Lancers Charge into CL Championship Game

March 4th, 2014

Pictured is Niko Read on Saturday

Grace’s run through the 2014 Crossroads League Tournament will continue to the championship game thanks to the Lancers’ 68-67 win over Spring Arbor on Saturday.

The Lancers (18-13) sit one game away from an automatic berth to the NAIA National Championships. Grace will travel to archrival Bethel on Tuesday 7 p.m. for the CL Tournament title.

Four players reached double figures in scoring for Grace on Saturday, led by Greg Miller’s stat line of 19 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks.

Although Grace led from start to finish, Saturday’s result was far from a guaranteed win for the Lancers.

The Lancers got off to a blazing start, ripping off a 14-0 run after tipoff. Niko Read buried two 3-pointers, Caleb Featherston hit another, and Jared Treadway finished an old-fashioned 3-point play to spark Grace’s run.

Grace’s offense could not maintain that rate of production, however, as the Lancers scored just two points over the next six minutes. Spring Arbor rallied late in the period with nine unanswered points, but Grace still earned a 30-24 lead at halftime.

The second half was much of the same as the Lancers held a 5-12 point lead until the final minutes. A basket from Miller lifted Grace to a 60-53 advantage with 2:28 remaining, but the Cougars (12-20) sliced the Lancers’ cushion to three points a few possessions later.

Treadway scored three big points in the final minute, hitting a rebound putback with 50 seconds on the clock and a free throw with 25 seconds left that each time pushed Grace’s lead to two possessions.

Although Grace largely struggled from the free throw line in the second half – hitting just 11-of-22 from the line – Brandon Vanderhegghen and Miller sealed Grace’s semifinal win by going 4-for-4 in the last 12 seconds.

A desperation 3-pointer from the Cougars’ Rob Hogans brought Spring Arbor to within one point with one second left to play, but Grace inbounded the ball deep down the court to run out the clock. Hogans led all players with 28 points in his final collegiate game.

Treadway finished with 12 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists in a strong showing, and Read buried four 3’s for 14 points. Vanderhegghen scored 12 points off the bench, and Featherston added eight points.

As a team the Lancers outrebounded the Cougars by nine. Grace also held Spring Arbor to 39 percent shooting for the game.

Ministry Fellow to Ivy League Univ.

February 27th, 2014

Christian Union seeks a qualified individual to serve as a Ministry Fellow to Ivy League University students.  Ministry Fellows are responsible for ministering to Christian and non-Christian students, overseeing programs and social events, teaching Christian students the Scriptures, and sharing the Gospel with non-believers.  Our website: http://www.christianunion.org/

Responsibilities:

  • Recruit and teach students the Scriptures in 12-week intensive small-group Bible Courses and in one-on-one settings
  • Recruit and coach teams of students to organize outreach, social and other events
  • Organize, implement and oversee additional important discipleship and outreach programs including conferences, evangelistic events, speaker series, and others as needed
  • Share the gospel with students individually, as well as in small and large group settings
  • Offer hospitality and friendship to students through meals, parties and other social gatherings
  • With other Christian Union Fellows at the end of each year, evaluate the effectiveness of ministry programs in order to suggest and implement modifications

Assume other responsibilities as needed for the sake of the ministry on campus, or for the sake of the overall Christian Union ministry

Qualifications:
Christian

  • Strong devotion to Jesus Christ, holiness, and a passion to make Him known
  • Knowledge of the basics of the faith, as well as the heart and capacity to study and teach complex theological issues
  • In agreement with our Statement of Faith and Ethics

Personal

  • Adaptable to the culture of an Ivy League school
  • Passion for students to know and follow Jesus Christ, and ability to form friendships with students quickly and easily
  • Excellent communication ability
  • Capable of delegating responsibility to students and coaching them to performance standards
  • Quick learning ability to absorb the best practices of the ministry
  • Strong teaming skills in order to work well with other Teaching and Ministry Fellows

Professional

  • Five years minimum professional experience
  • Ability to meet deadlines, and to work independently to complete tasks
  • Theological training helpful but not required

Note:
Christian Union has both Teaching Fellow and Ministry Fellow positions.  The requirements and responsibilities of these two different positions overlap in many ways, except for the expectation of stronger theological training and teaching ability for Teaching Fellows and stronger professional and organizational skills for Ministry Fellows.  Christian Union is currently seeking a Women’s Ministry Fellow to join its team ministering to undergraduate students at Harvard University by the summer of 2014.

