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Grace goes 2-0 on opening day

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Head coach Katie Van Hofwegen kicked off her coaching career in style for Grace College’s volleyball team, leading the Lady Lancers to two wins on Friday.

Grace took down IU-East in five sets before coming from behind to beat Trinity Christian 3-1 in the opening day of the Grace College Classic.

“This was really exciting for me as a coach to watch the girls execute what we’ve worked on in preseason,” Van Hofwegen said. “The fought back every single point and worked well together as a team to get these wins.”

Grace started both of its first two sets against IU-East with a deficit and yet rallied to win each time. Grace pulled out a narrow 25-23 victory in the opener and won 25-17 in the second set.

The Red Wolves (0-1) staved off the sweep with a 25-18 win in the third game and held off a late rally in the fourth to win 25-23. IU-East led by six points late in the fourth set, but Grace rallied back to tie the score 23-23. The Red Wolves recovered, however, scoring the next two points to force a tiebreaker.

The final set belonged to Grace from the first serve. Grace scored the first six points of the game on the strength of Laken Chaney’s serving, and the Lady Lancers never looked back. Grace dominated 15-4 to take the match and secure Van Hofwegen a victory in her coaching debut. The Lady Lancers hit an impressive .556 in the final set compared to -.250 for IU-East.

“Not many teams in the country can come out in a fifth game and have the start they did. I was really proud of our effort and energy in that last set,” Van Hofwegen said.

Freshman Caylie Teel excelled in her first collegiate match, racking up 12 kills, 6 digs and 3 block assists, and Sierra Smith led Grace with 13 kills. Chaney finished with 35 assists as the team’s setter, adding two service aces and eight digs.

Grace notched 10 aces as a team, including four from Tori Bontrager. Bontrager also finished with five digs and four block assists.

Sara Miller led all players with 16 digs, Annie Salazar added 10 more, and Grace Woolsey chipped in with seven kills and four block assists.

Grace ended the day with a challenging match against Trinity Christian, and a rowdy Lancer crowd fueled Grace to a four-set win. The Trolls (1-1) eliminated the Lady Lancers from last year’s NCCAA National Championships, but Grace found its revenge on Friday.

Trinity Christian eked out a 25-23 win in the opener, but Grace had a response. The Lady Lancers won the second set 25-21 by forcing the Trolls into 10 errors, and Grace’s offense exploded for 15 kills in the third set for another 25-21 win.

Grace did not waste time assuming control in the decisive fourth set, opening up a 7-0 lead. Trinity Christian could not find a comeback, falling 25-13 to end the match.

Bontrager and Woolsey had 11 kills apiece to lead Grace, and Bontrager added five block assists. Chaney dished out 36 assists, and Teel had a match-high 28 digs. Miller added 15 digs, and Chaney chipped in 11 digs.

“The ladies had a big chip on their shoulder entering the match with Trinity. They wanted to win bad and prove to themselves that they could beat a team at that level,” Van Hofwegen said. “They brought intensity throughout the match and really fed off the crowd tonight.”

The Lady Lancers conclude the Grace Classic on Saturday with a match at 11 a.m. against St. Ambrose and at 4 p.m. against Point Park.

Men’s Soccer Preps for Historic 50th Season

Friday, August 21st, 2015

Grace College Men's Soccer Team

Grace’s men’s soccer team will kick off its 50th season of competition on Tuesday at Miller Athletic Complex.

While the Lancers are replacing eight graduated seniors from last year’s 9-7-2 team, the 2015 squad is brimming with young, exciting new talent.

Eighth-year head coach Matt Hotchkin has led Grace to the NCCAA National Championships twice in the past four seasons. While he admits the Lancers will be young this fall, he maintains the talent is there to make a run in the Crossroads League.

“This will be an exciting year, but it will have its share of challenges,” Hotchkin said. “I think our overall mobility is better than last year. We have more speed and better fitness on the team. The key will be to see if that translates to better soccer.”

