Director, Teacher Education program and General Studies Chair
Left Taylor University Fort Wayne
Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on December 10, 1940 to Forest and Thelma Weddle, the second of two children, Alice Joy Weddle was surrounded by family that was committed to God and to teaching. She also had a life-long familiarity with Fort Wayne Bible College and the Gospel Temple.
She graduated from South Side High School in 1959, being the editor of the school’s award-winning yearbook. She entered Fort Wayne Bible College in the fall of 1959. During those years she excelled, establishing herself as a student leader. She served in the SEA (Student Education Association) throughout her undergraduate time, serving as president, Vice President, and other SEA committees. She was active on the yearbook staff as layout assistant and literary editor. She served as editor of the Student Voice. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1964 with a major in elementary education.
After graduation, she taught in Fort Wayne Community Schools in grades 1, 4, 5, and 6. She pursued her master’s degree from Indiana University and eventually her doctorate at Ball State University (1982), with her dissertation focused on her lifelong interest-reading.
She came to Fort Wayne Bible College as an instructor 1971-72 school year. In 1984, she became the chair for the General Studies division in addition to teaching education classes. In 1987 she became director of teacher education on top of her other responsibilities. Due to this organization, she helped strengthen the college’s general studies curriculum. Because of her knowledge and background in accreditation, she played a key role in assisting the college in continuing their Indiana State Education accreditation and the earning of North Central Association accreditation in the mid 1980s. She remained with the college through the merger with Taylor University for one year. She left in the spring of 1993.
Alice Joy became a chaplain with Lutheran Hospital as she pursued another masters degree in couselling from Saint Francis College. Upon completion she worked with children at the Family Care Center. Chaacteristic of her priorities, she set aside personal funds for the creation of a theraphy room at the Center. She continued as a member of local AIDS task force, feeling strongly that Christ's love and truth is essential to all people. This was something she had been helping with since 1989. She worked until illness took her life on March 23, 1998.