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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.


Grace College to Present “Godspell”

Friday, April 8th, 2016

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Grace College will present the musical production “Godspell” on April 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23.  The production, based on the Gospel of Matthew, will be performed in the Little Theater located in Philathea Hall on the Grace College campus, 200 Seminary Dr., Winona Lake. The musical will begin at 7:30 p.m. each evening with the addition of a matinee at 1:30 p.m. on April 23 only.

“Godspell” was conceived and originally directed by John-Michael Tebelak while a student at Carnegie Mellon University.  It features music by Stephen Schwartz who also produced music for “Wicked,” “Pocahontas” and “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”  “Godspell” has been on Broadway twice, was produced as a movie and has been performed thousands of times all over the world since it opened off Broadway in 1971.

Mike Yocum, professor at Grace College and director of “Godspell” said, “We are excited to present ‘Godspell’ for the first time at Grace.  It’s funny, the music is very catchy and it does a wonderful job of powerfully presenting the life of Christ.”  The production is comprised of a series of parables and several beloved songs including “Day by Day.”

Tickets for “Godspell” can be purchased at Tree of Life Bookstore in Winona Lake or Jazzman’s Café on the Grace College campus using cash or credit, or at the door with cash.  Cost of admission is $7 for students and senior citizens and $9 for adults.

For more information call 574-372-5100 ext. 6113.

Grace College Students Participate in “Mentors for Kids” Program

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016
Grace College Student Rachel Brown (L) and first grade student (R) building marshmallow tower during College Mentors of Kids program.

Grace College Student Rachel Brown (L) and first grade student (R) building marshmallow tower during College Mentors of Kids program.

Serving kids in Kosciusko County since 2007, the College Mentors of Kids program is a 100 percent student-led, innovative organization that pairs first through fifth graders with college students. Grace College students serve as mentors to 40 children at Jefferson Elementary.

Rachel Brown, a freshman at Grace College, is one of the mentors. “A lot of the kids I work with don’t have strong role models in their lives. I’m passionate about showing them the possibilities they could create for themselves,” says Brown.

The College Mentors of Kids program partners with high-needs elementary and middle schools to reach children who need mentor services most. The program’s focus is on children from poverty or low-income homes of which 88% are potential first-generation college students. The three main goals of the program are to equip young people with the skills they need to be successful in life, help children understand the importance of education and motivate them to try harder in school, and to engage college students in meaningful leadership and service.

Forty students from Jefferson Elementary visit Grace College weekly to participate in structured group activities with their mentors. Activities are centered on higher education, careers, culture and diversity, and community service – all to encourage exploration of the college experience and expose the young people to potential opportunities for success in their future.

Grace College is responsible for raising much of the money necessary to operate the program. Online donations are appreciated to help support changing the lives of children and college students. To learn more about College Mentors of Kids at Grace College and to donate, visit

Grace College Students Participate in Indiana Academy of Science Meeting

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016
Grant Carlson (left) and Jessica Lokotar (right) explain to a conference participant their research on the newly proposed route to Thiapentalenes.

Grant Carlson (left) and Jessica Lokotar (right) explain to a conference participant their research on the newly proposed route to Thiapentalenes.

Grace College students Will Lorenz, Grant Carlson, and Jessica Lokotar attended the 131st Annual Indiana Academy of Science meeting held in Indianapolis on March 26. As members of the Indiana Academy of Science, the three students joined 400 scientists and guests for the event. The meeting included 140 oral presentations, 120 poster presentations, 11 hot topic presentations and two workshops. Carlson and Lokotar each gave a poster presentation on their peer-reviewed synthetic organic chemistry research which was published in the event’s proceedings. “They performed excellently as I expected. It was a great experience for them to present their research to fellow scientists and be recognized for their work,” says Dr. Chad Snyder, associate professor of chemistry and director of chemical research at Grace College. Students are now preparing for next year’s meeting where they will be presenting oral and poster presentations. Research for the students’ presentations were funded in part by Grace College faculty members: Don DeYoung, Mark Norris, and John Lillis.

Annual Opportunity for Giving Makes a Difference at Grace College

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

DTMAD2016_Lockup_ColorGrace College’s third annual Day to Make a Difference will take place Tuesday, April 12, 2016. The 24-hour online event inspires students, alumni and families to set an example of philanthropy and service. Money raised during Day to Make a Difference supports the Grace Fund, which enabling Grace to provide scholarships and fund cutting-edge educational technology. It also helps attract and retain Grace’s exceptional faculty and staff.

Sharon Sallot, event coordinator and director of the Grace Fund, encourages everyone to participate. “All monetary gifts are appreciated, but the real goal is to build community,” she says. “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 continued, citing the mission of Grace College to strengthen character, sharpen competence and prepare students for service.

In 2015, $52,000 was raised. This year’s goal is to raise $55,000. There will also be fun, engaging challenges and incentives for participants throughout the day.

While 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 12.  “Participating in Day to Make a Difference is a show of faith in Grace’s institution and mission.  We hope to encourage many new donors to take part, as well as those who have participated in the past,” Sallot stated.

To join the cause, visit For more information, go to or call the Office of Advancement at 866-448-3472.