Fall Revival Enriches Asbury Community
WILMORE, Ky. — For almost as long as Asbury University has existed, Fall Revival has been at the core of campus spiritual life. Beginning Monday, Sept. 11, that tradition continues with five days set aside for students, faculty, and community to engage in Scripture, prayer and sanctification.
Fall Revival is an intentional week of rest for the University, with fewer events scheduled on the school calendar to allow for Chapel and worship service attendance. This year’s services will include 10 a.m. Chapel on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, as well as evening services Monday through Thursday at 7 p.m. in Hughes Auditorium. Thursday night’s service will include communion.
This year, Asbury welcomes speaker Rev. Stan Key ’75 — president of the Francis Asbury Society — who will connect Scripture to current cultural challenges and deliver a message focused on our understanding of truth, surrender to truth and call to stand for truth.
Joshua Becht ‘18, who serves as vice president of the Spiritual Life Board for the Asbury Student Congress, says Fall Revival is a time of renewal for students, and that the more receptive students are to the Holy Spirit, the more the Lord will reveal to them.
“I encourage students to enter the week humbly on their knees in the presence of our Father,” Becht said. “I hope what they take away is something tangible that God wants to renew, revive or restore in them.”
Rev. Greg Haseloff, associate dean for Spiritual Life and campus chaplain, hopes students will experience moments of clarity in their relationship with Christ as well as moments of healing in areas of brokenness.
“Many around campus and around the world will be praying for Asbury this week and for students to experience a saving and sanctifying encounter with the love and truth of God present in His Son, Jesus Christ,” Haseloff said.
Jeannie Banter ’06, assistant director of Spiritual Life and assistant chaplain, said Fall Revival played a pivotal role in her faith during her senior year as an Asbury undergraduate. Recently, she found her journal of notes from that Fall Revival and now sees how the Holy Spirit was moving in her life.
“In between the pages of notes were prayers I had written in response to what God was doing in my life and how he was reminding me of His great love for me,” Banter said. “That revival was more than 10 years ago, but the impact of how God moved in my life is still evident in my everyday life. It is safe to say I would not be who I am or where I am today if it were not for the powerful way God revealed Himself to me that week.”
Key previously spoke at the 2014 Fall Revival. He holds a M.Div. degree from Asbury Theological Seminary and a Th.M. degree in Missions from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He serves as editor of The High Calling newsletter and authored “The Last Word” (Warner Press, 2015), and “Marriage Matters” (Francis Asbury Press, 2017).
— by Cathryn Lien ’18