“When I called, you answered me; you greatly emboldened me” (Ps. 138:3).
Over the course of the past year, I asked the Lord for two teaching opportunities: one in the fall and one in the spring. The Lord was so kind to provide those for me at Piedmont International University. In the fall of 2015 I filled in for a professor who was facing health problems. Soon after, I was invited to teach a class for this spring semester. Both courses were PhD level modules in the area of Old Testament studies.
The classes were an international experience, with students coming from Haiti, Thailand, and Kenya. The format is a rigorous week of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. instruction mixed with work, study, and preparation for the next day. At this level, the students are highly motivated and very interactive.
Under the leadership of Dr. Barkev Trachian, vice president for advancement, Piedmont has developed a quality graduate school program that is both affordable and accessible in a variety of on-site and online formats.
In addition to the personal joy I receive in the classroom, opportunities like these allow me to advance the mission of Regular Baptist Press. In the process of building relationships with students and faculty, I discover writers and opportunities for partnerships. And during the week, there is always occasion to tell the RBP story both from the past and to cast the vision for the future.
It is my hope that these young men and women will be attracted to RBP’s mission to strengthen the church with quality products and services. I’d love to see them involved in the story line.
John F. Klem is director of Regular Baptist Press.