Feb 26, 2008

Dr. Russell E. Daubert shares a little about himself with his students

by Kerah Kemmerer

Hailing from Marion, Ohio, Dr. Russell E. Daubert has settled peacefully into the hills of Virginia, at least for now.  As a School of Religion faculty member, Daubert spends his teaching hours within the confines of the Religion Hall.  His clean and orderly office gives a sense of the structured and disciplined individual he reveals through his lifestyle. 
Organization is crucial to fulfill his daily tasks and life’s passions.  Daubert has been an instructor for both resident and Distance Learning Program theology classes.  His heart for missions has lead him overseas to 25 countries. 
He also created a communication consulting corporation while in California. The program is designed to train professionals in presentation skills through one-day workshops.  “Professional Communication Training” has helped even scientists and engineers with their presentation skills.  Through the consulting opportunity, Daubert has had the chance to train sales personnel in Southeast Asia.
Daubert has lived Pennsylvania, Indiana, California and Virginia. He also holds several upper level degrees.  After attending a business college in Indiana, where he received a Junior Accounting Certificate, he completed his Bachelor of Arts at Cedarville University.  He added a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Speech to his collection, and he holds a Doctorate of Education. 
During his 26 years at Liberty, Daubert has presented papers at various international, national, regional and state conferences in rhetorical criticism, culture and higher education research.  He has also taught courses in speech communication, missions, theology, ethics, evangelism and homiletics. Outside teaching and training, Daubert has a passion for running.
Here is Dr. Russell E. Daubert in his own words. 
Champion:  What was your childhood like, and how has that shaped you?
Daubert:  I was saved at the age of five.  My dad was a pastor of a church in Ohio and a missionary to prisoners through a Baptist organization.  We moved to Pennsylvania for him to minster in the prisons before we moved to Indiana, where he was the Protestant chaplain at the Indiana State Prison.
I was an only child and traveled with my parents.  When my dad spoke in churches, I would set up the slide presentation and put out tracts and pictures. 
It was neat as a boy to watch my parents depend on God – not just paycheck to paycheck.  Since we were in a faith ministry, we depended on the offerings from the churches in that state.  One day, when there was not a lot of food, we knelt down at the couch and prayed.  God provided.  This type of provision enhanced my prayer life and faith.
Champion:  Do you have any particular memorable experiences from your college days?
Daubert:  On the day I graduated from seminary, I still was unsure of the Lord’s leading.  When I checked my mail for the last time, there was a letter from a church in California that would set things up for a summer ministry. That was great experience, a wonderful time. So that’s the way it works sometimes. The Lord may reveal his will at the very last minute.
Champion:  What has inspired your passion for overseas missions, and where have you been?
Daubert:  Liberty has really impressed me with the need to act on the vision of reaching out to people with the gospel.  I’ve been on 16 mission trips overseas. I’ve pastored a church here, part time, and spoken in different churches in the surrounding states.  But the traveling has been an exciting time for me. I’ve taken members of my family along and some close friends to the Orient and to Eastern Europe primarily.      
I’ve been impressed by the sacrifices of the Christians in Hungary and Romania.  They don’t have the materialism we have here.  Their walk with Christ is so pure and true.
Champion:  Is there any place you would like to visit again?
Daubert:  I’ve been to Israel just one time, but I think I would like to take my family back there.  I would like to show my wife some of the key places there, since Israel is such a beautiful place and the nation has such a history regarding our faith.
Champion: Working at Liberty is a family affair.  Where are the other Dauberts located around this campus?
Daubert:  Marcia, my wife, works in the Registrar’s office as a transcript verification officer.  Mike, our youngest, works as a security officer, and Mark, our middle son, works as a Distance Learning financial aid counselor.
Champion:  You have said that you have a passion for running. Tell me more about this activity. 
Daubert:  I used to play basketball quite a bit, and I ran occasionally to stay in shape for the faculty basketball team.  Since I felt really good about that, I just kept running.  I ran some local races, which led to the Virginia 10-miler here in Lynchburg.  A marathon was another challenge.  Later I accepted the challenge to run several ultra-marathons, including one of 100 miles in Canada. Now I just run 15 to 20 miles a week to stay in shape.
I love the new trail system.  It is really exciting. It’s well marked and some of the areas are quite steep and challenging.   I like running on the beach, too.  When we lived in California, I would run the beach at least once a week.
Champion:  What are some of your most memorable experiences at Liberty? 
Daubert:  I remember when convocation was held in a tent in the DeMoss parking lot.      Also, there was one time my dad spoke in an evangelism class here at Liberty.
Once, when a student fell asleep in class, I whispered to the class to leave quietly.  He met me at the door the next class and said, “Dr. Daubert, I will never fall asleep in your class again.  I woke up in the middle of the next class.”  He ended up dropping his books on the way out of that other class.   
Champion:  What are your future goals?
Daubert:  Since the Christian life is so exciting, I just want to keep allowing my savior to lead me.  The opportunities to serve our savior are way beyond anything we can imagine. 
Champion:  Do you have any advice you would like to share with students?
Daubert:  I think Proverbs 3:5-6 sums it up.  When we trust our savior “with all your heart,” he will show you his will since he will “cut straight” the path ahead.  I’d also like to encourage students to take a step of faith by going on a missions trip. 

Contact Kerak Kemmerer at kkemmerer@liberty.edu.

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