Compensation is based on a number of factors and ranges from $45,000 – $90,000.  This is a full-time paid position, so no individual support-raising required.  You will, however, be asked to participate in general fund-raising activities.

Interested applicants should send a résumé and cover letter to Opportunities@ChristianUnion.org.

Family Life Pastor Needed – FT – Indiana, PA

February 27th, 2014

Calvary Evangelical Free Church

http://www.calvaryefc.net/

About the position:
This is a new position based on growth in the congregation and a desire for the church to more effectively engage with the community.  Looking forward, Calvary is preparing to add a second worship service with the long-term vision of planting a sister Church in the area.  Calvary is a congregation of about 180 in Indiana, Pennsylvania.  Indiana is a university town 60 miles NE of Pittsburgh and with surrounding White Township the population is over 28,000.

Description:
The Family Life Pastor will assist the Senior Pastor in proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ and encourage the local church body to actively share the gospel in the community.  This Pastor will provide pastoral care to the church and community. He will give administrative leadership that helps guide the spiritual development of the congregation.

Ministry Responsibilities:

    Church Body

  1. Meet with attendees(including visitors) for the purpose of better integrating them into the Body of Christ at Calvary
  2. Actively participate in and help coordinate adult outreach activities
  3. Assist with hospital/home visitation as needed
  4. Preach on Sunday as needed
  5. Oversee other ministries as skill-appropriate

    Small Group Ministries

  1. Help discover, develop and provide resources for small group leaders
  2. Implement small groups after recognizing the dynamics at Calvary
  3. Ensure that small groups are well rounded and balanced in ministry, instruction, service, evangelism and relationships.

    Children & Youth Ministries

  1. Oversee the Children’s Ministry Coordinator & Youth Leader by observing and advising to help ministry effectiveness
  2. Work with leaders to reach out to unchurched family members of children and youth
  3. Help design & facilitate outreach events for families in the community

Candidates:
It is preferred that the Family Life Pastor be a seminary graduate or at least working toward a degree.  It is expected that He will have experience leading and teaching groups.  The candidate should also be comfortable relating to unsaved people without using church jargon.  This is a full-time position with a starting salary of $40k plus benefits.

If interested, please send your resume to Gino Cosentino at ginocos@verizon.net

Grace Baseball Ready to Hit the Diamond in 2014

February 27th, 2014

In their second full season under head coach Bill Barr, Grace’s baseball team has transformed its identity. The Lancers are characterized by hard work and fundamentals – two traits that Barr is hoping will translate to success in the 2014 season.

A long, snowy winter has only increased the team’s excitement for baseball season, and Grace is ready to prove itself on the diamond in March.

“I am excited about the culture that is now being formed within our program. The expectation for working hard has become a staple during our fall and preseason practices,” Barr said. “Even though we have had a long winter, our players have handled the demands exceptionally well. They have demonstrated a resolve regardless of the circumstances.”

The Lancers will be powered by a plethora of big bats. Grace returns 75 percent of its production from last season’s lineup and the team’s top four hitters. Jacob Bloom headlines the Lancers’ returners as he led the team in batting average (.389), hits (49), doubles (13), triples (2) and RBIs (37) among other categories.

Joey Hickerson, the leadoff hitter in 2013, scored 36 runs on 45 hits, including six doubles and six home runs. He drove in 25 runs and stole 15 bases in 17 attempts.

Additionally, CJ Swartz posted a .377 batting average and a .441 on-base percentage, and Tyler Weber hit .325 last season.

On the mound, Grace will lean heavily on Tim Weber and Hickerson in the starting rotation. The duo combined to hurl 53 innings last year and have each improved during the offseason. Hickerson held opponents’ batting average to .250 last spring.

Dellos Schabel returns as the steady arm in Grace’s bullpen. He posted a staff-low 2.61 ERA in 14 appearances. In league play he allowed just five earned runs in 21.1 innings. Other arms among Grace’s arsenal include freshmen Joe Dougherty, Austin Green, Logan Grigsby, Jason Stevens, Jared Mitzelfelt, Andy Kochel and Sammy Wilkerson as well as Swartz.

