Mr. Jerry Traister (1967)
Dr. Pedrone brought up the Board of Trustees and had the Pastors in the room pray for them
Several students sharing about their time at Davis and God's calling
Mrs. Eleanor Krooswyk (class 1937)
Class of 1965 Reunion
Classmates reconnecting after 30 years
Sally Silver and her classmate from 1951
Here is a crew from 1967 (L-R) Jerry Traister, Walter Schlundt, and Vince Griffis
The majority of Class Agents at Homecoming
Dr. Ron Hawkins at an Alumni Gathering
Dr. Ron Hawkins and his wife Peggy
Dr. Gilbert Parker and his wife Marolyn (both 1965)
Dr. Gilbert Parker and his wife Marolyn (both 1965)
The Gym transformed into the Gala
One of the place settings
The History Displays in the Gym
The History Displays in the Gym
The lights come on for the Gala
Guests arriving and sitting down at the tables
While the guests were eating I presented the History of the College in Lowe
The History of Davis
There were torches lit up around campus
Homecoming 2010 was an amazing time this past Friday. It was quite the Historic day that was enjoyed by those who attended. Let me take you on the journey:
After a long rain that flood the street on Thursday the rain continued to come down in the early morning light. By 7:45 AM the rain had stopped and the sun started to appear and the clouds began to dissipate. Around 8 AM Alumni started arriving on campus to register for Homecoming. They were greeted as the first picture shows by Jenny Green, Roseann Melious, and Nikki Post. The first session started a little after 9:00 AM in the morning with a group made up of two students (Ben Tinsch and Levi Owens) and the adjunct professor of music, Scott Ladd (2008). Dr. Pedrone (1967) gave a welcome to the audience of students and Alumni and introduced the speaker, Dr. Ron Hawkins (1963) who is the Vice Provost for the Graduate School and Online Program at Liberty University.
Dr. Hawkins had a great message between his two sessions (Session 1: 9-10 AM and Session 2: 10:07-11 AM). He talked about the Christian life and the powers in a Christian life to make us more and more like Jesus Christ. He talked about the one goal we should striving for is to be an imitator of Jesus Christ. To do that we have three powers: The Holy Spirit, the Bible, and the Local Body of Believers (the Church).
Following the second session with Dr. Hawkins there was a break before Dr. Pedrone's Alumni Address. From around 11:30 AM -12:30 PM, Dr. Pedrone along with Jerry Traister and several others talked to the students and Alumni. Before they began we were all treated to Mr. Bill Dykes singing. Mr. Dykes is a former member of the Cathedrals and now is on the Davis Board. Several weeks ago I had written on his Facebook wall about the Hymn "God will Take Care of You" which was written at PBTS in 1904 and asked him to sing it if possible because of the of history of it. He sang a medley of the hymn and told the rest of the people about the history. It was great!
After he had sung the mini-concert, Dr. Pedrone had all the Board Members in Lowe come to the front and introduce themselves. After they introduced themselves he had all the pastors in the room to come up and pray over them as Dr. Ron Hawkins lead in prayer.
After the prayer for the Board Members Dr. Pedrone brought up 5 students to the front of Lowe Hall. They were: Junior Ben Tinsch, Transfer student Brad Zembower, Sophomore Mariah Britton, Senior Nate Benner, and Sophomore Brandon Grey. Each student talked about how God had been working in their life at Davis College. Ben has been working at his local highway department during the summer to be a testimony for Christ and also serving on a worship team at North Syracuse Baptist, where Dr. George Miller III is pastor. Brad has had his worldview changed and he has been able to do more preaching, though he is not sure if God is calling him to be a pastor. Mariah mentioned how Davis is like a home away from home. Nate met his wife at Davis and the college has been a place where he has been able to mature. Brandon is training to go back to his home in the Queens and minister to the families and people back in New York City.
After interview the 5 students Dr. Pedrone mentioned the three things that he is trying to stress this year:
1. Academics: Davis is a place of higher education. He wants the students to be students of the WORD, and students of the field they are studying to be in. That they do their best in their learning. Well prepared for the World.
2. Chapels: Importance of the Chapel, he wants the students to come to Chapel believing they might be called in a chapel. Receive what God has for them. Please Pray for the Chapels.
3. Victorious Christian Life: We are already given the Victorious life in Christ. Since we are IN CHRIST. It is not something we are striving to be, we are victorious in Christ. We need to live out that VICTORY!
Dr. Pedrone moved to what can the Alumni Do?
- Pray for the College (Most important thing to do)
- Give to the College (Many needs on the campus; we need to build on the scholarship fund.)
Dr. Pedrone stated that, "The future of this country will depend upon men and women trained for Gospel ministry. I believe that will all my heart. I would have never come here if I did not believe that."
