(The following story was featured on the Oct. 9 PCUSA website and Presbyterian Mission page, written by Lee Hinson-Hasty, Senior Director, Theological Education Funds Development, Presbyterian Foundation. It is printed with permission along with his photo.)
Mentoring today fills tomorrow’s pulpits—St. Andrews Presbyterian
College Alum Rev. Bobby Musengwa
Growing up in South Africa, Bobby Musengwa couldn’t imagine coming to America to attend seminary. But it was his uncle’s friendship with Heath Rada, who later served as moderator of the 221st General Assembly (2014), that brought this possibility to light for him — and the mentoring community of professors, pastors, family and friends reinforced Musengwa’s call.
Musengwa soon found himself in the U.S., encouraged by his family to leave South Africa amid growing concerns about his safety in apartheid South Africa. He attended and graduated from St. Andrews Presbyterian College (now St. Andrews University) in Laurinburg, North Carolina, and worked at Montreat Conference Center each summer. That’s where he reconnected with Rada, who then invited him to attend the Presbyterian School of Christian Education (now part of Union Presbyterian Seminary).
“He became a mentor that allowed me to safely explore the journey or the call into ministry,” Musengwa recalled. “I had in my mind that I’m just an educator.” Musengwa did serve as a Christian educator, but Rada and others encouraged him to pursue ordination as a pastor. “Heath taught me that I could be an educator, a teaching elder even, as a pastor.” Musengwa earned degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary. He now serves as the “Rev.” of Maximo Presbyterian Church in St. Petersburg, Florida. This is the third church he has served.
Mentoring for ministry has an increasingly important role in today’s Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Over the past decade, there have been about 500 pastor retirements each year and only 200 ordinations. That trend will continue until mentoring those called to pastoral ministry becomes a priority for Presbyterians.
Will we have enough pastors to fill the needs of Christ’s future Church? The answer is up to us. And although some geographical regions have enough pastors now, there are not nearly enough to meet the needs in many other areas.
Sharon Daloz Parks, a faith development expert and director of Leadership for the New Commons, an organization in Clinton, Washington, that provides consulting services in the areas of leadership and ethics, believes that a mentoring environment and culture are essential for anyone, and especially young adults, to discover their vocation. In her
book “Big Questions, Worthy Dreams: Mentoring Young Adults in Their Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Faith,” Parks writes that mentoring environments provide a
“network of belonging … [and] promise a place of nurture for the potential self.”
Families, churches and even worksites can be mentoring environments, networks of belonging or mentoring communities. A whole community of mentors may already exist with the potential to nurture Christian vocational discernment. That potential is realized when gifts are identified, and intentional discernment of gifts begins. That can start with the mentor or the mentee.
We are not alone in the church as we discern what God wants us to do with our lives. All that we have, including our lives, is entrusted to the care of the community most often embodied in congregations.
I’ll never forget a college student in the first congregation I served. He began the process of discerning a call to ministry as what we call an “inquirer” by meeting with me and then our session. Later he would meet with the presbytery. The new inquirer asked the session for their support in finding out how to use his gifts best as a person of faith to make a positive difference in the church and the world. He trusted me, and he trusted them.
After the meeting, the newly recommended inquirer and I privately debriefed the session meeting in the church parking lot. Feeling truly supported, the inquirer suggested, “Wouldn’t it be great if every youth at our church had the support I am getting?” With a lump in my throat, I managed to whisper back, “Wouldn’t it be great.”
Our seminaries stand ready to prepare those with gifts for ministry for service in the church. We don’t have to wait to enroll or send someone to seminary to partner with them. The admissions staff serve as gifted members of a discernment team. Don’t wait until you or someone you know is called to seminary to contact one or more admission officers.
[Note: At the beginning of the Scotland County Highland Games, Oct. 6, Scotland County Commissioner Carol McCall read a letter announcing that St. Andrews Piper and SAU graduate Bill Caudill ‘89 had been awarded North Carolina’s Governor’s honor of “The Order of the Long Leaf Pine.” Her letter is printed below. The photo is of Carol giving the award to Bill.]
