Dee Long to Retire After 17 Years at Faith
Mrs. Dee Long has announced her retirement at the conclusion of the 2020-21 academic year, completing nearly 17 years of adjunct teaching at Faith Baptist Bible College.
Life before Faith
Mrs. Long earned her Bachelor of Religious Education degree from Baptist Bible College in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania. She later took graduate courses at Toledo University and earned her Master of Arts in Education from Viterbo University. Her previous teaching experiences include one year at Goldsboro Christian School in Goldsboro, North Carolina; three years at Emmanuel Baptist Christian School in Toledo, Ohio; and eleven years at Grandview Park Baptist School in Des Moines, Iowa. During her teaching years in Toledo, she met her husband, Don.
“Don and I met in Toledo, Ohio, when he was the principal and I the third-grade teacher,” said Dee. “Fourteen years later God led us to Faith where Don assumed the role of Chair of the Christian School Department, and I was later brought in as an adjunct professor in that department. It is great to work together in Christian education!”
Mrs. Long came to Faith in August of 2004, and she has made an impact on the lives of hundreds of students, helping set the bar high within the Christian School Department.
“Dee has always worked hard to make classes interesting and relevant for her students,” said Dr. Mark Stupka. “She has also been eager to serve her students and go the extra mile to help them and our department. Dee has been a blessing to all of us!”
As Mrs. Long wraps up her final weeks of teaching and looks forward to celebrating with another class of graduates, she finds herself very sentimental and reflective of her time at Faith:
“It has been a privilege and blessing to work alongside such a fantastic faculty and staff these past 17 years,” said Mrs. Long. “In particular it has been a joy to be part of FBBC’s Christian School Department. We work with amazing education majors who graduate and go on to serve the Lord in various capacities. Through the years, we see them teaching in Christian and public schools, homeschooling their children and/or serving children and families in the local church. A favorite verse has always been Psalm 145:4: ‘One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.’”
A reception to honor Mrs. Long, along with our retirees from 2020, will be held in Benson Hall on Friday, May 7, 2021, from 12 p.m. until 1:30 p.m.