Celebration event draws hundreds to campus

Celebration event draws hundreds to campus

Reunions, special events, and evening fireworks and comedy highlighted BBC&S' annual "Celebration on the Summit," a memorable time in early October that included the annual Bible Conference.

The 2012 lineup included popular features, such the Meet & Greet and recognition of distinguished alumni, along with new activities, including the Defender Dash on the cross country course.

"I really like getting to come back to a place that had such a big impact on my life," said Katie Eichelberger, a 2011 BBC graduate from Dillsburg, PA. "I get to see familiar faces, reconnect, and catch up with people."

See pictures from the October 12-13 events here.

Celebration on the SummitA Special Weekend
Friday included a time of recognition and awards. The opportunity was special to each recipient, including Sue Lodico, a 1983 graduate from Ballito, South Africa, who was among those receiving an Outstanding Service Award.

"I enjoy coming back to the campus," Sue said. "Some things are still the same -- Jackson Hall is still Jackson Hall, and some of the dorms are still the same. But a lot of things are different and it's nice to see the new things, too."

Read more about Sue and other honored Alumni and watch a special video here.

Friday night was capped by a comedy event featuring Kerri Pomarolli and a spectacular fireworks display.

Saturday mixed the best of homecoming with reunions, connections, and more, including an open house at the new recreation and activity center on campus. Activities included traditional tent setups, with student residence Celebration on the Summithalls and organizations offering a mix of food and beverage tables -- from pulled pork and scones to caramel apples and soft pretzels.

"It is a feeling of coming home," said Meredith Jackson, a 2001 graduate from Clarks Summit. "Seeing friends and family here. There are lots of memories. It's a neat experience."

Defenders and Lady Defenders soccer and volleyball games included special recognition of parents. The presentation of the Homecoming Court and special entertainment with an old-time radio theme was also featured.

A Powerful Conference
"Major Lessons from the Minor Prophets" was the theme for the annual Bible Conference. Sessions ran at various times and covered the first two weeks of October.

This special look into the books of Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi enabled those in attendance to rediscover truths applicable to lives of service and leadership.

Featured speakers included Larry Green, Senior Pastor/Lead Elder at Cedar Hill Baptist Church in Cleveland Heights, OH; David Hixson, Pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Sandusky, OH; Jim Murphy, Head Pastor at First Baptist Church of Johnson City, NY; and David Whiting, Lead Pastor at Northridge Church in Rochester, NY. BBC Professor Tom Cragoe, BBS Associate Professor Mark McGinniss, Vice President and Provost Jim Lytle, and President Jim Jeffery were also speakers.

Listen to Bible Conference messages here.

"Coming back to campus reminds me of how God has used BBC and the people here in my life, to challenge and encourage me in my walk with the Lord," said Richard Engle, a 1985 graduate from Irvona PA. "It reminds me of where my roots are ministry-wise."

Baptist Bible College & Seminary offers an outstanding Christian education through on-campus, online, and other distance learning options. Students go beyond the ordinary, learning to serve with excellence as they gain critical leadership and life skills.

To learn more, go to or call 570.586.2400.

Posted on: 10/16/2012 1:44:47 PM

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