Coach Kessler Inducted Into NAIA Hall of Fame

March 10th, 2016

Kessler hall of fameLegendary men’s basketball coach Jim Kessler added another milestone to his career when he was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

The induction ceremony occurred during the NAIA Men’s Basketball Div. II Banquet of Champions in Branson, Mo.

Grace Athletic Director Chad Briscoe gave the introductory speech, which can be read here.


“I am honored to be recognized by the NAIA and my peers. This is not something I set out to do when I began coaching, but I’m thankful the Lord blessed my work at Grace,” Kessler said. “I’m thankful to Grace College for the opportunity to make a career coaching basketball. I have been blessed with supportive presidents, administrations and athletic directors who have stood by me through the ups and downs of a coaching career. No one achieves anything of note without the contributions of others, and I have countless people to thank for this award.” 

Kessler becomes the second individual from Grace to be inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame. Chet Kammerer, former men’s basketball coach at Grace and Westmont (Calif.), received the honor in 2000.

The NAIA Hall of Fame was established in 1952 and recognizes an individual’s service to intercollegiate athletics, the NAIA and their sport. Induction into the NAIA Hall of Fame, and the ensuing title of Hall of Famer, is the highest individual honor bestowed by the Association.


Grace College Professor Nominates “Yes I Can” Award Recipient

March 8th, 2016

Pictured in back row left to right: Kari Walmer, WCHS, Brenda Linky, WCHS, Carissa Metzger, Mom, Micah Metzger, Dad, Paige Wood, former Grace College CEC Student President, Laurie Owen, Dean of SOE, Lorinda Kline, WCHS, Cheryl Bremer; front row left to right: Mason Metzger and Avary Metzger, Sister.

The following is an article from Ink Free News.  Grace College Associate Professor of Education and Chair of the Special Education Department, Dr. Cheryl Bremer, nominated the 2015 Indiana Council for Exceptional Children’s “Yes I Can” award recipient Mason Metzger.

Mason Metzger, a Warsaw Community High School junior, is one step closer to his dream.

After listening to a presentation about the Warsaw Community School Corporation mission statement, “To inspire and equip all students to continuously acquire and apply knowledge and skills while pursuing their dreams and enriching the lives of others,” Metzger, with the help of WCS staff, began the pursuit of his dream — motivational speaking.

After speaking for several local schools and events, Metzger was selected by the Indiana Council for Exceptional Children as the 2015 recipient of the “Yes I Can” award.

“One of the most remarkable characteristics of Mason is his positive outlook on life,” wrote Metzger’s nominator and Grace College professor, Dr. Cheryl Bremer. “He has the most amazing, cheerful disposition of any teenager I know. He gives an encouraging word and a smile to everyone he meets. His mantra is to look for the positive in everything he sees and he lives this out in his daily life.”

Metzger was recognized for his accomplishments as a motivational speaker, his work with Grace College’s CEC student chapter and positive outlook on life.

The award aims to celebrate the achievements of children and youth with exceptionalities, encourage these individuals to seek their highest potential and increase public awareness of the abilities, aspirations and personal qualities of those with disabilities.

To read the complete article, click here.

Dr. Katip Appears on Inside INdiana Business

March 7th, 2016


Bill on IIB

On Sunday, March 6, Dr. Katip, president of Grace College and Seminary, appeared on Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick.  Inside INdiana Business Television airs on flagship stations WTHR (NBC-Indianapolis) and WFYI (PBS-Indianapolis) and 13 other statewide affiliates.  It is the state’s number one source of business news.  Dr. Katip was honored to represent Grace College and share about our efforts to make excellent, faith-based higher education affordable at our main campus in Winona Lake as well as our commuter locations in Indianapolis and Detroit.  Click here to see his full interview.

Grace College Presidential Scholarship Competition Awards $2.2 Million

March 4th, 2016
2016 Presidential Scholarship Competition dinner

2016 Presidential Scholarship Competition dinner



Grace College hosted its 13th annual Presidential Scholarship Competition (PSC) on February 12 and 13. PSC is an invitation-only scholarship competition for qualifying high school seniors. Invitations are based on academic achievement, with awards ranging from $1,000 scholarships to full tuition. In all, 68 scholarships were awarded totaling over $2.2 million in tuition.

“This is one of our biggest events all year,” says Cindy Sisson, vice president of enrollment management at Grace College. Approximately 380 people, including 139 contestants and their families, visited Grace for the event.  “We were pleased to have students from 13 states and France compete at this year’s PSC,” Sisson continued.

On Friday, participants enjoyed dinner and program, followed by an opportunity to speak with faculty members. On Saturday, students competed for first prize through an interview and impromptu essay contest.

