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Grace College to Honor Graduates in Commencement Ceremony May 13

Monday, May 1st, 2017


Grace College & Seminary’s annual commencement ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 13, at 9 a.m. in the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center, 610 Wooster Rd., Winona Lake. Commencement will honor 561 graduates, including some August and December graduates.

“We’re very proud of our students for reaching this important academic juncture,” said Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College & Seminary. “We are confident that they will leave Grace well-equipped to serve successfully wherever God takes them.  We hope this ceremony provides a sense of closure for their time here as well as great expectation for the future.”

Each year, Grace’s senior class elects a faculty member to deliver the commencement address. This year, Dr. Joe Graham, associate professor of behavioral sciences, was chosen.  “Dr. Graham is an exciting and innovative teacher who is well-loved by students and faculty colleagues alike,” said Dr. John Lillis, provost of Grace College.  “We are anticipating a unique and challenging message for our graduates this year.”

Jonah K. Pettet, representative of the undergraduate student body, will give the student greeting, while Nicholas A. Stanton, representing the seminary and graduate student body, will give the family recognition.

A special presentation will take place to honor Dr. James Custer, teaching pastor and senior pastor emeritus at Grace Polaris Church in Westerville, Ohio.  An alumnus of Grace College & Seminary, Custer has served for 17 years on the Grace College & Seminary board of trustees and has been named Trustee Emeritus.  Dr. Katip will recognize Dr. Custer’s 50 years of ministry and service during the commencement ceremony.

The commencement invocation will be given by Rev. Ricardo Murillo, pastor at University Heights Baptist Church in Whiteland, Ind., and Rev. Virgil W. Wesco, pastor at Fellowship Baptist Church in South Bend, Ind., will offer the benediction.  Martin Becker and Walter Brath will lead the musical selections, and Dr. Katip will confer the degrees.

“As we look back on the 2016-17 school year, we have much to be grateful for,” said Dr. Katip.  “In the fall, we celebrated another year of record student enrollment and began our new worship arts program.  Through the year, we announced several new partnerships with community businesses and like-minded schools.  The spring was perhaps most exciting of all with the announcement of our comprehensive Aspire Campaign and the groundbreaking of the Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex.”

Next year promises to be equally exciting, he said.

“This summer we will prepare to welcome new agribusiness students, chemistry majors and start a BSN program.  Much is happening at Grace College and we are most grateful for our great students and alumni who inspire us to keep reaching higher,” Katip concluded.

For questions or more information about commencement, please call the Grace College Registrar’s Office at 574-372-5100, ext. 6414 or email

Agribusiness Program and Science Complex Praised in “Life Sciences INdiana”

Friday, April 28th, 2017

IIB_Logo_300x143Grace College’s new agribusiness program and science complex, to be completed in 2018, are highlighted in “Life Sciences INdiana,” a publication of Inside INdiana Business. The article, which appeared in INside Edge eNewsletter on April 27,  praises Grace for staying in-tune with the local agriculture community. Construction of the new science facility is also commended for aiming to train students for “cutting-edge science careers.” Below is the article from Life Sciences INdiana:

Grace College in northern Indiana is taking a leap forward in two areas it says are of great importance in the region. Surrounded by a strong agricultural presence, the school is adding an agribusiness degree program, and a new science facility acknowledges Grace’s connection to the local orthopedic sector and aims to prepare graduates for cutting-edge science careers.

School leaders say its science and mathematics department has grown six-fold in the last four decades to now include more than 250 students; as more enrolled in the program, faculty grew and the need for an updated facility became a top priority for Grace College.“Students who come to visit…but look at our facility and say, ‘Well, I think I’m going to go somewhere else’—they’re now going to come to us. It’s going to be that impressive,” says Grace College Science and Mathematics Department Chair Dr. Chad Snyder. “We’re going to have a lot of brand-new equipment, and our facilities are going to look so nice—that, alone, is going to attract a lot of students who may have, otherwise, gone somewhere else because they weren’t wowed by what our building currently has to offer.

