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Fall, 2013 News  
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Greetings from Manchester!

We are excited about the new academic year, when we welcome nearly 400 new students to campus, including 17 Church of the Brethren members who will join our dynamic campus community. Please be in prayer for everyone at Manchester as we embark on another year of learning, growing, and exploring.

Manchester may have set a record this year when it sent nine members of the Class of 2013 into Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS). BVS staff believe that may be the largest group to come from a single class at any one school in decades. Six students were in the summer orientation unit, and another three are in the fall unit. The ones placed so far will be serving in Chicago; Portland, Oregon; Northern Ireland; Bosnia-Herzegovina; Japan; and Guatemala.

We also had four students serve as interns in Ministry Summer Service for nine weeks this summer. Todd Eastis was at Black Rock Church of the Brethren in Glenville, Pa.; Lucas Miller Kauffman was at Camp Mardela in Denton, Md.; Andrea Keller was at Lancaster (Pa.) Church of the Brethren; and Peyton Miller was at Beacon Heights Church of the Brethren in Fort Wayne, Ind. They will be sharing from their experiences during a chapel service this fall.

Members of the Manchester community will head to Camp Mack again this fall for the annual Camp Mack Day. The day, on Sept. 22 this year, will include games, food, a climbing wall, canoe races, a service project, and more. Some Brethren students are doing a mini-retreat at the camp the night before.

The Powerhouse regional youth conference enters its fourth year, with this year’s event scheduled for Nov. 16-17. To better accommodate the conference, it will be held at Camp Mack this year, with tours and events available at the Manchester campus before and afterward. The theme is “On Earth As It Is In Heaven: Stories From the Garden,” with keynote speakers Audrey and Tim Hollenberg-Duffey. More details are at

We had another successful Manchester luncheon at Annual Conference, with about 125 alumni and friends joining to hear updates from Executive Vice President and College of Pharmacy dean Dave McFadden, see the 2013 Church-University Relations Award presented to Mutual Kumquat, and enjoy good food and fellowship.

Campus calendarA few other events to note: Look for Manchester at several district conferences this fall, with staff scheduled to visit Northern Indiana Sept. 20-21, South/Central Indiana Sept. 21, and Illinois/Wisconsin Nov. 1-2. . . . Fall speakers at Manchester this fall will include Interfaith Youth Core director Eboo Patel on Oct. 8 and Phil Kauffman, with a production of Clarence Jordan’s “The Cotton Patch Gospel,” on Nov. 14. . . . A new Church Relations Advisory Council, consisting of Board of Trustees members, students, district executives, and staff will begin this fall to work at maintaining and deepening connections between Manchester and the Church of the Brethren.

And as always, if you know of a prospective student who might have interest in attending Manchester, please send them our way! They can visit campus for one of our Spartan Days or at another time.


Manchester University Office of Church Relations
Walt Wiltschek, Campus Pastor
604 E. College Ave. • North Manchester, IN 46962
260-982-5243 •

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