The day I arrived on campus in 1972 to begin my freshman year on Trevecca Nazarene College’s campus was nothing short of a miracle.
There’s not enough time or space on this page to tell the whole story. What I will say about it is that a few short years before, at the age of 16, I had made a commitment to Christ and been transformed from a wild young man without much hope of a bright future to a committed follower of Christ. I came to TNC with a purpose and goal to serve and follow Christ and the hope of a bright future. That change came about because of the redeeming power of God.
The rest of the story is that I found a church that loved and accepted me for who I was and loved me into the kingdom of God. Had it not been for dedicated Christians of First Church of the Nazarene in Louisville, Ky., I may have never made it to Trevecca. My days at that church were really the beginning of my Trevecca experience. The love and acceptance I found with the people of that church helped me believe and dream that a college education was something I could achieve. With that support and encouragement, I made my way to Trevecca.
My first year at Trevecca was more than I imagined it could be. I made lots of new friends and really enjoyed being a part of the Trevecca community. My professors took interest in me and helped me through some of the di cult adjustments to college life. What I found in that process was the heart of Trevecca, caring and serving people with a heart for God. This set the tone for the rest of my time on Trevecca’s campus.
The years passed quickly, and I soon found myself making my place in the world.
Reflecting on my time at Trevecca, I can see the real value of the experience. There was a foundation for my spiritual life that was forged over those four years. I learned much about leaning on Christ and His guidance and the disciplines of prayer and study of Scripture. These things were caught more than taught.
This is the spirit of the Trevecca experience.
It comes through the professors you get to know. The classmates you develop friendships with and share the struggles and joys of those years with.
The binding tie of Trevecca is Christ.
That doesn’t mean it’s a perfect place filled with perfect people. As one who has fallen short many times, I can testify to that. It is far from that. The most significant thing I’ve come to know is that the Trevecca experience is learning to depend on Christ and no one else.
One of the greatest benefits of the Trevecca experience is relationships. The relationships forged over my Trevecca years are still strong today. After 40 years we still gather at Homecoming and other times through the year to do life and remember our Trevecca experience. This benefit is priceless.
I didn’t fully appreciate how valuable my Trevecca experience was when I was there. Looking back, it’s clear to me that God had a hand in it and Trevecca was the right place for me. I’m grateful for my years at Trevecca.
When I see our president, Dr. Dan Boone, during Homecoming, his greeting is “welcome home.” I’m always happy to get to come home.