TRINITY SEEKS NEW PARTNERS
AMONG CHICAGO AREA PASTORS
to forge new relationships with local religious leaders, Trinity invited
more than 25 pastors and ministers throughout the Chicago metropolitan
area to campus for lunch February 22.
Felecia Thompson, director
of community partnerships, coordinated the Information and Networking Luncheon
in the Grand Lobby to familiarize the pastors with the College and introduce
ways in which they can work together in Christian education and service.
The diverse group included many leaders from African-American and Asian-American
churches. Thompson hopes that Trinity will maintain its momentum in partnering
with those audiences.
"As we proceed to make ourselves
more visible and better known in Chicago, we have to find more ways for
our neighbors to learn about Trinity," Thompson said. "As a Christian institution,
we share a common bond with churches in the Chicago area. It is important
that we maximize the possibilities that our common faith afford us, and
this is the first step toward that goal."
Hamstra (vice president for advancement and admissions), Josh Lenarz '98
(director of admissions), and John Johnson '02 (admissions counselor for
the Chicago region) encouraged the guests to think of the College as a
destination for their college-bound high school students. Hamstra vowed
that both the admissions and financial aid departments would work diligently
to make a Trinity education a reality for students who show serious interest.
"I've been impressed by the
presentation and what I've seen here," said Rev. Derrius Colvin, pastor
of First Progressive Church of Christ. "I was not very familiar with Trinity,
but I'm interested in some of the things I heard. There seem to be some
excellent educational opportunities for minority students, and there are
possibilities for us to work with Trinity in other areas."