Messiah College invites church leaders to Chapel, Conversation, & Coffee

GRANTHAM, Pa. (February 14, 2008) — Messiah College extends a warm invitation to all pastors and church leaders to attend the College’s Spring 2008 Chapel Series by taking part in a series of visitation events called Especially for Pastors and Church Leaders: Chapel, Conversation, and Coffee. This will be a time during which pastors are welcome to experience Messiah’s regularly-scheduled chapel programs and then interact with other ministry colleagues, meet with Messiah faculty and staff, and learn more about Messiah College’s programs and services at a reception afterwards.

 The general schedule for the time is as follows:


Brubaker Auditorium, Eisenhower Campus Center
[Reserved seating for pastors & church leaders will be provided.]


Coffee & Conversation
[Location to be announced]
Converse with other church leaders, Messiah College faculty and
staff, and the featured speaker (as available).

11:30am on

Optional Lunch
[Any campus dining venue]
The College will provide a voucher for pastors to have lunch with
any students from your church who are currently attending
Messiah College. You can also pay for the student’s lunch by participating in the BIC denomination’s Coupon Connection program. (For more information on Coupon Connection, please contact Kristine Frey, Editor for BIC Communications, at 717.697.2634, ext. 5436 or


The following dates have been selected to hold Chapel, Conversation, & Coffee,as these speakers may be of particular interest to pastors and other ministry leaders:

Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Sam Van Eman
With humor, passion and an award-winning history in college campus ministry, Van Eman enables audiences to listen to popular advertising and respond wisely.  His recent book, On Earth as It is in Advertising?, has been called “a soul-piercing...spotlight on advertising,” and a “must-read.”  Van Eman works as a Staff Resource Specialist with the Coalition for Christian Outreach.

Thursday, February 21, 2008
Michelle Graham
Graham loves to help women discover how much they are loved and treasured by God. She debunks the popular messages of culture that tell women their worth is only based on beauty and sexuality. As a staff member and popular speaker for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Graham helps women of all ages develop the courage to live differently in today's culture and to rise up as world changers.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Brian Walsh
Walsh is a Christian Reformed campus minister at the University of Toronto and Adjunct Professor of Theology of Culture at Wycliffe College, Toronto School of Theology. He has authored The Transforming Vision: Shaping a Christian Worldview with Richard Middleton (IVP, 1984), Truth is Stranger Than It Used to Be: Biblical Faith in a Postmodern Age (IVP, 1995), and Colossians Remixed: Subverting the Empire with Sylvia Keesmaat (IVP, 2004).

Thursday, March 6, 2008
Calvin Miller
Miller taught for eight years at Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School in the areas of preaching and pastoral ministry. In 2007 he was named research professor and distinguished writer in residence when he retired from full-time classroom teaching. Prior to coming to Beeson in 1999, he was professor of communication and ministry studies as well as writer-in-residence at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He previously served as pastor of Westside Baptist Church (Omaha, Neb.). During his twenty-five years there, the church grew from 10 members to more than 2,500. In addition to writing and pastoral experience, Miller is a poet, artist, novelist, and evangelist. He is the author of more than 40 books and numerous articles on religion and preaching, such as The Empowered Communicator, Market-Place Preaching, and Spirit, Word and Story.

Thursday, March 27, 2008
Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen
A dual citizen of the United States and Canada, Van Leeuwen spent fourteen years as a member of the psychology department at York University in Toronto and was a professor of interdisciplinary studies and psychology at Calvin College. She is currently a member of the Eastern University faculty as a professor of psychology and resident scholar for The Hestenes Center for Christian Women in Leadership. Among her more well-known books are Gender and Grace, Love, Working and Parenting in a Changing World, and After Eden: Facing the Challenge of Gender Reconciliation, a collaborative effort with other Christian scholars. She also co-edited an anthology entitled Religion, Feminism, and the Family with Anne Caff.

To participate in Chapel, Conversation, and Coffee, RSVP to Randy Ness, Director of Volunteer and Church Relations at Messiah College by calling 717.796.4789 or emailing him at

The Brethren in Christ Church founded the Messiah College in 1909. In 1972 the legal ties between the College and the Brethren in Christ Church were replaced with a covenant relationship, which is still honored today through providing scholarships to BIC students attending the College and through offering special programs—such as Coupon Connection and Chapel, Conversation, and Coffee—to BIC pastors, church leaders, and lay.