New-look Miller Field to Open Friday

August 13th, 2014

Grace College’s men’s and women’s soccer team are pleased to roll back the curtain this week on their new soccer stadium.

The soccer stadium at Miller Athletic Complex has undergone a summer-long facelift, installing lights, bleachers, press box, scoreboard and new team dugouts.

The official opening of the stadium is Friday, Aug. 15, for a Lancer soccer doubleheader. The men’s team will host FC Indiana at 7 p.m., and the women will play Haiti’s Women’s National Team in an international friendly at 9 p.m.

“It has been a very exciting summer watching the entire project come together,” said Grace athletic director Chad Briscoe. “We’re thrilled for the campus and the community to enjoy these historic games on Friday night. I’ve been very impressed by all the moving parts to have the project come together, and I greatly appreciate all those who have played a part to see it completed.”

Gates on Friday will open at 5 p.m. A tailgate will be available for fans before the game with a $7 dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. The Grace student chapel band will have live music during the pregame festivities. An official opening of the field ceremony will take place prior to the men’s game’s kickoff.

“This is a historic moment for Grace Athletics, and we couldn’t be more excited about Friday night,” said Grace president Dr. Bill Katip. “This will have a tremendous impact on our campus for our student body and ultimately for the community. These games will be talked about for many years to come, and we look forward to everyone coming to celebrate with us.”

Lights at the Miller Athletic Complex will allow Grace to play its home games at night for the first time. Additionally, the press box will enable the home matches to be video streamed live for fans.

The men’s soccer team, under coach Matt Hotchkin, ranks sixth among current NAIA programs with 441 all-time victories. The women’s soccer team, under coach Michael Voss, has advanced to three consecutive NCCAA National Championships.

Senior-led Lancers Geared Up for 2014 Campaign

August 11th, 2014

2014 Grace Men's Soccer Team

Grace’s men’s soccer team enters the 2014 season with its most experienced side in coach Matt Hotchkin’s tenure. The Lancers will be driven by eight seniors who are hungry to end their final seasons in memorable fashion.

Excitement is mounting for the upcoming season, thanks in large part to stadium upgrades for the Lancers. The newly renovated Miller Athletic Complex features stadium lights, allowing Grace to play its home games at night for the first time this fall. The Lancers are taking full advantage of the new lights with nine home matches – eight under the lights.

“We have a lot of good things coming together for the program which is exciting,” Hotchkin said. “We’ve got a large senior class, a good incoming class and a new stadium. I’ve heard people in the community be excited to come out to the night games, so this should be a fun year.”

The returning senior class of Jacob Cole, Trent Smith, Dylan Andersen, Austin Altimus, Nikola Blazic, Ben Cahill, Gift Sibukome and Danilo Carnelos has reached two national tournaments in the past three years. Each senior has starting experience and will be counted on to provide steadiness and leadership to the squad.

Hotchkin believes this senior class has represented Grace College well and has firmly taken up the leadership role on the team. “The team had a 3.26 GPA last year, which ranked 11th in our sport, so they represent the school well when they put on that Lancer jersey. They have taken ownership of this team and really want to be successful and go out with a bang this year.”

Hotchkin has added a plethora of talented newcomers to the roster in hopes of fielding a deeper team than in previous years. After starting the 2013 season with a 5-2 record, Grace sputtered to a 7-8-2 finish due primarily to injuries and lack of depth. Consequently, Hotchkin brought in four transfers and six freshmen in an influx of talent.

At the goalkeeping position, incumbent starter Cole will be challenged by sophomore transfer Robbie Barnhill. Both goalies have good hands and are capable of making big saves, according to Hotchkin.

Defensively, the Lancers return an experienced core, anchored by All-Crossroads League honoree Justin Festa in the middle. He will be joined by Cahill, Altimus, Carnelos, Jon Sands, Zeb Lewis and junior transfer Nakilee Weni.

The midfield revolves around seniors Smith and Sibukome. The duo accounted for six assists and five goals last year. Other returners with starting experience in the middle include Blazic and Jon Christensen who combined for three goals and three assists in 2013.

The attacking front will be led by Kyle Hamlin. The junior has ripped off 14 goals over his first two seasons, including seven goals and two assists last year. Newcomers Sydney Ocran and Dominic Harris have impressed Hotchkin in the early portion of preseason because of their considerable pace and scoring talent. Altimus, who has netted 19 goals in his career, may also join the attacking rotation this fall.

Grace’s schedule will be challenging from the onset. The Lancers’ first official games will take place on a road trip to Colorado. The team will face three NCAA Div. II opponents over a four-day span in the team’s first official matches. Grace will return home for a four-game homestand starting Aug. 28 to help prepare for the traditionally tough Crossroads League lineup.

“Last year our schedule wasn’t tough enough to challenge us before the conference season,” Hotchkin said. “But this year will be consistently difficult. We’ll have more stress put on us early, so we’ll know exactly where we are at coming into the conference season.”

