Jubilee University

Jubilee University Joins Lexington Bicentennial Celebrations

On Saturday, June 25th, students and staff from Jubilee University participated in the Grand Bicentennial Parade on the closing day of Lexington’s 200th Anniversary celebrations, commemorating the city’s storied past from 1822 to 2022.

With support from the Lexington Arts Council, the institution was able to field its own float, beautifully decorated and highlighting the flags of the university, the City of Lexington, the State of Missouri, and the United States of America.

The float also featured musical performances by Academic Dean Dr. Aria Reppert, who sang versions of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “You Raise Me Up,” as well as an instrumental performance by one of the University’s first students, Mr. Dosun Kim, who performed “Memories” on the guitar.

Jubilee expressed gratitude to Mr. Tom Beard and the Lexington Arts Council for helping to accommodate the school in the parade, and even providing a trailer and volunteer driver. The university is also thankful to Mrs. Abigail Temple who initially encouraged Jubilee to participate.

On the bicentennial’s opening day, themed “Faith Of Our Ancestors Day,” members of the university also participated in an ecumenical worship service hosted by Lexington’s ministerial alliance.

Jubilee University Hosts First Staff Visit From Accrediting Agency

On Thursday, Feb. 3, Jubilee University welcomed Dr. Shane Wood from the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) to conduct a preliminary staff visit.

The visit consisted of a full day schedule where Dr. Wood, who is Associate Director on the ABHE’s Commission on Accreditation, interviewed staff, faculty, and trustees, and also had a chance to meet with students and donors.

During the conferences, Jubilee also had the opportunity to present its goals and vision as well as present arguments for how it fulfills the accrediting agency’s 25 conditions of eligibility, and how it plans to meet the Association’s eleven standards of accreditation if the institution’s application is approved.

Following the visit, the institution received an all-around good report, with clear action steps of what needs to be remedied and what areas can be improved. Jubilee is expected to submit its application for accreditation later this year.

Jubilee University Holds Historic First Convocation, Welcoming 25 Students

On Thursday night, Jubilee University students, faculty, and staff assembled in the chapel to hold its very first convocation, welcoming 25 students across its institution, on campus as well as online. 

During the ceremony, the President of the institution, Mr. Marcus Lundin, gave a special convocation address, welcoming the 12 new students and 13 transfer online students encouraging them to seek the will of God and His vision for their lives as they pursue their degrees at Jubilee University. He also reiterated that faculty and staff are there to support the students every step of the way.

Chief Academic Officer Dr. Aria Reppert, who gave the invocation prayer, shared her reflection, “Marking the start of the JU campus’ academic year with the convocation was very meaningful. Recently, during student counseling and in serving as an academic advisor I learned many things in many different areas that go beyond academics, including admissions and administration.”

She said, “To reach this milestone, JU staff worked together diligently. The beginning may be like a mustard seed, but I believe this branch will grow bigger and become a place where many people can come and rest.”

“Recently, I realized education is actually about care and service. Therefore, I am enjoying this work with a joyful heart.” She reflected, “I believe that God will lead us when we humble ourselves and ask God to help us serve the students and love the school with a joyful and thankful heart. I hope more students may come and praise God and feel this joy together with JU!”

Jubilee University was especially grateful for the assistance of Jubilee World who led attendees remotely in the opening and closing songs, as well as the special song “Heart of a Servant,” sung by Shawn Pang and accompanied on piano by Coco Chang.

Students joined the 2021 Convocation onsite as well as online from across the world, including from China, Brazil, Colombia, and Germany. Local leaders graciously helped translate the Convocation into local languages.

University Chapel Sermon: ‘An Invitation to Worship & a Warning’

Jubilee University Chancellor, Dr. Merril Smoak, Jr. preached the sermon on ‘An Invitation to Worship & a Warning’ during University Chapel Worship on September 19, 2021.

Psalm 95

1 Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;
    let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
    let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
For the Lord is a great God,
    and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth;
    the heights of the mountains are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it,
    and his hands formed the dry land.

Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
    let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
For he is our God,
    and we are the people of his pasture,
    and the sheep of his hand.
  Today, if you hear his voice,
  do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,
    as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,
when your fathers put me to the test
    and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work.
10 For forty years I loathed that generation
    and said, “They are a people who go astray in their heart,
    and they have not known my ways.”
11 Therefore I swore in my wrath,
    “They shall not enter my rest.”