Grace College Cross-Cultural Trip Gives Graduating Student New Perspective and Aspiration

March 29th, 2016
Grace College students and faculty at All Saints Camp in Nassau, Bahamas during Go Encounter: Bahamas trip. Brittany Fourman is third from the right, middle row.

Grace College students and faculty at All Saints Camp in Nassau, Bahamas during Go Encounter: Bahamas trip. Brittany Fourman is second from the right, middle row.

Grace College students were spread across the world for cultural encounter trips over spring break, Feb. 26 – March 8, 2016. Groups of students and advisors traveled to the Bahamas, southern California, Taiwan, Atlanta, Dubai, England, Hong Kong, India and Philadelphia. The teams were led by cross-culturally experienced faculty and staff and lasted seven to ten days. The trips provide students with a cross-cultural experience in which they are exposed to native people and customs of various cultures.

As a part of Grace’s general education core, these trips are one way to meet the “cross-cultural field experience” requirement for Global Perspectives, a class designed to develop a biblical lens for seeing the world in order to live meaningfully and biblically in increasingly multi-cultural societies.   According to Carlos Tellez, dean of chapel and global initiatives for Grace College, the cross-cultural field experience “prepares students for today’s globalized marketplace and for obedience to Christ’s command to make disciples of all nations.”

Brittany Fourman, a senior majoring in communications and journalism from Dayton, Ohio, was part of the Bahamas Encounter trip.  A total of 15 students and four faculty traveled to Nassau, Bahamas where they began by exploring remote islands on a sailboat. The trip gave them the opportunity to stay with a native host family for a night, visit a school on Black Point Island and spend time at All Saints Camp with AIDS and HIV-infected Bahamians.  The students also had the opportunity to experience the unique beauty and wildlife of the Bahamas.

Fourman said she was inspired by the culture.  “They don’t put emphasis on time and everyone is very relaxed. It was refreshing to experience a completely different lifestyle from that in the U.S.” Fourman said many Bahamians see the country as “a sinking ship” but she saw a place with unlimited opportunity and many untapped markets that could positively change the country.

“I never realized the degree to which our country impacts the Bahamas.  It relies on America for many imports because we are their closest neighbor.  The large amount of importing in the Bahamas makes goods there much more expensive,” she explained. Fourman says this trip has expanded her aspirations and she hopes to return to work there after graduation this May.  She aspires to help develop new industries to make the Bahamians more self-reliant.  Although hesitant about the trip prior to leaving, Fourman says now she is very grateful for the experience and appreciates the cross-cultural requirement for graduation at Grace.

The next cultural trips will be taken by Grace students and faculty in May to Austria, Fiji, Greece, Italy, Japan, Portugal and Toronto.  Then, a mystery trip in June will give students the opportunity to experience three world class cities across three continents. For more information about Go Encounter trips, visit

Prof. Matthew Harmon Discusses Easter on Morning News

March 26th, 2016



On Good Friday, March 25, Dr. Matthew Harmon, Professor of New Testament Studies at Grace College, was a guest on WNDU (NBC) in South Bend, Ind., to discuss the significance of Easter.  Dr. Harmon winsomely described how Easter “changes everything” and Jesus’ death and resurrection offers new life for all people and creation.  Click here to see Dr. Harmon’s complete interview.  Dr. Harmon’s latest book, “Making All Things New” can be purchased here.  And finally, Dr. Harmon’s podcast “Ten Ways Easter Changes Everything”, recorded on the “Ask Pastor John” podcast March 24, can be heard here.  He is risen!  He is risen, indeed!

Third Congressional District Candidate Forum to be Held at Grace College

March 24th, 2016

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The Grace College Student Senate will host a Third Congressional District Candidate Forum on Tues., March 29 at 7 p.m. The forum will be held in Grace College’s McClain Hall auditorium, located adjacent to Indiana Hall, 200 Seminary Dr., Winona Lake. The public is invited to join Grace College students and faculty for the forum.

Candidates running to represent our area in Congress will share thoughts with the audience and then address questions, concerns and ideas from students and community members. Questions may be submitted verbally or via Twitter at the forum. Confirmed candidates include Jim Banks, Liz Brown and Pam Galloway.

Grace College Student Body President and moderator for the event, Evan Kilgore, says, “I am excited to offer this opportunity to students and the community. It is not often that we are able to meet political candidates and get our questions answered. This event will allow voters to be more knowledgeable when they vote this May.”

