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  • Women in the Word Conference

    More than twenty-five years ago, godly women of vision in the Dubuque area established an annual conference designed to encourage and challenge women through God-honoring, Bible-focused ministry along with inspiring music and great fellowship.  Emmaus Bible College is honored to continue this legacy, serving new generations of women who love God’s Word and thirst to know it more. 

    We’re excited to invite you to our first annual Women in the Word conference, Friday and Saturday, November 7-8 at Emmaus! Women in the Word Ministries claims Luke 8:15 as its theme verse. In the Parable of the Sower, Christ himself explains that those who receive the seed in good soil “are the ones who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience” (Luke 8:15, ESV). Our objectives for the conference are:

    • To challenge and encourage women with in-depth study of the Bible and practical application to life.
    • To enhance fellowship among old friends and new around the person of Christ and love for God's Word.
    • To encourage a spirit of praise, thanksgiving, and joy through inspiring music and testimony.

    Our speaker is Ruth Schwertfeger, a gifted teacher and, more importantly, student of the Word. Her topic is Encountering Christ: The Transforming Power of the Living Word. Our very special musical guests are Shelley Breen, Denise Jones, and Leigh Cappillino, better known as Point of Grace! Their new album A Thousand Little Things reminds us of the many blessings God has given and continues to give. Point of Grace will be leading music for the conference and closing our time together with a concert in the Emmaus Marble Chapel!

    Please join us! Make plans with friends in your local area to spend the weekend in Dubuque—studying the Word, singing with Point of Grace, and enjoying fun and fellowship with friends, old and new. The cost of the conference is $50, which includes Saturday lunch at Emmaus, the Point of Grace concert on Saturday evening, and even some special treats like Eric’s Famous Scones and Caramel Apples from Betty Jane Candies! You won’t want to miss it!

    Click here to register online for the Women in the Word conference. 

  • Emmaus Students Return Home Safely From Excavation and Study Tour of Israel

    Eight Emmaus Bible College students and recent graduates travelled to Israel under the leadership of Bible Department Chair Dr. Steven H. Sanchez to participate in the 2014 Tel Gezer Excavations. The trip was designed to allow the students to participate in hands on archaeological work, as well as learn the history and geography of Israel while in the land.

    This program is a unique feature of our new Archaeology minor and involves four weeks of digging, including weekend tours throughout the country. In addition to getting their hands dirty with 3000 year-old dirt, students travelled from Israel's northern border with Lebanon and Syria all the way south to Eilat on the Red Sea. They swam in the Mediterranean and dipped their feet in the Jordan River.

    Of her participation, one student says, "The trip to Israel was an amazing experience that has impacted my life dramatically. Being in the land of the people that God has chosen made me reflect on how he has moved throughout history to keep a remnant despite unfathomable odds against them. The trip gave me the ability to better understand the geography of the land in a way that maps and pictures can only begin to. Reading the Psalms of Ascent as we drove from the plains, through the foothills, and up towards Jerusalem will be a memory that stays with me."

    Admittedly the trip was not without its concerns. While the team was there, the Israel Defense Forces launched operation Protective Edge. Although they were never in any real danger, the experience was new for many and caused them to look to the Lord for their protection. They are thankful that He is our defender. The fact that the dig did not shut down during the conflict caught the attention of the Jerusalem Post, which published an article about the Tel Gezer Team. The game board highlighted in the article (and seen above) was expertly excavated by Nichole Dirks, EBC grad of the class of 2013.

    We praise the Lord for an incredibly productive dig, a fruitful learning experience, and for the team's safety while there. To learn more, click here for the official press release from the 2014 dig season. 

    Emmaus Students Return Home Safely From Excavation and Study Tour of Israel

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    http://www.swbts.edu/campus-news/news-releases/archaeology-2014-season-reveals-king-solomone28099s-city-at-tel-gezer/

    http://www.jpost.com/National-News/Come-siren-or-rocket-dedicated-archeologists-keep-digging-at-Tel-Gezer-on-coastal-plain-370201

  • Modern Israel — Miracle or Mirage?

    It’s a new day! And we have new insights on current events, Israel, and prophecy. Join the Friends of Israel for a Day in the Prophetic Word in Dubuque, Iowa! On Saturday, April 5, 2014, Emmaus Bible College will host a one-day conference, sponsored by the Friends of Israel. The title of the conference is “Modern Israel — Miracle or Mirage?” and speakers will include Steve Herzig, Bruce Scott, Dr. David MacLeod, and Dr. Jack Fish. 

