On a rainy Wednesday morning September 21, North Greenville University celebrated 119 years of existence with a Founders Day chapel service.
Dr. Alex McFarland, author, apologist, and national speaker gave the keynote address for the service. In his talk, he referenced the third chapter of Proverbs.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,” said McFarland. “Christianity is dead in Europe. America is losing its Christian heritage. You can make an impact for Christ. You can make a difference. Be the Nehemiah of our culture.”
McFarland gave the congregation five responsibilities of a Christian, which he challenged the students make into their motto, their daily marching orders. He told them to learn how to pray with power, to know how to accurately hear from God through daily devotion, to know what you believe and why you believe it, to be able to love people, and to learn how to persevere.
“Be all that God called you to be,” said McFarland.
As a speaker, writer, and advocate for teen apologetics, McFarland has preached in over 1,000 churches all over the world and has been featured at conferences across the country.
In 2006, McFarland was named third president of Southern Evangelical Seminary and the Veritas Graduate School. He served as Focus On The Family’s Director of Teen Apologetics.
McFarland is the only evangelist known to have preached in all 50 states in only 50 days through his “Tour Of Truth.” This crusade across America included 64 evangelistic services, became the subject of McFarland’s first book, and was used by God to bring many people to personal faith in Christ.
He has written over 100 published articles and is author of such books as The Ten Most Common Objections to Christianity—and How To Answer Them (Regal) and the popular STAND (Core Truths You Must Know For An Unshakable Faith) series.
McFarland earned a Master’s degree in Christian Thought/Apologetics from Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree in 2006.
In his introduction of McFarland, NGU President Dr. Jimmy Epting welcomed McFarland to the Craft-Hemphill Center for Evangelism, Missions & Christian Worldview as the Director of the Center for Apologetics. He will be representing NGU at his national and international engagements.
McFarland also spoke to scholarship donors at a luncheon immediately following chapel. In his speech, he expressed that we are managers and stewards and we will one day be held accountable for our time, talents, and financial resources.
“You have an opportunity to invest in the Gospel of Jesus through these young believers,” said McFarland.
Founder’s Day celebrates the founding and Christian heritage of North Greenville University. The institution was originally formed in 1892 as a high school dedicated to providing educational opportunities for mountain area students.
In 1991, the university reaffirmed its basic commitment to quality education in a biblically sound, Christ-centered environment becoming a four-year liberal arts college in 1992. The college awarded its first bachelor degree in 1994. The school changed its name from college to university in 2005 as well as opened the T. Walter Brashier Graduate School to offer graduate degree programs.
The university currently offers over 40 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.