David Janzen

I loved college. I loved exploring my independence and interests, figuring out what I believed, what I valued, who I was, and who I wanted to be. I wrestled with questions of career, marriage, faith, and my pacifist Mennonite roots during the Gulf War. Along the way, a mix of friends, family, and mentors were there to work through the questions with me. We explored the Bible like I had never done before. After a stint in “the real world” of software engineering, and answers to a few of those lingering questions like marriage and kids, I was drawn back to academia where I continue exploring, and I can come alongside students who are doing the same, often for the first time.

As for the rest of the story, I grew up in Kansas where my parents still live on a farm. Some of my best memories include evenings at the local lake and college summers teaching water skiing in New Hampshire. I have a second “family” who adopted me for a semester when I studied in Budapest, Hungary.

Now, I have a wonderful new family. My wife and best friend, Karen, is a wonderful gift, as are my three kids.

My Life

  • In college I drove
    Bicentennial edition Chevy Nova
  • Worst school subject
  • College for undergrad degree
    Tabor College
  • Best advice I ever got
    Ask God for wisdom. He gives it out generously. James 1:5-6
  • Favorite books
    Three by Ted Dekker
  • Favorite city
    San Francisco
  • If I were not a professor, I would
    be farming in Kansas
  • Latest accomplishment
    Google grants and an Android course
  • Quote

    If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt... James 1:5-6a

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