Bryan names Spiritual Formation vice president
March 15, 2010

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Bryan College will sharpen its focus on spiritual formation in an administrative reorganization effective July 1, President Stephen D. Livesay has announced.

“We will no longer have a vice president for student life, but will have a vice president for spiritual formation,” Dr. Livesay said. “In function as well as structure, this represents a priority for Bryan College. It is a clear signal to parents, prospective students, alumni, and distance learning students that these are things that we value. Our motto, Christ Above All, and our mission statement mean something. We are sending a message that we want to infuse spiritual formation intentionally into every aspect of college life.”


Mr. Bruce Morgan
Effective July 1, Dean of Students Bruce Morgan will become Dean of Community Life, and his office will be moved under the supervision of Vice President for Enrollment Management Michael Sapienza. Tim Shetter, now resident director for Woodlee-Ewing residence hall, will become Assistant Dean of Community Life.


“This enables enrollment management to have the full complement of student life, and to influence not just what we say we are to prospective students, but to influence the total student experience on campus,” Dr. Livesay said.

Dr. Matt Benson

At the same time, Dr. Matt Benson, now Dean of Spiritual Formation, will become Vice President for Spiritual Formation, charged with leading expanded efforts to nurture a spiritual formation and worldview culture among Bryan faculty, staff and students. In addition, he will lead efforts to promote spiritual formation and worldview development among other Bryan constituencies.

Included in the office of spiritual formation will be the Worldview Initiative, headed by Mr. Ben Williams and Miss Bonnie-Marie Yager; the office of counseling and soul care, headed by Dr. Elizabeth Moseley; and the office of spiritual formation, headed by Mr. Ben Norquist.


Mr. Ben Norquist
Mr. Ben Williams

Dr. Elizabeth Moseley
“Creating the position of vice president for spiritual formation will give more of an emphasis to what I see is absolutely consistent with our emphasis on educating the mind and spirit,” Dr. Livesay said. “We have to create multiple arenas through which we will be actively engaged in spiritual formation. The purpose is to infuse into every part of campus academically and socially development of a Christian worldview as core to spiritual formation.”


Dr. Peter Held

Dr. Peter Held, now Vice President for Student Life, will become Senior Fellow for Christian Worldview and Professor of Christian Thought and Biblical Studies. In addition to teaching half-time in the Christian Studies division, Dr. Held will have several responsibilities reflecting the new spiritual formation emphasis. He will oversee development of a chaplaincy program for the School of Adult and Graduate Studies to minister to students and faculty in our nontraditional programs; help design an orientation program for new faculty; and design activities to better integrate a worldview emphasis throughout academic disciplines.

“Dr Held’s depth of experience at Bryan, his service in the classroom, his servant’s heart, and love for Christ make him the ideal person to initiate these efforts,” Dr. Livesay said. “As Bryan College expands into areas distant from Dayton, it is critical that faculty there, as well as new faculty on campus, understand and embrace our Christian worldview and spiritual formation emphasis. Dr. Held’s leadership will be vital to ensuring this goal is accomplished so that Bryan students, on whatever campus and through whatever means, receive a true Bryan education.”