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Prayers for the new President

Dr. Bill Jones: "I look forward to serving you." (Photo by Noah Allard)

Prayers for the new President

Prayers for the new President

Dr. Bill Jones: "I look forward to serving you." (Photo by Noah Allard)

January 23, 2024

By Bob Holmes

鈥淎 personal friend and a mentor.鈥 That鈥檚 how Columbia International University Interim President Dr. Rick Christman described 自慰视频鈥檚 incoming president Dr. Bill Jones as students, faculty and staff gathered for a special President鈥檚 Chapel two days after it was announced that Jones, who currently serves as 自慰视频鈥檚 chancellor, would return to the president鈥檚 office. Jones previously served as president from 2007-2017.

鈥淚 have learned much from his leadership, and much from his wisdom and knowledge and guidance,鈥 Christman said of his time as interim president through most of 2023.

Meanwhile, 自慰视频 Professor Emeritus Dr. Bryan Beyer, who served alongside Jones in various capacities for 35 years, also addressed the Chapel. Beyer, who is a new member of the 自慰视频 Board of Trustees, said Jones is a leader who doesn鈥檛 care who gets the credit. While listing many of Jones鈥 accomplishments during his first term, Beyer added, 鈥渂ut never did I hear Dr. Jones take credit for any of that.鈥

鈥淗e was quick to commend what the team members did and celebrate what the team did,鈥 Beyer said. 鈥淣ow ultimately, he does want someone to receive the credit 鈥 he wants the Lord Jesus Christ to receive the credit, and the honor and glory for all that happens in and through 自慰视频 and our graduates.鈥

Dr. David Croteau, dean of the Seminary & College of Counseling, also took the stage calling Jones a servant leader.

鈥淭here are probably three to five people in my life, that just being around them, makes me want to be more like Jesus. And Dr. Jones is one of those people.鈥

As for Jones, he noted 自慰视频鈥檚 recent 100th anniversary celebration in 2023, adding that he has been thinking a lot about what a privilege it is to be the first president, of the second century, of 自慰视频鈥檚 history.

鈥淔or one hundred years and two months, 自慰视频 has not varied from its mission of educating students from a biblical worldview so we can impact the nations with the message of Christ,鈥 Jones said. 鈥淚 look forward to serving you.鈥

Christman then invited as many of the students, faculty and staff who could fit in the front of the Shortess Chapel stage, to gather around Jones and pray for him.

鈥淎s he leads us into the next 100 years, we pray that you will allow him to have the vision and the clarity that comes only from you,鈥 Christman prayed. 鈥淎nd may everything that we seek to do, may it glorify your son, Jesus Christ.鈥 听

Jones begins his tenure as president Feb. 1.

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Interim President Dr. Rick Christman places his hands on Dr. Bill Jones as he leads in prayer. (Photo by Noah Allard)

Interim President Dr. Rick Christman places his hands on Dr. Bill Jones as he leads in prayer. (Photo by Noah Allard)