The Anderson School of Theology recently honored three persons during the recent North American Convention (NAC) of the Church of God in Anderson. Honored were Susan Hardman, teacher in Central Asia; Rev. Edward Bowman, senior pastor of the Southridge Church of God in South Charleston, West Virginia; and Dr. Theodore Stoneberg, professor emeritus of Pastoral Care. Susan Hardman received the Distinguished Alumna Award, Rev. Bowman received the Distinguished Ministries Award and Dr. Stonberg accepted the Distinguished Service Award.
Susan Hardman is a 1979 alumna of Anderson University where she earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education and Recreation. After graduation she worked with the physically and mentally challenged serving as a house parent. Hardman responded to an opportunity to teach English in Central Asia to refugee kids living in a processing center. She also served as a refugee camp coordinator.
Hardman completed her Masters Degree in Intercultural Service in 1989. For the past seventeen years, she has immersed herself in Central Asia, teaching and befriending the people living in the region. She studied their language for several years so that she could better communicate with immigrants to the region. Hardman has taught some people how to create and operate small businesses. She has also helped numerous widows from a poor village market and sell their handicrafts in order to raise their standard of living.
Rev. Edward Bowman began his career at Garfield Park Church of God in Indianapolis as an associate pastor. From there, he served as an associate pastor at the First Church of God in Charleston, West Virginia, and senior pastor at First Church of God in Sturgis, Michigan. He has been the senior pastor at Southridge Church of God in South Charleston, West Virginia, since 1977. Rev. Bowman is also the on-call chaplain for Charleston Area Medical Center and St. Francis Hospital in Charleston.
In addition to his work in the ministry, Rev. Bowman has served in various leadership positions over the years in organizations such as the West Virginia Church of God Ministerial Association, the West Virginia General Assembly of the Church of God, and several community boards. He was a member of the Anderson University Alumni Council from 1995-2002 and served on the Anderson University Board of Trustees from 1982-1988. In 1998, he was invited back to his alma mater to address the graduating class during the baccalaureate service.
Dr. Stoneberg earned bachelor’s degrees from Gustavus Adolphus College and Northwester Lutheran Theological Seminary. He later earned his Ph.D. from Northwestern University and Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary. Ordained as a minister in the Lutheran Church in America, he began his career as a pastor at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Lakewood, Colorado. From there he worked as a Protestant chaplain at a V.A. Research Hospital in Chicago and then as a pastoral counselor at the Institute of Pastoral Counseling in Indianapolis. Prior to coming to the Anderson University School of Theology, he served as assistant secretary and a counselor with the National Christian Council of Kenya in Nairobi.
Dr. Stoneberg came to the School of Theology in 1981, serving as professor of pastoral care and counseling. Since 1986, he has also worked part time as a therapist at the Christian Counseling Center of Madison County. He has authored many articles over the years. He has served on several committees and boards and has been a visiting professor at Olivet University and United Theological Seminary.
Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts university of approximately 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs of study in theology, business, music, nursing and education.