MURFREESBORO, NC – Chowan University’s Campus Ministry held its annual Homecoming Worship Service on Monday, October 3rd. This campus-wide event featured former Georgia Bulldog and Tennessee Titan, Rennie Curran as the speaker. Various student-led ministries on campus participated in the service as well.
After an opening prayer from Associate Minister to the University Drew Phillips, the Daughters of the Most High praise dance ministry combined with the Mimes of God mime ministry in a dance. Randall Dixon, a member of the Chowan University football team, introduced the speaker and, right before Curran approached the podium, a YouTube video played on the screen.
Curran encouraged the students in Turner Auditorium to never give up on their dreams regardless of what situations might arise. He explained that he was cut from his NFL team because he was undersized, but that didn’t stop him. “In order to be a champion you have to go through tests,” said Curran. All the conditioning that endured during his preseason days served to prepare him for the season that was approaching.
“Character is what you are like when life is going your way and when life isn’t,” said Curran. “Never stop believing in the dream that God has placed inside of you and trust that God created you to be a champion, and different from the rest.”
The service concluded with a selection from the Chowan University Instruments of Praise gospel choir and a prayer from Charlie Blackburn, representative of E3, a student led weekly worship group.
“It was a good service overall,” said Chowan University student Henry Griffin. “Curran’s life story was very inspiring.”
Students fellowshipped in front of the McDowell Columns building after the benediction, where a plethora of food was provided by Campus Ministry.
As one of the fastest growing universities in the United States for the past ten years, Chowan University, a Christian liberal arts university founded in 1848, enrolls more than 1,500 students each year and is located in the Historic Inner Banks community of Murfreesboro in Northeastern North Carolina. The university is in close proximity to the Outer Banks and Hampton Roads Virginia. Chowan’s park-like campus features 390 acres including Lake Vann, the beloved “Squirrel Park” and the original McDowell Columns Building, erected in 1851 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Accredited with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Chowan offers over 80 undergraduate academic programs among The School of Arts and Sciences, The School of Education, The School of Fine & Applied Arts and The School of Business, and offers Masters Degrees through the School of Graduate Studies. Several departments are also individually accredited, such as Teacher Education Program’s accreditation by NCDPI and NCATE, as well as the Music program’s institutional accreditation by NASM. An NCAA Division II member institution, Chowan offers 18 varsity sports, as well as co-ed cheerleading, with 11 programs in the CIAA, three in Conference Carolinas, and one in the Bluegrass Mountain Conference.
For more information about Chowan University, visit www.chowan.edu or call 1-888-4-CHOWAN