Remembering the Life and Legacy of Dr. Devon Wiens

Please join us in remembering the life and legacy of former Professor and Faculty Emeritus Dr. Devon Wiens who passed away earlier this month. The following is adapted from the obituary posted for Dr. Wiens.

 

Devon Harvey Wiens

July 13, 1936

September 10, 2018

 

Devon Wiens was born in Shafter, California to Daniel and Minnie Wiens. The family moved to Oklahoma and then settled in Wichita, Kansas.

 

The First Bible Baptist Church of Wichita was where Devon found the two loves of his life: Beverly Noel and teaching. He started teaching Sunday School, and declared himself a Bible major at Friends University. He married Beverly in 1957 at the very church where they met. Upon receiving his degree at Friends, Devon moved the family to Pasadena to attend Fuller Theological Seminary to earn a Master's Degree. After graduating from Fuller in 1963, he entered the Doctorate Program at the USC Graduate School of Religion. His first teaching position after completing his PhD, was at Huntington College in Indiana. The highlight of his first year of teaching was being named "Teacher of the Year", in a poll done by the students. After four years at Huntington College, he was offered a position in the Theology and Religion department at Fresno Pacific University.

 

At Fresno Pacific University, Devon was given the freedom to be innovative, and develop into a highly respected professor. He was the first to take students on a study-tour to Israel in conjunction with the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and The Institute for Holy Land Studies. He dedicated himself to Fresno Pacific University until retiring in 2003. His continued influence is still felt through the lives of the many faculty and staff at Fresno Pacific (including Bret Kincaid, Larry Dunn, Tim Neufeld, Greg Camp, Brian Henderer, among others) and those in the community who continue to serve with his teaching in mind. His generosity was also demonstrated through the generous gift of his library to the Biblical & Religious Studies Division.

 

Devon is survived by his wife Beverly, of 61 years: his daughter Pam Ferguson and husband Scott, his son Jim Wiens and wife Angela, his 3 grandchildren Staci, Heather and Alexander. He is also survived by his brother Danny Wiens, and many relatives.

 

A memorial service was held on Friday, September 21, 2018. Please join us in praying for family, friends, and all who love and miss their mentor and colleague, Dr. Devon Wiens.