Gardner-Webb to Spotlight Missions and Campus Ministries on Sept. 27

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Students and Faculty will Share Perspectives During Dimensions Program  

By Bryton Mitchell, GWU Intern for Communications

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.— Students and faculty will share missions experiences and Campus Ministries United (CMU) opportunities during Gardner-Webb’s Dimensions program on Sept. 27 in Stewart Hall of the Tucker Student Center on the GWU campus. The event starts at 9:25 a.m. and is free and open to the public.

Gardner-Webb sends many students on mission trips every year. Since 1999, over 1,000 faculty, volunteers, and students have visited 13 states, 25 countries, and five continents. Tessa Walsh, recipient of the Pamela Darnell Missions Scholarship, recently visited Cambodia and will speak on that experience during the Dimensions program.  Richard Martin will also talk about his participation on a spring break mission trip to New Mexico earlier this year.

“The importance of mission work has best been explained by Jesus himself, who said for us to go into all the world, baptizing and making disciples,” said Neal Payne, GWU Associate Minister for Student Ministries. “CMU seeks to lead students to first, become a part of the Kingdom of God, and then to help advance the Kingdom of God.”

The general mission of Dimensions is for students to learn more about what it means to have a relationship with Christ. Dr. Tracy Jessup, vice president of Christian Life and Service and senior minister to the University, said, “It is our hope that students will leave this Dimensions program having heard that God loves them, that there are numerous students on this campus who care about them and their walk with Christ, and that there are vast opportunities for them to get involved if they desire to grow in their faith.”

Students and community volunteers who want to get involved with Gardner-Webb mission trips or learn more about CMU may visit the GWU Office of Christian Life and Service in room 231 of the Tucker Student Center on campus.

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

Auxiliary aids will be made available to persons with disabilities upon request 10 days prior to the event. Please call 704-406-4253 or email

Located in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb University’s purpose is to advance the Kingdom of God through Christian higher education by preparing graduates for professional and personal success, instilling in them a deep commitment to service and leadership, and equipping them for well-rounded lives of lasting impact, Pro Deo et Humanitate (For God and Humanity).