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Dr. Rhonda McEwen Joins Regent Faculty as Director of Calling Initiative

October 10, 2018
"Rhonda brings a rare blend of international experience, classroom excellence, and ministry skills that will enrich the Regent community."

Regent College is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Rhonda McEwen as Director of the Calling Initiative and Associate Professor of Education and Culture.

In her role as Director of the Calling Initiative, Dr. McEwen will lead Regent’s partnership with a number of churches throughout Cascadia. The project, generously funded by the Lilly Endowment Inc., will support partner churches in identifying the particular opportunities and challenges faced by their communities. Assisted by a series of grants, these churches will be encouraged to develop resources and initiatives to empower both their congregation and the individuals within it to understand and act on their particular calling to serve God and their neighbours right where they are.

Expressing his delight at Dr. McEwen’s appointment, President Jeff Greenman commented, “Rhonda brings a rare blend of international experience, classroom excellence, and ministry skills that will enrich the Regent community.

“She will give effective and creative leadership to the Calling Initiative, which expresses Regent’s long-standing commitment to equip all God’s people to live out their vocation in every area of society. Her passion for whole-person discipleship and transformative learning will bless our students and the congregations involved in this project.”

Dr. Rhonda McEwen comes to Regent with a wealth of experience in adult and higher education and intercultural teaching and training. She has taught courses, designed curricula, and supervised research both locally and internationally, working with learners from a wide range of cultures. Previously, she served as Professor of Intercultural Education at Biola University and Asst. Dean at Azusa Pacific University. She has also taught at Wheaton College and Trinity International University.

In addition to higher education, Dr. McEwen has served in a number of local, regional, and international leadership roles, including her work as Director of Training with the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College and Food for the Hungry International. She holds a PhD in Educational Studies from Trinity International University, an MA in Cross-cultural Ministries from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a BA in Linguistics from the University of Ottawa.

Commenting on her vision for the project, Dr. McEwen highlighted the importance of partnering with churches to identify the unique needs and calling of each congregation. She continued, “This initiative provides a wonderful opportunity to learn together with churches in our mutual commitment to pursuing whole-life discipleship for the whole people of God. We are deeply grateful to the Lilly Endowment for the generous support that has made this project possible.”

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