The $8 million Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex measures 35,000 square feet; about one-third will be newly-constructed science facilities, and the remaining portion will be renovated space. Snyder says the investment includes updated instruments in laboratories and classroom audio visual technology for collaborative teaching and research. It will also increase office space, house a center for lakes and streams research and new labs for a chemistry degree planned for 2018.

“Students will have increased space to do research in, which is becoming a growing goal for us in the department—to include more students in faculty-led scientific and mathematical research,” says Snyder.

The facility’s namesake, the late Dr. Dane Miller, was co-founder and 39-year president and chief executive officer of local orthopedic giant Biomet, now Zimmer Biomet. The center underscores the university’s close ties with Warsaw’s orthopedic sector; the school has developed two orthopedic degree programs with a third in the works, and says hundreds of alumni work in the sector.

Also connecting to the local economic landscape is the school’s new agribusiness degree program, launching this fall. Surrounded by a variety of agricultural companies, Grace College School of Business Dean Dr. Jeffrey Fawcett says agriculture was a missing piece in its program.

“Fifteen miles north of us, you’ve got Chore-Time Brock, and eight miles north, you’ve got Maple Leaf Farms. Due west is Mentone and all of the ag producers there. If you go south, you’ve got Louis Dreyfus Company. [Ag] is everywhere, so varied, and there’s so much going on,” says Fawcett. “Tom Farms is plowing 18,000 acres, Bishop Farms has 5,000 acres—this all is a great opportunity for students to get their hands dirty and involved in an industry we weren’t touching.”

Fawcett says Grace is hopeful the program will help keep graduates in the region and promote “brain gain,” growing the local agricultural work force. The school says a unique aspect of the degree is a required eight-month internship for agribusiness students, something local agriculture companies requested. Fawcett says the extended internships mean students will experience the full production cycle, including preparation and planting, growing and harvesting.

“One of the things we like to do here at Grace is go into the industry and say, ‘What is it that you need?’, not what we think we can create,” says Fawcett. “We talked to farms in the area and other organizations, asking them, ‘What would the skillset look like for somebody you were going to bring onto your farm to help run the business side of things?’”

Grace will begin offering the agribusiness program in the fall, and Fawcett says the school is already halfway to its enrollment goal for the first year, “and we really haven’t started pushing much yet.” Once established, Fawcett expects about 50 students total working toward the agribusiness degree.

“From the very beginning, we’ve been creators and cultivators made in God’s image to do that. When I think about the biblical precedent here, back in Genesis 2, God put Adam in the garden and instructed him to take care of it,” says Fawcett. “That’s exciting for us to be part of a system to get young people excited about agriculture and to move into that field—preparing them to plug into our local economy and help Indiana get better at what we do.”

To view the complete article and hear audio interviews with Drs. Fawcett and Snyder, click here.

Lancers Excited to Host First Track Meet Saturday

Friday, April 28th, 2017
Bernard & Linnie Key Track and Field Complex

Bernard & Linnie Key Track and Field Complex


On Saturday, April 29 at 12 p.m, for the first time in over 60 years, Grace College’s track and field team will host a meet. The Lancers are set to officially open the new Bernard & Linnie Key Track and Field Complex with the Lancer Invitational. The community is welcome to attend the historic event.

The five-team meet features several Crossroads League opponents. Joining Grace at the historic meet will be Huntington, Goshen, St. Francis and Trinity Christian.

The Bernard & Linnie Key Track and Field Complex is a state-of-the-art design that features a nine-lane, 400-meter competition track with the ability to run sprints in either direction, depending on the wind. The complex includes discus and hammer throw cages, high jump zone and pole vaulting facilities, long jump pits, javelin throw and shot put event areas, and grandstand seating for 400.

