Lubbock Christian University’s Thinking Critically and Christianly about Vocation initiative will hold its last event the morning of Tuesday, March 11 in the Baker Conference Center. This final look at vocation, “Herstory: Women and Vocation,” will have four distinguished guests share their insights about the opportunities and challenges of serving God and serving others.
“These four women, representing the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and theology, will share how God has worked through their lives as they changed careers, moved, developed new interests, and dealt with life’s challenges along the way,” said Dr. Susan Blassingame, Dean of the Hancock College of Liberal Arts and Education, who planned what she hopes will become an annual event on the LCU campus. “It’s important for students – both men and women – to hear stories of how people explore their lives and careers and look for ways to demonstrate God at work in their lives. These women have very different stories, but all are women of strong faith who seek to live lives of honor and integrity.”
All faculty, staff, and students are invited to hear Dr. Nancy Shankle Jordan, Crystal Silva-McCormick, Dr. Patti Patterson, and Dr. Beth Robinson discuss what vocation means in their lives.
The first speaker, Dr. Patti Patterson, will begin at 8:30 am. Patti is an MD/MPH and serves as a Professor of Pediatrics and as the Director of Child Abuse Pediatrics at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center. She is a well-known advocate for children in her roles at TTU Health Sciences Center but also in her work with Olive Branch Ministries. Dr. Patterson's public health career includes 12 years of experience with the Texas Department of Health. Dr. Patterson has participated in 35 medical mission trips to Central America, South America, Eastern Europe, and Africa.
Crystal Silva-McCormick will speak at 9:05 am. Crystal graduated from LCU in 2002 with a degree in Missions. She received a M.Div. from Austin Presbyterian Seminary. Crystal is now working towards a Ph.D. in the history of Christian-Muslim relations and interfaith studies. Crystal teaches as an adjunct faculty at the University of Texas at El Paso in the department of Religion and in the department of Women's Studies and works with an interfaith group of pastors and clergy while she is completing her doctorate. One of her primary goals as an interfaith minister will be to mobilize various faith communities to work on poverty, homelessness, and immigration here on the U.S. / Mexico border.
LCU’s own Dr. Beth Robinson will speak at 9:40 am. Beth serves at LCU in her role as Assistant Provost; she also leads the faculty of graduate behavioral sciences. As a licensed professional counselor, an approved supervisor for licensed professional counselors, and a certified school counselor, Beth is a well-known speaker and writer, especially in the area of child care and abuse. She has been invited to speak at the state, region, national, and international level on subjects dealing with all facets of counseling. She has written several professional books and eight therapeutic coloring books.
The final speaker, Dr. Nancy Shankle Jordan, will begin at 10:10 am and conclude right before chapel. Nancy has served at Abilene Christian University as chair of the department of English and as associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, among other roles, and now serves as associate provost of general education. She received her Ph.D. in English from Texas A&M University–College Station, in 1990.
The four women will also participate in a discussion at 1:00 in the Baker Conference Center to conclude the day’s events.