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Diante Jones

Diante Jones, ’12

Posted on 11 September 2014 by vunruh

Omaha World Herald, August 21, 2014:

At 17 years old, after being in gangs for four years, Diante Jones was tired of always looking over his shoulder. He wanted a future. He wanted peace.

“I wanted to know if there was something else out there,” he said. “One day I walked into a church building, and it all changed from there.”

Faith changed his life, he said, and he never returned to his north Omaha gang. He focused on school, planning for college and spending time with family.

Read complete story here.

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Kent, ’87 and Sonya (Longuevan) Becker, ’88

Posted on 12 August 2014 by vunruh

The Freeman-French Connection. Kent Becker, who grew up in Freeman, So. Dak., has lived in the Bordeaux region of France for the past two decades.  He is a pastor who has found a way to pursued his interest in coaching basketball.

The attached article describes how Kent uses basketball to reach the community and 9 youth in particular.

“Social life in France is highly based in clubs and associations,” he said. “That is where you meet people.”

“For Becker there was a logical and personal connection to those clubs that came through his family. Becker and his wife, Sonya, have five children — the oldest is 23 and the youngest is 14 — and have lived in France since 1993.”

Read the complete article here.

Kent and Sonya’s children: Hannah, 23, is studying voice and vocal performance at Houghton College in New York. Stefan, 21, has just earned an associate’s degree at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, Wyo. He is transferring to Grace University in Omaha, Neb., to pursue a bachelor’s degree seeking to be a math teacher and pursue coaching basketball. Sofia, 19, just graduated from high school and will be going to Frontier School of the Bible, La Grange, Wyo. Lydia, 18, graduated this year from high school. She has been accepted at Eastman School of Music, Rochester, N.Y., in violin. Her desire is to play professionally. Joella, 14, has recently been accepted to preparatory cycle studies to pursue a career in cello performance.


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God of Grace Recorded by Alumni

Posted on 06 November 2013 by vunruh

An ensemble of alumni record God of Grace under the direction Dr. Greg Zielke.  Click this link to watch best writing paper the video.

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JD Burkholder

JD Burkholder, ’96

Posted on 11 January 2013 by vunruh

The Wichita Eagle

Featured business person: JD Burkholder

A sports fan, Burkholder said he’s preaching a “triangle offense” approach to agency clients.

“The first part is Web development – that’s the foundation piece,” he said. “The second is content marketing – blogging, e-mail, social marketing. The third is where we look at search engine optimization.”

Burkholder, 40, grew up in north Wichita, graduated from Heights High and then earned degrees in communications and the Bible from Grace University in Omaha. He worked for Harvest Communications here before returning to Omaha to work in community relations for the K-Love Christian music radio network.

“For those years, almost monthly I was at a venue with a Christian concert,” said Burkholder, whose mother was a choir director at their church for 40 years. “Those were good years.”

Burkholder returned to Wichita to work as manager of content and strategic positioning for Preferred Health Systems before its sale. For the past three years, he’s worked for AJR Media Group of Spring, Texas, which serves the tourism industry, while living in Derby.

Burkholder and his wife, Staci, have three children: a son, Lane, 8; and daughters Aliyah, 6, and Avery, 4.

“A lot of my time has really been spent investing in our kids – driving the girls to dance, taking my son to Cub Scouts,” he said. “And we love to bike as a family when the weather’s nice.”

Joe Stumpe

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