The Lancers will open up the Miller Athletic Complex on Aug. 15 in an exhibition against FC Indiana at 7 p.m. The match will mark Grace’s first game at home under the lights.

“Our broad goal for this season is to hold each other accountable in every area of life and push each other toward excellence on and off the field,” Hotchkin said. “This preseason will help us figure out some of our rotations and lineups. We are striving to play our system so well that other teams have to beat us at what we do.”

Women’s Soccer Aims for NAIA Nationals in 2014

August 7th, 2014

2014 Grace women's soccer team

Grace’s women’s soccer team is ready to take the next step in 2014. After reaching three straight NCCAA tournaments, the Michael Voss-coached Lady Lancers are eager to make their first NAIA tournament in program history.

Voss, the team’s all-time winningest coach, returns most of his starting lineup from last fall, including a trio of All-American winners in juniors Mallory Rondeau and Carianne Sobey and sophomore Meredith Hollar. Additionally, the Lady Lancers have fortified their roster with 10 new faces – two of whom transferred from NCAA Div. I programs.

“Our goal for this year is to outdo ourselves. We’ve been second in the CL for three years, so our sights are set on the [league] championship and being successful through an NAIA tournament,” Voss said. “We have the ability to succeed, but we need to make progress from day one until the very end. If we stay the course, we have the ability to be a leaning elephant – a very difficult team to handle.”

Grace finished 13-7-2 last season and 8-1 in CL play. To better that mark, Grace will lean heavily on its senior leadership of Holly Bennett, Kaitlan Wiles and Kelsey Christner. The trio, who serve together as co-captains, have advanced to three national tournaments in their first three seasons and are ready for one more postseason run. Voss had high praise for the seniors as “the epitome of what our program stands for in terms of being spiritual leaders and leaders on the pitch.”

The Lady Lancers’ defense returns three players who started in 2013. Faith Voehringer, Heather Martin and Erica Manchess give the team valuable experience and comfort on the back line, and they will be pushed by sophomore transfer Meredith Matson and freshmen Kristelle Jadoo, Carlie Salinas, Emma Neahusan, Sabina Meyers and Marina Tolczyk. Christner may also make a position change to provide a vocal presence in central defense.

The biggest question mark in defense comes in front of goal. Much-heralded local freshman Abby Schue (Warsaw) will step in immediately as the starting goalkeeper, replacing All-American Carmen Barnhill who graduated in May. Voss expressed confidence for Schue’s level of readiness come opening day. “[Schue] is very familiar with our system, and she has the potential to outdo all the goalkeepers we’ve had in the past. It will be determined by how hard she works during her career, but she has the potential to be the best goalkeeper we’ve ever had at Grace.”

Bennett, Sobey and Meghan Wiles anchor Grace’s midfield after combining for nine goals and 17 assists in 2013, and Darcy Johnston and Maile Grout also return to fortify the middle of the field. Several newcomers will make an already solid core even better, according to Voss. NCAA Div. I transfers Kaitlyn Hayes (Murray State) and Jerusalem Groves (Rhode Island) will join with freshman Mimi Lozano to provide a wealth of flexibility and talent.

Familiar faces are featured among Grace’s forwards. Kaitlan Wiles, Rondeau, Hollar and Jordan Hairgrove ensure the team will not lack in scoring depth. The group accounted for 55 percent of Grace’s goals last season, including Hollar’s team-high 11 goals. Hollar, the reigning CL Offensive Player of the Year, was knocked out of her freshman season with a knee injury after 17 games. She is “way ahead of schedule for her recovery” according to Voss and will be worked into the rotation early in the season.

Grace’s road to the 2014 NAIA National Championships will not be easy with a challenging schedule awaiting the team. The Lady Lancers face four teams that reached last year’s NAIA Nationals and open the season against the Haiti Women’s National Team. Haiti, who is ranked No. 56 in the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Rankings, marks Grace’s home debut of the newly renovated Miller Athletic Complex on Aug. 15. The Grace/Haiti game will be played under the lights at home (9 p.m.) for the first time in program history.

“I am super pumped about the advent of this new season. It’s extremely exciting to see all of the improvements at the field, and we can’t wait to get on the pitch under the lights. It’s going to be revolutionary to what we do with our motto ‘Love God. Be a baller,’” Voss said. “If we play our ‘possession-attacking futbol’ well and hit our stride, teams are going to be hard-pressed to knock us off that.”

Grace Reaches Agreement with SIDEARM and Volar for Streaming

July 31st, 2014

The Grace College Athletic Department has signed a deal with SIDEARM Sports and Volar Video to stream video of Lancer home athletic events starting in 2014.

The revolutionary deal with Volar Video allows Grace to stream a high-quality video feed of Lancer varsity games embedded into Grace’s athletic site. The home for Grace’s video feed can be found at www.GCLancers.com/watch. Games will be streamed completely free of charge to fans thanks to Volar’s corporate advertising sponsors that will be inserted mid-roll into Grace’s broadcasts.

