Faculty Gather to be Inspired Before Semester Start
After a busy fall semester, and a break for Christmas, Regent’s professors are getting ready for a new year with students. Before classes begin, they gathered together for a time of prayer and encouragement Friday, January 6, at an annual faculty retreat. Reminding them of Regent’s mission and vision, and what it means to mentor and shepherd students were Dr. M.G. “Pat” Robertson, Regent’s founder, chancellor and CEO; Dr. Gerson Moreno-Riaño, academic affairs executive vice president; Dr. Todd Wilson, Calvary Memorial Church senior pastor; and Hon. J. Randy Forbes, former Virginia congressman.
“This strikes me as a really special place and a great community,” said Wilson. “Even finishing this morning with communion together, reaffirming unity as the Body of Christ, coming to give encouragement, I feel like I’m stepping into a ripe environment where there’s already a great spirit among the faculty. It’s a privilege for me to be able to encourage what the Lord is already doing in this place.”
Faculty members were encouraged to continue building their community by enjoying lunch with one another. Regent may be expanding its program offerings and accepting and enrolling a record number of students, but Dr. Robertson reminded faculty, between them and students, Regent is a family, and their job is to inspire.
“I realized, that’s what Regent is all about,” said Kohm. “Students come here, and the professors get to disciple them. They get the benefit of being discipled. It’s different than any other university I’ve ever been at, and it’s extremely exciting to see that connection between students and faculty, and it’s all based on everyone’s unique relationship with God.”