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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.

Dr. Todd Daningburg

Dr. Daningburg has served as a pastor for over 20 years, and is currently senior pastor at Valley Chapel Free Methodist Church, Warsaw, N.Y. He has also served in the advancement office of Northeastern Seminary and Roberts Wesleyan College. His earned degrees include: D.Min. and M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary; B.A., Religion and Philosophy, Roberts Wesleyan College.

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, NY., 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.

Dr. David E. Fitch

Ph.D., Theological Ethics, Church and Society, Northwestern University; M.A., NT, Theology, Northern Baptist Seminary; B.A., Philosophy, Wheaton College. David Fitch is pastor of Life on the Vine Christian Community of the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Long Grove, Illinois. He is B.R. Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology at Northern Seminary, Chicago, IL. He coaches a network of church plants in the C&MA linked to Life on the Vine. He writes on the issues the local church must face in Mission including cultural engagement, leadership and theology and has lectured and presented on these topics at many seminaries, graduate schools, denominational gatherings and conferences.

Dr. Fitch is author of numerous articles in periodicals such as Christianity Today, The Other Journal, Missiology as well as various academic journals. He is the author of The Great Giveaway: Reclaiming the Mission of the Church from American Business, Para-Church Organizations, Psychotherapy, Consumer Capitalism and Other Modern Maladies, The End of Evangelicalism? Discerning a New Faithfulness for Mission and most recently Prodigal Christianity: 10 Signposts into the Missional Frontier with co-author Geoff Holsclaw.

Rev. Walter S. Fleming

M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary, 1980; B.A., Houghton College, 1976. Having served as a pastor since 1980, Rev. Fleming presently is the lead pastor at Pearce Memorial Church, a congregation adjacent to the NES campus. He has also served as adjunct faculty at Roberts Wesleyan College since 1998, teaching in the area of leadership.

Dr. Margaret Flowers

Ph.D., Botany, The University of Texas at Austin, 1977; M.Div. and M.A., Northeastern Seminary, 2005 and 2003, respectively; A.B., Biological Sciences, Mount Holyoke College, 1973. Dr. Flowers is professor emerita of biology at Wells College in Aurora, N.Y., and is currently a freelance scientific copy editor and the owner and shepherd, Trinity Farm, Aurora, N.Y.

Dr. Val Fowler

D.Min., Congregational Revitalization, McCormick Theological Seminary, 1982; M.Div., Christian Education and Biblical Studies, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1975; B.A., New Testament Studies, Brown University, Providence, RI, 1971.  Rev. Fowler serves as the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church (USA), in Honeoye Falls, N.Y. and stated clerk of the Presbytery of Genesee Valley.

Dr. Peter E. Grinion

Ph.D., University of KwaZulu, 2008; Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), 2006; Ed.D., Leadership/Management, Spalding University, 1999; M.S.W., Carver School of Social Work, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1996;. M.Div., Christian Education, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1993; L.Th., Theology/Arts and General Studies, University of the West Indies, Kingston, 1984.  Dr. Grinion is a professor of social work in the department of psychology at Roberts Wesleyan College and is also an ordained minister with the American Baptist Church. He currently pastors the Parsells Avenue Community Church in Rochester, N.Y.

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).

Dr. Gregory McClain

D.Min., Asbury Theological Seminary, 1989; M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 1977; B.A., Philosophy, Wheaton College, 1972. Dr. McClain has been the senior pastor for 35 years at the Wesleyan Church of Hamburg, Hamburg, N.Y. which averages over 1,800 each weekend with a mission to follow Jesus together, loving and seeking and serving others. Dr. McClain also serves on Northeastern Seminary's Advisory Board.

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. 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 Northgate Free Methodist Church in Batavia, N.Y., and has served as a field education facilitator at Northeastern Seminary since 2003.

Dr. Robert Searle

D.Min., Asbury Theological  Seminary, 1997; M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary, 1977; B.S., Cornell University at College of Industrial and Labor Relations, 1973; M.A., St. John's College, 2005; Chaplain Residency Clinical Pastoral Education Program at the Duke University Medical Center, 1998-1999; Officer Basic through Command and Staff College (Chaplain Military Education). Dr. Searle currently serves as supervisory chaplain at the VA Medical Centers in Bath, Canandaigua, and Rochester, N.Y. He served as a United Methodist pastor for 34 years and as an Army Reserve chaplain for over 21 years.

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.

Dr. Robert P. Shoesmith

D.Min., Congregational Studies, Hartford Seminary, 1998; D.Min., Advanced Pastoral Studies, Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1976; M.Div., Pastoral Studies, Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1970; B.S., Drexel University, 1965. Dr. Shoesmith previously servied as an interim associate executive/area minister for the American Baptist Churches of N.Y. and is currently director and consultant with QUAD-C (Christ Centered Consultation for the Church) specializing in the application of systems thinking to church transformation, ministry, and organizational concerns.

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. 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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