Introducing the people who started our group in 2006 and/or who are currently responsible for its vision and planning:
Don Blosser – Dr. Donald Blosser holds a BD from AMBS, and a PHD (in NT) from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. For seventeen years he was a Mennonite Pastor (Freeport, IL and Akron, PA) before joining the Goshen College faculty in 1979, where he chaired the Bible/Religion Department for 12 years. He retired in 2001 to give leadership to Oakwood Christian Leadership Academy in Syracuse, IN.
Don is the author of 4 books including: Jesus, His Life & Times; and Dictionary of the Literature of the Bible (Published in China in both Chinese and English), and numerous adult Christian Education studies.
He is a member of the elder team at College Mennonite Church where he regularly leads an adult Sunday School class, and a Wednesday evening Theological Discussion group. He is married to Carolyn Brooks, and together they are the parents of five children, with six grandchildren.
Anne Krabill Hershberger – Anne earned a BS in Nursing from Goshen College, an MS in Nursing from Wayne State University, and did further graduate study primarily in Bioethics at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University; University of California, San Francisco; and New York University.
She taught Maternity Nursing at Goshen College for 36 years and also taught at Indiana University, Bloomington and the University of Michigan when her husband, Abner, was in graduate school there.
During the last decade prior to retiring from Goshen College in 2000, she designed and taught a course in Healthcare Ethics and co-taught Human Sexuality. She edited two books: Ethics and the Educated Person, and Sexuality: God’s Gift, and published several book chapters and numerous articles.
Anne is currently serving on the Organizational and Medical Ethics Committee at Indiana University Health Goshen Hospital and is assisting with documentation of her husband, Abner Hershberger’s, art works.
Norm Kauffmann – Norm has earned degrees from Illinois State University, Bradley University and Indiana University in Bloomington. Presently, Norm is a part-time consultant to organizations that need outside perspectives or evaluations related to his expertise and experience. Prior to his present work as a consultant he has served as a Pastor in East Peoria, Illinois; Principal of a Junior High School in Pekin, Illinois; Dean of Students at Goshen College and Town Manager for the Town of Shipshewana.
Peter Oakley – Peter provides technical/online expertise in helping to promote the work and mission of New Perspectives. For more than 35 years Peter has worked as a professional graphic designer, digital artist, and web applications programmer.
Peter is owner of Oakley Studio, LLC, a web site design firm specializing in secure ecommerce and professional WordPress weblog hosting. In addition he provides computer/network consulting for home and small business users of Apple Macintosh computers. He graduated from Denison University in Ohio with a B.A. in Fine Art (Oil Painting) & Biology.
James F. Smith (Jim) – Jim earned a BS in biology from Bob Jones University, did graduate work in zoology at Clemson University and earned an MBA from Liberty University. After three years as an officer in the US Air Force, he entered the medical device industry where he spent 10 years with the Ames Division of Miles Laboratories, followed by 22 years in the orthopaedic industry, primarily holding positions in new business development and marketing.
Following retirement in 2004, he served eight years as the executive director for the Friends of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail, Inc., an Indiana not-for-profit organization building a nature trail on an abandoned railroad corridor running from Goshen to Shipshewana. He also served three years on the Plan Commission for the city of Goshen, the last two years as president.
Throughout his career and retirement, Jim has been an avid reader, a student of history, social science and religion. A recent focus has been exploring the historical, social and religious contexts of the first several centuries CE, which gave shape to the documents that became the New Testament. He is also presently engaged in writing a history of his family as well as a personal memoir; and he enjoys playing trumpet in two area wind ensembles. Jim and his wife, Sherry, have two daughters and five grandchildren.