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Chapel and Divinity School Groundbreaking Celebrated

By Mindy L. Hughes, APR | March 23, 2010

Chapel and Divinity School groundbreaking

Enthusiastic applause and shouts of joy rang out on the campus Saturday, March 20, as the Regent University and CBN communities gathered to break ground for the Chapel and Divinity School.

More than 300 people, many of them CBN partners, watched in approval as a backhoe, manned by Regent undergraduate student John Rotter turned over the first shovel of dirt on the site. Moments earlier, Regent Founder, President and Chancellor Dr. M.G. "Pat" Robertson, along with CBN and Regent board members, unveiled a striking architectural model of the new buildings.

The groundbreaking was part of a weekend of festivities marking Robertson's 80th birthday. At the beginning of the ceremony, Robertson's son Gordon presented his father with a portrait by artist Charles Cashwell of Atlanta, Ga.

Prior to the groundbreaking, guests learned more about Regent's plans for the Chapel and Divinity School. Former Regent president David Gyertson, who currently serves as a distinguished professor in the School of Global Leadership and Entrepreneurship, outlined Regent's history and accomplishments in fulfilling its mission.

"We're equipping students for sacrificial service marked by excellence, innovation, integrity and humility, and we're remaining uncompromising in our commitment to being centered on Jesus Christ," Gyertson said.

One of those who has been equipped, Pastor David Stine, '03/'07 (Divinity), told how Regent prepared him. Stine is the senior pastor of the DC Metro Church in Alexandria, Va., which began holding services in September 2007.

"Regent helped me gain answers to questions I didn't even know to ask," Stine said. "The environment and the relationships I made helped me to fulfill the dream that God put on my heart in 1998 of planting a church in the nation's capitol."

President-elect Dr. Carlos Campo spoke about the need for a campus chapel, telling of a visit he made to a college campus where the chapel had been converted into a museum.

"We need a chapel to stand in opposition to those places whose chapels are no longer serving as houses of worship," he said.

As part of his comments honoring Robertson, Campo said, "I've learned lessons of leadership in the past 20 months from Pat that far outstrip anything in the 50 years of my life."

Campo quoted from the Old Testament book of Ezra, where the prophet recounts the joyful reactions of the people of Israel as they laid the foundations for their temple because the old one had been destroyed by the Babylonians.

"No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of weeping, because the people made so much noise. And the sound was heard far away." (Ezra 3:13 NIV)

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