Grace College Master’s in Counseling Program Earns Accolades

July 27th, 2017

Grace College is identified as the fourth most-affordable online Master’s in Counseling degree program nationwide in Grad School Hub’s recent ranking. Grad School Hub considered accreditation, tuition, other rankings and recognitions to formulate its list. Grace College’s program stood out from the other 50 institutions considered due to its quality and affordability.

“We’re honored by Grad School Hub’s acknowledgement,” said Dr. Amy Gilbert, chair of the Grace College Department of Graduate Counseling. “This confirms that we are fulfilling our mission to provide graduate-level students with a high-quality, flexible education that fits their needs, both academically and financially.”

Since 2016, Grace College’s outstanding counseling program has earned six such recognitions from ranking organizations including Top Counseling Schools, Affordable Colleges Online, and SuperScholar. The program is consistently noted for its accessibility to students with full-time jobs and families, its excellent, biblically grounded education and affordability.  Each ranking site provides expert information on accredited graduate degree programs offered by the nation’s best institutions to help prospective students find the program that best fits their needs.

Grace College’s Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling offers both online and on-campus CACREP-accredited learning platforms.  Grace trains graduate students to excel as professional counselors.  They are taught to be scripturally grounded, professionally skilled and interpersonally competent.  Upon completion, students are qualified to seek state licensure or pursue doctoral studies in counseling.  For more information, visit or call 574-372-5100, ext. 6051.

Grace College Announces New Associate Degree in Ministry Leadership in Partnership with Our Daily Bread Ministries

July 25th, 2017

This fall, Grace College & Seminary will commence an Associate of Science degree in Ministry Leadership in coordination with Christian University GlobalNet (CUGN) from Our Daily Bread Ministries.  This brand-new, one-of-a-kind program will blend relevant CUGN certificate courses with applied learning through Grace College.  All course content is available online and requires no traditional text books or classroom time.  Students will enjoy meaningful interaction with Grace College faculty online through tailored projects, papers and presentations.   In as little as two years, students can earn an accredited associate degree from Grace College, ready to launch or redirect their professional ministry.

“We are thrilled to offer this practical and accessible associate degree program in partnership with Christian University GlobalNet,” said Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College & Seminary.  “We know that students are looking for this – that is why we developed the program.  Young people who are considering a career in ministry, people of all ages currently serving who desire more education to propel their ministry, and many others, will find this program extremely useful and beneficial for their future,” he said.

Fourteen distinct Grace College courses totaling 60 credit hours comprise the A.S. in Ministry Leadership.  Courses include Christian Leadership Development, Introduction to Old and New Testaments, Foundations of Theology, Church History, Ministry and Management, and more.  All courses are offered for the low-price of $499 plus a $9.95 monthly subscription to CUGN, making total degree cost as low as $7,500.  Financial aid is also available.

Rick DeHaan, president of Our Daily Bread Ministries, looks forward to the lives changed and ministry impacted through the new partnership with Grace College.  “This degree program will serve well both church and lay leaders who wish to further their education. We greatly value the vision Grace College has shown in creatively developing a program that many students want and who will now find affordable and accessible,” he said.

A.S. in Ministry Leadership classes begin August 21, 2017.  To apply, visit  For questions, call 888-249-0533 or email

Roy Named Assistant Coach for Grace Baseball

July 20th, 2017

Grace College Assistant Baseball Coach Tom Roy

Longtime baseball coach Tom Roy will be an assistant coach for Grace College’s baseball team next season.

Roy will be an assistant coach as well as the team’s chaplain, in collaboration with Unlimited Potential, Inc.

“I am excited and blessed to have Tom Roy on staff. His knowledge of baseball and passion for Christ will be a great asset to our program,” said Grace head coach Cam Screeton. “Tom has a tremendous passion for the Lord and shows other people who he comes in contact with the love of Jesus. Tom will help our guys grow into strong spiritual leaders when they leave Grace College.”

Roy has worked with the Lancers in three different decades. He was the Lancers’ head baseball coach from 1980-83. He led Grace to two winning seasons in 1981 and 1982. He was also the squad’s pitching coach from 1970-73 and graduated from Grace with a Bachelor’s degree in 1974.

Roy has spent close to 15 years as a scout for Major League Baseball. He was an associate scout for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1976-79 and was an associate international scout for the Atlanta Braves from 1993-99 and for the San Diego Padres from 2000-05.

“I am very privileged and excited to come alongside Coach Screeton. He has the potential to develop the program to a level not yet seen,” Roy said. “My hope is that I can serve the team in a way that makes the Grace baseball experience one that will please God and make great memories for the players.”

Roy also served as the varsity baseball coach at Tippecanoe Valley from 1974-76 and was the pitching coach at Huntington College from 1987-89. He has visited over 65 different countries teaching and coaching the game of baseball.

