Asbury Alumni Celebrate Vision at Reunion 2016
June 27, 2016
WILMORE, Ky. — After a weekend of fellowship, worship, shared memories and vision for the future, Reunion 2016 at Asbury University came to a close on Sunday afternoon.
More than 1,300 registered guests — spanning class years from 1946 to 2015 — returned to campus for the weekend, enjoying fellowship, catching up with classmates and celebrating the public launch of “Ignited: the Campaign for Asbury University.”
Throughout the weekend, alumni enjoyed Chapel services in Hughes Auditorium with Rurel Ausley ’76, Jeannie Banter ’06 and Irv Brendlinger ’66. In Friday’s Chapel, Ausley emphasized the importance worship at Asbury had in his life.
“I made life-changing decisions right here in this auditorium, and maybe some of you did too,” Ausley said. “Those decisions set a trajectory for my life, and I like to return and say, ‘Thank you, Jesus.’” Click here to watch Friday’s Chapel with Ausley and click here for Saturday’s Chapel with Banter.
On Friday evening, alumni packed Hughes again for the popular Old-Fashioned Hymn Sing and Awards Ceremony. Hundreds of guests enjoyed music led by Dr. Mark Schell ’87, accompanied by Hannah Schell ’14 Miller and Joshua Bracken ’14. During the service, President Sandra C. Gray recognized A-Award, Young Alum Award and Volunteer of the Year award recipients. Click here to watch the event.
Throughout Saturday, guests attended Chapel, class luncheons, a watermelon party on Reasoner Green, campus tours and much more.
“The best part of Reunion is the friendships we get to continue,” said Stephanie Gehring ‘94 Rodriguez, president of the Alumni Board. “It’s not only reconnecting with people I was close to here at Asbury, but it’s also rekindling friendships with some I didn’t know quite as well during college. Those individuals who keep coming back have become dear friends.”
For many, the high point of Reunion came on Saturday evening with the public launch of “Ignited: the Campaign for Asbury University.” With a goal of $62 million, the campaign funds scholarships, facilities, faculty support, the student experience and much more. With music, testimonies and a candle-lighting ceremony — followed by a dessert reception and fireworks — the launch of Ignited was an event to remember. Learn more about Ignited at asbury.edu/ignited, and click here to watch a recording of the event.
“This is a very humble and sacred moment for us, in that we recognize that God is the source and that He is entrusting us to do His bidding in the days ahead,” Gray said. “We want to end this service with a heart of thanksgiving, but also, with a resolve that we will spread the light of Jesus — ‘in Jerusalem, in Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the earth.’”
To watch videos, contact us and learn more about Ignited, visit: asbury.edu/Ignited