effectiveness of too many pastoral leaders. To help address this issue, Lilly Endowment created the Theological School Initiative to Address Economic Issues Facing Future Ministers. The initiative’s aim is to encourage theological schools to examine and strengthen their financial and educational practices to improve the economic well-being of future pastors.

All theological schools fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada were invited to submit grant proposals. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS) will use its funding to: (1) conduct research among students and alumni regarding the financial challenges they face; (2) collaborate with church and ministry partners to develop innovative solutions based on this research; (3) develop new education for the financial literacy of students and alumni; and (4) increase distance education capacity by implementing new “live” (synchronous) distance education courses.

Dr. H. Wayne Johnson, director of the MDiv program and the Lilly project at TEDS explains, “Trinity has always been concerned for the financial well-being of our students because it has a direct impact on their ministry opportunities and long-term fruitfulness for the sake of the gospel. Since 2008 we have responded to these challenges by dramatically limiting (and sometimes freezing) tuition increases as well as increasing the number of scholarships for masters programs.”

Noting that the challenge is systemic and requires creative thinking and institutional cooperation, Johnson said that with the grant TEDS will be able to better understand the issues and develop new collaborative solutions with church partners, particularly the Evangelical Free Church of America.

“That is why we are so grateful for this grant,” he said. “I believe it will result in some new models for financing and educating the pastors of tomorrow.”

“Pastors are indispensable spiritual leaders and guides, and the quality of pastoral leadership is critical to the health and vitality of congregations,” said Christopher L. Coble, vice president for religion at the Endowment.

“Theological schools play a critical role in preparing pastors and are uniquely positioned to address some of the economic challenges they face,” Coble said. “The Endowment hopes that these grants will support broad efforts to improve the financial circumstances facing pastoral leaders so that pastors can serve their congregations more joyfully and effectively,” said Coble.

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family—J.K. Lilly Sr. and sons J.K. Jr. and Eli—through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly & Company. The Endowment exists to support the causes of religion, education and community development. Lilly Endowment’s religion grantmaking is designed to deepen and enrich the religious lives of American Christians. It does this largely through initiatives to enhance and sustain the quality of ministry in American congregations and parishes. More information can be found at