Retired but remained active, serving on Alumni Council and mentoring women students
Joy M. Gerig, 1926-2012
Miss Joy Gerig served Fort Wayne Bible College from 1959-1990, first as a secretary and Bethany Dorm Supervisor (affectionately known as "Mom"), then as Christian Service Director, a position she held with great distinction until her retirement in the spring, 1990.
During her years she pioneered Christian Service devolopment, taking it from a group of activities to a well-monitored, degree-related system of field experiences designed to ease the transition into a student's chosen profession. Since music groups were also C.S. assignments, she worked closely with the Public Relations Office to represent the college and recruit students. When understanding that every student was required to have six semesters of C.S. assignments and that every student would meet with Miss Gerig or other staff, the department was a constant buzz of activity, first in the NE corner of Bethany basement, then on third floor of Witmer. Her years as Youth Conference advisor also helped students learn how to follow-up on assigned tasks.
Miss Gerig also earned a reputation for having great spiritual insight. Many sought her out to gain her perspective on life choices, life partners, and family problems. Her chapel messages and devotionals were always insightful and significant. When she prayed, one sensed God's presence in a vital way.
She also helped Fort Wayne Bible College gain a national reputation by furthering Christian Service evaluation and devlopment among all American Association of Bible Colleges schools.