Raymond has an eclectic background with work experience in marine sciences, business, communication, film and media arts. His love of the dramatic arts and helping Christian theater ministries led him to switch directions later in life from his day job of managing Jamaica’s largest fish farming operation to completing a PhD in Communication at Regent University. He went on to teach at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. At George Fox, Raymond helped the Cinema and Media Communication major to grow significantly into the vibrant program that now exists.
Irene Barkman is a licensed Certified Public Accountant with over thirty years of experience in public accounting. The blend of practical experience with her academic pursuits presents a unique learning opportunity for the students of Sterling College.
Laura Bateman will be teaching in the Music Department, focusing on vocal studies. Laura received her Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance, with a minor in French, from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. She received a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO, and her Doctor of Arts degree in Voice Performance, with a secondary in Vocal Pedagogy, also from the University of Northern Colorado. She has previously taught as an adjunct professor at Clearwater Christian College in Clearwater, FL and at St.
Curt serves as the Professor of Chemistry here at Sterling College, where he likes that he can share his faith through the subject he teaches. He received the McCreery Teaching Award in 1996. Before arriving to Sterling in 1986, Curt taught as an Assistant Professor at Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles, California. Curt really feels that God called him to Sterling where he can teach and get to know his students in a Christian atmosphere. In his spare time, Curt enjoys photography, fishing, fireworks, and spending time with wife, Cindy, and young daughter, Alexys.
Assistant Professor of History; Dept Chair of History & Government
When it comes to someone with experience in teaching, Doug certainly has experience. He taught at the secondary level for 24 years and 10 years at Barton County Community College teaching outreach classes. Doug was drawn to teach in higher education, specifically Sterling, due to its mission statement and Christian worldview.
Tom was born in Hutchinson, Kansas and was raised on his family farm (15 miles north of Lyons). This farm has been in Tom's family for over 100 years and his daughter and her husband and family still live there and continue the family farming operation. Tom has been teaching at Sterling for 7 years and thoroughly enjoy the interaction with students concerning the teaching of theology and philosophy. His wife, Bev, have three children together. His son, Matt, lives in Nashville, TN and is a song writer and producer. His daughter, Erin, lives on the family farm and also has three children and his daughter, Emily, lives in Fullerton, CA and is married and has two daughters.
Mark Clark serves as Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at Sterling College in Sterling, Kansas. His responsibilities include directing and teaching the choral ensembles, choral classes and Music Theory. Mark holds degrees in Music Education from Wichita State University and Friends University. His primary teachers include Dr. Bud Boughton, Dr. George Gibson, and Dr. Cecil Riney.
Assistant Professor of Biology; Department Chair of Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Dr. Conard enjoys being a part of the Sterling College community because he can work directly with motivated students and make a difference in enhancing their professional and personal development. His teaching style emphasizes the value of experiential learning and encourages students to actively participate in the learning process by promoting critical evaluation of topics within the discipline. Before arriving to Sterling College, Dr. Conard taught as an Adjunct professor at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. Research projects headed up by Dr. Conard include understanding white-tailed deer movement patterns and contact rates at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge. Current and prospective students are always welcome to contact Dr. Conard directly to discuss existing or new research opportunities.
Jeff’s primary area of teaching is the Youth Ministry concentration. He has spent 11 years doing youth ministry in the local church and on mission trips, retreats, and at camps. He has served as a youth pastor in the Church of the Nazarene, where he is ordained. He continues to serve as the Youth Pastor at the Sterling First United Methodist Church. Jeff is a member of the Association of Youth Ministry Educators. His passion is to see a new generation of students rise up to be passionate, thoughtful, and Christ-like followers of Jesus who impact our world