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‘Love Kindness’ Author to Speak at Grace College

Monday, September 11th, 2017

Dr. Barry Corey, president of Biola University and author of “Love Kindness”


Grace College is pleased to welcome Dr. Barry Corey, president of Biola University, to campus on Wednesday, Sept. 13. Corey will speak in chapel, beginning at 10:30 a.m., in the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center, 601 Wooster Rd., Winona Lake. The public is welcome to attend this free event.

Corey is the author of “Love Kindness,” the summer read for Grace College’s 2017 freshman class. Prior to arriving on campus each fall, freshmen collectively read an assigned book. The book assignment is part of Freshman Foundations, a course designed to help students discover their God-given strengths and navigate through college-related issues. “Love Kindness” addresses the power of kindness and the revolutionary way Christians are called to live.

“Love Kindness” was also read by the Grace College faculty during the summer of 2016.  “Many of us have been blessed by Dr. Corey’s book,” said Grace College Provost Dr. John Lillis. “We hope the students, staff and community take advantage of this unique opportunity to hear directly from Dr. Corey about the importance of Christ-like kindness.”

Under Corey’s leadership, Biola University has seen the highest enrollment in school history. Corey has initiated construction of new facilities and the largest comprehensive fundraising campaign at Biola to date. Corey is also vice chair of the board of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU), a member of the Convoy of Hope board of directors and a board member for the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C.

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Grace College Welcomes Strong Class; Accelerated and Blended Degrees on the Rise

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Grace College & Seminary welcomed 1,278 undergraduate students to its Winona Lake campus this fall – the second-largest undergraduate enrollment in Grace history. A growing number of students are choosing to pursue accelerated and blended degrees.  Since 2011, Grace College has offered a three-year bachelor’s degree in all of its 70-plus majors.  This year, nearly one-third of Grace undergraduates are on track to earn an accelerated bachelor’s degree.  In addition, students pursuing a blended degree – a bachelor’s and master’s degree in four years – has increased to its greatest number ever.


Cindy Sisson, vice president of enrollment management and marketing at Grace College & Seminary, commented on Grace’s 2017-18 enrollment.  “We are very pleased to again have a strong entering class of more than 400 students.  We’ve made this benchmark for six years in a row now,” she said.  “It’s also encouraging to see an increasing number of students choose accelerated and blended degrees.  It seems clear that our efforts in innovation and affordability are paying off.”


Nontraditional students, including online, graduate and seminary students, number 877 for the 2017-18 school year.  Grace continues to offer Jump Start and dual credit for high school students as well as a bachelor degree completion program, GOAL (Grace Opportunities for Adult Learners), both online and on campus.  Last year, Grace added its ninth online master degree in Nonprofit Management.  Others include Athletic Administration, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Ministry Studies, Business Administration, Higher Education, Intercultural Studies, Local Church Ministry and Divinity.  Online graduate enrollment is up more than 13% this year.


The Grace College School of Business continues to grow in enrollment and reputation.  This fall, business majors number 328 – the most ever and a 20% increase from three years ago.  As the School of Business seeks Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) approval this academic year, it also kicks off a new agribusiness program.  Both an associate’s and bachelor’s degree in agribusiness are now offered to equip students with the competencies necessary to run farms and pursue a variety of agriculture careers in today’s marketplace.


Also new this fall is a bachelor’s in nursing program (BSN) in partnership with Bethel College.  According to Dr. John Lillis, provost of Grace College & Seminary, “The need for well-trained nurses and student interest led to our decision to transition from an ADN to a BSN program at Grace.”


As Grace continues construction on the Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex, so does it continue development of a new chemistry major and accreditation for a mechanical engineering degree.  In the past four decades, Grace’s Department of Science and Mathematics has grown sixfold to include 13 different science majors and 11 pre-professional tracks. “Our investment in science will not waiver as we seek to meet the demand for well-trained professionals in health care, orthopaedics, environmental science and more,” said Lillis.


