Director Thomas Boehm
Dr. Thomas Boehm's work is situated at the intersection of faith and disability. In the summer of 2019, he helped launch and now leads the new Center for Faith and Disability at Wheaton College.
Dr. Boehm's interest in disability began as an early career professional working in the social services sector, but was catapulted in new directions when he became the parent of a child with a disability. He went on to teach special education for students with significant support needs and in 2009 founded Faith for All, a non-profit dedicated to promoting and supporting inclusive faith communities. He was then invited to go to Vanderbilt University to help develop a line of research at the intersection of disability and faith while earning his doctorate in Special Education. His dissertation research involved gathering perspectives from almost 900 U.S. families with a son or daughter with intellectual disability in order to understand and improve family quality of life.
Dr. Boehm enjoys cultivating what he calls "Relational depth for Kingdom breadth," which involves pressing into deeper relationships of transparency and authenticity to love God and others well for the sake of spreading the Kingdom of God here on Earth. He does this first and foremost with his wife and five children, and together they are committed to building inclusive community whereby people at the margins of society are embraced with God's extravagant and compelling love.
Sandy joins Wheaton Center for Faith and Disability as Associate Director with over 30 years of friendship and advocacy work for the vulnerable – in utero and those often living on the margins with varying disabilities, seen and unseen. Sandy has a deep biblical worldview centered in Imago Dei and the sanctity of all human life.
Before coming to Wheaton College, Sandy served for 13 years in non-profit management with Joni and Friends, a disability focused ministry founded by Joni Eareckson Tada and where her theology of suffering and disability was deepened. Along with her fundraising and leadership development responsibilities, Sandy oversaw the ministries of church education and trainings domestically and in Ethiopia, Africa, 5-day Family Retreats for families affected by disability, and a start up evangelism wheelchair distribution ministry in Argentina. Her passion for natural and spiritual life previously led Sandy to directing multiple pregnancy centers, being a light in people's crisis and healing.
Sandy enjoys her family, her church family and simply being a friend to many. She acts as a certified Christian leadership coach and mentor. Sandy loves theater, a good book, history and missions.
Trinity International University, B.A., Interpersonal and Group Communications; Psychology
Before coming to Wheaton College, Christine worked at Good Shepherd Church in Naperville where she taught adult learning groups and led a mental health ministry. Since she always had a desire to work in post-secondary education, she transitioned to Wheaton College where she is the Coordinator for the Center for Faith and Disability. She provides oversight to the Special Education Endorsement practicum placement program that prepares future educators to effectively serve students with exceptional needs. Christine also supports the overall mission of the Center by maintaining the website and coordinating marketing communications.
M.A. Philosophy and Theology, Trinity International University
B.A. Psychology, Indiana State University