Written by Charles Zimmerman
Monday, 15 July 2013 00:00
Where have they gone & where are they now?
Everybody – students, faculty, staff, graduates – knows Wayne! I first met Wayne as the teacher of my first Greek class and then would see him regularly as the guy who took my tuition checks. Eventually, I got to know Wayne as a lunch companion and friend.
So in answer to our question – where have they gone? He is here; he never left!
I started Biblical the fall of 1975 graduating with an MDiv in 1979. I met my soon-to-be wife, Jill, at Biblical in the fall of 1978. She is a 1980 MDiv graduate. I guess you could say that our marriage was historic in that we were Biblical’s first “student marriage.” (At least I believe that to be the case.) We’ve just celebrated our 34thwedding anniversary and although we haven’t done anything since then that’s been particularly historic the Lord has blessed us over those 34 years in many, many ways – not the least of which is giving us three terrific kids. All are married to equally terrific spouses and have given us five perfect (well, you know) grandchildren - with number six to arrive in September.
My intent on coming to Biblical was to take a sabbatical from my business career to learn the Bible and how to study it. Biblical’s bookkeeper left her position in the spring of 1979. Because Jill had a year of seminary remaining I agreed to take over the bookkeeping duties for that year. In the Lord’s providence that temporary job turned into a career move. I’ve been a part of Biblical ever since, for the last 30 years or so as controller. Jill was a stay-at-home mom until our kids reached college age. Tuition bills required a second income! She continues to work, currently in the bulk mailing/printing field. While she likes her job most days she thoroughly enjoys every Sunday that she teaches her junior high Sunday School class at our church, Graterford Bible Fellowship.
I have a lot of fond memories of my time as a student as well as a few not so fond. Any TVT test falls in that latter category. I still have nightmares about them. Thanks to Joe Basile, Steve Will, and Ed Welch for keeping me sane when things became overwhelming from time to time.
I will never forget Mr. Dunzweiler being able to draw free-hand a perfect circle on the blackboard; Mr. Harding reminding us that Ethan’s other name was Jeduthan; Mr. Grauley telling us not to worry about following the outline when putting up an overhead; listening to a TVT lecture via cassette tape recorder; Dr. Newman’s same-day return of tests. I valued the times spent playing basketball and tennis with Dr. Vannoy, Mr. Grauley and Bob Peterson. I treasured the many pizza dinners spent with Dr. Newman when the rest of the dorm students were eating chicken croquettes. I remember fondly Mr. Clark’s below-the-radar way of handling the many not-so glamorous tasks.
Most of all I thank the Lord for allowing me to be a part of Biblical over these years. I particularly value the opportunity to study under such a Godly and humble faculty. I thank the Lord, too, for the dedicated staff (Rita Mangum, Wendy Ribeca, Anita Wetzel, Mrs. Rosser, Miss Tredick, Mr. Koontz, Mrs. Wood, Nancy Hawkins, Dave McCarty, Marilyn Mellon) that made everything come together. My apologies for anyone I’ve neglected to mention. There is no doubt that the 1970’s faculty and staff are Biblical’s version of Tom Brokaw’s Greatest Generation.
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.