Over half of Grace’s roster is comprised of new faces (12 of 23), but the returning players have a strong level of playing experience and poise. Senior captains Kyle Hamlin and Justin Festa headline the returners.

Hamlin has racked up 19 goals and five assists in his career so far and hopes to cap off his playing days in style. After working tirelessly in the offseason, Hamlin is now “a more complete player than he’s ever been,” according to Hotchkin. “He’s faster and stronger than he’s ever been; this could be a really good year for him.”

Festa was an All-Crossroads League defender in 2013 and helped the Lancers to six shutouts last fall. The athletic center back anchors a robust defensive line. Also returning with Festa are seniors Nakilee Weni, Dylan Andersen and junior Jonathan Sands. Festa and Weni form “one of the best center back tandems in the league,” in Hotchkin’s view. Incoming freshman defenders Nikola Djordjevic (Serbia) and Josiah Osborn (Argos HS) have impressed Hotchkin already through the preseason.

The midfield unit replaces the graduated steady trio of Trent Smith, Nikola Blazic and Gift Sibukome. Jon Christensen and Hector Torres plan to fill that gap as the most experienced returners. Hotchkin believes the Lancers can take the next step if Christensen and Torres display consistency and mental toughness in the middle.

Newcomers Daniel Smith and Colin Cape have showcased good vision and distribution from the middle, according to Hotchkin, providing a good rotation of players.

The attack will be centered on Hamlin, but freshman Damon Binkley (Argos HS) and senior Dominic Harris figure to be key contributors as well. Harris is a “powerful player who is hard to stop when he’s on,” in Hotchkin’s words, and Binkley is a natural goalscorer. Binkley was an All-State forward from Argos, graduating as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 130 goals.

Hotchkin has helped Miller Athletic Complex become a formidable home atmosphere for visiting teams, and that home environment will be tested early and often in 2015. The Lancers have a sterling 26-6-4 mark at home since 2011, including last year’s undefeated 7-0-2 record. Grace welcomes traditionally tough opponents Indiana Wesleyan, Taylor, Spring Arbor, Bethel and Mt. Vernon Nazarene to its home turf this fall, providing a number of important matches on Grace’s campus.

Grace figures to look vastly different on the pitch this fall, but Hotchkin believes the team can overcome its youth. The key, in his words, is to stick together. “I like the camaraderie of the team and the cohesion so far. We are a young team who hasn’t faced any type of adversity yet, so we will have to learn how to respond to both adversity and success. If we stick together, we could surprise some people this year.”

The Lancers’ first match is on Tuesday at 8 p.m. against Mid-America Christian. Grace will have an exhibition this Saturday 6 p.m. to unofficially start the year.

Grace College to Work with Local Business Group on Multi-use Facility: Symphony of the Lakes to Perform First Concert Under the New Lease Arrangement.

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Rodeheaver Auditorium in Winona Lake

Grace College and Seminary has just announced the leasing of Rodeheaver Auditorium to a local area business group.  The leasee, Living Winona, will be investing significant resources to update the current Rodeheaver Auditorium in Winona Lake.  While the newly purposed building will retain the name Rodeheaver Auditorium, the business will operate as the Winona Heritage Room.  Plans for the renovation are not yet finalized, but will revolve around creating a first-class facility for banquets, wedding receptions, conferences, and other Grace College and community uses. In addition, the stage portion of the auditorium will be maintained, allowing for continued hosting of concerts and musicals. All current contracts with Rodeheaver will be honored through the new leasing agreement.

The leasing and renovation of the facility are just another continuing area of innovation as Grace College continues to add value to its private Christian education for students. In recent years Grace has introduced a number of measures with this in mind including 3-year accelerated degrees, tuition reduction for students, and free textbook rentals.

Grace College is also a long-standing member of the local community, serving the area for over 75 years. Grace is proud to be a part of the Warsaw /Winona Lake area and is always looking for ways to bring the school, students, and local community together.

