Over 300 people gathered at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in downtown Sacramento on Thursday, November 14 to celebrate the launch of the Northwest University Sacramento Campus, located at Capital Christian Center (CCC).
The evening began with a greeting from Emmanuel Garza, Director of Advancement at NU Sacramento, who welcomed everyone to the launch event. He introduced Scott Hagan, the pastor of Real Life Church, who did a fantastic job as emcee for the night. CCC Pastor Rick Cole opened up the evening with a word of prayer before guests enjoyed a delicious dinner reception and live music from Demitiri & Band featuring NU Crossing and Choralons alumna Keila Garza.
One highlight of the evening included testimonies from Grant Faulk and Doreen Babo, two members of NU Sacramento’s first class of 63 students.
“The regional accreditation, the ability to have a more marketable degree outside of ministry, the extremely reasonable cost, and the amount of credentials, experience, wisdom, and insight of Dr. Tarr and the other faculty members is priceless.” -Grant Faulk, NU Sacramento Student
Following the student stories, Dr. Del Tarr, Chancellor Emeritus at NU Sacramento, called all of the current students in attendance to the front of the room, where he prayed over them.
Superintendent James Braddy, of the Northern California and Nevada District of the Assemblies of God, shared about how the district council had voted unanimously to become partners with Northwest University earlier this year. He said it was a wonderful decision.
“The Assemblies of God is not just about sending people into ministry, but sending qualified, trained people who have the call of God on their lives and who have immersed themselves in an educational system that prepares them for the challenges of society." -Superintendent James Braddy, Northern California and Nevada District of the Assemblies of God
Bringing NU to the site of a thriving, 6,000-member church community presents a wealth of mutually beneficial opportunities to grow together in partnership with CCC. Pastor Rick Cole highlighted this and spoke about his gratefulness for the presence of the new campus.
“Northwest University is an organization that is truth-based, all about growth, and has a strong foundation of love that can be felt here tonight. Northwest University has everything we believe in and want to aspire to. We believe this will be something that makes Sacramento better and makes our efforts more significant to reach the world with the most beautiful message imaginable.” -Pastor Rick Cole, Capital Christian Center
Finally, Northwest University President Dr. Joseph Castleberry voiced his gratitude and spoke on both the importance and the vision of planting the NU Sacramento Campus at such an incredible time in history.
“We did not come here to set-up an education business in Sacramento. We came here to win this thing for the mission of God. We came here because the harvest is great and the workers are few. In every program we start at NU Sacramento, we will be training up workers to be part of God’s great movement that is just around the corner.” -Dr. Joseph Castleberry, Northwest University President
Three special scholarships are already in place for students at NU Sacramento: The Reverend Cole Memorial Scholarship, The Northern California Nevada AG Scholarship, and The Jason Miles Christian Leaders Scholarship.
The evening came to a close with a special acoustic set of songs led by internationally acclaimed worship artist, Lincoln Brewster. The worship pastor at Bayside Church in Granite Bay, California, Brewster expressed his excitement for the new campus by saying:
He thanked all those involved with the campus launch who are demonstrating obedience to the call of God by investing in the students at NU Sacramento.
Many left the launch event with a sense of enthusiasm and hope for the great things God is doing on the West Coast. And everyone went home with the knowledge that the NU Sacramento Campus is a Christ-centered university that will shape students’ lives forever.
A special thanks to our sponsors for helping make the launch event possible: Capital Christian Center, Northern California and Nevada District of the Assemblies of God, Growth & Associates, and Tagboard (see live posts from the event below).
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Posted on Tuesday, November 19, 2013