Trust in God!

Trust in God!

Psalm 20 is a powerful statement about God’s faithfulness — Some trust in chariots and some in horses,but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.

At Grace University, our students are walking out their faith and learning to trust in God everyday. Our students were born into a culture that tells them that they can pull themselves up by their bootstraps and be a success by relying on no one but themselves. Our students are immensely talented and many could be a success in the world’s eyes on their own, but they want more than that!

I know you will enjoy hearing from Ali and how God has used Grace University to show her His plan for her life and is teaching her how she can trust in Him in all areas. The academic, biblical and spiritual lessons she and other students are learning during their time at Grace will carry them far as they graduate and go into their mission fields.

As we conduct our annual fund drive, I thank you for supporting Ali and other students through your generous gifts and prayers.

Yours for biblically based, Christian higher education,

David M. Barnes, Ed.D

Held to a Higher Standard

Held to a Higher Standard

Held to a Higher Standard

Dear alumni and friends,

Just as you are, our students are called to walk out their faith beyond the status quo. This generation of Grace University students is being discipled for a great mission as they take the gospel out to the world. Our students are benefitting from the characteristics of a Grace University education and using that for greatness in the name of our Lord!

I hope you enjoy hearing the testimony of Josh Pace. Josh’s story is that of so many students who felt God’s leading to come to Grace University and found their calling here. Josh has been obedient to the word of God and has been a good steward of the blessings and talents he has been given. I wish you could meet more of our students and hear each testimony.

We are in the midst of our annual campaign to raise the funds needed to support current students like Josh and incoming students who need scholarship funds. We are so thankful because as you pray and give sacrificially, Josh and others will have the support they need to attend the school to which they were called.

Thank you for prayerfully considering how you can help our students and for giving as you are able!

Yours for biblically based, Christian higher education,

David M. Barnes, Ed.D

p.s. — Check out what students are learning in Chapel four days a week. Click here

Walking out Exodus 4

Walking out Exodus 4

We are so thankful to those of you who pray for and give to our students. During our annual fundraising campaign, which provides the resources our students need to reach the call on their lives, we are asking you to ask God how you can partner with us this year. As God prompts you, we ask you to give.

I hope you enjoy meeting Katy. She is just one of the incredible students who has embraced the Christ-centered education at Grace University and is excited about her future.

Everyday at Grace University, God is using caring professors and staff who are invested in the lives of students. Those of us committed to the mission of Grace feel a tremendous responsibility to assist these amazing students move out to their mission field.

Thank you in advance for helping raise up servant leaders for the home, church and world!

Yours for biblically based, Christ-centered education,

David M. Barnes, Ed.D.


P.S. To give today,  click here and mark the Grace Fund on the donation form.

Online Learning? Is it for you?

Online Learning? Is it for you?

Many adult learners returning to school are excited about Grace University’s online degree programs. But many who are used to a traditional classroom wonder if online is right for them. A lot of the questions relate to course content or communication with faculty and fellow students.

At Grace University, online learning is a dynamic, integrated experience where you will enjoy the benefits of working from any location and customizing your own study schedule.  You get the benefit of devoted faculty who are committed to getting to know you on a personal level and developing curriculum to meet your educational needs. Grace University online courses are not a one-size-fits-all class pulled off an academic shelf. Our online courses are customized to give you the same academic rigor and personal development as an on-campus course. Professors actively work with you and communicate with you on a regular basis. You will be working with your fellow students and having in-depth discussions to build a strong support network with your classmates as you earn your degrees and grow together.

And most importantly, your courses will have the same biblical integration as all Grace University courses and you will have professors who care for you and is praying for you and God’s call on your life.

Contact the School of Professional & Graduate Studies or call (402)449-2826 for more information on online degree programs in Business Leadership, Psychology and Christian Ministry and take the next step today.

Students Serve South Dakota Ministry

Students Serve South Dakota Ministry

The Grace University Orality class was invited to be the entertainment for Byron Bible Camp’s fund raiser in Huron, S.D. Seventeen students and volunteers made the 300-mile trip to support the ministry and share the Gospel. The students presented key Bible narratives with different creative orality strategies they learned during the fall semester.

Grace University students give more than 24,000 of community service each year. The students gave their time to serve and this was not part of a class assignment or an extra credit project.

 “I talked with the group about the importance of sacrificial serving and doing something without the mindset of entitlement,” said Dr. Tara Rye, dean of women and course instructor. “I am proud of them. The entire class rearranged work schedules and homework to make this trip a reality.” The study of orality is a purposeful way of learning to transmit the Bible through a relational and social way so the stories can spread rapidly as an effective tool for evangelism and discipleship.

