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Rev. Dave Tolan

TITLE:Missionary-in-Residence/Student Missions Fellowship
DEPARTMENT:Division of Religion, Spiritual Life
LOCATION:Newton Hobson Chapel and University Fine Arts Ctr. - Room 203
SWU P.O. BOX:1822

“My parents were missionaries when I was young boy in Bolivia, South America. I graduated from High School in a small community just outside of Flint Michigan. I attended Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind., and graduated with a double major in Christian Ministry and Biblical Literature. While at IWU, I played on the soccer team and was involved with student leadership. My wife also graduated as a nurse from IWU. After graduation I served for several years as youth pastor at College Wesleyan Church and then I went on to Asbury Theological Seminary. After seminary I was the pastor of a Wesleyan church in the suburbs of Milwaukee for five years before we left for 10 years of mission work in Zambia, Africa. We have four sons, two born in Wisconsin and two in Zambia. Three have graduated from SWU – one is a doctor and two are ministers, while the fourth son is a current student at SWU. I am the missions mobilizer at SWU and I've planned and lead missions trips for students to over 20 different countries.”



- M.Div. with a concentration in Pastoral Ministries,
  Asbury Theological Seminary
-B.S. with Christian Ministries and Biblical Literature,
  Indiana Wesleyan University


Areas of Specialty/Interest

- Missions Work
- Cross-cultural relations
- Scripture (New Testament)
- Mentoring and Discipleship
- Sports