Tag Archives: Lake Wales

Warner University Reintroduces Greek, Enhances Study of God’s Word

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By Tim Dwyer

After a hiatus of several years, Warner University ministry students are tackling Greek once again, preparing themselves to study the New Testament in its original language in depth and in detail. The fall semester began with a bad case of “Greekophobia” for our ministry students—a fear of that ancient language, of how hard it would be, and what it would do to their grades. After eleven weeks, that fear has passed away! Continue reading

Students Experience Cross-cultural Community, Ministry at A.One.8

The A.One.8 group of students and leaders!

By Andrew Gale

On July 6, twelve students began their journey to Lake Wales, Florida, for the start of A.One.8 2017. The students came from nine different states from across the country. For some, it was their first-ever flight, beginning a journey of firsts. Continue reading

A.One.8 Launches as Students Arrive

Thursday, July 6 was the culmination of several years of hard work and planning, the fruition of years of dreaming. A.One.8 launched today in Lake Wales, Florida. A.One.8 is Global Strategy’s answer to the need for a training experience for young leaders within the Church of God who are called to cross-cultural missions. Andrew Gale, from Global Strategy, is heading up this experience. Continue reading

Florida Ministry Exemplifies ‘the Innkeeper’ in Good Samaritan Story

By Carl Stagner

Jesus told it first. Countless preachers and teachers have expounded on it since. The Parable of the Good Samaritan has captured the attention and the hearts of men and women around the world with its profound, yet simple message of love expressed in action. As church leaders renew the call to boldly move outside the walls of the church, more and more believers are identifying with the character of the Samaritan. But every Good Samaritan needs a good innkeeper! Lake Wales Care Center in Lake Wales, Florida, not only provides a place to stay (and numerous other services) for people in need, but also bridges the gap between the heart to serve and the means to do it effectively. Continue reading

Hoag Inaugurated as Third President of Warner University

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Photo: Jim Lyon presents Bible to David Hoag.

By Leigh Ann Wynn

On Friday, November 4, with over a thousand attendees packing the First Baptist Church of Lake Wales sanctuary, Dr. David A. Hoag was inaugurated as the third President of Warner University. Warner students, faculty, staff, community leaders, donors, guests, and presidents from other colleges came together for this most regal of ceremonies. Continue reading

NFL Star Coaches at Warner University

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Photo: Dallas Baker from his NFL days.

By Leigh Ann Wynn

Dallas Baker—“The Touchdown Maker”—sound familiar? You don’t have to be a Florida Gator fan to know who I’m talking about. Former captain of the University of Florida Gators football team, helping to win a National Championship, and then NFL Super Bowl champ, Dallas Baker is now the wide receiver coach at Warner University. Since joining the Warner team in July 2015, Baker has moved to Lake Wales, Florida, and taken the role at Warner on full-steam. Baker attributes the Lord bringing him to the Church of God college. Continue reading

Warner University Honors Retiring President, Introduces New

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By Carl Stagner

Twenty-five years. Considering the national average of an eight-and-a-half-year stay for college and university presidents, the tenure of Warner University’s second president is truly remarkable. For Warner University, twenty-five years isn’t just about longevity and consistency, however; it most accurately represents an era of leadership that brought transformative changes and incredible growth to the endorsed agency of the Church of God in Lake Wales, Florida. As the Church of God movement honors the retirement of Dr. Gregory V. Hall, Warner University has also introduced their third president: Dr. David A. Hoag. Though these two major developments in the life of Warner University signal a change in seasons, a steadfast commitment to Christ and Christian higher education remains. Continue reading

Creative Easter Expressions Communicate Christ across Church of God

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Photo: Children lift the cross beam at Main Street Church of God.

By Carl Stagner

It might seem to some that the pinnacle of the church year has passed, but for congregations across the Church of God, the joy of Easter is celebrated every week. With increased attendance and greater curiosity from a lost and hurting world, opportunities abound from the beginning of Holy Week through Resurrection Sunday. Not unlike last year, Easter 2016 saw souls surrendered to Christ and new believers baptized in numbers too great to count. Jesus was clearly the subject of Easter, and the story of his death and resurrection was clearly communicated from the pulpit to the pew. Hundreds of our churches chose to communicate such truth in especially creative ways. A few of them shared their experience with Church of God Ministries leading up to Easter 2016. Continue reading

University Gearing Up for Warner Cares Day

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Photo: Warner University serving in the community.

