This year, the annual fundraising reception benefiting the NLTS Library was hosted by the Library and the Office for Institutional Advancement. We greeted new many faces and welcomed back some long term patrons.
Our guests were greeted with melodious harp music played by Kathy Mercer as they ate delicious hors d’oeuvres and mingled, or browsed the collection just minutes prior to the program kick off.
Following tradition, our program opened with an official welcome from our seminary president, Dr. Eddie Grigg. After greeting the audience and offering a moving prayer of thanksgiving for all the Lord has done for us this past year, Dr. Grigg officially introduced our new Head Librarian, Robert McInnes, to the Friends of the Library supporters.
Robert “Bob” McInnes shared briefly about himself, statistical data about the growth of the Library since last year, thanked recent donors for their contributions, and unveiled a recently donated collection of antiquarian books.
Specifically these books are facsimile copies of rare historical bibles including a page from the Gutenberg Bible and the entire Geneva Bible (the standard used before the King James Version came into being). We are thrilled to have received these valuable additions to our collection, and publicly thanked our generous benefactor.
Dr. Hoyle H. Martin, Emeritus Department Head for the Department of General Studies, was honored with the first ever NLTS Outstanding
Patron Award. Dr.Martin has consistently contributed financially as well as supported the vision by donating many books throughout our sixteen years of existence as a seminary library. Both current and former library staff stood with Dr. Eddie Grigg, NLTS President, to present this award and to express our gratitude to Dr. Martin for his ongoing support. Dr. Martin graciously accepted the award and encouraged everyone to also support the Library.
The highlight of the evening was the much-anticipated reading by our keynote speaker, Jonathan Martin, senior pastor of Renovatus Church in Charlotte, NC. Pastor Jonathan read from his soon to be released book, Prototype, and shared passionately from his heart his personal story and about the process of writing the book. Pastor Martin’s reading was well-received, and after a brief question and answer session with the audience, he promised to return to our Library for a book signing once Tyndale House Publishers releases it in the Spring 2013. We will make announcements on this blog, on our Facebook page as well as on our website once the book signing date has been scheduled.
Michael Andrus, Director of Institutional Advancement, stood and encouraged the audience to pray and to give as God moved on their hearts but most of all to become true Friends of the Library – and the seminary – by providing consistent, ongoing support so that we can strengthen the infrastructure to handle the unprecedented growth New Life has been experiencing. After Micheal’s heartfelt appeal, the Vice-President of Student Affairs, Nathaniel Pearce, closed our time together with prayer.
Dr. Grigg made himself available to greet and to answer questions from attendees about his vision for New Life during his presidential fireside chat held in the quiet, intimate setting of the historical books room of the Library. Overall, the event was a great experience for everyone.
Thanks to all who attended the 2012 NLTS Library Reception!!! We appreciate your continued patronage. If you were unable to attend but still want to show your support by donating, volunteering or making a financial contribution, please contact us at the Library:Bob McInnes, Head Librarian 704-334-6882 ext. 104 firstname.lastname@example.org Antoinette Johnson, Assistant Librarian 704-334-6882 ext. 111 email@example.com