It is my honor and privilege to present a very distinguished award today. Among the honors and awards that the Governor of North Carolina can bestow, none is more valued than “The Order of the Long Leaf Pine.” Since its creation in 1963, it has been presented to honor persons who have a proven record of service to the State of North Carolina.
In 1989, a group in Fayetteville organized the Scottish Heritage Symposium to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the establishment of the Argyle colony from Scotland in 1739. Bill Caudill was on that committee and when the committee decided not to commit to the continuation of the symposium, 22-year-old Bill Caudill moved the idea to Laurinburg where it has been an annual event in Scotland County since then. The symposium is celebrated every year and brings visitors to our county from many states and several foreign nations.
In 2007 when Red Springs decided to cease holding the Flora McDonald Highland Games, Bill and other citizens initiated the Scotland County Highland Games and Bill chairs the annual event. No other event attracts more visitors to our area, and our games provide a strong economic impact to the county.
Bill graduated from St. Andrews University in 1989. Before he graduated, he was already an award-winning piper. While in high school he was a member of the Grandfather Mountain Pipe Band and became the college piper at St. Andrews. He started the St. Andrews Pipe Band. Upon his graduation in 1989, Bill established the Scottish Heritage Center at St. Andrews and has served as its Director since 1989. He personally raised the funds to renovate the building in which the Heritage Center is located.
Bill came to Scotland County from Waxhaw, NC, and essentially never left. He has helped forge bonds between the college and the community by including community pipers and drummers in the St Andrews Band and by teaching local high school students to play the pipes.
Bill Caudill has made Laurinburg and Scotland County known nationally for our Scottish heritage and our reverence for that heritage. He has promoted North Carolina throughout Great Britain and the Scandinavian countries as a place that values its heritage, its culture, and its roots. Bill always exhibits a healthy respect for others and attempts to be inclusive of all cultures. His service has strengthened the State of North Carolina by illuminating important aspects of our past and expanding the foundation of our human understanding.
He is a leader, a coordinator, a perfectionist and most consistently a doer.
The honoree receives a certificate by which the Governor confers upon the recipient “the rank of Ambassador Extraordinary privileged to enjoy fully all rights granted to members of this order among which is the special privilege to propose the following North Carolina Toast in select company anywhere in the free world.”
Here's to the land
0f the long leaf pine
The summer land
Where the sun doth shine
Where the weak grow strong
And the strong grow great.
Here's to "down home"
The Old North State"
Congratulations to my dear friend, Bill Caudill.
(By Carol McCall)
St. Andrews University will be hosting the return of Chinese American Artist and former faculty member Daniel Nie on Oct. 23-24 and holding several workshops for students and faculty on campus.
Mr. Nie is a St. Andrews University alumnus, class of 1984, who also returned as a faculty member from 1987-1992. He is a renowned artist living in the Washington D.C. area.
He is the author of several works, including his novels Building Your Own American Dream: The Lessons I’ve Learned from Coming to America and Thinking Outside the Box: Meaningful Words in Coolligraphy. His works can be viewed on Amazon.com and Worthpoint.com.
"I attended St. Andrews in 1981 after I arrived in the U.S. as a young man from China. St. Andrews taught me to be an open-minded person, provided me with a solid educational foundation and helped further my studies. I returned to the university as a faculty member and taught full time in this fine institution for five years. During my time as a professor, I developed a unique visual system called "Coolli" which later became a successful business, both as an art form and a training for creative thinking," Mr. Nie said,
Scotia Village, 2200 Elm. Ave, will host a book signing event for Mr. Nie on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. He will have copies of both his books and art work available for display and sale. Mr. Nie will talk about his works, give some insights on his creation "Cooligraphy" and share some of his experiences as a Chinese American.
St. Andrews University is a Branch of Webber International University located in Laurinburg, NC. The University's mission is to offer students an array of business, liberal arts and sciences, and pre-professional programs of study that create a life transforming educational opportunity which is practical in its application, global in its scope, and multi-disciplinary in its general education core. Students will acquire depth of knowledge and expertise in their chosen field of study, balanced by breadth of knowledge across various disciplines. Special emphasis is placed on enhancing oral and written communication, and critical thinking skills.—30—
Thursday, September 27th, 2018 | 11:00 AM
Internet and email services now operational
During the hurricane and the loss of power, the SAU website remained accessible as it was powered off campus. However, when power was lost on campus, the internet and email service were down, and our telephones were not working so access other than through social media or other email accounts was difficult.
