Thriving Congregations Initiative Adapts in the Wake of COVID-19

The past few months have been unconventional for churches, ministries and congregations around the country and around the world. From adapting quickly to the changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic to providing resources for ministries and families struggling economically, the pandemic has caused people to think differently about how church is done.

Cornerstone Students Shine in a Variety of Internships

In every academic program at Cornerstone University, students take part in an internship or practicum for credit. This allows them to apply what they've learned in the classroom to workplace settings and learn more about the jobs they’re called to. As Christ-followers, they also have the chance to display virtues like gratitude, humility and stewardship while on the job.

Hilber Publishes New Book on Relevance Theory

Dr. John Hilber, professor of Old Testament at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, recently published "Old Testament Cosmology and Divine Accommodation: A Relevance Theory Approach," a book on the difficulties of relating the language of the Bible with what church scholars know about the physical universe.

Supporting Women in Ministry

Over the past year, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary launched new initiatives to support women preparing for and currently serving in ministry contexts. Led by Darrell Yoder, instructor of Christian ministries and director of the Pirsig Fellowship and Talking Points at GRTS, and Dr. Tara Kram, associate dean, GRTS conducted a survey of female GRTS alumni to provide feedback on their experience in GRTS ministry programs. They also facilitated an evening event with 20 female alumni and current students to connect and share their experiences both in seminary and in ministry. According to both Yoder and Kram, the purpose of the new initiatives is to understand the experiences of women in GRTS ministry programs and provide support to them as they often feel alone or isolated in male-dominant seminary and ministry settings.

Cornerstone University Announces Plans for Campus to Return to Operation this Fall

Cornerstone University's president, Dr. Joe Stowell, today announced plans for Cornerstone's return to campus operations in Fall 2020. The plan features a full-fledged on-ground, in-classroom educational experience along with complete residency services for students intending to live on campus. Overarching the entire plan is a robust slate of measures designed to maximize community health and safety.

CU Enactus Finds Creative Ways to Navigate COVID-19

The campus-wide closures and cancelation of events like commencement and athletic events caused shockwaves in the Cornerstone University community when COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic in March 2020. While it posed a number of challenges for higher education, it gave opportunities for student organizations such as Enactus a chance to get creative.

Nursing Students Make an Impact in Honduras

During spring break in early March, nursing students and staff from Cornerstone University traveled to Honduras to provide dental and health care to underserved communities through Casa de Esperanza, a nonprofit based out of Grand Haven, Mich.

PGS Launches Innovative Approach to Project Management Training

From planning budgets to evaluating risk to working with teams, project management is a skill in high demand across industries. Now, Cornerstone University's Professional & Graduate Studies (PGS) is offering an inventive approach for current and aspiring project managers seeking professional development—all in just three courses.

Dr. Crompton Publishes Three-Part Journal Series on Genetics

Dr. Nigel Crompton, professor of biology at Cornerstone University, was recently featured in the German publication "Studium Integrale" for his research in genetics. The first article of three, entitled "Mendelian Speciation and the Origin of Species," was published in the October 2019 issue. The second article will be published in April 2020.

Dr. Hilber Publishes New Book on Preaching Ezekiel

In August 2019, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary faculty member Dr. John Hilber, professor of Old Testament, published his fourth book, entitled "Ezekiel: A Focused Commentary for Preaching and Teaching." While Hilber never imagined himself writing a commentary on Ezekiel, the project was originally part of a series through a local bookstore. When that series was discontinued, Hilber found himself with 24 chapters of material and nowhere to put them.

Devoted to Interpretation: GRTS Now Offers Master of Arts in Biblical Exegesis

Grand Rapids Theological Seminary now offers a Master of Arts in Biblical Exegesis. The program is designed for those who desire to deepen their knowledge of interpreting the Bible in its original context and individuals who wish to master its original language. The program will take two to three years to complete and features either an Old Testament, New Testament or combined track.

Answering the Call: Cornerstone Introduces Lifelong Learning Institute

According to Mark Tremaine, advancement advisor at Cornerstone University, the decision was a "no-brainer." What is a better way to connect with donors and community members than by offering bog walks with Professor Raymond "Gator" Gates, Irish poetry discussions with Dr. Jason Stevens and lectures on Brexit with Dr. Martin Spence?

