More than 700 alumni, friends, and students of Faith gathered on Thursday, September 17, for the installation of our new president, Jim Tillotson. The day began with the installation chapel featuring a pictorial look at all the presidents of Faith, starting with Dr. William H. Jordan who founded the school in 1921. The chapel service ended with the presentation to President Tillotson of his academic regalia by Jim Randolph, who was the chair of the presidential search committee.
The evening activities began with the installation dinner for about 160 guests in the Nettleton Center classrooms. Following the dinner, the guests moved to the gym for the installation service. The service included several memorable features.
• Kevin Koester, a fellow believer and the Iowa State Representative from the 38th district, greeted the guests. He recounted how Faith personnel have been active in community affairs and pointed out the strategic role Faith plays in the community.
• Rev. Tim Capon, the representative for the Iowa Association of Regular Baptist Churches, brought the invocation, asking God's blessing on our new president.
• Former president Dr. James D. Maxwell III read the Apostle Paul's charge to Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:1-8. The words, "be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus," certainly are appropriate for the new president.
• Dr. Ernie Schmidt, the interim president, led in the investiture part of the service by presenting the presidential medallion to our new leader. President Tillotson will wear the medallion at all academic affairs,
• Dr. Gary Anderson, president of Baptist Mid-Missions, challenged the new president to model Christlike leadership. President Tillotson commented that this was one of the finest messages he has heard on Biblical leadership.
Several institutions sent representatives to support President Tillotson in his new ministry.
• Dr. Kevin Bauder, faculty, Central Baptist Theological Seminary
• Dr. Brent Belford, provost, Central Baptist Theological Seminary
• Dr. David Doran, president, Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary
• Dr. Laura Douglas, provost, Des Moines Area Community College, Urban Campus
• Pastor Thomas Hlad, alumnus, Appalachian Bible College
• Dr. Martin Marriott, president, Maranatha Baptist University
• Dr. Matt Morrell, president, Central Baptist Theological Seminary
• Dr. Larry Oats, dean, Maranatha Baptist Seminary
• Dr. Charles Petitt, president, Piedmont International University
• Dr. Steve Pettit, president, Bob Jones University
In President Tillotson's address he said he did not come to change Faith but to champion Faith. He committed himself to be a leader of integrity and godliness and to lead Faith to continue its mission of equipping men and women to take the Word to the World.
A highlight of the service came near the end when five of President Tillotson's closest friends and advisors prayed over him. Those men were Dr. Gary Anderson, Pastor David Shoaf, Pastor Jason LaFlamme, Dr. Doug McLachlan, and his father Dr. Richard Tillotson.
The service ended with a stirring rendition of How Great Thou Art by the Faith and Alumni Chorale, the Faith Brass and Percussion, and the congregation.
We have entered into a new chapter in the life and minsitry of Faith. Please join with us in praying for President Tillotson as he leads the institution.
You can watch a recording of the installation service.
In its May meeting, the Board of Directors took some bold steps to re-energize Faith and move the school forward. The Board authorized six initiatives designed to increase enrollment and provide a better campus experience for students. Among the initiatives are
• New scholarships, especially for those in the pastoral and missions programs
• Additional resources for recruiting students
• Significant campus improvements to enhance the students’ experience at Faith
When students come back on campus this fall, they will see a re-energized Faith.
Look for more announcements in September and in the months to follow.
When you think of Bible and ministry training, think of Faith.
Another semester is in the books. The dorms are empty, the gym is silent, and the normal hustle and bustle of Twigs Coffee Shop has gone completely still. The uncomfortable quiet on campus is a good quiet, though, because it means that our students have left to work, serve, and make an impact in their world. After all, that’s what they’re being trained to do—to take the Word to the World.
Isabelle Kniebes (Coloma, Michigan)
Where are you going? I’m going on Baptist Mid-Mission’s Germany Trek program, spending 6 weeks working with missionaries in the cities of Landshut, Nuremberg, Erlangen, Ingolstadt, Munich, and Mainz, Germany.