The primary election will be held May 3; polling locations will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information about the forum, contact Kearstin Criswell, Coordinator of Student Involvement, at 574-372-5100 ext. 6470.

Grace Professor Releases New Book and Appears on John Piper Podcast

March 24th, 2016

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Dr. Matthew Harmon, professor of New Testament studies at Grace College and Seminary, is today’s guest on the “Ask Pastor John” podcast.  The popular radio program hosted by John Piper has an average listenership of 70,000.  Harmon’s interview is entitled “Ten Ways Easter Changes Everything,” a topic related to his newly-released book “Making All Things New: Inaugurated Eschatology for the Life of the Church.”

While most associate eschatology solely with the end times, in “Making All Things New”, Harmon and co-author Benjamin L. Gladd argue that the appearance of Jesus Christ has already introduced a new creation.  Harmon and Gladd encourage and equip pastors to let this reality shape the growth and outreach of their churches.

According to Harmon, there are many ways the resurrection of Jesus Christ should change our perception of the modern age. “When Jesus rose from the dead,” Harmon says in today’s podcast, “It was the beginning of a new era in human history. God’s new-creation kingdom has broken into this fallen world.”  Harmon goes on to say that the resurrection guarantees that God will one day transform all of creation.  “Every stain of the fall and the curse will be gone from creation, every tear wiped away, no more death, no more sorrow, no more weeping. All of it is done away with and all of that stems ultimately from the fact that Jesus Christ rose from the dead.”

To hear the entire podcast and read the transcript, click here.

For more information about “Making All Things New,” or to purchase a copy, click here.

Vanderhegghen named All-American

March 24th, 2016

To cap off his sterliBrandon_Vanderhegghenng career, Grace’s Brandon Vanderhegghen earned All-American honors from both the NAIA and NCCAA.

Vanderhegghen was named Second Team All-American by the NCCAA and was honorable mention by the NAIA. Additionally, he was named to the NCCAA All-Tournament Team after helping the Lancers to a third-place finish last week.

Vanderhegghen ends his four-year career ranked No. 31 for Grace in career scoring with 1,398 points. In the 2015-16 campaign, he averaged 16.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game — all career-best marks.

Academically, Grace was recognized with four members earning Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete status. Seniors Caleb Featherston, Kyle Fillman and Drew Perrin and junior John Swanson earned the academic distinction, given to upperclassmen with a GPA of at least 3.5.

Grace had the most Scholar-Athletes (four) of any school in the Crossroads League.

The Lancers finished the year with a record of 21-14 and 9-9 in CL play. Head coach Jim Kessler has now racked up 743 wins in his NAIA Hall of Fame career.

Grace College and Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts to Present the First Annual Village at Winona Festival of Music

March 23rd, 2016



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Partnering to bring the Winona Lake and Warsaw community the highest quality professional and amateur musical and cultural experiences, Grace College and Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts will present a series of six concerts of artistic excellence and variety this summer.  Sponsored by Mrs. Mary Louise Miller, the first annual Village at Winona Festival of Music will take place June 18 through Sept. 3 in Winona Lake.

The Festival endeavors to feature local and regional music talent to grow and draw friends and families to the Village at Winona.  Marty Becker, Festival of Music coordinator, sought to include as many different genres of music as possible in the festival.  “I wanted to bring quality, innovative entertainment to the community from jazz to classical music, and much in between,” said Becker.

The following six events are planned for the 2016 Village at Winona Festival of Music:

Jazz Fest: Sat., June 18 at the Winona Heritage Room, 901 Park Ave.  In coordination with the Village at Winona Exotic Car Show, Jazz Fest will feature two big bands: Truth in Jazz Big Band and New Millennium Jazz Band.

Celebrate America Pops Concert: Sat., July 2 outdoors in the Village at Winona.  Prior to the annual fireworks, the 70-member combined Lake Area Community Band and Grace College Wind Ensemble will perform under the direction of Marty Becker.

River Raisin Ragtime Revue: Sat., July 9 at the Winona Heritage Room.  River Raisin Ragtime Review will transport audiences to turn-of-the-century America as it performs our country’s first popular music style: ragtime.

Barbershop Festival: Sun., Aug. 7 at the Winona Heritage Room.  The festival will feature the 2015 International Barbershop Quartet Champions, Instant Classic.  Also performing will be Summit City Chorus, Chain-O-Lakes Barbershop Chorus and Optimist Singers.

