This is the first part of an ongoing series where the Emmaus Experience staff interview faculty members of Emmaus Bible College. Dr. Kim Parcher is the Chair of the Business Department at Emmaus where he has taught since 2015. He has a Ph.D. in Global Leadership from Indiana Institute of Technology. He and his wife, Denise, both work at Emmaus, and they have four adult children and two grandchildren scattered across the country. Kim enjoys traveling, and some of his hobbies include woodworking and gardening.
Emmaus Experience Staff: How long have you worked at Emmaus and in what role(s)?
Kim Parcher: I am completing my 5th year teaching in the Business Department. For the past 4 years I have also served as Program Director and Chair of the department.
EE: Tell us a little about your education: where did you study? Who was your favorite professor? What was your favorite class/subject?
KP: I have a number of degrees, one from Grace Theological Seminary and two business degrees including my PhD from Indiana Institute of Technology. My dissertation advisor was a huge help to me.
EE: What is/are your favorite class(es) to teach at Emmaus? Why?
KP: Every class I teach, I caught myself saying this is my favorite class! But if I were forced to choose, it would be Principles of Management and Leadership as that is the background of my PhD.
EE: Do you have a favorite book of the Bible? Favorite passage? Favorite verse?
KP: Oh, I think that I like any of the books written by the apostle John. He writes simply and often includes numerous insights into Christ himself (“….whom we have handled, the word of life….”).
EE: What books (fiction/non-fiction) are you currently reading or have read recently just for fun? What are your favorite movies? Favorite television shows?
KP: My favorite is “After the Flood” a book written by a creationist detailing the authenticity of the table of nations in Genesis with pagan histories in manuscripts written by them and still stored in European libraries (similar to the book of Kells in Ireland).
EE: What do you see as the strength(s) of an Emmaus Bible College education?
KP: Most of our classes are small enough it is almost like having an private tutor. Professors are here because they feel called by Christ.
EE: How did you come to faith in Christ?
KP: At age 4 ½ through my mother and our church.
EE: What were the circumstances the Lord used to bring you to Emmaus Bible College?
KP: I lost my job in industry due to our company being bought by another. My youngest son challenged me to think about teaching full time (I was already teaching college in the evenings). Emmaus had a need for a business professor. A year later I started.
EE: What do you like to do with your time when you’re not preparing for classes or studying? What hobbies do you have?
KP: I’ve learned to enjoy working with my hands, woodworking. I’ve built small pieces of furniture.
EE: If you could spend ten minutes with any biblical character (other than Jesus) who would it be and why?
KP: Moses. He found out what leadership was like.
We hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know Dr. Parcher a little bit more! If you are interested in learning more about the Business Department at Emmaus, you can see Dr. Parcher’s faculty bio here: Dr. Kim Parcher.