Corban professor shares travel-abroad experiences

Tuesday, December 23, 2008


Dr. Sam Baker excitedly returned from his first teaching venture at AmbEx, a semester abroad program in Amberg, Germany.  Teaching a class on Spiritual Formation, Baker was most impressed with the quality AmbEx students; of the eight who took the class, four were from Corban. 

The ministries professor appreciated his daily interaction with the students, hosts Director Jerry Orr and family, and the fascinating German culture.  His strongest memory, and certainly the most moving, was teaching an onsite lesson on persecuted faith at Dachau, a Nazi concentration camp.  Other trips included Munich, Prague, a famous world Christmas market in Nurnberg, and an independent tour of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, one of the oldest medieval cities in Europe.

The centuries-old, walled city of Amberg is rich in history.  Baker marveled at the ornate St. George’s Church.  In his estimation, the unique setting of AmbEx, along with its commitment to serve its Bavarian neighbors in local churches and ministries, makes it an ideal academic environment. 

 “AmbEx affords students an incredible opportunity to study in the land of Luther, travel to historic locations, integrate ministry into a study-abroad learning context, and further the development of one’s faith,” says the professor.

Dr. Baker joined ranks with three others from Corban who’ve been invited to teach coursework at AmbEx: Drs. Virginia Cross, Kent Kersey, and Tim Anderson.  Only its second semester in operation, AmbEx offers students back-to-back courses, taught by excellent Christian professors from colleges, universities, and seminaries across the U.S.  Local experts add to instruction in areas like language and geography.  This semester AmbEx had Corban’s Dr. Anderson begin coursework in September; two courses were then offered by professors from Westminster (Penn.), followed by the final course by Dr. Baker.

All of Corban’s participating faculty would like to encourage students:  Consider this tremendous study abroad opportunity.


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