    The conference includes a continental breakfast, messages on the truths of Israel and events taking place in the world, and lunch. Our day will conclude with a Q&A session in the afternoon.

    Saturday, April 5, 2014
    Emmaus Bible College
    2570 Asbury Road
    Dubuque, Iowa 52001

    Registration and seating: 8:30 a.m.
    Sessions: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Continental breakfast: 8:30 to 9 a.m.
    Cost: $25 per person

    Three easy ways to register! 

    1. Online at www.foi.org.
    2. Complete and mail the registration form in an envelope with your payment.
    3. By phone with a credit card payment: 800-257-7843, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Ask for Lisa Grosso at extension 144.

    Registration and payment are due Friday, March 28.

  • Agents of Encouragement: Ensemble Tour 2014

    Jon Glock’s challenge to the Ensemble prior to our spring break tour was that we would be agents of encouragement to everyone we met on this trip (including each other). Sixteen students, representing four different countries and six different states, came together as a team to encourage and bless people across the country.  We encountered a wide variety of cultures, worship styles, and people from different backgrounds, and it was neat to see how our common bond in Christ was a unifying factor in each of those settings.

    On Friday, March 7th, the Ensemble sang at Luther Manor, a retirement community/nursing home in Dubuque.  The next day, we were privileged to sing as part of the Missionary Study Class (100th Anniversary) at Lombard Gospel Chapel in Illinois.  Those in attendance were from all over the Chicago area, and we heard a word of testimony from one of the founders of Operation Mobilization.  Saturday night, the students enjoyed the hospitality of believers from Palos Hills Christian Assembly where we worshiped and sang the next morning.

    The rest of the trip was spent in the southeast at Decatur Bible Chapel (just outside of Atlanta), Overbrook Gospel Chapel (Greenville, SC), and Fairbluff Bible Chapel (Charlotte, NC).  We were welcomed with open arms at each chapel, and we had amazing times singing and sharing our lives with these believers (including a few Emmaus alumnae).  

    We were overwhelmed with the love, hospitality, and generosity of these believers, and one highlight for the students was the homestays with families from each chapel.  This trip provided a unique opportunity for students to connect with new believers and to discover mutual friendships with people around the country.  Also, we were able to minister to people of all ages, including children.  Several of the children in the audiences got very excited when we started singing This Little Light of Mine since they recognized the words.  Even the opportunity to be a testimony to our bus driver was significant, and it was encouraging to see him in the back of the audience practically singing along by the end of the tour.  

    We are very thankful for the numerous ways God provided during this tour.  The students developed stronger friendships with each other in the process of working together as a group, and we believe that each one of them was encouraged as much as the people to whom we ministered during our travels.

    Thank you to all who prayed for us last week!


    Click the link below to view a video recording of “All Creatures of our God and King” from one of the tour concerts.

    http://youtu.be/Mre3iqYCkSo

  • Groundbreaking Year of Affordability At Emmaus Bible College

    The upcoming 2014-15 academic year promises to be an incredible value to students enrolled at Emmaus Bible College (Dubuque, IA). In addition to the eternal value of a Bible-based college education, Emmaus is adding value to students and parents by making the education more affordable.

    To begin with, Emmaus has published a tuition freeze for the 2014-15 academic year. While the cost of a private college education continues to rise, Emmaus has placed a freeze on tuition and fees: $14,600 tuition, $6560 room and board, and $790 student fees. This move continues to position the college as an exceptional value since the Emmaus sticker price of $21,950 is roughly half of the $40,917 average* for a 4-year private college in 2013-14.

    In addition to the tuition freeze, Emmaus is promoting a range of new and improved scholarships designed to make Emmaus more affordable for a wide range of students. These individual scholarships vary from $400/year to an incredible $10,000/year, and many of them are renewable. Students and their parents can visit www.emmaus.edu/scholarships to calculate the unprecedented savings they will enjoy.

    While the college has significantly reduced the cost of attendance, it hasn’t reduced the value of its education. Remaining true to its roots, Emmaus Bible College is committed to academic excellence, providing students an accredited, Bible-based, professional or ministerial education in an atmosphere conducive to personal and spiritual growth. The mission of Emmaus Bible College, as an institution of higher learning, is to glorify God by teaching the Bible and by educating and equipping learners to serve and lead in churches, ministries, communities, and vocations.

