Grace College & Seminary was pleased to honor Dr. William Male at Saturday’s commencement ceremony for his numerous accomplishments as a faculty member and administrator at Grace, as well as for his recent, significant financial gift toward the purchase of the seminary building. In recognition, the building has now been renamed the William Male Center for Seminary and Graduate Studies.
In the thirty-four years he served Grace Schools, Dr. Male served twelve years as academic dean of the college, eleven years as dean of the seminary, and two years as the acting dean of the seminary’s west campus. He received a Ph.D. degree from Indiana University in 1968. In 1971, he founded the first of the annual institutes for Christian school administrators and teachers, for which Grace has become internationally known in the Christian school movement. After his retirement from his academic ministries at Grace, he served as a part-time planned giving officer for the school from 1989 through 1993.
During his years of service at Grace College and Seminary, Male also served as an interim pastor of a number of churches, including Grace Bible Church of Berne (which he helped establish), the Community Grace Brethren Church of Warsaw, the Grace Brethren Church of Fort Wayne, the Grace Brethren Church of Goshen, the Bethel Brethren Church of Berne, and the Milwood Chapel.
At the annual meeting of the Association of Grace Brethren Ministers in July, 2009, Dr. Male was honored with their “Lifetime Achievement” award.
“We are proud to name our seminary building after Dr. Male,” said Bill Katip, president of Grace College & Seminary. “We have greatly benefited from his work here at Grace as well as his generous giving over these many years.”