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Nehemiah Walk Benefits Chapel Project

By Amanda Morad | May 4, 2012

Walkers pray over the Regent campus at the Nehemiah Walk.
Photo by Tyler Johnson

Under clouded skies, a group of more than 200 Regent University students, alumni, staff, faculty, administrators and supporters gathered on Saturday, April 28, for the Nehemiah Walk. The fundraising event attracted 27 walking teams from the university and raised $58,348 for the building of the new Chapel and School of Divinity.

Eunice Barruel '01 (Global Leadership & Entrepreneurship) walked with Team Alumni. "It's part of our heritage to bring the next generation into the vision of Regent University," she said. "I've encountered pieces of my destiny here, and it's our duty as alumni to participate in this building project."

Barruel and the other registrants, donning their blue "Nehemiah Walk" t-shirts, began the day on the lawn of the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) building with a time of worship, led by the university chapel worship team, and prayer led by Regent president, Dr. Carlos Campo.

"I believe in taking a step together, both literally and in the Spirit," he told the crowd. "Nehemiah encouraged his people to 'rise up and build.' We are a collective, unified group that says, 'let us rise up and build this Chapel and Divinity School for God's glory.'"

Participants moved around the Regent campus, making seven prayer stops along the way. At each prayer outpost, leaders directed the crowd in praying for the university and CBN.

Bishop Anne Gimenez, senior pastor of Rock Church in Virginia Beach, led prayer at station two on the Library plaza for Regent's role in transforming government, law, education, business and spirituality. Bishop William Darryl Scott, senior pastor of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Virginia Beach, led prayer at station three in front of the School of Communications & the Arts for the influence of graduates in media and the arts.

Prayer stop four led participants down to Regent Commons, where two undergraduate student leaders, Gabrielle Barrale and Lily Wilson, and School of Divinity student chaplain Joanna Choi, guided prayer for spiritual vitality on campus. At stop five in front of the CBN corporate building, president and Chief Operating Officer of CBN, Michael Little, led prayer for the network.

Prayer stop six at The Founders Inn and Spa gave participants a chance to worship with a team from Big House Church in Chesapeake, Va., and to pray with Tina Davis '07 (School of Divinity), pastor of campus ministries at New Life Providence Church in Deep Creek, Virginia Beach, for Regent's influence throughout the community and the world.

The final prayer stop led walkers to the construction site of the Chapel and School of Divinity buildings, but due to inclement weather, the time of prayer led by Regent founder and Chancellor, Dr. M.G. "Pat" Robertson was relocated to the Library Auditorium. Attendees shared reflections on the day as they closed in a time of worship and prayer.

Timothy Lim, a Divinity student in the Ph.D. in Renewal Studies program, walked with his three little boys. "I believe in the vision of this university, and it's important to have a chapel here, given Regent's ecumenical and evangelical heritage," he said. "These buildings lay the foundation for even more students to come here to study in the School of Divinity."

The concept for the walk originated with Cheryl McLeskey, a member of Regent's Board of Trustees. "This kind of event is a wonderful way to worship and praise God," she said. "We were talking about the chapel at a trustees' meeting, and it occurred to me that we could do an event here to worship and pray for the chapel together. This prayer walk is also a great tribute to Chancellor Robertson, for all that he's been able to accomplish here."

The event culminated in a benefit concert from worship-duo Shane and Shane, drawing a mix of walk participants and community supporters.

Learn more about the Chapel and School of Divinity Campaign.

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