Darryl Lang graduated before I arrived at Biblical, but I have gotten to know him these past 17 years as a colleague and friend. Darryl is a pastor, who shepherds the students he recruits as well as the matriculated students at the seminary. I have always appreciated the fact that Darryl is genuinely interested and concerned with all of our students. Besides his admissions work, Darryl sometimes leads Monday morning worship at Biblical. Here is his story:
33 years of service...
It’s still very hard to believe it has been 33 years since I graduated with my Master of Divinity degree from Biblical. Yet, I still have vivid memories of the commencement service: Dr. James Boice of Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, spoke on Jonah… making the long walk across the stage to collect my diploma… then, casting a glance toward the faculty with gratitude for their sacrificial ministry.
When I began my studies in 1976, Biblical technically wasn’t even a seminary. “Biblical School of Theology” was the name on the sign, and both Dr. Allan A. Mac Rae and Dr. Jack W. Murray graced the halls and classrooms as larger than life figures. The school was only a few years old at the time, so I guess we sensed that we were pioneers in unmapped territory, so we didn’t mind sitting in class wearing our winter coats when the snow came blowing in through the chapel doors. When the water pipes burst in the library one sub-zero January day, students and faculty formed a volunteer relay line to rescue hundreds of volumes of rare books.
To me the memory of that “emergency” day—working as a cohesive team for a vital goal—encapsulated what Biblical has always been about. As a current staff member of Biblical, I still sense that energy of working together for a higher purpose. I’ve been back working at the seminary since 1996, initially as the Director of the Annual Fund, but for many years now as Director of Recruitment and Student Life in the Admissions Department. Before returning to the Biblical staff, I pastored a church in Lansdale, PA for a decade and worked in the business world for six years.
In addition to my duties at Biblical, I attend a local Episcopal church where I am a vestry (board) member, warden (like an administrative pastor), and adult teacher. From my days as a seminarian until now (over 35 years), my wife, Pamela, has been my chief mentor, friend, life companion, spiritual director, and encourager. Back in the 1980’s she even worked at Biblical for a time for Wayne Davidson, who was then (and always!) Biblical’s comptroller. What’s more, in her childhood, Pamela actually attended kindergarten and grade school (1-6) in the buildings that make up the Biblical campus. The room where my office is now was her first grade classroom! I guess that either makes us Biblical “lifers” or “dinosaurs”, depending upon your point of view.
I would love to hear from any and all Biblical grads out there who would like to re-connect. It would encourage me to hear your stories of ministry and life journeys now that you’ve heard mine. Please feel free to contact me via email. Blessings to all.
The purpose of this blog will be to expand the influence of our faculty, maintain contact with our graduates, and invite other friends to think with us about important biblical and theological ideas.