“We are excited for these changes and believe they will serve the needs of Grace College, our students, and the community,” said Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College and Seminary. “In addition, Living Winona’s history of supporting Grace as well as the community makes them the ideal partner.”

“We are passionate about strengthening community through place-making, while creating vibrant public places that encourage nature and people to thrive, taking what we know about our neighbors and surroundings to better our future.  We are thrilled to help build on the very deep heritage that Grace College, the Village at Winona and The Town of Winona Lake have created over the years and are proud to announce the opening of Winona Heritage Room.”  Caleb France, Living Winona, LLC.

To help kick off the musical events at the new Winona Heritage Room, the Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts has announced that the Symphony of the Lakes will be performing four upcoming concerts in the upgraded space. “Our HEROES concert on October 10th will feature popular scores from famous movies that have inspired superheroes, wizards, spies and gladiators,” exclaimed Will Dawson, executive director of Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts. “While we’ve always enjoyed playing in the Rodeheaver Auditorium we are looking forward to the improvements that Living Winona is undertaking.”

Anyone interested in scheduling an event with the Winona Heritage Room should email

Grace Tabbed No. 15 in NAIA Preseason Poll

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Grace’s women’s soccer team achieved its highest ranking in program history when the NAIA unveiled its Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll on Tuesday.

The Lady Lancers landed at No. 15 in the nation, racking up 273 points from the coaches’ tally. Grace ended the 2014 campaign 18th in the poll, following an impressive 17-5-3 campaign.

The release marks Grace’s eighth straight national ranking from the NAIA and the eighth ranking in team history. The Lady Lancers climbed as high as No. 17 in the NAIA poll last fall.

Grace’s ranking will be challenged this weekend in the season opener. The 15th-ranked Lady Lancers will host No. 16 Bellevue on Saturday at 8 p.m. at Miller Athletic Complex in a highly-anticipated matchup. WATCH IT LIVE

Overall, the Lady Lancers will play five teams in the nonleague schedule that are ranked or receiving votes. Grace hosts No. 11 The Master’s on Aug. 29 and No. 2 Northwestern Ohio on Sept. 19. Grace also plays against John Brown (RV) on Sept. 10 and Oklahoma City (RV) on Sept. 12.

The Crossroads League boasted three members in the Top 25, including No. 8 Spring Arbor and No. 25 Mt. Vernon Nazarene.

Women’s Soccer fields an Experienced, Hungry Team in 2015

Friday, August 14th, 2015

Grace College Women's Soccer Team

Grace’s women’s soccer team broke new ground in several ways in 2014, and they have plans for more new territory this fall.

The Lady Lancers achieved a number of firsts last season – its first NAIA Top 25 ranking, its first appearance in a national championship game – all while playing night games under the lights for the first time in the newly renovated Miller Athletic Complex.

But Grace, who ended the year 17-5-3 and ranked No. 18 in the final Top 25 poll, is not resting on its laurels. Head coach Michael Voss, the program’s all-time winningest coach, has the team’s sights set higher this fall.

“We aren’t settling on our past accomplishments. We are going to give our very best and leave the results to God,” Voss said. “Our goal is [making] the NAIA Nationals. It’ll be exciting to watch this team go hard.”

Grace will be tested from the onset of the 2015 campaign. Voss has arranged one of the toughest nonconference schedules in the nation, including a matchup with NAIA national runner-up Northwestern Ohio at home on Sept. 19. Two of Grace’s first three matches are against teams who ended 2014 in the NAIA Top 25 as well (Bellevue, The Master’s). To prepare them for the rigors of the schedule, Voss has put the Lady Lancers through “the most intense preseason training we’ve ever had.”

Voss hopes to “see what we’re made of” from the formidable early-season schedule. “We will always try to play tough, highly ranked teams. The goal is to beat them all, but whether or not we can achieve that depends on if we play to our redemptive potential. This schedule will be difficult. It will stretch us and test our depth, but all of us are eager to see just where exactly we match up.”