Now that power has been restored to most of the campus including the residence dorms and the Information Technology office is again operational, campus telephones are working, the internet and campus email system is functional and available via campus wifi (in most buildings) or by using your wireless service provider.
We want to remind those who may have been looking at or returning to the website for events or news updates that we continue to provide information such as the recently changed academic schedule. Please use the navigation bar at the top of the web page to access all areas of our campus community. Recent job postings for equestrian, communication studies and science positions are now posted under ABOUT and then scroll to employment.
A number of future planned events will need to be rescheduled, and those notices will be posted on the website, email and social media.
A completely revised academic calendar for this and next semester will be posted when it is finished.
St. Andrews is aware that the altered schedule for the 2018 fall semester may pose special challenges for some students. The schedule change is necessary first to ensure that you have the time to acquire the essential knowledge and skills that are an integral part of each of your courses, and second to meet federal Department of Education course credit requirements. In particular, the schedule change may pose some special challenges for international students who have already made long-distance travel arrangements – and perhaps for others as well. I want you to know that St. Andrews is committed to working with each of you for whom the altered class schedule presents a special burden, and with your professors, to develop a reasonable and appropriate plan based on your individual situations.
If you believe that you fall into this category, once you return to campus, please contact Dr. Edna Ann Loftus, the Academic Dean, to discuss your situation. You can schedule an appointment through Ms. Julie Willis, the Academic Affairs administrative assistant, at extension 5240. And you can also write directly to Dean Loftus, at email@example.com, to explain your situation in advance of your appointment.
Although power has been restored to both sides of campus, there are several areas of campus in which considerable work must be done before they can be brought back on line. Specifically, the buildings that received the most damage and still require the most work are the Morgan-Jones Science Center and the Belk Student Center. It will take several more days to dry them out sufficiently before power will be turned on to these buildings.
September 24, 2018
Update: Power Restored; Classes to resume!
I’m pleased to report that classes on the St. Andrews University campus will resume on a regular schedule beginning Monday, October 1, 2018. Students may return to campus on Sunday, September 30, 2018, and meal service will begin with breakfast on Monday morning. All faculty and staff are expected to return to work on Wednesday, September 26, 2018.
While electrical power has been restored to the St. Andrews campus, air conditioning is not yet operational but is being serviced so that it will be working on or before Sunday when students are permitted to return to campus.
As required, to make up missed class days and continue to support student learning, the Fall term schedule has been modified. Classes will be extended for two additional weeks running through December 14, 2018, with exams scheduled for the week of December 17-21, 2018. There will be no Fallbreak on October 11-14, 2018.
The start of Spring Semester 2019 has been moved one week later, with new student orientation to be held on January 14-15, 2019, and classes for Spring Semester will begin on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. Baccalaureate Services will be held Friday, May 10, 2019, and Commencement on Saturday, May 11, 2019. A revised and more detailed calendar will be posted to the website in the next several days.
I commend the St. Andrews physical plant staff; many faculty, coaches and staff members; and our contractors for their hard work over long hours during the worst of the storm and in its aftermath. We still have a great of deal of clean up and repair work to be done and some areas of the campus will not be in use for several more weeks, but we are making a remarkable recovery given the amount of damage caused by hurricane Florence.
I also want to extend a special thank you to our alumni, the Laurinburg community and many friends who demonstrated their support with financial gifts, prayers and acts of hospitality beyond measure. Further updates and important information will be posted on our website and through social media between now and the resumption of classes on Monday, October 1, 2018.
Paul Baldasare, President
Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 | 3:00PM
St. Andrews physical plant staff, our electrical contractor and our disaster recovery contractors have been working through the weekend. Electrical power has been restored to the residential side of campus. Power from off campus flows through the residential side of campus before it goes across the lake to the academic side. Now, work is underway to bring the power up to our academic buildings. However, several electrical switch gear rooms in some academic buildings must be dried out before power can be extended. In other areas, parts arrived this morning to repair the damage done to the chiller that cools our buildings and those parts will be installed soon.