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Regent Honors New Faculty and Staff

By Brett Wilson | August 28, 2014

Regent's annual Convocation service.
Photo courtesy of Alex Perry.

At the start of each school year, the leaders of Regent University honor the institute's new faculty and staff, commission student leaders, and dedicate the academic year to the Lord.

This year's Convocation service on Wednesday, Aug. 27, celebrated 57 new faculty and staff members and 110 students involved in the Council of Graduate Students, College Student Leadership Board, Student Alumni Ambassadors, Residence Life student leaders, the Campus Ministries discipleship team and the Campus Ministries worship team members.

"I'm truly humbled to be with you today on this fine occasion at this institution," said guest speaker Rev. Dan Backens '06 (School of Divinity), senior pastor of New Life Providence Church in Virginia Beach. "There's something special about this place."

Backens was a first-hand witness to the unique Regent experience as a 37-year-old battling a "crises of ministry and faith."

"I called out to my wife and said, 'Honey, I think God has answered our prayers,'" said Backens. "So we sold the house, brought every nickel I had to my name and came to school here—and that changed the trajectory of my life."

Fifteen years ago, out of his Regent experience, Backens began New Life Providence Church in a Virginia Beach high school. Now the church has several locations and nearly 5,000 members of diverse backgrounds and nationalities—much like Regent's own student body. Backens credits the transformation of his own life and the success of the university to the work of the Holy Spirit's presence on Regent's campus.

"There is a sense of divine preparation for a divine destiny here," said Backens. "This is what makes Regent University."

Backens' charge for the 2014-2015 academic year was "veni sancte spiritus" or "come, Holy Spirit." He challenged each of the university's schools to allow the Spirit of God to move in every educational endeavor of communication, law, government, business, leadership, psychology, counseling, education or divinity.

"This university was founded and has been sustained by the efforts of prayer and fasting, and now it's been birthed as a world-class institute," said Backens. "May this fall semester be Regent's finest hour because the Holy Spirit is welcome."

Following Backens' address, Founder, Chancellor and CEO, Dr. M.G. "Pat" Robertson and the university's deans anointed and prayed over each of the new members of Regent's community.

"May the Holy Spirit come and anoint us in ways that we have never known," said Robertson. "We pray especially for every one of these people who make this institution possible."

View the online listing of new faculty and staff members.

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