GRTS Student Joins Admissions Staff

Nick Ewald (M.A. ’22) is currently a Christian formation student at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary from Caro, Mich. He graduated from Grace Christian University with a B.A. in Worship Arts and came to GRTS in order to further his education as a potential ministry leader. He recently joined the Admissions team as an admissions counselor.

Finance Students Attend Kingdom Advisors Conference in Canada

Awarded a grant from the Ron Blue Institute, seven traditional undergraduate students and one faculty representative of the Ron Blue Center at Cornerstone University attended the 2019 Kingdom Advisors Canadian One Day Conference in Ontario. The conference united established and aspiring financial professionals who are passionate about educating their clients in the principles of biblical financial stewardship.

Ed.D. Student Shares Research Insight at International Conference

With a passion for developing leaders and equipping teams, doctoral student Kelly Turner presented her innovative insights at Association Success' SURGE Co-Creation conference. Through both her presentation and a published article, Turner's practical application has already inspired leaders and communities to move toward focusing on the impact of the organization's mission.

Urban Cohort Students Receive Aid for Israel Trip

Grand Rapids Theological Seminary's Urban Cohort program secured a grant from the Zondervan Foundation as well as additional gifts to aid in sending students on the Israel, Palestine and Jordan trip at a reduced rate. The grant meets a necessary need for these students who want to continue their learning abroad. In the past, it has been difficult for Urban Cohort students to attend the trip due to cost and a limited number of scholarship spots.

Dynamic Learning and Innovative Support for CU Student Leaders

There is no lack of leadership opportunities at Cornerstone University. From resident assistant positions to heading a chapel band, there are always openings. Cornerstone has always been a place that strives to create leaders. Dedicated faculty and supporters work to offer every opportunity to help students grow so they are ready to take on the world when they graduate. Chip Huber, associate vice president for student development and athletics, leads an annual trip to Colorado to do just that.

A Partnership to Equip the Fast-Growing Cambodian Church

In hopes of coming alongside Cambodia's rapidly growing church, Asia Biblical Theological Seminary has partnered with Phnom Penh Bible School (PPBS) to provide graduate-level theological education. Back in October of this year, ABTS conducted Systematic Theology (THL-540) at PPBS as a pilot course to further ascertain student response and theological training needs in the country.

Convenient and Connected

Getting a college degree doesn't necessarily look like it did 10 to 15 years ago. Many students today are parents, business owners, managers in corporations or have full-time jobs that don't allow flexibility for traditional education. Most are likely facing a combination of challenges, including time constraints, geographical distance or physical limitations that simply make an online program their best option.

To meet this need, Cornerstone University is dedicated to not only providing access to quality online education but also to serving students well in the process.

Behold Our King: A Cornerstone Christmas

For Cornerstone University, the school's Christmas concert is an annual celebration of the many blessings of Christmas. This year's concert is centered around the theme "Behold our King" and will be held on Dec. 7 in Christ Chapel.

From Status Quo Keepers to Problem-Solvers

Imagine giving 25 high-achieving college students each a lump of Playdough and asking them to create the most beautiful tree possible. Then, visualize what might happen next. They go to work, but eventually, they begin looking around at their neighbor's trees. And they panic. Do their trees look better? How is "beautiful" even defined? By what criteria will I be graded? What if I fail? Or worse, I'm embarrassed?

This scenario plays out each fall semester in Cornerstone University's Creativity and Innovation Honors Institute (CIHI). It might sound like a simple exercise, but it's packed full of meaning and learning possibilities.

WCSG Deepens Roots in West Michigan

An inconspicuous beige building that once sat quietly in the southeastern part of Cornerstone University's campus is now teeming with excitement and activity. Located at East Beltline and Bradford Street, the former church is the bustling construction site of the university's most recent renovation—Project 2020. In just a few short months, the building will be the new home for the long-standing Christian radio station WCSG.

Reaching Out and Giving Back

Cornerstone University has developed a community on campus that is known for miles around, but they still strive for more. In years past, the university has worked to create that same experience of strong community off campus.

Cornerstone Collaborates with Wedgwood Christian Services

During Cornerstone University's upcoming Homecoming and Family Weekend, the Alumni Association is collaborating with Wedgwood Christian Services, a Christian agency dedicated to helping hurting teens, children and families in our community who have experienced severe abuse, neglect or trauma.

