The Campaign National Tour Heads East: Washington, D.C. and New York City Events Draw Local Alumni

April 8, 2016

The Campaign National Tour began April with back-to-back events in Washington, D.C. and New York City. Local alumni, parents and friends from both areas gathered to learn more about Biola’s bold vision for the future, propelled by the fundraising campaign “A Soul of Conviction, A Voice of Courage: The Campaign for Biola University.”

On Friday, April 1, President Barry Corey met with around 50 guests at the historic Whittemore House off of Dupont Circle. Prior to the program, guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and reconnecting with old classmates in the house’s formal reception rooms, which were originally completed in 1894.

The keynote speaker for the evening was Bryan Loritts, a current Biola Board of Trustees member and Talbot alumnus (’98). Loritts, who is the Lead Pastor for the Abundant Life Christian Fellowship in Silicon Valley, Calif., shared about how his Biola education set him on a career path dedicated to the health of the local church.

“Biola has not just changed the trajectory of my life; it is changing the face of the local church,” Loritts shared, as he elaborated on the growth of multi-ethnic church communities he and his network of church partners have built.

The very next night, on Saturday, April 2, President Corey again hosted around 50 guests, this time in the hip Lightbox venue in the heart of Manhattan. Live action videos of Biola’s campus were projected onto the walls of the space, giving guests a small taste of being back on the La Mirada campus.

Dr. Erik Thoennes, Professor and Chair of Biblical and Theological Studies at Biola, joined New York guests as the keynote speaker. Thoennes shared about the tension of the world we live in, balancing both the pain and suffering with the good and the beautiful, and the role Biola plays in this tension.

“The world is broken and the world is beautiful. And Jesus is Lord in all of it,” Thoennes said, adding, “That’s what Biola is about – sending out students who live in this tension with truth and love.”

At both events, President Corey briefly updated guests on the state of the university, highlighting recent changes like the addition of Blackstone Hall and breaking ground on the Alton and Lydia Lim Center for Science, Technology and Health at the end of February.

President Corey also introduced guests to the details of The Campaign for Biola University, emphasizing the four priorities, and sharing with them his excitement and thankfulness for God’s faithfulness at the progress of the campaign. The campaign, a $180 million comprehensive campaign to raise support for student scholarships, facilities, academic centers and online learning is the largest and first comprehensive campaign in university history. To date, more than $169 million has been raised towards these goals.

“We are 94% of the way towards our goal, and only 87% of the way through our timeline, so we are making great progress,” Corey said.

At the close of each event, guests were invited to join in the vision and support the Campaign for Biola University. Thanks to the generosity of alumni in Washington, D.C. and New York City, an additional $18,000 was gifted to the campaign, bringing the total raised on the Campaign National Tour to over $300,000.

The Campaign National Tour continues with stops in San Francisco on April 16 and Seattle on May 7. For the full schedule and to register for future events, visit


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