Commissioning Service for chaplain set for September 18

A Commissioning Service for new Hastings College chaplain Rev. Doodle Harris will be held Sunday, September, 18 at 4:00 p.m. at French Memorial Chapel (800 N. Turner Avenue). The service is free and open to the public, with a reception to follow.

Hastings College and the Presbytery are hosting the service, with Rev. Greg Allen-Pickett, senior pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Hastings and a member of the Hastings College Board of Trustees, will preach.

The Hastings College Choir under the direction of Dr. Brett Epperson, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities, will provide music, along with professor of piano Dr. Jonathan Sokasits; organist Linda Vollweiler; soprano Dr. Amanda Boyd; and Dr. Louie Eckhardt, assistant professor of music and director of bands, on trumpet.

This service will be the beginning of a renewed and invigorated relationship between the college and the Presbytery of Central Nebraska. The college is one of 54 Presbyterian colleges spread across the United States and the only one in Nebraska.

Before coming to Hastings College, Harris served at Presbyterian and Lutheran churches after earning her MDiv from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and being ordained as a minister in 2008. She also has a bachelors in music performance from Presbyterian College and a masters in music in music theory from the University of South Carolina.

In addition to serving as the chaplain of the College, Harris coordinates service learning projects and works with faculty to support service learning in the classroom.

Hastings College is a four-year residential college that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. Hastings’ student-centered initiatives include providing books, an iPad and a two-week study away experience at no additional cost. A block-style semester schedule allows professors and students to focus on fewer classes at a time and promotes hands-on experiences. Discover more at hastings.edu.

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