Sunshine is excited to welcome Dr. Tim Baldwin as our new BridgeBuilders director! Tim brings a dynamic range of experience, knowledge, and passion with a humble, warm, sincere, and inviting personality.
Tim grew up in Grand Rapids, MI and attended Calvin College where he studied History and French. He later moved to St. Louis, MO to attend Covenant Seminary. While there, his passion for teaching grew and he settled into the St. Louis area and taught at a local Christian High School for 18 years. His wife Barb is also an educator and they raised their children Ben, Matt, and Jenny primarily in the St. Louis area.
During their time living in St. Louis, the multicultural church they attended began delving deeper into work with refugees. This helped Tim gain understanding of issues surrounding poverty, race, and justice. “During this time in my life, I became stretched in new ways through relationships I formed with people in church. I began to step into the depth of how poverty affects people.” These relationships eventually lead to Tim founding a non profit that served alongside multiple refugee and immigrant communities in St. Louis.
In more recent years, Tim and his wife have relocated to Chicago where he pursued his doctorate in education through Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, while teaching part time there. “My heart is deeply burdened for the churches’ response to poverty, race, justice, and immigration. When hearing about the BridgeBuilders program through our Chicago Church [Covenant Presbyterian]. I was so intrigued as it marries several of my passions- teaching and learning, intercultural Biblical hospitality, and racial/economic justice .”
Tim further expounds that he is thoroughly impressed with the curriculum BridgeBuilders teaches and how the service learning experiences engage people with the Woodlawn community in authentic and sustainable ways. He hopes to continue his pursuit of learning more about the Woodlawn community and bring a Structure-Support-Challenge approach to the program. Structure through implementing formal objectives, schedules, and sequence of learning components, Support through fostering healthy and open learning environments, and Challenge through growth opportunities for those who participate in the program. He will also oversee interns that help serve as facilitators to BridgeBuilders groups.
“I pray my teaching is always in step with the Holy Spirit. I aim to work closely with our interns, stewarding their growth and continuing to furthers our existing partnerships and existing relationships.” If you are interested in the BridgeBuilders program, please email Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org