Last spring, the Aspire Campaign for Grace College & Seminary was launched to fund the college’s four new strategic priorities: educational excellence, connected community, culture of innovation and sustainable affordability.  Grace seeks to raise $37 million to fund these priorities; to date, nearly $30 million has been raised.


Grace College to Host TELL Summit for Educators

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Grace College is excited to host the first annual The Educators Leadership Learning Summit (TELL) on Oct. 30.

The Summit, held at Grace’s Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center, is specifically created for school superintendents, administrators, principals, athletic directors and coaches. The TELL Summit will bring in numerous top state educators and motivational speakers to share their experiences in the world of education.

The Grace College Athletic Department created the summit, providing an educational event that is unique across the state of Indiana.

The TELL Summit is designed to inspire current and future educators in the high school world. This TED Talk-inspired event was created to spark new learning ideas, stimulate deep discussion and provide networking opportunities among like-minded educators. 

“We are honored to host the TELL Summit at Grace College. We feel that professional development for educators in the athletic world is critical to help student-athletes in their development,” said Grace Director of Athletics Chad Briscoe. “We hope that providing an experience for high school educators to grow and sharpen one another will be a great benefit to sports leaders at the high school level across the state.”

Included among the 14 presenters in the 2017 Summit are Bobby Cox, IHSAA Commissioner; Sandy Searcy, National Federation of State High School Associations Director of Sport; Seth Maust, Five Star Life President; and Jamy Bechler, John Maxwell Coach. Three school superintendents will be speaking, including Warsaw’s David Hoffert, as well as three athletic directors, a principal and three high school coaches.

To register for the summit, contact Grace’s athletic office at 574-372-5100 ext 6266 or email

Men & Women’s Tennis Triumph Over Mt. Vernon Nazarene

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio – Grace’s men’s tennis team earned a 9-0 win at Mt. Vernon Nazarene on Tuesday.

The Lancers (1-2, 1-2 CL) won their first league match of the season. Grace’s win was also memorable in that the team won the first match played at MVNU’s new Ramser Tennis Courts.

Adam Yoder and Conner Bates got Grace’s day started out with an 8-0 victory at No. 3 doubles.

Uros Pajic and Diego Zamora were not far behind with an 8-1 win at No. 2 doubles, and Danila Kurkulin and Caleb Yoder finished off the doubles’ sweep with an 8-2 win at No. 1.

Pajic was perfect at No. 2 singles, and Zamora also won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3. Lucas Fonseca was a winner 6-0, 6-1 at No. 6, and twin brother Arturo Fonseca also won speedily 6-2, 6-0 at No. 5.

Kurkulin (No. 1 singles) and Adam Yoder (No. 4 singles) capped off the 9-0 sweep for Grace.

Additionally, freshmen Craig Manges and Noah Haupt each won 8-1 in exhibition play, marking the pair’s first collegiate wins.

“I am very proud of how our men did today. They were ready to go the moment they got off the bus,” said Grace assistant coach Andy Lewis.

The Lancers end the week on Saturday, traveling to St. Francis for a 3 p.m. match.


1. Kurkulin/C. Yoder won 8-2

2. Pajic/Zamora won 8-1

3. A. Yoder/Bates won 8-0


1. Kurkulin won 6-2, 6-3

2. Pajic won 6-0, 6-0

3. Zamora won 6-0, 6-0

4. A. Yoder won 6-1, 6-2

5. A. Fonseca won 6-2, 6-0

6. L. Fonseca won 6-0, 6-1


Grace’s women’s tennis team had little trouble handling Mt. Vernon Nazarene on Tuesday in a 9-0 win.

The Lady Lancers (3-1, 2-1 Crossroads League) spoiled MVNU’s first home match in program history, winning the first official contest at the newly opened Ramser Tennis Courts.

In doubles’ play, Grace went a combined 24-4 against the Cougars (0-2, 0-2 CL). Emily Mast and Carrie Copeland won 8-1 at the top doubles’ position, and Shelby Bankson and Briana Diehl also won 8-1 at No. 3.