“Our pitchers have worked very hard, and they are ready to go this spring,” Barr said. “Our staff will be deeper than we were a year ago even though we had to replace half of our pitching wins.”

To do well as a team, Grace will need to play solid defensively. Barr noted outfielder Wyatt Clemens, shortstop Paul Blankley, first baseman Aaron Christenberry and catcher Jared Lemler among others as impressive defensive additions to the team.

They will be joined by seasoned veterans Brook Vosler, Frank Rocchio and Steven Hovermale to form a strong defensive core for the Lancers.

“We have a very fast team overall as a squad. I’m expecting us to hit the ball well this spring. To play to our potential, we will need to play well defensively to do damage in the Crossroads League,” Barr said. “Athletically we have good arms all over the field, and I expect that we will lead the conference defensively. Our players have taken this on as a challenge.”

After having their first three matchups cancelled due to weather, the Lancers will travel to Winterhaven, Fla., to kick off the season on their spring break trip. Grace’s home opener is scheduled for March 18 against Trinity International.

Lancers Topple Foresters in Crossroads League Tournament

February 27th, 2014

*pictured is Caleb Featherston taking a 3-pointer in the second half against Huntington on Wednesday

Grace shocked third-seeded Huntington on Wednesday night in the opening round of the Crossroads League Tournament, upsetting the Foresters 56-54 in dramatic fashion.

The Lancers (17-14) survive and advance to the CL Semifinals on Saturday 3 p.m. where they will host Spring Arbor, thanks to Spring Arbor’s upset of No. 2 St. Francis on Wednesday.

Grace played suffocating defense throughout Wednesday’s game, holding Huntington to 19-of-49 shooting from the field and 4-of-20 from the 3-point line.

In the opening half of Grace’s game, Caleb Featherston (nine points) and Greg Miller (six points, six boards) made key contributions. The Lancers’ stingy defense forced Huntington into calling three timeouts before halftime.

Grace took a 27-22 lead at halftime after Drew Perrin’s basket in the waning seconds. The Foresters (24-7) were stifled into 31 percent shooting over the first 20 minutes.

Grace’s tenacious defense continued in the second half as Grace built its lead up to 46-36 with 5:05 remaining in the contest. But Huntington decided to make its rally at that juncture of the game. The Foresters scored on four straight possessions to cut the gap to 46-44 with three minutes to play, sending the home crowd into a frenzied state.

After a Grace timeout by head coach Jim Kessler, the Lancers got a much-needed basket from Jared Treadway on a midrange jumper to stop the Foresters’ run.

On Grace’s next possession, Greg Miller buried a 3-pointer in the corner to put the Lancers on top by five with a little over a minute left.

Huntington responded with four quick points to trail by one with 40 seconds on the clock. Huntington then sent Logan Irwin to the line for bonus free throws with 14 seconds remaining. After Irwin made 1-of-2, Treadway soared up for an offensive board and was fouled. He made both ends of the one-and-one, giving Grace a four-point cushion.

The Foresters raced down the court and made a 3-pointer with six seconds left, but Niko Read responded with two more free throws at the other end. Grace alertly fouled Huntington to prevent a game-winning shot, holding on for the two-point upset.

Logan Irwin tied for scoring honors on the night with 15 points and a game-best seven assists. Miller and Featherston finished with 11 points apiece, and Brandon Vanderhegghen had five points and three boards.

The Lancers shot 46 percent as a team and nearly made half of their attempts in the second half (11-of-23).

Grace College & Seminary Calling on its Supporters to Inspire Students on Inaugural – Day to Make a Difference

February 27th, 2014

On Tuesday, March 25, Grace College and Seminary is beginning a new tradition – Day to Make a Difference. This 24-hour online day of giving is a new opportunity in which Grace alumni and friends can come together and show their support for current and future students.

“By giving during this special day of fundraising, our alumni and friends can show students that they stand behind them and believe in their decision to seek a Grace education,” said event coordinator Jon Yeh.

The event is being held on Tuesday, March 25 to also give the community the opportunity to offer their support and inspiration to students prior to Grace’s annual Spring Day of Worship on Wednesday, March 26.

