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Ministry Leaders Appreciation Dinner to be held at Waynesburg U.

Ashley Wise Jan 15, 2020

The Biblical & Ministry Studies Program at Waynesburg University will host its third annual Ministry Leaders Appreciation Dinner for ministry staff in the area Monday, Feb. 10, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Celebrating the ministry of local pastors and the staff of our nearby churches, this event also provides our Biblical & Ministry Studies students an opportunity to engage in conversation about ministry calling.

Dr. Takashi Suyama
Dr. Takashi Suyama

“This event is a special opportunity to say thank you to local ministry leaders and to build bridges for our students at Waynesburg University as they seek to grow in their own ministry calling,” said University Chaplain Josh Sumpter. “It is a joy to witness the Christ-centered ministry that takes place in this region. As a Christian University, our relationship with local churches and ministry staff is vital to helping our students grow in Christ during their time at Waynesburg University.”

The event features dinner in the Glass Dining Room of the Benedum Dining Hall, ministry conversation, prayer and a guest speaker, Dr. Takashi Suyama, an assistant professor of chemistry at Waynesburg University.

In the last year of his undergraduate studies, Dr. Suyama became a Christian while trying to disprove Christianity to his friends. At the same time as finding his love for Jesus, he discovered his passion for organic chemistry, which he pursued further in graduate school and postdoctoral work. Dr. Suyama enjoys sharing his faith and love for God, both in the classroom and with local congregations when he has provided pulpit supply. 

Local pastors or ministry leaders interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP to Sumpter at

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with an additional site for graduate and professional studies in Southpointe. The University is one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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