New Faces at Trinity for 2018–2019
Trinity CommunicationsJune 18, 2018
Trinity International University welcomes a host of new faculty and staff members to the Deerfield campus this summer.
Jay Noh is the new director of the Doctor of Ministry degree program in South Korea. Noh first went to work on the program in May, and visited the classrooms in Seoul in mid-June. He has served as a Multiethnic Ministry Catalyst with the Illinois Baptist State Association, and taught for four years as an associate professor of New Testament at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.
Noh is optimistic about the growth of the Korean DMin program, noting that there are already 85-90 students enrolled.
“Realistically, we can expect soon to break the 100-student mark,” Noh said. “For a program only in its second full year, this is a highly remarkable accomplishment.”
His PhD is from TEDS, and Noh also earned graduate degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Bryan Chapell will teach preaching at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School beginning this fall. He serves as senior pastor at Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria and is founder and chair of Unlimited Grace, an online teaching ministry. Chapell is president emeritus of Covenant Theological Seminary.
“Dr. Bryan Chapell is an outstanding leader in both the local church and seminary,” TEDS dean Graham Cole said. “He’s a wonderful preacher and teacher of preaching, and a premier homiletician. It is our very great privilege to have him teach at TEDS.”
This fall, Chapell will teach HM 6200, Theology and Methodology of Biblical Preaching. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, a Master of Divinity from Covenant, and a PhD in speech communication from the University of Southern Illinois at Carbondale.
Tim Johnson will teach undergraduate psychology and sociology beginning this fall. He brings more than 25 years of teaching experience to the Deerfield campus. He earned his PhD at Purdue University. He comes to Trinity from Judson University in Elgin. Johnson’s interests include gerontology, racial reconciliation and service learning.
“Tim is a cheerful mentor of students,” said Tom Cornman, dean of undergraduate and graduate studies. “His expertise, coupled with his warm-hearted engagement of students, will serve the Trinity community well.”
James Arcadi is the new assistant professor of systematic theology. He is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Analytic Theology Project at Fuller Theological Seminary and a Templeton Research Fellow at the Herzl Institute.
He earned his doctorate at the University of Bristol, where he examined a philosophical explication of the doctrine of the Eucharist.
He also completed degree programs at Biola University and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He taught history, theology and writing at Gordon College, where he served as a Visiting Fellow in the Center for Faith and Inquiry. Arcadi is an ordained priest in the Anglican Church in North America.
Michelle Knight begins her work as assistant professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages. Knight served as an adjunct professor of Old Testament at TEDS in 2015-16. She also has taught as a guest professor and lecturer at Wheaton College. She earned her PhD at Wheaton and a Master of Divinity degree from TEDS.
Lucas O’Neill joins the TEDS faculty, where he will teach preaching. O’Neill is senior pastor at Christian Fellowship Church in Itasca, Illinois, and is a two-time graduate of TEDS (MDiv and ThM)
He also earned a DMin at Gordon-Conwell. O’Neill hosts the popular blog “Preaching Well.”
Manuel Rauchholz grew up in Micronesia, the son of a missionary father from Germany and a missionary mother from the United States. After finishing his education, he returned to Micronesia and developed the Faichuk Educational Development and Research Project, which is working to find ways to train teachers for the environment they find in the villages.
“Dr. Rauchholz is not only an outstanding scholar, but has been committed to integrating the insights of theology and anthropology to practically serving others,” professor of Mission and Intercultural Studies Craig Ott said. “We are thrilled to welcome such an experienced and gifted professor to the TEDS faculty.”
In May, Trinity announced the hiring of a new men’s basketball coach. Todd Abernethy comes to Deerfield from the University of Mississippi in Oxford, where he has served as an assistant coach for four years. Abernethy also was a standout player for the Rebels, earning all-Southeastern Conference distinction and setting a school record for assists during his years as a point guard. He also played professional basketball in Europe for six years.
“Todd brings a dedication to excellence on the court, in the classroom, and the community to this role,” TIU president David S. Dockery said. “His personal commitment to Trinity’s distinctive mission will be greatly appreciated by faculty, staff, students and others.
Abernethy replaces Brian “Boomer” Roberts, who took over a 5-25 program and won 51 games the past two seasons – the highest win total of any four-year men’s collegiate basketball program in Illinois.
“Boomer did an amazing job here at Trinity not only in the development of the players on the court but in the culture he established,” Abernethy said. “The players here love each other and have put the work in to be successful.
Abernethy is running basketball camps for young people this summer and looks forward to competing for conference championships and advancing in the NAIA national tournament.
Several familiar members of the Trinity community have assumed new leadership roles in the past few months.
- Felix Theonugraha is the new vice president of Student Life and University Services.
- Heather Logue, who co-coached TIU softball to a historic turnaround season this year, is the new director of athletics.
- Patrick Gilliam, longtime coach of the TIU soccer coach, is assistant director of athletics.
- Jana Holiday moves from associate dean of students to dean of students.
- Amanda Onapito now serves as assistant dean of students.
“It truly is a pleasure to welcome all of these outstanding new faculty members,” Dockery said. “Let’s also congratulate those who have recently been named to new and expanded roles in our community.
“We are genuinely grateful for the Lord’s blessings and provision for Trinity at this time.”