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Grace College Standout Accepts Position with Prestigious Law Firm

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

rsz_darrah_drake_picBuffalo Grove, Ill. native and Grace College senior Drake Darrah has accepted the position of project assistant with Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago.  Darrah was the 2012 recipient of the full-tuition President’s Scholarship to Grace.  He will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Science in history and political science and a minor in pre-law.

Darrah’s two-year post at Sidley Austin will entail supporting paralegals and attorneys in various practice groups. This year Sidley Austin LLP received the Best Lawyers Law Firm of the Year Award by “U.S. News and World Report” and has recently been ranked the second best law firm in Chicago and seventeenth nationally according to Vault Rankings and Reviews.

Quite different from a “typical student,” Darrah as overcome significant challenges to achieve his success. Adopted at a young age from a Chinese orphanage, suffering complete deafness and having no language skills, Darrah has worked his way through intense speech and auditory therapy after receiving a cochlear implant. His parents, Craig and Sara Darrah, say that Drake displayed exceptional intelligence immediately after joining their family. Drake taught himself to read prior to preschool, and reached grade-level literacy and academic skills before receiving a cochlear implant at age five. This surgically implanted device provided electronic hearing and allowed him to experience sound for the first time.

“Drake is an inspiration to overcome any struggles in life. I am excited to follow his career path and see where the Lord leads him,” said Dr. Jared Burkholder, chair of the department of history and political science and professor at Grace College.

Darrah’s desire for a Christian education led him to Grace College where he excelled. Professor and Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences Dr. Mark Norris said, “Drake was a great student; he always excelled in class. He just needed to know if he worked hard enough, he could accomplish anything.  And he did just that.”

This past fall Darrah and fellow student, Edward Coplin won All American Client and Advocate team, placing third in the International Mediation Competition hosted by Drake Law School.

Darrah looks at every day as an opportunity to grow beyond his circumstances. He says he was encouraged by his professors to live by the motto “memores acti prudentes potest,” which means “mindful of what has been done, aware of what is possible.”  According to Darrah, “Being at Grace taught me to stop theorizing and to invest in my interests and dreams.”

In addition to the experience Darrah will gain at Sidley Austin LLP, he is excited to be a part of a culture of learning that drives its employees to apply their time and talents toward resolving challenging legal matters. Darrah hopes to further his education by pursuing a J.D. of International Law at the University of Chicago Law School. Long-term Darrah says, “Grace has inspired and prepared me for bigger things. I would like to work to end sex trafficking after I acquire my J.D.”

Grace College Students Present at Undergraduate Research Conference

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

URC2016BannerEight seniors from Grace College presented at the Undergraduate Research Conference held at Butler University in Indianapolis on April 8. Grace Beight, Melissa Sorensen, Brittany Fourman, Alexis Nelson, Jordyn Stowers, Samantha Weiler, Lauren Scavo, and Hannah Scott were among 640 undergraduates to present their research projects in 25 topic areas. More than 40 colleges and universities from 10 different states were represented at this year’s conference.

The five English and three journalism students conducted research on topics of their choosing, each resulting in an extensive research paper and presentation as a part of the Senior Seminar class required for graduation. Their research topics were as follows: “A Meth to His Madness: Walter White as a Modern Tragic Hero,” “Don’t Forget the Henchman,” “The Effects of the Norman Conquest on the English Language,” “Darth Vader as Tragic Hero: Compared to Macbeth,” “Interpreting William Blake’s ‘Songs of Innocence and Experience’,” “A Study of Kosciusko County Welfare System,” “Abortion Studied,” and “Health Inspections in Restaurants: Are They Working?”.

Professor and Chair of the Languages, Literature and Communication Department, Dr. Paulette Sauders, said, “The students invested a lot of time into each of their topics. You could feel the passion in many of their presentations as they explained how their theories developed and what they uncovered.”

As a part of the Senior Seminar class, students met twice a week for eight weeks with Dr. Sauders to discuss writing and language techniques, conduct research and practice interviewing. During the creation of their projects, students gathered information from outside sources and conducted extensive research for 16 or more weeks. Their work culminated with at the Undergraduate Research Conference.

Grace College School of Education Students Present at CEC Convention

Thursday, April 21st, 2016
The attached image pictures the ten Grace College students and Dr. Cheryl Bremer. From left to right: Cheryl Bremer, Anna Roseler, Lynley Hiser, Kassie Lucas, Liz Freeman, Caitlin Brown, Courtney Kindig, Liz Endicott, Mariah Zumbrun, AnnKelly Myers and Summer Voss.

