Willard M. Swartley
, a 1959 EMU graduate presently living in Elkhart, Ind., received EMU's 2004 alumnus of the year ...
...Willard M. Swartley
, a 1959 EMU graduate presently living in Elkhart, Ind., received EMU's 2004 alumnus of the year during the Oct.10, worship service of homecoming and parents weekend.
The award is given annually to a graduate who has been recognized for significant recent achievements in their profession, community or church.
...Dr. Swartley, a member of the Bible and religion faculty at EMU from 1965-68 and 1971-78, served most recently as dean and professor of New Testament at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart.He was cited for his leadership roles as a pastor, teacher, writer and Bible scholar, "combining courageous academic inquiry with Christian devotion, patient observation with imaginative application and sober discipline with joyful freedom."
During the spring semester of 1975, Swartley
and his wife, Mary, led 37 EMU
students on EMU's first Middle East cross-cultural study seminar, where they witnessed the raw emotions of the Israeli-Arab-Palestinian conflict.
After completing doctoral studies on the New Testament gospel of Mark, Swartley
learnings the summer of 1977 at a churchwide Mennonite assembly in Estes Park, Colo.He
presented an intensive seven-part series of Bible studies based on Mark's gospel in tandem with original dramas by Canadian playwright Urie Bender to enthusiastic audiences.