Grace boasted one of the stingiest defenses in the NAIA in 2014, ranking second in the nation with 14 shutouts. Sophomore goalkeeper Abby Schue was a First Team NCCAA All-American selection last year after giving up 0.49 goals per contest. Returning starters Faith Voehringer, Meredith Matson, Heather Martin and Erica Manchess form a formidable defensive line. Carlie Salinas, Kristelle Jadoo and Marina Tolczyk add tremendous depth to the back line.

Senior Carianne Sobey highlights Grace’s midfield for her final season. Sobey, the program’s career leader in assists, dished out 12 assists in 2014. Meghan Wiles, Darcy Johnston, Maile Grout, Emma Neahusan, and Jerusalem Groves give Voss a wealth of options at his disposal to drive his unique possession style of play.

Grace should not lack for scoring as the squad returns 86 percent of its goals from 2014. Local standouts Mallory Rondeau (senior, Wawasee HS) and Meredith Hollar (junior, Warsaw) give Grace an experienced, fearsome attack. Rondeau was the 2014 NCCAA National Player of the Year after racking up 18 goals and 11 assists, and Hollar tallied eight goals and five assists. Returning forwards Jordan Hairgrove, Kaitlyn Hayes and Sabina Meyers fortify a deep rotation.

Voss brought in six new faces in the offseason, adding much-needed depth across the field. Defenders Hannah Miller, Clair Snodgrass and Kristen Bellinger, midfielder Allison Vroon and forwards Shelby Fort and Aubrey Feipel have impressed their new coach so far this preseason. “There is already very good chemistry with our returning players and the rookies. The newer players are very competent. They are doing a fantastic job adjusting to the college game.”

Grace’s roster is lined with fantastic individual talents, including five returning All-Crossroads League players. But Voss maintains that Grace’s collective unit will propel the team to reach its goals. “Our group is solid across the board. This is a very balanced team with quality players from top to bottom. What we will accomplish, we will accomplish as a group together,” he said. “We have the tools to achieve our goals, but we will need to demonstrate consistency through December.”

Grace officially kicks off the 2015 season at home against Bellevue on Aug. 22 at 8 p.m.

Grace spikers ready for first season under Van Hofwegen

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Grace College Women's Volleyball Team

A new era begins this August for Grace College’s volleyball team. First-year head coach Katie Van Hofwegen is poised to imprint her unique style onto the Lady Lancers in 2015.

Van Hofwegen inherits a program that has racked up 106 wins over the past four seasons. Grace has advanced to the NCCAA National Semifinals twice since 2011, including last year’s squad which finished 30-12.

Van Hofwegen, who played collegiately at Shorter (Ga.) and was an assistant coach at NCAA Div. II Virginia-Wise, admitted things would look different on the court this fall.

“I’m really excited about the season. We are changing things from last year, but the ladies are working hard with the transition,” Van Hofwegen said. “They are committed to learning our new system. Based on the level of talent we have, we’ll be pretty good once we get it down.”

Already through preseason, the Lady Lancers have impressed their new coach with a voracious work ethic. Led by the team’s co-captains — senior outside hitter Alix Underwood and junior outside hitter Megan Johnson — the ladies have applied themselves fully to learning their new coach and new system. “The team is committed to working hard. They are willing to run through walls to learn the new system,” Van Hofwegen continued. “They’re excited about it, which excites me. They’re committed and are holding each other accountable. They are a coach’s dream in that sense.”

While three NCCAA National Championship appearances in four seasons is impressive, the Lady Lancers are hoping for more in 2015. The team’s goal is to reach NAIA Nationals for the first time since 2001. Additionally, Van Hofwegen is hoping the squad wins every home game at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center (MOCC). “We have to stay disciplined and committed to fine-tuning the details of our game. But if we remain committed, we should reach our goals.”

