The library at Emmaus University is moving rapidly toward being a full-service learning resource center – not just a repository for books. To this end, we need a large copy machine and laser printer for students to use. Future planning also includes the addition of a staffed Writing Center to assist students with all aspects of writing academically in French and English. Regarding books, we are significantly lacking in volumes in French for theology, education, and leadership.
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Living in Santa Barbara, CA with his wife (Dr. Sandra Richter) and two daughters, Dr. Steve Tsoukalas is not often on campus. However, with a deep passion for Christ-followers to be rooted in the essential doctrines of Christianity, Dr. Tsoukalas is an invaluable part of what God is doing through Emmaus Biblical Seminary in Haiti, whether he’s teaching online or on island.
With Emmaus students continuing to identify “heretical preaching” as one of the major problems of the church in Haiti, we are thankful to have Dr. T, with his deep desire to educate Christians in a world full of false religions, on board.
Dr. Tsoukalas has taught a lot different subjects in a lot of different places, and he’s happy to be a part of the Emmaus family, too. “I always brag about my Haitian students,” he says. “There is a deep desire on their parts to learn truth—the everlasting truths of the uniquely true Christian Faith as revealed in and by the blessed Son of God and the Father. This desire leads to asking penetrating questions, often challenging me with conclusions I have reached in class. They truly leave no stone unturned!”
Another element to the Emmaus classroom that Dr. T cherishes is the passionate desire of the students to take to their villages and churches what they are learning, both through evangelism and discipleship.
The author of twelve books and several articles, Dr. Tsoukalas’ expertise is in Hindu Studies, non-Christian and pseudo-Christian religions, and Christian Theology. He’s also taught for Wesley Biblical Seminary and Wheaton College, and is the founder of Sound Doctrine Ministries. At Emmaus, Dr. Tsoukalas appropriately teaches Islam, Philosophy for Understanding Theology, and Contemporary Religions.
“I am truly privileged to teach the students of Emmaus the truths of the Gospel,” Tsoukalas reflects, “in part because I know they desire to learn such truths, and in part because of the joy I see in their faces for the opportunity. Their posture reflects the privilege they have—to be able to study at a university that stands for the truth as revealed by the Triune God. Passion is what makes my Haitian students incomparable!”
Welcome Mark and Marybeth Leavell! The Leavells moved to Emmaus this week from West Africa Theological Seminary in Nigeria (WATS) and will be serving with us as the EBS Librarian (Dr. Mark) and the VP for Academics (Dr. Marybeth). We are very excited to have them on the Emmaus team as we head into a new academic year!
Mark has served in many different roles during the 50+ years of his adult life. Educator, School Psychologist, Marriage and Family Counselor, Associate Pastor, businessman, computer programmer, IT Director, grant writer and seminary professor among several others. Most recently, he facilitated the implementation of a new Library Management software in collaboration with Asbury Theological Seminary, and directed a comprehensive renovation of the library at West Africa Theological Seminary in Lagos, Nigeria. He and his wife, Marybeth, have two sons and six grandchildren, and reside in Atlanta, Georgia.
Marybeth was born in Colorado, USA, where she lived for 42 years, prior to moving to the Atlanta GA area in 2001. She has worked with various populations in non-profit settings, including private practice mental health counselor focusing on women’s issues, Hospital Administrator, Nursing Home Administrator, secondary education teacher and administrator, and seminary teacher and administrator. Since 2016, she has served at West Africa Theological Seminary in Lagos, Nigeria, as the Acting Academic Dean and Provost for the past two years. She and her husband, Mark, have been married 32 years and have two sons, two wonderful daughters-in-law and six grandchildren.