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FEATURE PHOTO (above): Each Friday, students from Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn., organize a half-hour period of singing and devotional thoughts for residents at the Southern Oaks assisted-living facility, said Samantha McMillan, president of the Student Government Association. The assembly is put together by Ryan Overby, the association’s spiritual life chair. McMillan said she doesn’t know when the program started, but she has been involved for three years. Freed-Hardeman is associated with Churches of Christ.



ATLANTA, Ga. — Georgia Agape has set a goal of adding 50 new foster families by 2020, when the Christian nonprofit will mark its 50th anniversary.

“We are so excited to meet this goal and be able to serve that many more children,” executive director Racquelle Grant wrote in a recent newsletter. For more information, click here.



MALIBU, Calif. — Pepperdine University has announced five finalists to succeed longtime President Andrew K. Benton, who announced plans last year to step down at the end of this academic year.

The finalists are:

• Jim Gash, the Pepperdine School of Law’s associate dean for strategic planning and external relations.

• Nancy Jordan, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Louisiana State University Shreveport.

• Rick Marrs, Pepperdine’s provost and chief academic officer.

• Tim Perrin, president of Lubbock Christian University in Texas.

• Greg Sterling, dean of Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Conn.

Pepperdine’s president must be a member of a Church of Christ.



FLORENCE, Ala. — Park Row Christian Academy is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The school has evolved from a Thursday school for preschoolers into a five-day-a-week preschool and elementary school.

“Our school is very special,” teacher Susan Mullins said.

Students gather for a daily chapel assembly at Park Row Christian Academy.


FLORENCE, Ala. — Nathan Guy has been selected as the ninth president of Mars Hills Bible School.

Nathan Guy

Guy is an associate professor in the College of Bible and Ministry at Harding University in Searcy, Ark., where he has served since 2006.

He will assume his new duties in June.

“We were searching for an individual who had proven himself or herself as a dedicated disciple of Jesus Christ, an educator committed to academic rigor, an outstanding communicator, and an innovative visionary to continue our history of excellence,” said Kenny Lyons, chairman of the school’s board of directors. “Dr. Guy met and exceeded our expectations.”

The new position will represent a homecoming for Guy, a 1997 graduate of Mars Hill. “I know firsthand the Christian character, intellectual rigor, loving culture and rich tradition that make Mars Hill the best- kept secret in the South,” he said.



ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — The Russian government has recognized the Institute of Theology and Christian Ministry as a school.

“This is the first Church of Christ school in Russia from the time Churches of Christ first emerged in Russia in the early 1990s,” President Igor Egirev said.

For more than a decade, the institute had made attempts to receive official school recognition. “All these years we have been a nonprofit partnership,” Egirev said. “But finally, the door has been opened to us.”

The school still needs to receive a license for educational activity, which is a difficult process, he added. 

“However, we know that everything is possible with God.”


BOR, South Sudan — Four Christians in this East African town received certificates from the Mutare School of Preaching in Zimbabwe, where they studied.

Theophilus Tanhera, a lecturer at the school, which is associated with Churches of Christ, traveled to South Sudan to present the certificates.

The graduates “are doing a splendid job for Christ and are committed to preaching and teaching around the country,” said the school’s director, Nhamo Marunga.

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