On June 1, 2020, Stephanie (Cox) Demorest g93 became the new director of the Alumni Center. Stephanie has strong heart-ties to the Fort Wayne campus and its alumni association. She graduated from this campus in 1993, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies. After several years working as a claims adjuster at Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company in Fort Wayne, she and her husband, Matthew Demorest g97, moved to Winston-Salem, NC, where Stephanie completed her Master of Arts in religious studies at Wake Forest University. Upon their move back to Fort Wayne, she began adjunct teaching at Huntington University and TUFW. She taught NT intro classes, OT survey, Romans, and world religions between those two campuses. Finally, she was privileged to follow in the footsteps of her Fort Wayne campus mentors, Dr. Wes Gerig g51 and Arlan Birkey g64, to teach both first- and second-year Greek for two years before the campus closure in 2009.
Stephanie has served the Fort Wayne Alumni Center since August 2015, first as Program Assistant to Michael Mortensen TUU g91, then as Office Manager, and most recently as Alumni Center Coordinator prior to her promotion to Director. Her husband, Matthew, worked in the campus maintenance department for several years as a student and afterward, and he now ministers at Brookside Church in Fort Wayne as their Facilities Manager. They have one son, Zebadiah, who recently graduated from homeschool high school and will be attending IU Bloomington this Fall to study English and Media.
Stephanie’s goal as Director is to forge strong connections between all alumni of Fort Wayne Bible College, Summit Christian College, and Taylor University Fort Wayne. She treasures our shared experience of the common ground located at the intersection of Indiana and Rudisill. Stephanie insists that “the callings we received, and the people who shaped us, are shared sources for encouragement in the continuation of our ministries today” and that “every one of us left the Fort Wayne campus changed forever by the relationships between our faculty, staff, and students.”