Written by Charles Zimmerman
Monday, 03 June 2013 00:00
Where have they gone & where are they now?
This month I continue with updates on some graduates of Biblical Seminary. This month we visit with David Bossard, a 1982 MDiv graduate. I don’t remember David as a student, I didn’t arrive until he was gone, but I have gotten to know him because we frequent the same fitness center. David keeps the IBRI website updated and functional. If you want to know how many hits and from what countries, he is your man.
1. What years did you attend at Biblical, and what degree did you receive?
Attended Biblical 1975-1982. Graduated with M. Div. The first two years my wife and I went to the evening school, then I switched to daytime student.
Previous degrees: B.Sc (Physics) Drexel 1962; A.M. (Physics) Dartmouth 1964; A.M. (Mathematics) Dartmouth 1966; Ph. D. Dartmouth (Mathematics) 1967. While at Drexel, I also attended evening school at Philadelphia. School of the Bible at 18th and Arch Streets. Nearly, but not quite, completed the studies there.
2. What have you been doing since then?
1967-1982 Associate & Vice President, Daniel H. Wagner, Associates. 1982-1995 President, DCBossard, Inc.
Always active in our local church. Raised 7 children including 5 adopted. Now have something like 9 grandchildren. Each year we take our RV and visit some of them, as well as other close friends we have garnered over the years.
My main work over the past 20 years has been on several websites: ibri.org (Interdisciplinary Biblical Research Institute), which has contributions of many, including Biblical Faculty; 19centuryscience.org, a largely secular repository of 19th century books in geology and related subjects; and 19thpsalm.org, which is my personal understanding of the Creation Narrative as given in Science and in the Bible. In particular, macraelib.ibri.org is a large repository of many personal papers of Dr. MacRae, including many syllabi and papers beginning with his graduate days and extending throughout his life. I would also point to almost 200 powerpoint lectures by Bob Newman on all sorts of subjects. The ibri.org website enjoys a remarkable amount of traffic worldwide.
3. Tell a favorite memory from your Biblical days.
Enjoyed all classes. I was especially impressed by the scholarship of the professors who defended the Bible in issues of Science and Faith: Allan MacRae, Bob Newman, and Bob Dunzweiler (not to diminish the lustre of the other faculty!). The systematic theology courses of Bob Dunzweiler are fondly remembered, and I wonder if anything of equal caliber has been available since his time. I recall a "debate" about baptism in Bob Dunzweiler's class. He sat there with a Cheshire Cat grin as the class overwhelmingly concluded in favor of baptism by immersion, which was not his position as a presbyterian (Some papers by him on the subject can be found on the IBRI.org website -- See Robert J. Dunzweiler, Understanding the Bible, Chapter 13 -- "Baptism: A Consideration of the Scriptural Mode").
4. Contact information: email, Facebook, etc. -
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.