New Hires Bring Depth, Experience to Team

New Hires Bring Depth, Experience to Team

May 13, 2005

North American Baptist Seminary is pleased to announce three new additions to our team: Jay Moon, Cory Seibel, and Richard Reitsma.

Jay Moon
In July, Dr. Jay Moon will join the North American Baptist Seminary faculty as Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies. A native of Baltimore, Jay and his wife, Pam, come to us most recently from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, where Jay completed his doctoral program in intercultural studies.

Jay brings a unique combination of skills and credentials to NABS. Jay and his wife are experienced missionaries, having served in Ghana, West Africa, through the interdenominational Serving in Mission (SIM) mission agency. Jay's background in civil engineering allowed him to provide technical expertise in the area of water development in addition to the church planting work in which both he and Pam were engaged. Consequently, Jay brings to the seminary knowledge and experience from the mission field, intercultural studies, and church planting - a powerful combination which will benefit not only students pursuing calls to the mission field but students serving in the culturally diverse environment of North America.

Jay has a passion for missions and is eager to help NABS provide cross-cultural awareness and experiences for our students. With his background in the United Methodist Church, Jay will also serve as advisor to our Methodist students, assisting them in navigating the hurdles of the ordination process.

Jay and Pam come to Sioux Falls with their four children: Jeremy (17), Emily (14), Joshua (11), and Bethany (8).

Cory Seibel
In his personal mission statement, the Rev. Cory Seibel writes, "I endeavor to invest in avenues of teaching and training, research and writing, resourcing, and relating that contribute to the Church's growth in mission throughout North America and the world."

The North American Baptist Seminary community is delighted that Cory will be bringing this focus to Sioux Falls in June as he takes up the post of Instructor of Christian Leadership and Director of Contextual Learning beginning with the fall 2005 semester.

Cory and his wife, Teresa, and daugther Savannah come to NABS from Grand Forks, ND, where he has served Grace Baptist Church as Associate Pastor of Worship and Community Life since 2000. Cory is a graduate of Liberty University in Lynchberg, VA, as well as Spurgeon's College in London. He is currently completing a doctoral dissertation in the area of missional renewal at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. In recent years, he has also been active within the
"Leadership Movement" of the North American Baptist Conference.

"Cory's unique combination of skills makes him the ideal candidate to lead and implement the contextual learning emphasis here at NABS," said academic vice president and dean of the faculty, Ben Leslie. "Cory will be working closely with the churches where many of our students serve, to assess progress and set up quality controls that will help us insure the quality of student learning when it happens off campus."

Cory's responsibilities at the seminary will be divided between oversight of the contextual learning program (i.e., off- campus field education) and instruction in the area of church leadership.

Cory brings an emphasis on missional theology, cultural awareness, and leadership development that fills key areas of the seminary's strategic plan for shaping the curriculum to meet the demands of ministry in the 21st century.

Richard Reitsma
Beginning in July, Kaiser-Ramaker Library will be under the direction of Dr. Richard Reitsma. As a library administrator, scholar, grants writer, and educator, Richard will bring a variety of qualifications to the role of Library Director.

Joining us from Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan, Richard has more than twenty years of experience in the educational field. He has served in a variety of positions including, library director, reference librarian, assistant professor, library project coordinator, and researcher. He has also been heavily involved in institutional grant writing.

Earning his Master of Library and Information Science from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas, Richard also holds degrees in history and philosophy. Among these is a Ph.D. in History from Free University in the Netherlands.

Richard and his wife, Margie, (who is a librarian in her own right) are active church members in the Reformed tradition. Both understand their vocation as a ministry of Christ. The Reitsmas have personal ties to the area and look forward to their move to Sioux Falls.