Dr. Jerry Pattengale has spoken on many of the nation’s largest campuses, has founded and helped direct various national initiatives, and has numerous books, publications and unique life experiences. He serves as Executive Director of the Green Scholars’ Initiative, the research arm of the world’s largest private collection of biblical texts and artifacts. The Green Collection’s major museum is forthcoming near Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, and its Verbum Domini and Passages exhibits have been featured in prominent locations, including the Vatican. Jerry also serves as Assistant Provost at Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU)—one the nation’s three largest Christian universities. He’s attracted $40 million in educational funding to IWU, and in 2012 received its top honor, “The World Changing Faculty Award.” He has research appointments at Baylor University, The Sagamore Institute, Tyndale House–Cambridge, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and is the Director of National Conversations, the Associate Publisher, Christian Scholar’s Review, and on the national board of directors for the Religion News Service. He received the National Student Advocate Award (USC), two Professor of the Year Awards (APU), an NEH Award to Isthmia, Greece, and established the record viewership for the prominent Teaching Professor broadcasts (Madison, WI). Recent books include Biblical Evidence; Beyond Integration?; Taking Every Thought Captive; Straight Talk: Clear Answers about Today’s Christianity; Why I Teach; The Purpose-guided Student; Helping Sophomores Succeed and; Visible Solutions for Invisible Students. During 2011 and 2012 he produced three lecture (and DVD) series involving over 30 top biblical scholars, including a series with the Pontifical Biblical Institute (Rome), and in 2012 filmed three History Channel segments. Jerry is one of the pioneers of Purpose-Guided Education, a humanities-based approach to student success. His Accidental Author newsprint series has run for over a decade and he contributes regularly to Books & Culture. He received international recognition for co-developing the Odyssey in Egypt initiative, attached to their excavation in Egypt and schools in Western Michigan. His “Buck Creek Chronicles” newsprint column is in its 12th year. In August, 2012, he was appointed as a general editor for the first of three book series with Brill Publishers (Leyden). Jerry lives in Indiana with his wife, Cindy. They have four adult sons.
Ph.D., Miami Univ. (OH), Ancient History | M.A., Miami Univ. (OH), Tudor-Stuart History
M.A., Wheaton College (IL), Interpersonal Development | B.S., Indiana Wesleyan University, History, Religion
About the Book
Some books like Buck Creek have a buzz about their release. After all, it’s not everyday someone rides a wild deer down the freeway against traffic. Some new books have fun news releases about them. In the case of Buck Creek, Why not? After all, it is a bit unusual for a scholar to publish books about school pranks and ancient manuscripts simultaneously, or to host a lecture series at the Vatican while people halfway across the world are reading his story about killing his uncle’s giant hog. And some books take over a decade to write. Buck Creek’s stories were released over twelve years through Jerry’s newspaper column: articles about life in the sleepy town of Buck Creek, Indiana – true stories that tickled their minds. Actually, he likely had a sleepless childhood, raised deep in the adjacent woods in an energetic family of ten with little money. The seeds of that Buck Creek adventurousness sprouted into his full-bloomed creativity that assists his international career. A few of the stories have already appeared in major publishing venues, or have been read before large audiences. This is the first of the four Buck Creek books, and the newsprint series continues; you’ll often find him laughing aloud in some plane as he recalls another story while writing his weekly column. Buck Creek also comes with a summary section after each story—whether for personal reflection or to discuss with others. Either way, if you’re like his newspaper readers you’ll probably find yourself retelling a few of these bizarre gems: all true, and with a reflective twist.