Dordt College News

David Helmstetter retires at Dordt College

January 10, 2003

The beginning of a new semester at Dordt College on January 14 marks both an ending and a new beginning for one of the professors.

David Helmstetter, Assistant Professor of Social Work, has retired after 11-1/2 years of teaching social work to Dordt students. Helmstetter came to the classroom with 25 years of practical experience behind him, concluding his career by passing on what he had learned during a quarter century in social work.

After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Psychology at Augsburg College in 1963, and a Master of Social Work Degree at Florida State University in 1965, David began his career as the Director of Social Work at a state mental hospital for four years. Helmstetter Retires

In 1970, he founded Human Resource Associates, Inc., at Hastings, Minn., which offers training programs, mental health and employee assistance clinical services to companies. From 1988 to 1991, Helmstetter worked as an independent planning, training and clinical consultant, assisting church social ministry organizations and churches.

With a desire to teach in a Christian institution, Helmstetter quipped that the destination he picked (Arizona) was replaced by the destination God had picked for him (Iowa).

“Working with student who come to college believing that their faith motivates them to do this kind of work is an incredible blessing …they really want to serve.” Helmstetter remarked of the years spent at Dordt College. David says he’ll miss working with students in their field placements, teaching classes on aging and seeing students accepted into graduate school, but his retirement will allow him to continue his work in other ways, staying active as a thinking, caring Christian.

David and his wife, Eileen, have recently moved from Sioux Center to New London, Minn., where they plan to spend their retirement years.

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