By Monique Frandji

Warner University’s students, faculty, and staff will enjoy a day off from classes and work to come together to volunteer in the Lake Wales, Florida, community on April 6 for the fourth annual Warner Cares Day. “It’s our opportunity to bring Warner to the community where we can have an impact,” said assistant to the president and SACS liaison, Dr. James Moyer. “It’s our calling as a school to serve, and this day allows us, as faculty, to lead by example.” Continue reading

Warner University Breaks Ground on New Student Housing

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By Leigh Ann Wynn

Warner University officially broke ground on a state-of-the-art, one hundred-bed dorm on campus in Lake Wales at a groundbreaking ceremony on December 1. With beautiful weather, approximately five hundred students, board members, and honored guests gathered together as dirt was shoveled signifying the beginning of the new project. Continue reading

Leadership Summit 2015 Launches Leaders of Today and Tomorrow

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By R.W. Moody and Carl Stagner

Remain Connected to the Vine

Have you ever taken a walk through a vineyard? There are a few things you will notice if you do. First, the vine. It spreads out in many directions as it meanders its way across the field. It is the source for everything that grows out from it. Second, the branches. These branches carry all of the nutrients that the vine gives. Third, there is the fruit. This is the product of the vine. All of the resources that the vine pushes through the branches shows itself in the fruit. The health of the fruit depends on the connection of the branch to the vine. The vine is the source of life.

In John 15, Jesus compared himself to the vine. He is the source of life. We are the branches. Our connection to the vine is critical if we are to bear fruit. As Christ-followers, if we want to grow, we must remain in him. This is the lesson that more than two hundred student and adult leaders learned at this year’s Leadership Summit. Continue reading

Radical Generosity: FL Church Raises $162,000 for Local, Foreign Missions

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Photo: Mayor Eugene Fultz, of Lake Wales, Florida, expresses publicly his appreciation for the generous community service of HighPoint Church.

By Jack Hilligoss

“We need to give away more money this year than we ever have before.” That declaration, by one of the elders of HighPoint Church of God in Lake Wales, Florida, came in the late summer of 2013. It was the beginning of a year of extraordinary local impact.

The church leaders were struggling to assemble a budget for the coming year and find the dollars that were needed. The biggest ticket item was the mortgage on a new building they constructed in 2008. Often during these difficult budget meetings, the statement had been made, “Just think what God could do with that $144,000 we spend annually on the mortgage.” Continue reading

Compelled by Christ to Curb Sex Trafficking in Honduras

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Photo: Anahi with her newborn.

By Jack Hilligoss

When he saw her smile, Keith Barker knew that God was changing Anahi’s life.

Anahi had not smiled once in all her months at Compelled by Christ Children’s Home. But then, life had not given Anahi many reasons to smile. Her father started raping her when she was just a little girl. This is a horrible fate shared by many little girls in Honduras. When she became pregnant, her father kicked her down a set of stairs and she lost the baby. Continue reading

Shark Tank Entrepreneur, T-PEE Founder to Speak at Warner University

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Photo: Johnny Georges, who appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank in 2013, will speak about water conservation at Warner University.

Warner University invites you to campus on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. for the Water Conservation Symposium featuring Johnny Georges, the creator of the tree T-PEE® and known for his appearance pitching the product on ABC’s Shark Tank in 2013. “The meeting will be an opportunity for the central Florida agricultural community to come together to discuss challenges facing water use in agriculture and collaborate on solutions for the future. We are excited to host the community for this event,” stated Lauren Cline, director of agricultural development at Warner University. Continue reading

Warner University Students Fight Trafficking, Advocate for Needy

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Photo: Warner University social work students who advocated for social change, including legislation to curb human trafficking.

By Doris Gukich

WU Social Work Students Go to Capital

On April 8, Warner University social work majors traveled to Tallahassee, Florida to attend the National Association of Social Workers Legislative Education and Advocacy Day (LEAD) with other social work students and professionals from across the state. Warner University students advocated for groundbreaking legislation in areas such as child welfare and human trafficking. They met with legislators and attended committee meetings where important bills were being proposed. As the morning came to a close, students met with Warner University alumna and board member, Senator Denise Grimsley. The social work majors learned the importance of advocacy and the necessity of representing the voice of the vulnerable and oppressed in our state. Continue reading