About Dr. Chris Bounds
Dr. Chris Bounds returns to Indian Springs as a 2019 evangelist. He was well-received as the Indian Springs Bible Teacher in the summer of 2016. He is a scholar, an author and an enthusiastic speaker on Biblical and holiness matters.
Presently, Dr. Bounds is chair of Asbury University’s Christian Studies and Philosophy Department. He is also Scholar in Residence/Professor of Theology/Gardner Professor for the Promotion of Holiness. At Asbury, he has the opportunity to impact the lives of students through teaching, preaching or being involved in spiritual formation activities on campus. In August 2018, he received the prestigious Francis White Ewbank Award for Excellence in Teaching. It is Asbury University’s highest honor for teaching.
He came to Asbury after teaching for more than a decade in the School of Theology and Ministry at Indiana Wesleyan University. He is an Ordained Elder in The Arkansas Conference of The United Methodist Church, where he served as an associate and senior pastor for eight years.
“Dr. Bounds is a gifted speaker, teacher and scholar,” Interim Asbury University Provost Dr. Bonnie Banker said. “In addition to being sought as a speaker at events around the nation and internationally, our Asbury community values him as an engaging Chapel speaker, insightful classroom teacher and an involved campus participant. As well as being fully engaged in our academic endeavors, he actively embraces the campus community in its fullest sense. We are blessed to have him as a part of our Asbury community.” (Asbury University Press)
Dr. Bounds and his wife, Maris, live in Wilmore, Kentucky. They have two young adult children.
- B.A., 1988, Asbury University, Bible and Minor in Greek
- M.Div., 1991, Asbury Theological Seminary, emphasis in theological studies
- Ph D., 1994, Drew University, focus in systematic theology
- Ph D., 1997, Drew University, focus in systematic theology
About Dr. Timothy Tennent
Indian Springs welcomes Dr. Timothy Tennent for his second speaking engagement! He is one of our 2019 evangelists.
Dr. Timothy C. Tennent has served as President of Asbury Theological Seminary since July 2009. Prior to his coming to Asbury Theological Seminary, Dr. Tennent was the Professor of World Missions and Indian Studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary where he served since 1998.
Ordained in the United Methodist Church in 1984, Dr. Tennent has pastored churches in Georgia, and in several of the largest churches in New England. Since 1989, he has taught annually as an adjunct professor at the New Theological College in Dehra Dun, India. He is a frequent conference speaker around the country and throughout the world, including numerous countries in Asia, Africa and Europe.
He is an accomplished author of numerous books and articles. You may follow his blog which gives thoughtful insight of what is happening within the United Methodist Church, international missions, spiritual formation and many other relevant topics.
Follow Dr. Tennent’s blog: www.timothytennent.com/blog/
Dr. Tennent and his wife, Julie, live in Wilmore, Kentucky. Julie is an accomplished church organist and pianist. They have two adult children.
- M.Div., Gordon-Conwell, 1984
- Th.M., Princeton Theological Seminary
- Ph.D., University of Edinburgh, 1998
About Dr. Dave Ward
Dr. Dave Ward has preached at Indian Springs over several different years. He returns as a 2019 Evangelist.
His background includes many different skills: local church pastor, itinerant preacher, preaching coach, homiletics professor, and academic administrator. Presently, he is an Associate Professor in Homiletics and Practical Theology at Indian Wesleyan University.
His students appreciate his dynamic and colorful teaching style. He’s passionate about being a professor with the opportunity to train and prepare young people to serve the local church. He enjoys interfacing with ministerial students who are in different stages of their calling. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate students. Helping students find their own unique gifts and applying them in their ministry is at the heart of his teaching.
Dave preaches nearly 75 sermons annually and is involved with the Wesleyan Church. He is editor of The Wesleyan Church’s website for preaching, wesleyansermons.com
Dave and his wife, Holly, have been married for 17 years. He considers his family his most important ministry. Dave and Holly have three children and live in Marion, Indiana.
- B.S., 1999, Indiana Wesleyan University
- M.Div., 2004, Asbury Theological Seminary
- Ph.D., 2012, Princeton Theological Seminary
Listen to Dr. Ward preach about women in ministry here: Think: The Church, The Truth & Women in Ministry
About Dr. Joe Dongell
Indian Springs welcomes Dr. Joseph Dongell as our 2018 Bible Teacher. He is presently Professor of Biblical Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary with an emphasis in the Inductive Bible Studies Department.
For many years, he taught various languages (Greek, Hebrew and Latin) at Asbury Seminary, Asbury College and Union Theological Seminary. His doctoral dissertation thesis focused on the literary structure of Luke’s Gospel. He has now expanded his interests into the Gospels of Mark and John.
Dr. Dongell is the author of a commentary on the Gospel of John Wesley. He is an elder in the Wesleyan Church and also serves as an associate pastor, teaching Sunday School at his church regularly. You may hear many of Dr. Dongell’s inspiring lectures and sermons online.
He and his wife, Regina, live in Wilmore, Kentucky. They have two adult children.
- B.A., 1978, Central Wesleyan College, Education
- M.Div., 1981, Asbury Theological Seminary
- M.A., 1986, University of Kentucky
- Ph.D., 1991, Union Theological Seminary
Music Director: Rev. Scott McPherson (Sterling, KS)
Organist: Jeff Harbin (Dalton, GA)
Pianist: Jennifer Wilson (Augusta, GA)
Youth Ministry (9th Grade – College)
Bible Teacher: Charlie Marquis
About Charlie Marquis
Charlie Marquis is this year’s Youth Bible Study leader. He is a speaker from Forge Ministries.
Charlie speaks with intensity, urgency and with passionate stories. He challenges Christians to fully engage in God’s heart and world-wide mission, whether across the street or across the sea.
Through discipleship-focused and missionally-oriented messages, Charlie equips listeners to surrender to the deep love of Christ, to daily seek to hear His voice, and then to radically and lovingly obey Christ.
He is passionate about seeing the Kingdom of God advance in dark, dangerous and despised places world-wide. Charlie’s heartbeat is Romans 15:20: “To preach the Gospel where Christ is not known.” He has put his feet to his faith and has traveled extensively to unreached people groups as a participant, leader and sometimes on his own.
Charlie and his wife reside in Denver, Colorado. He is a former youth pastor, graduate of Colorado Christian University and is an Ordained Minister at his local congregation, Hope Community Church.
Youth Evangelist: Chris Emery
About Chris Emery
Chris Emery returns to Indian Springs as this year’s Youth Evangelist. He is a speaker from Forge Ministries. He is a gifted communicator, known for equipping youth and adults to live with freedom in Christ and compassion for others.
Chris encourages the body of Christ to exemplify genuine community that sharpens believers with God’s Word and reaches those who are lost or wandering. He is also an experienced church planter.
He seeks to shepherd people toward the heart of God and has been doing so in his years as a pastor. He now serves as Senior Pastor of Bayview Church in Traverse City, Michigan, and on the board of directors for White Stone Project and the Big Ticket Festival.
Chris is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University. He and his wife have four children.