Adrian Calhoun of New Paris chosen as finalist for Olivet's 2014 homiletics award

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Adrian Calhoun of New Paris, finalist for Olivet's 2014 Carter Homiletics Award

BOURBONNAIS, IL (04/04/2014)(readMedia)-- Olivet Nazarene University's School of Theology and Christian Ministry is pleased to announce that Adrian Calhoun of New Paris was a finalist for the 2014 Sylvanus Carter Homiletics Award.

Calhoun is a religious studies major with a minor in sociology. He serves as a resident assistant in the Olde Oak apartment complex, a student ambassador for Public Safety, and the co-president and co-chaplain of Proclamation Gospel Choir. He will return to Olivet next fall to pursue a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry degree.

During a special chapel service at College Church of the Nazarene on April 1, 2014, University President John C. Bowling presented the award and a scholarship to Matthew Jones, a senior religious studies major from Eureka, Ill.

Nick Kellar of Comstock Park, Mich., was also a finalist for this award. Kellar and Calhoun received scholarships and were recognized during the service.

Each participant in the competition for this award researches, writes and submits the manuscript of a sermon that he/she has prepared. Next, selected participants deliver their sermons to an audience. Each sermon is rated on exegesis of scripture, focus and relevance for the audience who will hear it, as well as the participant's delivery of it. Three finalists are then chosen to receive scholarships, and one of those is designated as recipient of the award.

"We are pleased to honor three men of God who will preach the Word of God," said Professor Jason Robertson, chair of the selection committee.

The Sylvanus Carter Homiletics Award was established by Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Carter in honor of Stephen's father, Rev. Sylvanus Carter - a pastor in the Church of the Nazarene for 56 years. Rev. Carter's life and ministry modeled a strong commitment to preaching and pastoral care.

Olivet Nazarene University is an accredited Christian, liberal arts university offering more than 100 areas of undergraduate and graduate study, including the Doctor of Education in ethical leadership. Olivet has one main campus in Bourbonnais, Ill. - just 50 miles south of Chicago; three additional sites: Rolling Meadows and Oak Brook, Ill., and Hong Kong; and more than 100 School of Graduate and Continuing Studies learning locations throughout Chicagoland and the Midwest. From Oxford to Tokyo, hundreds of Olivet students also experience the global classroom each year, whether through study abroad opportunities or worldwide mission trips.


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Laura Warfel

Public Relations Specialist

Olivet Nazarene University

Bourbonnais, Ill.