A Family Tree of Ministry-Minded Graduates

The Davidhizar family recently celebrated its most recent Grand Rapids Theological Seminary graduate. Austin (M.A. ’19) marks the second graduate of three family members who started the process of attaining graduate-level ministry degrees from the university.

ABTS Pilots Course for Master's Degree in Phnom Penh

After much preparation and anticipation, Asia Biblical Theological Seminary will conduct Systematic Theology from Oct. 21 to Nov. 2 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Offering a firm foundation for any keen learner of the Bible, the course will be the pilot for hopefully more to come in a land thirsting for truth and understanding.

Granting Students the Chance They Deserve

On Wednesday, Sept. 18, CU representatives Dr. Joe Stowell, university president; Bob Sack, vice president of advancement; and Rocky, the CU Golden Eagle mascot, traveled to Lansing, Mich., to attend the Michigan Tuition Grant Rally.

Urban Cohort Student Completes Faith-Based Civic Education and Nonprofit Leadership Training as a Sacred Sector Fellow

A 2019 Sacred Sector Fellow, Thomas Schliep participated in a 10-week program for seminarians and recent theological school graduates. One of 12 seminarians in Sacred Sector's second annual cohort, Schliep committed the summer months to learning alongside student representatives from institutions such as Indiana University, Ohio Christian University, Calvin Theological Seminary, Northeastern Seminary and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

Listener-Backed Radio Station Breaks Ground for New Facility

From its start undertaken by students in the early 1970s to the present, WCSG, a radio ministry of Cornerstone University, has built a longstanding reputation in the West Michigan community for inspiring listeners in their faith. Today's groundbreaking for an expanded broadcast studio signals a new vote of confidence in the Christian music radio station's ministry which reaches almost 200,000 listeners each week through 91.3 WCSG.

Growing Into A Purpose

Daishaun Hardnett's decision to come to Cornerstone University was not a typical college admission story. Hardnett, a junior pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, moved in just one day before classes began in 2017.

History Student Gains Career Experience in Public History

From the start of his college experience, senior history major Owen LaVigne (B.A. ’20) directed his passion for history toward a career in public history rather than education. A semester-long internship spent digitizing old mugshots and preserving other types of records for Grand Rapids' Community Archives and Research Center reinforced his decision.

College Students Take Their Ministry Across the U.S.

"Extending the Gospel to every heart, every neighbor, everywhere." This simple mantra is the vision of EveryHeart, a cross-country worship ministry led by six young men eager to share the love of Jesus Christ. Among the six are Cornerstone University's own Brennan Joseph and Josh Davis, both of who will be seniors this fall.

Benson Provides Historical Expertise as Co-Editor for the Spring Issue of Christian Scholar's Review

As a historian, Dr. Erik Benson remains attuned to dates and event anniversaries, including recollections about new contributions to knowledge that persist in academic and cultural conversations. With last year being the 25th anniversary of a well-circulated thesis written by Samuel Huntington, Benson collaborated with new and reunited scholars to produce an article series for the spring issue of Christian Scholar's Review.

Emerson Named NACCAP Admissions Officer of the Year

For more than fourteen years, Dave Emerson (M.B.A. ’08) has worked on the frontlines of admitting, enrolling and welcoming Cornerstone University's newest traditional undergraduate students. Last week, Chant Thompson, executive director for the North American Coalition for Christian Admissions Professionals (NACCAP), named Emerson as Admissions Officer of the Year at the organization's annual conference.

Brown Named Recipient of 2019 Book Award from Christianity Today

Sharon Garlough Brown, adjunct professor of Christian formation at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, received recognition for her fiction writing from Christianity Today. Named among the publication's book award winners for 2019, Brown earned the Best in Fiction award for her book entitled "An Extra Mile: A Story of Embracing God's Call."

Gift Funds Scholarship for Urban Ministry Leaders

As Grand Rapids Theological Seminary looks forward to a new decade of equipping ministry professionals through its Urban Cohort program, seminary administrators and faculty members expressed gratitude for a recent donation from the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation, a longstanding partner and donor of Cornerstone University.