Dr. Pedrone introduced Adrain Young of Ambassador Advisors
. The purpose of Ambassador Advisors is to help Christians prepare for the future through Biblical stewardship. Later in the afternoon Adrain did a presentation about Biblical stewardship and mentioned that "17 of the 38 parables that Christ taught are about possessions; The topic of possessions is mentioned in Scripture more than any other:
- 3 times more than love
- 7 times more than prayer
- 8 times more than belief
About 15% of God's Word (2,172 verses) deals with possessions, treasures hidden in a field, pearls, talents, pounds, stables, etc."
He shared a lot of good information about how to use it for the Kingdom of God, since we cannot take it with us. How can each of us use what God has entrusted to us for His Kingdom? Great things to think and pray about.
Dr. Pedrone at the end of the Alumni Address had us turn to Psalm 19 which is a wonderful Psalm of the Revelation of the LORD.
- Verses 1-6: These verses talk about the Revelation of God that we see in the wonders above.
- Verses 7-11: These verses talk about the Revelation God in the Word within our lives
- Verses 12-14: These verses talk about the Revelation God in His workers
After talking about Psalm 19 it was lunch time with Class Reunions. So many Alumni were there as the pictures above show. Alumni from the 1930 through the present day. I had a great time visiting with many of the Alumni for the brief time I was down there for lunch.
At 2 PM the Class Agents met in Lowe Hall while the rest of the Alumni continued to gather in the Dining Hall. We discussed different ways to reach our classmates and the classmates were are trying to reconnect with (Note: If you are an Alumnus or Alumna of PBTS/PBC/Davis and you have not heard from Davis in a while, there is a good chance we do not have your address and we would love to reconnect with you. Please use the form on the side and send a message to me). It was also discussed what day(s) of the week works best for Homecoming. We were able to get a group picture of most of the class agents as seen above.
After the Class Agent meeting there was a time of fellowship and reflection with Dr. Ron and Mrs. Peggy Hawkins and Dr. Gilbert and Mrs. Marolyn Parker. It was a time of prayer for different Alumni that are ill or hurting and also a time of reflecting on professors who have touched our lives in the past, many of which have gone home to glory.
As the day continued on the final prep for the gala was put into place. A History Display was put together by Jenny Green (Dr. Pedrone's Administrative Assistant) and Jeremy McGinniss (the College Librarian). Sharon O'Connor (Director of Marketing) had asked me several months before for a list of items that could go on display and they took that list and expanded upon it and created a wonderful display in the Gym for the Guests of the Gala. From around 5:30 until around 6:10 PM I was at the Gala as guests came in and talked to some of them about the history of college. It was great to see the gym fill with over 400 guests. As the guests were entering the Gala I went to Lowe Hall.
In Lowe I did my History Presentation in front of around 30-40 people as the guests at the gala ate their meal. After I finished my presentation I switched the feed over the Gala which was streaming from the Gym. A video made at the college was shown feature several students, professors, and Dr. Pedrone. After the video was finished Board Member Jeff Coghlan introduced student, Ben Kettor who shared about Davis and his desire to go back to his home in Liberia, Africa to help rebuild his war torn country. Jeff Coghlan once again rose up as the anticipation rose and he introduced Gov. Mike Huckabee to the stage.
Much cheering was heard in audience of the gala and cheers also rang out in Lowe Hall where it was being broadcast. Mike Huckabee is a very humble person with a great personality. He joked about some of the events on the campaign trail in 2008. One that stood out to me.
A lady walked up to Gov. Huckabee shaking her finger and said to him, "I heard you are a Baptist minister."
Gov. Huckabee replied, "Yes Ma'am I am."
"Are you one of those narrow minded Baptist Ministers that thinks that ONLY Baptists are going to Heaven?"
He replied back, "No, Ma'am I am more narrow minded than that, because I don't think some of the Baptists are going to Heaven."
He continued on later talking about his humble roots and how his parents were heard working people in Arkansas who wanted a better life for their children. He mentioned how he was the first male in his family to get a college education. He said it was because of scholarships and hard work. He was very thankful for the Christian education he received and how he was proud to support colleges like Davis that give a Christian worldview and train future leaders for the country. He mentioned how as governor the thing that disgusted him each year was how much money went into the prison system. He said that the cost to keep one (1) inmate in prison for one (1) year is enough to pay for one (1) person for four (4) years of college. Which one would be better? That is why he supports Davis College to train men and women for the ministry and be productive members of society. He challenged the audience to get behind Davis College and support them. He then went and sat down as Dr. Pedrone came up and closed out the very special evening that brought many friends and alumni to the campus.
After the evening of excitement there was a Hymn sing in Lowe Hall with Dr. Brent Young. About half a dozen Alumni stayed as we enjoyed some Hymns of Faith. After the Hymn sing several of us were out side praising God for the wonderful day. It was a great Homecoming and Gala.
Thanks to all who help put it all together