Summer 2019

Class Notes

Joan Barber (’50) Broughton currently lives with her daughter in Rathdrum, Idaho. She met her late husband George (’50) at Biola while studying in a one-year program in missionary medicine. After getting married in 1955, they went on to faithfully serve as missionaries for 34 years in north Brazil. They have three children, one of whom now works with her husband in Bible translation consulting. 

Thomas J. Finley (’67, M.Div. ’71, professor emeritus of Old Testament and Semitics) and Brandon Cash (M.Div. ’98, director of preaching and pastoral ministry and assistant professor of Christian ministry and leadership) wrote Daniel: A Commentary for Biblical Preaching and Teaching. The Kerux commentaries, of which this is the first, give pastors unique tools: the big ideas, preaching strategies, contemporary connections and more. 

Gary Overholt (’76) wrote Let There Be Light: An Enhanced Daily Devotional on the Book of Genesis (New Harbor Press, February 2019). The book is inquisitive, suggestive and unconventional in its theological approach, and encourages advanced study by its readers. Overholt directly and indirectly addresses controversial issues concerning creation, evolution, philosophy, history, religion, prophecy and eschatology. 

Paul Donnelly (’77) recently started teaching at Oklahoma Baptist University after returning to school to complete his Ph.D. in criminology after 30 years of experience in the criminal justice field. His wife, Susan (Dingwerth ’77), is the campus nurse. All of their children graduated from Christian colleges: LeTourneau University, Palm Beach Atlantic University and the two youngest at Oklahoma Baptist University. 

Jim Korver (’77) and his wife recently moved from north Idaho to Coronado Island, where she works as a nurse and he volunteers for Voice of the Martyrs. Jim previously served as a school director in Korea and remains available for any overseas assignments with the Network of International Christian Schools. He stays busy as the father of 13 kids, grandfather of 31 and great-grandfather of four. 

Welby O’Brien (’78) wrote Goodbye for Now: Practical Help and Personal Hope for Those Who Grieve (Deep River Books, July 2018). She also wrote Formerly a Wife, a book that encourages divorced individuals and offers practical steps towards hope and healing. This book was featured on The 700 Club, a Christian Broadcasting Network program. 

Patti McCord (’82) co-authored with Ben Malcolmson, assistant to coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks, Walk On: From Pee Wee Dropout to the NFL Sidelines — My Unlikely Story of Football, Purpose, and Following an Amazing God (Multnomah, July 2018). This book is about how the young journalist walked on to a top-ranked USC football team. Before God led McCord to the NFL to write this story, she received her master’s in exercise physiology from San Diego State University. 

Ryun Chang (’84, M.Div. ’88) recently published Theologizing in the Radical Middle: Rethinking How We do Theology for Spiritual Growth in Word and Spirit (Wipf and Stock, September 2018). Ryun is the teaching pastor for Acts Ministries International and a professor of theology at Kairos Global University. He and his wife Insil (’86) have three children. 

Sondra (Hatch, ’85) Eklund won the 2019 Allie Beth Martin Award from the Public Library Association. Since 2001, she’s been sharing her knowledge of books at sonderbooks.com. Sondra now works as the youth services manager for Fairfax County Public Library in Virginia and had the incredible opportunity of serving on the 2019 Newbery Medal Selection Committee. 

Jean Lash (’87) recently published When Your Child Divorces You ... Estrangement: From Absalom to the Prodigal Son. The book explores two examples from the Bible of estrangement and speaks about the estrangement David and the prodigal father faced and offers words of encouragement, support and advice. Jean and her family reside in northwest Houston, where she operates a graphic design business. 

Kevin Van Lant (’91, M.A. ’94, Ph.D. ’97, director of the pastoral care and counseling program, associate professor of Christian ministry and leadership) recently co-authored Counseling and Mental Health in the Church: The Role of Pastors and the Ministry. The book provides ministry leaders with an understanding of common mental health issues, typical approaches to treatment, and advice for supporting those experiencing mental health concerns. 

R. Scott Smith (M.A. ’95, professor of Christian apologetics) wrote Authentically Emergent: In Search of a Truly Progressive Christianity (Cascade Books, 2018). This book gives careful attention to the views of Brian McLaren, Tony Jones, Doug Pagitt and Rob Bell. It also offers its own portrait of major shaping influences on Western, Americanized Christianity. 

Daniel W. McManigal (’98) published A Baptism of Judgment in the Fire of the Holy Spirit: John’s Eschatological Proclamation in Matthew 3 (T&T Clark, April 2019) which provides a fresh analysis of the meaning of the baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire, and John's baptism as a prophetic sign-act. McManigal is the senior pastor of Hope Presbyterian Church in Washington. 

Carolyn (Kirkwood,’02)Leiloglou recently published her debut chapter book, Noah Green Junior Zookeeper and the Garage Sale Pet, through Clear Fork Publishing. The book is available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and independent bookstores. Carolyn is married to Demetrios, a pediatrician, and homeschools their four kids. 

Christie Curtis (M.A. ’06, chair of graduate programs in Biola’s School of Education) wrote Grammar and Writing 3, a rigorous English language arts series designed to help students learn and remember the skills that will enable them to be successful communicators. The comprehensive program covers English grammar, writing, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary development, and includes daily vocabulary practice, spelling rules and weekly spelling tests. 

Justin Green (M.A. ’10) moved from South Florida to Nashville, Tenn. He has survived eight years fighting a chronic neurological condition that doctors have been unable to address. He asks for your prayers. 

Rachael (Cattaneo, ’10) Nichols and her husband, Ryan Nichols, welcomed their first child, daughter Josephine Ryan Nichols, into the world on Sept. 4, 2018. They moved to Richmond, Va., in 2017, and hope to continue traveling around the globe as a new family of three. 

Matthew Eisele (’12) and Sarah Huffman (’13) were married in January 2019. They currently live in San Diego, where Matthew is looking for a teaching position. 

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