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Meet your new Board of Directors members.


Photos: Mike Hudson

Palo Alto, California

Jim Black ’94, M.A. ’99

Palo Alto, California

Rolling Hills Estates, California

Stephen Franz ’09

Rolling Hills Estates, California

West Linn, Oregon

Doug Goebel ’90

West Linn, Oregon


Jim Black ’94, M.A. ’99, Palo Alto, California

After receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees from Wheaton, Jim earned an M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary, founded and served as ministry director of Christian Union at Columbia University in New York, and served as senior pastor at Alliance Bible Church in Baytown, Texas. Jim is currently the director of collegiate ministry for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Stanford University. While at Wheaton, Jim enjoyed intramural sports, served as an Resident Adviser, and was involved in Christian Service Council, Youth Hostel Ministry, and Discipleship Small Groups. He and his wife, Laurie Brock Black ’98, M.A. ’99 have four children: Anna ’25, Kirsten, Reid, and Isaac.


Stephen Franz ’09, Rolling Hills Estates, California

Stephen is an associate attorney in the employment services group of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. He obtained his J.D. from UCLA School of Law in 2013 and currently serves on the Board of the Japanese American Bar Association. At Wheaton, Stephen played varsity football, was part of the Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society, and was a teaching assistant to Dr. Genzo Yama- moto in the history department. Stephen is married to Meehee Seo Franz ’10, and he enjoys skiing, hiking, fitness, exploring California, studying Western art, and leading a small group at his church.


Doug Goebel ’90, West Linn, Oregon

Doug graduated from Wheaton with a degree in business/economics and is a CFA® charter- holder (chartered financial analyst) who has worked with Quest Investment Management LLC most of his career, currently serving as its president. While a student at Wheaton, Doug played soccer, was part of the cheerleading team, and served as treasurer for Student Government. In his free time, he enjoys running, cycling, traveling, and hosting Wheaton events for alumni and parents. Doug is married to Gloria and has two daughters: Alexis Goebel Peterson ’19 and Payton.

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Class of 2020 Reunites

Gather Again 2022

Faculty and staff mixer

Gather Again 2022

Gather Again 2022

Reception and dessert

Gather Again 2022

Gather Again 2022

Evening dinner

Gather Again 2022

Gather Again 2022

Alumni pose for group photos

Gather Again 2022

Gather Again 2022

Getting ready for cap and gown photos

Gather Again 2022


On September 2–3, 2022, the class of 2020 reunited for a Labor Day weekend of celebration and fellowship aptly titled “Gather Again.” The class gathered physically for the first time since March of 2020, when the pandemic caused students to return home and complete their spring semester online. The alumni were invited to a special chapel service to honor their class on Friday, September 2, followed by class photos, a staff and faculty mixer, and an evening of worship. The weekend culminated in a celebration dinner to honor the class of 2020.

For more stories from the Class of 2020, check out this web-exclusive feature by a 2020 graduate.

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Missionary Book Mailing

This Christmas, 359 alumni missionary families serving in 70 countries outside the United States will receive the following gifts, thanks to publishers who donate books and the College’s Board of Trustees, which provides funds for shipping costs.

  • Wheaton magazine, Volume 25 // Issues 1 and 2
  • Prayer in the Night: For Those Who Work or Watch or Weep by Tish Harrison Warren (IVP, 2021)
  • The Innovation Crisis: Creating Disruptive Influence in the Ministry You Lead by Ted Esler (Moody, 2021)
  • Trusting God in the Darkness: A Guide to Understanding the Book of Job by Christopher Ash (Crossway, 2021)
  • How Much Is a Little Girl Worth? by Rachael Denhollander (Tyndale, 2019)
  • How Much Is a Little Boy Worth? by Rachael and Jacob Denhollander (Tyndale, 2022)

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