Dimensions Schedule

Dimensions will be held in Stewart Hall, Tucker Student Center, from 9:25 - 10:15 a.m., unless otherwise noted.

August 29 - Fall Academic Convocation

A. Frank Bonner, presiding
Lutz-Yelton Convocation Center


August 31 - President's Address

Dr. Frank Bonner, president of Gardner-Webb University since 2005, will address the student body.


September 5 - Lisa Whittle

Wife, mom, lover of laughter, good food, her fluffy dog, interior design, and the Bible, Lisa Whittle is a grateful work in progress. From retreats to rehab facilities to college campuses to the large church or conference stage, her desire remains the same: to point people to the Jesus who can change their life.


September 12 - Constitution Convocation and Introduction to SGA

DVD presentation


September 19 - Missions Emphasis and Introduction to CMU

Share in the experience of GWU students and faculty/staff leaders who participated in mission trips sponsored by the Office of Christian Life and Service during the 2016-17 academic year and learn about upcoming mission opportunities for the 2017-2018 academic year.


September 26 - Sarah Thebarge

After earning a master’s degree in medical science from Yale, Sarah Thebarge was pursuing a master’s degree in journalism at Columbia University when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at 27. After nearly dying, she sold everything and moved to Portland, OR where she developed a relationship with a Somali refugee family. She shares their story in her memoir, The Invisible Girls.


October 3 – Dennis Gillan

Dennis Gillan is an ordinary guy with an extraordinary story of perseverance. After years of silence regarding the suicide deaths of his brothers, Dennis shares his story of survival. He also is a part-time lacrosse coach for his local high school and a full-time fanatic for the sport.


October 10 – Micah Martin and Tracy Jessup

Micah is the director of the Center for Personal and Professional Development. Tracy serves as the Vice President for Christian Life & Service and Senior Minister to the University.


October 17 – Al Wood

Al Wood is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a former collegiate All-American, Olympian, and NBA professional. Al entered into ministry after he retired from professional sports and currently serves as men’s pastor at MorningStar Fellowship Church in Fort Mill.


October 31 – Danny West

Yes, October 31 is Halloween, a day of candy, costumes, and sometimes mischief. But it also is Reformation Day, a time when Protestants celebrate the birth of the Protestant Reformation. Dr. Danny West, professor of preaching and pastoral studies in the School of Divinity, will speak about the struggles of Martin Luther as we commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.November 7 – Clayton King


November 7 – Clayton King

A graduate of Gardner-Webb University, Clayton began preaching in 1987 at the age of 14 when he sensed his call from the Lord to be an evangelist. He now spends his time traveling, preaching and speaking in churches, conferences and leadership events, as well as running Crossroads/Clayton King Ministries, which is the non-profit organization he founded in 1995.


November 14 – Deric Milligan

Deric's life was changed drastically in 2003 when his wife, Kristen, was diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer. Apart from his time-consuming role as caregiver, he felt led to alter his professional aspirations. Deric and Kristen founded Inheritance of Hope in 2007. His passion is for serving and supporting families like his - families living with a parent battling a life-threatening illness.


November 21 – Sarah Currie

University Thanksgiving Service

Sarah Currie serves as Vice President for Student Development at Gardner-Webb University. She has worked at GWU for 10 years, having previously served as Dean of Students, Director of Retention and Student Success, Bulldog Club Director, and Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach.


November 28 – Skip Allen

Skip Allen is the teaching pastor at Hope Community Church in Shelby - a body of believers that strives to “Give Hope, Create Community, and Be the Church.


December 5 – Leo Sayles

University Advent Service

Coach Leo Sayles took over the reins of the Gardner-Webb University volleyball program in February 2011. He came to GWU after coaching seven seasons at Bryan College in Tennessee, where he guided the Lady Lions from a mid-level conference team to a league powerhouse. Coach Sayles also is a licensed minister and sought after speaker at Christian schools, youth ministries and camps.


Additional Programs for Dimensions Credit

  • September 7 - “Choices Matter: Sustainability and Forced Migration” Casey Delehantey, Paula Qualls, Donna Schronce. 7:00 p.m. Tucker Student Center
  • October 2 - "Christianity, Capitalism, and American Slavery: Past and Present” Ben Wright. 7:00 p.m. Tucker Student Center
  • October 16 - "Can We Talk Anymore? Politics, Religion and Civil Discourse” Elizabeth Amato, Steve Harmon, and Kent Blevins. 7:00 p.m. Tucker Student Center
  • November 13 – Poverty Simulation. 3:00 p.m. Tucker Student Center