Day to Make a Difference will bring the Grace family and community together primarily on Facebook and other social media channels. It will feature fun and engaging challenges, as well as the opportunity for participants to receive special incentives throughout the day.

To learn more, visit http:/give.grace.edu/day2014 or contact Jon Yeh at (574) 372-5100 extension 6126.

Summer Internship – Warsaw, IN

February 26th, 2014

Questions?  Please contact Anna at abehling@wccconnect.com or 574-268-0188 ext. 219Questions?  Please contact Anna at abehling@wccconnect.com or 574-268-0188 ext. 219

Senior Pastor Needed – FT – Grandview, IA

February 26th, 2014

Grandview Community Bible Church (GCBC) in Grandview, Iowa is seeking a full-time Senior Pastor.  Our location is in the Mississippi River Valley in southeast Iowa.  We have been faithfully serving the Lord in our area and around the world for over 80 years. GCBC is a multigenerational mid-sized church that has unique ministry opportunities for future growth.  The church enjoys outreach to the community through music, drama, and active youth programs.

Job Overview

  • The pastor should lead by example and cultivate a positive spirit in the GCBC family, represent Christ and His church well in the community at large and should be a team player.  He should be flexible, in that he will need to wear many ministry “hats”, and whose role will probably change and evolve over time.

Qualifications

  • Baptized believer
  • Consistent spiritual and moral character and lifestyle, fulfilling the biblical qualifications of a pastor described  in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9
  • Minimum Bachelors with Bible Degree from an accredited college/university (required)
  • Masters of Theology or Divinity Degree (preferred)
  • Pastoral Ministry Experience

Compensation:  Negotiable based on education and experience.  GCBC is committed to offering a commensurate salary and benefits package intended to maintain a long-term ministry relationship.

Applicants are encouraged to submit the following:

  • Resume
  • Testimony (1 page)
  • Philosophy of ministry (1 page)
  • Completed Questionnaire

For application information, go to:  gcbchurch.com

Applications accepted through May 15th, 2014.

Thank you,
GCBChurch Pulpit Committee
applications@gcbchurch.com

Brown, Boren Claim Weekly League Awards

February 26th, 2014

Pictured from left to right are Nathan Brown and Jo Boren

Sophomore duo Nathan Brown and Jo Boren were named Athletes of the Week by the Crossroads League for their performance at NCCAA Indoor Nationals.

Brown, the Male Indoor Field Athlete of the Week, broke two of his own school records for Grace at NCCAA Indoor Nationals. He cleared 6.84m in the long jump portion of the heptathlon, beating all other nine competitors. He then produced 4,416 points in the heptathlon totals, marking the 18th-highest total in the NAIA this year.

Boren, the Female Indoor Track Athlete of the Week, had three PR’s at NCCAA Indoor Nationals, including two school records for Grace. She ran a Grace-record time of 1:00.72 in the 400-meter race and helped the 4×200 relay team finish in 1:49.91 to shatter the previous record by over a second.

Her balanced week included a PR in the triple jump as well at 10.29m.

Brown and Boren’s awards are the fourth weekly honors from the Crossroads League in the indoor track and field season. Brown picked up his second CL honor, and Jonathan Rex was the Track Athlete of the Week last week.

The Lancers’ outdoor season kicks off with the Huntsman Relays in Crawfordsville, Ind., on March 22.

League Hands Miller, Irwin Postseason Awards

February 26th, 2014

Greg Miller and Logan Irwin highlighted Grace’s postseason awards collection from the Crossroads League.

Miller was named to the CL’s Second Team, and Irwin was honorable mention All-CL. Miller also earned All-Defensive Team distinction, while Irwin was selected to the All-Newcomer Team.

The Lancers earned the No. 6 seed in the Crossroads League and will travel to third-seeded Huntington on Wednesday night in the opening round of the CL Tournament.

Miller posted averages of 18.2 points and 9.6 rebounds per game to lead the Lancers. He led the CL in rebounding and was No. 9 in NAIA Division II through the regular season. His total of 12 double-doubles was tied for the most in the league and eighth in the nation.

Irwin, playing his first season after transferring in from NCAA Div. I Stetson, appeared on the All-Newcomer Team with 13.4 points and 4.4 assists per game. The sophomore point guard posted a strong 2.0 assists-to-turnover ratio for Grace.