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b2ap3_thumbnail_Tinnemeyer_20140710-173220_1.jpgRev. James Tinnemeyer has joined Waynesburg University as the director of the Center for Leadership and Christian Ministry, the University announced today.

The vision for the Center for Leadership and Christian Ministry is to provide a resource for developing and sharing service and leadership skills in the various fields of ministry.

“We are pleased to have Rev. Tinnemeyer in this role,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “With his leadership experience in all aspects of congregational life, he brings to the University a diverse professional background.”

Tinnemeyer, who has experience in leading worship, preaching, teaching, pastoral care and administration, as well as fundraising and law, said he looks forward to the opportunity to bring people together to explore and grow as Christian leaders in churches, vocations and neighborhoods.

“I am most excited about the people at Waynesburg – what a great community of faith and learning!” Tinnemeyer said. “Every time I have been to the University to preach or speak, I have been so impressed by the wonderful students, faculty, administrators and staff.”

Since 2005, Tinnemeyer served at Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, which has 950 members. There, he was the acting senior pastor, head of staff and previously executive pastor. Among his responsibilities, Tinnemeyer led Sunday worship, offered weekly pastoral visitation and periodic pastoral counseling and oversaw and monitored all of the church’s financials.

He also served in leadership roles with various committees at the church, including the stewardship, representative/nominating and communications committees. Additionally, Tinnemeyer periodically led young adult fellowship meetings and taught adult education classes, confirmation classes and college ministry.

Through its 2008 Capital Campaign, “Building Community,” Shadyside Presbyterian Church raised $5 million for renovations to the church under Tinnemeyer’s leadership.

A member of the Pittsburgh Presbytery, Tinnemeyer serves on various committees for the organization.

Previously, Tinnemeyer served as associate pastor at Oakmont Presbyterian Church in Oakmont, Pa., and as an associate attorney at Buchanan Ingersoll, P.C., and Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C.

Tinnemeyer holds a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University.

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Waynesburg University brings to campus speakers that enrich the lives of students through topics that explore faith, learning and serving. In January, two accomplished speakers visited campus to share with students, faculty and staff about science and art.

As a speaker in The Crosby Lecture Series, Dr. Thomas E. Mallouk, professor of chemistry and physics at Pennsylvania State University, spoke Tuesday, Jan. 17 about "Light Harvesting and Water Splitting in dye-sensitized solar cells.” His topic provided valuable insight for chemistry, engineering and science students.

“[Mallouk] is like a walking encyclopedia,” Jeffery Johns, a junior biology major at Waynesburg University said. “I am so glad that I had the opportunity to hear him speak and talk with him privately; he has a lot to offer the scientific community.”

Dr. Mallouk has written and published more than 300 scientific publications and has received multiple honors and awards including the Eberly College of Science Medal from Penn State University in 1998 and the American Chemical Society Award in 2008. Mallouk is also an associate editor of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Waynesburg University also hosted Makoto Fujimura Tuesday, Jan. 31, as part of the Rosetta Kormuth DeVito Lecture Series. His lecture, “Generative Thinking – Towards Culture Care Values,” detailed the unity between contemporary art and Christianity.

“There is a line that says you can paint or you can worship, but not both,” Fujimura said. “But faith and art is a relationship.”

Fujimura, the founder of the International Arts Movement, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the arts, is a prominent cultural influencer in both secular and faith-based media. His artwork is featured worldwide in many major cities, including New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo.

The Rosetta Kormuth DeVito series was created to explore topics related to business, culture and the arts and addresses a variety of current topics that are of interest to graduate and undergraduate students and the community. The Glenn A. and Jane L. Crosby Lectures brings to the University visiting scholars who are distinguished in their disciplines.

Through generous friends of the University, students receive the unique opportunity to attend these lectures free of charge. Influential speakers distinguished in their respective disciplines give lectures in classes, at chapel and at public events and offer question and answer sessions for interested students, faculty and staff after each presentation. 



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Waynesburg University's Roberts Chapel recently hosted an ordination and installation service for the Rev. Dr. Lawrence M. Stratton as the director of Waynesburg University's Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership and a minister of the Presbyterian Church.

The Rev. Tom Ribar, Waynesburg University chaplain, issued words of welcome and a call to worship for the very special service. Ribar quoted Psalm 46 verse 10, “Be still and know that I am God,” to illustrate God's hand in Stratton's journey to ministry.

Stratton was surrounded by his colleagues, friends and family as he received the traditional “Laying on of Hands” ceremony and accepted the charge to guide Waynesburg University in the way of Jesus Christ.

“It was a very special experience to be surrounded by so many people from the Waynesburg University community, along with my family and many friends and colleagues from the past,” Stratton said. “During the service, I looked forward toward the pulpit and lectern; only when I stood up after kneeling for the laying on of hands and after greeting the many Ministers and Elders did I look toward the congregation and see how many wonderful people were there.”

The Rev. Dr. M. Craig Barnes, Senior Pastor of the Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, preached a message entitled “The Great Temptations of Scholarship” in which he outlined the challenges that Stratton will face as a newly ordained minister. One temptation, Barnes said, is to satisfy the educational hunger of students.

“As a professor, and now a minister, resist the opportunity to fill the hunger of students. God created them to be hungry,” Barnes said. “You are to nurture this hunger and to help your students and your colleagues ask better questions about the world.”

Waynesburg University's Lamplighters sang two anthems, “Sicut Cervus,” by Giovanni P. Palestrina and “My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord,” by Moses Hogan, under the direction of Melanie Catana, director of choral music at Waynesburg University. University faculty, staff and trustees, as well as University President Timothy Thyreen and his wife, Mrs. Carolyn Thyreen, attended to show their support.

“It is a constant inspiration for me to be part of Waynesburg University's endeavor of being a Christian institution dedicated to the pursuit of truth and service, especially as my academic and spiritual path to Waynesburg began almost two decades ago,” Stratton said.

The Rev. Dr. Donald P. Wilson, interim executive presbyter at Washington Presbytery, conducted the prayer of ordination and the “Laying on of Hands” ceremony. Wilson charged the University to hold strong to its anchor in the Lord and to welcome Stratton with open arms. In the same prayer, he called Stratton to be an example of Christ in Waynesburg University's classrooms and hallways.

“We live in a broken time; to accept a call to ministry at a time such as this could be frightening,” Wilson said. “The University accepts Stratton at a time such as this to continue a mission of faith, serving and learning.”

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