|Michael Tindle was born and raised in Owensboro, Kentucky and has served on staff at McGregor Baptist Church for over 8 years. He has led mission trips to Brazil and Guatemala, spreading the gospel as commanded in Acts 1:8. He is currently serving as the Sports Ministry Director at McGregor Baptist, reaching youth and adults through the medium of sports. Michael served 21 years in the United States Air Force, retiring in 1997 as a First Sergeant. He has been an online adjunct at Grand Canyon since 2009 and recently accepted an adjunct position with Grace Bible College. Michael is married to Melinda Tindle. They have 3 daughters, 1 son, 2 grandsons and a granddaughter on the way.
Michael has coached at the High School and Middle School level for over 35 years, and enjoys the mentoring and ministry opportunities afforded through coaching young people.
|In his spare time, Michael is in the early stages of authoring a book, and starting his Doctoral program. He was the first ever recipient of the Harvard Military Scholarship in 1989, which enabled him to attend Harvard University for 3 years, where he completed the majority of his psychology courses for his Bachelor's degree.
How has facilitating online courses at GCU helped you find your purpose?
Teaching in asynchronous environment for a Christian school has afforded me the opportunity to minister to a broad range of adults from all over the country, in ways I never imagined. It has truly been a Blessing in my life to see how God works, even in the classroom!
What is one effective teaching strategy you use in your online classes?
The inclusion of lecture and text-based questions within the Discussion Forum, relevant to our week's studies, has worked tremendously well by increasing student learning and Discussion Forum Activity beyond my expectations. I also have added a Prayer Request Forum and an Encouragement Forum for students to post scripture, which has been a tremendous hit with my students.
What is a GCU online student success story you can share?
A few semesters ago I had a student who lost her mom and husband within a few weeks right in the middle of class. An "A" student, she told me she was going to drop the course (she was 2 classes from her degree). I encouraged her to take some time and pray about it, and know that I would work with her in whatever fashion I needed to help her through this difficult time. In short, she was back on track the week before class ended, finishing all of the required assignments. She e-mailed me a few weeks after class had ended and told me that had this happened in another course at a different time, she was not sure she would have recovered, but the encouragement and support she received was truly a blessing in her life. God's ministering to her, through me, is both a blessing and an encouragement to me and my walk - in HIM!