Doug Mendenhall is Journalist in Residence at Abilene (Texas) Christian University and an instructor in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication. He came to higher education in 2008 after a 26-year professional career with newspapers in Texas, Tennessee and Alabama. Since 2000 he has written a weekly column for the Faith & Values sections of two newspapers, first in Huntsville, Ala., and now in Abilene. Doug and Janet have five children, included two who are adopted. They live in a Friendship House sponsored by Janet’s employer, the local nonprofit Connecting Caring Communities, which works to empower and revitalize struggling neighborhoods.