He is the founder of Unlimited Potential, Inc. He played briefly in the San Francisco Giants organization before starting his career. He authored an autobiography about his experience with UPI entitled “Released.”

Jazz Concert to Delight All Ages at Village at Winona

July 20th, 2017

Truth in Jazz performs at the 2016 Village at Winona Jazz Fest.


Margaret Murphy-Webb and New Millennium Jazz Orchestra will perform at the fourth of seven summertime concerts in the Grace College & Village at Winona Festival of Music. The free, family-friendly concert will take place on Saturday afternoon, July 29, at the Hillside Amphitheater, located on the hillside of Spring Fountain Park in the Village. In case of rain, the concert will move to the Winona Heritage Room.  The concert will commence at 11:30 a.m. with Webb, followed by New Millennium Jazz at 1 p.m.

“What better way to enjoy a Saturday afternoon in Winona Lake?” said Walter Brath, coordinator of the festival. “Margaret Murphy-Webb and New Millennium Jazz will delight an audience of all ages with their beautiful music.  Stop by for an hour or the entire show,” he encouraged community members.

Margaret Murphy-Webb has sung professionally throughout the United States and Europe for more than thirty years.  She developed her unique vocal style and showmanship under the tutelage of world-renowned tenor saxophonist Von Freeman. At Saturday’s concert, Webb will perform jazz standards made popular by jazz greats including Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, and Billie Holiday.

The New Millennium Jazz Orchestra from Fort Wayne is one of northern Indiana’s premier jazz ensembles.  Formed in 1999, the group plays big band jazz from all eras.  The upcoming concert will feature selections from Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson and others.

The second annual Festival of Music is sponsored by Grace College, Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts and The Village at Winona.  For more information on all planned events, visit or contact festival coordinator Walter Brath at

DeeAnna Muraski Assumes Warsaw Rotary Presidency

July 13th, 2017

Grace College Associate Director of Internships and new Warsaw Rotary Club President DeeAnna Muraski poses with Rotary Assistant Governor Michael Howell. Muraski assumed the Rotary presidency July 1.

DeeAnna Muraski, associate director of internships at Grace College, was recently named president of the Warsaw Rotary Club. Muraski assumed the position on July 1.

Muraski, a two-year Rotarian, is honored to be the youngest female elected as president of Warsaw Rotary. “My strengths lie in strategic planning,” said Muraski. “I look forward to serving our community by transforming ideas into reality. I feel blessed that the club members have entrusted me with the leadership of the group and I will work very hard to do my best for them.”

Service is the heart of Rotary International’s mission.  According to Muraski, “Rotary utilizes the synergy of area business leaders to provide service to the community where it’s needed most.”  This includes a variety of service projects and events, some which are annual and some which are unique to a particular community and club.

“For instance, we are currently working on ‘Rotary Park.’ The park will revitalize and beautify an unused area of the community,” said Muraski.  She reports that more than 70% of the $30,000 required has already been raised by Rotarians.

Muraski is also looking forward to making plans to celebrate the club’s 100 year anniversary in 2019.  “Now is a great time to be a Rotarian, and to be a member of this wonderful community.  I encourage others to consider joining our club and becoming part of a great tradition of service in Warsaw,” said Muraski.

To apply for a Warsaw Rotary Club membership, visit

Discover Your Options: Indiana Private College Week, July 17-21

July 11th, 2017


From Monday, July 17, through Friday, July 21, Indiana’s 30 private, non-profit colleges and universities welcome students, parents, and others interested in learning about the college selection process and experiencing the unique personalities of each campus through tours, informational sessions, and conversations with current students and staff.  All activities are free of charge.  To learn more about visiting Grace, go to

New to Private College Week this year is 21st Century Scholars Day on Wednesday, July 19.  Scholars, as well as all other students, are invited to visit ICI institutions hosting special activities designed to help complete requirements of the Scholar Success Program. The program includes twelve college-prep activities, mandatory for Scholars but recommended for all students, including visiting a campus, estimating the costs of college, searching for scholarships, and submitting a college application.

Visitors between the ages of 16 and 20 touring Grace and other ICI campuses during Private College Week will also have the chance to enter a drawing for one of two Microsoft Surface or Apple iPad mini tablets.  Entry forms and rules will be available at each campus.

“Private College Week is the perfect time to check out Grace and discover what makes our campus unique and whether it could be the right fit for you,” said Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College and chairman of the board of directors for Independent Colleges of Indiana.  “We’re eager to share with high school students and their families how we are striving to provide excellent, Christ-centered education at a price you can afford,” he added.

