LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — On Friday, Liberty University’s Office of Spiritual Development announced that former Vice President Mike Pence, along with the lieutenant governor of Virginia and several other special guests, are scheduled to speak over the next few months at Convocation events.
According to school officials, Sept. 14 will mark Pence’s third visit to the Lynchburg university, following his speech at Convocation in October 2016 when he was the governor of Indiana and a Republican vice presidential candidate, as well as his keynote address at Liberty’s 46th Commencement in May 2019.
“I am excited to see this Fall Convocation schedule. Our student body, one of the largest on record, will be able to sample a wide array of Christian leaders who are modeling what it is to be a Champion for Christ in their field,” said Liberty University’s interim president, Jerry Prevo, on Friday, Aug. 19. “My prayer is that our students will take Christ with them into their profession, wherever they are sent. Our Convo guests are just some of the many examples of what it is to serve Christ in all avenues of life.”
The university says it has also scheduled fall appearances for the guests listed below:
- Aug. 24: Special worship Convocation featuring singer-songwriter Micah Tyler
- Sept. 2: Former NFL running back Shaun Alexander
- Sept. 9: Pro-life activist Abby Johnson
- Sept. 28: Pastor David Platt and musical group Shane & Shane
- Oct. 5: Virginia Lt. Gov. Winsome Sears, the first female lieutenant governor of the Commonwealth and the first Black female elected to statewide office
- Oct. 12: Pastor Jonathan Pokluda
- Oct. 14: Christian media personality Priscilla Shirer
- Oct. 26: Pastor Ben Stuart and the Sean Curran Band
- Nov. 9: 16x Paralympic champion swimmer Jessica Long
- Nov. 11: Greg Laurie, senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship, and his wife, Cathe
- Dec. 2: Musical group Future of Forestry
“Our mission is to Train Champions for Christ at LU. Therefore, we want every Convocation speaker to be someone who can help fulfill this mission,” said Campus Pastor Jonathan Falwell. “Our guests this fall will bring great insight, wisdom, Biblical truth and encouragement to our students in their spiritual journey. We are excited to see what God does through the men and women who will share from the Convocation stage.”
School officials tell WFXR News that some of this fall’s Convocations will have special themes, such as a local church emphasis, which will feature area pastors, as well as services focused on hymnology, commuter students, and the Advent season.
According to Liberty University, Convocation — the largest weekly gathering of Christian students in the world — is held every Wednesday and Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the Vines Center and is open to the entire student body. Most the events are also streamed on the university’s main Facebook page and the Office of Spiritual Development’s Facebook page.