In what types of ministries will you be involved? I will be helping with church planting, observing different stages of ministry in Germany, and simply being an encouragement (and an extra set of hands) to the different missionaries all over the state of Bavaria.
What excites you most about this? This trip is really exciting for me because it will be a huge eye-opener in reaching the lost! As Americans, we sometimes tend to do things the way we’ve always done them. But we need to look at the world around us and be open to trying new ways to reach the lost. Working side-by-side with missionaries, I get to experience firsthand just how they’re doing that.
Jed Nissen (Hampton, Nebraska)
Where are you going? I will be serving at Grand View Camp in Eagar, Arizona.
In what types of ministries will you be involved? I will be counseling junior and senior high kids. I’ll also be involved in some outreach ministries, helping with music, teaching Sunday school, and possibly some preaching in the area churches.
What excites you the most about this? The thing that excites me the most about these ministries is seeing God work in the lives of teenagers. Camp is an amazing time for people to come to know the Lord or to rededicate themselves to Him, and that’s what I want to see happen! I want to see people reaching the unreachable, loving the unlovable, and teaching them to go out and do the same.
Nathan Wood (Swan Lake, Montana)
Where are you going? I am traveling with 5 other students on Faith’s Team Impact. We'll be serving in camps in Kansas, Colorado, Montana, and Idaho.
In what types of ministries will you be involved? I’ll be involved in all aspects of summer camp. From activities to meals to cabin time and chapel sessions, I will be spending quite a bit of time with teenagers each week, and I hope to be an encouragement and help to them spiritually and also on a personal and practical level as well. Connecting with the camp staff will also be a part of our ministry. Whether it’s helping with an odd job or maintenance work, I want to be an encouragement and an extra set of hands to them. As a team, we’ve spent the past semester preparing a variety of skits to be a part of our ministry. Some of them are funny but many of them have a specific message and a spiritual emphasis.
What excites you the most about this? For starters, I get to travel with an amazing group of friends who have truly been a blessing to me. We’ve spent the last semester preparing for this ministry together, and it’s been exciting to get to know them on a more personal level. It will be really awesome to meet new people at camp each week as well, and I am excited to see the friendships God will help me cultivate this summer. I am not necessarily excited for trials and challenges, but I know they will come this summer and I’m excited for the final product that God will work in me—turning the struggles into pearls for His glory. I’m excited to grow in faith and maturity.
Caleb Lobb (Aurora, Minnesota)
Where are you going? I’m headed to Palmer, Alaska, to work with Pioneer Peak Baptist Church and Pastor Aron Schrepfer.
In what types of ministries will you be involved? I will spend the majority of my time serving in the church—preaching, teaching Sunday school and VBS, leading music, outreach and visitation. I will also have the opportunity to preach at camp while I am there.
What excites you the most about this? I’m mostly excited to learn new ministry skills, serve in a new culture, and preach on several occasions.
Michelle Bjokne (Cottage Grove, Minnesota)
Where are you going? I’m on Faith’s Contender camp team, and along with 5 other Faith students I will spend my summer at the Iowa Regular Baptist Camp in Ventura, Iowa.
In what types of ministries will you be involved? I have the wonderful opportunity of building relationships with staff and campers. Our team will be performing some fun skits and skits that share the Gospel of Jesus Christ very clearly. During the junior high and senior high weeks, I will help counsel different groups of girls. During the five family camps, I will have the chance to teach the 4- and 5-year-olds. It will be a blast!
What excites you most about this? There are many things that I am looking forward to at IRBC, but most of all I am excited to have the opportunity to invest in peoples’ lives and point them to Christ.
Refresh ConferenceFebruary 9–12
A specialized conference for pastors and wives to refresh you in your ministry
Scholarship WeekendMarch 17–19
High School seniors: spend a weekend at Faith interviewing for scholarships.
Student Leadership SummitApril 14–16
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