The Crowell Trust
The Crowell Trust was established in 1927 by Henry Parsons Crowell (founder of The Quaker Oats Company), and is dedicated to the teaching and active extension of the doctrines of Evangelical Christianity through approved grants to qualified organizations.
Ron is vice president for professional development and research at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). He was educated at Gordon College and earned his Ph.D. in political science from Miami University of Ohio. He taught in that field at Westmont College and Gordon College before becoming director of corporate and foundation relations at Gordon College. For the past nine years he has worked at the CCCU, where he has built up a variety of outstanding scholarly and professional development programs for faculty members and administrators. This summer he will begin new work as the provost of Houghton College, a CCCU member college in upstate New York.
Walter and Darlene Hansen
A graduate of Wheaton College (IL) and on the board of trustees at Westmont College (CA), Walter Hansen is currently president of Rivendell Steward’s Trust. The Trust is a private foundation for making grants for mission projects and for education in the non-western world. He is also professor of global theological education at Fuller Theological Seminary. Darlene graduated from Moody Bible Institute and has taken art classes at Wheaton and Westmont College (CA). She is an artist and has been chair of the Arts Council at Westmont College. She also serves on the board of Directors of MOBIA (Museum of Biblical Art) in New York City. Together, Walter and Darlene have been involved in micro-finance, micro-enterprise work in some of the poorest of the poor regions of the world through Opportunity International and World Relief.
The Hansen’s have generously supported the advancement of Christian scholarship and the arts through the CCCU Initiative Grants to Network Christian Scholars and the CCCU-Nagel Institute Seminars on Global Christianity.
The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities
The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) is a higher education
association of 182 intentionally Christ-centered institutions around the world. There are now 105 member campuses in North America and all are fully-accredited, comprehensive colleges and universities with curricula rooted in the arts and sciences. In addition, 77 affiliate campuses from 24 countries are part of the CCCU. The Council's mission is to advance the cause of Christ-centered higher education and to help its institutions transform lives by faithfully relating scholarship and service to biblical truth. The Gospel & Culture Seminars represents a collaborative effort between the CCCU and Calvin College to broaden and deepen the engagement of North American scholars with colleagues from around the world. The Indonesian Arts Seminar is the first of a series of these seminars.
Mary Foxwell Loeks
Mary Foxwell Loeks grew up in Japan, the daughter of missionary parents. After graduation from Wheaton College she taught at the elementary and pre-school levels for eleven years. Mary and her husband, John, live in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where for twenty years she served as the Minister of Education at Church of the Servant. John and Mary have three married children and five grandchildren. Thomas Nelson has just republished her book, Names of God.
John Loeks graduated from Wheaton College in 1967 and Wayne State University Law School in 1970. John is the owner and President of Celebration! Cinema, a motion picture circuit in Michigan. He is also the owner and President of ShowSpan, Inc., a consumer show producer in Michigan and Wisconsin. John currently serves on the boards of the AuSable Institute and the National Association of Theatre Owners. He is a member of Church of the Servant (CRC). John is the husband of Mary F. Loeks.
Joel Carpenter is the director of the Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity and director of the Seminars in Christian Scholarship program, both at Calvin College. For ten years prior to these assignments, he was the provost of the college. Prior to that assignment, he was the director of the religion program of the Pew Charitable Trusts, in Philadelphia. A historian by profession with degrees from Calvin College and the Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Carpenter has taught at Calvin, Trinity International University and Wheaton College. He has published extensively in the field of American religious history, most notably the award-winning study, Revive Us Again: The Reawakening of American Fundamentalism (Oxford, 1997). His most recent book, co-edited with Lamin Sanneh, is The Changing Face of Christianity: Africa, the West and the World (Oxford, 2005).
Joel is married to Janis, a native of Baltimore, who is a special education teacher at the Ada Christian School, near Grand Rapids. Janis and her father, Dr. Philip A. Rhoads, a retired school superintendent from Baltimore, are accompanying the group to Indonesia.