Simpson University for Seniors

Simpson University for Seniors

Simpson University for Seniors is a series of month-long courses offered to adults of all ages. Classes are offered on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:20 – 11:20 a.m. in the Owen Student Services Center on the Simpson University campus.

The cost per course is $95 per person or $145 per married couple. Participants can take classes in eight areas of study: history, science, literature, music and art, Bible, theology, and personal development. Space is limited, and students will be registered on a first-come, first-served basis. Early registration is highly encouraged.

Simpson for Seniors is an educational program at Simpson University, designed for the community's senior citizens. KRCR-TV Anchor Mike Mangas interviews the program director and several people who have taken the courses.


If you do not wish to register online, please download the 2015-2016 Registration Form (PDF). Please send the completed form and a check for the total amount to:

Simpson University for Seniors
2211 College View Dr., Redding CA, 96003

  • Fall 2015 Courses

    September 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30


    What is Islam?: There are many ideas swirling about regarding Islam. So, what are the basic beliefs and history of this religion? This class will take a desert caravan through the history and concepts of Islam. It will equip students to step from fear and uncertainty regarding Muslims to understanding and insight. Presented by Dawn Bulchandani.

    The Bible as Literature: The word genre is a French word meaning "form.” When applied to biblical interpretation, the expression literary genre refers to the different types of literature found in the Bible: e.g., narrative, poetry, parable, proverb. Each has its own set of rules. Unless we know the rules for each, we will misinterpret the meaning that the author sought to convey. Presented by Glenn Schaefer.


    October 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26


    World War II: The European Theater: A brief examination of the political, social and economic factors that brought about the rise of “Il Duce’s” Fascism and “Der Fuhrer’s” National Socialism. Focus will be placed on the rise and fall of the “Thousand-Year Reich” and the resultant destruction of European culture and economy, and on the horrific devastation of European Jewry in the Holocaust. Presented by Don Claspill.


    The History of African American Spirituals and Gospel Music: The course surveys the historical beginnings and development of African American spirituals beginning in the 18th century. Lectures and discussions will include exploration of the progression of Spirituals to Gospel music. These genres hold an important place in the history and development of the all American genres of Blues and Jazz. Presented by Cyril Myers.


    November 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23


    Women of God’s Design: A study of the lives, relationships and spirituality of the six women known to have been in the genealogy of Christ. Discover the imperfect yet unique personalities of each woman and the important roll each woman played in the lives of others as the plan of God was fulfilled in them. Presented by Penni Elaine.


    Righteous Among the Gentiles--Saving Jews in World War II: What motivated some individuals to help Jews when most of their countrymen were bystanders? Who were these people and how and where did they hide the Jews? Some of the names you may recognize: Schindler and Wallenberg. Others mentioned in the course have stories to share as well. The Talmud says, "Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire." Presented by Glenn Schaefer.

  • Spring 2016 Courses

    January 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 20, 22, 25, 27, 29


    The Beauty and the Beast: A Study of the Book of Revelation: This course will focus on helping the contemporary reader of the book of Revelation to understand the bewildering array of images, numbers and events of John's prophetic visions so as to understand Revelation's relevance for the past, present and future. Presented by Jack Painter.


    The American Indians You Never Knew, and Their Contributions to History: Deepen your understanding of the rise and fall of civilizations in the southern region of the western hemisphere. Some of those cultures had stone cities that predated the birth of Christ by 2,000 years and have yet to be discovered. The major focus of this course will be on one of the most powerful and spectacular Indian empires to dominate the Americas…the Inca civilization of South America. Presented by Dr. David Dummer.


    February 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26


    Christian Apologetics: Exercising Faith in a Doubting World: I Peter 3:15 tell us to “Always be prepared to give an answer (ἀπολογία, apologia) for the hope within you.” Apologetics is the branch of theology and philosophy that focuses on giving a reasoned defense for our Christian faith. This class is an introductory but serious course focused on the major issues and approaches to Christian apologetics. Presented by Brian Larsen.


    Whiskey, Water and Fighting; a history of drought and flood in California: California has a history of mega droughts and mega floods. Learn how past events are influencing current decisions regarding water storage and consumption. This year will be an historic water year. California will face the worst water shortage in the history of the state. Learn how water policy is changing the future of California for future generations. Presented by Nadine Bailey.


    March 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23


    Pioneers who Shaped Shasta County: Brave men traveled to Shasta County beginning in the late 1840s through unknown and uncharted territory hoping to start a new and prosperous life in the gold country. Those who were married had to leave their families behind until they could afford to send for them. Many of our early towns were named for these pioneers. You are invited to learn how it grew from a wilderness into a thriving and prosperous county. Presented by Dottie Smith.


    The Four Hundred ‘Silent’ Years between the Old and New Testaments: Israelite history from 400 B.C. to the Fall of Jerusalem to the Romans A.D. 66-70 presents an intriguing backdrop for surveying the extra-canonical literature. The gradual finalization of the Hebrew canon of scripture provides a basis for understanding the categories of Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, Septuagint, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Presented by Len Wallmark.

    April 1, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22

    Deuteronomy-The Key to Understanding the Old Testament: The book of Deuteronomy is Moses’ farewell address to his people poised to enter the Promised Land. His focus is on the LORD—who he is, what he has graciously accomplished for His people in the past and what he will do for them in the future. He lays out what the LORD expects of them as his children—and the consequences if they turn away from the LORD. Presented by Glenn Schaefer.


    Learning to Cope with Life’s Transitions: Whether the precipitating factor is the loss of health or wealth, divorce or rebellion of a child, a new location or vocation, transition can be a time of chaos and marginalization. A biblical worldview of autonomy, identity and fulfillment brings order and belonging in times of change. Presented by Beth Dummer.

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