The attached image pictures the ten Grace College students and Dr. Cheryl Bremer. From left to right: Cheryl Bremer, Anna Roseler, Lynley Hiser, Kassie Lucas, Liz Freeman, Caitlin Brown, Courtney Kindig, Liz Endicott, Mariah Zumbrun, AnnKelly Myers and Summer Voss.

Ten Grace College School of Education students pursuing dual licensure in elementary and special education attended and presented at the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) convention in St. Louis April 13-16, 2016.

The Council for Exceptional Children is a professional association of educators dedicated to advancing the success of children with exceptionalities. The CEC convention is the largest and most comprehensive special education professional development event in the world. There were hundreds of sessions and workshops, each helping deliver cutting-edge special education content and resources from the field’s experts. The wide variety of formats provided interactive and engaging programs that addressed relevant topics within special and gifted education.

Grace students Anna Roseler, Lynley Hiser, Kassie Lucas, Liz Freeman, Caitlin Brown, Courtney Kindig, Liz Endicott, Mariah Zumbrun, AnnKelly Myers and Summer Voss attended CEC. They were led by Dr. Cheryl Bremer, associate professor of education and department chair of special education at Grace. While at CEC, the students were provided with strategies on topics that included bullying prevention, behavior modification, co-teaching with general educators and universal design for learning.

The students also presented at the national conference. Their presentation was titled “Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders: Growing a CEC Chapter in Higher Education.” There were over 5,500 people in the audience.

For more information regarding Grace’s education program, visit Or, call Cheryl Bremer at 574-372-5100, ext. 6146.

Grace College Graduate Works to Rescue Teen Sex Workers

Thursday, April 21st, 2016
David Grant

David Grant, national director of Destiny Rescue. Photo provided by Ink Free News.

David Grant, Grace College graduate of music, theology and biblical studies, now works as national director of Destiny Rescue. After serving in positions at two local churches, Grant was introduced to Destiny Rescue and began assisting the organization with web design. Later, he traveled to Cambodia and Thailand where he visited slum villages and the karaoke bars that serve as fronts for prostitution. His experience led him to his current position at Destiny Rescue. Below is a story from Ink Free News.

The issue of human trafficking has not been on most Americans’ radar for very long. It is seen in the media, from far away, mentally as well as physically.

But for Warsaw’s David Grant, national director of Destiny Rescue, that distance has been broken down by faith, and he has become a voice for the millions of children trapped in the world of sexual exploitation.

Grant is originally from near Pontiac, Mich. He came to Winona Lake to study music, theology and Biblical studies at Grace College, where he also met his wife, Marah, a Warsaw native.

After graduating, Grant served as a communications director at Winona Lake’s Christ Covenant Church. He then became director of worship, youth and creative ministries at North Webster United Methodist Church until 2012. Grant has also been a consultant for Creative Technology Solutions Inc. since 2009.

But it was during a breakout session at an event in Epworth Forest he attended with his wife Grant was introduced to Destiny Rescue. “She’s led me in a lot of areas related to women’s justice.” There he learned about people risking their lives, going into brothels to rescue children. “We had to be a part of it.”

For the full story, click here.

Grace Professor to Hold Book Signing

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

rsz_matthew_harmonDr. Matthew Harmon, professor of New Testament studies at Grace College and Seminary, will be signing copies of his book, “Making All Things New: Inaugurated Eschatology for the Life of the Church,” on Thurs., April 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the William Male Center, 999 College Ave., Winona Lake.

“Making All Things New” was published in March, 2016. In this book, Harmon and co-author Benjamin L. Gladd explore inaugurated eschatology. Most associate eschatology solely with the end times. In “Making All Things New,” Harmon and Gladd argue that the appearance of Jesus Christ has already introduced a new creation. Harmon and Gladd encourage and equip pastors to let this reality shape the growth and outreach of their churches.

Copies of “Making All Things New” will be available for purchase at the book signing and may also be purchased here. For more information about Grace College and Seminary, visit or call 574-372-5100.


Grace Students Participate in Campus-Wide Joust Event

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
Grace students compete in beach volleyball during the Joust.

Grace students compete in beach volleyball tournament during the Joust.

Grace College hosted its third annual Joust event from Thurs., April 14, to Sun., April 17, 2016. The yearly competition, formally called Olympiad,

included a series of lighthearted challenges. The event encouraged community and teamwork, incorporating the entire campus into an entertaining weekend tournament. It culminated in a closing ceremony on Sunday night.

Hundreds of Grace students participated throughout the weekend. A week before The Joust, students signed up for activities and joined one of four teams delineated by different colors. The teams competed against each other in 46 challenges, slowly compiling points. The contests included cooking, ping pong, beach volleyball, Mario-Kart, tug of war, euchre, and spelling and geography bees, just to name a few.

