Sundoulos - Summer 2006

Alumni Focus

by Rick Bee

During a recent meeting with the Talbot Dean, administration and faculty, we were encouraged to discuss the future direction of Talbot and how the alumni office might assist in the process of supporting and encouraging the growth of this terrific seminary. I was encouraged because Talbot’s leadership and faculty remain committed to be relevant, proactive, and in touch with the church and Christian community. As a practitioner, you know this is not an easy task as culture, systems and “cutting edge ministry techniques” change daily. It’s great to know that the one thing that does not change is the Word of God! Upon that truth, your work, and the work and training of our Talbot faculty can rest.

I’ve also had numerous members of my church, and ministries from around the world, write notes of appreciation as our Talbot faculty provide teaching and training to the local church, whether during periods of transition, for seminars or workshops, or simply to give pastors a needed break from speaking. Every person I’ve talked to gives thanks to God for Talbot’s reputation of being a school of theology strongly rooted in evangelical tradition, the inerrancy of scripture, and holding firm to our founding principles. God is blessing Talbot because of these traditions and how they are manifested in our faculty!

And for you, our Talbot graduates, I am most encouraged. Thank you for your diligence in ministry and service. My hope for you comes from the message of Paul to the Corinthians; “Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but only one receives the prize? So run your race that you may lay hold of the prize and make it yours” (I Corinthians 9:24). Thank you for running a great race for the glory of the King and the Kingdom of heaven!

Your alumni office is often the first place where our graduates surface concerns or questions that they are hearing. We are also the first place that many graduates share accomplishments, including career, new ministry tools and resources, or personal changes like weddings or births. We are most pleased and blessed to be the place that many alumni call for prayer, support and encouragement when needed.

I hope you, as a graduate of Talbot, will remain connected to the School of Theology and allow us to serve you as you seek to minister to others. On behalf of all of us in the Office of Alumni and Friends Development, thanks for what you do. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Rick Bee
Biola ’79, Talbot ’90, ‘01
Senior Director of Alumni Relations

Biola University
13800 Biola Ave. La Mirada, CA 90639