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Oct032012

Faculty Spotlight: Professor Don Whitlock

    PROFESSOR DON WHITLOCK is retiring after teaching at NTS for 25 years. His voice of wisdom and long-term memory of the Seminary have been a valuable contribution to the NTS community. Over his years at NTS, he has invested in and influenced hundreds, perhaps thousands, of students. Perhaps those who have worked most closely with him can best articulate the impact he has had on students and the Church for two and a half decades: 


FROM DR. DEAN BLEVINS
PROFESSOR OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION &
DIRECTOR OF THE MACE DEGREE PROGRAM:

“Without a doubt, Don Whitlock has served as an anchor in the Christian Education program these 25 years at NTS. During his tenure, Don has taught most of the core classes in the program, covering theological and developmental foundations, curriculum design, and leadership education. Don’s particular strength revolves around the field of Adult Christian Education, including adult faith development and senior adult ministry. Don attracted a number of students with his down-to-earth approach, gifted stories and humor, and Accommodating demeanor in the classroom. When I first attended NTS as a “second-career” minister, Don’s appreciation for non-traditional students provided both intellectual stimulation and spiritual affirmation of my own calling. Don mentored and empowered my personal growth as an educator, allowing me to serve as his teaching assistant,
offering advice with personal and ministerial issues, feeding an ongoing curiosity around Christian education, and modeling the very approaches to Adult Christian Education he taught in the classroom. Don embraced my return as faculty, working overtime for the sake of my family, and embracing his former student as a colleague on campus. Many Christian Educators in the Church of the Nazarene are indebted to Don for his guidance, support,
and wisdom.”

FROM DR. ED ROBINSON
PRESIDENT OF MIDAMERICA NAZARENE UNIVERSITY;
FORMER NTS PROFESSOR OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION &
DIRECTOR OF THE MACE DEGREE PROGRAM (1986-2005):

“It was my privilege to be Don’s faculty colleague in Christian Education for 19 years. Two things stand out: First, he was always exploring new ways of teaching and learning. Through his sense of pedagogical adventure and his deliberate engagement with people outside the usual comfort zones of theological education, Don would prepare students to encounter a diverse world. On more than one occasion I remember asking him, “Don, how in the world do you meet these people?” Second, Don’s knowledge of the adult learning process and his sensitivity to various learning styles gained the respect of students and faculty alike, and thrust him into the role of mediator and advocate on more than one occasion. I was grateful to be his colleague and his friend.”

FROM DR. CHESTER GALLOWAY
NTS EMERITI PROFESSOR OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

“When I joined the NTS faculty with the responsibility to develop a Master’s Degree Program in Christian Education, one of my first student-majors was a young man from Canada. Not only was Don Whitlock an honors student, but he already had a significant grasp of the field of public education in Canada. He immediately gained the respect and confidence of both the faculty and his fellow students. After graduation, he made a name for himself and a positive regard for his NTS degree program in the churches and districts where he served.

“When the degree program expanded and the number of students enrolled justified the addition of another full-time faculty member, it afforded me the opportunity to bring Don’s name before the faculty for consideration. I am delighted, of-course, that the faculty, the Board of General Superintendents, and the NTS Board of Trustees all endorsed his addition to the faculty. And I am even more gratified that the years that have intervened have validated that decision so that perhaps thousands of students and hundreds of churches have been influenced, blessed and enriched by Don’s ministry.”

FROM TWO OF PROFESSOR WHITLOCK’S FORMER STUDENTS:

“I owe much of who I am as an educator to Professor Whitlock. He inspired a desire in me for ‘the sea’ that is Christian Education. While some may get hung up on developmental theories, methods, and Melanchthon; he had his students quickly moving from knowledge to application. ‘Multiple Staff Ministries’ wasn’t just a class; we actually became a staff and put on a fundraiser for the local community. ‘Curriculum Development’ gave me the opportunity to develop my first college course–I still use that syllabus today. Of-course there was also his dry wit, the personal illustrations, and the never-ending supply of handouts…all of these still make me smile when I think about his courses. Professor Whitlock will be missed by the NTS community, but he will continue to teach through the many ministers and educators whom he inspired over the years. I am one who will never forget the impact he has had on my life and ministry.”

– REV. BRENT TALLMAN (‘01)
TREVECCA NAZARENE UNIVERSITY, DIRECTOR OF CAMPUS SPIRITUAL FORMATION

“Professor Whitlock is passionate about Christian Education and strives to share that passion with his students. His true-to-life ministry examples help his students better grasp the ins and outs of associate ministry, addressing carefully the difficulties of ministry. In doing this, he helps his students enter into the ministry confidently, yet humbly, with an array of resources. He strives to help students grow, in their Christian walk, as well as their ministry experience.”

– KIMBERLY ADAMS (‘08)
ASSISTANT EDITOR FOR CHILDREN’S MINISTRY, NAZARENE PUBLISHING HOUSE

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