Surviving an overseas terrorist bombing increases student’s passion for ministry

Kristopher Sledge ’13

Christian Ministries

Selinsgrove, Pa.

Christian ministries major Kristopher Sledge ’13 experienced a summer he won’t soon forget. The 19-year-old Selinsgrove, Pa., native says he was grateful to spend time this summer as part of a 15-member team from his church doing mission work in Bwaise, Uganda, a suburb of the capital, Kampala. However, on July 11, he was also one of the people hurt in a terrorist bombing that killed 74 and injured many others. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 2013, About Service, Christian Ministries, Giving Back, Majors & Minors, Service and Learning | 2 Comments »

Posted on August 25th, 2010


Grad pursues global environmental awareness

amandamcmillan1Amanda McMillan ′08
Politics major with a minor in environmental studies
Hometown:  Herminie, Pennsylvania

Amanda McMillan ’08 is on a crusade for conservation. In just her first two months on the job as the executive assistant to the president of a worldwide Christian environmental protection organization, McMillan travelled from New York City, to Barcelona, and then back to the company’s operation in southern France. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 2008, About Service, Alumni, Environmental Studies, Giving Back, Go Green!, Honors Program, Politics | 4 Comments »

Posted on April 3rd, 2009


Student activist/ecologist challenges ‘Silent Epidemic’

ryan-witmerRyan Witmer ′09
Environmental Studies major
Hometown:  Wooster, Ohio

Planting gardens in abandoned lots strewn among Philadelphia’s economically disadvantaged neighborhoods is more than a beautification project. To Ryan Witmer ’09, and others studying at Messiah College’s Philadelphia campus (MCPC), the ongoing service project is an effective way of combating gang warfare, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity, in addition to supporting ecological sustainability among the historic city’s 30,000+ vacant lots. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 2009, About Service, Environmental Studies, Giving Back, Go Green!, Internships, Philadelphia Campus, Service and Learning | Comments Off

Posted on April 3rd, 2009


Stepping up when things are down

Housing crisis moves agency to pick up the pace

Becca KnightBecca Knight ’03
Majored in Sociology

Director of Home Repair Ministries
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ppalachia Service Project, Inc. (ASP)
Johnson City, Tennessee
 

The national housing crisis has been in the news lately but housing problems are not new to Appalachia (pop. 20 million)—one of the poorest, most isolated regions of the United States. Yet, as the economic downturn deepens and the number of troubled families continues to rise, there are those who plan to not only meet the need, but to double their efforts.  Becca Knight ’03 is among them. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 2003, About Service, Agape Center, Alumni, Giving Back, Sociology | Comments Off

Posted on March 3rd, 2009


From success to significance — It’s what you make of it

Scott HeintzelmanScott A. Heintzelman, ′89
Partner, McKonly & Asbury, CPA, CMA, CFE

For the unstoppable Scott Heintzelman, success is a journey, not a destination. At 42, this self-directed, self-proclaimed “exuberant accountant” holds a list of noteworthy achievements that reads like a who’s who of Pennsylvania movers-n-shakers, yet he’s only just begun to live a life of significance. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 1989, About Leadership, About Service, Accounting, Alumni, Giving Back, Majors & Minors | 1 Comment »

Posted on March 3rd, 2009


Restoring dignity to those in need

Chris BookChris Book ’78
Religion major
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Chris Book ’78 views his years at Messiah College as the formative years that confirmed God’s call to a life of Christian service. Now executive director of Paxton Ministries in Harrisburg, Book and his wife Marlys have a goal of continuing in service that makes a direct impact in improving the quality of life for people in a way that honors God. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 1978, About Leadership, About Service, Alumni, Giving Back, Majors & Minors, Religious Studies | Comments Off

Posted on March 3rd, 2009


Ministry comes in many forms

Todd and PatrickPatrick Wolfkill ′89 and Todd Suessmuth ′90
Marketing and Business Administration majors respectively

It’s game time at Messiah College. Soccer fans eagerly seek bleacher seats in anticipation of what most believe will be game of the century-the NCAA tournament’s Final Four. Shoemaker Field, home to the College’s six-time national soccer champions, abounds with nervous anticipation … and the alluring smell of the infamous, grilled “cheesy dogs.” Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 1989, 1990, 1993, About Service, Alumni, Athletics, Business, Giving Back, Marketing | 10 Comments »

