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Adjunct Faculty

Rev. Dr. Leith Anderson

D.Min., Fuller Theological Seminary; M.Div., Denver Seminary; B.A., Moody Bible Institute. Dr. Anderson is Pastor Emeritus of Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, where he was senior pastor for 35 years from 1977-2011. He is president of the National Association of Evangelicals, holding the office from 2001-2002 and again from 2006 to present. Dr. Anderson speaks frequently at conferences, has traveled to all seven continents, and has often been interviewed and quoted by publications and broadcasts with global reputation for excellence. He served for two years under President Barack Obama on the President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. He is the author of many articles and has authored our co-authored over twenty books. 

Dr. Brian D. Babcock

D.Min., Spiritual Formation, Asbury Theological Seminary, 2002; M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary, 1984; M.S., Personnel Counseling/Higher Ed, Miami University (Ohio), 1968; ; B.A., History/Political Science, West Virginia University, 1966.  Dr. Babcock is an ordained elder in the Free Methodist Church, and was the assistant dean at Northeastern Seminary for ten years.

Rev. Kirk Baker

ABD, Syracuse Universiy; M.Div. Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, 2005; B.A., University of Rochester, 1995. Kirk spent four years in the People's Republic of China as a Tentmaker missionary, teaching English as a Foreign Language, from 1998-1992. He worked in community-based anti-poverty NGOs, mostly for undereducated adults and migratory farmworkers, before working for churches starting in 2002. Since 2006, Kirk has specialized in small churches in crisis. He writes and presents in Biblical Studies, and is nearing completion of his doctoral dissertation on Christian Colleges at Syracuse University.  He has been married for a short 23 years and has two children, both at colleges in Upstate New York.

Mr. Charles H. Canon III

M.L.S., SUNY Geneseo, 1994; B.S., Roberts Wesleyan College, 1970. Mr. Canon is a member of the Committee on History and Archives of the Free Methodist Church, USA. He has been a member of the Board of Administration at the local, conference, and denominational level within the Free Methodist Church. He has also been a delegate to each Free Methodist General Conference since 1985. He is currently a member of the Ministerial Education and Guidance Board and the Ministerial Appointments Committee of the Genesis Conference of the Free Methodist Church.

Rev. Dr. Jack Connell

Ed.D., Higher Education Administration, University of Rochester; D.Min., Pastoral Leadership and Biblical Preaching, Asbury Theological Seminary, 1997; M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary, 1987; B.S., Business Administration, Houghton College, 1983. Dr. Connell serves as the Executive Vice President and Senior Vice President of Advancement and External Relations at Roberts Wesleyan College and is Professor of Pastoral Ministry. Dr. Connell is an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church. He has nearly twenty years of pastoral experience, including eleven years as senior pastor of Crosswinds Wesleyan Church in Canandaigua, N.Y. During these years at Crosswinds, average weekend attendance grew from 200 to 1,400. Dr. Connell has held senior administrative positions at Houghton College and Asbury Theological Seminary, and has taught for a number of institutuions in the areas of biblical preaching and church leadership. He has served on the boards of several organizations. He and his wife Wendy reside in Honeoye Falls, N.Y. with their four children. 

Rev. Vince DiPaola

Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary, 1993; B.S., Electrical Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology, 1985.  Rev. DiPaola is the founding and senior pastor at Lakeshore Community Church in Rochester, N.Y., a church he began with his family in 1995. He has hosted the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit to Rochester, which has been held at Lakeshore since 2004.

Rev. Walter S. Fleming

M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary, 1980; B.A., Houghton College, 1976. Pastor Wally, as he is known around campus, has served as lead pastor at Pearce Memorial Church, a congregation adjacent to the NES campus. Pearce is Pastor Wally's fourth appointment, having served three other congregations since he began full-time pastoral ministry in the summer of 1980. He has also served as adjunct faculty at Roberts Wesleyan College since 1998, teaching in the area of leadership.

Rev. Dr. Dana L. Goodnough

D.Min., Ministry Leadership, Dallas Theological Seminary, 2002; M.A., Liberty University, 1992; Th.M., Bible Exposition, Dallas Theological Seminary, 1985; B.A., Pastoral Studies and Biblical Languages, Calvary Bible College, 1981; Diploma, Pastoral Studies, Moody Bible Institute, 1980.  Dr. Goodnough is the pastor at Pittsford Community Church where he has served since 1985.  He serves on the board of the Rochester Institute of Christian Education and has served as a visiting instructor at the Baptist Theological Seminary of Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil.  Dr. Goodnough is the author of Three-Minute Theology: 66 Simple Lessons on Basic Bible Doctrines (Crossbooks).

