Grace Professor Releases New Jeremiah Study

September 12th, 2016

Dr. Matthew Harmon, author of “Jeremiah: A 12-Week Study”

Dr. Matthew Harmon, professor of New Testament Studies at Grace College & Seminary, recently wrote “Jeremiah: A 12-Week Study” in conjunction with the Knowing the Bible series. The study was published on July 31 by Crossway Books.

The Knowing the Bible series is designed to help readers understand and apply biblical truth.  “The book of Jeremiah produces endurance and deepens our hope,” said Harmon. “It shows us the fullness of God’s character, the depth of our sinfulness, the power of our Savior and the riches of the new covenant.” Harmon addresses these four areas in his book.  The 12-week study leads readers through Jeremiah by highlighting key biblical themes, clarifying crucial doctrines and withdrawing personal applications.

“Jeremiah: A 12-Week Study” can be completed in a small group setting or through individual study.  Reflective questions are asked at the end of each section allowing the reader to glean personal and practical applications.  Harmon explains, “As Paul said in Romans 15, ‘whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction.’  By studying Jeremiah, we will know Christ better and strengthen our hope in God.”

Harmon is also the author or editor of several books, including “She Must and Shall Go Free: Paul’s Isaianic Gospel in Galatians,” “Studies in the Pauline Epistles: Essays in Honor of Douglas J. Moo,” “Philippians: A Mentor Commentary” and “Making All Things New: Inaugurated Eschatology for the Life of the Church.” He is currently working on several projects, including commentaries on Galatians, 2 Peter and Jude.  In addition to teaching at Grace College & Seminary, Harmon teaches and serves on the preaching team at Christ’s Covenant Church in Winona Lake.

“Jeremiah: A 12-Week Study”is available for purchase here. For more information about Grace College & Seminary, visit or call574-372-5100.

Grace College Announces Fall 2016 Lancer Days

September 9th, 2016

campus_life (4)Lancer Days at Grace College offer high school students and their families the opportunity to experience campus life first-hand. This fall, Lancer Days will take place on Friday, Sept. 16, Friday, Oct. 21 and Friday, Nov. 11 at Grace College, 200 Seminary Dr., Winona Lake.

Lancer Days begin at 8:30 a.m. with a faculty and student panel, and conclude at 2 p.m. with a faculty fair.   In between, participants discover what Grace College offers by attending chapel, touring campus, meeting students and staff, and eating lunch at Alpha Dining Commons.  While prospective students may also schedule individual tours of campus, Lancer Days offer the unique opportunity to explore Grace College with high school peers in an intentional way.

“At Lancer Days, students survey the 70-plus majors at Grace, learn about diverse student activities and clubs, discover financial assistance opportunities and see first-hand how Grace College is making quality, Christian education attractive and affordable,” said Cindy Sisson, vice president of enrollment management and marketing at Grace.  Game day passes are available for sporting events during the student’s visit and high school juniors and seniors may spend one night in a residence hall.

This year, Grace achieved a record total enrollment of 2,333 students.  The Winona Lake campus is home to 1,295 undergraduate students, the largest population since Grace’s founding in 1948.  The school credits innovative, bold measures to reduce cost and increase excellence for recent success.  Measure of Grace, a comprehensive affordability and excellence plan launched last fall, guarantees that tuition will never increase during a student’s enrollment.  Moreover, Grace reduces tuition by $500 each consecutive year of a student’s undergraduate enrollment and provides free textbook rentals.  Grace’s accelerated three-year bachelor’s degree program and blended bachelor’s-master’s four-year degree program enables students to finish school sooner with significant savings and earning potential.

To register for a Lancer Day or schedule an individual campus tour, go to, email or call 866-974-7223.