Botner Publishes New Research on Mark's Gospel

For Dr. Max Botner, assistant professor of New Testament, the Gospel of Mark has served as the focus of his research and writing in recent years. In addition to a book manuscript, his scholarship has resulted in the publication of a number of journal articles, including an article in the October 2018 edition of The Journal of Theological Studies.

A New Home for WCSG

WCSG, Cornerstone University's radio station, received a resounding affirmation from its listeners last week as 1,400 donors committed more than $1,000,000 for the ministry's new home.

Dr. Michael Pasquale Awarded for Service to the Field of TESOL

Language is a unifying thread that ties people together, but it can also be a barrier to understanding and communicating with others. Dr. Michael Pasquale of Cornerstone University's Humanities Division dedicated himself to understanding and teaching the intricacies of language to help people better understand each other.

Talking Points Leads Three-Part Conversation on Theology of Justice

For the past year, Talking Points, in partnership with CityFest and the Urban Church Leadership Center, has hosted bi-annual conversations on "Justice + Unity: Toward the Healing of a Fractured Church." With the intention of giving space to hear voices from three marginalized populations in the church, the three-part series concludes on April 16.

CU Students and Staff Serve in Honduras

During Cornerstone University's spring break earlier this month, two students and two staff members traveled to Siguatepeque, Honduras, to serve with Casa de Esperanza, a nonprofit organization doing ministry work in Honduras.

Elders Becomes Cornerstone University's First NAIA Hall of Fame Inductee

Twenty-five. On its own, it's just a number. For Coach Kim Elders, it's the number of seasons he has completed as Cornerstone University's head coach for the men's basketball team. It is also the number of years he has had the opportunity to invest in the lives of young men in the community. This legacy of commitment and focus delivered Elders to the 2019 NAIA DII National Tournament in Sioux Falls, S.D., and secured his place as the first Cornerstone coach inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame on March 5.

ABTS Graduates Record Class

The February 2019 commencement ceremony for Asia Biblical Theological Seminary (ABTS) of Cornerstone University marked the graduate school's largest class to date. Celebrating the accomplishments of 23 students who fulfilled the requirements for a master's degree in religious education and one student who earned a master's degree in interdisciplinary studies, program participants included Dr. James Blumenstock, dean of ABTS; Dr. Peter Osborn, vice president for adult learning at Cornerstone; and Dr. Joe Stowell, president of Cornerstone.

CU Student Takes First Place in Poster Competition

On Jan. 11, Cornerstone University alumna Carol Day (B.S. ’18) and Aquinas College student Dana VanHuis presented a research poster on Bringing Biodiversity to Restored Grasslands at the Stewardship Network Annual Conference in Lansing, Mich. Day and VanHuis were awarded first place for best student research poster.

Seminary Starts Hiring Search for New Professor of Counseling

Given the demand for its counseling program and a desire to ensure long-term compliance with the student-to-faculty ratio requirements set by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP), Grand Rapids Theological Seminary (GRTS) has started a faculty search for a new professor of counseling.

Ketcham-Geeting Attends Presidential Sites Summit

For Hope Ketcham-Geeting (B.A. ’18), the study of history involves more than reading source material cited in textbooks. To date, her college experience has included internships with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, Grand Rapids Public Museum and Grand Rapids Public Library and participation in the White House Historical Association's Presidential Sites Summit.

New Seminary Conference to Resource Bi-Vocational Ministry Leaders

On Jan. 28, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary plans to welcome bi-vocational professionals to campus for a free evening conference. Funded by the seminary's literacy program grant from the Lilly Endowment, the informational event entitled Bi-Vocational Ministry: Balancing Dual Roles will feature a panel discussion, networking and hors d'oeuvres.

Cornerstone University Remembers Lee Allen Geysbeek

On Dec. 2, the Cornerstone University community was saddened to learn of the passing of Lee Geysbeek (B.A. ’93) at the age of 63. Prior to his work as the U.S. radio marketing director with Compassion International, Geysbeek served as the longtime manager of WCSG and vice president of Cornerstone University Radio.

