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Hebron Road, 9411602
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Chairman: Dr. Herbert Jacobsen, Lords Valley, PA. Board member since 1988. Ph.D., New York University; M.A., New York University; B.A., The King’s College; additional studies at New York Theological Seminary and North Park Theological Seminary. Dr. Jacobsen is Pastor of The Church at Hemlock Farms, Lords Valley, PA. He held a position as professor of theology at Wheaton College from 1967-1989 and served as the director of the Wheaton in the Holy Lands program for several years. He has been an adjunct professor at North Park University and Theological Seminary and the Caribbean Graduate School of Theological Studies (Kingston, Jamaica), and a lecturer at St. James Bible College (Magadan, Russia) and Liberty College (Oradea, Romania). Since 1974, Dr. Jacobsen has made numerous trips to Israel and neighboring countries in connection with Wheaton College, North Park University, Jerusalem University College and various churches.

Member (Emeritus) Finance Committee: Dr. Kenneth E. Alberts, Rockford, IL. Board member since 1987. D.Div. (honorary), Jerusalem University College; B.S., Providence Bible College; B.A., Northwestern University; JUC board member since 1988. Dr. Alberts was the chairman of the board at JUC/IHLS from 1987 - 2007. Now retired, Dr. Alberts spent several decades in the insurance and health and retirement sectors and as an owner and administrator of a multi-faceted retirement and health care facility. He is active in numerous non-profit organizations and boards at the local level, including church activities and several community-based charities.

Treasurer and Chair Finance Committee: Dr. Duane R. Wood, Cedarville, OH. Board member since 1996. D.B.A., Indiana University; M.B.A., Butler University; B.S.M.E., Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology; P.E. in Indiana. Dr. Wood is Executive Director for Program Development and professor of Management at Cedarville University, having previously served as Vice President of Academics at Cedarville for 18 years. Dr. Wood has also served as Dean of the School of Business, Economics and Management and as Director of the interdisciplinary M.S. in Administration at the University of Southern Maine; as Director of the Perry School of Banking; and as Associate Dean of the School of Business Administration at Central Michigan University where he was awarded the Lyle W. Wilhite Award for teaching excellence. Dr. Wood has conducted management training and development sessions and served as a consultant to over 25 business and non-profit organizations, including Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Bath Iron Works, Dow Chemical, IBM, Dow Corning and the U.S. Armed Forces, as well as several banks, hospitals and universities. He has also served as a founding member and Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of Church Extension Ministries, as a Trustee on the Board of New England Baptist Bible College, as a member of the Governor’s Technology Advisory Council for the Ohio Board of Regents, and is currently on the governing board for the Ohio Learning Network. He has authored over 60 articles and papers which have been published or presented in professional management and higher education conferences.

Member Finance Committee: Ms. Dianne H. Benton, Austin, TX. Board member since 2005. M.A., Jerusalem University College; B.A., LeTourneau University; additional studies at the Rothberg Overseas School of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Ms. Benton has been a business owner (franchisee) of McDonald’s restaurants since 1972. She has traveled in Israel and neighboring countries extensively and participated in archaeological excavations at Tel Rehov, Tel Dor and Tel es-Safi. She is also active on a number of civic boards and initiatives.

Chair of the Consortium of Associated Schools: Dr. Bryan E. Beyer, Columbia, SC. Board member since 1994; chair of the Educational Committee and the Consortium Membership Committee. Ph.D., Hebrew Union College; M.Div., Denver Seminary; B.A., Colorado State University. Dr. Beyer is professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages at Columbia Biblical Seminary and School of Missions. He previously served as Dean of Students and as Academic Dean at Columbia Bible College, Columbia International University, and holds membership in the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Biblical Literature. Dr. Beyer has authored or co-authored several books, including Encountering the Old Testament: A Christian Survey with Dr. Bill Arnold.

Vice-Chairman: Dr. John Monson, Trinity International University.

Representative for Colleges and Universities: Taylot University, represented by Dr. Michael Harbin,

Representative for Colleges and Universities: Philadelphia Biblical University, represented by Edgar B. Hardesty, Bel Air, MD. Term expires in November 2011.  B.S., Philadelphia College of Bible; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary; M.A., Baltimore Hebrew University; Reading for Ph.D. comprehensive exams, Baltimore Hebrew University. Edgar is Associate Professor of Bible at Philadelphia Biblical University and currently teaches in the Bible and Israel Program. He has been in pastoral ministry since 1972 and has been a senior pastor since 1981. His love for archaeology, biblical studies, historical geography and Jewish studies first took root at Philadelphia College of Bible and continues through his studies at Baltimore Hebrew University. He has attended Short Term Programs at Jerusalem University College on three occasions, co-leads the annual PBU study tour to Israel and has dug at Ekron (Tel Miqne), Beth Shemesh and Gezer.

Representative for Colleges and UNiversities Schools: Geneva College represented by Dr. Byron Curtis

Board Member: Mr. Scott Bolinder, Grand Rapids, MI. board member since 2010. Beginning in March, 2016, Scott W. Bolinder has served as a founding director of the Institute for Bible Reading, a global non-profit think tank. Prior to that, he served seven years as Executive Vice President of Biblica (formerly International Bible Society), a worldwide non-profit biblical resource ministry. In addition, he served almost twenty years as Executive Vice President & Publisher at Zondervan, responsible for all acquisitions, author relations and product development. Before Zondervan, he served ten years as Senior Vice President at Christianity Today, Inc.

Scott is a graduate of Wheaton College where he earned an English degree in 1973. He also has a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois (Chicago), which he earned in 1975. He then served four years as an Army officer in the Medical Service Corps fulfilling an ROTC commitment prior to beginning his publishing career.

He has been married 44 years to Jill and has a married daughter, a married son, another young adult daughter and six beautiful grandchildren! He is active at Thornapple Evangelical Covenant Church where he serves as an elder. He also serves on several non-profit boards in addition to JUC--Twelve12:Hope, Pine Rest Mental Health Systems, and Theological Book Network

| Related Information

» Chair of the Board:  Dr. Herb Jacobsen Introduction.
» Advisory Council: The Jerusalem Advisory Council members.
» Consortium Description: The Associated Schools of JUC.
» Governing Structure: How the school is governed.


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