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
President

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
President

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.

President

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”

“Skies Are Blue” GU Studio Band Project

“Skies Are Blue” GU Studio Band Project

Grace University’s Studio Band produced and released “Skies Are Blue” this past spring.

All songs on the album (except Holy Night) were written, arranged, and recorded by students in the class. Each student contributed their own unique skills/talents to the songs.

The majority of the music was recorded at Commonwealth Studios throughout the 2015-’16 school year.

It is available at all your favorite online music services.

SPOTIFY   GOOGLE   ITUNES   AMAZON

*Skies Are Blue is the product of the Grace University Studio Band class in Omaha, NE.

Rob Benson (drums)
Andrew Dick (bass guitar)
Brian Dick (electric guitar)
Shamez Foster (lyrics/voice/acoustic guitar)
Obed Gamez (assistant recording engineer)
Christa James (lyrics/voice/cello)
Jana James (voice/violin)
Jon Molina (recording engineer)
Julia Nachtigal (lyrics/voice/piano)
Ryan Nordstrom (lyrics/voice/acoustic guitar)
Andy Stone (lyrics/voice)

 

Congratulations to the Donald J. Tschetter Servant Leadership Award Winners

Congratulations to the Donald J. Tschetter Servant Leadership Award Winners

Each year, Grace University faculty select the graduating man and woman who exemplify well-balanced Christian character, outstanding scholarship, and spiritual leadership consistent with the high ideals of Grace University. 

As the winners of this important award, Hunter McNeel, Christian Ministry, and Elisa Castillo, Music Education, were presented with a symbol of the Servant Leadership pyramid of Grace University for showing strong evidence of the following seven characteristics:

  1. A biblically literate student.
  2. A critical thinker.
  3. An obedient disciple of Jesus Christ.
  4. An engaging citizen.
  5. A compassionate leader.
  6. A global Christian.
  7. An equipped professional.

As part of the award process, recipients shared how Grace University helped transform them and identified some of these distinctives that have come true in their lives. 

Hunter shared, “There is nothing that our God cannot do. I have met people from around this world; and with all these people I hear the LORD’s love for them and His plan for them. God is moving around the world in ways beyond us, and I thank God for giving me such globally minded people at Grace to show me this awesome God that I am getting to know.”

Elisa followed with, “If I could summarize the greatest thing I learned during my time at Grace I would say: I learned that only someone who is an obedient disciple of Jesus, who has a surrendered heart, can experience abundant life, the kind of life God intends for us to have. And it is only when we have that kind of heart that other good goals, such as being biblically literate or an equipped professional, make total sense and can be fully met.”

This special award was established to honor Donald J. Tschetter who embodied the University’s mission and faithfully served the Lord at Grace University for 49 years from 1958 through 2007. In honor of their father, the children of Donald J. Tschetter presented the recipients with a financial award.

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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