Dr. Charles Y. Furness, 1979

Dr. Charles Y. Furness, 1979 | “Furness was the man for the time. [Others] could take a Bible school program and use its curriculum… as a kind of a spiritual redoubt to protect themselves... to build fortresses. But because his life work had been at the interface of life’s most abject situations with people who didn’t necessarily have a faith orientation, he was the man for the time, impeccable credentials, a spiritual man, a fine Christian who knew how to negotiate that very fine line and lead [the program] to accreditation. I’m not sure anybody else could have done that.” - former student, Timothy Johnson '76 on the founding chairman of Cairn University’s social work program, Dr. Charles Y. Furness

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