Dr. Harry J. Heintz

D. Min., Fuller Seminary, 1996; M. Div., Gordon-Conwell Seminary, 1974; B. A. Southern California College, 1968. Dr. Heintz served as Lead Pastor/Head of Staff at Brunswick Presbyterian Church, Troy NY, from 1974-2012, and was Board member of Presbyterians for Renewal, 2002-2008.  Dr. Heintz is active in supply preaching in the greater Rochester area, to which he moved in October 2013.

Dr. Joel R. Hoomans

D.S.L., Regent University, 2008; M.S., Career and Human Resources, Rochester Institute of Technology, 1994; B.S., Elementary Education and Psychology, Roberts Wesleyan College, 1987. Dr. Hoomans is the director for graduate studies in the department of business, and an associate professor of management and leadership studies at Roberts Wesleyan College.

Dr. Kenneth James

D.Min., Hood Theological Seminary, 2006; M.Div., Hood Theological Seminary, 1984; B.A., Livingstone College (English), 1980.  Dr. James has served as senior pastor of Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Rochester, N.Y., since 2005. Dr. James is author of four books, including Go Crazy-Just Don't Expect Me to Go With You (2013).

Rev. Dr. Fredrick Johnson

D.Min., Northeastern Seminary, 2007; M.A., Northeastern Seminary, 2001; M.B.A., Rochester Institute of Technology, 1994; B.S., Delaware State University, 1988. Rev. Johnson is an ordained clergyman in the Baptist Church. Rev. Johnson is the executive director for the Southwest Area Development Corporation (SWADCO), which is a not-for-profit economic development organization of the Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church. Professionally, Rev. Johnson is employed in corporate finance and has been recognized by the Rochester Business Journal as a "40 under 40" honoree. His areas of special interest: church administration and finances, economic and community development.

Dr. Brittany Kim

Ph.D., Biblical Theology-Old Testament, Wheaton College, 2014; M.A., Biblical Exegesis, Wheaton College, 2008; B.A., Religious Studies and Philosophy, Westmont College, 2003. Dr. Kim teaches online classes in biblical studies through Ecclesia College, and her research interests include prophetic literature, biblical metaphor, rhetorical and literary methods, and biblical theology. 

Dr. Wayne G. McCown

Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary, 1970; Th.M., Union Theological Seminary, 1967; M.A., University of Washington, 1966; B.D., Asbury Theological Seminary, 1965; B.A., Seattle Pacific University, 1963. Dr. McCown is provost emeritus of Roberts Wesleyan College and dean emeritus of Northeastern Seminary. He has eighteen years of service as a seminary dean (seven years at Western Evangelical Seminary plus another eleven years as the vice president and dean at Northeastern Seminary). Dr. McCown also had three years of service as a church administrator, and eight years as the vice president for academic affairs and academic dean/senior vice president and provost at Roberts Wesleyan College.

Rev. Cris Mogenson

B.A. in Religion from Eastern Nazarene College, Quincy, MA., M.Div. in Missiology from Nazarene Theological Seminary, K.C., MO.,  the D. Min. program at Northeastern Seminary. Pastor Mogenson is an ordained elder in the Free Methodist Church.  Since 2000 Cris has served as the Director of the Jail Ministry Program of the Broome County Council of Churches, one of the largest county level organizations of this type on the East Coast, and as the Coordinating Chaplain for the Broome County Sheriff's Correctional Facility in Binghamton, NY.  He has been in the ministry for over 30 years as an institutional chaplain and pastor in 7 states, including extensive interim positions for a variety of denominations. Experiences include various board positions in governmental, denominational and nonprofit agencies from county to national including the Free Methodist Chaplains Association and as the Northeastern regional manager for the American Correctional Chaplains Association.

Rev. Andrew Sass

M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary, 1989; B.A. Religion and Philosophy, Roberts Wesleyan College, 1982. Rev. Sass has pastored in the Free Methodist church since 1994, currently at Brockport Free Methodist Church in Brockport, N.Y., and has served as a field education facilitator at Northeastern Seminary since 2003.

Rev. Susan S. Shafer

M.Div., Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School (CRCDS), 1982; B.S., Ohio Wesleyan University, 1967.  Rev. Shafer was awarded the TROST prize for outstanding potential as a preacher/pastor educator upon graduating from CRCDS, and was awarded the Outstanding Alumnae from CRCDS in 2012. Rev. Shafer has over 30 years of pastoral ministry experience and is currently the senior pastor at Asbury First United Methodist Church in Rochester, N.Y.

