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Fall 2014 Mosaic Gathering Kick Off!

On Wednesday, August 27, from 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM in Melton Hall, the Mosaic Gathering will kickoff with a free lunch featuring Trinity President Dr. David Dockery and North Chicago Mayor Leon Rockingham, along with area pastors, leaders, Trinity faculty, staff, and students.

Entrusted with the gospel, Trinity Mosaic Ministries aims to advance the ministry of reconciliation and renewal by…

  1. equipping students;
  2. developing and distributing resources;
  3. and creating new collaborations and networks.

In the Mosaic Gathering, we explore the biblical vision of reconciliation through prayer, biblical reflections, cultural and social analysis, and networking with like-minded leaders.

The Dedication of Trinity Central

L–R: Amanda Higginbotham, Bekah Thomas, Rich Grimm, Mike Picha, George Mencer, and Sarah Beyer hold and cut the ribbon for the Trinity Central dedication.

“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin . . .,” spoke the prophet Zechariah about the seemingly insignificant first steps of laying the foundation of God’s temple. In like manner, President Dockery enjoined Trinity staff who had gathered together for the dedication of Trinity Central on Tuesday morning to pause and thank God for its launch.

He then went on to thank the staff in particular who have worked toward the opening of this office—Rich Grimm and Mike Picha, Dave Skinner, Rachael Russiaky, Julie Wong, Lee Ho, the IT department, the admissions team for their flexibility in moving space, and the Trinity Central staff (George Mencer, Sarah Beyer, Bekah Thomas, and Amanda Higginbotham).

Folks gather around the Trinity Central staff for the dedication prayer.

“Trinity Central marks a partial fulfillment of the student-services focus we’ve wanted to pay even greater attention to, along with enrollment and retention,” Dockery said.

President Dockery then called upon Co-Provost Jeanette Hsieh to offer a prayer of dedication, the framework of which was provided by this year’s theme verse:

Unless the LORD builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted. Unless the LORD protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good. (Ps 127:1)

Before prayer, Hsieh called all the staff present to come forward and gather around the Trinity Central staff to lift them up in prayer to God for his sustaining providence in the days ahead.


Trinity Central will be the one-stop/first-stop service center designed to serve the Deerfield campus community. It is located in Petersen (in the space formerly occupied by Graduate Admissions), and will be open extended hours to serve the community: Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Friday from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., as well as Saturday hours (TBA).

Trinity Central’s initial menu of services includes the following:

Assistance with basic University questions

  • helping with answers to how-to questions
  • providing directions and answers on location and where-to questions
  • providing information on timing of campus events and the university calendar

Registration Assistance

  • adding/dropping courses
  • coordinating withdrawal process
  • changing catalog
  • printing  degree audits and helping with answers to degree audit questions
  • acquiring unofficial transcripts
  • changing advisors

Student Financial Services Assistance

  • cashing a check (up to $50)
  • making a payment on a student account
  • printing out course and fee statements
  • accessing and understanding financial aid
  • dropping off financial aid forms (church match grant, verification, rebates, or loan paperwork)
  • adding meal points (cash only)
  • facilitating adjustments to meal plans (first 2 weeks of semester)

General Services

  • providing support and guidance to students in matters related to continued enrollment
  • dropping off any university documents/forms
  • providing quarters for laundry (2 roll weekly limit)
  • processing change of address forms

Stop by and visit Trinity Central in Petersen, or feel free to call or email us at 847.317.4200 or

Your Trinity Central staff looks forward to serving you!

Student Worship Team Auditions on August 27

Worship Team auditions for all students (grad and undergrad) will be held Wednesday, August 27, from 11 a.m.–12 p.m. in the ATO Chapel. Interested students should come prepared with the audition materials listed below, and will be asked to perform onstage in a band as assigned. If you are interested in an audition spot, email Jonathan Ulanday at with your name, phone number, academic program/year, and the position for which you wish to audition. You will be assigned a spot in the audition rotation in the order that names are received. If you wish to audition for multiple positions, please list them in the order of your preference—secondary positions will be scheduled into remaining slots as available.

NOTE FOR UNDERGRADUATES ONLY: For the 2014-2015 school year, we are moving to only three undergraduate teams, in the interest of providing greater opportunity for musical development, growth, and consistency. Each team will lead on average one service per week, and be expected to rehearse once a week outside of sound check to develop its own sound and to learn new songs and styles.

Female lead:

“Hosanna,” by Hillsong (E)

“Holy Spirit,” Jesus Culture (D)


Male lead:

“This is Amazing Grace,” Bethel (F or G)

“Cornerstone,” Hillsong (A)


Please be prepared to:


  • Sing main melody/lead on the appropriate two songs as marked above.
  • Sing harmony lines on any of the four songs.
  • Be asked to slightly adjust or improvise a harmony part.


