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Cumberlands Fall Awakening


A student worships while playing in the band during University of the Cumberlands' annual Fall Awakening.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky.— On September 10-11th, 2012, University of the Cumberlands’ campus organization, Campus-Wide Ministries hosted its annual Fall Awakening Revival event in the Gatliff Chapel, located on the UC campus. Students took advantage of the event being both a convocation event and a great opportunity to worship with classmates and friends. From the front pews to the pews in the balcony, students and faculty packed into the chapel together, excited about the night’s events, as last year’s Fall Awakening left many students feeling refreshed and on fire for God.

After the opening prayer, UC alum Brent Foley (Williamsburg, KY) led a band of college students in worship with songs that were familiar to many. Kayla Smith (Williamsburg, KY) expressed her thoughts on the band’s music, “It was obvious that the band was worshiping and not just playing songs.”


UC's Campus-Wide Ministries Drama Team performs at the annual Fall Awakening Revival on September 10-11 in Gatliff Chapel.

Brent Gambrell, president and founder of Brent Gambrell Ministries, located in Nashville, Tenn., was the speaker for the 2-day event, providing the audience of students with a better understanding on the meaning and importance of faith, as well as a better understanding of Christianity. Gambrell communicated a solid message, sharing Bible truths while holding the students’ attention with his witty jokes and sense of humor.

On the second night of Fall Awakening, Dean Whitaker, Campus Minister and director of Campus-Wide Ministries, began the program sharing information on the need for student recruits for Brent Gambrell Ministries, which works in Haiti. Whitaker shared that Gambrell himself travels to Haiti close to 15 times a year. Whitaker then opened the night in prayer, and the Drama Team for Fuse, a Bible Study for students, performed a number of songs. “When I stepped on the stage, my ultimate goal was to worship God, as if He were the only one in the room,” says Kayla Smith, a member of the Drama Team.

Bringing the event to a close, Gambrell encouraged students to refresh their relationships with Christ, and encouraged others to begin a relationship with Christ. Gambrell called students to the altar to lay their burdens down or head to the back of the chapel to speak with leaders. Students crowded around the altar, sending prayers to the Lord, while the band played softly in the background. Gambrell and Whitaker moved through the crowd, praying with individual students on specific topics.

When asked about his thoughts on the overall success of the event, Dean Whitaker answered, “Both nights went very well, but tonight went extremely well, and I could feel the Spirit being lifted up in the chapel. His presence was definitely here tonight. My main heart’s desire was to have students leave having a better sense of who God is.” It can be said that students filed out of the chapel feeling refreshed, and many having left their heart’s troubles at the altar, were lighter in spirit.

Campus-Wide Ministries, formerly known as Baptist Campus Ministries, is a campus organization with the main goal of helping both Christian and non-Christian students have a better understanding about who God is, and encourage a healthy relationship with Christ. In addition to the new name of the organization, Campus-Wide Ministries has also combined all of the Christ-centered organizations such as Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Mountain Outreach together to change the feeling of separation that the organizations had from one another.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; twelve graduate degrees, including two doctorate, two specialist and eight master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.