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LETU student-athlete gets involved in Longview Strategic Planning Committee

LONGVIEW, February 10, 2014-- LeTourneau University freshman Andy McCoy (West Falls, N.Y./West Seneca Christian School), a member of the YellowJackets men’s cross country team, has led grassroots efforts as a student to be a part of the city of Longview Strategic Planning Committee.

The Longview Strategic Planning Committee, which includes LeTourneau president Dr. Dale Lunsford, has been meeting with other individuals to identify, prioritize, focus, and market the community.  Plus, they work to reinforce the importance of setting goals that enhances the community and enable Longview to attract people and opportunities to our community. Lunsford addressed the first chapel of the semester to the students of LeTourneau University about his involvement and how they could get involved.

McCoy was energized by what President Lunsford had to say and his Lifegroup which is facilitated by Dr. Aaron Kuecker, director of Honors College and associate professor of theology at LeTourneau University. The Lifegroup has been discussing practical applications for culture making based on Culture Making, a book by Andy Crouch.

Kuecker encouraged the West Falls, New York native to meet with Dr. Lunsford about the planning meeting as well as take the survey that the town of Longview provides. In the meeting with Lunsford, McCoy was better equipped with the thoughts and the heart of the university president.

“I am interested in the town meeting, personally,” said McCoy. “I am interested in the practical applications of culture making. I also think that Christians are called to be involved in their community, and I think building a good city is a way to build God’s kingdom.”

In follow-up to the meeting with Lunsford, McCoy is organizing a lecture led by LeTourneau University’s Dr. Luke Tallon and Dr. Aaron Kuecker in advance of Monday’s Longview Comprehensive Plan Community Event at the University’s Belcher Center. The lecture is entitled, “Christians in the City: How does the Bible encourage Christians to think about and participate in the city?” The lecture will be held in EDUC room 117 on the LeTourneau University campus at 4:45 p.m.

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