Jenna Jackson and Molly Fitzpatrick finished a perfect start in doubles with an 8-2 scoreline at No. 2.

Mast, who was named the NCCAA National Player of the Week on Monday, continued her undefeated season with a 6-1, 6-0 victory at No. 1 singles. Fitzpatrick was equally impressive at No. 4 singles with a 6-0, 6-1 win.

Copeland, Jackson, Bankson and Diehl each contributed to the Lady Lancers’ sweep by winning in straight sets at their singles’ courts.

Additionally, Samantha Meyer was perfect in exhibition play with an 8-0 victory over her opponent.

The Lady Lancers end the week with two more road matches. Grace plays at Trine on Thursday and at St. Francis on Saturday.


1. Mast/Copeland won 8-1

2. Jackson/Fitzpatrick won 8-2

3. Bankson/Diehl won 8-1


1. Mast won 6-1, 6-0

2. Copeland won 6-0, 6-3

3. Jackson won 6-4, 6-0

4. Fitzpatrick won 6-0, 6-1

5. Bankson won 6-2, 6-1

6. Diehl won 6-1, 6-1

Grace College Welcomes New Faculty, Begins Forensics Team

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Melanie Eller, lecturer of communication and forensics coach.

Grace College is pleased to welcome five new full-time faculty members for the 2017-18 school year: Melanie Eller, lecturer of communication and forensics coach; Dr. Brent Krammes, assistant professor of English; Dr. Ronnie Pace, Dr. Jill Brue and Dr. Ashley Wildman, assistant professors of graduate counseling.

“We’re thrilled these talented individuals will be teaching at Grace,” said Dr. John Lillis, provost of Grace College & Seminary. “Their combined expertise and experience will be a great benefit to students. We’re also very excited to offer a new forensics team for students to foster excellent communication and speech skills.”

Melanie Eller earned her bachelor’s degree in speech and master’s degree in communication rhetoric from Liberty University. She has taught and coached debate in several states as well as Germany. At Grace College, Eller will teach communications and commence a competitive speech and debate team. “The forensics team provides one-on-one guidance in speech preparation and practice,” said Eller. “It also provides an opportunity for students to travel, perform and compete with students from other colleges. I’ve never met a student who felt it wasn’t worth his time.”

Dr. Brent Krammes earned his doctorate after defending his dissertation on American literature in May, 2017, at the University of Iowa. He also earned his master’s of fine arts from the University of Southern California. His written work, including articles, fiction and reviews, have appeared in “Word and Image,” “Natural Bridge,” “Five Chapters,” “SEEN: The Journal for Christians in the Visual Arts” and elsewhere. He grew up in Southern California, where his father teaches art at Biola University. Krammes now lives in Fort Wayne, Ind., with his wife Annmarie. He began as assistant professor of English at Grace this semester.

Dr. Brent Krammes, assistant professor of English.

“Dr. Krammes brings increased insight to our department,” said Dr. Lauren Rich, chair of the Languages, Literature, and Communication Department at Grace College. “The students will benefit from his knowledge on multiple levels, from understanding American literature to publishing written work.”

Dr. Ronnie Pace earned his bachelor’s in counseling and psychology and master’s in counseling from Louisiana Tech University. He earned his doctorate in counselor education and supervision from Walden University. For nearly 30 years, Pace has provided professional clinical mental health counseling, supervision and consulting throughout the U.S. Among other qualifications, he is a licensed mental health counselor and supervisor, and marriage and family therapist. Most recently, Pace worked as director of psychological health for the Air Force National Guard, where he directed all mental health activities in Texas.  His career also includes several positions in higher education, as his passion is to mentor and educate counseling students.  Pace joins Grace College as associate professor of counselor education.