Six levels of scholarship were awarded.  The 2016 Presidential Scholarship Competition recipients are:

President’s Scholarship: full tuition

Rebekah Landfair of Troy, OH


Trustee Scholarship: $80,000 total ($20,000 per year)

Kyle Kaufman of Noblesville, IN

Peter Dawes of Indianapolis, IN


Faculty Scholarship: $68,000 total ($17,000 per year)

Anna Schoenhals of Archbold, OH

Gavin Roswarski of West Lafayette, IN

Ethan  Horst of Warsaw, IN

Hannah Brown of Hart, MI

Paige Murrell of Plainfield, IN

Achievement Scholarship: $56,000 ($14,000 per year)

Kayla Groen of Demotte, IN

Jonathan Hiller of Parkesburg, PA

Emily Culp of Pickerington, OH

Emma  Burgess of FRANCE

Shannon McFarland  of Saint Louis, MO

Anna Burkhart of Manheim, PA

Abigail Bowman of Pequea, PA

Brock Bowman of Lima, OH

Rileigh Wolpert of Decatur, IN

Nathan Keefer of Dayton, OH


McClain Scholarship: $48,000 ($12,000 per year)

Alison Coleman of Waynesville, OH

Mary Slonim of Anderson, IN

Hannah VanderMel of Odon, IN

Savannah Phillips of Guys Mills, PA

Jordan Weimer of West Olive, MI

Emily Dimmick of Arcanum, OH

Grayson Goodson of Dublin, OH

Christine Mitchell of Oak Lawn, IL

Emma  Bachali of Centennial, CO

Hannah Thompson of Normal, IL

Bethany Ryan of Dayton, OH

Jordan Shuler of Scottsburg, IN

Lucas Cone of Winona Lake, IN

Braeden Evert of Parker, CO

Caleb Schrad of Brownsburg, IN

Kierstin Yeakle of Marion, IN

Betsy Bleed of Fort Wayne, IN

Cana Ryan of Dayton, OH

Hannah McNulty of Oberlin , OH

Bradley Bowers of Fort Wayne, IN

Carli Cahill of Crawfordsville, IN


In addition, Winona Merit Scholarships of $4,000 each ($1,000 per year) were awarded to 30 students.

The PSC is one part of the robust financial aid program at Grace College.  The college is committed to helping families make quality, Christian higher education affordable.  A full ninety-nine percent of undergraduate students receive financial aid from Grace College.  Moreover, the Measure of Grace initiative began at the start of the current academic year, reducing tuition by 9% and committing to decrease tuition by $500 each consecutive year a student is enrolled.  Grace College also offers all students free textbook rentals and a three-year accelerated bachelor’s degree in any of its 68 majors.

For more information about financial aid and scholarships available at Grace, visit, call 866-974-7223 or email

WNDU-16 (NBC) Highlights Grace College in Financial Aid Story

March 3rd, 2016


This week, WNDU-16 (NBC) featured Grace College in a two-part story about financing college education.  Cindy Sisson, vice president for enrollment management, discusses financial aid and innovative measures at Grace to make higher education more affordable.  Current students Mariah Munn and Karly Poyner share their stories about paying for college and the Grace College experience.  A portion of the article is below.  Click here for the complete story and video.




The deadline is fast approaching for high schoolers to apply for federal and state aid for college.  Fortunately, several Indiana colleges are making it easier on the pocketbooks of future undergrads and their parents.

For years, financially savvy parents took out savings bonds and certificates of deposit when their kids were only a few years old. And while there’s nothing wrong with a bond or CD, a 529 plan will earn far more interest the longer it accumulates.

“You can’t start early enough,” Notre Dame’s vice president of finance John Sejdinaj said.  An early start to saving for college can mean thousands of dollars by the time your son or daughter steps foot on campus. That’s not to say many universities won’t help out students who make the grade.

“I was thinking, I can afford this. I won’t be in as much debt as I feared. Then we got an email from Grace saying ‘are you comfortable? Would you like more money?’ We, of course, said yeah! And they ended up giving us about $1,200 more through grants,” Grace College sophomore Karly Poyner said.

“I’d say the average scholarship offering a student is going to get here is going to range somewhere between $14,000 and $16,000,” Grace College vice president of Enrollment Management Cindy Sisson said.

Click here for the complete article and video segment.

Grace College Featured on WNIT’s Economic Outlook

March 1st, 2016


Cindy Sisson, vice president of enrollment management, and Amanda Banks, director of public relations for Grace College, appeared on Economic Outlook on WNIT – Michiana PBS – on Friday, Feb. 26.  Sisson and Banks discuss financial aid, Grace’s Measure of Grace initiative and other issues surrounding the affordability of higher education.  Click here to see the entire 30-minute program (the segment featuring Grace College begins at minute 19) and the extended 5-minute interview with Sisson and Banks.

