2022 Baccalaureate Service

Smiles and laughter were plentiful as the graduate candidates entered the gymnasium on the evening of Thursday, May 5, for the Baccalaureate service. The Baccalaureate service at Maranatha Baptist University is a special ceremony dedicated to individual recognition and worship through hymns, scripture reading, and a message. Commencement exercises are a culminating weekend to the college experience and at Maranatha, graduate candidates are given two last challenges from the Scripture.

Dr. Andrew Goodwill, Dean of Students, led the invocation before Dr. Matt Davis, Chief Executive Officer, formally welcomed those in attendance. Dr. Davis acknowledged the efforts of the entire family to bring students this weekend.

Graduate candidates Christina Hope Reed and Christina Trowbridge played “To God Be the Glory” for the offertory after Dr. Davis announced that the offering would be used to continue renovating the flooring in the Dining Complex as well updating the color scheme.

Dr. William Licht, Vice President for Academic Affairs, explained and then presented the outstanding student awards. These awards are given to one or two students in each department who exemplify the core values of their department. Each recipient was announced by their respective department leader.

Award Winners

  • Bible Institute: Anne Ohman
  • College of Bible and Church Ministries Male: Nathan Bixby
  • College of Bible and Church Ministries Female: Sophia Bauman
  • Department of Applied Science: Callie Morrison
  • Department of Humanities: Josiah Knight
  • Department of Music: Aleisha Beachell
  • School of Business: Kayla Campbell
  • School of Education: Abigail Garren
  • School of Nursing: Joanna Schlagel
  • Online and Distance Learning: Stephanie Brahs
  • Seminary – Theology: Troy Prater
  • Seminary – Biblical Languages: Jonathan Anderson

The special music throughout the service was provided by the 2022 Heritage Singers who are traveling this summer

Baccalaureate Message

Following the presentation of the awards, Dr. Marty Marriott, President, recognized Dr. Jim Harrison, Vice President for Advancement, who is retiring this summer. Harrison served Maranatha for 25 years in a deep and lasting way.

Dr. Marriott then introduced the speaker for the service—Mr. Mike Herbster, Director of Southland Ministries. Dr. Marriott acknowledged the Herbster family legacy at Maranatha, saying, “Dr. Carl Herbster was an early supporter of the Bridge to Campus program” that Mr. Mike Herbster now oversees.

Mr. Herbster began by recounting a brief history of the baccalaureate tradition that began with students reciting Biblical truths upon completion of their studies. “In the same way,” he said, “I want to remind you of Biblical truths this evening.” Herbster then reminded the graduate candidates that this weekend is for not only celebration and conclusion but also for beginning and commissioning. “This is not the end of the mission that Maranatha has started,” began Herbster.

Herbster called attention to the idea of stepping up each day of their lives. He then read the text for the evening, Psalm 1, challenging those in attendance to distance themselves from the world, delight in the Word of God, be distinct for God, and be rooted in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Herbster’s final encouragement was that God knows their future. Following the steps laid out in Psalm 1 will turn their hearts to desire what God desires and led in singing Be Thou My Vision.


In conclusion, Dr. Jim Harrison offered the benediction.

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