Dr. Randy Savage was born and raised in Coshocton, Ohio having graduated from Coshocton High School. After his marriage to Gretchen (Muir) Savage, they lived in Mt. Vernon, Ohio where Randy worked at Ankrim Timber Services. Subsequently, Randy entered The Salvation Army College for Officer Training (Bible and Ministry School) and received his commission and ordination in 1983.
Gretchen and Randy served as Salvation Army officers (pastors) together for nearly 25 years in various churches in Pennsylvania and Ohio. During their time with The Salvation Army, they were engaged in a variety of ministry initiatives that included developing programs to sustain church growth, organizing service ministries to hundreds of thousands of poor and destitute families, and enhancing community outreach initiatives. They planted a church for individuals and families dealing with drug and alcohol abuse and recovery. The church grew rapidly and quickly reached well over 100 in weekly attendance.
Dr. Savage received a Bachelor of Science degree from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania with a focus on Human Resources Management. He continued his education career receiving a Master of Arts degree from Greenville College in Greenville, Illinois with concentrations on church ministry and leadership. His Master’s Thesis focused on Planting a Recovery Church for The Salvation Army in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Randy received a Master of Arts degree in Advanced Leadership Studies in 2009 from Indiana Wesleyan University, followed by a Doctor of Education degree in 2012. Dr. Savage’s doctoral research dissertation, An Investigation of Story as a Leadership Influence Tool to Lead Millennials, is published on Proquest Dissertations and Thesis and is available in book form at Amazon.com. His research interests continue to be focused on millennial generation leaders as well as the dynamics of church leadership and revitalization.
Randy served as an assistant professor of management studies in the School of Business and Leadership at Malone University. While at Malone, Randy mentored adjunct faculty, served on the faculty senate, and was a member of the human research committee. He provided guidance to students engaged in major research projects. Subsequent to his time at Malone University, Dr. Savage served as the Director of Campus Ministries and Campus Pastor at University of the Southwest in Hobbs, New Mexico. Under his leadership, the weekly chapel service attendance grew from an average of 30 to well over 150 at the weekly meeting.
Dr. Savage currently serves as Pastor of Caldwell Free Methodist Church. He also is an adjunct professor at Indiana Wesleyan University and a permanent substitute teacher at GlenOak High School in Canton, Ohio with a focus on special education. He enjoys woodworking, carpentry, bike riding, and hiking in the woods.
- Indiana Wesleyan UniversityEd.D Organizational Leadership, 2005 - 2012
- Greenville CollegeM.A. Leadership and Ministry, 1998 - 2001
- Geneva CollegeB.S. Humna Resources Management, 1992 - 1994
- GlenOak HSTeacher, 2015 - present
- Caldwell Free Methodist ChurchPastor, present
- University of the SouthwestDirector of Campus Ministries, 2013 - 2014
- Malone UniversityAssistant Professor, 2008 - 2013