November 10, 2021

One Year Later 

It has already been a year since we lost a dedicated colleague and dear friend, Dr. Michael Firmin, Distinguished Professor of Psychology. He passed away from a heart attack on October 27, just 12 days after he recorded this conversation with Cedarville Stories host Mark Weinstein.   

With the full support and agreement of his family, we aired this podcast on November 18, 2020, and they have agreed to this rebroadcast in his memory.   

The loss of Dr. Firmin was devastating for Cedarville, where he had served since 1998. He worked tirelessly to support, encourage, and coach his students.  

“My mission has been to invest my life in students,” he noted during the podcast. “As they impact others, my ministry multiplies. I want them to go beyond me.” 

Beyond his faithful service as a faculty member, Dr. Firmin practiced as a licensed clinical and forensic psychologist. He also served as preaching pastor at Berea Bible Church in Springfield, Ohio.  

Cancer had impacted Dr. Firmin’s family, and it showed in his outlook on life. His words are an important reminder of where our ultimate hope should be: in Christ alone.  

“When I wake up, I tell God I will do my best: ‘This is Your day for Your honor and Your glory, because I might not have tomorrow,’” he said during the podcast. “Then my record will be in the book, and for me it will be time for heaven.” 


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