May 26, 2016
Celebrating Twenty Years!
NationsUniversity® celebrated twenty years of excellence in education. This was the largest dinner that NationsUniversity has ever hosted as staff, volunteers, faculty, and friends gathered at Harpeth Hills Church in Brentwood, Tennessee to celebrate two enormous achievements, twenty years of Christian education and the DEAC accreditation the university achieved in July 2015.
The guest speaker was Randy Harris of Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas where he is an Instructor of Bible in the College of Biblical Studies. Randy talked about the inspired imagination of those who started NationsU and how they could not see the explosion of Internet technology, yet they were in a position from the very beginning, because God knew what was about to happen.
Other guests included students from many different places and even countries. There were five Kenyan students, at their own expense, that came to visit NU and with American business leaders in Brentwood, TN. They even assisted NU staff with the setup and cleanup for the dinner. NU student, Ed Johnston and his wife, traveled all the way from New York to celebrate with the university.
Events that night included a video mashup of students congratulating NU and what the school has meant to them. Also, there was a video on the origins and history of NU complete with a forty-page book detailing the beginnings and growth of the school. An honorary doctorate of divinity was awarded to Randy Harris by Mac and Marty Lynn to recognize his service to Christ and the Christian community over the years. Another award, the Distinguished Christian Service Award, was given by the university to Clay and Beverly Whidden in appreciation for their tireless efforts to spread the Gospel in Russia and for their work with our incarcerated students in Texas.
This was the largest dinner NationsUniversity ever hosted. We exceeded our fundraising goal for the dinner and want to thank everyone that made this possible. Here is to 20 more years!