    Please share this message! Emmaus desires that a great number of new and returning students will benefit from this new plan for attending college affordably. Use the share buttons below (Facebook, Twitter, email, and more) to spread the good news!

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    *Average Published Undergraduate Charges by Sector, 2013-14; http://trends.collegeboard.org/college-pricing/figures-tables/average-published-undergraduate-charges-sector-2013-14

  • Father and Son Duo Soar with the Emmaus Eagles

    Imagine sitting in the crowd at a college basketball game, and the whistle blows for a substitution. Onto the court steps a gray-haired, 55-year-old man in a blue uniform. Yet even more surprising is watching him deftly steal the ball from an opponent half his age (whose face displays a look of shock), and then sprint down the court on a fast break. To top it all off, imagine him passing it off to a particular teammate—his son—who lays it off the backboard for an easy 2 points. You might see that happen this year at Emmaus Bible College (Dubuque, IA). 

    Paul Ruter, age 55, attended Emmaus and played for the Eagles 32 years ago, nabbing the MVP title his freshman year. He was unable to finish his one-year degree as he was called home to take over the family farm.

    “I loved farming,” Paul said about his decision. “That’s what I wanted to do. I wanted to raise my family on the farm, and that took precedence over schooling.”

    Since then, it’s always been Paul’s dream to return and complete his degree.  Little did he know that six kids and over 30 years later, he would return and be playing basketball shoulder to shoulder with his youngest son, Caleb.

    “I knew I wanted to come back to Emmaus and finish my degree. I always had it in the back of my mind ever since I came here. But the opportunity to come back here with my son made it even more appealing. But I wanted to make sure it was ok with him.”

    Paul’s son, nineteen year old Caleb Ruter, is a stand out starter at Emmaus, last year averaging 20 points and leading the team in steals. He also was named 2nd Team All-American in the ACCA conference. You might think it would be hard for a college student to play basketball on the same team as his father, but not for Caleb:

    “He’s my best friend. He’s been my best friend my whole life, and it’s a blast having him on the team.”

    Luke Wilkerson, Emmaus Athletic Director, had good things to say about Paul and Caleb and their relationship: “Having been involved in the recruiting process for both Caleb and Paul, I can attest to the character of both men. You would be hard pressed to find another college freshman who not only doesn’t have a problem with his dad joining him for his experience, but is actually excited about it.”

    Emmaus Bible College, enrolling mostly traditional 18 to 22 year old students, has the rare opportunity of educating a senior citizen as a junior in the classroom. His age and life experience puts Paul in a unique spot as well. In classes and on the court, this dedicated husband and father (and grandfather!) is an incredible example to the younger students and players surrounding him. 

    Emmaus men’s basketball coach Robert Kimble agrees: ”The Lord has blessed Emmaus Bible College with the father-son example of Paul and Caleb Ruter. I have a tremendous amount of respect for their commitment to their school, their team, and each other. It’s been a pleasure coaching these guys.”

    Father and son are in the Teacher Education program at Emmaus, both aspiring to become teachers—Paul in elementary education, and Caleb in secondary education.  For years, Paul’s own father dreamed that his son would one day become a teacher, and that dream will soon be fulfilled as Paul sets up his own classroom.

    Both Caleb and Paul are surprised at the press their story has received. The original story that aired on CBS Minnesota station WCCO has been picked up by over 60 stations across the country, and the duo will be interviewed on Fox News’ morning show “Fox & Friends" this Sunday, January 12, at around 8:20am.

    The emotional appeal of this story has undoubtedly played a part in its viral spread. For a father who loves his kids and loves sports, this is a dream come true. 

    “I kind of pinch myself all the time,” Paul says. “I get to play ball with my son.”

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    UPDATE: Here is the link to the “Fox & Friends” interview: http://video.foxnews.com/v/3044930432001/unlikely-college-basketball-court-companions/#sp=show-clips

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  • Emmaus Father/Son Duo on ESPN

    A great article about father/son duo Paul and Caleb Ruter at Emmaus! What a unique and incredible opportunity for these two. Watch, read, enjoy, and share!

