Letter From the President (Fall 2018) - Montreat College

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Letter From the President

Endurance. Perseverance. Grit.

These are qualities that we as Christians are called to exhibit throughout the New Testament as a way to build character and preserve our hope in Christ. In the letter to the Hebrews, the author calls us to, “Run with endurance the race that is set before us.” And in Paul’s letter to the Romans he writes, “We know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character hope.” The Epistle of James asks us to, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” But what do these qualities look like in the lives of some everyday Christians? We explore that question in this issue of Reflection magazine.

Our cover story chronicles Peter Ripmaster’s ’06 dramatic journey through Alaska on his way to winning the 2018 Iditarod Trail Invitational. I have found Peter’s courage and endurance—both in competition and in life—to be inspirational, and I hope you do, too.

We also talk with Shirley Hoogstra, president of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, which has provided much needed support and leadership for Christian higher education during challenging times. We catch up with Myra Rowell ’00, ’09, ‘14, who persevered as she earned her associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees from Montreat College on her path towards executive leadership. And we learn about the concept of “grit” from professors Paul Gratton and Brad Faircloth.

Montreat College continues to move forward towards our vision of becoming a leader in Christ-centered education regionally, nationally, and globally. Please continue to pray for us, for endurance, perseverance, and grit, as we press on ■

Portrait of Montreat College President Paul J. Maurer


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Peter Ripmaster ’06 and His Dramatic Journey Through the Alaskan Winter

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The Perseverance of Christian Higher Education

An Interview with Shirley Hoogstra

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Grit and Excellence

Exploring the Concept of Grit in Education and Beyond