Hage featured speaker at Baccalaureate

13 April 2017, 9:51 am Written by 
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LAURINBURG, N.C. – The Rev. John Hage, pastor of Brownson Memorial Presbyterian Church in Southern Pines, will be the speaker at the St. Andrews Baccalaureate Ceremony on Friday, May 5.

 

Hage will encourage graduates to “find courage in the midst of transitions.” His sermon will be delivered to members of the class of 2017, their families, faculty, staff and friends of the university on Harris Courts at 4 p.m.

For the last two years, while serving as pastor at Brownson, Hage created a new global ministry team including a mission trip to Peru. The church plans to also start a pre-school later this year.

Hage arrived at Brownson by way of Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church where he was heavily involved in local missions, increasing their participation by 10 times in five years. Through this growth, a mentoring ministry was established as well as launching the Hope House Ministry.

“My focus has been to lead the local church to make a difference beyond its walls,” said Hage.

Hage was called upon to make a difference after the shooting in Charleston where he encouraged his congregation to “put fear in its place,” and “reconcile the disparities between black and white.”

Prior to Mt. Pleasant, Hage was a Lake Fellow at Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis. The two year residency program allowed him to lead worship, teach, preach and focus on missions. During his time here, he and his wife started an alternative spring break mission trip for families in the church.

Hage graduated cum laude with a B.A. in political science with a minor in Spanish at Wake Forest University. After college, he worked in business as a consultant in financial services in Charlotte. Receiving the call to go to seminary, Hage attended Princeton Theological Seminar earning his M.Div. in 2005.

Hage is an author of two books, Called to Life: An Invitation to a Missional Way of Being and Equipping the Saints: A Practical Resource for International Mission Engagement. He loves travelling with his wife Anna and his four children, Eliza, Jack, Pearl and Tessa.

To learn more about the Baccalaureate and Commencement activities at St. Andrews, visit www.sa.edu.