SBUBolivar, Missouri Est. 1878

Department of Kinesiology at Southwest Baptist University

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Joe Wooderson
Department Chair
(417) 328-1772

J.D. Lynch
Paul Putt
Kevin Day
John Wheeler
Gina Whitehead
Linda Wooderson

Mission Statement

To prepare students to glorify God through maintaining healthy lifestyles and lead others in the pursuit of wellness attitudes and activities.


J.D. Lynch
J. D. Lynch
J. D. Lynch
Instructor of Recreation and Leisure
Southwest Baptist University
Work 1600 University Avenue, Jane and Ken Myer Wellness      and Sports Center
Bolivar, MO 65613
Work (417) 328-1744 |
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Courses Taught: Intro. to Leisure, Community Recreation, Church Recreation and Sports Ministry, Camp and Retreat Administration, Recreation and Athletic Facility Design, Environmental Resource Management, Leadership, Problem Solving, Recreation Programming, Sports in Society, Organization and Administration, Field Guidance, Readings in Recreation, Recreation Symposium, Professional Development, Recreation Practicum/Internship, Social Recreation, Racquetball, Rock Climbing, Outdoor Adventure Skills, Golf

Why Do I enjoy teaching at SBU? "The students are the best! They truly desire to be challenged academically, develop mature relationships, strengthen physically, and grow spiritually. The campus is a wonderful blend of students, faculty, and staff seeking to know God more completely and honor him in action and attitude. SBU is a blessing."

Educational and Professional Background: Mr. Lynch received undergraduate and masters degrees in Recreation and Park Administration from Western Kentucky University. He served three churches as Minister of Students and Recreation over a 30 year career. The churches were Concord Baptist, Jefferson City, Missouri, First Baptist, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and South Haven Baptist, Springfield, Missouri. He joined the SBU HPER faculty in 2001 and is currently beginning his fourth year as Meyer Wellness Center Director. Mr. Lynch is affiliated with the National Recreation and Parks Assoc., Missouri Recreation and Parks Society, and Christian Recreation and Sports Ministry.

Faith Dedications: Mr. Lynch is a member of South Haven Baptist in Springfield, Missouri. He volunteers as a Sunday School teacher and in various recreation ministry opportunities.