Band Concert: Sat., Aug. 27 at the Village at Winona gazebo behind the shops.   The Lake Area Community Band will perform marches, jazz standards and current and past pop favorites.

Chamber Music Festival: Sat., Sept. 3 at the Village at Winona gazebo behind the shops.  In conjunction with the Village at Winona Canal Days, the Chamber Music Festival will feature small music ensembles throughout the day including Symphony of the Lakes String Quartet, Jaenicke Consort, Gentle Winds Trio and Backyard Brass Ensemble.

“We are delighted to offer this unique concert series to the community,” added Becker.  “Each of this summer’s events promises to bring family-friendly entertainment and a culturally-enriching experience to our town.”

Some events will be free of charge while others will require a low-cost ticket.  Details on concert times and ticket prices are forthcoming.  For more information, please visit

Grace College Student Honored as Hero in Fiery Crash

March 23rd, 2016

Kosciusko County Commissioners and Sheriff’s Department honored Grace student Tyler Rothhaar and fellow Good Samaritan, Chris Willavize, with heroism awards. Christa and Jeremy Noland, who Tyler helped rescue, are pictured at far left.



Grace College business student, Tyler Rothhaar, was honored March 22 for helping save the lives of a young couple during a fiery crash on March 11. The multiple vehicle crash at U.S. 30 and State Road 13 pushed a car into the side of a gas tanker. The couple was trapped in their burning car when Rothhaar pulled them out and away from the scene with help from Chris Willavize, another Good Samaritan. The couple, Christa and Jeremy Noland, suffered minor burns and a concussion. Christa thanked Rothhaar saying, “Jeremy would be dead and I probably would too because I don’t think I could have crawled out over him.” Although many are labeling Rothhaar a hero, he says he doesn’t see himself as one but rather believes all people should take measures in those situations to save lives. For the extended story from WSBT 22 (CBS), click here.

Center Samples Stormwater as Part of Clean Waters Partnership

March 22nd, 2016

Research assistant Seth Bingham samples stormwater outfall flowing to Pike Lake. This sampling effort is important in light of recent rain and storm events in Kosciusko County.

The Center for Lakes & Streams recently began conducting stormwater monitoring in the Warsaw area as a partner in the Clean Waters Partnership (CWP). The CWP is an extension of The Watershed Foundation and is a collaboration of county individuals, businesses, and governmental organizations, including the City Warsaw.

The information collected through the monitoring of stormwater outfalls and stream sites in Kosciusko County will be used to evaluate levels of pollutants that can harm area waters. This is a vital component of the two-year planning process that will create a watershed management plan for the unique Warsaw area. The management plan will find sources of pollution in the community, and prescribe solutions that would make the lakes and streams of the watershed healthier.

The Center for Lakes & Streams will sample ten stream sites throughout the Tippecanoe-Walnut Creek watershed, which covers Warsaw and surrounding rural areas that drain and flow to the Tippecanoe River and area lakes, on a biweekly basis. This sampling began in January 2016 and will continue through December 2017. The new sampling sites are in addition to the stream sites already sampled by the center around Wawasee, Tippecanoe, Winona, and Syracuse lakes.

During this study, the center is also collaborating with the Kosciusko County Health Department, which will analyze the E. coli samples collected during the study.

Sampling local waterways during storm and rainfall events is of particular importance as these events can cause large amounts of water to carry pollutants, such as nutrients, chemicals, and sediment to local lakes, streams and rivers. Sampling during storm events while water levels are higher than normal gives a more thorough analysis of potential factors that may affect county water resources.

Stormwater outfall sampling is also included in this study as part of the City of Warsaw’s Stormwater Utility efforts. “Stormwater from our city’s streets, yards, parking lots, and buildings ends up in our local lakes and streams, and our Stormwater Utility is interested in improving the quality of that water traveling through our city,” according to Mayor Joe Thallemer.

Research staff from the Center for Lakes & Streams will gather information at each site as they measure stream flow, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, pH, water temperature, E. coli, total suspended solids, chloride, fluoride, sulfate, silica, total phosphorus, soluble reactive phosphorus, total nitrogen, total Kjeldahl nitrogen, ammonia, nitrate, and nitrite.

