Multiplying Good with Generous Coffee

By: Dezaray Barr

Maddie Short

On most Monday nights, you can walk into any girls dorm on Indiana Wesleyan University’s (IWU) campus and find a pod of young women giggling at the TV or scrolling through their phone during commercials.

What’s so special about Monday nights? The Bachelor or The Bachelorette, of course!

While IWU students may follow these Bachelor celebrities on Instagram and watch them from the cozy lobbies of their dorms, Maddie Short, an IWU alum, gets to work with these very people every day.

Short graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) in 2017 with a degree in strategic communications from the IWU Division of Communication & Theatre.

Luckily, IWU connections never fade, even after graduation.

Short said, “In January, a fellow colleague direct messaged me an Instagram post about an organization that needed a videographer to go on a trip in a couple of weeks. I was on a break at work when she sent me the post, and only had 15 minutes, so I figured, what the heck, and emailed them my website link. A couple days later I received an email telling me I had moved on in the selection process for the trip!”

Short continued, “I ended up getting the position to go on the trip to Honduras and went down a couple of weeks later to do video for both Humanity and Hope United and Generous Coffee. My experience on the trip caused me to come back with a heart to serve. I offered up my time for volunteering, and one thing led to another.”

Ben Higgins, a previous contestant on The Bachelor franchise, is the Founder and President of Generous Coffee.

He ended up offering Short a job as the first employee of Generous Coffee — which she was not expecting at all!

She said, “I quit all my other jobs to work full-time for them.”

Generous Coffee is a for-purpose business that aims to make the world better with every business decision. They do this by selling products that are designed specifically to create and multiply good in the world.

Although Generous Coffee is best known for their specialty grade coffee, they also sell shirts, bracelets and necklaces. They then invest 100% of their profits back into non-profits and other social causes.

Whether it is creating jobs for parents, feeding children or improving education, Generous Coffee wants to create a world we all want to live in, because they believe in the unique value of every human being. The Humanity and Hope United Foundation fits into this, because right now they are the main beneficiary of Generous Coffee, where all the profits go back to.

Ben Higgins and Maddie Short

Short explained that this position working with such influential people wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for her education at IWU.

“I found out later that there were over 350 people who applied to do video/photo on the trip,” Short said. “One of the reasons I was considered for the trip that led me to my current job, was because I had an actual website with actual work on it. I would not have had that website if it wasn’t for my senior communication seminar class with Dr. Mark Perry.”

There is one more thing Short would like to add, and she hopes every current and future IWU student reads this. “When I graduated, I had someone say to me, ‘How does it feel that you just completed the best four years of your life?’ And it was such a weird question to be asked. I didn’t understand why they assumed upon graduating, that everything I had experienced over the last four years at IWU wouldn’t amount to anything, or suddenly because I am not tangibly at a place, that I can no longer experience my ‘best days.’ They were wrong. I think each day from here on out is considered my best day. It is one day more that I meet new people. One day more where I learn something new. One day more that I have an opportunity to serve. One day more that I have the chance to impact and be impacted. So, to all the seniors out there – It is what you make of it. And it is up to you to find the hope in the biggest setbacks and it is up to you to find the joy in the smallest of victories.”


Written by Dezaray Barr, PR Specialist for the IWU Alumni Office. Dezaray is a senior Strategic Communication, Journalism and Honors Humanities triple major at Indiana Wesleyan University in the John Wesley Honors College. Visit Dez’s website at

Pastor of the Week: David Anderson, Fountain City Wesleyan Church

By: Rick Carder and Mia Anderson

Reverend David Anderson is recognized as the “Pastor of the Week” this week. “Pastor of the Week” is a renewed tradition honored by the Office of Alumni and Church Engagement which appreciates local pastors for their service and faith.

Anderson has pastored at Fountain City Wesleyan Church for over 30 years, and is loved by his congregation as a teacher who is approachable and wise. He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Indiana University – Purdue in 1979 and graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1984. David and his wife, Jill Boone-Anderson (’80, Marion College – now IWU), have been married for 36 years and have two grown daughters, Gretchen and Kirsten.

Anderson loves to travel and experience new cultures. One of his passions is pursuing the perfect cup of coffee (results so far: taste – an Ethiopian coffee shop in Kansas City; ambiance – Venice’s San Marco Piazza). His favorite times of the day are mornings with the Lord and evenings with his wife, sipping his latest attempt at the perfect cup of coffee. 

Anderson recalls how he eventually was able to meet his wife. She was involved in an organization at Marion College. Their paths crossed when David said to a friend of his, “Who is that young lady over there? I’d like to meet her.” His wife recalled this moment as well, when seemingly out of the blue she met this stranger. She would eventually marry him and join together in ministry in the local church with him.

This past weekend, Fountain City Wesleyan Church hosted IWU’s One Voice. One Voice is a worship team composed of University Chorale singers who offer a, “contemporary, cutting-edge musical experience.” The service was led by IWU alumni John Whirledge worship arts director at FCWC. Several alumni are on staff including: Steve Bray (executive pastor), Scott Ferguson (The Well campus pastor) and Jacob Gibson (student ministry pastor). 

In conversations with church attendees and members I heard great compliments about Pastor Dave:

“He is the best friend a guy could ever have.”

“He remembers everyone, making everyone feel special.”

“He is genuine!”

“He cares and loves everyone!”

“He makes sure everyone is cared for.”

“Our pastor is amazing!”

“He is wonderful! Let me tell you some reasons why: he is unassuming, approachable, and humble. He puts others ahead of himself, he prays with you about your needs right on the spot and doesn’t just say, ‘I’ll pray for you’. and mostly he demonstrates his love to us when he chooses to park in the back of the parking lot instead of insisting he have his own parking space.”

It’s evident by these comments as well as many others that Anderson is loved by the people in his church. Anderson truly deserves the title of “Pastor of the Week” for his ministry that has touched the lives of countless individuals. Congratulations, Pastor Dave! 


Written by Rick Carder, Director of Alumni and Church Development.

Co-Written by Mia Anderson, Blog and Social Media Manager, Storyteller for the Alumni Office. Mia is a Senior at IWU studying Strategic Communication with her concentration in Public Relations. She will be getting married and moving to Indianapolis after she graduates in December 2016! Mia loves hearing others’ stories and sharing them with the world. Visit her personal website at