Huntington University has assembled a team of outstanding men and women whose experiences and training will add tremendous value to our students. Institute Fellows are not only experts in their respective fields, but they also practice in a way that demonstrates Christian values. In addition to potential networking opportunities, students in the Institute for Leadership and Counseling will benefit by learning directly from the depth and breadth of knowledge and perspectives offered by Institute Fellows.
Institute Fellows include:
Andrew ("Andy") Cook
Andrew Cook serves as the executive director of operations for Willow Creek Association (WCA), the organization behind The Global Leadership Summit, which trains 400,000 leaders in over half the countries in the world. Cook is a graduate of Taylor University with a bachelor’s degree in communications and biblical literature and earned his master’s degree in business administration from the Brennan School of Business at Dominican University. Cook serves on the board of directors of Lenawee Christian Ministries and is a past member of the Professional Convention Management Association.
Dr. Sherilyn Emberton
Dr. Sherilyn Emberton serves as the president of Huntington University. Emberton earned her Bachelor of Science degree in 1979 from Stephen F. Austin State University, her master of education degree from the same institution in 1981 and her doctorate of education degree in 1999 from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Emberton is the director of Higher Education for the US National Conference, sits on the boards of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, Northeast Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana Inc., Indiana’s AgriNovus, and chairs the board of Michigan’s Lenawee Christian Ministries.
Dr. Steve & Twyla Lee
Dr. Steve and Twyla Lee are both professors and authors. In addition to teaching, they are actively involved in traveling and speaking on relationship and family issues for various churches, universities, and organizations. Steve served as the chair of the Psychology department at Huntington University for 24 years, as well as a professor of psychology and marriage and family courses at Huntington University Graduate School. Twyla is a licensed clinical social worker, and started the undergraduate social work program at Huntington University. Twyla currently is an associate professor and lead faculty/director of the online BSW social work program at Indiana Wesleyan University. Steve and Twyla left Huntington when they were invited to teach the marriage and family curriculum at the Focus Leadership Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Steve earned his Ed.D. in counseling psychology from the University of South Dakota. Twyla earned her master’s in social work at Washington University in St. Louis.
Dr. Larry A. Mercer
Dr. Mercer earned a BA in Psychology from East Carolina University, and Masters of Theology and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Dallas Seminary. He has over thirty-seven years of experience in diverse settings including: the local church, early childhood education, elementary education, middle school education, high school education, a juvenile institution and the adult prison system. He has provided executive leadership with a broadcasting network, a publishing company, higher education institutions, retail, and non-profit organizations. He has taught in four higher education institutions. He has earned certifications in Media, Instructional Design, Knowledge Management, Strategic Planning, Training Management and Coaching. His ministry and service has taken him across the United States, Africa, Europe, Israel, Jamaica, and Latin America. He is an Executive Coach and serves churches, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations. Mercer has served on a number of boards and is currently vice chairman of the board at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas.
Dr. Gary J. Oliver
Gary J. Oliver, Th.M., Ph.D. is a university and seminary professor, psychologist, author, executive director of The Center for Healthy Relationships and professor of psychology and practical theology at John Brown University. Oliver has earned five degrees including an M. Div. from Talbot Seminary, a Th.M. from Fuller Seminary and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Nebraska—Lincoln. He is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). He has written over 20 books as well as over 300 professional and popular articles for journals and magazines. He is a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) with the National Council on Family Relations. He also serves on the executive board of the American Association for Christian Counseling (AACC).
Dr. Dave Rahn
Dr. Dave Rahn is a youth ministry researcher, author, futurist and missional leadership strategist. After beginning his ministry with Fort Wayne Area YFC in 1972, he joined the faculty of Huntington University in 1985, serving full-time as a professor before rejoining the mission of Youth for Christ/USA in 2007. Rahn holds a bachelor of arts from Huntington College, a master of arts from Wheaton College and a doctorate from Purdue University. He was recently an advisor of national research initiatives for Fuller Youth Institute and is working on a project exploring how young people can experience Jesus’ joy through the Yale Center for Faith and Culture.
Dr. H. Norman Wright
H. Norman Wright is a licensed Marriage, Family and Child Therapist and he has taught in the Grad. Department of Biola University. He was former director of the Graduate Department of Marriage, Family and Child Counseling at Biola University, as well as an Associate Professor of Psychology. He was also Associate Professor of Christian Education and Director of the Graduate Department of Christian Education at the Talbot School of Theology. At the present time he is Research Professor of Christian Education at this same institution. He was in private practice for over thirty years. Dr. Wright is a graduate of Westmont College, Fuller Theological Seminary (M.R.E.), Pepperdine University (M.A.). He has received two honorary doctorates, D.D. and D.LIT, from the Western Conservative Baptist Seminary and Biola University respectively.In 2015 he graduated with his D.Min. from Phoenix School of Theology. He is the author of over ninety books—including Experiencing Grief, The New Guide to Crisis and Trauma Counseling, Recovering From the Losses of Life and Reflections of a Grieving Spouse. He conducts seminars on Recovering from the Losses of Life, Trauma and Crisis Counseling. His current focus is in grief and trauma counseling and critical incident debriefings. Part of his work is developing curriculum in loss, crisis and trauma as well as community wide Grief Recovery seminars. He is a Certified Trauma Specialist and a Certified Traumatologist. He has been an ICISF trainer for the courses, “Trauma After Grief,” and “Emotional and Spiritual Care.” He has also taught the basic debriefing course on numerous occasions. He is Board Certified in Bereavement Trauma by the National Center for Crisis Management. He has conducted workshops and training for various Health Departments, The Victim Chaplain and Counselor Association of America, Child Abuse Social Work Departments, Hospitals and Nurses’ organizations and Medical conferences. Sudden death debriefings have been conducted at various facilities as well as Police and Fire Departments. Part of his specialty is working with parents of children or teenagers who have died. He has also assisted in training seminars for Critical Incident Debriefings for the American Association of Christian Counselors. Part of his work is developing curriculum in loss, crisis and trauma as well as community wide Grief Recovery seminars.
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