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Enjoy Chapel on Your Smartphone With New CU Chapel+ App

Phone with Cedarville's chapel app discplayed

Chapel is the heartbeat of Cedarville University, and now this iconic campus experience is available for our alumni, parents, and friends through the CU Chapel+ App. Through the app, you’re able to watch chapel via livestream (plus other Cedarville video on demand), stream live events such as Homecoming and Community Christmas Concert, preview upcoming chapels, save chapels you’d like to watch for later viewing, and share meaningful chapels with family and friends. The CU Chapel+ App is available in the Apple app store and the Google Play store.

The State of the University: Blessed by a Faithful God

It was a joy to welcome many guests to chapel Friday as part of Homecoming and Parents Weekend: our Board, alumni, parents, retired faculty and staff, and many more. We were blessed with their presence. As is customary for this weekend, it was also my privilege to deliver the State of the University address. To sum up our state: we have been blessed by a faithful God. Cedarville University has never been stronger.

While we celebrate God’s graciousness to us as a University, we do not do so with pride. We recognize that God is faithful in the challenges as well as in prosperity. We give Him the glory for all He has done at Cedarville and celebrate with humble thanksgiving.

God has been so kind to us, showing His faithfulness this year in many ways, including:

  • Fall Bible Conference – 50 students made professions of faith, and 200 more made other decisions for Christ.
  • Chapel – God has brought incredible speakers to campus, and our students are engaged and eager to hear God’s Word.
  • Enrollment – We celebrated another record enrollment this fall.
  • Finances – We have retired all internal debt and are working hard to retire all external debt, Lord willing, by next fall.

As we look ahead, we have set the following goals for this year:

  • Pursue becoming a more prayerful campus
  • Select architects and began developing plans for the next phase of the campus master plan
  • Launch the quiet phase of the 1,000 Days fundraising campaign

Much of what we celebrate at Cedarville we owe, in part, to the men and women God has brought to serve here. It was my privilege to honor one of them. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I was honored to present Trustee Emeritus Loren C. Scharnberg with the Cedarville University Medal of Honor in recognition of his 25 years of faithful service to Cedarville.

To further honor Loren and his contributions to Cedarville, his son, Mark, on behalf of the Scharnberg family, was on hand as we announced the family’s $10 million gift to Cedarville, the largest gift in the University’s history. Our new building for the School of Business Administration will be named the Loren C. Scharnberg Business Center. It will be a stone of remembrance for years to come of all God has done through this faithful servant.

God has indeed been faithful and incredibly gracious to us, more than we could ever deserve. Our God is good, and our God is faithful. You can trust Him.

Join us as we celebrate His faithfulness.

Thomas white speaking in chapel

9Marks Pastors Conference Coming October 29-30

9Marks slide with Church Discipline Theme

Cedarville University will host the seventh annual 9Marks Pastors Conference on October 29–30 to challenge, strengthen, and encourage ministry leaders as they serve their church and community. The conference will host eight speakers, including University trustee Mark Vroegop, who serves as Lead Pastor of College Park Church in Indianapolis; Jonathan Leeman, Editorial Director of 9Marks; and Dr. Jeremy Kimble, Director of Cedarville’s Center for Biblical Integration and Associate Professor of Theology. The conference is $80 per person, and there are Cedarville alumni and student discounts available.

Gettys Coming for SING! Ohio on October 28

Kristyn and Keith Getty

Keith and Kristyn Getty will be on campus October 28 for the SING! Ohio conference and concert. The Gettys, known for their popular, modern-day hymns, including In Christ Alone, are long-time friends of Cedarville. Keith will speak at a free leadership summit from 12-2 p.m. in the Dixon Ministry Center Recital Hall. Attendance for the summit is limited to 180 people, so make sure to register early. Then they will perform their only Ohio concert on this tour at 7 p.m. in the Jeremiah Chapel. Tickets are available for $12-30. I am excited for their return to campus and their inspirational worship of King Jesus.

Worldwide Summer Harvest for Global Outreach Teams

Cedarville student surrounded by children on a missions trip

Approximately 300 Cedarville University students and faculty members went out on 19 Global Outreach teams this summer. They traveled to Europe, Asia, Central America, South America, and Africa, including hard-to-reach communities in China, India, Kosovo, and South Asia. They partnered with missionaries and indigenous churches to serve local communities and present the Gospel. Their hard work and faithfulness resulted in a summer harvest of salvations and discipleship that will go on into eternity.

OT Literature Class Now Available Online

Dr. Chris Miller lecturing in front of class

For the first time ever, Cedarville is offering one of its iconic Bible minor classes for free to the general public. Dr. Chris Miller’s beloved Old Testament Literature class is now available on video on the Cedarville University website. This video class is a great resource to alumni as an Old Testament refresher or to anyone desiring to grow in their knowledge and understanding of the Word of God.

Junior Jam Will Welcome 3rd-6th Graders to Campus

Kids on stage blowing up balloons

On October 12, Cedarville will hold its annual Junior Jam, a day full of faith and fun, for hundreds of third- through sixth-graders. The theme for Junior Jam this year is “Powerful Persuasion,” centered around Romans 8:38-39. Students will enjoy music, games, and plenty of hands-on activities. Registration is $20 per child, T-shirts can be purchased for an additional $5. Deadline to register is October 3.

Business of Disrupting Healthcare Free Conference October 4

Encore logo

The Schools of Pharmacy and Business and The Graduate School will join forces on October 4 for a special one-day conference, “The Business of Disrupting Healthcare.” This 2019 Encore! event will feature outstanding speakers and networking opportunities, with a focus on healthcare, business, and entrepreneurship. Registration for this free event, which includes a Chick-fil-A box lunch, is required. Register by September 24 to guarantee your spot.

Announcing the 2019 Alumni Award Winners

I am honored to announce this year’s Alumni Award Winners. Each honoree will be formally recognized during the Legacy Banquet held Friday, October 4, during homecoming weekend. This year’s winners include:
  • Alumnus of the Year Don Lough, Jr. ’87, Executive Director of Word of Life Bible Institute.
  • Young Alumna of the Year Jerica (Ward) Lamar ’09, a U.S. Diplomat in Kenya.
  • Honorary Alumni of the Year, given posthumously to Warren and Betty Wiersbe in memory of these dear friends of Cedarville. Also on October 4, we will dedicate The Warren and Betty Wiersbe Library and Reading Room in the Center for Biblical and Theological Studies.
I thank God for each of these distinguished alumni and friends of the University, and we look forward to honoring them on October 4.

Chick-fil-A, Residence Hall, and Civil Engineering Construction

The first three buildings in the 10-year campus master plan have been making great progress this summer and fall. Workers have finished the outside walls of the 282-bed residence hall up to the second floor, the footprint for the new Civil Engineering Center is clearly visible, and heavy equipment has been excavating and grading the future location of the Chick-fil-A restaurant next to Centennial Library. It’s an encouragement to see these buildings take shape in fulfillment of all the Lord is doing here at Cedarville. Enjoy this latest video update!

phot of construction on the library

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