Founder of Inheritance of Hope to Speak at Gardner-Webb

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Deric Milligan Coming to Dimensions Program

By Katie Furr ’20, Intern for Communications

photo of Deric MilliganBOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—Deric Milligan, a man who has dealt with serious hardship, will be speaking at Gardner-Webb University’s Dimensions program on Tuesday, Nov. 14. The event will be held at 9:25 a.m. in Stewart Hall of Tucker Student Center on GWU’s main campus and is free and open to the public.

Milligan’s life was changed drastically when his wife, Kristen, was diagnosed with Stage IV liver cancer. He felt led to alter his profession, so he and Kristen founded Inheritance of Hope, which supports families with a parent battling a life-threatening illness.

“One of our students introduced me to Deric Milligan and the Inheritance of Hope ministry that he and his late wife founded,” shared Dr. Tracy Jessup, vice president for Christian Life and Service and senior minister to the University. “I was immediately drawn to his passion for serving families like his.”

Gardner-Webb’s Dimensions program seeks to enhance the spiritual, intellectual and cultural life at the University and to promote a sense of community. More information is available by calling the GWU Office of Christian Life & Service at 704-406-4277 or visiting

For more information about Deric Milligan and Inheritance of Hope, visit

Auxiliary aids will be made available to persons with disabilities upon request 10 days prior to the event. Please call 704-406-2155 or email

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