“The Bible is God’s word to us and it is 75% story. I am studying orality so that I can learn the stories of the Bible well in order to share them with others in the hopes of leading nonbelievers to Christ, as well as encouraging believers,” said Lauren Witteveen, junior Intercultural Studies major from Washington state. “The majority of people prefer to hear a story over a lecture, so I want to share the Gospel in a way that connects with people by telling Bible stories.”

Meet Jeff Banks – Our New Dean of Men

Meet Jeff Banks – Our New Dean of Men

Jeff Banks has joined Grace University as the new Dean of Men.

A native of Scottsbluff, Neb., Banks has served in the pastoral ministry for 20 years, the last nine as the pastor of Cornerstone Fellowship Evangelical Free Church in Greenfield, Iowa. He is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and Dallas Theological Seminary. Continue reading “Meet Jeff Banks – Our New Dean of Men”

New Online Degree Programs Approved

New Online Degree Programs Approved

Grace University is pleased to announce that the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) has approved the university’s change request application for two online adult degree completion programs. Beginning in the fall of 2015, adult degree completion students have the opportunity to earn their bachelor’s degree in business leadership or psychology totally online. Continue reading “New Online Degree Programs Approved”

Family Ties Strong for Students at Grace

Family Ties Strong for Students at Grace

Longtime photography studio owner Dennis Applegarth understands the value of education. But because he also values time spent with his children, Applegarth pursued higher education alongside his three children at Grace University.

This spring, he graduated with one of them, and in 2012, he did the same. Continue reading “Family Ties Strong for Students at Grace”

Grace University Adds Theatre Concentration

Grace University Adds Theatre Concentration

Karl Pagenkemper, Grace University vice president of academic affairs is pleased to announce the addition of a theatre concentration beginning with the 2015 academic year.

“Grace has a multitude of students with a theatrical gift,” Pagenkemper said. “Adding theatre is a natural progression, as music and performing arts continue to thrive at this university.” Continue reading “Grace University Adds Theatre Concentration”

Grace University Welcomes New Women’s Basketball Coach

Grace University Welcomes New Women’s Basketball Coach

The Grace University Athletic Department is pleased to announce Chaia Huff as Grace University’s Head Women’s Basketball Coach. Chaia has a heart for Christian higher-learning and investing in young women through sports. She is committed to developing servant leaders for the home, church and the world through the avenue of intercollegiate basketball. We are confident she will help our student-athletes learn how to succeed on the court, in our Grace community, and most importantly, in life. Continue reading “Grace University Welcomes New Women’s Basketball Coach”

Grace University Receives Enrollment Growth Award

Grace University Receives Enrollment Growth Award

Grace University has been awarded the Jonathan N. Thigpen Enrollment Growth Award from the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). The award stems from Grace University experiencing a 29 percent growth rate in enrollment in the 2013-2014 school year. The award was presented to Dr. David Barnes, university president, at the 68th annual meeting of the ABHE in February. Continue reading “Grace University Receives Enrollment Growth Award”

Musical Theatre Camp

Junior and Senior High School students are invited to Join us for an exciting week of improving your singing, dancing, and acting — all from a Christian perspective! The camp is limited to 40 attendees so you will get personalized instruction as you spend the week learning stage fundamentals and preparing for a production. The week will culminate in a final performance held in the Suckau Chapel on the Grace University campus, Friday, June 10 at 7 p.m. Students will get to experience life on campus as they stay in the dormitories and do fun activities in Omaha.

Date: June 5-10th
Location: Grace University, 1311 S. 9th St., Omaha
Cost: $250/person

(includes lodging, meals, and special activities)

Workshops include:
• Duet Scene Study

• Auditioning
• Make-up
• Stage Combat
• Improv

Activities include:
• Talent Show

• Storm-Chasers Game
• Karaoke Night
• Game Night
• Final Performance


We can’t wait to see you at camp! To register, go to

An Important Message from Dr. Jim Eckman

Dear alumni and friends,

Change is not something I especially appreciate. I love life when it is stable, predictable and orderly. But living in a fallen, broken world means that change is the norm and instability, temporary dysfunction and re-orientation more frequent than we desire. Grace University is undergoing one of those periods of change and instability. David Barnes has resigned as president and the Board of Trustees has asked me to re-engage with Grace. I retired nearly four years ago and have developed a number of ministries in which I am deeply involved. In addition to my adjunct teaching, I am on staff at my church part time and intensely involved in teaching four Bible studies throughout Metro Omaha. I am also engaged in several writing projects and in a mentoring ministry. However, I love Grace University, having devoted a significant portion of my adult life to this ministry. So, I have agreed to advise the Trustee Board and assume a leadership role in development at Grace.

