North Park University - Chicago North Park University - Chicago

Office of the President

Senior Leadership Team

Mary Surridge


Phone: (773) 244-6264
Office: Old Main, 2nd Floor
Campus Box: 06


BS, Speech Communications, Northwestern University, 1984
MS, Student Personnel Administration, Concordia University (Wis.), 1995

Past Employment

Associate Director of Planned and Major Gifts, Northwestern University
Director of Residence Life and Student Activities, Concordia University (Wis.)
Milwaukee Bucks
Marquette University
Marian College
Chicago White Sox

Michael Emerson


Phone: (773) 244-5570
Office: Old Main, 2nd
Campus Box: 11


BA, Sociology, Loyola University Chicago, 1988
MA, Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1990
PhD, Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1991

Past Employment

Rice University, Houston, Texas
Danish Institute
University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind.
Bethel College
St. John’s University


Blacks and Whites in Christian America: How Racial Discrimination Shapes Religious Convictions, 2012, with Jason Shelton
Transcending Racial Barriers: A Mutual Obligation Approach, 2011, with George Yancey
Religion Matters: What Sociology Teaches Us about Religion in Our World, 2010, with Susan Monahan and William Mirola
Passing the Plate: Why American Christians Don’t Give Away More Money, 2008, with Christian Smith
People of the Dream: Multiracial Congregations in the United States, 2006, with Rodney Woo
Against All Odds: The Struggle for Racial Integration in Religious Organizations, 2005, with Brad Christerson and Korie L. Edwards
United by Faith: The Multiracial Congregation as an Answer to the Problem of Race, 2003, with Curtiss DeYoung, George Yancy, and Karen Chai Kim
Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America, 2000, with Christian Smith

David Kersten

Dean of the Seminary

Phone: (773) 244-6235
Office: Nyvall Hall, 1st
Campus Box: 14


BA, Psychology and Human Services, North Park College, 1977
MDiv, North Park Theological Seminary, 1982
Doctor of Ministry in Preaching, Association of Chicago Theological Schools, 1997

Past Employment

Executive Minister, Department of the Ordered Ministry of the Evangelical Covenant Church
Senior Pastor, First Covenant Church, St. Paul, Minn.
Senior Pastor, Highland Covenant Church, Bellevue, Wash.
Senior Pastor, Bethany Covenant Church, North Miami, Fla.
Intern Pastor, Greenwood Covenant Church, Summerdale, Ala.

Professional Boards and Associations

Denominational Caregivers Resourcing Network
Midwest Ministry Development Network
Covenant Board of the Ordered Ministry
ECC Council of Administrator
ECC Council of Superintendents


Spouse: Sandra Kay
Father of three adult children

Jodi Koslow Martin

Vice President for Student Engagement

Phone: (773) 244-5740
Office: Johnson Center, 150
Campus Box: 24


BA, English and Communication, St. Norbert College, 1997
MEd, College Student Personnel, Ohio University, 1999
PhD, Higher Education, Loyola University Chicago, 2010

Past Employment

Assistant Provost, Aurora University
Dean of First-Year Students, Aurora University

Professional Boards and Associations

Peer Reviewer, Higher Learning Commission
Member and Past Directorate Board Chair, ACPA College Student Educators International
External Reviewer, The National Research Center for First-Year Experience and Students in Transition


Spouse: Michael
Mother of one daughter

Scott Stenmark

Vice President for Finance & Administration / Chief Financial Officer

Phone: (773) 244-5610
Office: Old Main, 3rd Floor
Campus Box: 34


BA, Accounting, North Park University 1991
MBA, DePaul University 2002

Past Employment

BMO Financial Group
Belden, Inc
Kraft Foods


Board of Directors, Covenant Trust Company
Investment Committee, Covenant Trust Company


Spouse: Teresa (North Park C’91)
Father of three children