Social Entrepreneur to Speak at Gardner-Webb on March 25

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Rev. Bill Stanfield of Metanoia Community Development Corporation to Share at Dimensions

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – The Dimensions program at Gardner-Webb University is pleased to welcome the founder and CEO of Metanoia Community Development Corporation, Rev. Bill Stanfield, as a distinguished speaker. Stanfield will share with students and others on Tuesday, March 25 at 9:25 a.m. in the Paul Porter Arena, located inside the Lutz-Yelton Convocation Center (LYCC).

Metanoia was birthed when the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of South Carolina decided they could not be faithful Christians without addressing issues of poverty within their own state. Based in North Charleston, S.C., Metanoia focuses on holistic community development by building youth leadership, establishing quality housing and generating economic development while nurturing people and allowing them to grow their faith in God and one another.

“”We are delighted that Bill is coming to share with our students about how following Jesus as a Christian disciple can change the world,” said Dr. Lisa Allen, Director of the Center for Christian Ethics and Leadership. “His work in North Charleston is a model of mission that we can explore.  His story will demonstrate how a person, just like you and me, can truly love our neighbor.”

Metanoia, the Greek word for “a transformation of heart and the mind,” is frequently used in the New Testament. Jesus uses the verbal equivalent of this noun in Mark 1:14 as the first response to his announcement of the kingdom of God. Metanoia Community Development Corporation is an attempt to embody the priorities of God’s kingdom in our world. In the beginning of his preaching ministry, Jesus names “metanoia” (making positive change) as the first step toward the kingdom of God. For more information on Metanoia, visit

Gardner-Webb University’s Dimensions programs are free and open to the public. The goal of Dimensions is to enhance the spiritual, intellectual and cultural life at the University and also to promote a sense of community. Dimensions programs are held on Tuesday at 9:25 a.m. in the LYCC. More information is available by calling 704-406-4277.

Auxiliary aids and physical accessibility options will be made available to persons with disabilities upon request 48 hours prior to the event. Please call 704.406.4264 or email Jeff Tubbs at with your request.

Located in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb University provides exceptional educational opportunities within a Christian environment, preparing students to think critically, to succeed professionally, and to serve faithfully as members of their local and global communities.