Dale Furnish moved to Tempe in 1970, when he joined the faculty at Arizona State University’s College of Law. He retired to emeritus status in 2004. As a legal scholar, teacher and practicing lawyer, Dale has specialized in Commercial Law, Comparative Law, and International Trade and has consulted on the reform of commercial laws in several Latin American countries and Tanzania. At various times, he has lived a total of nine years in Latin American countries including Venezuela, Peru, Chile, and Mexico and is bilingual in English and Spanish.
In 2003-2004, Dale served as President of The Aslan Society, ASU’s interdenominational fellowship for faculty and staff. He also served for over fifteen years as Faculty Advisor to the Christian Law Student Society at ASU. Dale joined the Community Ministries International’s Board of Directors in 2003 and became Secretary in 2006.
Dale was saved as a child in 1951, but he did not really commit his life to God until he experienced an overpowering conviction to return to the Lord in the mid-1990s. Dale currently attends Sovereign Grace Church in Gilbert, Arizona, a church that classifies itself as Charismatic Reform. He believes that the Bible is God’s Word, not always literally true or within our comprehension, but always literarily true and infallible. Dale adheres to the Community Ministries Statement of Faith and in salvation for all who believe in their hearts in Jesus Christ as our resurrected Lord. We must all work out our salvation with fear and trembling, and should die trying to grow ever closer to God.
Dale is a native of Iowa and a graduate of Grinnell College (BA), the University of Iowa College of Law (JD), and the University of Michigan Law School (LLM). He has five children: Katy, living in Phoenix; William, in New York City; Susannah, in Boston; and Diana and Cordelia, in Los Angeles; and three grandchildren, Roxanne, Cody, and Amy Claire, all in Phoenix.