67th Annual MACU Rally & Homecoming

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Church Planting & Reaching the Unchurched

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Jim Tune – Friday Evening Speaker
President, ICOM 2015
Mississauga, Ontario
Dave McCants ’91 – Friday Morning Speaker
Lead Minister, Two Rivers Church of Christ
New Bern, NC
Sarah Lynn Grubb ex’99 – Music and Worship
Worship Director & Service Programmer, Discovery Church
Simi Valley, CA

Jim Tune is the senior and founding Minister of Churchill Meadows Christian Church (CMCC). CMCC is located in Mississauga, Ontario, a western suburb of Toronto, and has church planting in its DNA. Before entering the ministry, Jim, and his wife, Claudia, were professional investment advisors in Toronto, eventually starting and directing their own financial planning business. Jim loves to use his entrepreneurial gifts to advance the cause of Christ through church planting. Jim and Claudia live in the Toronto area where Jim leads a Canadian national church planting organization called Impact Canada. In its short history, Impact Canada has planted several churches in the Toronto area, along with new plants in Calgary, Alberta, and Vancouver, British Columbia.  Impact Canada is planning to start new churches in the next two years in Moncton, New Brunswick, and Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Jim is a member of the Contributing Editor board of Christian Standard and writes for the magazine, as well. In addition to his other service to the Kingdom at large, he is President of the 2015 International Conference on Missions (ICOM), which will be in Richmond, VA.

Dave McCants is a 1991 graduate of MACU. Before attending college, he was an active member of the Christian Church of Seaford, DE. He received a degree in Bible at MACU and served three churches in Virginia for 17 years prior to answering the call to plant a church in New Bern, NC, in 2009. David launched the Two Rivers Church of Christ in New Bern and serves as the Lead Minister. David is passionate about seeing people come to know who God is and His plan for their lives. 

David and his wife, Bonnie (Watson), met while students at MACU. Bonnie received a degree in history at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. They have been married since 1996 and are the proud parents of twin girls, Ella and Jane. 

Sarah Lynn was a PK (Preacher’s Kid) in Portsmouth, VA, where her parents, Keith ’73 and Pat ’73 Lewis, served West Park Church of Christ. By the age of 4, her musical skills became apparent, and she began playing for church services at an early age. From her youth, she has played for congregations, led worship, sung with worship bands, and written and arranged songs. She attended MACU, then transferred and earned a degree from Abilene Christian University in 2000, where she met her husband, Matt Grubb. 

They ministered in Oregon, Virginia, and Oregon again before answering the call in 2011 for her to serve as Worship Director at Discovery Church. Matt also serves the congregation as Student Ministries Pastor. They have two children, Enoch and Indie.


Rally Schedule
9:30 a.m.

Jim Tune, Speaker

6:30 p.m. Mid-Atlantic Society Gala, David Empson, Speaker

5:00 p.m.

Alumni & Students Tailgate Party
Register here 
6:30 p.m. Alumni vs. Students Women's Volleyball
8:15 p.m. Alumni vs. Students Men's Basketball
8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast 
9:30 a.m. Rally Main Session
Dave McCants, Speaker 
***Child Care available, register here
11:15 a.m. Alumni Meeting
Lunch available for purchase 
1:30 p.m.

led by Jason Bedell & Rob Yancey
3:00 p.m.

led by Chris Long & Marty Anderson
3:00 p.m. Ministers' Wives Workshop (click here to register and for additional information)
4:00 p.m.
4:15 p.m. Alumni Reception
Honoring Classes of '55, '65, '75, '85, '95, '05 
7:15 p.m.  Rally Main Session
Jim Tune, Speaker 
***Child Care available, register here
Ends at 4:00 p.m.

"Kerygma" is the Greek word for "preaching.” It is also the name of MACU's new preaching club. At this year's rally, we are challenging preachers, elders, and leaders to encourage their young men to preach!

Registration for young men between the ages of 13-17 will begin at 4:00 p.m. Friday. They will be paired with MACU preaching students and have a dinner cruise onboard SV Praise the Lord down the Pasquotank River. Upon returning, they will attend the rally worship service. On Saturday, they will attend training workshops and be encouraged to develop their gifts for ministry.

The event ends 4:00 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 21. For more information, contact Dan Smith at 252-334-2058 or Dr. Claudio Divino at 252-334-2049.


"What I discovered about WORSHIP and PREACHING at a new church that will work at any church.

What I discovered about WORSHIP at a new church that will work at ANY church. MACU alumni Jason Bedell and Rob Yancey will share transferable insights they've learned about worship programming while leading VEF church plants Forefront Christian Church in Virginia Beach, VA and Velocity Christian Church in Richmond, VA.

What I discovered about PREACHING at a new church that will work at ANY church. MACU alumni Chris Long and Marty Anderson will share transferable insights they've learned while preaching at VEF church plants Lake Christian Church in Palmyra, VA and Westside Christian Church, the new campus of Jefferson Church of Christ in Lewisville, NC.

Minister Wives Workshop – Friday, 3:00 p.m. Register Here
HCTurner, 1st Floor Lobby, River End, led by Sandra Perkins.

This workshop is specifically for women who are married to men who are in the ministry full time serving as preaching minister, youth minister, associate minister, or such at a local congregation. Sandra Perkins will lead a panel of preacher wives discussing topics that relate to the life of the minister’s wife. The panel will consist of Bonnie McCants, Sarah Lynn Grubb, Beth Cross, and Exie Anderson. We know it will be a time of encouragement and inspiration.

About the Panel
Bonnie McCants is wife of David McCants, and serves at Two Rivers Church of Christ in New Bern, NC.
Sarah Lynn Grubb is wife of Matt Grubb, and serves at Discovery Church in Simi Valley, CA.
Beth Cross is wife of Aaron Cross, and serves at Christ's Fellowship in Portsmouth, VA.
Exie Anderson is wife of Marty Anderson, and serves at Westside Christian Church in Lewisville, NC.

Please register early for this workshop so that childcare expectations are met. If you need additional information about the workshop please contact Sandra Perkins at or by telephone at 252-334-2003. Register Here

Lodging Information

There is limited housing in the dormitory. There are sinks in the rooms. Linens are not provided. The charge is $20 per night per person. No tax. Call Jenny Rowland 252.334.2008--preferably between 8 and 3, Monday - Thursday.



(Ask for MACU rate for the following)

    Fairfield Inn & Suites



    Comfort Inn



    Hampton Inn


    800-Hampton (426-7866)


    Quality Inn


Bed & Breakfast Inns

Air Bed & Breakfast (enitre home)


Culpepper Inn



Elizabeth City Bed & Breakfast



Foreman House Bed & Breakfast



The Grice-Fearing House



Living Waters Bed & Breakfast



The Pond House