remembering dr. renald Showers ROGER PEACE (‘94)
Throughout the history of Word of Life Bible Institute, our students have been blessed with some of the world’s leading theologians and Bible teachers. Dr. Renald Showers was one such professor. On April 4, 2019, Dr. Showers went Home to be with the Lord after a long fight against Alzheimer’s disease. He lived a life that reflected the teaching and commitment to “holding forth the Word of Life” (Philippians 2:16). The team at Word of Life Bible Institute is praying for his family and friends as we remember the legacy he’s left for future generations. If you have a memory of Dr. Showers from your time at Word of Life Bible Institute, we would love to hear about it on the Alumni Facebook group. We are honored to have known Dr. Showers and rejoice that he is in Heaven, without pain, worshipping the God he served so faithfully with the time he was given on earth. Dr. Renald (Rennie) Showers is a gradu- ate of Philadelphia College of Bible (1956), Wheaton College (1958), Dallas Theological Seminary (1962) and earned his Doctorate at Grace Theological Seminary (1975). In addition to pastoral experience in New Jersey (1963-64) and Pennsylvania (1964- 67), he has been on the faculty of Lancaster Bible College (1962-63), Philadelphia College of Bible (1967-77; 1980-89),
Moody Bible Institute (1977-1980) and the Friends of Israel Institute of Jewish Studies (1989-2016). For many years Dr. Showers was a visiting professor at Baptist Bible Seminary in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania and at Word of Life Bible Institute (1974- 2012) and was a frequent speaker at Word of Life Conference Centers in New York and Florida. In recent years he has been a conference speaker for the Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry and a contributing editor for their monthly publication, Israel My Glory . He and his wife, Ellie, have two daughters (Renee Showers Raupp and Marbeth Showers Golden) and four grandchildren. Dr. Showers’ primary course at Word of Life Bible Institute was the portion of Church History known as “What on Earth is God Doing?” (also the title of a book he wrote and used in class). The course is an overview of the various ways God has interacted with man through human history culminating with the 1,000-year reign of Christ on the earth. Dr. Showers taught at Word of Life Bible Institute over a span of 39 school years (1974-2012). The following are some of the books used over the years in the classroom at Word of Life Bible Institute written by Dr. Showers:
Showers study Skills center
The Showers Study Skills Center is a comfortable, academic location that provides a space for students to study. Along with providing a space to study, it is currently used for administering quizzes and exams.
• Maranatha Our Lord, Come! • There Really Is A Difference • The Most High God • What On Earth Is God Doing?
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