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August 2011

Highlight on MSOL Faculty - John Stanko

John StankoJohn Stanko, MSOL adjunct faculty member, is a busy man. He serves as administrative pastor at Allegheny Center Alliance Church on the North Side of Pittsburgh. He also serves on the faculty and administration of Geneva College′s Center for Urban Biblical Ministry in the Point Breeze section of Pittsburgh. And when not teaching or pastoring, John is an author, with 12 books to his name to date.

“I enjoy writing and it′s sort of like my hobby. I don′t feel a day is complete if I have not spent some time writing,” John said in a recent radio interview. John′s latest books include The Faith Files, Volume Two and The Revelation Project: A Fresh Look at the Last Book. The Faith Files is a devotional study of every verse about faith found in Paul′s epistles. Faith Files: Volume One is a devotional study of faith from the gospels. The Revelation Project is a verse-by-verse devotional on the book of Revelation.

“Revelation is a book of victory, showing that Christ is exalted over all philosophies and rulers,” John explained. “I wanted to write something that would make Revelation less bizarre and more accessible to the everyday reader.”

John′s books can be ordered through Amazon or through his website, where you can learn more about John′s organization, PurposeQuest.

John and a team from his church recently left for Kenya, where they will minister to orphans and widows. You can read about or donate to The Sophia Fund and other initiatives for Kenya on John′s blog, on which he also publishes a daily devotional from Proverbs.

When he returns from Kenya, John will continue offering academically challenging, Christ-centered instruction to the students of Geneva′s MSOL program. "I am so impressed with the MSOL program and it has been a joy to interface with the material and fellow instructors,” he said. “I hope to help make Geneva's MSOL program one that people seek from all over the country for its content and Christian worldview."

Social Networking News


The MSOL department has jumped on the social networking bus and we want to connect with you! Check us out on Geneva Alumni and Students on LinkedIn. If you have been using the Geneva MSOL LinkedIn page, come on over and join fellow Geneva friends and alumni for news and networking opportunities!

Summer Happenings

Rachel (Sproul) and John Michalko on their honeymoon in Aruba, June 2011.
Rachel (Sproul, MSOL Cohort 43) and John Michalko on their honeymoon in Aruba in June 2011.

Alumni - we are waiting for your photos with the Geneva Traveling Tornado Towel. Send us your photos and let us know where you have been. If you need a towel, please email and we will send you one.



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Cranberry - August 17, 2011
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Monroeville - October 10, 2011
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- Hebrews 12:1 (NIV) 

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