Cornerstone Dedicates New Science Facility to the Glory of Christ the Creator

To the applause of donors, faculty and students, Cornerstone University opened the doors of its new Jack and Mary De Witt Center for Science and Technology on Dec. 7, 2018. The $15.5 million dollar science facility, dedicated to the glory of Christ the Creator and completed debt free, readies the university to enhance its Christ-centered educational programs in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Professor Jeff Degner Represents Cornerstone University at the Grand Rapids Hall of Fame 2018 Economic Symposium

On Nov. 7, more than 100 area business leaders and students gathered in Calvin College's Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex for the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame 2018 Economic Symposium. Panelists from four local universities, including Jeff Degner, assistant professor of economics at Cornerstone University, shared relevant information on microeconomics, the state of the U.S. economy and the impact of mid-term elections on the economy.

International Artisan Market: Four Years Strong

Established by two traditional undergraduate students, Cornerstone University's International Artisan Market (IAM) began four years ago. After meeting local artisans in Ecuador who were trying to sell unique products but experienced difficulties due to the saturation of their market, the students knew that they needed to find a way to help these individuals.

Ikegwuonu Delivers Music Matters Lecture Series Talk on Artful Repetition

On Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, Dr. Desmond Ikegwuonu, assistant professor of music and director of worship arts, presented a lecture entitled "Itughari uche and Holy Minimalism." Coordinated by the Communication, Media & Music Division, the event served to launch Cornerstone University's Music Matters Concert and Lecture Series for the 2018-19 academic year.

Colorado Leadership Trip Encourages Students to Grow Their Leadership Skills

During June 10 to 16, 11 Cornerstone University student leaders representing areas such as athletics, community life, Terra Firma, CUSO, admissions and chapel leadership traveled to Buena Vista, Colo., along with Chip Huber, associate vice president of student development, and Ian Grotenhuis, associate director of campus engagement and student leadership.

Cornerstone Student Serves with Samaritan's Purse in Australia

CU student Cayte Baker (B.A. ’19) is spending her summer in the land down under. She's not vacationing, although she'd tell you that the breathtaking views in Sydney may suggest otherwise. Baker is interning at Samaritan's Purse, a Christian nonprofit organization with an affiliate office in Australia.

Cornerstone University Celebrates National Intern Day

From the business world to ministry opportunities, internships allow Cornerstone University students to receive practical work experience. Today is National Intern Day, and three traditional undergraduate students are completing summer internships to apply what they've learned in the classroom and to gain real work experience in their fields of study.

Cornerstone Welcomes New Faculty Members

Cornerstone University is pleased to announce the appointment of several new faculty members: James Sackett, assistant professor of kinesiology; Alaina Swaney, assistant professor of psychology; and Kim Hofstra, assistant professor of education.

A Call for Prayer

Last month, Mae La Refugee Camp in Thailand, where ABTS has a unique cohort, experienced severe flooding. The camp is home to an estimated 40,000 refugees and many, if not all, have been affected by the devastating situation.

Cornerstone Students Make a Global Impact Through Summer Internships

Whether halfway around the world or right here in West Michigan, Cornerstone University students utilize valuable internships to help prepare them for their future careers. From majoring in pre-med to business marketing to mathematics, three Cornerstone students are using their God-given talents to gain global and local experience through their internships this summer.

Cornerstone University Remembers Jack De Witt

On Friday, June 22, 2018, the Cornerstone University community was saddened to learn of the passing of Jack De Witt, founder of Request Foods and a long-term friend of the university. His death at age 75 marked the end of a lengthy struggle with brain cancer.

Botner Accepts Position As Assistant Professor of New Testament

Dr. Max Botner, assistant professor of New Testament, is scheduled to join the seminary's faculty in the new academic year. Relocating to Michigan from Germany, Botner expressed excitement for his appointment and the opportunity to invest in the institution's Christ-centered, student-focused learning community.

Big Ticket Festival Takes Seriously the Spiritual Discipline of Celebration

Big Ticket Festival, one of the country's largest annual Christian music festivals, gets underway next week. Hosted at the Otsego County Fairgrounds located in Gaylord, Mich., the four-day event features a full schedule of performances given by well-known musicians, messages from faith-based speakers, family activities and hands-on outreach opportunities that uniquely partner concertgoers with both national and international nonprofit organizations.