“We are thrilled to begin hosting track and field meets at Grace for the first time in our 68-year history,” said Chad Briscoe, athletic director at Grace College. “The complex will not only benefit track and field athletes, but indeed all Grace athletes will make use of the new facility. We are extremely grateful to the Key family for making this expansion of our athletic programs possible.”

More information is available at

Aspire Campaign Seeks $10 Million to Enhance Campus Community

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Grace College seeks $10 million to strengthen Connected Community, one of four priorities of the Aspire Campaign.

Ask Grace College students or alumni what made their college experience great, and they are likely to tell you about the relationships they formed and the genuine community they experienced at Grace.  Connected community is a defining mark of Grace College & Seminary, and it is one of the four Aspire Campaign priorities.

The Aspire Campaign for Grace College & Seminary is the comprehensive $37 million campaign launched in March to propel Grace forward as an exemplary institution that trains the next generation to lead and serve well.  Grace aspires to create richer living, learning and dining environments that inspire meaningful relationships and student development.  To achieve this goal, Grace seeks to raise $10 million for Connected Community through new “third spaces,” state-of-the-art athletic facilities and student programs.

Relationships are integral to students’ success and to their emotional, mental and spiritual health.  Indeed, residence-life experiences influence students as much as time in the classroom.  Research shows that an average college student spends nine hours a week in the classroom while spending 71 hours studying, exercising, building relationships, recreating and dining.  Third space settings are those outside of students’ residences (first space) and classrooms (second space).  They are places for students to study, collaborate, dine and fellowship.  The creation of third spaces will provide a richer student experience.  These much sought-after places on campus will help drive our mission forward in tangible ways.  Grace is seeking $7 million for third spaces.  A total of $2.26 million has already been raised.

Athletics is another integral part of the Grace College experience.  It provides a means for student development through discipline, service, spiritual growth and maturity both on and off the field.  Nearly one-fourth of undergraduate students participate in Grace’s athletic programs.  In order to expand the potential of Grace’s athletics and to impact current students as well as attract new students, Grace must invest in its athletic facilities.

The Aspire Campaign includes a $1.5 million goal to enhance athletic facilities.  Incredibly, through the generous donation of friends and alumni, Grace has surpassed this goal and raised $1.57 million to date.  These funds have been invested in the Miller Athletic Complex with the renovation of the soccer stadium and creation of Grace’s first track and field complex.

A $350,000 renovation of the soccer stadium began in 2014.  Stadium updates included 1,000 new bleacher seats, a larger field, high-end floodlights, new team dugouts, a new scoreboard and a live-video enabled press box.  In 2016, the soccer stadium was sponsored by and renamed 1st Source Bank Field.

Also in 2016, the Bernard & Linnie Key Track and Field Complex was completed.  Although Grace has a successful track program, it has never had a home track to host meets. The new Key Track and Field Complex’s state-of-the-art design features a nine-lane, 400-meter competition track, grandstand seating for 400 spectators, discus and hammer throw cages, shot put and javelin throw areas, a high jump zone, three long jumps pits and dual-directional pole vaulting. The inaugural track and field meet will take place at Grace’s new Bernard & Linnie Key Track and Field Complex on April 29.

For more information and to give to the Aspire Campaign for Grace College & Seminary, visit or call 574-372-5100.


Miller Athletic Complex at Grace College

Grace College Day to ASPIRE to Take Place April 27

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Day to Aspire Make a Gift today - profile picGrace College will host Day to ASPIRE on Thursday, April 27, 2017.  This is the fourth annual 24-hour online giving event to support the Grace Fund, which provides merit and need-based scholarships to students.  This year’s event is named “Day to ASPIRE” to coincide with the Aspire Campaign, the comprehensive campaign for Grace College & Seminary launched in March.

Day to ASPIRE supports sustainable affordability at Grace, one of the four Aspire Campaign priorities.  As Grace College endeavors to make quality, Christian higher education available to as many students as possible, affordability is key.  Funds raised during Day to ASPIRE will directly support current students and help attract future students to Grace.