‘Good Faith’ Author to Speak at Grace Chapel

September 8th, 2016

gabe_lyons__1Gabe Lyons, author of “Good Faith,” will speak during the Grace College chapel service on Wednesday, Sept. 14, in the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center, 601 Wooster Rd., Winona Lake. Chapel begins at 10:30 a.m. The public is welcome to attend this free event.

Prior to arriving on campus each fall, Grace College 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. “Good Faith” was this summer’s read. In it, Lyons addresses how Christians should interact with a society that disagrees with their beliefs.

Brent Mencarelli, dean of chapel and community life at Grace College, looks forward to hosting Lyons on campus. “Our theme on campus this year is ‘Core’; we are inviting students to focus on the basics of their faith and understand what is at the core of what they believe.  ‘Good Faith’ speaks specifically to the foundational elements of our faith.  We are excited to hear from the author of this impactful book and receive encouragement from Lyons,” he said.

Gabe Lyons is an accomplished author and speaker. He is also the founder of Q Ideas, a community that mobilizes Christians to advance common good in society. In addition to “Good Faith,” Lyons has authored “The Next Christians” and “UnChristian.” Lyons lives in Nashville, Tenn., with his wife Rebekah and their three children.

Chapel is a regular part of Grace College campus life. It takes place every week on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.  Chapel reflects the heart of God by encouraging a community of faith, grace and worship. Chapel speakers include authors, musicians and leading voices for global concerns.

For more information about chapel and to view the fall chapel schedule, visit or call 574-372-5100.

Grace College to Offer Bachelor’s Degree Completion Program in Greenwood

September 6th, 2016

Logo-Grace College IndianapolisGrace College is now accepting applications for its new location in Greenwood, Ind.  Grace College was recently approved by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to offer its bachelor’s degree completion program, Grace Opportunities for Adult Learners (GOAL), at Greenwood Christian Academy, 835 W. Worthsville Rd., Greenwood.

GOAL is a unique, affordable program for adults who wish to complete their four-year degree while maintaining family and work commitments.  The program is specifically designed for Ivy Tech Community College graduates, Grace College Indianapolis associate degree graduates and adults who have interrupted their higher education for other responsibilities.  GOAL classes are held one night per week and on two Saturdays per semester.  Building upon previous college credits and life-long learning experiences equivalent to about two years of college, a B.S. in Management can be completed in as little as 16 months.

Sean Wamsley, resident of Greenwood, graduated from GOAL this summer with a bachelor’s degree in business management. “I chose GOAL because I wanted to get my degree from a school known for great educational and Christian standards,” Wamsley said. “GOAL also allowed me to continue my education while working a full-time job.” He encourages prospective students to enroll in the GOAL program. “Grace provides a very personal, focused environment,” he said. “All of the professors go the extra mile to make sure you succeed in and outside of the classroom.” With his Grace College bachelor’s degree, Wamsley anticipates advancing in his career at IWP, an Indianapolis-based commercial construction company.

GOAL classes in Greenwood will begin in January, 2017.  Grace College Indianapolis, located on the far north side at 9302 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, offers associate degrees with a focus in liberal arts and business as well as a GOAL bachelor’s degree in management.  The GOAL program is also offered completely online.   For more information or to apply, call 855-927-4631 or email admissions counselor Bethany Wottring at

Grace Ladies Organization Announces Fall Fundraisers

September 6th, 2016

The Grace Ladies Organization (GLO) has two fundraisers in September.  Funds raised will benefit Grace College students and women’s ministry.

The first fundraiser is Thursday, Sept. 8, at Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt, located at 550 W. 300 N. in front of Kohl’s in Warsaw.  Twenty percent of proceeds will benefit GLO.  Please mention Grace College or GLO when paying for your order and post a picture on your Facebook page to earn GLO an additional five percent of sales.  Zoyo is open 11:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

The second fundraiser is Saturday, Sept. 17, in the Owen’s parking lot, 2211 E. Center St., Warsaw.  GLO will sell Nelson’s Port-a-Pit chicken and Pit-Tatoes from 11 a.m. until supplies run out.  Grace College students will benefit from funds raised to purchase new benches and bike racks throughout campus.