  • Play critical parts and lead lines as heard in the recordings for any of the four songs.
  • Be asked to slightly adjust or improvise an instrumental part or lead line.
  • Electric guitarists—come prepared to play both lead and rhythm electric (with effects if appropriate).
  • Pianists—come prepared to play either piano or keys/synth/pads if appropriate.

Drums and piano/keyboard will be provided. Electric guitarists, please bring your personal pedals/pedalboard and amp if so desired.

Storytelling Missionary and TEDS DMin Student Dies from Cancer

written by Paige Ryder (repost)


IMB missionary Jeff Powers shares advice with Zambian church leaders.

International Mission Board missionary Jeff Powers died July 10 after fighting a yearlong battle with cancer. He was 50. The witness Powers shared — one that led many to know Christ — will continue through the oral Bible storying ministry he led in Zambia.

Powers and his wife Staci were on the field for 16 years in Botswana and Zambia as church planters. In the latter part of their time in Zambia they worked to bring the Bible to life through storytelling to both literate and oral learners. This became their full-time ministry and a part of Powers’ legacy in Africa.

The couple’s determination and efforts to bridge comprehension and life application gave many people in Zambia the opportunity to overcome cultural hindrances to learning about Christ. Non-reading people not only heard the Gospel but also learned they could share the Gospel through Bible storying.

Oral learners receive information from life experiences, and Powers helped them fill that need. Those who knew him best noted he studied, shared and lived a life that glorified and honored God to the end.

IMB missionaries Jeff and Staci Powers enjoy personally greeting and interacting with Zambian believers.

Powers became ill while in Africa. He boarded a plane back to the United States shortly after several tumors were discovered. A couple of months before Powers’ death, Staci shared in an update that her husband quoted Philippians 1:21, “to live is Christ, to die is gain.”

Powers served his country as a naval officer in the U.S. Navy and served His Lord as a teacher of God’s Word. Among his many hobbies, Powers enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was working on his doctor of ministry degree from Trinity Evangelical Seminary and had earned his master of divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Powers died in Collierville, Tenn. He is survived by his wife, Staci Simpson Powers; his mother, Shirley; his brothers, Scott and Dennis Powers; and 15 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Theodore Powers.

Visitation will be at Collierville Funeral Home from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today (July 14). Services will be held at Collierville First Baptist Church July 15. The graveside service follows.

Powers requested that memorial donations be made to the International Mission Board, SBC, Office of Finance, P.O. Box 6767, Richmond, VA 23230-0767, designated to the Baptist Theological Seminary of Zambia in his name.

Read more about how Powers impacted the people of Zambia here and here.


Paige Ryder writes for IMB. Get Baptist Press headlines and breaking news on Twitter (@BaptistPress), Facebook ( and in your email (

Trinity Creates a Welcome Space at EFCA Challenge


Every other year, the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA) hosts a national youth gathering called the Challenge Conference. Trinity, being affiliated with the EFCA, was asked to take on a significant role in this year’s conference, happening in Kansas City. For the first week of July, students from Trinity took on roles at the conference ranging from bus captains on afternoon service projects to salsa dancing instructors and photo booth operators within a Trinity-run space called Revamp.

This Revamp space, consisting of 12,000 square feet in the Kansas City Convention Center, was a place where the conference attendees could come to relax between sessions. The Trinity team worked hard to create an environment where students could express themselves, play games, and engage with what they were learning at the conference. The team even recreated popular Trinity campus events such as Golf in Rolf (mini-golfing) and Salsa Dancing Night within the space.

In addition to the Revamp space, Trinity also participated as part of the bus captain team at the conference. Every day, Challenge sent an average of 2,000 students into Kansas City to take on various service projects. Some of our Trinity students had the opportunity to act as bus captains on the 30+ buses that went out each day. They played a major role in preparing the junior high and high school students for the ministry they were heading out to engage in, giving encouragement and safety guidelines to the groups while in transit.

Lastly, Trinity showed up in a major way at the conference in the TIU Courtyard sponsored by CIF, which provided evening activity options for students after the main sessions. Lucy Elbel, a Trinity student entering her senior year this fall, acted as the coordinator for this space, planning the activities that would happen each evening. With a dance party, lawn games, and a performance by the band Seventh Hour, the TIU Courtyard became a popular option among conference attendees looking for a fun way to relax at the end of a long day.

With Trinity engaged so prominently throughout the various activities happening at the conference, Trinity junior Tiffany Valleau gave her take on the experience, saying, “I think that by the time we were finished, everyone at Challenge knew who we (and by “we” I mean TIU) were, which is really cool. Furthermore, someone from our team probably interacted with almost everyone at Challenge, either in Revamp, doing check-in, being on buses, helping with seating, or any of the other various ways we helped.”

Joshua Stoiber, a rising senior at Trinity, commented, “I think Trinity’s efforts at Challenge this year went incredibly well, and to think that this was only the school’s first shot makes me excited for what might happen in the future, even though I’ll be long graduated.”