Cornerstone University Enactus Team Competes in National Competition

On May 21, 2018, the Cornerstone University Enactus team competed in the National Enactus Competition in Kansas City, Mo. There are 444 teams in the United States and only 87 teams advance to the national competition. The Cornerstone presentation team was a brand-new team this year, made up of freshman through senior students: Zach Nyp, Gabriel Quakkelaar, Cayte Baker, Dylan Berends, Amber Guzman, Elizabeth Boock and Jared Schmatz.

The Urban Cohort Celebrates 10 Years at GRTS

In 2007, a feasibility group that consisted of local urban pastors, ministry leaders and GRTS administrators convened to discuss the disparity of seminary-trained ministry professionals in the pulpits of churches located in marginalized and under-resourced areas of Grand Rapids. The team sought to remove barriers for bi-vocational pastors who desired advanced theological training. In response, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary launched the Urban Cohort program for emerging urban ministry leaders in 2008.

Talking Points Launches Conference Series on Justice and Unity

In collaboration with CityFest, One West Michigan and the Urban Church Leadership Center, Talking Points held its spring conference on April 26, 2018. Attended by more than 240 area pastors, congregants and higher education professionals, the event marked the first of three gatherings in Talking Points' 2018-19 series entitled "Justice + Unity: Toward the Healing of a Fractured Church."

PGS Student Achieves Dream in Graduating

By graduating on May 5, 2018, from Cornerstone University's Professional & Graduate Studies division, Gamboa, age 55, is the first in his family to receive a college education.

But this accomplishment is not solely based on his own personal motivations. The dream his grandparents had for him and his love for his own kids helped him to persevere and earn his Bachelor of Science in Management degree.

New Partnership Leads to the Establishment of the Ron Blue Center at Cornerstone University

On Tuesday, April 17, 2018, Cornerstone University hosted Ron Blue, founder of Ronald Blue & Company and Kingdom Advisors, for its biannual Business Breakfast. Blue's presentation entitled "Master Your Money: A Biblical Worldview of Money and Money Management" reflected his legacy in the financial industry and communicated his renewed commitment to train college students with a biblically-based perspective of stewardship. The event also served to announce the establishment of a new Ron Blue Center at Cornerstone University.

CU Group Attends MLK50 Conference

On April 3 and 4, Cornerstone University faculty, staff and student representatives traveled to Memphis, Tenn., to take part in the MLK50 conference. The event commemorated the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr and, according to the conference website, served as an "opportunity for Christians to reflect on the state of racial unity in the church and the culture."

Asia Biblical Theological Seminary Student Standing as Light Amidst Darkness

At Asia Biblical Theological Seminary, the vision and mission is aimed at equipping Christian leaders in Asia with theological education within their own context. As this plays out in the classroom, one of the contextual factors that cannot be understated is the environment that a student comes from, especially the religious landscape of the area as it relates to the political climate.

Cornerstone University's Enactus Team To Host Pop-Up Prom Dress Boutique

Cornerstone University's Enactus team members will be hosting a "pop-up prom dress boutique" for local high school students on Saturday, Feb. 24 in the university's Bernice Hansen Athletic Center from 12–4 p.m. A selection of gently used prom dresses, collected from Cornerstone students and donations from local consignment shops, will be available to the students for a donation of two canned good items.

Cornerstone University Celebrates Cooperative Education and Internship Month in Michigan

Internships provide the opportunity to apply classroom theory in real-world settings. At Cornerstone University, 100% of traditional undergraduate students complete an academic internship or practicum.

Because February is Cooperative Education and Internship month in Michigan, we would like to celebrate a few of our students who are gaining practical experience in the workplace through an internship while using their God-given talents to help further them in their future career.

Students Gain Real-World Experience Through Academic Internships

At Cornerstone University, staff and faculty work to ensure that graduates enter the workforce with ample experience and the skills they need to thrive as an employee and as an ambassador for Christ. 100% of traditional undergraduate students complete an academic internship or practicum.

February is Cooperative Education & Internship Month in Michigan. To celebrate, we're highlighting a few students who are using their God-given talents to serve as interns in our local community.

Doctoral Student Enhances Community Systems

For Brad Brown, elevating organizational alignment and practicing continuous improvement is something he lives out each and every day.

Brown serves the Grand Rapids community as captain of the Planning Division at the Grand Rapids Fire Department (GRFD). With a passion for serving the community, Brown has played an influential role in enhancing organizational processes like the "daily huddle," improving employee training and coordinating departmental improvements that extend into the community.