Grace Soccer Stadium Renamed 1st Source Bank Field

September 3rd, 2016

Pictured left to right are Drew Flamm, Chad Briscoe and Jim Sawnson from Grace College, and Doug Baumgardner, Bill Burton and John Elliott from 1st Source Bank.


On Sept. 3, Grace College’s soccer stadium was officially renamed 1st Source Bank Field.

1st Source Bank, a proud supporter of the local community, has made a generous donation to support athletic and overall student development at Grace. Because of that pledge and 1st Source Bank’s support of Grace’s student programs, academics and Lancer athletics, the college was pleased to unveil the new name of Grace’s soccer stadium.

“We are thrilled to partner with 1st Source Bank as a campus and in our athletic program. Their support enables us to continue pursuing excellence through the mission of Grace,” said Grace Athletic Director Chad Briscoe. “This relationship shows a commitment to impacting our community by providing an avenue for positive growth. 1st Source Bank is a recognized leader in our community, and we look forward to working with them for many years to come.”

A ceremony and presentation were held before Saturday’s men’s soccer match against Bluefield. 1st Source East Region President Bill Burton joined the bank’s Vice President John Elliott and Warsaw City President Doug Baumgardner in presenting a ceremonial check to Briscoe, Grace Vice President for Advancement Drew Flamm, Grace Vice President for Academic and Student Services Jim Swanson and Grace Board of Trustees member Steve Miller.

“It is an honor to partner with Grace College and present 1st Source Bank Field to the campus and the community as a whole,” said Baumgardner. “1st Source Bank Field will be a welcoming place for student athletes to develop their skills and for area residents and students to enjoy watching Grace Lancer sports teams compete for many years to come.”

Grace College President Dr. Bill Katip expressed appreciation for 1st Source Bank’s long-term and important support of the college.

“We are proud to have the 1st Source Bank name on our soccer stadium,” Katip said. “I am thrilled that we can expand our partnership with 1st Source Bank and enhance the relationship with such a first-class organization who shares so many of our values.”

Grace’s sparkling soccer stadium, which was revamped in 2014, now proudly displays the 1st Source Bank Field logo on the press box at the entrance into the field.

Grace College Announces Record Enrollment

September 2nd, 2016
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McClain Hall on the Grace College campus


Grace College is pleased to announce record total student enrollment of 2,333.  Undergraduate students number 1,295 at the Winona Lake campus – the largest undergraduate enrollment at Grace since its founding in 1948.  A record 495 new undergraduate students joined the Grace community – a 10.5% increase from last year – while adult and graduate student enrollment increased 18%.

According to Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College, efforts to address affordability and deliver excellence in Christian higher education have been well received by parents and students alike.  “When we launched Measure of Grace at the start of last school year, we were optimistic that our work to reduce the cost of high-quality, private education would positively affect enrollment and satisfaction on campus.  It turns out that indeed more students started at Grace this year than ever before, and our retention rate also reached an all-time high,” he said.

In the last five years, Grace’s enrollment has increased by 44%.  Freshman to sophomore retention rate is 83.3%, which is more than seven percentage points above the national average of comparable academic level four-year private colleges.   Two-thirds of Grace students graduate in four years while the national average of comparable private colleges is 26.3%.  In addition, nearly a third of Grace students earn a bachelor’s degree in just three years.

Measure of Grace is the comprehensive affordability and excellence plan launched at Grace one year ago.  At its inception, a 9% tuition reduction occurred along with a guarantee that tuition would never increase during a student’s enrollment.  In fact, Grace reduces tuition by $500 each consecutive year of a student’s undergraduate enrollment and provides all students with free textbook rentals – an estimated savings of $4,800 over four years.  Also part of Measure of Grace is the innovative three-year bachelor’s degree program which can save students a full quarter off their total college cost plus the added earning power of entering the work force one year sooner.  Grace also offers a blended degree program which enables students to earn both an undergraduate and graduate degree in just four years.

