Reardon tribute opens Church of God convention

Wed, 2007-06-13 10:36 -- univcomm
June 13, 2007

Anderson University will open the 2007 North American Convention of the Church of God with a special concert honoring the memory of Dr. Robert H. Reardon, president emeritus of Anderson University, on Friday, June 22, at 7 p.m. in the Ward Fieldhouse of the Kardatzke Wellness Center on the northeast corner of the university campus.

A mass Anderson University Alumni Choir will be featured during the event with Dr. F. Dale Bengston, Anderson University professor emeritus of Music, conducting. Special tributes will be provided by Dr. Robert Nicholson, president emeritus of Anderson University; Bill Gaither, Christian music legend; Dr. Edward Foggs, distinguished minister of the Church of God and General Secretary Emeritus of Church of God Ministries; and Dr. James L. Edwards, president of Anderson University. Special guest artists Jay and Amy Rouse will perform while Dr. Edwards serves as event host.

"We will remember Dr. Reardon for the imprint he made on every part of the university, for more than 30 years of enormously effective executive leadership, for his guiding and stirring devotion to the church, and for the loving touch he had on the lives of his family and extended family of Anderson University," said Dr. James L. Edwards, president of Anderson University.

"This evening event will be a special tribute to our former president and a distinguished minister within the life of the church," said Phil Fair, executive director of Advancement and Church Relations. "Dr. Reardon has left a lasting legacy on the university and the Church of God and the night will reflect his personal and professional life."

The celebration will begin at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Visit a special online tribute area for Dr. Reardon.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.