Sharon Sallot, event coordinator and director of the Grace Fund, encourages the community to participate. “Grace relies on the ongoing support of our alumni and other donors, but investment by the community at large is necessary to make Grace successful,” Sallot said.  “This is the one day each year when we specifically ask our surrounding community to support Grace College with a monetary donation.”

In 2016, $78,202 was raised from 532 donors. “We hope to surpass that figure as well as increase our number of donors this year,” said Sallot.  While tax-deductible donations to Grace College are welcomed at any time during the year, the 24-hour community fundraising event will end at 11:59 p.m. on April 27.  “Participating in Day to ASPIRE is a show of faith in Grace College and our vision to develop caring, confident and career-ready students prepared to live lives of purpose.  We hope many new and returning donors will be inspired to give for this reason,” Sallot concluded.

To join the cause, visit For more information, call the Grace College Office of Advancement at 866-448-3472.

Grace College to Sponsor Free Sound Tech Training for Local Churches

Friday, April 21st, 2017

worship arts recording studioGrace College’s worship arts program will host free sound tech training for Kosciusko County church tech teams on Friday, May 12 from 6 – 10 p.m.  The training will be led by Rick Stewart, senior sales consultant for Advanced Systems Group, at Christ’s Covenant Church, 2090 E. Pierceton Rd., Winona Lake, Ind.  Pre-registration is not required.

“One of the needs I hear most often from local pastors is training for volunteer audio and video tech teams at their churches,” said Walter Brath, assistant professor for worship arts at Grace College. “This event is for worship leaders, pastors and tech teams who want to grow in all aspects of mixing sound for worship teams. It is the first of what I hope to be several events sponsored by the worship arts program at Grace to assist local churches.”

Stewart has worked for over 25 years serving churches, schools and performing arts centers. He has degrees in music business and business administration in addition to many industry certifications in AVL and acoustical design. His experience includes designing and installing sound, lighting and video systems for hundreds of facilities, theme parks, cruise ships and bands across the country. Stewart understands the unique needs and desires of churches and utilizes all available audio/visual components needed for effective communication.

Grace College is pleased to host Stewart and help provide relevant training for local church worship leaders.  For questions or more information, please email Wally Brath at

Aspire Campaign Approaches $7 Million Raised for Culture of Innovation Projects

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017
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Director of the Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams Dr. Nate Bosch instructs aquatic ecology students at a local stream.


An innovative, Christ-centered educational community distinguishes Grace College & Seminary.  “Culture of Innovation” is one of four priorities of Grace’s Aspire Campaign, the $37 million comprehensive campaign launched in March.  As Grace seeks to build on its reputation as an innovative institution, it will pursue two primary projects within this priority: the Deploy seminary model and the Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams.  Deploy has garnered $750,000 while the Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams has raised $5.93 million to date.

Deploy is a biblically centered, globally aware, competency-based seminary education model offered on-site at churches.  The program is designed to enable more effective service within the unique contexts of urban, rural and suburban settings. Dr. Jeff Gill, dean of the Seminary, explains, “The definition of ‘deploy’ is to strategically equip and send out.  That’s exactly what we desire to do. We want to equip laborers and send them out into the harvest. ‘Deploy’ is also a verb; it reiterates that we are actively on mission.”

Grace has established partnerships with five “hubs,” or church sites, around the Midwest where seminary students can earn their master’s degree without relocating to the main Grace campus in Winona Lake. Students will attend classes in the church hub nearest to them where they will interact with credentialed faculty members who will oversee their instruction of and mastery in biblical languages, theology, hermeneutics and the other competencies required by their degree of choice. Additionally, each student will have two mentors from his current ministry who will focus on the development of the student’s ministry skills and spiritual formation.

