Faculty Works Tell Trinity’s Story
newsroomadminOctober 24, 2014
Originally written by Tiffany Vallaeu, Digest Staff Writer
John and Susan Woodbridge cut the ribbon to Trinity’s new reading room that will bear their namesake in the Rolfing Library Tuesday, Oct. 21, celebrating the heritage of the school’s prolific professors and academic excellence.
Around 225 books written by TIU faculty now sit against the last existing wall from the original library in the John and Susan Woodbridge Reading Room, along with a few new lounge chairs and a working fireplace. Not all the books were present during the dedication, as the project had just been finished the previous night, but the library’s goal is to have over 500 works from Trinity faculty available in the space.
“This will be a place where we can bring guests…prospective students…board members and donors, and out of this we can tell the Trinity story through the eyes of these books,” President David S. Dockery said during his speech of dedication.
The space’s moniker honors the story of John Woodbridge, who has served at TIU for 44 years, making him the longest-serving faculty member in the university’s history. Woodbridge also served as the grand marshal for the inauguration processional Thursday.
“We’re very grateful to our colleges who have served the Lord so faithfully, as is represented in this space. We’re honored to be associated with it,” Woodbridge said.
Both Dockery and University Librarian Dr. Robert Krapohl described Woodbridge as a “treasure” of the university. Woodbridge has served as a Research Professor of Church History and the History of Christian Thought at TEDS, and his wife has served through Trinity’s Clothes Horse ministry.
“It’s very appropriate that during this week of heritage and hope, that we honor John Woodbridge, who has been a large part of our recent heritage,” Dr. Bradley Gundlach said. “He was the person who first told me of David Dockery, and the first person who dreamed long ago that we would have a president like David Dockery. And now we do.”
The evening’s purpose was to celebrate both Dr. Woodbridge and the productivity of the Trinity faculty as a whole who “Continue to make the name of Trinity great through their work,” the president said, and the purpose of their work is to serve the church.
Dr. Samir Massouh offered a prayer of dedication for the books, as well, thanking God for the impact these books and these authors have made and asking Him to further the impact the books will make in the future.