Now, Brown continues to pursue his leadership experience and skills as a doctoral student at Cornerstone University.

Cornerstone Staff and Students Attend 18th Annual MLK Breakfast in Grand Rapids

On Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, several representatives from Cornerstone University attended a breakfast held in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Mich. Hosted by the Urban League of West Michigan, the event honored the legacy of Dr. King and celebrated the spirit of diversity in the Grand Rapids community. Local event sponsors included organizations such as Steelcase, Spectrum Health, Priority Health, Chemical Bank, Mercantile Bank, Fifth Third Bank and Comerica Bank.

Turner Celebrates 32 Years of Service At GRTS

For Dr. David Turner, professor of New Testament, the 2017-18 academic year marks 32 years of service at GRTS. This notable milestone also signals the prospect of a new ministry season for him and his wife Beverly; Turner plans to transition to an adjunct faculty role in May 2018.

Cornerstone University Team Participates in Dressember

Several female staff, faculty and students at Cornerstone University have committed to wearing dresses every day during the month of December, braving the cold to participate in Dressember, a month-long campaign to raise awareness and funds for several anti-human trafficking organizations.

Cornerstone University Student Leads Film Seminar in Nepal

On April 25, 2015, the country of Nepal experienced one of the worst earthquakes in history. Measured at 7.8 on the Richter magnitude scale, the earthquake killed nearly 9,000 people, injured thousands more and left the country to rebuild billions of dollars in damage. At the time of the earthquake, Dhiraj Adhikari (B.A. '19), a film and video production major at Cornerstone University, was in the midst of it all.

Understanding Jesus' Words in the World of the First Century

Jennifer Greer, adjunct professor of Bible, served as the speaker for the 48th annual Thursday Evening Bible Class. Entitled "The Words & World of Jesus," the class invited participants to interact with maps, archaeological finds and extra-biblical literature related to selected gospel texts. In this way, attendees sought to enrich their reading of Scripture and knowledge of the ancient world that served as a backdrop for Jesus' words.

Cornerstone University Reaps Results from 2017 SoTL Grant Research

During the fall semester, Cornerstone University faculty scholarship recipients of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) grants continue to integrate their summer research findings in the classroom. Through support from the university's CELT group, faculty are able to generate a more culturally diverse way of teaching and encourage their students to take part in the journey with them.

Cornerstone University Event Aims to Build Sophomore Engagement

On Sept. 20, Cornerstone University's Center for Career and Life Calling spearheaded a student organization fair and alumni networking event. The gathering supported efforts to create a campus culture in which traditional undergraduate students are intentional about their experiences and utilization of resources that are available to them here at Cornerstone.

The Association of Theological Schools Reaffirms Its Accreditation of GRTS

After completing an in-depth, two-year evaluation process, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary is pleased to announce a 10-year reaffirmation of its accreditation by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). In their final report, the site visit team affirmed the seminary's commitment to academic excellence as evidenced by its culture of assessment, exemplary administrative leadership team and practical leadership formation experiences.

From a Farm Field to a Community Issue of Poverty, Students are Discovering Their God-Given Skills

College is a student's time to discover and explore who they are and what talents God has uniquely gifted them with. Through intentional exploration and involvement, students learn who God has called them to be. Various experiences, such as an internship, create valuable steps toward helping students further discover their God-given skills, talents and potential to help further serve our society.

Reading After Charlottesville

Our world needs Christ-centered influencers. After the harrowing events that took place on Saturday, Aug. 12 at a rally in Charlottesville, Va., it is now more vital than ever to be educated and aware of issues facing millions of Americans today.

Telling the Story of Tel Dan in Switzerland

Dr. Jonathan Greer, associate professor of Old Testament and director of the Hesse Memorial Archaeological Laboratory, traveled to Switzerland in June. Participating in a conference hosted by the University of Lausanne, he presented research based on his extensive involvement with the Tel Dan archaeological site.

CU Business Division hosts First Annual Business Camp

Most high school students spend their summer working part-time jobs and spending time with friends. However, last week, 11 high school students set their summer activities aside to come to Cornerstone University's first annual business camp, Entrepreneurship in a Global Marketplace, which focused on entrepreneurship and international business.

