I graduated in the 1960s, and was a student of Professor of Sociology Mel Foreman. With him as my role model, I went on to earn the Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Washington, following his example.
I then taught at the college level for 13 years, including one year at Seattle Pacific University. After that involvement, I went on to serve full time in late-night, downtown street ministry in different cities. I was the director of different programs modeled after Seattle's Operation Nightwatch. My new book, co-authored with Michael Joseph, Climbing Up the Downward Spiral shares lots of stories from my work at night.
I am thankful for the impact of SPU on my life with special thanks to Mel Foreman.
—Dean Jones, alumnus