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D. S. Warner Life Story as Told by AU’s First President

A new biography of Church of God pioneer D. S. Warner brings together a series of articles that appeared in the longtime Church of God magazine, Vital Christianity, leading up to the church’s centennial in 1980. Drawn from an unpublished book manuscript by John A. Morrison, former president of Anderson College (now University), A Life Sketch of D.S. Warner tells the evangelist’s story as a colorful narrative. Continue reading

Former School of Theology Dean: Never Give Up!

Dr. David L. Sebastian, former dean of the AU School of Theology and Christian Ministry, has published his ministry memoirs in a book titled Just Never Give Up. Sebastian answered God’s call to ministry while he was an auto mechanic in Middletown, Ohio, so the book is appropriately subtitled, “An Unlikely Person Following God into Unlikely Places.” Continue reading

Site of Warner Auditorium Reclaimed with Prayer, Given Life Again

By Carl Stagner

In 2006, Warner Auditorium, which housed the Church of God Convention (“camp meeting”) since the early 1960s, came down. Asbestos had claimed the structure, deeming the “the dome” unsafe for occupancy. But before the dome, there was the “old tabernacle.” This iconic structure, too, met an untimely demise after a snowstorm claimed it. In recent years, the site has remained empty and relatively lifeless. But Anderson University has recently given new life to the plot of land, reclaiming and rededicating those holy grounds for prayer. Continue reading

AU’s President Pistole Provides Vision for School’s Second Century

Anderson University President John Pistole

By Kylie Osborne

Distinctive. Compelling. Relevant. When President John Pistole stepped onto campus as head of Anderson University in 2015, those three values were his compass for what he would strive for the university to be. “In everything we do, how can we be a distinctive, compelling, and relevant institution?” In his first three years with AU, Pistole and his staff have found a multitude of answers. Continue reading

Timothy Clarke, Melissa Pratt Among AU Commencement Honorees

Timothy J. Clarke (top left), Margaret A. Lewis (top right), Melissa Pratt (bottom left), Todd R. Clear (bottom right).

Anderson University will honor distinguished alumni and friends on campus when it celebrates its 100th commencement on Saturday, May 5. Bishop Timothy J. Clarke will serve as the commencement speaker and will receive an honorary doctorate of divinity. Bishop Clarke is the senior pastor of First Church of God in Columbus, Ohio. Clarke has served in several leadership capacities with the National Association of the Church of God, on the boards of various community and political organizations, and is the author of seven books. He will also assume the role of chairman of the General Assembly on July 1. Continue reading

AU Presents 53rd Annual Candles and Carols

A festive & full house at Reardon Auditorium for Candles & Carols.

The Anderson University School of Music, Theatre, and Dance will present the 53rd annual “Candles and Carols” Christmas concert on Friday, December 1, 2017, at 7:30 PM in Reardon Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Continue reading

Upcoming AU Events Attract Community Interest, Involvement

Truth, Faith, and Service Speaker Scott Russell Sanders

Writer and conservationist Scott Russell Sanders will be speaking in Nicholson Library on the campus of Anderson University on Friday, September 8, at 7 PM as part of the Truth, Faith, and Service speaker series. The event is free and open to the public.

Sanders’ work examines the human place in nature, the pursuit of social justice, the relationship between culture and geography, and the search for a spiritual path. He has written more than twenty books exploring these topics, and retired in 2009 as distinguished professor of English after thirty-eight years at Indiana University. Continue reading

AU to Host Lauren Winner for Truth, Faith and Service Series

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Photo: Dr. Lauren Winner

Anderson University will host Dr. Lauren Winner, associate professor of Christian spirituality at Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina, as part of the Truth, Faith and Service speaker series. The Truth, Faith and Service speaker series is designed to highlight ideas found in the official seal of Anderson University—Veritas (Truth), Fidelitas (Faith) and Utilitas (Service). The speaker series is a part of the year-long centennial celebration for Anderson University. Winner will deliver a special address on Friday, November 4, at 7 PM in York Performance Hall. The public is invited to attend this free event. Continue reading

