Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan is in the heart of the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains in Johnson City, Tennessee. For over 50 years, Emmanuel has brought together strong academics, a commitment to ministry, and true discipleship in a loving Christian Community in order to train the next generation of leaders in ministry.
Emmanuel has a long history of attracting students from the West, thanks in part to the Pacific Northwest Scholarship. Students come to Emmanuel to be deeply prepared to serve Christ as a preacher, missionary, military chaplain, campus minister, youth minister, counselor, Bible translator, and in a host of other servant-leader vocations.
Brunch at Christian Church of Hillsboro (Catered by Kam’s Fine Foods)
Date: March 15, 2024
Time: 10:30 A.M.
Address: 540 NE Edison St, Hillsboro, OR 97124
RSVP: Brenda Lyon, 503.789.2448
Dinner at Turner Christian Church
Date: March 16, 2024
Time: 4:00 P.M.
Address: 7871 Marion Rd SE, Turner, OR 97392
RSVP: David Moore, Chair, 503.507.9833
Speaker: Dr. Ron Kastens
Ron is an ordained minister who has 30+ years of local church ministry experience in Tennessee, Kentucky, and New Hampshire. While he served in several ministry roles, the last 17 years he spent as the Lead Pastor at the Crossway Christian Church in New Hampshire. While he was in New England Ron completed his MDiv and DMin degrees from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. His BA is from Milligan in 1989.
Returning to Milligan in August of 2018, Ron helped launch the Ministry Leadership Program and provided leadership to it for five years. This program innovatively and practically prepares undergraduate men and women for ministry in a variety of contexts. This past summer he transitioned to serve as Academic Dean of Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan. While now working with graduate students, Ron’s focus is still preparing women and men for ministry in very practical and tangible ways. He preaches regularly in churches around the country, and, as time allows, provides consulting or coaching services to ministers and churches.
Ron and his wife, Stacey, have three adult children, Brennan, Dallas, and Marlee. They live in Johnson City and are members of First Christian Church in Johnson City, where Ron serves as an elder. Ron enjoys reading, movies, and an occasional round of golf. He faithfully cheers for the Tennessee Volunteers, Boston Red Sox, and Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League.
Assistant to the President for Seminary Development