"For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross." Colossians 1:13-20 NIV
Dr. Sandy Hoover, Dean of the School of Christian Studies and Humanities and Chair of the Department of History and Political Science, is in his 13th year of service at ETBU. He teaches U.S. history courses, Historiography, and Service Learning in the Humanities. His research interests include Native American and Missionary history and the integration of faith and learning through Christian community service. His Ph.D. is from Texas Tech University, M.A., Oklahoma State University, and B.A. from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He is currently serving as the chair of the faculty senate.