Written by Charles Zimmerman
Friday, 27 July 2012 00:00
Where have they gone & where are they now?
I have been contacting founding faculty members to see what they are up to these days and then posting that information to keep all of you updated on their whereabouts and activities.
This post updates us with Tom Taylor – TVT.
Tom was the first Biblical faculty member that I met when I visited a church history class while contemplating attending seminary. I was surprised to discover that laughing was permitted in a seminary classroom and I thought, if this school can make church history fun, it’s the place for me.
Who can forget Tom starting a morning class by explaining how he had driven all night from a speaking engagement so he wouldn’t miss our smiling faces and sleepy eyes. And if Tom ever had to miss a class, he left a video complete with harmonica introduction.
After coming on the faculty, Tom made faculty meetings bearable with his snide comments spoken as he raised his eyes over his reading glasses from his needlepoint.
1. What years did you teach at Biblical?
When Dr. MacRae and others left Faith Seminary in 1971 lo launch Biblical, I was one of the “others.” It fell to me – I was assigned by Dr. MacRae to teach some Old Testament courses and church history.
2. Tell a favorite memory from your Biblical days
It was a great delight to me to publish the “weakly,” that mighty paper that enabled me to publicly poke fun at fellow faculty and otherwise be the means of disseminating announcements to the student body.
3. What have you been doing since then?
Since the end of my formal teaching days, I continue to preach in a lot of churches and speak at conferences, with some counseling thrown in for good measure. I have also had a book published: Old Testament Toolbox.
4. What has been happening with your family?
Ruth is taking good care of me. She continues with conducting ladies’ Bible studies, and giving lots of advice to our children (they really need it!). Grandchildren and great-grandchildren have arrived in such abundance we lost track of the count.
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Thus far in this blog series, we have heard from “Doc” Newman, Gary Cohen, Bob Vannoy, George Clark, Bill Harding, and John Grauley. If you missed those blog entries, scroll back and take a look. I asked each to provide contact information, so feel free to drop them an encouraging note and while you’re at it, attach a memory of your own to the appropriate blog entry.
Charles Zimmerman is the Thomas V. Taylor Professor of Practical Theology. He also serves as Teaching Pastor at Calvary Church in Souderton. He is married to Kim and they have two daughters, Ashley and Megan. See alsohttp://biblical.edu/index.php/charles-zimmerman