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Worship Network host to speak at Milligan commencement

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, TN (April 26, 2006) — Rick Rusaw, an on-air host on the Worship Network and senior minister at LifeBridge Christian Church in Longmont, Colo., will be the keynote speaker at Milligan College’s commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 7, at 2:00 p.m. in Seeger Memorial Chapel.

Rusaw is a member of the Milligan College Board of Trustees and his son, David, is a member of the 2006 graduating class.

“Rick is one of the most energetic, resourceful ministers with whom I have had the privilege to work with,” said Milligan College President Don Jeanes. “As a board member at Milligan, he is always thinking outside the box, bringing valuable ideas and resources to the college. His creativity, enthusiasm and insight are invaluable.”

Rusaw has been minister at LifeBridge Christian Church since 1991, where he has seen the weekly worship attendance grow steadily from 600 to 3,000 and the involvement of church and community volunteer development teams grow from 150 to 1,600 people.

He previously served as vice president of Cincinnati Christian University and associate minister at First Christian Church in Fort Myers, Fla. He also serves on the boards for Christian Network Incorporated and Hope International University.

Rusaw is an on-air host for “Worship,” a syndicated Christian broadcast show that can be seen in 85 million U.S. households and 50 nations. He has also co-authored “The Externally Focused Church,” “60 Simple Secrets,” and “Windows on Worship Devotional Series.”

Throughout his career Rusaw has served on numerous committees for the North American Christian Convention and currently serves as chairman of Outlook America. He has spoken for a variety of ministers’ conferences, retreats and leadership seminars, as well as many Christian and business conventions. He holds degrees from both Cincinnati Christian University and Cincinnati Bible Seminary.

In addition to serving as senior minister at LifeBridge, Rusaw owns a business consulting company and real estate development company. He also oversees group homes for mentally and developmentally disabled adults in three states.

Presenting the Baccalaureate address on Sunday, May 7, at 10 a.m. will be Greg Johnson, senior minister at First Christian Church of Tarpon Springs, Fla. Johnson is a 1976 graduate of Milligan College with a bachelor of arts degree in Bible and Christian ministries. Johnson’s daughter, Kristin, is a member of the 2006 graduating class. Greg and his wife, Becky, moved to Tampa Bay in 2002 after 25 years in missions, serving first as a missionary to Kenya and then as CMFI Director of Bivocational Ministries.

Milligan will graduate 154 students. The spring 2006 graduates include 41 bachelor of arts (B.A.), 85 bachelor of science (B.S.), four master of education (M.Ed.), nine bachelor of science in nursing (B.S.N.), and 15 master in business administration (M.B.A.) degrees.

For more information visit www.milligan.edu/commencement, or call 423.461.8700.

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MILLIGAN UNIVERSITY is a Christian liberal arts university in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The university offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.  To learn more about Milligan University, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-262-8337.

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