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Dedicated Indiana Youth Minister, 36, Dies of Flu (Plus News Briefs)

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Compiled by Jim Nieman and Chris Moon


Allison Williams, 36, who had served as youth minister with Reddington Christian Church in Seymour, Ind., for just over a decade, died Jan. 20 after suffering from the flu for a few days. A funeral was conducted at the church on Thursday.

“In my 34 years in the ministry, she is the best youth minister I’ve worked with,” senior minister Scott A. Brown told Fox 59. During Williams’s time as youth minister, the group grew from about a dozen to nearly 100. Brown told the TV station that Williams dedicated herself to the church’s youth, often going to band, choir, sporting events, and other extracurricular activities.

Williams had been sick for a few days when Brown and his wife convinced her to go to the emergency room a week ago. She died a short time later.

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News Briefs

Richard Jones has been appointed chief operating officer of Maritime Christian College, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada. Jones previously was board chair and has been leading MCC’s strategic planning activities for several months. He will transition into this COO role on a full-time basis later in 2020 and will report to the board of directors.

Jones will have overall responsibility for MCC’s operation; he will focus on translating the college’s new strategic plans into action by working with faculty, staff, alumni, and partners. The position of president will remain unfilled for now and will be evaluated in the future as MCC moves forward with its plans.

Jones, who has 35 years of business experience, has served on MCC’s board of directors since 2007. Richard and Nancy Jones have served at the Harbour Christian Church in Saint John, NB, for the past 25 years.

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The Student Government Association at Johnson University Tennessee hosted a Benefit Dodgeball Tournament Monday in the ARC Gym to raise funds for a student in need of a kidney transplant. All proceeds from a bake sale and the $2 admission charge went directly to help cover Abby Stuteville‘s medical costs.

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Jeremy Miller, head coach of men’s soccer at Kentucky Christian University, received the 2019 Frank Jewell Award for displaying Christian character and integrity while coaching soccer within the National Christian College Athletic Association. The award, presented by the National Intercollegiate Soccer Official’s Association, was announced at the 2020 United Soccer Coaches Convention in Baltimore, Md.

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College Heights Christian Church in Joplin, Mo., celebrated the Lunar New Year Jan. 25 at an event with Chinese students and their families.

The church hosted a choir, violinists, a seaweed eating contest, and traditional Chinese food, according to FourstatesHomepage.com.

“It’s special to them,” Kaitlyn Curry, associate minister for internationals at CHCC, told KOAM. “They come to America, and many of them brought their culture, and a part of that is celebrating their new year, and we want to celebrate it with them.”

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The John M. Webb Lectureship on Preaching is scheduled for March 17 and 18 at Lincoln (Ill.) Christian University. Sessions will feature Tom Ewald and Wayne Shaw. Learn more at lincolnchristian.edu.

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Dr. Samuel “Kip” Elolia, professor of theology and world Christianity at Milligan College in Tennessee, was honored with the MLK Legacy Award by the Tri-Cities African American Association last week. Elolia was one of five people recognized for his continued efforts in social justice, peace, and reconciliation of human communities.

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Thrive Christian Church, Westfield, Ind., collected more than $7,800 at its Christmas Eve service for Sleep in Heavenly Peace, a national organization that seeks to provide opportunities for children to get a good night’s sleep. Church volunteers will participate in a “build day” this Saturday to construct beds for local families.

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Point University in West Point, Ga., has entered into an agreement with Morris Brown College, Atlanta, that allows MBC graduates to enter Point’s graduate programs.

The Atlanta Voice reports the memorandum of understanding includes a tuition discount for MBC students.

Kevin James, interim president of Morris Brown College, said the institutions are “two Christ-centered schools that are models of leadership and by working jointly we are advancing Christian education and critical experiences of our future leaders.”

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The Johnson City (Tenn.) Press published an editorial last Friday lauding initiatives and innovations at Milligan College. The opinion piece began . . .

“If you thought a 154-year-old Christian college would be staid in its approach to education, think again.

“Milligan College—soon to be Milligan University—is proving to be anything but conventional while maintaining its mission as a religious liberal arts institution. Hardly a week has gone by of late that the college has not announced a new initiative, often leading the way with innovation and key research.”

The editorial touts “the region’s first collegiate robotics team” (here’s a link to the story at www.milligan.edu), Milligan’s “key research about the importance of physical education to learning,” and formation of “a competitive fly-fishing team.”

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