“We are excited to offer video streaming to parents, fans and alumni starting this fall. While we wish everyone could join us at the games, we hope that we have provided a new avenue for fans to stay connected with our fantastic teams and to follow the story of their seasons in a visual way,” said Grace Sports Information Director Josh Neuhart. “After talking with Volar and their clients, including the Mountain West Conference, we feel confident that Volar and SIDEARM will be great partners as we start this voyage into video streaming. Volar may be a young company, but they are set to explode at the collegiate level thanks to their pioneering software and streaming options.”

On Grace’s streaming home page, fans can view the upcoming scheduled broadcasts or catch archived highlights. Fans can also find links to the broadcasts on the athletic homepage or on the team-specific schedules online.

The first streamed game of the 2014-15 athletic season will be a historic one on August 15 as Grace unveils the newly renovated Miller Athletic Complex. The men’s and women’s soccer teams will play a doubleheader that night with the men’s team to face FC Indiana at 7 p.m. and the women’s team to host the Haiti Women’s National Team at 9 p.m.

Youth & Children’s Director – FT – Galveston, IN

July 30th, 2014

Job Title: Children’s and Youth Director

Supervised by: Senior Pastor and Staff Parish Relations Committee

General Responsibilities

A. Children’s Ministry

  1.  Children’s Church
  2.  Vacation Bible School
  3.  ECHO Afterschool
  4.  Involvement outside of church

B. Youth Ministry

  1.  Rooted and Shine
  2.  Church Camp
  3.  Involvement outside of church

C. General

- Meet regularly with Senior Pastor for purposes of communication and planning
- Attend and participate in GUMC Sr. Breakfast
- Prepare a monthly report for Staff Parish Relation Committee
- Participate in Sunday Worship and other Worship Services as able
- Keep Office Hours as available
- Be available to participate in job related church committees
-  Communications
-  Meet with children, youth and family ministry team for planning, vision and other ministry needs
-  Any other duties as deemed necessary by the Senior Pastor.

For Terms of Employment, Salary, Benefits and more specific job details please contact us at:

Kyle Dixon
Phone: 765-753-0099
Email: kdixon@beckshybirds.com

Galveston United Methodist Church

Worship Leader Needed – PT – Ligonier UMC

July 30th, 2014

Ligonier United Methodist Ministries
466 Townline Road, POB 66, Ligonier, IN 46767

Phone: 260-894-3765
Fax: 260-894-4743
Email: lmethod@ligtel.com
Web: www.ligonierumc.org

Director of Youth Ministries – Franklin, IN

July 30th, 2014

Needed – Director of Children’s Ministry – Franklin, IN

July 30th, 2014

Twelve Lancer Squads Named NAIA Scholar-Teams

July 23rd, 2014

Twelve of Grace’s athletic programs received the academic distinction of being NAIA Scholar-Teams for the 2013-14 season.

Grace landed two squads in the nation’s top 100 overall for GPA, including women’s soccer and women’s tennis. The women’s soccer team, coached by Michael Voss, led all NAIA women’s soccer programs with a sparkling 3.75 GPA. It was the team’s third straight year leading its sport in GPA to claim an unofficial academic national championship.

Women’s tennis, led by first-year head coach Scott Moore, posted a 3.65 GPA to finish 57th overall across all teams. They boasted the second-highest GPA in the Crossroads League and 11th-highest in their sport.

“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.”

Men’s basketball and men’s soccer also finished in the top three of the Crossroads League. The men’s basketball team, coached by Jim Kessler, finished No. 2 in the CL and No. 6 in the sport with a 3.37 GPA. Men’s soccer ranked No. 3 in the CL and No. 11 in the sport with a 3.26 GPA under coach Matt Hotchkin.

Other Lancer programs named NAIA Scholar-Teams include: softball (3.43 GPA), women’s track and field (3.41), volleyball, (3.37), women’s basketball (3.37), women’s cross country (3.35), baseball (3.22), men’s track and field (3.16) and men’s tennis (3.13).

To achieve Scholar-Team status from the NAIA, a team must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) as defined by the institution. The team GPA includes all varsity student-athletes certified as eligible.

To view the complete release, including a list of all Scholar-Teams sorted by GPA and by school, click here.

Senior Pastor Needed – FT – Meadville, PA

July 3rd, 2014

CalvaryBaptistChurch is looking for a senior pastor who will be a well-educated man with an ability to preach accurately and passionately from God’s Word as this has been a long standing mark of this church and reconfirmed by a poll of our current congregation. As spelled out in Scripture, we are also looking for a family man who leads his household well.  He must be able to lead lay pastors, be self-motivated, and have the energy to do the work of the ministry without a paid pastoral staff at the time of his hiring. He must also have a heart for foreign missions as well as local outreach/evangelistic ministries.

For more information OR to apply please visit the church website:  http://www.cbcmeadville.org

At the bottom of website, select “Candidates”

Then enter password: titus1

This will open up to the church’s mission and job description.