Peng Wen Embodies Academic, Ethical, Spiritual Focus
Peng Wen, economics professor, is highly respected in the School of Business and across the university. He is both an academic and spiritual guide for students, acquainting many to economics and introducing some to Christ. Wen joined the faculty in 1990, after earning his bachelor's degree from National Taiwan University, his M.B.A. from Oklahoma City University and his Ph.D. from the University of Florida.
A little about your background and family
I am from Taiwan and have two brothers (I am the middle one). I graduated from National Taiwan University in 1980. Immediately after my graduation I was drawn for two years of military service as a lieutenant in the army. I was discharged in 1982 and started my first job as chief staff to the president of a local bank. From December 1984 to December 1985 was the most important time in my life: first I got married, then I came to the states and then by God's mercy I was forgiven to become one of His own. Today I attend Bethany Church and pastor Bethany Chinese Christian Church.
How did you come to be interested in your field?
I became an economist because I like numbers. I enjoy taking on the challenge of complicated economic issues by applying analytical skill to resolve the problems.
Were you always interested in teaching?
Not exactly! After I got my doctoral degree there were only two options: to work for the government as a research economist, or to teach. Since I was not a U.S. citizen at the time it was impossible to work for the federal government. So I teach!
Why is it important for college students and other nonprofessionals to understand economics?
Economics is not about money, it's all about choice. Since choices we made in the past makes us who we are today, that is the reason why it is important to understand economics at personal, national and global levels.
How did your faith develop?
I became a Christian in 1985. Many have invested their lives in me. I am in debt to Mr. Dan Williams for sharing the Gospel with me. Regarding how my faith develops, I think the most important factor is my daily devotion, which I learn from my spiritual leaders: Dan Williams, John Repasses and Gene Warr. A morning devotion to start a day becomes the spiritual food and resource to carry me on for the challenge of the day.
You have been instrumental in building the faith of several students, why is this important to you and how do you go about doing it?
The Apostle Paul said: "I have nothing to boast of, for I am under compulsion; for woe is me if I do not preach the Gospel." This is the exact description of my mind. I am doing it to be faithful to the calling of the great commission. About how do I do it, it is difficult for me to describe, for each testimony and witness is very unique on its own. The guidelines I hold up high in every witness are becoming one of them that I might win some (First Corinthians 9:19-23) and giving full credit to the Lord Jesus Christ (Second Corinthians 4:5).
What do you enjoy about teaching and working at FPU?
The motto "Founded on Christ" says all. I know I am serving Christ every day at Fresno Pacific University. Students, colleagues and Christian environment give me enough reasons to enjoy FPU.
What would you like to see for the future of the School of Business?
In 1995, I was the first faculty to talk about the possibility of a School of Business. Today, I am envisioning of the possibility of a minimum five majors with both undergraduate and graduate programs, which will enroll 500-600 students; an internship program with major local profit and non-profit organizations; and establishing international exchange programs and mandatory international exchange experiences to all students.