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Ground-Clearing Begins on Grace Campus

Aug 25, 2005

Ground-clearing has begun for the new facility on the Grace College and Seminary campus in Winona Lake, IN. Following are several notes from this week’s edition of “Grace Connection,” sent free by e-mail request from Judy Daniels. To subscribe, e-mail

WORK BEGAN THIS WEEK to prepare the property for the construction of Grace’s new Orthopaedic Capital Center. This 56,000 square-foot event center will be the new home for Grace basketball and volleyball, plus it will provide space for chapel, commencement, and other major school events. The community will also benefit from the center as concerts, meetings, and conventions can be held in the building.

Many individual donors have contributed to this project, as well as three local orthopaedic companies, who have given more than $1 million each. We’re grateful to God for His provision as this much-needed building is being added to campus and the community. To see photos of the area, plus drawings of the new center, go to <>

have joined the Grace faculty this year. Dr. Tiberius Rata is the new associate professor of Old Testament studies in the seminary. Dr. Rata comes to Grace from Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama. He is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University (BS), Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv), and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Ph.D). He and his wife, Carmen, have two sons.

Dr. James Kraft has joined the Music Department as adjunct professor and department manager. Dr. Kraft was a member of the National Symphony Orchestra (trombonist) in Washington, D.C. from 1976-2005. He taught at the University of Maryland before coming to Grace and is also a faculty member/performer for the MasterWorks Festival. He is a graduate of Florida State University (BS), and The Catholic University of America (MM, DMA).
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