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Popping the Orange Bubble: Church Service Bridges Campus and Community

Nassau Christian Center, Campus & Community Service, 7:00 pm, Sunday, September 18, 2011

 

For more information, contact:  Sara Marie Rosati at sara.m.rosati@gmail.com or tel:  (609) 921-0981

 

At Nassau Christian Center’s (NCC) Sunday evening inter-church, interdenominational service, students and community members will come together to worship as they bridge the gap between town and gown. Besides Communiversity, opportunities for students and community members to engage with one another are few and far between. The campus and community service will be a venue for students from Westminster Choir College, Princeton Theological Seminary, and the University to interact with the locals and with one another. A welcome change from the normal hustle and bustle of campus and professional life, the service features an extended fellowship time immediately following worship during which congregants can both meet one another and greet old friends. “Contemporary worship, personal prayer, extended fellowship time after the service, and good teaching from ministers with many years of ministry experience,” said a former University student when asked why he attends the service.

The new pastor this year is no exception to the tradition of experienced pastors that have stood at NCC’s pulpit. A community member and Masters of Divinity student at Princeton Theological Seminary, Timothy Bentch, will be stepping in as pastor this fall at the invitation of NCC Senior Pastor Richard Linderman. Ordained in the Mennonite Church, Tim has served in numerous churches including most recently as pastoral assistant at Westerly Road Church. With over 15 years of ministry experience, Tim brings not only a know-how in church administration but also a passion for training and developing leaders. “I really love to train and encourage young leaders to step up,” said Tim when asked what his dreams are for the service. Training leaders is something in which he is well practiced, having started a summer institute for fine-arts professionals while in Europe pursuing a professional singing career in opera.  In eight years, the Crescendo Summer Institute in Hungary has grown to be one of the largest in the region.  Well-connected to Westminster Choir College, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton University (his wife, Lorri Bentch ’91, serves as a campus ministry fellow) and the town, Tim will be instrumental in continuing to forge a bond amongst the many sides of Princeton.

Hopefully, the first five years that the service has been running represent only the beginning of a growing forum where the lack of connectivity across Nassau’s gates will be overcome. The NCC Campus-Community service awaits those looking for community, a good worship experience, and challenge beginning September 18th, 7:00pm, at the intersection of Nassau St. and Chambers. Questions? Contact Pastor Tim Bentch at CampusCommunityNCC@gmail.com.