As Christians we are scripturally called to serve others. In I Peter 4:10, Peter writes:
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. (NIV)
Service has been a distinctive of Palm Beach Atlantic University since PBA opened its doors in 1968. It was founding President Jess Moody’s wife, Doris, who came up with the word “Workship,” combining the words “work” and “worship.” Through this program, as of January 2016 PBA students havecontributed more than 3 million hours of service to the community. While service is a requirement, many students go beyond that requirement and find new direction for their lives.
In this President’s Report you will read remarkable stories of how Workship has significantly impacted students and alumni, helping them find God’s calling for their careers and volunteerism. As a result of her life-changing experience with Workship, Cristina Sotolongo Hungerford ’04/’16 M.S. chose to pursue work serving children. Now working for Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast, she credits Workship for leading her to find her niche in the non-profit sector.
Current student Isabelle Runge saw a need to provide better recreational opportunities for children in underserved communities and started her own non-profit called Kingdom Courts. Through the Corporation for National and Community Service VISTA program, alumni Samantha Denker ’15 and Adam Cross ’16 continue to serve their community by working with PBA’s Parker Avenue Consortium.
I have chosen the theme of Serving Others for this President’s Report to pay tribute to the 3 million hours of Workship that have been achieved in five decades of students. While we celebrate this milestone, we are even more excited about the millions more hours that will be contributed in the years to come. In the pages that follow, please read and enjoy the compelling stories of our students and alumni serving others and review the accomplishments of the University and our faculty and staff. PBA
continues to thrive and Press On.
We are grateful to our students, alumni, donors, volunteers and friends for continuing to support our
Christ-first mission and vision.
William M. B. Fleming, Jr.