This story was published in the January 2023 issue of The GéDUNK, Grove City College’s alumni magazine.
By Grace Leuenberger ’16
On a brisk Saturday evening in Fombell, Pa., a dozen Grove City College students gathered around the dinner table of Pastor Mark Sentell ’94. It was the first night of spring break, a time typically reserved for rest and recreation in a location far away from campus. But this wasn’t a typical spring break trip, nor is Fombell a typical spring break destination.
Located 30 miles south of Grove City in the rolling hills of rural western Pennsylvania, Fombell was one of five stops on a weeklong trip designed for students to serve and learn alongside the neighbors of Grove City College — neighbors like Sentell. As the night came to an end, the pastor of Living Faith Baptist Church shared a thought that would guide the students through their whole spring break trip: “Churches thrive when they spend time in the place they do ministry. You can’t understand the context or the people you are serving unless you are right there with them.”
Sentell made an important point, one that the founders of Grove City College were also guided by: place matters …
Read more here: A People and a Place.
Entire issue: The GéDUNK