Dr. Ben Chaigne-Delalande and his wife, Feng-Yen Li, are working with the college and lifestyle center to offer new opportunities to students and health guests.
HMR: Dr. Ben, tell us a little bit about your background. Where did you live before coming here and what was your occupation?
Dr. Ben: I’m originally from France. I came to the US nine years ago. Here I met my then-future wife and never went back. My wife and I became Adventists together during the early years of our relationship. We were baptized together in 2014 and married exactly one year later.
Before coming to Hartland, we were living in Maryland, where I was a researcher in immunology at the National Institutes of Health. My wife, who has a PhD in biology, was a scientific writer for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a non-profit organization which promotes a whole plant-based diet for optimal health. I’m currently working on getting board certified in lifestyle medicine this fall.
HMR: How did God lead you to Hartland?
Dr. Ben: We had been involved in health ministry at our local church, but the Lord convinced us to work full-time for Him about a year ago. After a few months of planning, here we are at Hartland. We love the country lifestyle here, and especially enjoy walking around campus with our son.
HMR: What are your responsibilities here?
Dr. Ben: I actually wear a double hat at Hartland. I am the head of the Health Ministry Department in the college, and the program coordinator for the lifestyle center. My wife is going to work in the college and teach several science classes.
HMR: I heard that you are working on some exciting new projects. Can you tell us about them?
Dr. Ben: My primary focus right now is to develop plans for future pre-professional career tracks (e.g. pre-med, pre-nutrition), but also to improve our current students’ experience. I also want to expand the scope of our teaching in mental health and counseling. This is a long process, but it will definitely benefit the student, Hartland, and our Lord.
In the lifestyle center, I’m working closely with our director, Angela Pulley, to develop a new and improved program to better serve our guests. By God’s grace, these changes will be effective as soon as September this year.
I am very thankful for the opportunity to serve here at Hartland. Our mission is so critical in this day and age. I praise the Lord for His work here and thank Him for His mercy.