In the fall of 2015, Measure of Grace was fully instituted at Grace College.  At that time, Grace reduced tuition by 9% and committed to decrease tuition by $500 each consecutive year a student is enrolled.  Grace College also offers all students free textbook rentals and a 3-year accelerated bachelor’s degree in any of its 68 majors.  Many students opt to enroll in the blended degree program which allows them to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in just four years.  For more information on Measure of Grace, visit

Grace Prison Education Programs Featured in Advance Magazine

February 24th, 2016

Advance magazine, published biannually by the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU), currently features prison education programs administered by Grace College under the leadership of John Teevan.  The article, “I was in Prison and You Educated Me,” tells the compelling story of how the programs began from a Bible study led by Grace faculty at one Indiana prison in the late ‘80s and grew to operate in four prisons and award nearly 1,100 associate and bachelor’s degrees between 1997 and 2012.  Today, Grace operates GED and college correspondence courses in five northern Indiana prisons, interacting with approximately 1,000 incarcerated men daily.

John Teevan, executive director of regional initiatives at Grace College says, “We don’t call the men by their numbers, we don’t want them to write their numbers on their papers. We call them by their name-that’s dignity. [We give them] an opportunity for education…And hope – that’s all kinds of hope. Hope of getting out, hope in family matters, but hope in Jesus as well. Those are our driving forces.”

Click here to read the full article.

Christian Hip-Hop Artist Lecrae to Speak and Perform at Grace College

February 24th, 2016

Award-winning Christian hip-hop artist Lecrae will soon speak and perform at the Manhatan Orthopedic Capital Center on the campus of Grace College. The influential rapper, often known for his music message frequently at odds with his hip-hop peers, has sold 1.7 million albums to date, including more than 325,000 copies of “Anomaly”, his latest No. 1 debut. In last year’s Grammy® Awards, Lacrae was nominated for the coveted Best Rap.

“Lecrae’s involvement at Grace is not only an exciting opportunity for students, but also for the community,” said Carlos Tellez, director of chapel at Grace College. “We are delighted to welcome Lecrae to the Grace campus and hope that the community will join us to hear his inspirational message both at chapel and during his concert. This is a do not miss event!”

On Friday, April 22, Lecrae will speak during chapel at 10:30 a.m. and perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capitol Center, 610 Wooster Dr., Winona Lake. Grace College chapel is free and open to the public. For more information on Grace College chapel, please visit The concert, part of Lecrae’s Higher Learning Tour and the only tour stop in Indiana, will feature special guests DJ Promote and Swoope. Concert doors will open at 6:00 p.m. for VIP entrance and 6:30 p.m. for general admission. Tickets are now on sale and only available online at

Grace Announces Scholarship in Kessler’s Honor

February 21st, 2016

Pictured, from left to right, are Jim Swanson, Bob Jackson, Mike Watson, Jim Kessler, Rex Schrader and Chad Briscoe.

Grace’s men’s basketball team unveiled the Kessler Endowed Scholarship on Saturday to honor the Lancers’ legendary coach.

Over $100,000 has already been donated to the men’s basketball scholarship fund, commemorating the legacy and impact of head coach Jim Kessler. Money has poured in from Kessler’s former players and friends of the program as a surprise to Kessler.

The announcement was made by Grace AD Chad Briscoe and Grace Regional Director of Advancement Bob Jackson on Saturday prior to the men’s basketball game.

To read more about the scholarship or to donate, go to

Millennial Expert to Speak at Grace College

February 15th, 2016

Paul Angone, one of the leading voices in the nation to and for the millennial generation, is coming to Winona Lake.  Angone is the creator of, an online community for those asking “what now?” and best-selling author of “101 Secrets For Your Twenties” and “All Groan Up: Searching For Self, Faith, and a Freaking Job!”.  A consultant and trainer, Angone specializes in helping companies attract, retain, develop, and harness the best strengths of the millennial generation.

Paul Angone will speak at the Grace College and Seminary chapel service on Wed., Feb. 17 and Thurs., Feb. 18 in the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center, 610 Wooster Rd, Winona Lake.  Chapel begins at 10:30 a.m. and is free and open to the public.

“We are excited to welcome Paul Angone to campus. His insights into the generation of today will be relatable and informational,” said Carlos Tellez, Dean of Chapel at Grace College.

At Grace College, chapel is a regular part of campus life which takes place three times per week.  It reflects the heart of God and the heart of campus—a community of faith, grace, and worship. Chapel speakers frequently include authors, musicians and leading voices for global concerns. For more information about chapel and to view the spring chapel schedule, visit