Journeying with Jesus: Navigating Ambiguity on a Changing Campus

Welcome back! Join us in June for our first in-person Midwest Faculty Conference in two years at the beautiful Cedar Bay (formerly Cedar Campus) for a week of refreshing time with other faculty families exploring what it means to follow Jesus in ambiguous times.  Ambiguity seems to have been our theme on campus the past two years as we have navigated our way through the pandemic, cultural divisions, and campus realities.  All of this uncertainty has created tension as it seemed right to do one thing and then perhaps something else.  Yet, when we follow Jesus, He helps us find our way forward.  Fred Hickernell will lead us as we explore ambiguity from the perspective of a professor.  Then, Lisa Sung will help us take a look at navigating ambiguity from a theological perspective.  Lori Woodall-Schaufler will begin our week as she delivers the Sunday morning worship message.

Our hope is that this conference will provide faculty families with an opportunity to get away from the uncertainty on campus and spend refreshing time together, while also learning and growing with other faculty families.  Camaraderie with colleagues, relaxing time with family, and deep times with Jesus will help us discover the way forward. We know the children of faculty enjoy this conference as much as their grown-ups and we hope and pray to be able to provide opportunities for us all.

Please stay connected through our conference website and our Facebook page for information about our 2022 Midwest Faculty Conference as well as a new Faculty Pilgrimage this summer. Click here to learn more about Cedar Bay Camp and Retreat Center.

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Meet Our Conference Leaders

Fred Hickernell, Plenary Speaker Monday and Tuesday

Fred Hickernell is the vice provost for research and professor of applied mathematics at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.  He gathers regularly with Illinois Tech students, faculty, staff, and friends for prayer and Bible study.  One question continually on Fred’s mind is, “How does my walk with Christ influence what I do in my university?”  Fred and his wife, Elaine, are part of a Chinese church.  The two of them met in college and credit their time as students in Intervarsity as formative in their inductive approach to Bible study and their desire to spread of the gospel.  Before coming to Chicago, Fred was a faculty member at Hong Kong Baptist University for nearly twenty years.  Fred and Elaine’s children were born in Hong Kong and were encouraged in their Christian walks by Intervarsity.  Fred enjoys taking trips with his family and playing the card game Sheng ji.

Lisa Sung, Plenary Speaker Wednesday and Thursday

Recently named Visiting Associate Professor of Theology at Regent College (Vancouver, BC, Canada), Elizabeth (Lisa) Sung, Ph.D., is a systematic theologian and a spiritual director. As Theologian-in-Residence at The InterVarsity Institute, she ministers at-large, offering resources to strengthen and equip theological schools, ministry organizations, and churches far and near. She teaches theology courses for seminaries and universities in North America, Asia, and East Asia. She also is Affiliate Scholar at the James Houston Centre for Humanity and the Common Good (Vancouver, Canada); and Visiting Researcher at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake (Mundelein, IL). In both academic and ministry contexts, she teaches theology to foster the lived reality of personal integrity and flourishing in Christ as the catalyst for missional living, in a framework explicitly reconnecting systematic theology to spiritual formation, moral transformation, and world service.

Her specializations are theological anthropology (especially personhood and identity; and race, ethnicity and culture) and soteriology (sanctification and spiritual formation as related to character development). Currently, she is writing two books: Race, Racism, and Christian Moral Identity; and a book on the Christian doctrine of humanity, addressing contemporary issues as well as traditional ones. She teaches classes, speaks, and serves as a consultant on a variety of topics for churches, conferences, and professional development workshops. Her dissertation ( is titled “‘Race’ and Ethnicity Discourse and the Christian Doctrine of Humanity: A Systematic Sociological and Theological Appraisal.”)

Drawing on mentoring experience in vocational ministry, and as a spiritual director, she accompanies persons in discernment, teaches at conferences, and leads group retreats. Previously, she served with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship as a theological consultant, and as a campus minister with University of Chicago graduate students and with undergraduate chapters at Michigan State University and Hillsdale College. She also served as the first Director of Contemporary Worship at First Presbyterian Church (River Forest, IL).

Dale and Desirée Reed, Worship Leaders

Desirée has a master's degree in Piano pedagogy from Northwestern University, and a bachelor's degree in piano performance from Wheaton College.  She has about 30 students in her piano studio and enjoys reading fiction and resale shopping. Our dog Opie possibly loves her more than her husband does. Dale has a master's degree and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Northwestern University, and a bachelor's degree in English and Computer Science from North Park University.  He has taught at the University of Illinois (UIC) for 26 years and tries to innovate in his teaching practice to make it more equitable.  He tries to combat aging by riding his bike and eating a low carb diet, not always with success.  Dale and Desirée got to know each other while in the worship band at Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Evanston.  They have served in the worship band at Grace Evangelical Covenant Church in Chicago for the past 24 years.


Lori Woodall-Schaufler, Sunday Morning Worship Speaker

Lori Woodall-Schaufler is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Concordia University-Wisconsin, where she has taught for 16 years, and additionally, she serves as Director of Concordia Theatre Program and the Artistic Director of the Concordia Players. She brings over 30 years of professional Theatre experience to Concordia University. Lori began her professional career as a youth working with such companies as The Milwaukee Rep, The TravelCast Players, First Stage Milwaukee, and Children’s Theatre of Madison. Lori attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for her BA in Theatre (Acting Specialist) and African-American Studies, and went on to receive a full scholarship (Lovelace Scholarship) to the California Institute of the Arts, where she received her MFA in Acting. While at Cal Arts, she studied under well-known artists in the American Theatre, including Fran Bennett, Joan MacIntosh, Travis Preston, Irene Connors, Broadway and Film’s Robbie Benson, and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks. Lori has worked as a TV/Film actress, having appeared in over 50 regional, national, and local commercials and Industrials, and has had a prolific career in radio voice over. She has been represented by Howard Talent West (Los Angeles), Shirley Hamilton, Inc. (Chicago), and Jennifer’s Talent and Ford Models and Talent in Milwaukee.

During her tenure at CUW, Lori has directed/produced over 30 plays including favorites The Women of Lockerbie, A Raisin in the Sun, Waiting for the Parade, Sense and Sensibility, Macbeth (co-directed with her husband Ryan), Godspell, The Great Gatsby, and Hairspray. She is also active on many committees at CUW, including serving as a Faculty Rep on the Administrative Council, the Diversity Taskforce Committee, three on-campus Mentoring services, and she regular leads and moderates book clubs on campus that are focused on racial reconciliation efforts. She has been dedicated to teaching youth, college, and adults in the Theatre Arts and Film/TV acting. Additionally, she and husband Ryan Schaufler have served in the Milwaukee area in Drama Ministry, having worked as teachers, directors, and actors with Acacia Theatre Co., Morningstar Productions, and Above the Clouds, Inc., as well as various churches. She serves on the Executive Board of Milwaukee Youth Theatre currently, and enjoys working as a Theatre artist in the areas of acting, writing, directing, choreographing, and producing. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, singing on the worship team, and writing songs and screenplays.