The Blue Team came out on top. Members of the winning team will be rewarded with a blue-themed party next week. Among other things, refreshments will include blueberries, blue drinks and blue skittles.

For more information about Grace College, visit or call 574-372-5100.

Grace College Announces New Worship Arts Major

Monday, April 18th, 2016
Walter Brath

Walter Brath

Grace College is pleased to announce the addition of a worship arts major in the fall of 2016. Walter Brath will join Grace’s School of Arts and Sciences faculty in the department of visual, performing, and media arts as assistant professor of worship arts and program director of performing arts.

The worship arts major is designed to prepare students for the multi-faceted role of the modern music worship setting.  It will prepare students to support a primary pastor or worship minister within the worship environment. With proficiencies in keyboard, voice, percussion and guitar, students will combine musicianship with courses in worship music history, theory, theology and spiritual formation, along with the live performance and production in their emphasis area.

Aided by his experience as an undergraduate music professor and an extensive background in worship music ministry, Brath will lead in building the new worship arts program. He will implement new academic opportunities for students to develop skills that will fuse musical talents with leadership, technology, visual art and design or theatre arts.

“Being a leader in the worship arts is so much more than knowing the latest worship song or technology,” said Brath. “My life’s passion is to give students the vision and skills to think theologically, to be trained in their area of interest, and have the ability to effectively lead others.” Brath has traveled internationally as worship leader, musician, and educator.  He has trained worship teams and has conducted orchestra and adult and children’s choirs. Brath anticipates using his 27 years of experience as a worship pastor and educator to equip and embolden students in worship arts.

“Through the new worship arts program at Grace College, students will acquire skills for diverse musical styles and expressions used in a variety of modern worship settings.  They will explore the ways in which audio/visual technology is utilized in today’s churches, studios and schools,” said Brath.  In addition to music theory, instrumental and vocal training, students will “acquire an understanding of the relational dynamics of a team and necessary leadership skills,” he continued.

Brath holds a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and a Master of Arts in ethnomusicology from Liberty University.  Brath is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Worship Studies and is a member of the Society of Ethnomusicologists (SEM) and the International Council of Ethnodoxologists (ICE).

Kim M. Reiff, department chair of visual, performing and media arts at Grace College, stated, “We are thrilled to have Professor Brath step into this significant role. As a proficient musician and an experienced worship leader in cross-cultural settings, he exemplifies our belief that music, as a form of worship, is fundamental to human creative expression and is without cultural boundaries. He will serve our students well as they learn how to use their musical gifts to serve others.”

Brath currently teaches at Crown College in Minnesota.  A native of LaPorte, Ind., Brath, along with his wife Shana and children Graydon, Karissa and Levi, will move to Winona Lake to begin his appointment on June 1, 2016.

For more information about the new worship arts program, visit, email or call 866-974-7223 or 574-372-5100, ext. 6021.

Grace Students to Launch Fresh Ideas at Business Plan Competition

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

The fifth annual Grace College Business Plan Competition will take place on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, in the Manahan Orthopedic Capital Center, 610 Wooster Rd., Winona Lake. Sponsored by the Grace College School of Business, the competition will feature four finalist teams comprised of Grace College students. A seven-person panel of area business executives will judge the competition: George Robertson, president of Kosciusko Economic Development Corporation; Lindy Breeden, executive vice-president of Farmer’s State Bank; Jeff Cahill, entrepreneur; Jeff Hodgson, entrepreneur-in-residence at Elevate Ventures; Michael Hall, owner of Hall and Marose Silveus Insurance; Caleb France, owner of Cerulean, and Chuck Christner, managing partner of RSM.  Rob Parker, president and CEO of the Kosciusko County Chamber of Commerce, will moderate the event.

The business plan competition is an extracurricular activity. Participating Grace College students began the process of qualifying and creating a business plan in November, 2015. They were shepherded by representatives from SCORE, a premiere small business advice and counseling organization. Retired business professionals from SCORE mentored the students throughout the competition process while Grace faculty advisors guided teams’ progress.

The students’ efforts will culminate ​on April 20. Each team will have 20 minutes to present their business plan and answer questions from judges. They will be evaluated on pre-competition activities, the written business plan, presentation, and feasibility of the concept. Cash prizes totaling $6,000 will be awarded, plus a website template from Data, Inc.

“The competition gives students an opportunity to apply their business knowledge,” said Al Grossnickle, associate professor of business at Grace College and director of the William P. Gordon Institute for Enterprise Development. “They learn how to launch beneficial, impactful companies through this practical experience.”

