For the Love of
by Chrystal Houston
Long time York College faculty member Dr. Dottie Schulz has resigned her teaching post to continue her work with Missions Resource Network, a Texas-based non-profit company that serves missionaries and church planting groups.
Schulz has been a part of MRN since its inception in 1998, when she became a board member. In 2004, Schulz announced that she would be taking a three-year leave of absence from York College to work full-time at MRN as the Director of the Missionary Care Program. Since that time, she has decided to make that change permanent, and she recently resigned from York College, with plans to stay on at MRN.
Schulz is highly qualified for her position at MRN, as she and her late-husband Tom, served as missionaries for 15 years in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Both graduated from York College, and later went on to earn their Doctoral degrees from UNL, specializing in missionary reentry. Both taught at YC for many years and became a vital part of campus life here. Dottie served YC as an Assistant Professor of Family Studies from 1978-1985, and a Professor of Psychology and Family Studies from 1991-2006. She was also the Director of the York College Counseling Center, and the Coordinator of the Crisis Management Program. Both she and Tom were integral to the work of the Master’s Apprentice Program, a missions program aimed mostly at college students.
“It is a difficult decision to leave York College because it was Tom’s and my physical and spiritual home when we were in Holland and after our return,” said Schulz in an email to YC President, Wayne Baker. “…This last year has been the happiest year I have known for many, many years. I am totally convinced that I am in this place because this is where God wants me to be. I just felt God called me here and I needed to be obedient to that call. Everything I have ever learned from every paid and unpaid job I have ever held is useful in this place. It is like God had been grooming me all along for this unique position.”
“I’m very happy for her, but she’ll be greatly missed—is greatly missed. She’s a very wise lady,” said Laurie Briggs, Schulz’s friend and secretary to the Psychology department.
When asked what she will miss most about York, Dottie’s response was an emotional list of things that make up the YC experience. “What will I miss most? Everything! Friday chapels…Sunday evening student worship...speaking to the students in chapel...a good interchange with students in class on most any controversial topic...hearing a student yell out "Dottie" and come running up to join me...special dinners with faculty and staff...impromptu parties...Song Fest...the plays...the choir concerts...the Chamber Singers... the baptisms that take place at midnight...having 30 students in my house to eat every Sunday evening....MY FRIENDS.....what will I not miss?”
There were also a few comments she wanted to share especially with the students at YC: “I love you. Your generation is one of the most spiritual I've seen in a long time. I love the way you love Jesus and hate religion! Jesus hated religion. I love the way you feel about community! Jesus loved community! I love the way you want to serve - the sacrifices you will make to do God's will. I love it that you want to be mentored. Seek out Godly mentors and measure them by God's word. Don't lose these things. Don't ever stop loving God and seeking after Him and loving the communities you form around Jesus. Hang in there! Your future is more uncertain, but your love for God will help you survive. Go Panthers!”
Photo Caption: Schulz presented at the 2004 World Mission Workshop to a group of “TCK’s”, or third-culture kids, those that have been born in the US but raised in a different country.