Wesley Center Personnel
Office of Pastoral Resources; Office of Leadership Studies & Servant Leadership
Dr. Fred C. Fullerton
Vice President for Spiritual & Leadership Development
On campus, Fred serves as one of the six Vice Presidents on President Alexander's Cabinet and oversees the work of the offices that make up the Wesley Center: the Office of Pastoral Resources, the Office of Applied Theology, the Office of Leadership Studies and Servant Leadership, and the Office of Spiritual Formation. In his role as director for the Office of Pastoral Resources, he interacts with the pastors in the Church of the Nazarene on the Northwest Educational Region as well as other churches and denominations. He resources pastors with books recently published by the faculty in the School of Theology and Christian Ministries, provides pulpit supply personnel for local churches, hosts pastors on-site for study retreats, attends district assemblies and clergy retreats, and posts a few quotable quotes on Facebook from time to time. Talk to him about Gallup Strengths Training and discipleship in your local church.
Administrative Assistant to the Vice President
Scheduling, sector bookkeeping, pastoral mailings and email, event planning, and sector communication, are just a few of the things that Michelle so ably handles as she assists the VP and the Spiritual & Leadership Development sector of NNU. If you want to know something about the Wesley Center, schedule a pastoral study retreat on campus, register for a seminar, or contact any of the other individuals identified here, contact Michelle. Michelle has served in local church settings and has served NNU in a variety of administrative staff positions over her career. If she doesn't have an immediate answer to your question, she'll find it for you! Michelle also leads the cheer program at NNU and you'll find her at many a sporting event on campus with her team.
Dr. Edwin H. Robinson
Director, Office of Leadership Studies and Servant Leadership
Dr. Robinson returned to his Alma Mater in the fall of 2011 to lead the newly formed Office of Leadership Studies and Servant Leadership. Ed's career has been centered in higher education, having served as a seminary professor, dean of the Nazarene Theological Seminary faculty, and most recently as President of MidAmerica Nazarene University. Ed brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this assignment. He is working collaboratively across campus to develop service learning opportunities for students, regardless of major, and to freshly embed servant leadership as part of the ethos of NNU. Ed is also teaching a couple of courses a semester in the School of Theology and Christian Ministries as Professor of Practical Theology. He is available to assist pastors in planning and executing their sabbaticals, as well as in the strategic planning process with the local church board. Ed enjoys NNU baseball games, day hiking with his wife Nancy, experiencing Christian community with students and colleagues, leading his student ABIDE group, and being grandpa to Seth and Colin.
Office of Spiritual Formation
Rev. Julene Tegerstrand
Director of Student Ministries, Office of Spiritual Formation
Julene gives leadership to undergraduate student mission trips, small group ministries, spiritual formation retreats, and community service projects in collaboration with the Student Government Association and the Office of Student Development. Julene can share insights with you into undergrad spiritual formation strategies, cross-cultural preparation for student mission trips, and working with this generation of incredible young adults.
Assistant, Office of Spiritual Formation
Kerri assists Chaplain Schandorff and Student Ministries Director Julene Tegerstrand with a variety of tasks that include chapel service preparation, student communication, bookkeeping, etc. If you desire to support a mission trip or other student ministry financially, contact Kerri.
Rev. Gene Schandorff
University Chaplain, Director of the Office of Spiritual Formation
Gene just celebrated his 20th year of ministry as our campus chaplain! He provides pastoral counseling services to students, speaks weekly in our campus community chapel, oversees the chapel program, teaches in the School of Theology and Christian Ministries, and oversees the ministry programs for NNU undergraduate students. Gene is available to provide pulpit supply for a local church and discuss ministry with young adults, serious bicycling, or woodworking.
Office of Applied Theology
Dr. Thomas J. Oord
Wesley Conference Co-Director
Thomas Jay Oord is an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene and teaches theology at NNU. He has many theological interests, including holiness theology, relational thinking, science and religion, postmodernism, and love studies. Tom is an avid hiker and photographer. He also enjoys blogging and posting his outdoor pictures to his Facebook page. Tom and his wife, Cheryl, have three daughters: a junior higher (Andee), a high schooler (Lexi), and a university student (Sydnee at NNU).
Dr. Jay Akkerman
Wesley Conference Co-Director
Dr. Jay Akkerman is professor of pastoral theology, directs NNUís graduate theological online education programs, and co-directs the universityís annual Wesley Center Conferences. His primary teaching interests are in the areas of preaching, spiritual formation, and missional leadership. With over 25 years of ministry experience as a professor, administrator, pastor, and associate in churches of various sizes, Dr. Akkerman preaches actively, leads retreats, offers workshops for pastors and lay leaders, and consults with congregations about becoming more effective in their ministry contexts. Jay is also husband to Kim and dad to three teenage daughters.
Dr. George Lyons
Director, Wesley Online
Excellence in biblical, theological, and practical ministry scholarship are hallmarks of the Office of Applied Theology in the Wesley Center at NNU. First, there is Wesley Online, directed by Dr. George Lyons. Professor Lyons is in his thirty-fifth year as a professor, having taught courses in New Testament and Greek at NNU since 1991. He has taught internationally in Australia, Bulgaria, China, England, Germany, Japan, Kenya, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, and Thailand. He has written commentaries on numerous biblical books and specializes in biblical preaching. George loves online teaching and resourcing. He is constantly on the lookout for pertinent resources that can enhance the holdings of the Wesley Center online library. If you are involved in Wesleyan research, or have scholarly questions about John Wesley and his ministry, contact George.
Dr. Mark A. Maddix
Dean, School of Theology & Christian Ministries
Mark A. Maddix, Ph.D. is Professor of Practical Theology and Dean of the School of Theology and Christian Ministries at NNU. Mark has taught for thirteen years, including ten years at NNU. Before entering teaching he served in pastoral ministry for twelve years. His primary areas of expertise are Christian education, spiritual formation, Wesleyan theology, and online education. Mark and Fred Fullerton work closely together in planning the various pastoral resource events held on campus and across the region annually. He is a major fan of Kentucky Wildcat basketball and enjoys a variety of outdoor sports. Mark and his wife, Sherri have two grown children.