Mr. Jonathan S. Steiner

Jonathan Steiner received an M.Div. from Northeastern Seminary in 2013. Before that, he earned a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Pittsburgh in 2007. Since his time at Pittsburgh, he has taught composition at Saint Bonaventure University, English as a second language in the Rochester area, and composition at Northeastern Seminary. He has volunteered as a chaplain at Rochester General Hospital since 2010. Currently, he is pursuing a degree in Biology with the goal of attending medical school. He serves in various ministries at the Evangelical Church of Fairport in Fairport, N.Y.

Dr. Douglas Taylor-Weiss

D.Min., Preaching, Association of Chicago Theological Schools (Seabury-Western Theological Seminary), 1996; M.T.S., Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, 1981; B.A., Bible, Wheaton College, 1977. Dr. Taylor-Weiss was ordained a priest in the  Episcopal Church in 1983 and has served as a parish pastor until 2014 in Chicago; Dayton, O.; and Auburn, N.Y.  His special interests include Greek & New Testament Studies, Preaching & Worship, and pastoral care in urban settings.

Dr. Robert Tice

D.Min., Northeastern Seminary, 2012; Th.M., Fuller Theological Seminary, 1986; M.A., Fuller Theological Seminary, 1984; B.A., Houghton College, 1980. Dr. Tice is the founding and senior pastor of RiverRock, a multicultural church in the west side of Buffalo, N.Y. As an asesmbly of the nations in the city, RiverRock ministers among and with many international refugees and is in a close partnership with Jericho Road Family Practice, a holistic and faith-based medical practice that serves the under-served and thousands of international refugees. Tice is also an adjunct instructor at Houghton College, having launched its urban ministry minor and co-founded its Pastoral and Church Ministry Program as a satellite program in core-city Buffalo for training in ministry (1989-2008).

Dr. Gregory Van Dussen

D.Min. Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, 1986; M.A., American History, SUNY College at Brockport, 1983; M.Div., Church History, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, 1972; B.A., Philosophy, SUNY College at Brockport, 1969. Dr. Van Dussen retired in 2011 after 39 years of full-time ministry in the United Methodist Church. He pastored several churches in Western New York, and for six years served as Batavia District Superintendent.

Dr. John R. Walker

Ph.D., Walden University, 2006; M.B.A., Rochester Institute of Technology, 1995; B.S., General Motors Institute, 1977. Dr. Walker is an associate professor of business at Roberts Wesleyan College. He has been at RWC since 1998. Since 1990, he continues to serve as the senior pastor of Faith Christian Center, Rochester, N.Y. He has advanced certification in Kirton Adaption Innovation theory and consults with organizations in the areas of leadership and organizational change, team development, and problem solving. Dr. Walker is on the board of directors for several nonprofit organizations in Rochester, N.Y.

Dr. Normann Wetterau

Dr. Normann Wetterau was the first graduate of the University of Rochester Family Medicine Residency which put a heavy emphasis on the social aspects of disease and connections between mental and physical health. In the early 70's he became chairman of the Livingston County Community Service Board, which oversaw county services for mental health, substance abuse and development disorders. This experience helped shape his lifelong concern for those with substance use disorders. His interest in addiction medicine has lead him to be a frequent speaker locally, nationally and internationally. He is the immediate past president of the New York Society of Addiction Medicine, and on the board of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He is liaison from the American Society of Addiction Medicine to the Patient Centered Primary Care Consortium. During the past five years the Dr. Wetterau and his wife Nancy travel to Burundi each year to teach at the new medical school at Hope Africa University, founded by the Free Methodist Church of Burundi. They team-teach medical psychology to second year students, many of whom have suffered major trauma in their own lives.


Dr. Jennifer Aube

Ph.D., McGill University, 1994; B.Sc., University of Toronto, 1989. Dr. Aube is currently the chairperson for the general education division, and a professor of psychology at Roberts Wesleyan College. She has been at Roberts Wesleyan College since 2005.

Dr. Timothy P. Chaddock

Psy.D., Wheaton College, 1999; M.A., Wheaton College, 1996; M.S.W., Western Michigan University, 1986; R.N., Lake Michigan College, 1982; B.A., Biola University, 1979.  Dr. Chaddock is a professor of psychology and social work, and the director of the master of social work program at Roberts Wesleyan College.

Dr. Julia P. Grimm

Ph.D., Iowa State University, 1986; M.S., Iowa State University, 1983; B.A., Roberts Wesleyan College, 1980.  Dr. Grimm is a professor of psychology and chairperson, department of psychology at Roberts Wesleyan College. Her areas of special interest include: counseling, organizational behavior, and human development.

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