Christians of Professional Distinction

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Dr. William T. Kerrigan

    Dr. William Kerrigan, Associate Professor of History and Chair at Muskingum College, B.A. Austin College, M.A. Texas Christian University, Ph.D. University of Michigan. Dr. Kerrigan teaches courses on colonial and ante-bellum American history. He is the author of articles in American antebellum and environmental history and has directed a number of oral history projects, including the Reclaiming Our Heritage project, an oral and visual history of the impact of strip-mining on several communities in Appalachian Ohio. He is currently working on a book on John Chapman, the itinerant missionary and apple-tree planter.

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Rev. Frank Coho

    Rev. Frank Coho majored in German at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, before completing his M. Div. at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, California. Coho earned his Masters in Sacred Theology at Yale Divinity School writing his thesis on "The Augsburg Confession Hymn of Count Nicolaus von Zinzendorf as it shaped the Moravian movement." Coho was a Merrill Fellow of Harvard University and the Old Testament Senior Translation Editor of the Hebrew-English Interlinear Bible [Baker]. He served 23 years in pastorates in PA, CT, and MI. He currently is a faculty member in Adult Continuing Education at Lancaster Bible College.

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Dr. James W. Gustafson

Summary of Professional Accomplishments

Northern Essex Community College
Haverhill, Massachusetts

Professor of Philosophy, 1970-2001

White Pines College (Now Chester College)
Chester, New Hampshire

Professor of Philosophy and Psychology, 1967-1970
College Chaplain


Boston University
Boston, Massachusetts>

PhD: Philosophy. Concentration: Metaphysics 1967
Dissertation: Causality and Freedom in Jonathan Edwards, Samuel Alexander, and Brand Blanshard.

Fuller Theological Seminary
Pasadena, California

Master of Divinity 1959

Wheaton College

Wheaton, Illinois
Bachelor of Arts 1956
Major: Philosophy Minor: Greek

Professional experience

I have taught philosophy since 1966

1966 Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, Massachusetts

1967-1970 White Pines College (now Chester College), Chester, New Hampshire

1970 to the present at Northern Essex Community College (Emeritus since 2002)

2000 – Online philosophy course, Yorktown University Graduate Division

    Visiting lecturer:

            New Theological College, Dehradun, India, 2003, 2004, 2005

Scott Theological College, Machakos, Kenya 1993, 1996, 1999

            Romania Bible Institute & Seminary, 1997

Romania Baptist Seminary, Bucharest, 1998

University of Oradea, Romania, 1999

Teaching at Northern Essex Community College

I was appointed Associate Professor of Philosophy and chair of the Department of Philosophy and Fine Arts in 1970, after four years of part-time teaching at Bridgewater State College, White Pines College and NECC. In three years I was promoted to Professor.

I helped to expand the curriculum in philosophy by adding courses and creating the Philosophy Option in the Liberal Arts Curriculum.

I helped create and teach inter-disciplinary team-taught courses such as the 2001 course and Bioethics, which were offered many times in the 1970s and 1980s.

I have introduced impersonations into my philosophy courses, an innovation which students enjoy and which was featured a year ago at the New England Consortium Conference held at Holy Cross College. I have also made video recordings of my renderings of Aquinas, Pascal, Hume, Kierkegaard and other philosophers, which are available on tape to my students.

I have taken advantage of training in new teaching technologies, creating a CD on philosophy of religion and an online version of Introduction to Philosophy. I have also conducted distance education classes for Introduction to Philosophy. Other online courses include Issues in Philosophy and History of Modern Philosophy

For 25 years I served as faculty advisor to the Open Door Christian Fellowship, a student club that fosters the spiritual life of students and has conducted various programs for the college community, such as films and food drives for shelters in Lawrence and Haverhill.

Courses I have taught at NECC:

Introduction to Philosophy


Issues in Philosophy

Practical Logic

History of Philosophy

World Religions

Contemporary Western Religions

Introduction to Psychology

English Composition I

2001 The Shape of the Future


Christian Ethics


The Quest for Truth, an Introduction to Philosophy. 5th edition

Copley Custom Publishing, 2004

Ethical System: Basic Moral Philosophies, Kitale, Kenya, Amani Educational Services, 2004

Ecology and The Good, published in Nature magazine, 1973

Additional professional activities

I have written articles and book reviews, have reviewed texts in philosophy, critical thinking, and ethics prior to publication, and have presented lectures, such as a paper on Jonathan Edwards at the 1994 meeting of the Jonathan Edwards Society at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania.

I received grants for training in multimedia teaching formats and for distance learning for 1998.

Delegate: Peace Is the Name of God conference, Bucharest, 1998, an international gathering of over 400 delegates representing all major world religions.

I taught philosophy in Romania several times over the last few years at the University of Oradea and at the Baptist Seminary in Bucharest, as well as at the Romania Bible Institute there.

I spent a sabbatical in England (1987), doing research at Oxford and Cambridge. I have also traveled to Israel with a former seminary professor, as well as to Scandinavia. In 2000 I preached in Scotland during a pulpit exchange with Rev. Alexander Green, Church of Scotland, Strathblane.

Most recently (2005) I completed my sixth teaching mission at Scott Theological College in Machakos, Kenya. I am also adjunct lecturer at New Theological College, Dehradun, India.

As a leader of short-term mission expeditions for West Congregational Church, I have become acquainted with Christian work in Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, and Trinidad.

Among my many avocations, most noteworthy is our family’s work on a 280 acre forest in Vermont. In recognition of our stewardship since 1963, we were voted Outstanding Vermont Tree Farmers of 1997.