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New staff joining OneLife at SWU

    05.23.17 | Academics Faith-filled community Inventive learning

    At left is Dr. Matt Hunter, who will be OneLife's site director at SWU; and at right is Gavin Potter, who will be OneLife's recruitment coordinator at SWU.

    Southern Wesleyan University announced two new staff members for the OneLife Gap Year program to be offered in Central beginning this fall.

    The OneLife Gap Year program will be offered in partnership between Southern Wesleyan and OneLife, a faith-based organization headquartered in Lancaster, Pa. A typical profile for a OneLife student is an individual post-high school to age 21 who loves travel and adventure, appreciates learning both inside and outside the classroom, desires to grow in their faith and knowledge of God’s Word, demonstrates moral character, leadership qualities, has a positive attitude toward authority and expresses a desire to be teachable.

    Dr. Matt Hunter was named as site director for OneLife at Southern Wesleyan. Hunter comes from Covenant Christian Academy, Harrisburg, Pa., where he has been serving as humanities instructor. He also has teaching experience from Messiah College and Temple University. He has leadership experience in areas including spiritual formation programming, cross-cultural education, evangelistic outreach and directing a church college ministries program. Hunter earned his Ph.D. in religious studies from Temple University, did graduate work at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and earned his BA in Christian ministry at Messiah College.

    “I feel so honored and blessed to have the opportunity to direct the OneLife program at Southern Wesleyan; to talk with young adults about the things that are hard to see and talk about, to have adventures of self-discovery in community with God (in the classroom and on the road) and move toward the freedom-in-discipleship that is possible in a unique program like OneLife,” Hunter said.  

    Gavin Potter was named as recruitment coordinator for OneLife at Southern Wesleyan. Potter is a 2015 SWU Religion graduate who has been serving as a resident leader for OneLife at Lancaster Bible College, Lancaster, Pa. He will focus on recruiting and discipleship of students. Potter is also working on his master’s degree in leadership studies through Capital Seminary and Graduate School.

    “I'm excited to see OneLife impact the lives of students at SWU the way it has during my time in Pennsylvania,” Potter said.

    Learn more about the OneLife Gap Year program at SWU

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