Grace is replacing a number of key positions from 2014 — including All-Americans at setter (Ellie Harp) and outside hitter (Calah Kruse) as well as the team’s libero Hannah Clemmons. Junior Kaitlin Kerrigan is the squad’s most accomplished offensive threat, racking up 421 kills and 312 digs last year. Returning as a starter on the opposite side is 6-foot-2 Sierra Smith (208 kills, 76 blocks). Naarah Foster and Cassaundra Worthen also figure to play on the opposite side.

The middle hitters are a diverse, talented group, spearheaded by 6-foot-1 Grace Woolsey and 6-2 Tori Bontrager. Woolsey was No. 2 in the NAIA for total blocks last season, and Bontrager had 239 kills on a team-high .272 attack percentage. Kari Feddema and Savannah Hart rejoin the front row for their sophomore campaigns.

The back row will be anchored by the returning trio of Jessica Scherb, Annie Salazar and Sara Miller. The group accounted for 5.61 digs/set last year, led by Miller’s 326 digs.

Joining a strong crop of returners are four dynamic freshmen. Caylie Teel (Tippecanoe Valley HS) has impressed in the preseason with her ability to play both defensive specialist and outside hitter. Marta Bleed (Blackhawk Christian) and Kelsee Zuidema (Spring Lake, Mich.) are set to contribute as a pair of 6-foot outside hitters, and setter McKenzie Haite (LaPorte) has showcased a mix of athleticism and volleyball IQ in her first few weeks.

Haite is one of three setters on Grace’s roster this fall. Haite, along with sophomore Laken Chaney and junior Taylor Baird, form one of the more interesting positional battles on campus. All three setters add a unique element to the squad, which could result in Grace running a two-setter rotation, according to Van Hofwegen.

An area that Van Hofwegen plans to focus on is serving and serve receive. Improving that aspect is necessary in her words because “serving wins games; we want the ball in our hands to score points.”

Off the court Grace will be heavily involved in community service with a focus on developing servant leadership, according to Van Hofwegen. “The team has verbalized wanting to become well-rounded spiritually and to grow in their faith, so we will look for ways to encourage and serve fellow students, peers and our community.”

The season officially gets started with the Grace College Classic at the MOCC on Aug. 21-22. The Lady Lancers will host IU-East, Trinity Christian, St. Ambrose and IU-Kokomo in the tournament.

Music is Coming Back to Grace College with New Worship Arts Major

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Music will be returning to Grace College with the new Worship Arts degree, set to launch fall of 2016. Housed in the newly expanded Visual, Performing, and Media Arts Department and funded through the Dr. Dane and Mary Louise Miller Music Endowment at Grace College, the Bachelor’s degree major in Worship Arts aims to graduate students fully prepared for church worship ministry.

Differing from Grace’s previous music program, which prepared students for teacher education and performance, via classical training, the upcoming model prepares students to serve in the multi-faceted role of a worship environment by combining music and worship with an individualized creative focus.  Musical concentrations in keyboard, guitar, percussion, and voice will coincide with courses in theology and spiritual formation and a select emphasis area of music technology, visual art/design, theatre, or contemporary music.

Course requirements include live performances, production, and applied learning experiences that add to the richness of the program, as well as private lessons available in collaboration with community musicians. Three additional minors in music arts, music technology, and worship arts will give cross-discipline majors a chance to immerse themselves in these practical fields of study as well.

New classes, such as the History of Christian Worship, will supplement the already-rich curriculum and provide practical applications for ministry. Students in the program will also have the opportunity to serve in chapel services and other on-campus ministries, gaining valuable field experience for their chosen major in the process

“Grace already offers strong visual arts and ministry programs,” said Kim Reiff, chair of the Visual, Performing, and Media Arts department and designer of the new program. “The new worship arts major seeks to provide students opportunities to integrate music with the creative arts and apply these artistic expressions as forms of worship.”

“This new major is going to educate students through the multifaceted role of the worship arts environment,” explained Dr. John Lillis, executive vice president of academic affairs at Grace. “With a music component and a worship component, the major will also have opportunities available in technology, visual arts, theater, and film.  It will be beneficial to the community and campus alike to have musical outlets available. The resources we have are quite exciting.”