“With the opportunity to earn any of our 70-plus bachelor’s degrees in three years, nearly half of incoming freshmen indicate their intention to graduate in three years and a growing number are adding a master’s degree in four,” said Cindy Sisson, vice president of enrollment management and marketing at Grace College.  “Perhaps most importantly, Measure of Grace includes a commitment to our unchanging mission.  We are dedicated to providing a Christ-centered, excellent learning environment where students graduate career-ready and equipped to live lives of purpose,” she said.

Innovative, bold measures to reduce costs and increase excellence is the reason for success according to President Katip.  “We are heartened by the results of our efforts at Grace and blessings from the Lord,” he said.  “We see positive outcomes in enrollment, alumni engagement and investment in the college – each of which is vital to our success.”

Just opening for students this fall is Omega Dorm, the third new dorm in four years at Grace College.  Renovations are currently underway for a state-of-the-art performing and recording center to house Grace’s new worship arts major.  The Bernard and Linnie Key Track and Field Complex is nearing completion and Grace has announced plans to break ground on the Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex in the spring.

For more information on Grace College, visit or call 866-974-7223.  To see Grace College, take a virtual tour here or email to schedule a personal tour on campus.

Grace College and Lifeline Announce Partnership

September 1st, 2016

Lifeline and Grace College representatives gather for photo following partnership signing ceremony. Left to right: Travis Turk, Lifeline recruitment representative; Dave Long, Lifeline VP of residential services; Dr. Amy Gilbert, Grace College Department of Graduate Counseling chair; Kevin Hedrick, Lifeline COO; Mark Terrell, Lifeline CEO; Tim Ziebarth, Grace College School of Professional and Online Education executive dean; Dr. Bill Katip, Grace College president; Jacquie Downey, Lifeline VP of marketing; Dr. Tom Edgington, Grace College School of Behavioral Science dean.

Grace College and Lifeline Youth & Family Services announced a new partnership today.  Grace’s graduate Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program will be offered at a discount to qualified Lifeline employees and interested future Lifeline employees.  Reduced tuition from Grace combined with significant tuition reimbursement from Lifeline make this new partnership an innovative and attractive option for those pursuing a career in mental health counseling.

Prospective students in the Grace-Lifeline Educational Career Track Program will be placed at Lifeline for the required CMHC practicum and internship.  Upon completion of their Master of Arts in CMHC, Grace-Lifeline Educational Career Track Program students will be employed by Lifeline.

Lifeline Youth & Family Services offers home-based and residential counseling-related services, including family casework, therapy, supervised visitations and help for families struggling to overcome their past. Lifeline is committed to helping families become stronger and more independent.

Mark Terrell, CEO of Lifeline Youth & Family Services stated, “Across the state of Indiana, there is such a great demand for more graduate clinical mental health professionals. We are serving over 3,000 families a week and we need additional staff to meet these families’ needs.”

Dr. Amy Gilbert, chair of the Department of Graduate Counseling at Grace College, remarked on the benefit to potential students the partnership offers.  “I’m delighted that Lifeline has partnered with Grace to offer the opportunity for our students to be employed as professional counselors at a well-respected Christian organization immediately upon graduation.  For many of our students, this would be a dream job!” she said.

The CMHC program at Grace College trains graduate-level students to be competent professional counselors grounded in biblical principles. Upon completion, students are qualified to seek state licensure or pursue doctoral studies in counseling. The CMHC program as well as the Grace-Lifeline Track is available both residentially and fully online, both of which are CACREP-accredited.

“We’re excited to pair quality education at Grace with the excellent practical experience offered at Lifeline for a reduced price,” said Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College.  “This partnership is one example of our commitment to graduating career-ready students equipped to live lives of purpose,” he said.

