Pastor, Children’s Advocate to Speak at GWU Dimensions Program on Sept. 15

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Chris Seay Known for his work with Texas Church and Compassion International

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By Jill Blank, Communications Intern

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—Chris Seay, pastor and leader of a unique community church in Houston, Texas, is set to speak at Gardner-Webb University’s Dimensions program on Tuesday, Sept. 15. The program, which begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Lutz-Yelton Convocation Center, is free and open to the public.

“Chris Seay comes to us in partnership with Compassion International, a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled, Christian adults,” shared Dr. Tracy Jessup, vice president for Christian Life and Service and senior minister to the University. “I have heard great things about his ability to connect with college students as he seeks to communicate God’s grace as well as the ministry of Compassion International.”

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Currently, Seay oversees Ecclesia, a community church in Houston, Texas, that is living out the gospel in compelling ways. The church facility houses Taft Street Coffee shop, a bookstore, an organic food market, a recording studio, an art gallery and a music venue during the week. On Sundays the site turns into a place of worship for about 1,500 people.

Seay began his ministry in Central Texas after studying at Baylor University in Waco, where he met worship leader David Crowder, who would eventually help in planting the University Baptist Church that is still thriving today. Seay has also developed The Voice, a new Bible translation that reads like a story while maintaining all of the truth and wisdom of God’s Word.

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The goal of Dimensions is to enhance the spiritual, intellectual and cultural life at the University and to promote a sense of community. More information about Dimensions is available by calling 704-406-4277.

Located in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb Universitys 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).