In addition, Grace College is finalizing partnerships with Wagon Wheel and Symphony of the Lakes to provide further avenues to support the greater Warsaw area and provide for the community’s growing desire for performance arts.  The new Worship Arts major combined with these collaborative efforts will underscore the school’s commitment to the music arts both on campus and in the local community.

Dr. Bill Katip, President of Grace College, is especially thankful for the gracious gift from Dane and Mary Louise Miller several years ago and is thrilled that it will once again directly support music at Grace College.

Grace College to Break Ground on New Campus Dorm

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

Grace College and Seminary continues to set the pace in innovative quality and affordable education. This has been displayed through record enrollments over the past several years. With the rise in enrollment, the college is again addressing the need for more on-campus housing with plans to break ground on a new dorm this July.

This most recent housing development is a three-story, 170-bed dormitory, located to the south of Kent Hall.  This new dormitory will have study locations, community living areas, and will provide another residence option for students to choose from.

Grace is working with Design Collaborative, the architecture firm that designed the Lodge, Lancer Lofts, and the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center; Weigand Construction of Fort Wayne; and Holladay Properties, a South Bend, Indiana–based commercial real estate firm.

“This new dorm will accommodate many more students due to our quickly rising enrollment rate,” said Aaron Crabtree, dean of students at Grace.  “We are excited to break ground this July and look forward to having additional housing for the new students who will arrive for the fall of 2016.” Last July, Grace celebrated the completion of the 80-bed townhouse-style dorm called Lancer Lofts.

Grace continues to see a great response from parents and students to Grace’s cost savings and high-quality, Christian education solutions. For their newest program called Measure of Grace, effective fall of 2015, students who enroll at Grace as full-time, traditional undergraduates will never pay higher tuition once they enroll. Each consecutive year a student attends Grace full time, he or she will also receive a $500 tuition reduction, which leads to an additional savings of up to $3,000. Finally, all textbook rentals are free for those undergraduates, saving an additional $4,800 over their four-year stay.

Grace College and Seminary is an evangelical Christian community of higher education that offers undergraduate and graduate degrees and applies biblical values in strengthening character, sharpening competence, and preparing for service. Grace College also offers flexible online graduate degrees, on-campus and online degree completion programs, and highly affordable, easily accessible degree programs in Detroit, Fort Wayne and Indianapolis. The 180-acre main campus is located in the historic resort town of Winona Lake, near Warsaw, Indiana.

Artist's rendering of the new Grace dorm beginning construction in fall 2015.

Grace Athletics Honored for Academic Success

Friday, July 17th, 2015

Thirteen of Grace’s 14 varsity athletic programs were named Scholar-Teams by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) for the 2014-15 academic year.

Overall, Grace had three programs ranked in the top 25 nationally across all NAIA teams and also had the highest single team mark among Crossroads League institutions. Nine of Grace’s squads finished in the top 25 of their respective sports.

The women’s cross country team, under head coach Jeff Raymond, led all Lancer squads with an impressive team GPA of 3.75. Their team average ranked third in their sport and 13th overall across the nation. Additionally, they boasted the highest GPA of any Crossroads League team.

Women’s soccer, coached by Michael Voss, posted a 3.71 GPA to finish second in their sport and 20th overall. Women’s tennis, led by Scott Moore, had a 3.70 GPA to rank fourth in their sport and 23rd overall. Both teams were also academic champions in the Crossroads League. The women’s soccer team has ranked in the nation’s top two of their sport academically for four straight seasons.

“The continued academic excellence that our athletic programs achieve is a testament to the commitment and dedication of our coaches and student-athletes,” said Grace athletic director Chad Briscoe. “These prestigious awards are a great reflection of the pursuit of academic and athletic Christian excellence that our programs strive for at Grace. The academic recognition of all of our programs is a great reflection on Grace College and Grace Athletics.”

