On Sunday evening, August 24th, nearly 700 faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends gathered on PLNU’s main campus for the 3rd annual Pray for PLNU event. This year’s event marked the first time that incoming students and their families were also invited to participate ahead of this week’s New Student Orientation (NSO).
“In three short years, the event has become a significant time for the entire PLNU community,” said PLNU Dean of Students, Jeff Bolster. “This event provides a foundation for the business and excitement of NSO and the start of the new school year.”
The evening began in Brown Chapel at 5:00pm for an opening time of worship led by George Williamson, PLNU’s Director of Worship Ministries. President Bob Brower provided welcome remarks and shared his vision for the year ahead. After brief instructions from Bolster, participants spread out across the campus to pray.
As in previous years, special attention was given to the residence halls, as the names of all new and returning students were posted on each doorway, allowing them to be prayed for by name. Additionally, offices, classrooms, labs, and numerous other campus locations, including the off campus sites of the Liberty Station Conference Center and Colony Apartments were covered in prayer. One place in particular was Brown Chapel. University Chaplain, Tim Whetsone, and San Diego First Church pastor, Melissa Tucker, led a group in prayer over each seat in preparation for chapel this coming year.
Sunday’s event concluded in Brown with a time of worship and a devotional from Norm Shoemaker, the Founding Director of the Center for Pastoral Leadership at PLNU. Ron Benefiel, Dean of the School of Theology and Christian Ministry, brought the evening to a close with a time of prayer and anointing over President and Linda Brower.
Hosted by the Offices of Student Development, Spiritual Development, the School of Theology, the PLNU Alumni Association, and the Center for Pastoral Leadership, Sunday's Pray for PLNU marked the beginning of another exciting year ahead. For more information, visit PLNU's website.