Competition finalists are CoolCorp, created by student Wes Gensch; Wish Upon a Button, created by students Megan Carpenter and Elisa Stump; Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery Specialists, created by students Amelia and Tiffany Schuman; and Hope Unfolded, created by students Ricardo Bedon and Adam Yoder.

“It’s amazing to see the students’ ideas and plans come to fruition,” Grossnickle continued.  “We are eager to host the competition next Wednesday and see these students get one step closer to realizing their business dreams,” he said.

The 2016 Grace College Business Plan Competition is sponsored by Data, Inc., Elevate Ventures, Farmer’s State Bank, Hall and Marose Silveus Insurance, RSM​ and Wildman Business Group.  The event is open to the public and media outlets. Presentations begin at 6:15 p.m. and conclude by 7:30 p.m.  Winners will be announced at approximately 8 p.m.

Grace College to Host Red Cross Blood Drive

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

ARC_Logo_Bttn_Vert_CMYKTo help meet the demand for blood donations, Grace College and Seminary will host a Red Cross Blood Drive on Wed, April 27, at the Gordon Recreation Center, 100 Publishers Dr., Winona Lake. Donations will be accepted from 12– 5:30 p.m.

“Not enough people realize the impact donating blood makes. The need for blood is at an all-time high and only about 10% of eligible donors are contributing,” said Brittany Bigler, blood drive correspondent for Grace College and Seminary. “We regularly host blood drives at Grace to provide the community with a convenient location to participate and help save lives,” she continued. Bigler’s goal is for at least 70 pints of blood to be collected at the blood drive.

The actual blood donation process takes only 10-15 minutes and each donation can save up to three lives. To donate, visit, click on “Give Blood” and “Find a Blood Drive.” Enter the sponsor code “Lancers” and click on the Grace College donation link to schedule an appointment. Walk-in donations are also welcomed.

Grace College Breaks Ground on Bernard & Linnie Key Track and Field Complex

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Groundbreaking ceremony (L to R): Bill Burke, chairman, Grace College Board of Trustees; Chad Briscoe, athletic director; Jeff Raymond, track and field head coach; Bernard & Linnie Key daughters: Martha Dosmann, Winifred Harbin, Margaret McKinney and Maymie Pride; Dr. Bill Katip, president; track and field student athletes Macallister Seitz and Jamie Annis.


Dr. Bill Katip with Key sisters (L to R): Margaret McKinney, Dr. Bill Katip, Maymie Pride, Winifred Harbin and Martha Dosmann.


Grace College men and women’s track and field team with dignitaries.















The groundbreaking ceremony for the Bernard & Linnie Key Track and Field Complex at Grace College occurred today at 5:45 p.m. Participants included Grace College President Bill Katip, Athletic Director Chad Briscoe, Track and Field Head Coach Jeff Raymond and the Key family from South Bend.

The track is named to honor Bernard and Linnie Key, long-time residents of South Bend whose lineage includes several Grace graduates.  Since their deaths in 1962 and 1992, the Key family has looked for an opportunity to honor Bernard and Linnie’s legacy. The Keys were committed to their seven children and to honoring God with their time and finances. “Although not wealthy, my parents shared generously, trusting God to provide for their needs,” said Margaret Key, daughter of Bernard and Linnie.

In order to begin updating the track and field complex, a catalytic gift was needed. When the need came to the attention of the Key family, they responded. “In honor of my parents’ legacy of faithful trust and dependence on God, our family chose to provide the foundational gift,” Margaret Key said.  The complex will serve as a reminder of the Key’s valued principles: to know the Word of God and run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College, remarked “We are very excited about the opportunity to enhance our athletics department. The Keys’ family gift was an answer to prayer. Their legacy will live on here at Grace for many years to come.”

The Bernard and Linnie Key Track and Field Complex will include a 400-meter nine lane competition track, discus and hammer throw cages, high jump zone and pole vaulting facilities, long jump pits, javelin throw and shot put event areas, grandstand seating for 400 and a press box.  It is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2016.

Grace Track and Field Head Coach Jeff Raymond said, “The new facility will be a huge boost to our track and field program. It will benefit our current student-athletes and help us attract new athletes in the future. The facility will enhance our training opportunities, both in-season and out-of-season, and will allow us to host home meets for the first time in Grace’s history. We are very thankful for those who have made this possible, and we look forward to seeing how the Lord will use the facility to impact lives in the coming years.”

To be a part of the Bernard and Linnie Key Track and Field Complex, visit for giving opportunities and contact information.