Grace College & Seminary Honors Dr. William Male with Renaming of Seminary Building

May 12th, 2014

Pictured left to right, Dr. William Male and Grace College & Seminary President, Bill Katip.

Pictured is the newly renamed William Male Center for Seminary and Graduate Studies.

Grace College & Seminary was pleased to honor Dr. William Male at Saturday’s commencement ceremony for his numerous accomplishments as a faculty member and administrator at Grace, as well as for his recent, significant financial gift toward the purchase of the seminary building. In recognition, the building has now been renamed the William Male Center for Seminary and Graduate Studies.

In the thirty-four years he served Grace Schools, Dr. Male served twelve years as academic dean of the college, eleven years as dean of the seminary, and two years as the acting dean of the seminary’s west campus. He received a Ph.D. degree from Indiana University in 1968. In 1971, he founded the first of the annual institutes for Christian school administrators and teachers, for which Grace has become internationally known in the Christian school movement. After his retirement from his academic ministries at Grace, he served as a part-time planned giving officer for the school from 1989 through 1993.

During his years of service at Grace College and Seminary, Male also served as an interim pastor of a number of churches, including Grace Bible Church of Berne (which he helped establish), the Community Grace Brethren Church of Warsaw, the Grace Brethren Church of Fort Wayne, the Grace Brethren Church of Goshen, the Bethel Brethren Church of Berne, and the Milwood Chapel.

At the annual meeting of the Association of Grace Brethren Ministers in July, 2009, Dr. Male was honored with their “Lifetime Achievement” award.

“We are proud to name our seminary building after Dr. Male,” said Bill Katip, president of Grace College & Seminary. “We have greatly benefited from his work here at Grace as well as his generous giving over these many years.”

Lead Pastor Needed – FT – Marion, OH

May 8th, 2014

Grace College & Seminary to Hold Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 10

May 7th, 2014

(MOCC) Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center at Grace College & Theological Seminary.

Grace College & Seminary’s 2014 Commencement will be held Saturday, May 10 at 9 a.m. at the Ronald and Barbara Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center on the Grace campus. The ceremony will include an invocation by Rev. Keith J. Treadway, senior pastor at Bible Baptist Church in Kokomo, Indiana; an institutional welcome by William J. Katip, president at Grace College and a benediction by Rev. C. James Brown, senior pastor at Grace Community Church in Goshen, Indiana. The Lancer Chorus, directed by Thomas Hall, will be performing at the commencement services.

It is a year of firsts for Grace College graduates. Over the past few years, Grace has been implementing new and innovative options to offer an affordable Christian education to more students. This year, Jacob Goodman will be the first graduate from the Grace/Trine Engineering partnership with a degree in applied physics and Caleb Sanders will be the first graduate of the 3+1 blended program with a master’s degree in business administration.  Also walking are first-time graduates from Grace’s new 3-year Reimagine program, the Medical Device Quality Management program, the Exercise Science program, and the Weber schools in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne.

This year, Grace asked the senior class to select a faculty member to appear as a special guest speaker during the commencement ceremonies. The students selected Dr. Tiberius Rata, assistant dean of the school of ministry studies at Grace. He will be speaking on the topic of grace.

For the 2014 Commencement, Dr. Katip has chosen Dr. Paulette Sauders, the senior most faculty member, to carry the ceremonial mace. Carrying the mace is a great honor and is traditionally borne by someone who has been singled out for tribute. Dr. Sauders started teaching at Grace in 1965 and is respected greatly by students and faculty alike for her many years of dedication to the college.

During the ceremony, Grace will honor Dr. E. William Male, who served 34 years at Grace as a faculty member and in other key academic, advancement, and administrative roles. In recognition of Dr. Male’s ministry excellence and for the generous gift the Males haven given to the school, Grace’s board of trustees renamed the seminary and graduate counseling building (formerly GBIM/Encompass World Partners) the William Male Center for Seminary and Graduate Studies.

May 10 also marks the completion of the first year of presidency of Dr. William Katip, who stepped into leadership during last year’s commencement. Dr. Katip brings 39 years of higher education experience to the presidency and has been invaluable in guiding Grace Schools through many innovative changes since 2007.

Grace Clinches Berth to NCCAA World Series

May 6th, 2014

Pictured is Grace's softball team celebrating its 2014 NCCAA Midwest Region championship on Tuesday

Grace’s softball team capped off its best season in nearly two decades by securing a trip to the 2014 NCCAA World Series. Grace defeated Cedarville 9-5 to win the NCCAA Midwest Region championship on Tuesday. The Lady Lancers (27-28) will play in the NCCAA World Series for the first time since 1997. The national tournament is held in Roanoke, Va., beginning May 15.

Entering the regional tournament, Grace was given the No. 4 seed in the five-team field. The Lady Lancers won three straight games on Monday to earn a place in the finals. After losing 7-2 to Cedarville in the opening game on Tuesday, the automatic bid for the World Series came down to one final game between Grace and Cedarville. This time the Lady Lancers made good on their chance, claiming a 9-5 victory to punch the team’s ticket to Virginia.

“The first game we were really tight and played not to lose. We hit the ball but didn’t make things happen,” said head coach Heather Johnson. “My challenge to the girls in the second game was to play for each other, communicate and give it all for each other. That’s exactly what they did, and we played how we were capable of playing.”

