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Au Sable Welcomes New Board Members Dave Lamb and Robert Zwier

Jul 22, 2015

As part of its ongoing commitment to grow its Board of Trustees in number, professional skill, and Christian ministry, the Au Sable Institute is pleased to welcome its two newest members, Dave Lamb and Dr. Robert Zwier, increasing the number of active Trustees from eight to ten. Both bring diverse and invaluable talents to Au Sable as the Institute continues to develop its ministries in education, research, and building the Au Sable community.

Dave Lamb (M. Div. Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, MI) currently resides in Lake Ann, Michigan, where he is Managing Director of Lake Ann Camp, an interdenominational Christian camp which has been changing lives and leading people to become disciples of Jesus Christ for over 60 years. A widely respected pastor, administrator, and development professional , Dave served for 17 years as Senior Pastor of the Highland Hills Baptist Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan before taking his present position at Lake Ann Camp. Active in the development of global missions and their supporting networks of outreach in Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Singapore, Hong Kong, India, The Philippines, and Brazil, David also developed local urban ministries in Grand Rapids that served migrant laborers, international professionals, and urban church planting. A skilled administrator, financial manager, and budget forecaster, Dave brings to the Au Sable Board a wealth of skill and experience in institutional administration in Christian mission, financial development, and budget management.

Robert Zwier (Ph.D, University of Wisconsin – Madison) is a respected Christian political scientist, teacher, scholar, and administrator. He has held positions as Provost and Senior Vice President of Roberts Wesleyan College (New York), Provost of Malone College (Ohio), Vice President for Academic Affairs at Colorado Christian University (Colorado), and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Northwestern College (Iowa). An expert in curricular development, evaluation, and educational assessment, Bob served for 11 years on the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA) of Colleges and Schools, the recognized accrediting authority for colleges and universities throughout the US Midwest. Bob also worked as a Mentor in the CCCU’s Executive Leadership Development Program, a group formed specifically to assist individuals new to positions in academic leadership. Bob also served previously on the regional (Northwest Iowa) Board of the Center for Public Justice, working to develop a faith-based understanding of political issues. 

Au Sable’s Executive Director, Fred Van Dyke, noted of these individuals, “We’re richly blessed at this time to not only be able to grow the Board in number of trustees, but, much more importantly, to increase our capacity for leadership, administration, and educational assessment through the skills that Bob and Dave bring to us. And, with that, both bring a vibrant Christian commitment that enables them to truly understand the foundations of Au Sable’s mission and ministry in environmental stewardship.” Ben Lowe,  Chair of the Board of Trustees added, "Bob and Dave both come to us with distinguished records of faithful service and effective leadership. We're excited to have them on our team and look forward to how God will partner with them to further establish his kingdom work here at Au Sable."

Welcome aboard Bob and Dave! We’re honored to have you with us.