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A TESTIMONY FROM DR. VAN HOOSER

Mentors mentoring mentors, that is the essence of teaching (I Tim. 2:2).  

Some years ago, I was asked to define my role as a Christian teacher. I wrote: “A Christian teacher is one who loves God, loves his students, loves his subject matter, and loves to communicate that subject to his students.”  

Even as a high school student, I knew I wanted to teach, but it was after my first choir tour as a college student that I dreamed of one day teaching in a Bible college. My choir director and I stayed in the same home one night on that tour, and before we went to bed, he asked me to join him in prayer.  As we knelt there together, he prayed for ME. The Lord used that experience to foster in me a greater desire to impact the lives of college students in an educational setting.

There have been many teachers since then who have mentored me, and for them I am grateful. They inspired me to mentor others, and by God’s grace, I have had the privilege of doing so for nearly thirty-six years.  It is, therefore, with some personal sadness, but moreover with immense gratitude to God and my many students, who have enriched my life more than I can express, that I announce I will be concluding my formal teaching ministry upon completion of the 2018-19 academic year.

Soli Deo Gloria!