Cornerstone University Undergraduates Explore Their Callings Through Real-World Experience

What does an entry-level college graduate need to succeed in today's marketplace? Experience. One of the best ways to gain such experience is through an internship. By taking an internship, students are provided with adequate opportunities to apply classroom knowledge in a real-world setting. From a global furniture company to the City of Grand Rapids, Cornerstone University students are gaining practical experiences while classes are out for the summer.

Cornerstone Students to Bring the Gospel to Iraq

From July 3 to August 2, a Cornerstone University alum and current student plan to teach conversational English in Iraq.

The two will join an organization that has short and long-term English teaching teams in various parts of Asia and the Middle East. Teams seek to use education as a tool of hope and relationship building that eventually lends itself to the sharing of the gospel.

Grand Rapids Theological Seminary Installs Artwork by Alfonse Borysewicz

Four paintings were newly installed in the hallway of the Grand Rapids Theological Seminary this past year. Donated by GRTS alumnus Dr. Christopher Brewer (M.A. ’04, M.Div. ’10) and his wife Rachel, along with their family, this series of four paintings was created by the Detroit-born, Brooklyn-based artist Alfonse Borysewicz. The pieces, which were created between 2003 and 2005, portray the presence of Emmanuel.

Wilke and Lash honored with President's Award

On Saturday, May 5, Cornerstone University celebrated undergraduate commencement. Among the fantastic graduates were two exemplary students who were awarded the distinguished President's Award. This year President Stowell was honored to give the distinguished awards to biology major Ciara Wilke and to business major Austin Lash.

Cornerstone University's Doctoral Program Enters Its Second Year

Last May, CU's Professional & Graduate Studies (PGS) launched its Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Organizational Development and Leadership degree program. The program, which began with an enrollment of 13 students, is now entering its second year, with its second round of residencies taking place this coming May.

Cornerstone University’s Business Dubai Trip

This past January, 11 Cornerstone University students received the chance to travel to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). This trip, conducted every two years, gives students the opportunity to engage in the culture, speak to local business professionals and participate in what the Christian churches are doing in the area.

Cornerstone Students Form CURE Chapter After Trip to Zambia

CURE U is a network of college students who are partnering together to bring healing to children with curable disabilities through CURE International. Students in CURE U chapters use their resources, passion and platform to truly make a difference in the lives of the kids around the world.

CU Hosts 2nd Annual International Artisan Market

Where can you travel the world's artisan markets yet stay in the same room? Cornerstone University's Enactus team is hosting an International Artisan Market where shoppers can do just that; and even better, they can help small businesses in the process.

Cornerstone University to Host the Global Leadership Summit

Cornerstone University and Kentwood Community Church invite you to attend a live-stream of Willow Creek Association's Global Leadership Summit on August 11 and 12. This two-day leadership development event, originating from suburban Chicago, will feature speakers including Melinda Gates, Alan Mulally, Bill Hybels, John C. Maxwell and more.

Cornerstone University Launches Its First Doctoral Program

Cornerstone University's Professional & Graduate Studies division launched its first doctorate degree program this month. The Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in Organizational Leadership and Development is designed for individuals who have completed a regionally accredited master's degree. It will equip students to effectively lead organizations through evidence-based decision making.

Night of Nets Hosts 5K Race to End Malaria

On April 30, 200 runners laced up their running shoes for a 5K on the campus of Cornerstone University. The second annual Night of Nets 5K race was a race to end malaria—a part of the Night of Nets campaign, founded by Cornerstone's Director of Athletics Chip Huber and a group of athletes.

CU Hosts International Artisan Market

On Nov. 14, 2015, the Cornerstone University Enactus team will host an International Artisan Market, raising awareness and funds for various local and global non-profit organizations who sell international artisan crafts.

Lighthouse Group Sponsors 2015 Economic Symposium

Lighthouse Group, one of the largest privately held insurance agencies in Michigan, has partnered with Cornerstone University and The Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame to host the 2015 Economic Symposium, an event focused on the economic outlook of 2016.

CU Runs for Nets

On April 11, Cornerstone University hosted its first-ever Night of Nets 5K Marathon earning more funds to purchase bed nets to prevent malaria in Africa.