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Faculty Profile: Dan Poole

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Dan PooleCoordinator for Ministry Formation and Associate for Institutional Advancement

Office: 765-983-1812




Biographical Sketch:

I was born in Indiana and grew up attending the Wabash Church of the Brethren. After serving for 18 years in congregational ministry, first at the Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren as Associate Pastor and then at the Covington Church of the Brethren in Southern Ohio for 13 of those years, I was called to serve at Bethany. I have been the Coordinator for Ministry Formation since August of 2008 and Advancement Associate beginning in August of 2009.

My spouse Kelli and I have one teenage son. We enjoy living in our home in Bradford, Ohio and caring for life centered there. I enjoy reading, especially mystery novels and computer periodicals. I also enjoy the opportunity for getting out into nature either walking in our local nature preserve by the Scenic Stillwater River or walking 18 holes at a golf course near you.


  • Bethany Theological Seminary, MDiv, 1991
  • Manchester College, BS, 1988

Recent Honors:

Courses Recently Taught:

  • F110: Exegeting the Call and Culture of Ministry
  • F200: Ministry Formation Elective
  • F301: Ministry Formation
  • M263: Where Ministry Meets Technology

Recent Publications:


  • "Ministry Formation: Incarnational Education in Practice" (Wonder and Word) 2011.

Websites of Interest:

For a complete listing of accomplishments, Curriculum Vitae (coming soon)

Matt Boersma
Master of Arts

MattMy thesis began its journey while learning Hebrew at the University of Notre Dame, back when I was an employee in the Information Technology department. Among the many Hebrew texts read, it was the Song of Songs in particular that caught my attention. I knew that historically it had been interpreted as an allegorical text exploring God's love of Israel (or the church), but I had not encountered the deeply sensual nature of the images and the erotic tone of the text. Reading through the book, the unabashed sexuality of the words struck me as completely different than how the rest of the Bible treats sex. During the previous semester we had read selections of Ezekiel, where sex and female desire is cast as idolatrous and evil. In the Song, it is unashamed and extolled.