Company: Anderson University School of Theology and Christian Ministry
Location: Anderson, Indiana, United States
MaryAnn Hawkins, Dean at Anderson University School of Theology and Christian Ministry, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of ministerial service and educational administration.
Dr. Hawkins has always been passionate about civil equality. She believes that people should be accepted for who they are and has dedicated her life to addressing and fighting social inequality. During the time that she was acquiring a Bachelor of Science from Oklahoma Wesleyan College, Dr. Hawkins pastored a church with her husband. She graduated in 1984 and worked in administration at the Yamaha School of Music and the East Tulsa Church of God in Tulsa, Oklahoma, until 1990. That year, she traveled to the Republic of Kenya to work with Kima International College. In her time there, she found that the issues concerning race that were prevalent in America were similar to tribal issues in Kenya. These findings put her on a journey to find ideal equality. She worked with Kima International College to open a new facility and they later asked her to become dean. To get the necessary accreditation to hold the position, Dr. Hawkins returned to school at Fuller Theological Seminary and earned a PhD in intercultural studies. Before earning that degree, she worked as a missionary and pastor at local churches in California. In 2006, she was able to fulfill the position of dean at Anderson University School of Theology and Christian Ministry, where she has remained since.
Dr. Hawkins has additionally provided insight as an editor to several publications, some notable pieces she worked on are “Called to Ministry, Empowered to Serve,” and “A Thread of Hope: Church of God Women in Mission.” She also worked as a curriculum writer at the Wesleyan Holiness Women Clergy in 2007. She continued to write by authoring two books, “A Thread of Hope” in 2010, and “Ministry & Power to Serve” in 2013. As an established professional in her field, Dr. Hawkins has lead numerous conferences and seminars, and she has additionally been a mentor to others around her. She is part of numerous organizations in her field, such as the American Society of Missiologists and the Association of Professors of Missiology.
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