    UPDATE: This story made national news! The Ruters and Emmaus are featured on national sports news network ESPN!


    Emmaus Father/Son Duo on ESPN
  • Emmaus Remembers Beloved Board Member Lew Clarkson

    Lewis Clarkson, age 94, went home to be with his Savior on November 23, 2013. Lew had a long commitment to Emmaus Bible College, serving on the Board of Trustees of Emmaus for nearly 20 years and as a Trustee Emeritus until he passed into the presence of his Lord. He was instrumental in executing the move of Emmaus to Dubuque, spending extended time in traveling around the country to share Vision 84. 

    Lew was born on May 13, 1919, in Buxton, Iowa in Monroe County. His family moved to Hocking and later to Des Moines where he graduated from East High School. Lew served in the Army during World War II, earning the Purple Heart. Following the war, he began his real estate career, operating Lew Clarkson Real Estate Service for 30 years. Lew was a lifelong member of Creekside Church (formerly Cornerstone Community Church), where he served in various leadership capacities. He gave much time and resources to Christian activities. His passion was to help young people, and he supported several camps for kids. 

    He was a long time resident of Johnston, Iowa, where he helped in the chartering process and played a major role in bringing Little League baseball to Johnston. He was a faithful booster of Johnston Schools. Lew was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret, to whom he was married for 63 years. He is survived by five sons; Rodney (Carole) of Ankeny, Richard (Ann Marie) of Bristol, RI, Randall (Kathy) of Johnston, Rollie (Debbie) of Johnston, and Ronald (Ann) of Colorado Springs, CO. He has 16 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. 

    Dave Glock, former Dean of Education and current Bible faculty member at Emmaus Bible College, remembers Lew. “For many years I have been privileged to serve the Lord with a ‘true yoke fellow’ Lew Clakson. Lew was a man of faith and vision. He shared his enthusiasm, faith, and vision in numerous settings—his family of servants for Christ, his local church, his love for Christian camps around the country, and his provision for worldwide evangelism. Countless people have been touched for Christ in salvation and spiritual growth through the zeal and vision of faith of this man of God. It has been a high privilege to serve with Lew Clarkson—a loyal friend and servant of Christ. I will miss Lew!”

  • Emmaus Bible College Inaugurates Its Sixth President

    October 28, 2013

    The Emmaus Bible College Board of Trustees announces the inauguration of Philip Boom as the sixth president of the College. A formal installation ceremony is planned for Saturday, November 2, 2013.

    Phil Boom brings extensive management and leadership experience to the role of president at Emmaus. He currently serves as board member, formerly Chairman of the Board, at Hickory Cove Bible Camp in Taylorsville, North Carolina, and served as elder at Brandywine Bible Chapel, Wilmington, Delaware. In 2010 Mr. Boom joined the Emmaus faculty as the founding chair of the Business Department and program director of the Business Administration major. He currently serves as elder at Asbury Community Chapel, Dubuque, Iowa.

    Mr. Boom has also demonstrated effective leadership in business settings. During his thirty-year career at DuPont Company in Wilmington, Delaware (1980-2010), Phil held a variety of responsibilities in areas of business development, marketing, operations management, and global business leadership. Additional details about Phil and his family can be found online at www.emmaus.edu/president.

    The Emmaus Board of Trustees has articulated the following core commitments for this time of transition at the College:

    • Commitment to Biblical truth and its life-changing impact
    • Commitment to Biblical higher education
    • Commitment to our distinctive teaching positions, particularly those relating to the church and end times
    • Commitment to our historical constituency, the Plymouth brethren, as well as our broader evangelical constituency
    • Commitment to excellence in programs and services

    The Board believes that Phil Boom shares these commitments and is the right man to provide leadership for the College as it seeks to achieve its historical mission for the 21st-century. In his three years at Emmaus, Phil has evidenced the head, heart, and hands of a servant-leader, and the Board looks forward to seeing what the Lord accomplishes through him in his role as president.

  • Emmaus Faculty Recital

    Emmaus Faculty member Elisa Cooper and guest artist Dr. Sharon Jensen will perform at Emmaus Bible College on Monday, October 28th.  The program will feature solo piano music by German and French composers and conclude with Ravel’s Ma mère l’oye (Mother Goose Suite) for four-hand piano.  The concert will be held at 7:30pm in the Marble Chapel.  Admission is free.

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