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Campbellsville University to host Faith and Beauty Symposium Jan. 24

By Zoe McAninch, student intern writer, Office of University Communications

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Campbellsville University is introducing the new year with a symposium for worshippers, titled “Faith & Beauty,” at Ransdell Chapel on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

“Faith & Beauty is about leading, worshipping, composing and designing in Light of the Beauty of the Gospel,” Dr. John Hurtgen, dean of the School of Theology, said.

Hurtgen said, “The workshop attempts to make theological aesthetics made practical. How does the beauty of design, music and worship intersect with the gospel story?”

The event is sponsored by the CU Center for Ministry & Worship.

Dan Wilt, director of communications and resource development, Vineyard US, from Nashville, Tenn., is the keynote speaker of the symposium.

Wilt said, “My life’s work is to serve the flourishing of the human heart in faith, in hope, and in love in God’s sacred world.” He has served as a social worker, songwriter, university professor, designer, author, pastor, worship leader and a chaplain. To find out more about Wilt, visit his website,

Adam Russell, director of Vineyard Music USA, and senior pastor of Vineyard Campbellsville at 105 Pleasant Drive, Campbellsville. He is also a songwriter (“Let Your Kingdom Come” and “Glorious”) and worship leader. Vineyard Campbellsville  began in 1996 with only a few people, and, in two decades, they have grown to a community of about 300. Russell is a 2001 graduate of Campbellsville University. To learn more about The Vineyard or Russell, visit,

Dr. Sam Yoder, nationally-acclaimed songwriter, has written “All Things Rise,” “Wear the Crown” and “Promises of Wonder.” Yoder is a chiropractor in Campbellsville and is a 2000 graduate of Campbellsville University.

Eric Hurtgen, formerly of Charlotte, N.C., is a freelance designer and art director. He is a 1999 graduate of Campbellsville University. After nearly a decade of experience, Hurtgen has accumulated a lengthy list of awards for his role as an art director in various creative endeavors. He was most recently honored with the National Gold Advertising Award and a MidSouth Emmy Nomination for his work on the short film “Malala Yousafzai.” To see some of his work, visit his website at

For more information, contact the School of Theology at (270) 789-5029.

Campbellsville University is a widely-acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 13,000 students offering more than 90 programs of study including Ph.D., master, baccalaureate, associate, pre-professional and certification programs. The university has off-campus centers in Kentucky cities Louisville, Harrodsburg, Somerset, Hodgenville and Liberty with Kentucky instructional sites in Elizabethtown, Owensboro and Summersville. The university also has a full complement of online programs. The website for complete information is