Over the past couple of months, we have been working on the schedule for Haven of Grace Seminary. We are excited to now have our first semester courses in place, and the first full year laid out. Check out the courses we will be offering for the first semester (beginning late June 2019):
Apologetics – Dr. Yoh Shirato
Daniel & Revelation – Dr. Curt Lamansky
Creation to Consummation (Biblical Theology) – Professor Mark Kittrell
Hermeneutics (Interpretation of Scripture) – Dr. Tim Valiante
Greek Grammar 1 – Dr. Tim Valiante
The courses will be offered in a hybrid format, with some being taught weekly over the course of the semester (i.e. Hermeneutics & Greek Grammar 1) while the rest will be taught in a block course format which will include two weeks of concentrated instruction by a visiting professor followed by a week dedicated to testing, reading, writing, and research.
I cannot begin to express how exiting it is to begin the process of laying the groundwork for our first semester. I am thrilled about the men who will be coming in to teach these 2-week block courses. Each man is gifted in the area of teaching, and has a passion for the Gospel.
Haven of Grace Seminary exists to glorify God by equipping servant-leaders within the Body of Christ, fostering in them a love for God and His Word, faithfulness in handling the Word of God, a passion for preaching the Gospel, and a commitment to discipleship.
Registration for the first semester will begin this fall. Stay tuned for further information and the launch of the Haven of Grace Seminary website!
Please take a moment to read our update for September 2018. Our family has made it almost across the entire country (we are presently in Elko, Nevada). Read about some of our adventures in this latest update!
2018 – September Valiante Family Update
Last Thursday we made it safely to Colorado. Before reaching Colorado, however, (right after we left Wisconsin), we spent a few days in Overland Park, Kansas with some of my extended family. Since I come from a large, close-knit Italian family, I know many of my mom’s cousins along with their families. Our time with “the Kansas Family” was so refreshing and fun! Here are a couple of the highlights of our time there:
1. Our children got to meet their 3rd cousins! In a world where many people have trouble keeping track of their 1st cousins, it was great for our kids to connect with 3rd cousins. (In case you are confused, 3rd cousins would be children whose grandparents are 1st cousins). I also got to see 2nd cousins, along with 1st cousins once removed. It was a blast!2. It was a special time with family that shares the same valuable faith we do in the Lord Jesus Christ. I am very thankful for the testimony of so many of my cousins who both know Christ as their Savior and long to live for Him. Our time of fellowship was very sweet and it was neat to hear of how God has worked in their lives over the years.3. We felt loved, welcomed, and right at home from the very start. When I was a teenager, our family made the trek out to Kansas (the family lived in Horton, Kansas at the time), and it became the most memorable vacation of my childhood. Now, 20+ years later, I am so thankful that my children had the opportunity to make many of the same memories.Cousin Marian and Eddy were so kind to welcome us into their home. They were such wonderful hosts!(Cousin Tony taught me how to juggle when I visited Kansas as a young teen. He now has a new pupil in Micah! He also had a chance to see Micah complete the Rubix Cube, and spurred his interest in working on a 4×4 cube now.) In the midst of travelling many miles, I am thankful for the stops along the way that refresh and encourage our hearts!
For those in ministry, we all need mentors, and we all need friends. It is really special though, when the same person can serve as both your mentor and friend.
This past week our family had the chance to spend time with a man I have greatly respected over the years. Curt Lamansky was a professor at Northland when I first met him back in 1998 during my freshman year. I vividly remember times sitting in his classes and soaking up teaching on theology. In many ways, I have sought to pattern my own teaching after his. I look to him as a mentor in ministry.
But, over the years, I have also appreciated Curt’s friendship. On occasion (when we would visit Northland), I would bump into him and it was always a blessing to reconnect. However, since we have begun working on the program for Haven of Grace Seminary, we have had a ton of opportunities to communicate. Curt has been a huge help in formulating the program layout and helping us think through important questions ahead of the launch of the seminary. I have truly appreciate his friendship.
This past week, it was wonderful to get to visit the church Curt pastors (Immanuel Bible Church – Sheboygan, WI). The folks there we so kind to our whole family. We got to experience so much while we were there from visiting Bookworm Gardens, to Lake Michigan, to enjoying fresh (delicious) Wisconsin cheese!
On August 18 we began our Westward travels. Although there are many long hours on the road, there are also many blessings along the way–the greatest of these being opportunities to connect with family and friends. After our meeting in Western PA on Sunday, August 19, we traveled to Sarah’s brother and sister-in-law’s home in Midland, Michigan. We spent four exciting, fun-filled days with the Muths. Having all 9 cousins together meant there was never a dull moment in the house!It was a true blessing for Sarah to reconnect with her younger brother, Michael. We are all looking forward to Thanksgiving when the entire Muth clan will be together in Rocky Ford, Colorado.After leaving the Muths we made a pit stop at the Regular Baptist Press Headquarters in Arlington Heights, Illinois (You can read more about that in the blog post “Signed Contract!”
A good friend of mine, Tim Wilkes, lives only about an hour from Arlington Heights, so we thought this would be the perfect time to stop over to see them. We had the chance to stay with Tim and Emily and their family on Friday night. Tim was my best friend in college and it is hard to believe that it has been over a decade since we have last seen each other. We seemed to pick right up where we left off, and it was great to be able to reconnect with Tim and Emily, and let our families get to know each other.I am finding that the journey in life is what you make of it. You can know great joy in the various circumstances and changes in life, if you trust God’s leading, rest in His goodness and show gratitude for the blessings (both small and great) that He graciously provides.
On our journey out West we had a chance to stop by the Regular Baptist Press Headquarters in Arlington Heights, Illinois so I could sign the author contract for my upcoming book, God Gives More Grace.
During our visit, I was privileged to spend time with the director of Regular Baptist Press, David Gunn.
These are exciting days and I will try to share more details in future posts.
Please take a moment to read our update for August 2018. In this update you will read about two exciting things happening for the Valiante Family!
2018 – August Valiante Family Update
On Friday, we told you that we had some “Big, Exciting News” to share… but at that time we were not quite at the place where we could share it. Well, today, we are thrilled to reveal the news.
Last Friday, I received word that Regular Baptist Press would like to publish my book, God Gives More Grace. Today, I received the contract for the book, which I will sign on Friday, August 24 when we visit RBP’s headquarters in Arlington Heights, Illinois.
I will take some time to tell more about the book, and how God brought all of this together in later blog posts. But for the meantime, we are just excited to partner with Regular Baptist Press to see this work published!
Have you ever had big, exciting news that you can’t wait to share… but you are not quite at the point where you can share it just yet? Well, that’s exactly where we are at. Stay tuned for some thrilling news to come. (And no, we are not expecting another baby!)