Grace University’s Next Chapter in Moving Forward

Grace University’s Next Chapter in Moving Forward

As some of you may be aware, Grace University has been in discussion with representatives of the owner of the property previously occupied by Dana College in Blair, Nebraska. The purpose of these discussions has been to explore the possibility of Grace University relocating its main campus operations to that property. I am very pleased to announce that Grace University has agreed to the terms in a Letter of Intent to relocate to the former Dana College site in Blair, Nebraska. Other organizations will be occupying owner developments adjacent to the campus on the 150-acre plot. Continue reading “Grace University’s Next Chapter in Moving Forward”

A Message from Dr. Jim Eckman: Supporting Change at Grace University

A Message from Dr. Jim Eckman: Supporting Change at Grace University

Dear Friends,

The summer months are normally quiet months for academic institutions—but not so at Grace University.  The Trustee Board has taken decisive action to reemphasize Grace’s historic mission and to “right the ship” of Grace financially.  To that end, the Board has appointed Dr. John Holmes as Interim President.  John has been a professor at Grace, served as Academic Vice President and is a gifted teacher and communicator.  John is a breath of fresh air in terms of leadership.  The Board has also asked Bill Bauhard, a retired Omaha businessman, to serve in the role as Chief Executive Officer, overseeing personnel, finance and operational issues at Grace.  Bill has served on the Board of Trustees and also as Grace’s Executive Vice President.  Bill brings a sharp mind and proven skills, so necessary in dealing with the financial challenges facing Grace.  It is exciting to see two such gifted men assuming these crucial roles at Grace.  Please be in prayer for both of them. 

One further note: The Board has also begun re-organizing and retooling itself as the governing board of Grace.  Carlon Tschetter, Grace graduate and senior pastor of Covenant Community Church near Oklahoma City, is the new chairman of the board.  Carlon brings a passion for Grace, for its mission and for its future.  Please also be in prayer for Carlon and the rest of the Board.

Finally, you, our partners in the mission of Grace University, also play a strategic role in “righting the ship” of Grace.  As I mentioned, please pray for these leaders and for our faculty and staff in this time of transition.  We all need God’s grace and enablement.  Would you also pray for our students, both returning and those newly enrolled at Grace?  The faculty is as committed as ever to pursuing “academic excellence and life change” with our students.  Your financial support is an essential component in all of this.  Please be as generous as you can with your financial support.  On behalf of our leadership team, our faculty and staff, and our students, thank you for your eternally significant investment!

In His mighty grasp,

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James P. Eckman, Ph.D.
President Emeritus, Grace University

Greetings from Dr. John Holmes, Interim President of Grace University

Dear fellow classmates, former students and friends:

I am excited to let you know that during the recent Board of Trustees meeting the Trustees voted unanimously to appoint me as the interim president of Grace University. I accepted the position with eager anticipation. You may be aware that we are undergoing a period of transformation at Grace. But you are not aware of the many things that God is doing behind the scenes to launch us into a stable future. More on that later (but it is really exciting). We are not just looking to survive in the difficult landscape of Christian higher education, but our goal is to thrive.

john-holmes-300x300Many of you have sat in class next to me, been taught by me, or served with me. Some of you have been backpacking and/or rock climbing with me. You know my commitment to Christ, His amazing grace, this school and my passion for its mission. The past few months have been challenging at Grace University and we have been blessed to see God move in what I would call specific and unusual ways. Chuck Swindoll once said, “We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.” We truly have a great opportunity before us as we analyze and restructure the University so that we can continue to train and develop the next generation of servant leaders.

Over the next few months, you will be receiving updates from Dr. Jim Eckman, president emeritus, and me asking for your support in tangible and intangible ways. I ask that you serve, pray and give as the Lord moves. When Paul spoke to the Church in Corinth, he reminded them “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain” (1 Cor. 15:58). Paul’s words are relevant to us today. As you hear news from Grace, can I count on you to stand firm with us in our mission and continue with us in the kingdom work that we have been faithfully engaged in for the last 73 years?

I am optimistic about our future. Our leadership team has responsive hearts, the technical skills, and history with the school to serve our historic mission well. The students I have had in my classes recently have been great examples of the servant leaders we seek to produce. I am humbled and excited about the task set before us and thank you in advance for your support and prayers. This ministry has been going strong for almost 75 years, and I cannot wait to see how God moves in the next 75 years (even if I’m not around to witness it).

For His kingdom,

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John D. Holmes, Th.M., Ph.D.
Interim President

South Africa Update

South Africa Update

This July Dr. Troy Backhuus and Dr. Linda Vermooten of the Grace counseling program had the pleasure of leading a team of students on a cross-cultural trip to South Africaa last minute change from the original trip to Chennai, India! Though the team was left with only three days to adjust to the new plans, it soon became apparent that this was the trip God had ordained all along.

During the first week in Muizenberg, the team debriefed YWAM staff and counseled church members in the area, and helped lead a children’s Bible camp with a church in one of the poorer neighborhoods. photo 2 (1)The second two weeks were spent across the country in Durban, with Open Door Crisis Centre. ODCC works a great deal with individuals who are experiencing domestic violence or who have been trafficked. Most of the women on the Grace team were lodged at a safe house, and were able to do some counseling with the women sheltered there, as well. The team was also blessed to be able to distribute toothbrushes and food parcels in some of the urban and rural communities in the surrounding area, as well as share their testimonies. They also taught several times on basic lay counseling skills, understanding and processing emotion, stress and conflict management, domestic violence and abuse, and a number of other topics. It was an incredible experience that the students and faculty will not soon forget!