BC Slates Christian Emphasis Week
Bluefield College will host its 22nd Annual Duremdes Christian Emphasis Week, September 25-27, featuring the challenging messages of pastor Clayton King and inspirational music of worship leader Robbie Alderman.
September 19, 2013
Clayton King, keynote speaker for Bluefield College's Duremdes Christian Emphasis Week, September 25-27.
Since 1992, thanks to the generosity of Drs. Gene and Jane Duremdes of Princeton, West Virginia, who sponsor the Christian Emphasis event, the college has set aside a week in the school year for students and the community to focus on faith through the facilitation of spiritual speakers, leaders and musicians.
Sensing a “special calling” to “share with the students of Bluefield College some of the blessings they have received from the Lord,” the Duremdes created the event with BC leaders to give students and the public at-large the opportunity to “examine their spiritual lives” and to “seek answers to life-impacting questions.”
Leading the search this year during three separate sessions, open and free to the public, Wednesday through Friday at 10 a.m. in Harman Chapel, will be King, whose own life story fuels his powerful gift for sharing the Gospel.
Born to a single, unwed teenage mother in 1972, King was adopted before he was one month old. In the midst of a seemingly desperate situation, he gave his life to Christ at the age of 14 and soon after began preaching in prisons and churches.
Since then, King has traveled to 31 countries and 45 states, including Kenya, Egypt, India, Nepal, Malaysia, Russia, Romania and Hungary, preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ. In fact, he has spoken to more than three million people since 1987, and on September 25-27, he will add to that list during BC’s Christian Emphasis Week.
“I promise you will receive a blessing from his messages,” said Rev. David Taylor, vice president for student development at Bluefield College. “Come prepared to hear a genuine invitation to receive Christ as Lord of your life.”
King is the founder and president of Crossroads Worldwide Ministries and Crossroads Summer Camps and Winter Conferences. The author of six books, he is a teaching pastor at New Spring Church in Anderson, South Carolina, and a former campus pastor at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.
In addition to King’s remarks and discussions, BC’s Christian Emphasis Week also will feature music and worship led by Robbie Alderman, who has served as a worship leader for mission and ministry camps for Lifeway Ministries, Baptist Collegiate Ministries at the University of Central Florida, The Warehouse Church in Etowah, Tennessee, and the 407 youth group in Winter Park, Florida. Through music, Alderman says, he tries to connect people with “the great and holy God who loves them and gave His life to be in relationship with them.”
“Music has always been a way that I connect deeply with God,” he said, “and I pray that others will also find their relationship with God strengthened through our times of worship.”
Last fall, more than 100 students made professions of faith during BC’s Christian Emphasis Week. For more information about this year’s event, visit the BC web site at www.bluefield.edu, or contact the BC Office of Public Relations by e-mail at or by phone at 276-326-4212.