Spiritual Formation

Dr. JoAnn Ford Watson

Dr. JoAnn Ford Watson is a professor of Christian Theology and Spiritual Formation at the Ashland University Theological Seminary.

Dr. Watson was drawn to Ashland Theological Seminary because of her great interest in training students for ministry. In the classroom, she is a constant source of encouragement, giving students the boost they need to really succeed.

Dr. Watson's true gifting is compassion. Though ATS students are the current recipients of that gift, Dr. Watson has been on an incredible journey of compassion for many years. She even worked with Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India. At the Charity, Dr. Watson saw Mother Teresa and the other nuns model the simple love of Jesus with an incredible generosity of spirit.

Dr. Watson enjoys traveling, her favorite destinations being Europe and Asia. She is also very fond of music. Dr. Watson and her husband, Duane, have one daughter, Christina.

Dr. Terry Wardle

Dr. Terry Wardle is a professor of Practical Theology at the Ashland University Theological Seminary, as well as the Director of the Institute of Formational Counseling. Dr. Wardle is a well-respected teacher and author, both locally and globally. His humility, conviction, and wisdom are a natural draw for those seeking to learn more about the depths of Christ. Dr. Wardle loves the daily opportunity to journey with students, enjoying a front row seat as they grow, heal, and reach out to touch the world in Christ's name.

Dr. Wardle’s ministry extends even beyond the students of ATS, as he speaks at seminars, conferences, and churches and as he directs the Institute of Formational Counseling, Healing Care Ministries, and Healing Care Ministries International. During his own season of deep brokenness, Dr. Wardle met Christ as he never had before, and it is that type of transformational encounter that he desires to see in the lives of those who participate in these organizations.

Dr. Wardle and his lovely wife, Cheryl, live on a cozy farm outside of Ashland, where he enjoys getting his hands dirty with farm upkeep and carpentry. His hobbies also include golfing and fishing, especially if he has the chance to fish in Colorado. Above all, Dr. Wardle loves spending time with his children and grandchildren, who are full of personality and passion.

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