Weekly Lenten Devotionals at Gardner-Webb University

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BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.— For the fourth consecutive year, the Gardner-Webb Office of Christian Life and Service will hold weekly Lenten Devotionals every Wednesday until April 4th. The devotionals will take place in the Dover Chapel from 12:00-12:15 p.m.  The University family and the greater community are invited to attend.

“There is a very longstanding Lenten service that occurs each Wednesday in Shelby at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, but it’s difficult for many people in the University family to attend because of their work commitments on campus,” said Dr. Tracy Jessup, Gardner-Webb’s vice president for Christian life and service and senior minister.  “We felt like this was an important opportunity to offer our students, our faculty, and our staff.”

In the Christian tradition, the season of Lent is an important time of preparation for Easter, a time to reflect on Christ’s journey from the Passion to death and resurrection.

“Any time the University comes together in worship, it is important.  It says something about who we are as a University,” Jessup said.  “But I think it is particularly important during what are considered to be holy seasons in the life of the church, and Lent is certainly one of those.”

Each Lenten devotional will be led by a member of the faculty/staff at Gardner-Webb. The speakers are as follows:

Feb. 29                        Mary Roby, dean of the libraries

March 7                      Dr. Van Graham, professor of business

March 14                    Jeremy Fern, assistant vice president for graduate admissions

March 21                   Susan Bell, professor of art

March 28                   Dr. Danny West, professor of divinity

April 4                        Dr. Scott Shauf, professor of religious studies and philosophy

For additional information about the Lenten Devotionals, contact Dr. Tracy Jessup in the Office of Christian Life and Service at (704)-406-4279 or by email at tjessup@gardner-webb.edu.

Located in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb University was founded in 1905 and is home to over 4,300 students from 39 states and 24 foreign countries.  Gardner-Webb seeks a higher ground in higher education – one that embraces faith and intellectual freedom, and inspires in students a love of learning, service, and leadership.


Communications intern Travis Sherrill contributed reporting.