Dear Friends,

As I look back on 2019, I am filled with joy and gratitude to be a part of the Eastern University community. I remember countless powerful and special moments—from worshipping alongside our new class of incoming students at Convocation to awarding proud graduates at Commencement with degrees that empower them to significantly impact their world. Eastern University offers something unique and wonderful to students, sharing in a mission that influences lives and communities.

In the pages ahead, you will read stories of impact and transformation. You will hear from students, coaches, and staff who have been empowered and changed by their time at Eastern. We hope these stories will encourage and move you. May they inspire you and remind you that good things are happening all around us. Being surrounded by and a participant in a vibrant Christian community can change a life…perhaps it changed your own.

As you read, I also invite you to consider how you might join us in this powerful endeavor of equipping students for lives of faith, reason, and justice. Alongside these beautiful and inspiring stories, Eastern has areas of great need—students who need scholarships, academic programs that need resources, athletic teams that need support, and many other areas of the university that require your gifts of time, talent, and treasure. We need partners in this Kingdom endeavor of transformative Christian higher education. Will you join us?

If you want to make a difference in the future of society, community, and the church, we would love to talk with you about the many ways you can make an investment in time and beyond time. May God generously bless you as we begin a new year together!

Grace, good will, and peace,

Ronald A. Matthews
Eastern University