Grace’s softball team under Heather Johnson ranked No. 7 in their sport and No. 2 in the league with a 3.55 GPA. The volleyball program also finished with a 3.55 GPA to finish No. 19 in their sport.

Women’s basketball, led by Scott Blum, finished No. 18 across all women’s basketball teams with a 3.53 GPA, and women’s track and field had a 3.52 GPA to rank No. 21 in that sport.

Jim Kessler’s men’s basketball team had a 3.16 GPA to rank No. 22 in their sport, and Bill Barr’s baseball team was No. 23 in the sport with a 3.11 GPA.

Other Scholar-Teams for Grace include: men’s tennis (3.29 GPA), men’s soccer (3.09 GPA), men’s cross country (3.08 GPA) and men’s track and field (3.05 GPA).

Overall, 1,502 teams were given the distinction of Scholar-Teams for the 2014-15 academic year.

Don Ogden, Distinguished Former Grace Faculty Member and Alumnus Passes

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Donald E. Ogden of Winona Lake, Indiana passed away at 4:32 a.m. on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at Kosciusko Community Hospital of Warsaw, Indiana at the age of 88.

Donald’s elementary and secondary education was in Southern California.  His degrees include BA and MA in Church Music from Bob Jones University, received his Masters of Divinity from Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana and his Masters of Music in Choral Conducting from Indiana University.

He founded the Department of Music in 1950 at Grace College and Seminary and served as its chairman through 1987.  For the next five years he served as the college and seminary Alumni Director and he was the Professor of Music retiring in 1992.

He has served two area churches as Minister of Music over a period of 42 years.  His contribution to Warsaw-Winona organizations include being a founding board member of Lakeland Community Concert Association, Kosciusko County Youth for Christ, Grace Community Orchestra, and New Frontiers with Riverwood Boys Ranch.  He served for 10 years on the Board of Directors for Grace Village Retirement Community and Health Care.

Special honors include the Alva J. McClain Award for Excellence in Teaching, Grace College 1970-1971; Grace Theological Seminary Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in1975; Certificate of recognition of “Dedicated service to the Community Concert Association and to the cultural progress of Warsaw” in 1981 presented by Community Concerts and Columbia Artists Management, Inc.

Two of his chief passions have been the promotion of understanding and enjoying the music of “the masters”, both secular and sacred, and the preservation and meaningful use of great Christian hymnody.  Don’s greatest delights have been his family relationships and the many strong bonds that developed between him and those he has worked with as peers and as students.    But most of all he loved being a servant of the Lord, he was a member of Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church in Winona Lake, Indiana where he was ordained to the Christian Ministry.

He was born on September 20, 1926 in Whittier, California to Reverend William A. Ogden and Frances E. (Coffman) Ogden.  On August 22, 1948 he was married to Wanita Reeves in Ithaca, Michigan, she preceded him in death on October 18, 2006.  On July 26, 2008 he married Ethelee (Ashby) Jones Ogden, who survives in Winona Lake, Indiana.

He will be lovingly remembered by his two daughters:  Kathleen (husband James) Jenkins (Jacksonville, Florida); Diane (husband Robert) Grenfell (Warsaw, Indiana); one son:  Ronald (wife Rebecca) Ogden (Winona Lake, Indiana); seven grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; one brother:  Richard D. Ogden (Warren, Ohio); and his sister:  Jeane Vanaman (Clarkston, Michigan).  There are also nearly 200 first and second generation nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Wanita R. Ogden; one grandchild; one brother Reverend W. Russell Ogden, and his sister Helen Rasbach.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 2, 2015 at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Road, Warsaw, Indiana.

A memorial service will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, 1200 Kings Highway, Winona Lake, Indiana and officiated by Pastor Kip Cone.

Burial will take place at Oakwood Cemetery of Warsaw, Indiana.

Memorial donations may be directed to Grace College, 200 Seminary Drive, Winona Lake, Indiana  46590 and would be appreciated by his family.