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Campbell Divinity School - Dean's eNewsletter - April 2014

In this issue:
Message from the Dean
Lisa Grissom Serves as
   WRGCC Intern
Tommy Hatcher Joins
   the Journey
Takicey Dunston Seeks
   to Sharpen Her Tools
Campbell Divinity Student
   Answers the Call to
   Homeless Ministry
Campbell Divinity
   Graduate Senior Chaplain
   of Central Prison
OASIS Renew for the
Upcoming Events — Mark
   your Calendars!

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Message from the Dean

Dean WakefieldDear Friends,

Whether you frolicked and played the Eskimo way or stayed inside roasting chestnuts by the open fire, I hope you enjoyed the wintery mix that entertained all of us here in the Creek. Who would have guessed we could see so much white in a matter of just a few weeks?

Now with clocks set forward, midterms behind us, and spring underway, maybe we can anticipate warmer temperatures and new scenery, and new life.

Speaking of new things, also new this year is the opportunity for DMin students to receive the Keesee Grant. The Charles B. Keesee Educational Fund has been partnering with Campbell Divinity School for nine years now in providing generous grants to master-level students. Beginning in the academic year 2014-2015 they have extended those grant opportunities to include Doctor of Ministry students. We are thrilled to announce this news and know that it will help many more Doctor of Ministry students to pay for tuition costs. The deadline for DMin Keesee grant applications is May 1.

Thank you for your ongoing support of Campbell Divinity School. For recent photos of some of our donors, click here.

Lisa Grissom Serves as WRGCC Intern
Lisa Grissom

Lisa Grissom, Westwood Baptist Church, is now serving as the intern for the World Religions and Global Cultures Center. Lisa is pursuing a Master of Arts in Divinity and plans to graduate in May. Congratulations, Lisa!

Tommy Hatcher Joins the Journey

Tommy Hatcher “This is the beginning of a new journey,” says Tommy Hatcher, one of nine new students at Campbell University Divinity School.

Before coming to Campbell Divinity School, Tommy had a successful 25 year career working as a sales manager for an insurance company in North Carolina and Virginia. After a mission trip with his Virginia church he says, “I stood out on the back deck of our house overlooking the property and the mountains, and I said there is nothing here that I need anymore.” Looking back at that turning point in his life he says, “I had everything that most people want and it was empty.”

Tommy retired in 2009 with a desire to seek God’s direction for his next move. He says, “I asked God one day, surely there’s something else you want me to do. When you tell me, please don’t let me miss the message.”

In May 2010, a year after his retirement, Tommy and his wife, Emily, attended a worship service at Elizabethtown Baptist Church in Bladen County, NC. In that service, Tommy says that God spoke to his heart saying, “You need to be here. You need to come home.”

To read more about Tommy’s Journey, click here.

Takicey Dunston Seeks to Sharpen Her Tools

Takicey Dunston As a minister God calls you, but it is important for you to sharpen the tools that He has given you with a sound education,” says Takicey Dunston, one of nine new Campbell University Divinity School Students.

The divine calling she feels, and the subsequent desire she possesses to administer “biblically-based doctrine” is what is leading her to pursue a Master of Divinity at Campbell University Divinity School.

Takicey remembers, “From childhood I always had this calling on my life, and the older I got, the more pronounced it became.” In 2011 she says, “I decided that it was weighing on my heart heavily to answer the call.” She then expressed her calling and desire with her pastor and began preparing to preach her initial sermon.

A few months later, however, Takicey found out that she had stage II breast cancer. She says, “I thought about Paul and how he went through things. I thought about Job and wondered if this was a test to see if I was faithful to the calling.”

Yet, Takicey didn’t let her diagnosis stop her. On September 25, 2011, she was behind the pulpit of Mount Calvary United Holy Church in Spring Hope preaching her initial sermon titled, “Take it to Jesus.”

To read more of Takicey’s testimony, click here.

Campbell Divinity Student Answers the Call to Homeless Ministry

Homeless Minstry “I just enjoy helping people,” is the humble answer that Chris Allen gives when asked about his motivation for working with homeless persons in the Raleigh area.

His passion for ministry is just one of the things that led him to Campbell University Divinity School (CUDS). As an active member of Temple Baptist Church in Raleigh, Chris taught Sunday school, led youth Bible studies and studied Baptist History. He says, “The more I studied, the more convinced I was that I wanted to dive deeper into the theological pool.” After hearing “great things about Campbell,” he decided to join the CUDS family.

Now in his fourth semester in Divinity School, he continues to say, “Here I am, Lord.” He hopes that his background in law and a prospective Master of Divinity degree will help him continue to answer God’s call. To read more about Chris and his calling, click here.

Campbell Divinity Graduate Senior Chaplain of Central Prison

Terri Stratton On January 1, 2014, Campbell University Divinity School graduate, Terri Stratton, became the first female Senior Chaplain of Central Prison in the 130 years of its existence. Terri received her BA in Religion from Campbell University in 1994 and her MDiv from Campbell University Divinity School in May 2008.

Prior to becoming a Clinical Chaplain, Terri served as a Minister of Music for 33 years, most recently at Brunswick Islands Baptist Church in Supply, NC. From January 2010 to July 2011, she served as Clinical Chaplain II at the Harnett Correctional Institution in Lillington, NC, while still serving Brunswick Islands. Because of a reduction in force by the state of NC, chaplains were removed from all medium and minimum facilities. She spent the next three months training to be a Case Manager for Harnett, which included a 4-week physical training program including self-defense and firearms. In November 2011, she was called to Central Prison for the Clinical Chaplain II position and assigned to the newly built Central Prison Healthcare facility. Now, as she continues to serve with her husband, the Reverend Dr. David Stratton, at Woodhaven Baptist Church in Apex, she is excited to see what her promotion has in store for her. She says, “There is no doubt this is God’s plan. I’m just excited to know that He loved me enough to allow me this opportunity to serve in this extremely diverse community.”

OASIS Renew for the Journey
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Come to the Creek for a time of enrichment, renewal and recreation at the OASIS renew for the journey Church Music Conference July 14-16. Take a break from worship planning and learn from church music experts—Mary McDonald, Billy Orton, Constance Cherry, and Jayne Davis, who not only exemplify musical knowledge and skill, but who also retain a divine calling for the work they do in the local church and across the nation.

Senior Adult Festival Reprise with Mary McDonald on Monday evening; a combination of several local church choirs with Billy Orton and his Big Band on Tuesday evening; and the North Carolina Baptist All-State Youth Choir on Wednesday evening. This event is a refreshing opportunity for worship leaders, choir directors, church musicians, and anyone who attends! Registration is now open. For more information or to register click the link above or go to http://divinity.campbell.edu/oasis.aspx.

Upcoming Events
April 4 Doctor of Ministry Open House
Worship with us, learn about the program, hear about financial aid, and meet faculty and current students.
Contact: Kelly Jorgenson at 800-334-4111, ext. 1865, or [email protected]
April 15 Visitation Day
Visit a class, meet faculty, and learn about financial aid.
Contact: Kelly Jorgenson at 1-800-334-4111, ext. 1865, or [email protected]
July 14-16 OASIS Renew for the Journey Church Music Conference
For professional and volunteer church music and worship leaders. http://divinity.campbell.edu/OASIS/aspx
Contact: Amber Mitchell at 1-800-334-4111, ext. 1962 or [email protected].
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