College welcomes new trustees
WILMORE, KY—The College welcomed three new members to the Board of Trustees at the spring meeting: Comm. Israel Gaither, national commander for The Salvation Army; Mr. Ron Ball, best-selling author of books on financial and life management; and Dr. Chris Bounds, associate professor of theology at Indiana Wesleyan University.
Commissioner Israel L. Gaither was born and raised in New Castle, Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Eva Gaither, graduated from The Salvation Army’s School for Officers Training and were ordained as Army officers (clergy) in June 1964.
For nearly 45 years, their service in the Army has taken them around the world. Their ministry has impacted The Salvation Army’s work in 113 countries and significantly so in Africa, England and the United States.
In November 2002, Commissioner Gaither was appointed to serve as The Salvation Army’s Chief of Staff. As the organizations chief executive officer, the Commissioner was the first African-American to serve as second-in-command of the worldwide organization at the Army’s international headquarters in London, England since the founding of the Movement in 1865.
The Gaithers served in the United States and abroad. They served as the Territorial Leaders of the Army’s work in Southern Africa, giving oversight to the extensive work from the Army’s headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa. Their responsibilities included executive leadership of the Army's work in the countries of South Africa, Mozambique, the Kingdoms of Lesotho and Swaziland, and the Army’s ministry on the island of St. Helena.
On May 1, 2006, Commissioner Gaither assumed the key executive leadership assignment of National Commander for the United States of America. Commissioner Gaither is the first African-American to serve in this distinguished assignment.
In May 2005, Asbury College recognized the global leadership and ministry of Commissioner Gaither by awarding him the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane
Letters. Commissioner Gaither was named in the San Francisco Examiner as one on the “Top Ten Communicators” in 2006.
The Gaithers have two children, Michele Gaither ’91 Sparks and Mark Gaither ’97 and three grandchildren, Isaiah Highland Sparks, Matthew Israel Gaither and Virginia Marie Gaither.
Ron Ball began his career as a public speaker at age 15. He has presented live business seminars to more than 7 million people throughout North America, Europe, Africa, South America, and Asia. As the president of RBA, Inc., his company has provided up-to-date financial and business research to more than 150 client companies for over 20 years.
Internationally recognized as a “turn-around specialist,” Ball’s information has created financial breakthroughs for hundreds of thousands of people. His 11 books on financial and life management have sold over a million copies. Before starting RBA, Ball was an associate pastor for five years at First Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga. His sole responsibility was to speak when the pastor, Dr. Charles Stanley, was away.
TV director, Jon Denny, calls Ball “America’s relationship expert” because of his TV show in the United Kingdom called, Men and Women Made Easy.
Ball received a B.A. in History from Asbury College in 1972 and a M. Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1976. He did post master’s work at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. Ball and his wife, Amy Sague ’78 Ball, live in Prestonsburg, Kentucky. They have two children, Allison and Jonathan.
Dr. Chris Bounds is an associate professor of theology at Indiana Wesleyan University, where he has taught since fall 2002. Prior to teaching at IWU, he was the senior pastor at Sugar Hill United Methodist Church in Texarkana, Arkansas. During this time he also taught online classes for Asbury Theological Seminary and Wesley Biblical Seminary. In all, he served eight years as a pastor and six years as a youth pastor.
Today he sees himself as a pastor to his college students. “My present work entails leading people to Christ, establishing them in the Christian faith, equipping them for ministry, and sending them into service on behalf of God’s Kingdom,” he said.
Bounds has published and presented a number of articles including “Saving Faith – Gift of Divine Grace: John Wesley and John Calvin on the Experience of Conversion” in Scholars Coming to Faith, edited by Daryl McCarthy, (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007); “The Current Range of Teaching on Sanctification and What Ought a Wesleyan to Believe,” The Asbury Theological Journal (October 2007); “The Doctrine of Christian Perfection in the Apostolic Fathers,” The Wesleyan Theological Journal (Fall 2007) and “The New Testament and the Priority of Gospel Proclamation,” in Recovering The Wesleyan Social Witness, edited by Faye Short, (Providence House Press, February 2008).
After his conversion as a youth and responding to a call to ministry, he enrolled at Asbury College as a pre-ministry student. While at Asbury he was introduced to the Wesleyan doctrine of entire sanctification, which would become a defining experience later in his Christian discipleship.
He received a B.A. in Bible, with a minor in Greek from Asbury College in 1988. He earned his M.Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary with an emphasis in theological studies in 1991. He continued his education at Drew University where he earned his M.Phil. in 1994 and Ph.D. in 1997.
He and his wife, Tamara Banning ’94 Bounds, have a daughter, Maris, and son, Morgan.