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Randy Jedele


  


Randy Jedele  Currently, Randy Jedele is the chair of the Humanities Department and teaches writing at Des Moines Area Community College in Des Moines, Iowa. Randy is committed to teaching his students the beauty and power of words. He has always believed that teachers who are also students make better teachers. Consequently, he is a life long learner and is working on a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Besides being a faculty member at his college, Randy plays several other roles. He is the coordinator of learning communities, chairs the Instructional Delivery Work Group for the Strategic Planning Counsel, and serves on the Assessment Commission.

Randy is a member of the National Academic Advising Association. He has held various Board positions with the organization and is a faculty member for the association's Summer Institute, which focuses on training and developing administrators and academic advisors in order to improve their student advising programs. Randy has also presented several papers at national conferences on how to work with and advise gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered students and to create safe campuses for all students who live on the margins.

Randy is an active member of the Urbandale United Church of Christ in Des Moines, Iowa, where he rediscovered his relationship with the living Christ ten years ago when he joined this open and affirming congregation. Randy’s roots are in the Lutheran church with some Southern Baptist experiences while completing his undergraduate degree at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. However, when he came to terms with his sexuality and came out as a gay man in 1981, his faith journey slowed to a painfully dismal walk through a desert of isolation, until he discovered Urbandale United Church of Christ. As a result of this church family's open arms and hearts filled with love, Randy has rediscovered the joy of living each day centered in Christ's love and empowered by the Spirit's presence. Randy is a member of the worship team, which assists the pastor in planning worship throughout the year.

Besides work and church activities, Randy is an avid gardener, gourmet cook, and world traveler. Working the soil of a garden and creating a palette of floral beauty, cooking a nourishing and sustaining meal to be shared in fellowship with others, and seeing the cities and treasures around the world are all good methods of therapy for Randy. However, in his estimation, there is truly nothing better for the soul and the self than the stillness that comes from a quiet moment alone with the living God, while the heart meditates on a passage of scripture. These moments each day fill his soul with the richness of God's presence, peace, and pleasure, and give his life meaning.

Mr. Jedele's book, "YOU NEED ONLY TO BE STILL: Using the Hebrew Scriptures to Journey Through Lent," is available from Chi Rho Press.

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