Monday, August 15, 2011
This past Thursday, I was blessed with a surprise visit from an old friend and mentor. As i heard a tap on my office door, i looked up and saw Dean standing there. He was in town with his wife who was involved in a conference at a hotel down the street from our offices.
When i first came to work for this ministry, Dean was gracious enough to reach out to me with encouragement and insight to help me in my newfound role of collegiate ministry. After a couple of people left our ministry, he was eventually my supervisor, and helped our team of campus ministers to develop a strategy for impacting the campuses across our state.
Unfortunatley, a new exec, who didn't have a clue what he was doing, blew up our structure, dismantled our team and reorganized our staff to fit a more traditional approach to ministry.
Still, i am thankful for the time we shared together, and the many lessons that i was able to learn from his nearly thirty years of experience in collegiate work.
As you pray, please remember Dean and his wife in your prayers, as he has been diagnosed with Parkinsons disease. However, he has not let it slow him down, as he is teaching two classes at State University and will be teaching several classes at a large Vo-Tech school in the part of the state where he lives.