North Carolina Newspapers

Gardner-Webb College
MARCH 2, 1971
Billy Graham Gives
Students Challenge
Artists Sketch Of New Chapel
New Chapel Plans
For Construction
Construction will begin this
spring on the JohnR. Dover, Jr.
Memorail Chapel on the site
of the present Opera House
Theatre. Bids for the con
struction will be opened March
The chapel will be financed
be financed by funds given
during the college’s 1965capital
gifts campaign by the Dover
family. It is not part of the
present $1,500,000 campaign
fund drive.
A two-story colonial struc
ture the chapel will seat 336
in the chapel area. It will also
house the drama department
and the college minister’s of
fice. There will also be several
conference rooms.
A Baptist Student Union area
is being given by Mr. and Mrs.
T. R. Hendrix, Sr., of Trinity,
N. C.
Facing north the chapel is
intended to give the campus a
focal point to express the sp
iritual emphasis of the college.
The church education build
ing, constructed in 1951 will
remain intact and will continue
to be used as classroom and
office space.
No target date for completion
of the chapel ha s been announced
and will not be known until
bids are opened and the con
tractor is named.
Dr. Poston expressed com
plete satisfaction over the
prospect of having a new chapel.
“We are ir.ost pleased with the
possibility of soon having a
chapel of the beauty of the John
R. Dover, Jr. Memorial
Chapel,” said Dr. Poston.
“Every college needs a chapel
such as this. We are a Christ
Before a capacity audience
in Best Gymnasium, Dr. Billy
Graham delivered a message
aimed primarily at youth and
what is happening among col
lege students in America to
Taking part in a consecra
tion and dedication service hon
oring Pat Spangler, Dr. Graham
chose as a text the question
asked Jesus by the rich young
ruler, “What must I do to
have eternal life?” This was,
in his opinion the most im
portant question that a young
person can ask.
Quoting recent research by
psychologists, he stated that
young people think more about
sex, religion and death than
any other subjects. This obses
sion with the unknown leads to
what Dr. Graham called the
“new phenomena sweeping the
nation’s youth.” These students
have been turned on to Jesus
Christ and have accepted his
challenge to live daily for him.
College according to Dr. Gra
ham is where the great de
cisions of life concerning mar
riage, vocation and religion are
made. Most students he stated
come to college with their par
ent’s faith. While away from
home they must personally
make their own decision and a-
dopt a faith that is vital to them.
According to Dr. Graham life
without God is nothing and has
no meaning. This meaningless
life is the source of rebellion
and unrest on today’s campuses.
A personal involvement with
Christ and a total committment
ian college and a place for the
worship services in a chapel
atmosphere is vital to tSie
spirtual life of the college
A Refreshing
Rev. Bob Harrington’s pre
sentation in chapel February 19
was a refreshing and uplifting
experience for the entire college
family even if our toes still
smart a bit.
Harrington showed no sym
pathy for that type of religion
that provokes a negative, obli
gatory typ e of relationship
with a God that in reality seeks
to bring joy to life. He spoke
of facing up to our guilty con
sciences and having them clean
sed by a relationship with Jesus
In a post-chapel interview
with the Pilot, Rev. Harrington
shared what he feels are the
most important questions that
should be asked men today.
“ vVill your epitaph be inscribed
here lies a mistake? Do you
know who you are and where
you are going in accordance
with God’s will for your life?”
These are indeed vital ques
tions and perhaps by loosen
ing up our “religious” strait-
jacket we can find the answers
and come to realize the mean
ing of what Jesus said cen
turies ago, “You shall know
the truth and the truth shall
make you free.”
Student Karen Hardin listens to Dr. Donald Huisingh, who teaches
at N. C. State, during a group session.
The Week That Was
Thirty counselors ranging
from pastors to prison chap
lains spent three days on our
campus February 10, 11 and 12.
Over 1,000 students at various
times took part in small en
counter group sessions.
The scope of what took place
during Christian Emphasis
Week is almost too large for
any one person to comprehend
and evalute. Analyzing this
“happening ” is equally diffi
cult. However, the effects of
those joys of encounter are
vital and important enough to
merit an attempt.
For evaluation and comment
on Christian Emphasis Week
the reader is refered to page
two and the editorials and
related articles which appear
there. The Pilot encourages
students, faculty and adminis
tration to express themselves
concerning this beneficial and
positive event in the life of our
to him are the answer to the
problems of today’s youth pre
sented by Dr. Graham to the
assembled college family.
Pastors Form
Advisor Board
A Ministerial Board of Asso
ciates has been organized by
Gardner-Webb College with the
purpose of better acquainting
the Baptist of North Carolina
with the Baptist-owned college.
More than 100 North Caro
lina Baptist ministers attended
the first meeting which was
held on the college’s campus.
One hundred thirty have been
invited to become members of
the board.
Dr. E.. Eugene Poston, pre
sident of the college, said the
purpose of the board is gen
erally to better acquaint the
churches of the state with the
progress and purpose of the
Dr. Poston said he hoped
■that the Board of Associates
would become familar with the
college and help advise how the
college can better serve Bap
tist of the state.
He cited the need for enlisting
students, finding needy and de
serving students, enlisting and
keeping qualified teachers and
helping clear up mistaken ideas
about the college as areas in
which this board could help.
“We feel there is a real need
for more concern and partici
pation on the part of the
churches of the state in regard
to GardnerWebb,” said Dr.
Poston. “We are asking this
group to help in many ways and
the most important is to pray
that Christ will be the center of
all of the college’s life.”

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