Melvin Goering currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico in a solar energy-efficient home designed and built by himself and his wife, Lorene. His life and work has concerned the relationship between the study of philosophy of religion and religious language and the more 'general education' of living in worlds ranging from his business, Goering Custom Builders, to his service to Mennonite institutions. He continues to serve on the Committee for the Future of the College at Bethel College, after having served as CEO at Prairie View Inc., a behavioral and mental health system, from 1994 to 2004. Before that, he served as Administrative Vice President at Bethel from 1988-1992. He has taught philosophy at both Bluffton University and Bethel College, and studied philosophy of religion at Vanderbilt Divinity School and Harvard University after graduating from Bethel College in 1961.

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