From the Students: Christian University at Gardner-Webb

Gardner-Webb's Christian foundation is important to students
in unique ways. Hear from current students about what it means to them.




Jonathon Rhyne, Freshman Marketing/Journalism

“I know that on my bad days, I am loved by a bunch of people who I don’t even know… Here, people do care about you, and they don’t even have to know your name.” (More)


 

 

Hannah Ray, Sophomore English

“Everything falls under that umbrella of 'Why are we doing this?' and a Christian University has the responsibility to do it because they’re trying to glorify God in all that they’re doing.” (More)



 

Jeremiah Hamby, Senior Psychology

“It’s more than going to Church on Sunday; it’s living in a community of Christian believers in everyday life and being intentional, being vulnerable with them, and the atmosphere at Gardner-Webb has really shown me that…” (More)

 

Caitlyn Brotherton, Senior ASL

“That’s what college is all about: figuring out what you want to do and who you want to be, and when everyone around you is pointing you towards Christ, it’s a lot easier to be focused on him.” (More)

Welcome from Professors and Students Brought Alum to Gardner-Webb

Studio Art

Devan Vandenbark, (’15)

Devan Vandenbark, (’15) major in psychology, minor in studio art

“Doug Knotts, my pottery professor and chair of visual arts, is still a good friend of mine as is Ms. (Susan) Bell, who taught my drawing class. They both challenged me and provided me with experiences that pushed me and broadened my understanding of what art is and how it is valuable and representative of entire times and cultures.”

Visiting the campus of Gardner-Webb University as a high school senior, Devan Vandenbark (’15), a native of Fairfield, Ohio, began to sense he’d found his home for the next four years. “I attended a psychology class of Dr. (David) Carscaddon’s, which I really enjoyed, and I also got to tour the ceramics department,” he recalled. “A student took my family and me around and showed us the studio space, and I decided GWU had professors and students that would invest in me, and it was a place where I could learn.”

His instincts were correct. With the guidance of his professors, he developed his artistic talents and excelled academically as an honors student. He formed friendships while serving on the Campus Ministries United Council, a student ministry that works together with GWU’s ministerial staff in prayer, discipleship, and relationship building.

“Dr. Carscaddon was my department advisor and was a huge spiritual encouragement to me throughout my time at school,” Vandenbark offered. “We often met and talked about God and art and how to love people truly. I always left inspired and encouraged to try harder and love people better. Doug Knotts, my pottery professor and chair of visual arts, is still a good friend of mine as is Ms. (Susan) Bell, who taught my drawing class. They both challenged me and provided me with experiences that pushed me and broadened my understanding of what art is and how it is valuable and representative of entire times and cultures. Knotts has continued to provide me with experiences and connections to potters and programs throughout North Carolina.”

One of his favorite classes was logic with Dr. Perry Hildreth, GWU Professor of Philosophy. “This class was unlike any other class I took at Gardner-Webb and it should be a requirement for every student,” he assessed. “It really emphasized just making sense and being congruous. To me it is the quintessence of University. University used to mean more than some school where kids go for a diploma. University was where students went to become learned, to know how to make sense of the world and process life in a way that provided harmony among all parts. This class became useful in all of my other classes, making me aware that my thoughts and ideas across the board from psychology to art needed to agree at their cores. If there was a class that I wish I could take again, it’s this one.”