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 Community Wind Ensemble to Present Spring Concert

March 22nd, 2016

The Grace College Community Wind Ensemble under the direction of Martin Becker will present their spring concert “Sacred Sounds of Praise” on Friday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Winona Heritage Room, 901 Park Ave., Winona Lake.  The program will feature music of a sacred genre, in keeping with Easter.

The concert will begin with the famous American Hymn “God of Our Fathers” arranged by Thomas Knox.  This famous American Christian hymn was written in 1876 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the United States Declaration of Independence.  It has stood the test of time as evident by the fact that President Ronald Reagan’s first inauguration in 1981 included the new arrangement by Knox.

The second selection is a new arrangement for band written by Anthony LaBounty titled “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us”. It is a timeless hymn from British songwriter and Christian worship leader Stuart Townsend, written just before the end of the 20th Century. The tune is melodious and alluring; equal to the text bountiful in poetic language illuminating the scriptural epitome of the ultimate love of a father.

Next on the program will be the very challenging work written by David Holsinger titled “Abram’s Pursuit”.  The music vividly portrays the fourteenth chapter of Genesis, the story of a rebellion, led by Chedorlaomer, King of Elam.

Finishing the first half of the concert, Mr. Becker has chosen a piece written originally for Brass Band, but has become a popular addition to both Orchestral and Concert Band.  In 1927 Gustav Holst was commissioned to write a piece for the BBC and the National Brass Band Competition.  The result was “The Moorside Suite”.  The band will be performing the third movement of the Suite titled “Moorside March”.

Following a brief intermission the band will perform “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”, a Christian hymn written by the 18th Century pastor and hymnist Robert Robinson. He penned the words at age 22 in the year 1757. This arrangement is titled “Songs of Praise”.

Mr. Becker turned to poetry and nature for the next composition, “The Seal Lullaby”, written originally for choir by Eric Whitacre.  The composer’s inspiration for this piece came from a Disney film based on Rudyard Kipling’s poem “The White Seal”.

In what has become tradition, the Grace Wind Ensemble likes to include some Jazz or Dixieland in concerts.  The audience won’t be disappointed because next on the program is a Canadian Brass arrangement of “Nearer My God to Thee”.  This arrangement is reminiscent of a New Orleans funeral procession which starts out solemn and finishes in a celebration.

The evening program concludes with a favorite of conductor Martin Becker: the powerful work by Richard Wagner, “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral”. This German romantic opera premiered in 1850 for the imminent betrothal of heroine Elsa to Lohengrin, mystic Knight of the Holy Grail. In this transcription for band the instrumental solo voices of the original are paralleled and the choral voices are deftly absorbed in the rich instrumental texture, recreating all the luxuriant Wagnerian color, drama, pageantry, power and mysticism of the original.

The audience is encouraged to arrive early to get a good seat. The fall concert attracted over 500 attendees.  Admission is free but an offering opportunity will be available at intermission.

Grace College Offers College Credit to High School Students

March 18th, 2016

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To serve the community and introduce higher education to high school students, Grace College offers the Jump Start and Dual Credit programs. Both programs allow students to earn accredited, transferable college credit and take advanced courses that are not offered at the high school level.

Jump Start is offered on the Grace College campus to any high school junior or senior with a minimum GPA of 2.5.  Juniors may take three credit hours per semester, while seniors may take up to six credit hours per semester.  Dual credit is currently offered through six area high schools to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.  Participating high schools include Warsaw Community High School, Lakeland Christian Academy and Tippecanoe Valley High School in Kosciusko County; Blackhawk Christian School in Allen County; Lakewood Park Christian School in DeKalb County and South Adams High School in Adams County.

A maximum of 12 credit hours total per year may be taken by a Jump Start or Dual Credit student through Grace College.  Grace offers a discounted rate per credit hour for both programs.  Currently, a combined 300 students are enrolled in Jump Start and Dual Credit.  Grace College encourages more families to explore the unique prospect afforded to high school students through these programs.

“Jump Start and Dual Credit offer high school students a great opportunity to get a head start on their college education at a very affordable price.  We hope that more students will take advantage of the possibility of finishing college earlier and earning high school credit while doing it,” says Allyn Decker, director of dual credit programs at Grace College.

Dual credit registration for fall of 2016 begins this spring at participating high schools.  Interested students should inquire with their high school counselor for more information.  Jump Start registration for fall of 2016 begins April 20 at Grace College.  For more information or to apply, visit or call 574-372-5100, ext. 6214.