“We want all students and families to discover that an Indiana private college education is within reach in terms of affordability,” says David W. Wantz, president & CEO of the Independent Colleges of Indiana. “In addition to federal and state grants, including the 21st Century Scholarship, ICI colleges and universities make millions of scholarship dollars from their own funds available to students, making a top-flight college degree a dream come true for tens of thousands of students.”

The Princeton Review cites campus visits as the “most important part of your research” when deciding which institution to attend.  Students are better prepared to decide what university is right for them by getting to know how the campus feels and where they best fit into the picture. Although Indiana’s private colleges encourage and welcome visitors throughout the year, this concentrated week offers students an opportunity to visit as many campuses as they would like without missing school.  Individual tours may also be scheduled upon personal request.

New Book by Dr. Matthew Harmon Speaks to Practical Bible Application

June 29th, 2017

Regular Bible reading is a crucial part of the Christian life. And while every page of the Bible is God’s Word, some passages can seem irrelevant or feel disconnected from today’s world. Many everyday Christians read the Bible but struggle to apply it to their daily lives. The words on the pages can seem detached from our everyday lives, resulting in frustration or confusion.

Grace College & Seminary New Testament professor, author, and preacher Matthew Harmon addresses this difficulty in his new book, Asking the Right Questions: A Practical Guide for Understanding and Applying the Bible (June 2017, Crossway).

“There has to be a simple and practical way to understand and apply the Bible that anyone can use. This book is my attempt to help you,” writes Harmon. “The questions we ask when we read the Bible largely determine how we understand and apply the Bible. So if we want to understand and apply the Bible, we need to make sure we are asking the right questions.”

Harmon explains the overall structure of Scripture, highlighting techniques that can be used when reading. In order to bridge the divide between the biblical text and the reader’s heart, Harmon explains how to ask, answer and apply four foundational questions when reading the Bible:

  • What do we learn about God?
  • What do we learn about people?
  • What do we learn about relating to God?
  • What do we learn about relating to others?

He also outlines four foundational questions to help readers apply God’s Word:

  • What does God want me to think/understand?
  • What does God want me to believe?
  • What does God want me to desire?
  • What does God want me to do?

The Bible is first and foremost a book about God: his character, his conduct and his concerns. Yet God did not give us Scripture just to inform us; he gave it to transform us. In Asking the Right Questions, Harmon trains new and seasoned Bible readers alike to ask the right questions when reading God’s Word to help them understand how to apply the text to their lives and grow in godliness.

To see an interview with Dr. Harmon on The Gospel Coalition, click here.  To purchase a copy of Asking the Right Questions, visit or contact Crossway publicist Lauren Harvey at 630-682-4300, ext. 6031.

Matthew S. Harmon (PhD, Wheaton College Graduate School) is professor of New Testament Studies at Grace College & Seminary in Winona Lake, Ind. He has written several books, including commentaries on Philippians, 2 Peter, and Jude. He also serves on the preaching team of Christ’s Covenant Church, where he leads a small group and teaches the Bible regularly.


Briscoe Honored as Crossroads League Athletic Director of the Year

June 22nd, 2017

Chad Briscoe

Grace College’s Chad Briscoe was recognized for his outstanding work this week when he was announced as the Crossroads League Athletic Director of the Year.

Briscoe, who also won the award in 2010, served Grace, the Crossroads League and the NAIA on a number of levels this year.

“I am deeply honored to receive this award. I greatly appreciate and enjoy the friendships among the ADs in the Crossroads League,” Briscoe said. “I share this honor with the administration from Grace College and the incredible group of professionals that I get to work with every day.”

Briscoe served as the chair of the league’s athletic directors and fulfilled part of the league commissioner responsibilities while the national search for a new commissioner commenced.

At the NAIA level, he has helped initiate several “Champions of Character” initiatives, starting various sportsmanship summits for the league and local high school conferences. He currently is the league’s representative on the NAIA National Administrative Council and is the vice chair for the Championship Committee on the NAIA-NAC.

Under Briscoe’s leadership, Grace was approved as host of the NCCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s National Basketball Championships until 2020. He was also elected Second Vice President of the NCCAA this summer.

“Chad has been incredibly helpful to me personally during my transition to this new role, and I’m happy that he is being honored with this award,” said Crossroads League Commissioner Larry DeSimpelare. “Chad is extremely well-respected among his peers, and he has served Grace and the Crossroads League very well over the years.”

Grace enjoyed a successful season under Briscoe’s guidance. The Lancers debuted the Linnie and Bernard Key Track and Field Complex in April, marking Grace’s first home meet at the sparkling new track facility. In the fall, 1st Source Bank agreed to partner with the athletic department for the naming rights of Grace’s soccer stadium.

Grace also had 10 teams represented at national tournaments during the 2016-17 season, and the Lancers won numerous individual All-American, All-League and Scholar-Athlete awards.

