Halbert Center Staff


Dr. Chris Flanders Director, Halbert Center for Missions and Global Service
BSB 284 | 325-674-3711 | chris.flanders@acu.edu

Chris grew up in the midwest, eventually settling down in northern Minnesota. He is married to Cara (Duvall) who works as a supervisor in ACU's MMFT program and a therapist in the ACU Counseling Center. Their two children, Autumn and Ethan (both born while they were serving in Thailand) are a huge part of their lives.

Chris has particular expertise in areas such as Thai language and Christianity, Face and Facework Theory, Anthropology of Honor and Shame, Soteriology, and Atonement Theories. When he’s not researching or presenting, you may also find him watching a baseball game or two.


Dr. Larry Henderson | Director, WorldWide Witness
BSB 288 | 325-674-3757 | hendersonl@acu.edu

Larry came to ACU from Bangkok, Thailand where he lived for 35 years. He spent 10 years growing up in Thailand before enrolling as a student at ACU, but returned to work there with his wife after graduation. Both of their children were born and raised in Bangkok, coming to ACU after high school. Larry's work was centered in leadership training, but he also was involved in church planting and stabilization. His wife Pam, taught at the International School Bangkok.

When Larry isn’t spending time mentoring students in his office, he’s often preaching at churches in West Texas, traveling to visit family, or skydiving!


Dr. Janine Morgan | Adjunct Professor of Missions, Department of Bible Missions, & Ministry
BSB 233 | 325-674-3751 | jpm03c@acu.edu

Janine Paden Morgan, Ph.D., is an instructor of missions at ACU and an active participant in the Halbert Center. A third culture kid, she has a lifelong interest in how cultures and Christianity interact, teaching courses that reflect that interest. She has been active in cross-cultural ministry throughout her life (Italy, Scotland, and Brazil) and most recently for nine years in international education (ACU Study Abroad in England and Germany). Her academic research focuses on the role of ritual in spiritually forming communities, contemporary ecclesiology and mission, and the World Christian Movement.     

Happily married for 35 years with two adult daughters who live in Austin, Janine enjoys her life in Abilene.  And when Abilene life gets too exciting, she delights in traveling the world with curious and like-minded students on mission with God.


Dodd Roberts | Missions Area Coordinator
BSB 287 | 325-674-3710 | dodd.roberts@acu.edu

After a long career in corporate America, Dodd answered a 30 year long call to join God’s work in missions.  He is a 1986 graduate of ACU’s College of Business Administration.  Over his career he worked in public accounting and spent 14 years in Finance at Southwest Airlines.  After leaving the airline Dodd spent several years working in the credit card business where he helped found a large merchant trade organization, and a merchant mobile payments company.  

Dodd has always had a heart for missions and God led him back to the Halbert Center at ACU in 2015.  His wife of 30 years, Kelly, is a teacher in Abilene ISD, and his three children, Travis, Kelsey and Luke, have all attended ACU.  Although the lack of mountains and oceans in Abilene make it difficult, Dodd loves to scuba dive and climb mountains when possible.  


Anne Crane | Assistant Coordinator, WorldWide Witness
BSB 322 | 325-674-3761 | anne.crane@acu.edu

Anne started with the Halbert Center in August 2016, moving from the Blue Ridge Mountains of South Carolina to Abilene for the opportunity to combine her passion for event planning and missions. She got her BS in Hospitality Management and Event Planning from the University of South Carolina, has served in short term missions throughout Central America and the South Pacific, and loves to travel and hear stories. She also founded and continues to direct Fulfill UR Ministry Inc, aka “FURM”, a networking service for missions and missions’ resources.

When Anne is not working For ACU or FURM, she can be found training for triathlons, line dancing, or traveling near (but mostly far) in search for mountains like her home’s to hike and backpack through.


Deanna Tuttle | Coordinator, Global Service Trips
BSB 323 | 325-674-3769 | deanna.tuttle@acu.edu

Deanna joined the Halbert Center team in July 2016. Before graduating from ACU in May 2016, she participated in ACU missions in a number of ways, including two WorldWide Witness summer internships. While at ACU she majored in International Studies with a focus in Latin America and minors in Missions, Spanish, and Political Science.

Although Deanna has family ties in Chile and throughout the United States, she grew up in South Dakota and now calls Texas her home. She has a true passion for culture and the arts, including photography and dance. Deanna and her husband Shay were married in August 2015. They love to travel, play board games with friends, and spend time with their dog, Lady.


Cheryl Steffins | Administrative Coordinator
BSB 283 | 325-674-3711 | cheryl.steffins@acu.edu

Cheryl began serving as the administrative coordinator for Halbert Center on June 1, 2016. Since marrying her best friend, Jon Steffins, in May of 1983, she has had a variety of adventures. Cheryl and Jon lived and worked as missionaries in Venezuela, raised 4 awesome children, she taught elementary school in Monroe, Louisiana, earning her doctorate and owning a chiropractic practice in Tulsa, OK.

She enjoys cooking, music, friends and her family, which now includes two most excellent son-in-laws and a growing number of grandchildren!