Dr. Jill Brue is a 20-year licensed professional counselor from Texas. She received her bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University, her master’s degree from Asbury Seminary and her Ph.D. at Regent University. She enjoys teaching and mentoring students as they prepare for a career in counseling. Her research interests include the integration of faith and professional counselor identity, developing character and counselor dispositions in online education, and effective teaching strategies. Brue has five children and lives in Amarillo, Texas. She will engage remotely with Grace College students via the online graduate counseling program.

After studying English literature at Denison University, Dr. Ashley Wildman went on to complete her master’s degree in counseling from Nyack College and her Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision from Western Michigan University. She has taught in a variety of classrooms, ranging from special needs preschool through masters-level counseling, including numerous health and safety classes for the American Red Cross. In addition to teaching, Wildman has experience in higher education as a resident director and academic advisor. She is a licensed professional counselor in Michigan and a National Certified Counselor.  Her clinical experience includes residential drug treatment, church-based practice, college counseling and integrated health care. Wildman is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision, the American College Counseling Association, and Chi Sigma Iota, the honors society for counseling.  She joins Grace as assistant professor of graduate counseling.


Kings Kaleidoscope Sure to Inspire at Upcoming Concert

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Kings Kaleidoscope will perform Sept. 8 at the Winona Heritage Room.

Kings Kaleidoscope, an alternative Christian band based in Seattle, Wash., will perform at the sixth of seven concerts in the second annual Grace College & Village at Winona Festival of Music. This dynamic concert will take place on Friday, September 8, at 8 p.m., in the Winona Heritage Room, 901 Park Ave, Winona Lake. Tickets, $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors, will be available at the door. Grace College students and their siblings may attend for free.

“Seeing Kings Kaleidoscope in concert is an experience,” said Walter Brath, music festival coordinator. “The talented group captures the extremes of music and projects emotion like few can. They’re sure to entertain and inspire an audience of all ages. ”

Kings Kaleidoscope has released four partial albums, including “The Beauty Between.” The band builds upon the mainstay sounds of drums, bass, keys and guitars. Then they add a vast array of orchestral elements including violins, cellos, woodwinds, trombones, trumpets and vibraphones.  Kings Kaleisdoscope boasts a strong hip-hop influence and an energy that nods toward The Mars Volta. The band’s self-prescribed “designed chaos” combines high energy musical exploration with classic style hymns and modern anthems.

The second annual Festival of Music is sponsored by Grace College, Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts and The Village at Winona.  For more information on all planned events, visit or contact festival coordinator Walter Brath at

2017 Preview: Cross Country Aims for Return to Nationals

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

Grace’s cross country team will rely on a solid core of returners to lead a young squad in the 2017 season.

The Lancers, led by head coach Jeff Raymond, will strive to improve on a historic 2016 season. Last year both the men’s and women’s team finished fifth at the NCCAA National Championships, resulting in the best men’s finish since 2002 and the women’s best since 1985.

On the women’s team, Raymond expects the Lady Lancers to be marked by energy and competition. “This will be a fun team to coach. I don’t foresee us having a ‘superstar’, but I believe we have at least eight runners who could finish less than a minute from each other. That kind of pack will provide a challenging workout environment and give us some great depth on race day,” Raymond said.

The women’s team will lean on the leadership of its returning upperclassmen. “Emma Mitchell was our number three runner last year, and McCalah Mast was our number four runner. Juniors Liz Fox and Karla Singer were regularly in our top seven. All four will play key roles both in team leadership and in reaching our potential in competition,” Raymond explained.

Raymond also expects contributions from his experienced sophomores. Brigit Nemitz was the team’s No. 2 runner for most of the 2016 season, and Jesse Zvers made great improvements during the track season and has the potential to challenge for the front of Grace’s pack.

The Lady Lancers welcome two incoming freshmen to this year’s team. Aubrey Breininger, from Fairfield, reached regional status in cross country and track as a senior. Suzanne Sickafoose graduated from Whitko and rejoins Nemitz after teaming up in high school. Raymond thinks the freshmen have potential to make an immediate impact in the upcoming season.

Grace’s men’s team will look for new leaders to emerge after losing three of last year’s top-four runners. Even though they are young, Raymond sees the potential for success.

