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Campus Love: Church partnership creates jobs

June 04, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Cooper Nelson GCU News Bureau Grand Canyon University’s five-point plan to improve the local neighborhood was a Godsend to John Ramos, executive pastor of Love International Ministries, a primarily Hispanic congregation with 3,500 members just a mile east of campus next to the 27th Avenue Office Complex. For years, Ramos and his father Juan, the head pastor, had wanted to partner with GCU to help the church’s mission of ministering in the surrounding neighborhood and trying to reduce poverty and crime. The elder Ramos moved the bilingual church that had operated in the family’s home to its current location in 1992 to better reach the Hispanic community. Love made an immediate impact, and is now one of the largest Hispanic churches in the country. GCU was an ideal partner to make additional positive changes. GCU President/CEO Brian Mueller launched his five-point plan last year, which included working to lower crime in the Canyon Corridor and partnering with neighborhood churches to employ local residents in University jobs. The first three employees in that partnership have started working at GCU. John Ramos said the missions and Christian values of GCU and Love are a good marriage. “Grand Canyon is a world-class organization and has become not only a partner to us but a friend,” said Ramos, who grew up […]

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Employee-focused summer Chapel returns to Ethington

May 28, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Cooper Nelson GCU News Bureau After spending last summer in the Tell Science Building, the summer Chapel series will return to Ethington Theatre next week for a more intimate weekly worship experience than those held in GCU Arena during the school year. Summer Chapel begins Monday with a message from Nathan Hale, GCU’s life leader manager, at 11:15 a.m. in Ethington and will continue each Monday through July 27. This summer’s Chapel speakers are University employees primarily from the Office of Spiritual Life and the College of Theology. Jared Ulrich, GCU worship manager, will lead acoustic worship services before each message. Danielle Rinnier, director of spiritual life, said the Chapel messages will not follow a specific theme, allowing speakers to share what God has put on their hearts. She hopes speakers will focus their messages on ways for employees to remain diligent through the slower summer months and encourage them to stay enthusiastic during a time of great change at the University with multiple construction projects. “The majority of people who attend summer Chapel are employees, so we wanted to have speakers who understand what they’re going through over the summer and can encourage and uplift them,” Rinnier said. Employees hopefully will use Chapel to reconnect with […]

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GCU alums minister to needs of Ugandans during medical mission trip

May 20, 2015 / by / 4 Comments

GCU Today Magazine A group of health care professionals who studied together at Grand Canyon University before going to medical school traveled to western Uganda last year to bring medical care and God’s love to people for whom modern necessities are scarce. Among them were Dr. David Engstrom and his wife, Jamie, a physician’s assistant, who operate Pinnacle Family Medicine in Litchfield Park, Drs. Nicole and Brent Nedella, Courtney Mitchell and Stephanie Bradley, all GCU alumni. (Photos courtesy of the Nedella family)

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Dr. Michael Baird says he gets as much out of teaching as his students so clearly have gotten from him. (Photo by Tyler McDonald)
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Retiring COT ‘pillar’ helped students learn — and live

April 30, 2015 / by / 6 Comments

The longest-tenured employee at Grand Canyon University, Dr. Michael Baird of the College of Theology, is retiring after 36 years, and he will leave behind a long list of grateful students and fellow faculty members. Baird was so good at his job for a simple reason — he loves to teach.

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Students gave a huge thumbs-up to the Integration of Faith, Learning and Work in the classroom. (Photo by Darryl Webb)
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Initiative is a leap of faith and learning in classroom

April 22, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The Integration of Faith, Learning and Work initiative at GCU proved popular with both students and faculty. Students said it helped them take a new look at their faith, and faculty members saw it as a useful way to incorporate more prayer into the classroom.

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Philosopher bares his soul in campus talks

April 02, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Faculty and students both turned out in large numbers Tuesday and Wednesday to hear Dr. J.P. Moreland, a prominent Christian philosopher from Biola University who takes delight in refuting neuroscience’s claims about the soul.

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LoGo students cleanse spirits through homeless outreach

April 02, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University students shared their love for humanity early Thursday by washing the feet of homeless people and helping in other ways in the homeless community in central Phoenix. The effort was organized through GCU’s Office of Spiritual Life through a partnership with Phoenix Dream Center’s Church on the Street.

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Chapel: Get your ‘hope’ app up and running

March 31, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Monday’s Grand Canyon University Chapel featured a double dose of motivation. First, President/CEO Brian Mueller shared his thoughts about the weekend memorial service for Ashley Laneri, and then the main speaker, Kent DelHousaye of Bethany Bible Church, used his experience in a footrace to underscore his point about running away from immaturity and sprinting toward a life of righteousness.

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Celebrating the ubiquity of Ashley Laneri: 1993-2015

March 30, 2015 / by / 5 Comments

Like a memorable performance in a stage play or choir concert, Ashley Laneri won’t soon be forgotten, it was apparent during her memorial service Saturday on campus. About 450 family members, students, faculty and staff and others gathered to pay tribute to the life of the GCU senior who died March 13 from injuries she sustained in a car accident in Phoenix.

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Pastor Christopher Brooks of Evangel Ministries in Detroit led the first Chapel after spring break. (Photo by Darryl Webb)
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Chapel: Pray to find key to your city

March 24, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Christopher Brooks of Evangel Ministries in Detroit reminded the first post-spring break Grand Canyon University Chapel audience that in order to follow the spirit of the second commandment, to love thy neighbor as thyself, Christians must explore cities where they might make the greatest impact. It’s not all about a one-on-one with God, he said. In Detroit, Phoenix and other U.S. cities, people are hurting and in need of help. He challenged students to pray for a path to the city where God wants them.

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