Dr. Gifford, a native Californian, has served as a pastor; a secondary, college, and graduate level teacher; an administrator of pre-school, K-8, K-10, and 9-12 levels of education; and coordinator of college recruitment, dean of summer sessions, and associate academic dean at the college level. He retired and moved to California at the end of June 2010 and is continuing to teach in both leadership and administration as an emeritus faculty member of Andrews University.
In retirement Dr. Gifford has made several presentations regarding the spot where motivation and worldview intersect. "An Adventist Worldview," and “Divine Resources for Adventist Educators” are topics that seem to be philosophical, practical, and well received. Retirement is also a professional activity I recommend.