“We lost some great upperclassman leadership. Nevertheless, I still think we have the chance to be a pretty good team by the end of the year,” Raymond said.

NCCAA All-American and NAIA National Championship participant Ben Rankin returns for his sophomore season. “He set a high standard as a freshman and will need to continue to work hard and improve to move forward,” Raymond said, “Our conference is extremely competitive, so he will need to ‘earn his stripes’ every year; no one is going to make it easy for him.”

Other incoming returners are expected to step up to lead the young team. Tim Drew, Daniel Zawlocki, Brendan Hamilton and Sam Hall give Raymond a strong core of upperclassmen. “I’m counting on this group [of returners] to assume the leadership roles and play a big part in our team’s cohesiveness and daily work ethic,” Raymond said.

Raymond wants to see a breakout season from Hall after a strong track performance in the spring. Hall helped the 4×800-meter relay team to a first-place finish at the Crossroads League Championships on his way to competing at the NAIA National Outdoor Championships.

The men’s team added six exciting newcomers to this year’s team. Carter Meyer was an All-State runner for Carroll, helping his team to the state championship. Elijah Brooks from Columbus North competed in the Indiana State Cross Country Championships for the past two years. Jonathan Balda ran track for state powerhouse Carmel and ran on the 4×800 state championship squad this spring. Other newcomers include Matt Halbakken from Big Walnut, Drew Jones from Manchester and sophomore Blake Kirkham from New Prairie.

Due to their youth and a few injuries to start the year, Grace will look to gradually improve throughout the season. The Lancers are aiming to reach their peak performance in postseason play.

Grace’s cross country team will start its season on Sept. 8 at the IWU Invitational.

Lady Lancers Explode for Nine Goals Saturday

Monday, August 28th, 2017

On a special night for Grace’s women’s soccer team, the Lady Lancers pummeled Hannibal-LaGrange 9-0 on Saturday.

Eight players scored a goal for Grace, including two from Flavia Faria and the game winner from Emma Neahusan.

Grace’s players, in their new white and black home uniforms, also wore purple accents in their attire for the match. Purple, which is the symbolic color of pancreatic cancer, signified support of Neahusan who lost her mother Rhonda to pancreatic cancer earlier this year.

The packed crowd at 1st Source Bank Field gave Neahusan an electrified applause when she scored the game-winning goal in the 15th minute. Faria picked out Neahusan at the top of the 18-yard box, and Neahusan curled her shot into the top-left corner of the net.

Less than four minutes later, Faria doubled Grace’s lead. Faria, who had another goal disallowed shortly before due to offsides, finished off a nifty play in the box to beat a defender and slice her shot past the goalkeeper.

Grace scored two more goals before halftime. Kristen Bellinger made a perfect leading pass to Liz Van Wormer, and Van Wormer finished her shot around the charging goalkeeper in the 25th minute.

Autumn Raulerson tacked on her first collegiate goal six minutes before halftime after an assist from Clair Snodgrass.

Grace went into halftime with a 4-0 lead, taking 31 shots while holding the Trojans (0-1) to zero attempts.

Two minutes into the half, Faria scored her second goal of the contest which Van Wormer assisted.

Shortly afterward, Corinne Villalobos got on the scoresheet when she finished a connecting pass in the box from Bellinger in the 50th minute.

In the 63rd minute, Snodgrass earned her first collegiate goal after scrapping her way past the defense and squeezing in a goal from a tight angle.

At the 71:23 mark, Jenni Phillips added the first goal of her Lady Lancer career, and Shelby Fort finished off the game’s scoring after a crafty assist by Liz Aalbue.

“The women put in two good trainings days and as expected made very good adjustments. This group consistently works to be more intelligent and has a deep hunger to learn,” said Grace head coach Michael Voss. “The biggest difference tonight was that their joy was evident. They improved their quality of shot selection and maintained high tempo for movement. The finishing produced was a direct result. Something unlocked in them this evening. They worked as a team and are becoming more fluid.”

