TMU welcomes a new Dean of Women
November 15, 2018
The fire in lower caf was lit on Wednesday afternoon, and the breeze and cooler temperatures made for an almost fall feeling. Coming up the stairs from the direction of her new office in King Hall, Kim Wilson, the new Dean of Women walked over wearing a pair of sunglasses. She shook my hand and introduced herself. As we sat down at a table, I was already excited to get to know her.
Kim Wilson was born in North Carolina and grew up going to church, believing everything that she learned about the scripture and Jesus. Her family moved to Arkansas, and it was there that she came to know the Lord as her savior.
“It wasn’t until I was around the age of 13 that I really became aware of what it means to trust Christ as Lord and savior,” Kim said. “For Him to not just be a religion or a part of my life, but for my life to actually belong to Him.”
After high school, the new dean moved back to North Carolina where she attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. There, she studied exercise and sports science with an emphasis in sports administration.
While she was in college, Kim said the one thing that was missing from her education was learning from a biblical worldview.
“I was at a secular university and obviously being taught by nearly all, if not all, unbelieving professors,” Kim said. “It was definitely a struggle to see the purpose of the education I was getting, because it was very much in conflict, or seemingly unrelated, to my faith and who God had called me to be.”
Even though Kim studied sports administration in college, she said that God brought a series of trials in her life that convinced her that He was calling her to full-time ministry.
“The Lord really used 2 Corinthians 1 to speak to me,” Kim said. “(It reads) ‘The God of all comfort who comforts us in our suffering that we might comfort those that suffer with the comfort we receive from Him.’ That was something that really resonated with me on a deep level, and I wanted to be able to offer that support and encouragement to others. So, I sought training and education in counseling.”
Kim went to an evangelical institution where she was trained in Christian counseling. Unlike biblical counseling, Christian counseling uses an integrationist perspective, which prepares you for mental health counseling, but not necessarily biblical counseling.
“The Lord had really given me the conviction in my heart that those two cannot really be reconciled, that it is two opposing world views—two fundamentally different approaches to helping people,” Kim said. “So I ended up getting my degree in professional counseling, but later on ended up getting training in biblical counseling, thankfully.”
Kim is currently working on getting certified in biblical counseling through Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) as well as working on her Master’s of Biblical Studies through TMU.
While her background and passion is biblical counseling, she has also worked as a teacher. In fact, before accepting the Dean of Women position at TMU, Kim taught in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where she taught high-school Bible at an English-speaking school.
“So that was really what my last two school years has been—overseas doing teaching there and doing various campus ministry activities that I was responsible for there,” Kim explained. “It was a tremendous experience.“
Before she went to Haiti, Kim said she got a chance to come out and visit the Los Angeles area for a vacation.
“That was the first time I started thinking, ‘You know, if the Lord ever allowed an opportunity for me to come out here and be a part of the Master’s University or Grace Community Church, that is something that I would definitely love,’” Kim said.
However, at the time there were no open opportunities, and Kim left for Haiti. After two years serving in Haiti, she returned to the states planning on pursuing her Master’s in Biblical Counseling (MABC) and looking for a more long term position.
As Kim was beginning her MABC program, Dave Hulet, the Dean of Men, began searching for a new Dean of Women.
“We’re looking for someone who has enough life experience, enough job experience, that understands the challenges that females specifically face in their college years and for some years beyond,” Hulet said.
Kim had worked at a biblical counseling nonprofit with her parents, where she counseled college-age women, and she said she has a heart for this time in a woman’s life.
“There are an infinite number of directions your life can take you at this age, and I am very passionate about encouraging young women through this transitional time period,” Kim said.
Kim said she was so excited when she saw that the dean position was available, so she applied and officially got the job on Oct. 12.
“I became aware of the Dean of Women position here at Master’s, and it was exactly what the Lord had really put in my heart to do,” Kim said. “I was just so excited for the potential opportunity to come out and be a part of a ministry that is so solidly grounded in Scripture and training disciples for Christ. That’s really my heart and my passion.”