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Fifteen Evangel teams spreading across the globe for Spring Break service trips

March 1, 2013 | Ian Richardson

For many college students, Spring Break is a notorious time for partying, indulgence and otherwise risky behavior.

Not so at Evangel University.

For many at Evangel, Spring Break is a time to serve. To put feet to their faith. To make a global impact. It’s just another example of what sets Evangel apart from the traditional college experience.

Fifteen teams consisting of Evangel students, staff and faculty are packed and headed to serve around the world during Spring Break, March 2-10, 2013. They will visit nine different countries, participating in both domestic and international service and study trips.

Many of the trips have been coordinated through CROSSwalk, Evangel’s student-led ministry organization. Others are Global Connections trips, designed to help students develop personal spiritual formation, experience global cultures, learn about other perspectives and world views, and actively participate in service and witness projects.

The following trips are planned:


Eleven students and faculty will be traveling to São Paulo, Brazil, to minister to children on the streets and in several churches throughout the area. Dr. Jeff Fulks, director of Adult & Graduate Studies, and senior Rebecca Clark will be leading the team.

Canary Islands

Seven students from the CROSSwalk Children’s Ministry team will be working with Europe’s Children in the Canary Islands. The team will perform a children’s program titled “The Puzzle” in each country’s native language. The team will be led by Donna Trower, Global Connections Program assistant, and senior Danielle Brozovich, CROSSwalk Children’s Ministry team leader.


CROSSwalk Impact teams will be traveling to Chicago, Illinois, to minister in local schools and churches through worship, drama and dance. The RAIN Impact Team is led by senior April Smith. The 2:10 Hip Hop team is led by senior Shimar Clements and sophomore Bru Hickey. Sophomore Emily Antonen will lead the Branched Out Ballet team.

Dominican Republic

A team of six will be ministering in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, through service projects and outreaches with the local church. Becky Spain, director of retention, and freshman Briana English will lead the team.


A team of 10 will be serving in Paris, France. The team, led by Dr. Steve Smallwood, assistant professor of Theology, will be working with The Bridge Cultural Center. Their ministry will involve working with children, assisting in a new church plant and helping with various work projects such as painting and cleaning. The team will also be learning about the history and culture of the cities by visiting landmarks. Junior Elisabeth Shepherd will serve as the student leader for the trip.


A team of 23 will be traveling to Thessaloniki, Greece, to participate in a service trip to help develop a student abroad study program through the I-Heart Café. Elizabeth Fletcher, professor of business, and junior Adam Olson will lead the team.

LA Dream Center

Six team members will be traveling to Los Angeles, California, to work with the LA Dream Center. The team will assist in various outreaches and service projects during their time spent at the Dream Center. Alumna Samantha Smith (’11) will lead the team along with senior Kirsten Stricklin.


Dr. Diane Awbrey, associate professor of English, and junior Emileigh Morton will lead a team of four to Cardiff, Wales. The trip will be a Global Connections Study Tour to educate students about Welsh history and culture while providing general education credit. The team will also serve at a local university and church.


A team of four students and two faculty members will travel to Antwerp, Belgium, for the annual International Forensics Association tournament. The trip is sponsored by the Communication Department and will be led by Dr. Mark Kelton, associate professor of communication and forensics team adviser, and Melinda Booze, assistant professor of communication.

LA Film School

A team of nine communication department students and faculty will travel to Los Angeles, California, to visit the LA Film School. The team will also attend the IFS Film Festival and tour Warner Brother Studios while partaking in additional learning experiences. Chip Stanek, assistant professor of communication, will lead the trip.


Lisa Tyson, assistant director of adult & graduate studies, will lead a team of six to Edinburgh, Scotland. The group will engage in cultural experiences to learn more about the history and culture of the UK by visiting attractions and landmarks in Northern England and Scotland.


A team of nine will be traveling to Istanbul, Turkey. During the trip, the team will visit historic sites such as the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar. Students will also be involved in teaching English to local students. Alli Fontaine, Global Connections logistics coordinator, and Ana Solano, admissions counselor, will serve as staff leaders. Senior Jeremy Crabtree and junior Ann Bowman will serve as student leaders.

Cuban Choir reunites with EU Concert Choir

The Evangel University Concert Choir performed a series of groundbreaking concerts in Cuba last May and were joined by a 13-voice Cuban choir who traveled and performed with them. This year, the choirs will reunite for a tour of 10 cities in the western United States.

The Cuban choir arrived in the United States on Thursday, February 28. The choirs will perform concerts together in Colorado, New Mexico and Oklahoma, March 3-10. They are slated to appear in eight churches and four high school assemblies during the 10-day tour.

The Evangel University Concert Choir is led by Sharon Wilkins, associate professor of music.

Stained Glass Story to tour in Colorado

Evangel’s touring worship band, Stained Glass Story, will perform concerts in six cities in Colorado, March 2-10.

“Based upon our successful tour last year, we booked a tour for this spring break,” says Jason Salazar, band director and assistant professor of music. “We have scheduled six concerts for the week ­– everything from a youth service at Radiant Church in Colorado Springs to a Chi Alpha service at Colorado State University.”

EU Concert Orchestra to tour in six states

The Evangel University Concert Orchestra will be on tour March 1-10 and will perform in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Illinois and Missouri. The repertoire of the concert orchestra includes classical, sacred and contemporary arrangements.

Since 1995, the concert orchestra has toured extensively in the United States and abroad. In May 2012, the group completed its fourth European tour, performing 20 concerts in six countries.

The Evangel University Concert Orchestra is directed by Dr. Larry Dissmore, professor of music.

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