Posted on February 5th, 2009


Prizing the voices of children over the highest education

Ryan KeithRyan Keith ′02
Politics major
Watertown, Massachusetts
 

A few weeks before moving to Boston for his first semester of graduate school at Harvard University, Ryan Keith ′02 got a call from his church that changed his plans drastically. West Shore Evangelical Free Church (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) wanted to send Keith and 11 other people to Zimbabwe to explore ways the congregation could respond to the AIDS epidemic. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 2002, About Leadership, About Service, Alumni, Giving Back, Grad School Bound, Majors & Minors, Politics | 1 Comment »

Posted on February 2nd, 2009


Sticking around to help the city

 
Jeff Waters ′08
Communications major
Hometown:  Baltimore, Maryland
 
Community, particularly within urban environments, means a lot to Jeff Waters ′08. The Messiah College communications graduate believes living and working in Harrisburg—the state capital of Pennsylvania just fifteen miles from the College’s Grantham campus—provides insight into those he serves and adds to the sense of community he relishes.   Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 2008, About Service, Communication, Giving Back, Majors & Minors | Comments Off

Posted on December 4th, 2008


A little mentoring goes a long way

Steady H. Moono ′85
Education major
Currently the Vice President for Student Affairs,
Montgomery County Community College

Residing in Collegeville, Pennsylvania

When Dr. Steady Moono ’85 earned national recognition as the “2008 Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate,” his acceptance speech cited not his master’s degree alma mater, nor his doctorate alma mater, but Messiah College—a place that taught him the meaning of mentoring relationships.

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Posted in 1985, About Leadership, Alumni, Education, Giving Back, Grad School Bound, Intl' Students | 2 Comments »

Posted on November 12th, 2008


Always time for service

Jennifer Esbenshade ′11
Chemistry and Math double major
Hometown: Peach Bottom, Pennsylvania

When Jennifer, a double chemistry and mathematics major, isn’t hitting the books, leading an organic chemistry supplemental instruction session, setting up physics labs, working on a water filtration project through the Collaboratory, or even conducting nanotechnology research for the U.S. Department of Energy, she’s among friends—the canine kind—in Peach Bottom, Pennsylvania. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 2011, About Service, Chemistry, Collaboratory, Giving Back, Honors Program, Internships, Mathematics, Service and Learning | Comments Off

Posted on November 11th, 2008


Alum uses microfinance to battle poverty

Peter Greer ′97
International Business major
Currently, President of HOPE International, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

As president of HOPE International (Lancaster, Pa.), Peter Greer ’97 reaches some of the most desperate people of the world, not only with opportunity but also with the good news of Jesus Christ.

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Posted in 1997, About Leadership, About Service, Alumni, Giving Back, Grad School Bound, Intl' Business | 4 Comments »

Posted on September 2nd, 2008


Math major combines education with a moral purpose

Brittany Williams ’09
Mathematics major with Teaching Certification
Hometown: H
udson, Ohio

Co-authoring a Braille-inscribed book for disabled children in West Africa is one way this Messiah College mathematics major is stretching herself beyond the classroom.   

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Posted in 2009, About Service, Collaboratory, Giving Back, Mathematics, Service and Learning, Study Abroad | Comments Off

Posted on August 12th, 2008


Building a new university in Africa – brick by brick

tabita-presentation.jpgTabita Vacareanu 09
Human Development and Family Sciences major

Homeland: Lasi, Romania

As a founding member of Friends of Du Bois University of Africa (named after the 20th century civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois), Tabita Vacareanu ′09 and fellow Messiah students share their testimonies with churches and communities willing to listen to how God provided education for them through the generosity of others.

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Posted in 2009, About Leadership, About Service, Family Science, Giving Back, Human Development, Intl' Students, Service and Learning, Spanish | 1 Comment »

Posted on May 28th, 2008


Boyer scholar confronts cruelty in developing nations

brittany-web.jpgBrittany Brendsel 08
Sociology and international development major/concentration in anthropology
Hometown: BigFork, Montana

The day 17-year-old Brittany Brendsel ′08 came across Messiah College’s Epicenter website (http://www.messiah.edu/academics/epicenter)
and learned she could improve the lives of others around the globe, she knew her path was determined … by God.

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Posted in 2008, About Reconciliation, Anthropology, Giving Back, Honors Program, Internships, Intl' Development, Service and Learning, Sociology, Study Abroad | Comments Off

Posted on May 20th, 2008


   

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