Briscoe’s pursuit of Christian excellence translated into the classroom. Grace had a record 16 NAIA Scholar-Teams last July, and Lancer student-athletes posted an average GPA of 3.37 during the fall semester.

Additionally, Briscoe is the coordinator for the Interstate Church Softball Tournament, which raises funds each year for mission work in Paraguay, and he is active in his local church in Warsaw.

“Chad leads our athletic department in an exemplary fashion. His passion and dedication for Christian excellence is contagious, and our teams, coaches and student-athletes benefit every day from his leadership,” said Grace President Dr. Bill Katip. “We are blessed to have Chad lead our athletic department at Grace College, and this honor is very deserving for the type of servant leader that Chad is.”

‘Summer Surprises with the Symphony’ to Prelude Fireworks in the Village July 1

June 20th, 2017

Hundreds gathered for the 2016 Independence Day Winona Lake Festival of Music concert.

The Symphony of the Lakes will perform the third summertime concert of the Grace College and Village at Winona Lake Festival of Music.  “Summer Surprises with the Symphony” will take place on Saturday, July 1, at 8 p.m. in the park at Winona Lake below the outdoor amphitheater.  The free outdoor pops concert will feature favorites from stage, film and patriotic standards.  This special event will be followed by the annual Independence Day fireworks.

Community gathering on Independence Day weekend in The Village has become a cherished tradition for many area families and friends.  “Last year’s Fourth of July concert was by far the best-attended event of our summer music festival,” said Walter Brath, 2017 Festival of Music coordinator.  “We know that many come annually for the parade and fireworks.  We encourage folks to include this year’s Symphony of the Lakes concert in their plans as well,” he said. “The Symphony of the Lakes does not disappoint!”

From symphonic classics to brand-new compositions, the Symphony of the Lakes brings music-lovers of all types together through its wide variety of programming and talented musicians. On July 1, the 60-piece professional orchestra will perform pieces from the Broadway Stage and the Silver Screen, as well as patriotic pieces to celebrate Independence Day. These will include a salute to those who currently serve and have served in all branches of the Armed Services.

Special guest performers will feature Thomas Clay Hall, director of choirs at Warsaw Community High School, and a select high school vocal ensemble who will perform an Andrew Lloyd Webber piece and a melody from “Mamma Mia.”  Also during the concert, The Wagon Wheel will announce exciting plans for the 2017-2018 Symphony season.  Subscriptions will be available for purchase.

In case of rain the concert will take place in the Winona Heritage Room.  Audience members are encouraged to arrive well before the 8 p.m. start time to get a seat, and are asked to bring their own chairs or blankets.

The second annual Festival of Music is sponsored by Grace College, Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts and The Village at Winona.  “Summer Surprises with the Symphony” is underwritten by a grant from the Kosciusko County Community Foundation’s Kralis Community Funds and Mikesell Endowment Fund for MasterWorks.  Support is also provided by Parkview Health, Pinnacle Advisory Partners and Walmart.  For more information on the Festival of Music, please visit

Lewis to Assist Grace College Men’s Tennis

June 20th, 2017

Coach Andy Lewis

Andy Lewis has been named an assistant coach for Grace College’s men’s tennis team starting in the 2017 season.

Lewis, who will assist head coach Larry Schuh, is a Grace graduate and a standout Lancer. He was a two-time NAIA national qualifier with the Lancers and won multiple conference awards.

He played at Grace from 1985-89, earning All-Conference accolades each year. In his final two years, he won three district crowns in singles and doubles to advance to the NAIA National Championships.

He also won a pair of conference titles as a junior and senior. 

“I am very excited to help Coach Schuh this year with the men. I was very lucky to learn from Mike Grill as my tennis coach, and I would like to continue the impact that he had on Grace’s program,” Lewis said. “I want to bring out the best in each of our players both on and off the court.”

Lewis served as the tennis coach at Warsaw from 1993-2004. He helped the Tigers win 13 individual sectional championships, 2 team region championships and 7 individual regional crowns.

He helped lead a doubles’ team to a third-place finish in the state and was also voted as the Northern Lakes Conference Coach of the Year.

“I’m excited for Andy to partner with Coach Schuh in leading the men’s tennis program,” said Grace Director of Athletics Chad Briscoe. “Andy has a great tennis background both with the Grace program and within the community. His deep connections in the community will benefit our program tremendously. He has a strong commitment to the mission of Grace College, and his tennis expertise will benefit our student-athletes.”

Lewis served as an assistant tennis professional from 1981-89 at Lakewood Racquet Club in Lexington, Ohio.

He played postgraduate in the United States Tennis Association for a decade. He helped his 4.5 men’s team win a state, region and national championship in 2015. He has also been a part of two additional state and regional winning teams in the USTA.