New History Faculty Member Announced

Maranatha Baptist University (MBU) is pleased to have Katie Schmoeckel join the Department of Humanities and School of Education as a history professor.

Schmoeckel holds an M. Ed. in Teaching and Learning with a History Concentration and a B. S. in History Education from MBU. As a Social Studies content expert, she mentors future teachers in MBU’s Master of Arts in Teaching graduate program. Schmoeckel has also implemented tutoring and academic support for high school students in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Her deep love of history has been evident in her work as a historical guide and her 13 years of teaching the subject in the classroom.

“I love both studying and teaching history because history is multi-dimensional,” Schmoeckel shares. “As I look across the scope of life, every subject has a history. Science has a history. Sports have a history. Even sliced cheese has a history! There is always something to learn. I have been blessed to travel overseas several times and have seen amazing historic sites in eight European countries and Israel.”

“In addition to its scope, I appreciate the depth of history—the depth of principles and people to learn from. History causes me to look above and remember that God has a plan and purpose for history; He has already written the beginning and the end. Such perspective encourages me to ‘set [my] hope in God, and not forget the works of God.’ (Psalm 78:7)” Schmoeckel adds, “Finally, history causes me to look inward and ask, ‘What am I doing to fulfill my historical purpose for the praise of His glory?’ The study of history is truly enriching.” ​

Dana Davis, Assistant Vice President of Online and Distance Learning, shares, “Katie’s heartbeat is ministry. Teaching history is a tool that enables her to point her students to a sovereign God who orchestrates every page of history and guides each of our steps for His glory. Katie is committed to excellence and is an outstanding teacher and communicator.”

Schmoeckel will join the Maranatha residential faculty in the fall of 2021.