“Grace College and Lifeline have worked hand in hand for years.  This is a new facet of our exceptional partnership,” said Dave Long, vice president of residential services at Lifeline.  “With our new location in Warsaw, we are especially excited to work with Grace to train competent mental health professionals,” he said.

For more information on the Grace-Lifeline Educational Career Track Program, including admissions information, contact Travis Turk (574) 265-4187 or

Center Assists with SWCD Water Drop Program to Provide Lake Education

August 31st, 2016
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The Center for Lakes & Streams at Grace College assisted at the annual Water Drop rafting trip, a program of the Kosciusko County Soil and Water Conservation District also organized by other local partners. Warsaw Community High School Freshmen rafted through the waters of Grassy Creek and into Lake Tippecanoe.

On August 24, the Center for Lakes & Streams at Grace College partnered with the Kosciusko County Soil and Water Conservation District and other organizations on the SWCD Water Drop Program rafting trip for Warsaw Community High School freshmen students.

In preparation for the event, the Center for Lakes & Streams assisted by updating and providing the scientific curriculum taught by raft leaders and chaperones during the trip, as well as providing a scavenger hunt for students on the trip. Freshmen that attended learned about healthy lake and stream ecosystems, the importance of keeping our watersheds clean, and even assisted in performing tests on Grassy Creek and Lake Tippecanoe waters.

Program Administrator of the Kosciusko County SWCD and raft trip coordinator, Darci Zolman, said of the program, “This was the ninth year for the rafting program and the Soil and Water Conservation District is appreciative of the amazing community support and partnerships that come together to make it so successful.  It is important for our youth to make connections with their local resources to develop a feeling of ownership and stewardship, as well as, make informed decisions in the future.  This program is a springboard for that.”

Caitlin Yoder, the center’s education coordinator, explained, “The Water Drop rafting trip is a great team-building experience as well as a chance to learn about the environment of Grassy Creek and Lake Tippecanoe. We not only want to educate the students, but also make the learning fun, engaging, and effective so it has a lasting impact on the way that students think about our local water resources.”

Other partners of the SWCD Water Drop Program include: Arrow Head Country RC&D, Camp Crosley, community volunteers, Lake Tippecanoe Property Owners Association, Local Conservation Officers, Merry Lea Environmental Center, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Pie Eyed Petey’s, Purdue Cooperative Extension, St. Joseph County SWCD, The Watershed Foundation, University of Notre Dame, US Fish & Wildlife Service, and Zolman Farms and TranZstar, Inc.

This fall, the Center for Lakes & Streams will organize Lake Adventure Day for fourth grade students in Kosciusko County, launch its 2016-2017 Classroom Lake Experience program, and distribute 2017 Calendars including artwork from the winners of the 2016 Lakes & Streams Art Contest.

The Center for Lakes & Streams at Grace College conducts applicable research, engages and educates residents, and collaborates with other organizations in efforts to make the lakes and streams of Kosciusko County cleaner. For more information or to support their efforts, visit

Grace College ‘Serve’ to Host Community Movie Night

August 30th, 2016


Serve, a student-led organization that connects students to service opportunities at Grace College, will host a community movie night on Fri., Sep. 2.  “Jungle Book” will show on the Morgan Library lawn at 8 p.m.  Rain location will be inside the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center.  Free snacks and drinks will be available beginning at 7:30 p.m.  The movie is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

“We welcome the Winona Lake community to join us for an evening of entertainment,” said Kearstin Criswell, coordinator of student involvement at Grace College. “Winona Lake is home to Grace students for the duration of their college career. We encourage students to build relationships with their neighbors, and community movie night is one way we can foster that and give back to our community,” she said.

Visitors on campus for movie night should park at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center, 610 Wooster Rd., and take the crosswalk to the library lawn.  For more information, contact Kearstin Criswell at or 574-372-5100 ext. 6470.