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Trinity Athletics 2014 Fall Preview

Trinity Trojans

The new fall season for Trinity International Athletics is a promising one after the success seen by the Trojans in 2013. Just a few weeks into the year, Trinity Athletics is enjoying one of its most successful starts in recent history. The nationally ranked women’s soccer program is following its NAIA National Tournament appearance from a year ago with a perfect start to 2014, earning wins over Bethel (Ind.) Clarke (Iowa), and Indiana Wesleyan. Junior All-American Samantha Yasatan returns to lead the Trojan attack, and as of early September, is one of the NAIA’s leading goal-scorers.

The Trojans volleyball team, which posted a 7-25 record last season, has already collected six wins in the first two weeks of the new year. New head coach Dan Priest, a 2010 graduate, returns to his alma mater as the team looks to surpass last year’s win total before the middle of September.

TIU Football is off to a strong start as well, earning a 49-3 victory in their season opener at Concordia (Mich.). Head Coach Kirk Wherritt expects to build on last year’s 5-5 campaign, and give the Trojans their first winning season since 2004.

Men’s soccer has shown improvement as well, collecting a pair of wins in their first four matches, including a thrilling come-from-behind victory over NCAA Division III foe Lakeland (Wisc.). On a soggy pitch, junior Steven Hoeflich scored both the game-tying and game-winning goals during a second half rainstorm to give his team the win.

The men’s and women’s cross country squads also look for improvement in 2014, as both teams have expanded and deepened rosters. The ladies kicked off the year at the Midwest Classic, in Bourbonnais, Ill., finishing fifth overall. The men’s race was cancelled due to stormy weather, and so the Trojans will begin their season a week later. Senior Daniel Durband will go for his second appearance at the NCCAA National Championships, and is expected to be joined by his teammates this time around.

For all Trinity fans and alumni who can’t make it out for a game, all TIU athletic home events this fall will be broadcast live online, at the recently updated

The Church and Reconciliation: State of the Issue


The Henry Center is excited to kick-off the 2014-2015 calendar of events on the important but often under-developed subject of the church & reconciliation.

Join us as we talk about the doctrine of reconciliation and its implications for life and ministry. Featuring our own faculty—Peter Cha, Harold, Netland, and Michael Reynolds—and moderated by Greg Waybright, president emeritus and senior pastor of Lake Avenue Church (Pasadena, CA), the evening is sure to include a combination of theological insight and rich, pastoral experience. Here are the details:

Wednesday, Sept 10

ATO Chapel


Come early for coffee and something sweet (refreshments begin at 6:30). Stay until the end as we engage in a lively discussion with our panelists, sure to engage the full spectrum of issues, from personal dynamics like forgiveness, envy, hate, to wider, more contentious social issues.


A short interview with Greg Waybright

In preparation for tomorrow night’s event, the Henry Center ask Pastor Waybright a few questions:

henrycenter: Why does the doctrine of reconciliation matter for the the church and ministry?

Greg Waybright: God loves to bring broken things in his creation together. Reconciliation stands at the heart of God’s work in this world. And, according to 2 Corinthians 5, God has given the ministry, message and mandate of reconciliation to those who have been made alive through faith in Christ. If that’s true, we had better be clear about what reconciliation is — and then we had better be at the task God has given us the privilege to be involved in.

henrycenter: What might someone hope to learn from the conversation?

Greg Waybright: That reconciliation is bigger and more beautiful than most of us imagine. In the church I serve, reconciliation is the issue that stands at the hub of all our ministries. If we can grasp that the central vehicle for God’s reconciling work is local churches incarnationally planted in neighborhoods in this broken world, then we will see how this biblical truth of reconcilation provides focus, direction and motivation for our service in the world.

Trinity’s ‘Home-Opener’

The Convcocation closes with the new University Hymn

“I’ve always seen Convocation as our ‘home opener,’” said University President Dr. David S. Dockery to the Trinity community on Deerfield’s campus, as well as representatives from the University’s Florida, California, and South Chicago campuses, in his Convocation address on Wednesday, September 3. Faculty, staff, and students came out to see the opening of the academic year with a few new faculty appointments, the official recognition of five endowed chairs, the unveiling of the University Hymn, and, for many, to get their first taste of what President Dockery will be bringing to the school.

Regarding the University Hymn, President Dockery considers its adoption to be a major moment in the life of the institution. “I want to thank and commend the members of the University Hymn Committee for their good work,” he said, “especially for the work of Don Hedges and Greg Scharf for their outstanding leadership, as well as my deepest appreciation for Lois Fleming’s wonderful contribution.”