The Yellow Jackets struck first in the championship game and maintained a 1-0 lead over the first two innings. Hannah Adams swung momentum back in Grace’s favor with a three-run home run in the third inning. Grace seized control of the game with a five-run fourth, highlighted by two RBIs from Clarissa Knight and a two-out RBI single from Alex Shipley. Shipley, Olivia Winget and Tiffany Featherston made critical defensive plays to keep the Yellow Jackets off the scoreboard until the final inning.

After Winget drove in Grace’s ninth run, Cedarville faced a 9-1 deficit in its final at-bats. The Yellow Jackets managed to score four runs, but Amanda Bowman finished the job from the mound. In the opening game against Cedarville, the Lady Lancers did not warm up their bats until the sixth inning. Grace cut a 4-0 deficit in half as Knight’s drive brought in Brooke Shell and Featherston to score during the sixth. But Cedarville ballooned its lead to 7-2 with three more tallies in the seventh inning, and Grace had no response.

“Reaching NCCAA Nationals was a goal we set at the beginning of the year. Making it to nationals feels like proof that we’ve been doing the right things as a program,” Johnson said. “Our first few years [at Grace] were hard, so you start to question things. But this year has been great in many ways, including seeing spiritual growth since the preseason. We feel like this is proof that if you do the right things off the field, you’ll see the results on the field.”

Chief Financial Officer – Farmington, MI

May 6th, 2014

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Youth Leader – PT – Wawasee, IN

May 6th, 2014


DEFINITION:  Youth ministry is a series of programs and activities to give young people a chance to participate in Church life, develop their own faith and spirituality, and discover new friendships.  It incorporates fun, faith and friends.

GOAL:  Teach the youth basic tenets of the Christian faith and how to apply Christian values to life situations.

SALARY:  Part-time; based on experience.

HOURS:  Wednesday evenings, Sundays, plus special events.


  • A graduate or college senior (at least 21 years of age) with a major in and passion for, Youth Ministry;
  • A personal commitment to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, as well as a strong desire to serve within the church;
  • Musical skills preferred;
  • A team player with effective relational skills (works well with others);
  • A satisfactory background security check.


  • Coordinate the Middle School and High School age Sunday School classes and Wednesday evening Youth group;
  • Plan outings for the youth.  Be responsible for securing all travel arrangements, adult chaperones, and providing Christian teaching or times for worship during the youth trips.
  • Encourage and recruit young people to participate in the youth activities, worship and educational activities of the congregation and community;
  • Coordinate fund-raisers, as needed, to support special youth activities and trips;
  • Publicize youth activities through the worship bulletin, posters, bulletin boards, etc.
  • Available to youth, as needed;
  • Build and maintain relationships with kids both churched and unchurched;
  • Maintain administrative records (e.g. consent forms);
  • Attend Elder Council meetings, first Monday of each month, and provide verbal report.
  • Coordinate roles and responsibilities of volunteer leaders;
  • Protect the reputation and integrity of the youth or others through strict confidentiality;
  • Network with other youth workers in the community.

Questions, please contact Pastor Brad Cox at (574) 518-1068.  E-mail résumé to Tim Gillum,

Our website:

Worship Team Leader – FT – Waterville, OH

May 6th, 2014

Fallen Timbers Community Church is a church with the Christian and Missionary Alliance.
The church is a suburb of Toledo, OH and is a young congregation of 500+ people.
Each weekend the church has 3 identical services.

Qualifications: Must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Church Music or Worship Studies.

Duties: Lead a worship team in 3 identical services each weekend.

For more info. contact: Rev. Jeff Wheelland

To apply: send resume & downloadable video in MP4 to Rev. Wheeland at the address above.

Assoc. Pastor Needed – FT – Peru, IN

May 6th, 2014

The Peru Grace Brethren Church is seeking a man who has thorough Biblical training/education to join our team of Elders as a full-time Associate Pastor.


  • To have a heart for family/children’s ministries.
  • To lead our youth ministry.
  • To share in the preaching, teaching, and worship service ministries with the Senior Pastor.

Please send questions, and/or letter of interest, & resume to:

The Council of Elders
Peru Grace Brethren Church
430 South Broadway
Peru, Indiana   46970

Church website is:

Pastor Needed – Short/Long term – Argos, IN

May 6th, 2014

Cornerstone Church in Argos, IN is in need of a Pastor.  Argos is only a 35 minute drive or so from Winona Lake.

Cornerstone Church
11525 SR 10 W
Argos, IN 46501

If interested contact:
Jon Alcorn at #574-276-4248 or by email


Grace Softball Wins Three, Advances to Regional Championship

May 6th, 2014

Three games. Three wins. That’s what it took for Grace’s softball team to advance to the championship game of the NCCAA Midwest Regional Tournament on Monday.

Grace defeated Oakland City, Spring Arbor and Indiana Wesleyan by a combined total of four runs to complete a remarkable charge to Tuesday’s title game.

The Lady Lancers will play for a berth into the 2014 NCCAA World Series on Tuesday at 3 p.m. in the regional championship. Grace will take on whichever team advances from the losers’ bracket. The Lady Lancers will need to be defeated twice in the double-elimination format. The NCCAA World Series is held in Roanoke, Va.

Grace won 4-3 against Oakland City, 5-3 against Spring Arbor and 5-4 against Indiana Wesleyan.

More details will be released as game results and statistics are made available.

“I really felt like we kept making adjustments throughout each game and didn’t panic. If the other team got a run, we focused on getting it back. Our defense made some really kept plays to get out of innings too,” said Grace head coach Heather Johnson. “Lots of different people played well for us today, and our senior leadership stepped up big today with timely hitting. The girls are very motivated and understand what needs to be done. We’ll get some rest tonight and come out tomorrow playing to win.”