Faria finished with two goals and an assist, and Van Wormer, Raulerson and Snodgrass each had one goal and one assist. Bellinger had two of Grace’s nine assists on the evening.

The Lady Lancers embark for the West Coast this week to play a pair of matches in California against No. 21 Kansas Wesleyan and No. 19 Embry-Riddle.

In Memorium: Verna May Felts

Monday, August 28th, 2017

Verna May Felts, age 88, of Mishawaka, IN (formerly of Warsaw) passed away Friday, August 25, 2017 at 12:26 AM in North Woods Village at Edison Lake, Mishawaka, IN. She was born December 15, 1928 in Stratton, Nebraska to Gustaf and Hazel (Wollman) Miller.

She was a Warsaw resident since 1957. On October 17, 1957 in Stratton, Nebraska she was united in marriage to W. Roland Felts (who preceded her in death on June 14, 2012). She was a Professor of Piano at Grace College in Winona Lake, IN. She attended Community Baptist Church in South Bend, IN. In her free time, she enjoyed music and taking care of her garden flowers. She loved her husband and family dearly.

She is survived by her Children, Jeff (spouse Patty) Felts of Millersville, MD and Alicia (spouse Allen) Wedertz of Osceola, IN; 11 Grandchildren and 6 Great-Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, two sisters, and one brother.

Visitation is scheduled from 3:00-4:00 PM Sunday, August 27, 2017 in McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM Monday, August 28, 2017 at Community Baptist Church in South Bend, IN; with Dr. Carl Herbster officiating. Interment will be private.

2017-18 PREVIEW: Men’s Golf Looks to Build Off Last Year’s Momentum

Monday, August 21st, 2017

Grace’s men’s golf team enjoyed a successful season last year under head coach Denny Hepler.

In 2017-18, Hepler’s Lancers hope to replicate that success with a young but experienced roster.

The Lancers reached the NCCAA National Championships last season for the first time in 17 years. Grace went on to finish fourth in the national tournament.

To return to nationals, Grace will need to replace the void left by graduated seniors Jonathan Schram, Tyler Ham and Zachary Allyn. Hepler acknowledged the young team may experience a learning curve at the start of the season.

“We will be very young this year with no seniors,” Helper said. “We’re also starting the year with a couple injuries, so we’re going to be a little thin starting out. But we trust our returners and look forward to seeing our new guys step up.”

Despite their youth, Grace still has the goal of returning to the NCCAA tournament. “We will be hosting the NCCAA regional qualifier, and of course our goal is to get to the national championship like we did last year,” Hepler said.

Hepler will rely on returning juniors Chad Spencer and Cameron Bates to be the team captains and lead the rest of the squad. Grace also expects a large contribution from sophomore Tristan Nienhuis. 

Nienhuis made an impact immediately as a freshman, routinely finding himself near the top of Grace’s leaderboard. Hepler praised Nienhuis’s attitude on and off the course. “He has a tremendous work ethic and leads the team in that category.”

Nienhuis earned All-American honors as a freshman at the NCCAA National Championships in 2016. Bates also had one of his best career performances at last year’s NCCAA Nationals, as he finished one stroke shy of earning All-American recognition. 

Spencer’s most notable outing last season came at the IU-South Bend Invitational where he finished fifth overall.

The Lancers have three incoming freshmen to help replace last year’s seniors. Tim Rata is a local standout from Warsaw, helping lead the Tigers to a sectional championship in 2017 on his way to earning All-Conference recognition. Isaiah Brown led Fairfield to sectional championships in 2016 and 2017. Camden Gongwer is an All-County golfer who aided Avon to a county title his senior year.

Jacob Kennedy and Max Leary round out the returnees for Grace. Both will be entering their sophomore year with tournament experience. Leary competed in the Crossroads League Championships in 2017.

Grace will open up the season at the Lancer Invitational on Aug. 22. The tournament tees off at 3 p.m. at Stonehenge Golf Club.