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Chuck Emert, D.Min.

Chuck Emert, D.Min.

Division Chair
Professor of Bible and Theology
570.585.9233
cemert@bbc.edu

When did you become a believer?

My mom and my grandparents were the spiritual influence in my life. I was privileged to have them take me to church regularly. I became a believer at the age of 11. I remember going forward at church on a Sunday morning recognizing my need for salvation. A few months later, I was baptized.

How did God direct you to come to BBC to teach?

I first came to BBC in 1976 through connections with Friedie Loescher and Wendell Kempton. Friedie and I had served in the same church for many years, but he left to go to BBC. I was on the board with Association of Baptists for World Evangelism, which gave me a connection to Wendell. He told me of a church that needed a pastor and of a school that needed a professor. That school was BBC. God brought my wife and me here, and we fit in right away. Then God directed us to Christian Heritage College in California, where I taught for 18 years. In 2005, Joseph Schloegel presented me with an opportunity to come back to BBC to teach which I accepted. My wife and I have thoroughly enjoyed being back here at BBC.

How has God used missions to shape your life?

I have had the opportunity to serve in missions-related ministries in Romania, Russia, and a few other countries. I was told once that if God has given me the heart of a shepherd, it does not matter the color of the sheep. With this statement in mind, I have accepted God’s direction in serving many different people in other cultures. My time spent overseas caused me to fall in love with the people, particularly the Romanians and Russians. I would go back in a minute if God were to call me. My wife and I are constantly amazed at the wealth we have in America. The Romanians and Russians had nothing—no Bible, no training, no churches. I am still readjusting to living in the United States with all the conveniences that most of us take for granted.

Could you tell me about your family?

I met my wife, Loretta, my first year in college. She was a wonderful violinist, and I was a music major. In October of that year, I saw her from afar wearing a green sweater and a gray skirt. I was walking with my friends when I saw her and told them: “I’m going to marry her.” My Christian friends were strongly opposed to the idea because she was not a Christian at that time. Nevertheless, I formally met her in November. I had the privilege of leading Loretta to Christ in January of 1953. This is our fifty-fifth Valentine’s Day together and our fifty-third year of marriage! We have four adult children, 15 grandchildren (one in heaven), and two great grandchildren. I have been blessed beyond words.

What do you do in your spare time?

When my wife and I lived in California, we often went to the beach only 23 miles away from us. I love spending time near the water and collecting shells (mostly in Florida). My wife and I enjoy playing different table games at home. We also travel to see our children and grandchildren who are spread all across the United States.

What are some interesting facts about yourself?

I was a music major in college and played the accordion, tuba, stringed bass, and a few other instruments. I marched in the Tournament of Roses Parade a total of five times while I was in high school, college, and the Air Force. If I weren’t studying and teaching theology, I would be a marine biologist!

Education:

B.S. at Western Baptist Bible College (now Corbin College)
Th.M. at Dallas Seminary
D.Min. at Western Conservative Baptist Theology Seminary

Posted on: 2/21/2007 4:08:38 PM

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