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Chancellor Robertson Shares Regent Story at Chapel

By Amanda Morad | August 23, 2013

Founder and Chancellor Dr. M.G. "Pat" Robertson

Forty years ago, a little two-lane street in Virginia Beach, Va., called Indian River Road was flanked by vast fields of soy. On Wednesday, Aug. 21, Regent University's founder and chancellor, Dr. M.G. "Pat" Robertson, celebrated the start of a new school year by telling the story of how the land along that street went from growing crops to a campus dedicated to developing Christian leaders.

It was the first Founder's Chapel service in the newly constructed chapel building, which opened at the center of Regent's campus in March.

"This school is something special," Chancellor Robertson said. "God sees it more than you or I do. Miracle after miracle has built this place."

It all began in Anaheim, Calif., when Chancellor Robertson first felt impressed by the Lord to build a school. Then on December 31, 1975, he signed the documents to purchase the land where Regent now sits. The very next day, January 1, 1976, the first prayer meeting was held on the land for the future of the school, a tradition that remains intact for the staff and faculty of Regent and the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) even today.

CBN University, as it was known at the time, launched its first class in 1978 with seven faculty members and 77 students. Before the prestigious brick structures were built on the land, classes met in a rented building in Chesapeake, Va.

"Don't despise the day of small beginnings," Chancellor Robertson encouraged students. "Take the small things God gives you and thank Him for it and watch it multiply in His hands."

That's exactly what Chancellor Robertson did with campus construction. The University Library, campus' second building and the most ambitious to construct, was built without a mortgage, completely funded by donations brought in through CBN. As he told the story, he cited the Biblical account of the Tower of Babel, in which God recognizes that for people in unity, "nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them."

He closed the service encouraging students to realize what they're a part of. "When you walk around here, sense the blessing, sense the calling, and know that you're on holy ground," he said.

"God has got something special for each of you here," Chancellor Robertson concluded. "When you go to class, it's not just another class. This is about changing the world."

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