Faculty Feature: Dr. Lance Wescher
Faculty Feature is a series in the Blue Tribune that recognizes the excellent professors and staff of Covenant College through a series of questions.
This week we're highlighting Dr. Lance Wescher, Professor of Economics and Department Chair.
What brought you to Covenant? How long have you been teaching?
I've been teaching for 17 years, 15 of those at Covenant. I was teaching at Wheaton College prior to coming here. Covenant was a great missional fit and the area was a great place to raise a family.
What do you love about teaching at Covenant?
The students above all. I've found them to be engaged with the subject matter and to demonstrate a true desire to see how the things that they learn can be used to better serve God and those with whom they live and work.
What's your history with the PCA or Reformed Tradition?
I grew up as a pastor's kid in the PCA and another likeminded denomination. I'm currently an elder at St. Elmo Presbyterian Church.
Tell us a little about your family:
My wife Julie and I have four sons ranging from elementary school to high school. They keep us incredibly busy and worn out.
How do you/your department encourage each student to pursue academic excellence?
Part of me feels like you should ask them. I'd say that we encourage our students to take the discipline very seriously, to question it rigorously, to refuse to accept simplistic answers, to never reject anyone's idea too quickly (especially those with whom you disagree), to not fear tension between ideas, to work collaboratively towards finding solutions, and to seek wisdom as the end goal.