Bethel Welcomes New Vice President

Dr. James Stump steps down, Dr. Dennis Crocker steps up

The summer search for a new vice president is over. After five years in the position of vice president of academic services at Bethel College, Dr. James Stump has decided to return to the classroom. Dr. Dennis Crocker will replace Stump and start in his new position before the 2008-09 school year starts.

Born and raised in Michigan, Crocker grew up in Saginaw and Detroit. Since 1986 he has served at Mid-America Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas as professor of music, chair of the division of fine arts and associate academic dean. Prior to that time, he was a member of the pastoral staff at churches in Bourbonnais, Illinois, Kansas City, Missouri, and Mason, Michigan.

He has been active as a conductor, soloist, clinician and church musician. Crocker served on the music committee of the Church of the Nazarene, coordinated music for the International General Assembly of the Church of the Nazarene, and served as a member of the steering committee of the latest Nazarene Hymnal, “Sing to the Lord.”

Crocker completed his undergraduate degree in Music Education at Olivet Nazarene University, a Master of Music from the School of Music, University of Michigan, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the Conservatory of Music University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Crocker and his wife of 31 years, Jeanie, are excited to move their family to the Michiana region. “We’re looking forward to becoming a part of the Bethel community and are very grateful for the warm, gracious welcome we’ve already received.”