The faculty and staff of Grace University remain deeply committed to the mission of Grace: To develop servant leaders for the home, the church and the world through excellence in biblically-integrated education and through life change in a personal, discipling environment, all for the glory of God.To sustain this mission, the Board has embarked upon a significant re-structuring and re-organizing of the University, and has also launched a critical analysis of nearly every aspect of the University. jim-eckmanFor example, the Board is assessing Grace’s entire athletic program, which grew significantly over the last three years. Further, the Board is analyzing the scholarship and discounting-of-tuition program at the undergraduate level, which has also grown over the last three years. The Board strongly believes that significant changes need to occur in each of these areas, which will necessitate additional adjustments and the re-allocation of University funds.

As President Emeritus, I remain deeply committed to Grace’s mission, to the faculty and staff, and to the students, both undergraduate and graduate. I have continued to teach at Grace as an adjunct professor and have led mentoring groups with some of the men at Grace. In dependence on the Lord, the future of Grace is bright. We are graduating 97 students this year, who will be change-agents for Christ. Graduate and adult-learner enrollment for fall looks strong as do key undergraduate programs. Over the years, through your prayers and your gifts, you have demonstrated support for the mission of Grace University. I am asking you to heighten that support. We need you to partner with us in meeting the financial needs of Grace for these upcoming summer months. Our need is quite significant and I am inviting you to do two things for me:

  • Commit to praying for Grace daily this summer. Pray for the Board as they analyze and reorganize each aspect of the University. Pray for our faculty as they teach, prepare and invest in our students. Pray that God will provide out of His abundant grace the funds needed for the critical summer months.
  • Commit to a sacrificial gift to Grace University to sustain the school during these summer months. I am asking you to be as generous as you can possibly be to meet this need.

Thank you so much for your prayers and your financial support of Grace University. We are doing important and eternally significant Kingdom work at Grace. Your partnership with us in this ministry will yield eternal dividends for God’s Kingdom work at Grace University. Thank you.

In His mighty grasp,

James P. Eckman, Ph.D.
President Emeritus

Grace Students Serve at Open Door Mission

Contributed by Loretta Gamboe, Freshman Class Secretary

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The freshman and senior classes hosted a service opportunity in April at the Open Door Mission in Omaha.

“It was really encouraging to see so many people willing to dedicate their time to getting involved in the community,” said Tate Bredenkamp, freshman class president . “We didn’t even know what we would be doing when we got to the Mission, but people still came, willing to serve any way they could.”

The morning began with a quick trip to Olsen’s Bakery for a few dozen donuts, and soon after that students left for the Open Door Mission. Upon their arrival, students toured the facilities before proceeding to the Timberlake Outreach Center. 20160408_114409 (2)This donation center is where families in need can come to get things like food, clothing, and bedding. Students sorted men’s clothing and organized women’s clothing. A few people helped to fold and organize bedding, and the rest of the students helped carry things to the cars of people being served by the donation center. Before leaving, the students also took the initiative to help organize the toy area.

Courtney Duba, the freshman class treasurer, said that it was “wonderful to see college students making an impact in the community with an organization that helps those in need.”

In one semester alone, through the Grace University Servant Leadership Training Program, students have given more than 8,100 hours of service to the community.

Grace University, located in Omaha, Neb., is a regionally accredited, private Christian university with more than 40 diverse areas of study for undergraduate, graduate and adult degree completion students including education, business, psychology, music, nursing and Christian ministries. The university’s mission is to develop servant leaders for the home, the church and the world through excellence in biblically integrated education.

Opportunities for Veterans at Grace University

Thank you. Two words not uttered enough today – especially to those who selflessly gave their time and talents to serve our country. Veterans, Grace University thanks you. Now, let us serve you – online or on campus.

“At Grace, veterans will get individualized attention and support to further develop and employ their talents in service and leadership,” said Jim Santoro, Air Force veteran and Dean of Grace University’s Adult Degree Completion Program. “Our mission is to develop servant leaders who will take their faith into their professions.”

In addition to having full-time veteran counselors on staff, Grace offers free tutoring for veterans and hosts a Student Veterans Association chapter on campus.

“We are very proud to be recognized as a Military Friendly school,” adds Santoro.

Grace University offers ACE credit for training and experiences as well as CLEP and/or DSST exams. This allows students to complete their degree sooner and with less out-of-pocket expense. Scholarships and tuition discounts are also available.

The School of Professional and Graduate Studies offers online and on campus bachelor’s degrees in Business Leadership, Ministry Studies, and Psychology in the Adult Degree Completion Program. Graduate students can earn master’s degrees in Education, Teaching, Counseling (concentrations in clinical mental health counseling and school counseling) and Christian Ministries (concentrations in biblical studies, theological studies, ministry leadership, counseling ministry and rural church ministry).

To learn more about how to earn credit for your military experiences and earn your degree, call 402-449-2826 or click here.

Grace University, located in Omaha, Neb., is a regionally accredited, private Christian university with more than 40 diverse undergraduate, graduate and adult degree completion programs including education, business, psychology, music, nursing and Christian ministries. The university’s mission is to develop servant leaders for the home, the church and the world through excellence in biblically integrated education.