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Dr. Ronald Beauchamp
Director of the Niebuhr Center for Faith and Action and
Assistant Professor for Intercultural Studies
Office: Niebuhr Hall, 4
Phone: (630) 617-3490
Fax: (630) 617-6157
As director of the Niebuhr Center, Dr. Ronald Beauchamp helps faith-motivated students find their vocational calling through academic courses, international study away courses, internships and various service-learning and ministry opportunities. He has traveled with students to Jamaica, Italy and Senegal to do service projects and explore diverse faith traditions. Dr. Beauchamp teaches in the Religious Studies department, Honors Program and Intercultural Studies Program. For more than 20 years, Dr. Beauchamp has worked in higher education and for more than a decade he served as a bi-vocational pastor in the Chicago area. He received his B.S. from Elmhurst College, M.S. from Western Illinois University and his master of divinity degree and doctor of ministry degree in leadership development from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary. He successfully completed his second doctoral degree in higher education and organizational change from Benedictine University with a focus on the discernment process of traditional-age college students. As an avid life learner, Dr. Beauchamp has embarked on a third degree, a Ph.D. in the field of interfaith, from the Chicago Theological Seminary on the campus of the University of Chicago. He is an honorary member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Beta Delta and Theta Alpha Kappa, and an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He resides in Wheaton with his wife LaVerne, daughter Autumn and son Adam.
Assistant Director and Adjunct Faculty
Office: Niebuhr Hall, 003
Phone: (630) 617-3643
Mark Draper is completing his doctorate in the history of Christianity at Trinity International University in Deerfield, where he is writing a dissertation on evangelicals engaged in social reform in the nineteenth century. Before coming to the Niebuhr Center, he worked as reference and research librarian and library supervisor at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Mark holds a B.A. in history from Temple University, an MLIS from Drexel University, an M.A. in Christian thought and church history from Biblical Seminary and he did graduate work in American history at Temple University. In addition to working at the Niebuhr Center Mark is an adjunct professor in the Religion Department at Elmhurst College. He lives in Grayslake with his wife Dawn and their two dogs.
Program Coordinator and Adjunct Faculty
Office: Old Main, 231
Phone: (630) 617-6119
Professor Inamul Haq teaches in the Religious Studies Department at Elmhurst College and at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, IL. His area of expertise is Islamic Studies. Previously he has been principal of two Islamic day schools in Chicago. Mr. Haq is founding member of the International Strategy and Policy Institute, an Oak Brook-based think tank. He served on the Chicago Committee of Human Rights Watch and on the Board of the Cardinal Bernadine Center of Catholic Theological Union. Mr. Haq is also a honorary Imam in Chicago. He has been frequently interviewed by local media, including the Chicago Tribune and PBS regarding issues covering Islam and Muslims. Professor Haq studied at International Islamic University in Islamabad, Pakistan and at Drew University in New Jersey.
Office: Niebuhr Hall, 009A
Phone: (630) 617-3492
Fax: (630) 617-6157
Trudy Sulita has been employed with Elmhurst College since 1997 and has spent the last five years in the Niebuhr Center. She is in her final year toward receiving her bachelor’s degree in managerial communication at Elmhurst College and plans to go to graduate school following graduation where she will pursue a degree in leadership in higher education. Raised in the UCC tradition and faith, she is an active member of First United Methodist in Bensenville. Trudy enjoys working with students and helping them discern their true callings to a life in ministry or service.