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...and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. — Matthew 16:18 (ESV)

CCU is intentional about positively impacting our culture and encouraging "seekers of truth." Our annual Symposium event is an invitation for students, faculty, and the community to gather and focus on current issues in our nation, facilitating dialogue for exploring how Christians can respond with biblical principles.

This year, CCU’s eleventh annual Symposium will celebrate the various aspects of the Church – past, present, and future. University speakers and keynote Dr. Mark Hallock will emphasize not only the importance of remembering the Church’s messy and marvelous past, but also the necessity for Christians to attend regularly, engage deeply, and serve faithfully in the local church. Throughout the New Testament, God has ordained His Church as a primary vehicle to carry out His will and purpose. As a university dedicated to the mission and will of God, it is essential for CCU students, faculty, and friends to recognize and participate in God’s plan for His broken and beautiful Church.

Faculty, staff, and guests are encouraged to attend through livestream. Locations on campus will be reserved for student seating only.

September 21, 2020

7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Dr. Donald W Sweeting and Dr. Megan DeVore will open the Symposium.

Students are encouraged to view Monday evening with other students either in their family dorm/apartment units or on campus in the following locations: Anschutz Great Hall, Anschutz Amphitheater, George Whitefield Commons, or George Whitefield 102.

September 22, 2020 and September 24, 2020

Dr. Mark Hallock, Lead Pastor of Calvary Church in Englewood, will speak during traditional Chapel time ( 10:50 - 11:40 a.m.).

Students in class from 9:15-10:25 a.m. will stay in their classrooms and view the chapel meetings with their classmates. Those not in class or on campus may stream from home or join others in the Anschutz Great Hall or Anschutz Amphitheater.

Speakers

Dr. Donald W. Sweeting

Dr. Sweeting portrait photo Dr. Donald W. Sweeting is a pastor-educator. He received his B.A. in history from Lawrence University. At Oxford University in England he read theology and studied church history, receiving a B.A. and M.A. degree. He later earned his Ph.D. in historical theology at Trinity International University.

For over 20 years Don served as a pastor, first as a church planter in northern Illinois, then coming to Colorado to serve as the senior pastor at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church in Greenwood, Village. While at Cherry Creek, Don was an adjunct faculty member at Denver Seminary teaching church history. He joined the Board of Trustees at Colorado Christian University where he served as the chairman of the Academic Affairs Committee under President Bill Armstrong.

In 2010 Don was called to become the president of Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. There he was also named the James Woodrow Hassel Professor of Church History. In 2016, Don was named the president of Colorado Christian University.

He and his wife, Christina, (who teaches New Testament Greek at CCU) have three sons and a daughter.

Dr. Megan DeVore

Dr. DeVore portrait photo Dr. Megan DeVore is associate professor of Church History and Early Christian Studies in CCU’s undergraduate School of Theology. She has a Ph.D. in Theology from University of Wales, a M.A. in Classics from University of Colorado, studied Church History and Philosophy at Oxford University, and earned her B.A. at Colorado Christian University. Her research focuses on historic Christian theology and practice, and her scholarship includes related fields such as ancient history, art and architecture, and philosophy. She takes seriously the Scriptural command to “Remember the days of old, consider the years of every generation,”(Deuteronomy 32:7), and her classes, writing, and understanding of flourishing and vocation reflect this conviction.

Megan is a spiritual mentor both on the CCU campus as well as for Denver Seminary, and she occasionally serves as the guest speaker at various women’s spiritual retreats or classes for the local church. As much as teaching brings her joy, the most amazing gifts in her life are her husband and two young children.

Dr. Mark Hallock

Dr. Mark Hallock black and white photo Dr. Mark Hallock earned his B.A. from Eastern University, his M.Div. from Denver Seminary, and his D.Min. from Westminster Theological Seminary. He has been the lead pastor at Calvary Church in Englewood, Colorado, since 2009. Mark is also president of the Calvary Family of Churches, an interdependent family of churches committed to planting and replanting churches for the glory of God (thecalvary.org). He is grateful for his wife, Jenna, and loves being a daddy to their two kids.