As fall semester begins at Emmanuel College, the campus gathers for a time of corporate worship services during the annual ALPHA Weekend August 22-25 in the Swails Center.
The first session on Thursday at 11 a.m. features Dr. Mark Rutland. For Session Two on Friday at 7 p.m., EC Campus Pastor Margaret Turner is the speaker, and EC Campus Pastor and Spiritual Life Director Chris Maxwell speaks Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
“As students, faculty and staff begin this new academic year at Emmanuel College, we will spend four days reminding ourselves that faith in Christ is the key component of all we do,” Pastor Chris says. “Dr. Rutland has the reputation as one of the best preachers of ourtime, and we are honored he's here to help us begin this new year at Emmanuel. Through worship, prayer and biblical teaching, ALPHA Weekend offers us a chance to remember our heritage and let it become real to each of us. We want more than just a new school year—we want to see God make each of us new.”
A bestselling author, founder of Global Servants as well as The National Institute of Christian Leadership, Dr. Rutland recently joined the preaching team at Free Chapel, a mega church in Gainesville, Ga., with campuses in Irvine, Calif., and Gwinnett County, Ga. Previously, Dr. Rutland served as the third president of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla. He is a distinguished author, educator, charismatic leader, businessman and a nationally recognized figure in Christian higher education.
Prior to his election as president of ORU, Dr. Rutland served as president of Southeastern University of the Assemblies of God in Lakeland, Fla., from 1999 to 2009.
Additionally, Dr. Rutland has served as pastor of Calvary Assembly of God in Orlando, Fla., and as an associate pastor at Mount Paran Church of God in Atlanta.
Through his work as president of Global Servants, Dr. Rutland has founded ministries in Ghana and Thailand. The House of Grace home for tribal girls in Chiang Rai, Thailand, was founded in 1988 and houses over 100 girls.
Dr. Rutland and his wife Alison have one son, two daughters, four grandsons and two granddaughters.