John V. Tornfelt


 John V. Tornfelt

E-mailacademic_affairs@evangelical.edu
Address121 South College Street
Myerstown, PA 17067
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President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Evangelical School of Theology

B.S., Davidson College,
M.Div., Denver Seminary,
Ed.D.,, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School,

While the context of ministry continues to change, the centrality of preaching in the life and mission of the church remains constant. As the Apostle Paul declared, pastors are called to preach God’s Word with clarity and in faithfulness. I count it a privilege to help men and women identify their preaching strengths as well as their growing edges. While the task is challenging, biblically-grounded preaching is essential if congregations are to be faithful and vibrant.

Before coming to Evangelical, John served in pastoral ministry in congregations across the country. He spent two years in Nigeria as an instructor at the SIM-related ECWA (Evangelical Churches of West Africa) Theological Seminary. Since becoming vice president for academic affairs, John has worked extensively with the faculty in revising the curriculum. He believes the seminary’s academic programs have been redesigned to satisfy the interests of students as well as meet the ever-shifting challenges of ministry in the 21st century.

A frequent preacher in area churches, he also leads seminars in adult education and group dynamics. John has authored numerous articles on preaching and leadership in textbooks, academic journals, and popular publications. He is the president of the Evangelical Homiletics Society and belongs to the Academy of Homiletics, iComm (International Community of Christian Leaders), and Association for Case Teaching.

John is married to Debbie who is involved in property leasing and management. They live in the heart of the Amish community in Lancaster County. Their adult children live in Charlotte, NC. Leslie is married to TJ Stewart (a stay at home mom to the cutest granddaughter in the world). Eric is a high school teacher and plans to be married to Eden in 2009. When not traveling, he enjoys reading, playing golf, and exercising at the health club.

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