Special Guests

The Alumni Association is excited to welcome our special guests who are joining us on the Friends for Life Cruise.

Dr. Thomas White

Dr. Thomas WhiteThomas White became the 10th president of Cedarville University on July 1, 2013. Serving in a variety of leadership roles and responsibilities, White has more than a decade of administrative, teaching, and research experience and combines strong leadership with a pastoral heart for ministry while standing for biblical truth.

In July 2004, White was called to serve at Southwestern Seminary in Texas as Director of Leadership Development. In June 2006, White was promoted and has served until June 2013 as Vice President for Student Services and Communications. Serving as an executive leader as part of the President’s Cabinet, his administrative oversight included admissions, communications, international students, the chaplain, student life, financial aid, recreation center, the student center, housing, dining services, media services, and the on-campus conference center and hotel. In this role, White was also involved in strategic planning, accreditation, retention, and fundraising. During his tenure, White enjoyed the challenge of identifying problems, evaluating people, finding the right solution to move forward while minimizing harm, and casting a clear vision while building a successful team.

White has been active in research, writing, and contributing to the academy. Early in his career, he received an academic excellence award and a study grant, which led to him publishing a three-volume series on James Madison Pendleton. White co-authored Franchising McChurch: Feeding Our Obsession with Easy Christianity in 2009 and served as editor of First Freedom: The Baptist Perspective on Religious Liberty, Restoring Integrity in Baptist Churches, and Upon This Rock. White has contributed to other books, written numerous articles, and is active in social media through Facebook, Twitter, and his blog.

White and his wife, Joy, have two children. In January 2005, the Whites adopted their daughter, Rachel. Through this adoption, God taught him much about the theological concept of adoption and about a father’s love. In May 2011, God blessed them again with the birth of Samuel. The Whites also have two dogs that they treat like children — Princess, a German shepherd, and Shadow, a black Labrador retriever.

Dr. Paul Dixon

Paul DixonDr. Dixon is a graduate of Tennessee Temple University and Temple Baptist Theological Seminary. In 1986, he received his doctorate in higher education from the University of Cincinnati. He is the recipient of an honorary doctor of divinity from his alma mater, an honorary doctor of law from Liberty University, and an honorary doctor of law from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. After serving as an evangelist for fourteen years, he became the president of Cedarville University in 1978. He served in this position for twenty-five years and assumed the role of chancellor of the University in 2003.

At that time he was the longest serving president of any college or university in Ohio and the 12th longest serving president in the nation. He led the University through a period of tremendous growth. The student body grew from 1185 students in 1978 to more than 3100 today and the campus expanded from 180 to 400 acres. A total of one hundred million dollars in facilities were built. The University was also recognized for the top campus-wide computer network of any campus in America with a budget under $100 million. Under Dr. Dixon’s leadership, academic offerings were expanded including such programs as the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Computer Engineering. Cedarville University is a conservative Baptist Christian University that holds chapel daily with a strong emphasis on missions and Christian service.

Colleges and Universities in Ohio, and was the president of the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges and Universities. Dr. Dixon has served on the board of the Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary for ten years, and serves on the board of Shepherds Ministries in Union Grove, WI.

Colleges and Universities in Ohio, and was the president of the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges and Universities. Dr. Dixon has served on the board of the Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary for ten years, and serves on the board of Shepherds Ministries in Union Grove, WI.

Bob '88 and Dannah Barker Gresh '89

Dannah GreshBob and Dannah Gresh are the founders of Pure Freedom, which has offered faith-based abstinence resources and events for over half a million American teenagers around the world. They speak internationally at youth retreats, Christian schools and conferences and were the keynote speakers at the World Hope Conference in Lusaka, Zambia, in November of 2005.

Dannah is one of the most successful Christian authors targeting teens and pre-teens with an age-appropriate and motivating sexual theology. Her greatest contribution may be Secret Keeper Girl, the largest mother/tween daughter touring event in the nation which she produces with her husband Bob. Multiple bestselling titles on sexuality and relationships that target teen and college-aged women weave together her thirteen-year publishing career. From her first book And the Bride Wore White to the 2009 ECPA-nominated (Children and Young category) Lies Young Women Believe co-authored with Nancy Leigh DeMoss to her 2013 release of Get Lost: A Girl’s Guide to Finding True Love, Dannah has cemented her legacy as “one of the most insightful authors writing today.”

Bob Gresh

Bob brings his entrepreneurial spirit to the Christian educational world. In the Spring of 2004, Bob woke up in the middle of the night and penned the 40 Points of Grace which define the vision and personality of Grace Prep. Bob’s passion is to create a model that brings creativity, innovation, and academic excellence together with the resources necessary to prepare godly students to be world-changers. In eight years, Grace Prep has done just that. He is the author of Who Moved the Goalpost? Seven Secrets to Sexual Integrity, by Moody Publishers, co-author of 8 Great Dates for Dads & Daughters: Talking with Your Daughter About Understanding Boys by Harvest House, and co-author of Six Ways to Keep the Good in Your Boy by Harvest House.

Dr. Rob Gromacki

Bob GromackiBob Gromacki is distinguished professor emeritus of Bible and Greek. Bob has immersed himself in Old and New Testament scholarship and teaching for more than 50 years. He is a graduate of Grace Theological Seminary, Dallas Theological Seminary, and Baptist Bible Seminary, and he completed postdoctoral study at the Institute of Holy Land Studies in Jerusalem. He has taught at Cedarville since 1960.

Pastor Rob Turner

Rob TurnerRob Turner is Teaching Pastor at Apex Community Church, which is located in the Dayton, Ohio, area. He also serves as an associate professor at Cedarville University and is director of the Master of Ministry Program. Rob has done student evangelism since 1995 and serves on staff at the student camps of Fuge(c) and Crossings(c). He is married to Angela and has four children: Rachel, Gabriel, Christopher, and Chloe.