Professor Smidderks

1200 S Main St.
McPherson, KS  67460
670-241-0723 - Ext. 354

Educational History

Degree Earned
Associate of Arts
Los Angeles Pacific College (CA)
Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Literature (Pastoral Studies)
Seattle Pacific College (WA)
Master of Divinity
Asbury Theological Seminary (KY)

Employment History

2004 - Present
Adjunct Professor
Central Christian Collage - McPherson, KS
1999 - 2004
Senior Pastor
Mapleview Free Methodist Church, Omaha, NE
1963 - 1999
Free Methodist Missionary
Mozambique and South Africa
1959 - 1963
Pastor Free Methodist Church, Yucca Valley, CA
1955 Installed acoustical ceiling tile Brower Construction Co., Seattle, WA
1949 - 1955
Assistant Circulation Manager Highland Park News - Herald, Los Angeles, CA

Extra Curricular

  • Played Solo Cornet - Los Angeles City Junior Orchestra, 1946-1948
  • Played Second Trumpet - Southern California Junior High Orchestra, 1949
  • Played Concert and Baritone Horn - Los Angeles Pacific College Band 1949-1953
  • Member, Hilltop Heralds Male Quartet - 1952-1955 (Traveling for Los Angeles Pacific College)
  • Member, Light and Life Hour Male Quartet - 1955-1956 (Radio work and traveling in some weekend evangelism)
  • Member, King's Men Male Quarter, Asbury Theological Seminary - 1956-1959 (Extensive weekend evangelism)

Teaching Experience

  • Baker Memorial Bible School, South Africa - Biblical Studies - 1965-1968 (Vernacular)
  • Inhamachafo Bible School, Mozambique - Biblical Studies, Theology, Homiletics, Pastoral Care and Administration (Vernacular) 1984-1998
  • Lundi Bible School, Lundi, Zimbabwe - Biblical Studies, Theology, Homiletics, and Pastoral Care (Vernacular) 1985-1988
  • John Wesley Bible College, Masvingo, Zimbabwe - Biblical Studies, Theology, Homiletics  (English) 1989-1993
  • Evangelical Seminary of Southern Africa, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa - Church History, Inductive Method of Bible Study, The Epistle of James, Philemon (English - Tertiary and Graduate Level) 1987-1993
  • Free Methodist Bible School, Lilongwe, Malawi - Epistles of First John (Vernacular) 1993
  • John Wesley  Bible College, Transvaal, South Africa - Church Administration, Homiletics, Church History (English) 1997-1998
  • Central Christian College - Department of Philosophy and Religion - Old Testament Introduction, Survey of Christian Missions 2004-2005
  • Central Christian College - Department of Philosophy and Religion - Introduction to Christian Missions, Gospel of John  2005-2006

Some Personal Thoughts

I was born in Long Beach, CA.  It was there at the age of eight, that I found Christ as my Lord and Savior.  After my dad joined the army, we moved back and forth quite a bit.  I attended Los Angles Pacific College and received my call into the Christian Ministry. On June 9, 1955 I married Faith Green after my junior year of college.  Faith and I transferred to Seattle, Wa, where I finished my Bachelor's Degree.  From there we went to Asbury Theological Seminary, where I earned my Master of Divinity.

Our first pastorate was in Yucca Valley, CA. Little did we know that the next 35 years would take us on a journey and redefine the word home.  In 1963 we were appointed as missionaries to Mozambique, Africa.  In preparation for our work we needed to study Portuguese and Xitshwa.  Our years overseas were filled with rich ministry and yet at the same time frustrated by civil unrest and turmoil.  This was especially true related to the work God was doing in Mozambique.

Eventually we ended up back in the USA, where Faith and I answered the call to pastor the Mapleview Free Methodist Church in Nebraska. Of course, this was after we had officially retired.  After 4 and a half years of wonderful ministry, we retired again to McPherson, KS.  Six weeks into our retirement Central Christian College of Kansas asked me to serve as an adjunct professor.  So, here I am enjoying my retirement!

It's funny, back in 1953 I first came to Central as a basketball player for Azusa Pacific University. Since then all of our children and their spouses have graduated from Central and now I am teaching here. So my rivalry is now my reward, and what a rich and wonderful reward it is.  Faith and I are overjoyed to join with others in preparing young people to respond to God's call upon their lives.

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