This post is part of an on-going series interviewing Faculty members of Emmaus Bible College. Lauren Bingham is an adjunct faculty member teaching mathematics courses at Emmaus.
Emmaus Experience Staff: How long have you worked at Emmaus and in what role(s)?
Lauren Bingham: I started at Emmaus in Fall 2019. I have taught Math 140.
EE: Tell us a little about your education: where did you study? Who was your favorite professor? What was your favorite class/subject?
LB: I studied mathematics at Michigan Technological University with a secondary education emphasis and biology as my teaching minor. I earned my Masters of Science from Texas A & M in December 2018. My favorite undergraduate professor was Dr V, my geometry teacher. She was also my advisor.
EE: What is/are your favorite class(es) to teach at Emmaus? Why?
LB: So far it is Math 140, because that is all I have taught. I look forward to Survey of Math in the fall.
EE: Do you have a favorite book of the Bible? Favorite passage? Favorite verse?
LB: I really enjoy Romans 1:28, that explains why men are without excuse to be followers of God.
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?
LB: I am currently reading Love and Logic: The Toddler Years and Humble Pi by Matt Parker. My favorite movies are UP, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Wall-E. My favorite TV shows are The Office, Gilmore Girls, and The Cosby Show.
EE: What do you see as the strength(s) of an Emmaus Bible College education?
LB: Getting a well-rounded education centered in Jesus.
EE: How did you come to faith in Christ?
LB: I was baptized when I was 9. After losing my grandfather at age 11, I realized how necessary Jesus was to have a purpose in life. After some rough years in middle school and camps, I was able to get that focus on Jesus back. I have been letting him guide my future since.
EE: What were the circumstances the Lord used to bring you to Emmaus Bible College?
LB: My husband and I moved to Dubuque for John Deere shortly after we were married. When we first moved here, I applied, interviewed, and accepted a teaching position at UW-Platteville all within a matter of three days. With that type of movement, I knew God was at work there. About a year later, we started regularly attending Christ Church Dubuque. There we meet the Tueckes and some Emmaus students. I had wanted to apply to teach at Emmaus for several years, but there was no opening for math teachers and I didn’t yet have my Master’s degree. Once I had my Master’s and browsed the local colleges for jobs, I jumped on the opportunity to teach at Emmaus. I applied, interviewed, and accepted all within a week!
EE: What do you like to do with your time when you’re not preparing for classes or studying? What hobbies do you have?
LB: I like to crochet and go hiking. I am starting to experiment with baking, too.
EE: If you could spend ten minutes with any biblical character (other than Jesus) who would it be and why?
LB: Daniel, because he studied so much. I would want to pick his brain about math and the advances it made.
EE: Any other interesting things about yourself that you think our readers would like to know?
LB: I have three energetic boys ages 7, 4, and 1. I grew up in Detroit. I played the drums, oboe, and bassoon in band in high school. My dad spent all his summers growing up in Ontario. My parents and sister live in Michigan, and my husband’s family lives in Indiana.