Convocation ended with a responsive singing of the new University Hymn, which represented the culmination of more than five months of effort on the part of the University Hymn Selection Committee, chaired by Dr. Don Hedges and Dr. Greg R. Scharf. The hymn was authored primarily by Professor Lois C. Fleming, chair of the Department of English.

The first order of business during the Convocation was the recognition of five endowed chairs, all of which were made possible when Trinity received the largest single gift in its history:

  • The William Washington Endowed Chair of Student Leadership: Given in honor of Dr. William Washington‘s outstanding leadership in student affairs for more than twenty-five years. Dr. Washington, senior vice president for student affairs, has been a faithful servant to his alma mater during this time, and he will be the first to occupy the chair.
  • The Wesley Anderson Endowed Chair of Business: Given in honor of Mr. Wesley Anderson’s outstanding fiscal leadership and service to the University. The chair of the business department at the college, Dr. Wendy L. Martin, will occupy this chair. Dr. Martin’s primary research interest focuses on marketing for ministries, while her additional research efforts on intergenerational family businesses yielded a best-paper award.
  • The Jeanette L. Hsieh Chair of Educational Leadership: Given in honor of Dr. Hsieh’s outstanding leadership at Trinity International University for more than fifteen years. The director of the education studies program at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Dr. Donald C. Guthrie, will sit in this chair. Prior to joining the TEDS faculty, Dr. Guthrie worked in campus ministry for twelve years with the Coalition for Christian Outreach and served on the faculty of Covenant Theological Seminary. During his fifteen years at Covenant, he directed the Field Education, Doctor of Ministry, and Distance Learning programs and also served as Vice President for Academics.
  • The Susan B. Stover Chair for Leadership in Christian Higher Education: Dr. Jeanette Hsieh, commended by President Dockery as “the glue of this institution for many years,” will sit in this chair. Dr. Hsieh has been a faithful servant to Trinity as she has served numerous roles, including (but not limited to): Dean of the College and Graduate School, Provost/Executive Vice President, Interim President, and now Special Assistant to the President for Academic Administration. It will be occupied in perpetuity by the dean of the college and graduate school.
  • The Tite Tiénou Chair of Global Theology and World Christianity: Given in honor of his outstanding leadership in this area, Dr. Tite Tiénou will occupy this chair as dean of TEDS. Once he retires as dean, he will occupy this chair as long as he continues as a full-time Trinity faculty member. Dr. Tiénou has served as president and dean of Faculté de Théologie Evangélique de l’Alliance Chrétienne in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa, and while pastor of a church in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, he founded and directed the Maranatha Institute. Successors to this chair will have a proven commitment and ability to continue Dr. Tiénou’s leadership in mission and global theology.

The president also recognized three new, full-time faculty members. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School gained Dr. Jared Alcantara, who will be serving as assistant professor of pastoral theology. Trinity College welcomed two faculty members, Darryl B. Reynolds, who will be serving as a visiting assistant professor of business, and Charles King, who has moved from adjunct faculty to visiting assistant professor of music.

Throughout his address, “Christ-Centered, Church-Connected, and Culturally-Engaged: Toward a Comprehensive Learning Community,” President Dockery brought together the big themes of Christian higher education and applied them to Trinity’s mission. Noting the work of the University includes but is not limited to simply getting jobs for graduates, Dockery said that as part of Trinity’s comprehensive learning, “our mission calls for a different end, an ultimate goal for our work.” He went on to hold up St. Augustine’s masterpiece City of God as a Christ-centered, church-connected, and culturally engaged model for us to follow in the midst of a confused and chaotic age. Institutions that attend to this divine mission, Dockery argued, confront the world with God’s ultimate meaning and purpose, a goal that other institutions can never fulfill.

Check out the gallery below for a few pictures taken at the event (photos by Megan Menke and Bryan Schneider):

“PhD” Training—Pray. Hourly. Daily.

All Trinity students are invited to join together daily from 4–5 p.m., Monday–Friday, in the ATO Chapel (or in Fireside/Lee Building if schedule conflicts).

The practice of prayer must be restored if we as students are to be completely cleansed, healed, restored, holy, free, joyful, loving, and spirit-filled. Prayer must be a part of our daily routines in order to listen to God’s voice and to obey and receive his direction about our futures, ministries, and callings. Prayer as a free yet regular practice must be restored to grow continuously in beauty and power in living the spiritual life.

We hope you join us for prayer each day!

Contact Jaeuk (Jay) Jeong at for more information.

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.