Houghton College sincerely welcomes Dr. Steve Dunmire ’01 to the position of director of church relations. Beginning his responsibilities on August 1, Dunmire will foster the development of sustained relationships between Houghton College and church communities, both inside and outside the Wesleyan denomination, for the benefit of both the college and the church.
Dunmire earned a Master of Divinity degree from Northeastern Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry through Asbury Theological Seminary’s Beeson Pastor Fellowship.
Dunmire is an ordained Wesleyan pastor who has served urban, suburban and rural churches. For the last eight years he has been senior pastor of North Collins Wesleyan Church (North Collins, N.Y.), a community which has experienced eight consecutive years of growth. He and his wife Tammy are both 2001 graduates of Houghton College, and they have four children.
“I love the church, and have loved tackling the challenges of pastoral ministry, but I knew the Lord was calling me back to Houghton this year,” Dunmire states. “I believe this new position allows me to directly connect two of my greatest loves: the church and Houghton College. It is an honor to be a catalyst for developing and nurturing a mutually beneficial relationship between Houghton and the global church in many new, creative, and meaningful ways.”
Through his efforts in facilitating sustained relationships between Houghton and the church, Houghton should also have a better understanding of the church, the needs and challenges of ministry, and how best to prepare graduates for effectiveness in the church, both inside and outside the Wesleyan denomination.