“Future pastors and ministry leaders need to apply their knowledge in the context of ministry work,” said Mike Yoder, lead pastor of Grace Polaris Church in Westerville, Ohio, a Grace alumnus and member of the Board of Trustees. “Through the Deploy model, students will receive a theological education at a convenient location that facilitates their development in order to be faithful and effective ministry leaders.” To date, $750,000 of the $1 million Deploy goal has been raised to renovate the William Male Center and launch the beginning stages of Deploy.  Pending Higher Learning Commission Approval, Deploy will start this fall.

The second primary innovation project of the Aspire Campaign is the Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams.  Recently renamed to recognize the substantial leadership gifts from Lilly Endowment Inc. and the Lilly family to the center’s endowment fund, the Lilly Center seeks to improve the health and safety of Kosciusko County lakes and streams.  The center conducts research, provides resources, engages and educates residents and collaborates with local organizations in pursuit of this goal.

The Aspire Campaign sought to raise $5 million for the Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams to ensure that groundbreaking research and strategic partnerships will continue through the center well into the future.  On March 24, Grace College broke ground on the Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex, a 35,000 square-foot renovation and new building project, which will house the Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams as well as Grace’s growing math and science programs.

“As we look ahead to the next 10 years, we plan to develop additional collaborative partnerships and increase our research and educational capacity in the wonderful new science facility,” said Dr. Nate Bosch, director of the center. “We will continue to make our local lakes and streams clean, healthy, safe and beautiful.” To date, $5.93 million has been raised for the Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams.

For more information or to give to the Aspire Campaign for Grace College & Seminary, visit or call (866) 448-3472.

Spring Interpretive Hike Scheduled for Saturday, April 22

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017



The Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams at Grace College will host a free spring interpretive hike on Saturday, April 22 beginning at the Lake City Greenway, through Heritage Trail. The hike will begin at 9 a.m. at the Greenway entrance. Participants should meet at the Heritage Trail parking lot at the end of Boys City Drive.

The hike will be led by Luke Hunt, a certified naturalist in Indiana and retired secondary science educator from Whitko Community Schools. Hunt was also an adjunct professor at Grace College. The hike is open to participants of all ages and fitness levels.

The Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams hosts interpretive hikes biannually. This spring hike is an opportunity for community members to learn about species native to Indiana, identify local trees and plants, study birds, and learn how to protect our watershed. Hikers will learn how the stream functions as part of the forest ecosystem as they walk the trail along the stream. Other natural features along Heritage Trail will be noted on the hike.

Participants are encouraged to dress according to weather and trail conditions. In the case of inclement weather, cancellation to the event will be announced on the Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams Facebook page and via Twitter @CenterforLakes.

Grace College Senior Art Exhibit Now Open

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017
The final Senior Art Show of the year is now on display in Mount Memorial Gallery.

The final Senior Art Show of the year is now on display in Mount Memorial Gallery.

Grace College senior art majors will showcase their cumulative and thesis work at the second of two art shows on campus this spring.  The final Senior Art Show takes place now through May 6 at Mount Memorial Gallery, 808 Kings Highway, Winona Lake, Ind. The exhibit is open Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 1 – 4 p.m.  A public reception will take place Friday, April 21 from 7 – 9 p.m.

“The senior show showcases students​’ ​individual areas of interest and focus,” said Richard Wanjema, assistant professor visual communication design and program director of media arts at Grace.  “They have worked hard all year to develop their exhibits and have done a marvelous job.”

Seven seniors from the Department of Visual, Performing, and Media Arts are participating in the exhibit: Jennie Gold, Deborah Jackson, Kaylee Kercher, Chantel Shetler, Daniel Stephens, Stephen Thompson and Khari Warren.  The students’ creative work spans many genres, from photography and painting to 3-D, digital design and visual communication design.

The department’s goal is to equip graduates with the ability to communicate visually, possess professional skills and be able to analyze works from historical and contemporary cultural perspectives. Students learn to demonstrate excellence in creative work that ultimately serves in their calling as artists, Christians and professionals.

