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Dr. Timothy Peterson
Dr. Timothy Peterson and his wife Debi, whose presence at the Messiah College- Philadelphia Campus has been well appreciated for the last six years, are passionate about teaching students to view the city from a caring perspective.
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Timothy has had an interesting journey prior to his arrival in Philadelphia. He received his undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Lewis and Clark College, while later earning a Masters of Arts Degree in Greek and Theology from Western Baptist Seminary. He also completed a Ph.D in Urban Studies from Portland State University.
Since then, he has had a number of wonderful experiences to credit his career. For eight years he and Debi contributed to both the curricular and co-curricular life at Malone College in Ohio. At Malone, Timothy became involved in developing and implementing an tropical and environmental research and study program in Belize, Central America. He and his wife also spent a semester at the American Studies Program in Washington, D.C before finally making 2026 North Broad Street their home.
Since their arrival, Messiah College-Philadelphia Campus has largely benefited from Timothy and Debi's caring passion for the city. Together, they have combined class theory with real-life situations allowing students to learn and engage the many happenings in the neighborhood. Angela Levasseur , a psychology major from the class of 2005 says of one of Timothy's courses, “learning about the education system in Philadelphia opened eyes to the many needs and necessities that the school system lacks. We don’t really think about these things, but it’s right here and needs attention.”
In Spring of 2000, students partnered with Advocate Community Development Corporation (ACDC)and compiled data on abandoned houses to utilize vacant lots in the neighborhood-- a project that eventually used by Philadelphia's local government at City Hall.
With a professor who genuinely encourages students to use the outside world as a textbook for the classroom, Timothy's URB301 World-View Perspectives of City Life and URB306 Urban Issues and Ethical Choices add much to the onsite course listing found at the Messiah College-Phialdelphia Campus.