May 16, 1939 - March 18, 2019
Today the Emmaus family is mourning the loss of a beloved dean, faculty member, and alumnus, Mr. David Alan Glock. David went home to be with the Lord on Monday, March 18, 2019, as the result of an extended illness.
David A. Glock attended Emmaus Bible School in Oak Park, Illinois, and received his diploma in 1961. He went on to earn a B.S. from Philadelphia College of the Bible and a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary. In the fall of 1968, he began teaching at Emmaus Bible School (now College), where he served faithfully for nearly 51 years.
David was a beloved teacher and mentor. He had an uncommon ability to make the complex simple without over-simplifying. Dave’s courses, such as Life of Christ, Survey of Doctrine, Hebrews, Christian Worldview, Ecclesiology, General Epistles, and Acts-Paul were transformational in the lives of his students, both in the classroom, and for the years following, as they processed what they had learned and taught it to others. Dave loved teaching adult learners as well. He traveled for over 30 years to Davenport, Waterloo, and Cedar Rapids, Iowa to teach evening extension courses for the college. He also had an active teaching ministry at churches and camps across North America.
David served as an able and visionary administrator at Emmaus for 25 years, first as Assistant Dean, and then Dean for Education. Under his leadership, Emmaus Bible School moved from Oak Park, Illinois, to its current facility in Dubuque, Iowa, and became Emmaus Bible College, an accredited, degree-granting institution of higher learning. David also shepherded the addition of the first majors beyond Biblical Studies, assisting the college to become a school of choice for students who wanted to prepare for professions as well as ministry.
As editor of Journey magazine, Dave curated and contributed numerous influential articles, such as The Centrality of the Lord’s Supper, which was published as a stand-alone pamphlet and widely-distributed within constituent churches. He also wrote a devotional version of his Life of Christ course for publication entitled Walking with Jesus: 90 Devotionals on the Life of Christ, available from Emmaus International. David was also instrumental in developing the annual Iron Sharpens Iron conference at Emmaus, now in its 19th year.
David had a profound impact on his colleagues. They remember his sense of humor, boundless energy for teaching the Word of God, and sincere love for the Lord. They marveled at his ability to preach the Word “in season or out of season” due to his rich knowledge of the Scriptures. Many current faculty and staff members at Emmaus sat under Dave’s teaching as students and greatly value his godly influence on their lives.
In addition to his service at Emmaus, David was a dedicated husband and father. His wife Melvina (Melsie) and his four children, Barb, Lois, Linda, and Jon actively participated in his ministry at the college. Many of his children and grandchildren have attended Emmaus and several have served on staff. David provided an example of the importance of living in alignment with one’s faith and theology in family life, church life, and work life.
David A. Glock has been a pillar of the Emmaus community for more than 50 years. David loved Emmaus—and those who served and studied with him loved his unquenchable passion for teaching and his steadfast commitment to Biblical truth and “the things concerning Himself.” The Emmaus Bible College community is thankful to God for the life and work of David A. Glock and rejoice in knowing that Dave is now in the presence of the Savior he loved and served with his life. Please remember David’s family members, colleagues, students, and former students as they mourn his loss.
Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith. Hebrews 13:7
4:00 to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, March 23, at Arbor Oaks Bible Chapel, 2843 J. F. Kennedy Road, Dubuque
4:00 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at Emmaus Bible College, 2570 Asbury Road, Dubuque. Dinner following.
10:00 a.m. Monday, March 25, at Asbury Cemetery, 2983 Hales Mill Rd, Asbury
The following chapel message was delivered by Dave Glock on September 12th, 2018:
Additionally, two of Dave's most beloved classes are available to watch for free on YouTube:
Life of Christ: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLztxRNJ-isj2smjnoIJ9zctFQzBfJwR9p
Survey of Doctrine: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLztxRNJ-isj0f0A1UUgnMya8UoDtY-ZTu
The Lord will surely continue to use the life and service of David Alan Glock to impact the lives of others for generations to come.