Herb and Barbara Pedersen: Committed to Maintaining DBU's Academic Excellence and Spiritual Emphasis
Dr. Herbert Pedersen is frequently seen on the Dallas Baptist University campus for a variety of reasons. He serves on the board of trustees, has been an adjunct professor, is currently director of an internship program in the Gary Cook Graduate School of Leadership, and has even been known to bulldoze dirt and work on campus building and beautification projects.
Regardless of his reason for being at DBU, Herbert finds a constant in each visit: a sense of God's presence. "When I walk on to the DBU campus, I feel God's hand on the school," he says. "This is a strong affirmation of DBU's great blend of academic excellence and spiritual emphasis."
To help make sure that this "blend" is available to future generations of students, Herbert and his wife, Barbara, who also teaches at DBU, are 20-year donors to the University. They have also named DBU a remainder beneficiary in their wills. "This provides us a strong opportunity to support the Kingdom of God," says Herbert, a pastor for more than four decades, having been ordained in 1963.
It was in 1988, while pastor at First Baptist Church of Oak Cliff, that Herbert began his service to Dallas Baptist University. The relationship has continued unabated ever since, though he did leave the board of trustees for nine years while serving as director of missions for the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
"I have developed a lot of ties with DBU," he says. "My wife and oldest daughter finished their bachelor's degrees here, a granddaughter has just graduated—and I don't know of a school anywhere that has a stronger emphasis on a faith-based education.
"If you are looking to make an investment in the Kingdom of God," Herbert says, "I can't think of a better place to put your money."
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