Church of God Historical Society Releases New Film

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By Carl Stagner

Several Church of God pastors and lay leaders arrived in Anderson early for the June Regional Convention to watch a special pre-screening of a new film. A few weeks later, the Historical Society of the Church of God was excited to announce the release of Anderson University Roots: The Workers’ Home Years (1906–1918) on DVD. The film documents stories of the early days of the Church of God as early leaders settled in Anderson, Indiana. Unlike From Heaven to Earth and other historical snapshots of the movement’s history, this new offering virtually transports the viewer to the present-day campus of Anderson University and shows exactly where our pioneers trod. Fascinating, thought-provoking, and inspiring, this new film about a portion of our history speaks life into our future by revealing a mighty God who is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Continue reading

Choose Church of God: College, Universities Band Together

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By Carl Stagner

Free time or another conference? If you were one of the approximately 725 students who acknowledged a call to ministry while in San Antonio for IYC2016, you chose the latter early in the afternoon on Monday. But it wasn’t just another conference. It was the huddle of a new team of emerging leaders ready to take on the world with the message of the gospel. Students were applauded for accepting their call to ministry, prayed for, and given practical tools and tips to get started on the path to Christ-centered leadership. One of the most powerful resources we have to equip and train such leaders is Church of God higher education. Long before thousands of students descended on San Antonio, Texas, for the fiftieth International Youth Convention, Anderson University, Mid-America Christian University, Warner Pacific College, and Warner University took practical steps to unite their efforts for the sake of leadership development. Continue reading

MaryAnn Hawkins Named Dean of AU School of Theology and Christian Ministry

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Photo: Dr. MaryAnn Hawkins

Anderson University President John Pistole recently announced the appointment of Dr. MaryAnn Hawkins as the next dean of the School of Theology and Christian Ministry. Hawkins will succeed Dr. James Lewis upon his retirement. She will begin her responsibilities as the first female dean on July 1, 2016. Continue reading

How TraffickLight Changed the Life of One of its Own

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Collage: Top, Merissa (right) with Abby Knowles and Kimberly Majeski. Bottom, Merissa speaks to students at East Side Church of God.

By Carl Stagner

Meet Merissa Milnickel. A senior now at Anderson University, she found the Church of God institution through a Google search, and the rest is history. Rich history. Three years so far of discovering her weaknesses and strengths, discerning her passions from among the mundane, and exploring her faith. She’s long felt a burden for the fight against human trafficking, but after deep involvement in the cause through Anderson University and Church of God Ministries, she experienced personally the heart of God for the enslaved, the hopeless, and the lost. While she was busy leading the AU student group Bound and supporting the advocacy efforts of TraffickLight, God was revealing his heart for her, too. God was changing Merissa one tweet at a time. Continue reading

AU Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy through Reflection and Service

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In honor of the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr., Anderson University is suspending classes, Monday, January 18, 2016. Instead, students will have opportunities to participate in service projects, demonstrations, and other celebratory events in remembrance of King’s legacy.

The community is invited to participate in a 1960s Civil Rights Rally Re-enactment located in Miller Chapel at the School of Theology. The re-enactment will be facilitated by Dr. James Morehead, professor of communication at Anderson University, and will be followed by “Get On The Bus,” a demonstration of singing songs from the Movement. Shuttle service will be provided for those who would like to participate in the citywide MLK Jr. Day Celebration at the Paramount Theatre. Continue reading

Anderson University Inaugurates John S. Pistole as Fifth President

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Anderson University inaugurated John S. Pistole as the fifth president of Anderson University on Friday, October 2, 2015, in a special ceremony at Reardon Auditorium. The inauguration event welcomed presidents and delegates from colleges and universities across the country. While inducting Pistole, Patricia Seasor Bailey, chair of the Anderson University Board of Trustees, boosted AU’s rich presidential history as Pistole is only the fifth person in the nearly one hundred-year history of AU to be inaugurated as president.
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AU Prepares for Commencement, May 9

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Anderson University recently announced that Dr. James L. Edwards, President Emeritus, will address the graduating class of 2015 during commencement exercises on Saturday, May 9. The 3 p.m. EDT program will be conducted in the Ward Fieldhouse of the Kardatzke Wellness Center. Speaking during Anderson University’s baccalaureate service will be Rev. Dr. Diana L. Swoope, senior pastor at Arlington Church of God in Akron, Ohio. Baccalaureate will take place earlier that day in Reardon Auditorium at 10 a.m. All events are free and open to the public. Continue reading