For more information, call 866-974-7223 or email

Grace College Awards Intern, Applied Learning Students and Employers of the Year

Thursday, April 13th, 2017
Grace student Thomas Tydeman, Intern of the Year Danielle Deal, Internship Employer of the Year RSM representative Sara Cruz, Grace students Jenna Kieper and Megan Allred at the Influence Awards Luncheon.

Grace student Thomas Tydeman, Intern of the Year Danielle Deal, Internship Employer of the Year RSM representative Sara Cruz, Grace students Jenna Kieper and Megan Allred at the Influence Awards Luncheon.


Grace College recognized students Spencer Roberts and Danielle Deal and area employers CoolCorp and RSM during the Influence Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, April 11.  The annual luncheon at Grace College featured keynote speaker Melissa Montana from STAR 88.3 and awarded outstanding students in internship and applied learning experiences as well as the businesses and organizations where they work.  This year’s winners were selected by Grace College Center for Career Connections Advisory Council members Tom Roy, David Robertson and Marlene Mulero-Betances.

Spencer Roberts, a sophomore at Grace majoring in youth ministries and biblical studies, was named Applied Learning Student of the Year for his work at Centerville United Methodist Church (UMC) in Centerville, Ohio.  Danielle Deal, a senior at Grace studying accounting and marketing, was awarded Intern of the Year for her work at Flagship Enterprise Center in Anderson, Ind.  Both students were honored for their exemplary work with an engraved glass award, books by millennial best-selling author Paul Angone and a $250 monetary prize.

During his applied learning experience, Roberts contributed heavily to Centerville UMC’s TEAMeffort, a youth mission organization that hosts youth groups at construction camps across the country.  As camp counselor, Roberts led devotions with students, played in the worship band and helped lead chapel each night.

“Winning the award was unexpected to say the least.  I am incredibly humbled by this recognition,” said Roberts.  “I take pride in the work I do and I’m very appreciative that Grace would acknowledge my time and energy at TEAMeffort in this way.  To know that I made a lasting impact there is humbling and exciting.” After college, Roberts plans to direct his passions into full-time youth ministry at a local church. Roberts said, “I want to spend my live investing in youth and giving them a fuller understanding of and love for Christ. My applied learning experience has prepared me for that.”

Randy Polston, director of applied learning at Grace College, helped organize Roberts’ time at Centerville UMC. “Spencer has set an example for other applied learning students,” said Polston. “He took initiative, worked hard and was a willing learner at Centerville.  He also demonstrated maturity and responsibility in his role and upheld Grace’s mission of character and service.”

Intern of the Year Danielle Deal has interned for three area companies during her time at Grace, including Flagship Enterprise Center which nominated her for the award.  “Danielle received great accolades from Flagship employees who worked alongside her in the accounting department,” said DeeAnna Muraski, associate director for the Center for Career Connections at Grace College. “They said she was invaluable to the operations of the accounting team and credited her with steamlining their financial reporting system and directly impacting Flagship’s bottom line.”

Two employers were also honored during the Influence Awards Luncheon.  CoolCorp, established by Grace alumnus Wesley Gensch in 2015, was named Applied Learning Employer of the Year.  CoolCorp specializes in personal cryotherapy products in Warsaw, Ind.  Gensch has created opportunities for many Grace students to help launch his business, including positions in accounting, marketing and corporate law.

RSM, an audit, tax and consulting firm based in South Bend, Ind., was recognized as Internship Employer of the Year.  RSM has provided numerous internships to Grace students over several years. RSM creates an excellent environment for training, hands-on experience, special events and mentorship. Students come away with valuable knowledge gained through worthwhile projects and professional interaction.

Grace College’s applied learning and internship programs are designed to incorporate real-world experience in the college curriculum.  All Grace students are required to complete 12 hours of applied learning credits to earn their bachelor’s degree. Grace’s Center for Career Connections has developed partnerships with more than 250 area businesses and organizations from which students may choose to apply their classroom learning and explore their desired career path.

For more information about Grace’s applied learning and internship programs, visit or call 574-372-5100, ext. 6101.