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Neil Haney

Neil Haney is the director of development for the Austin Graduate School of Theology. He served on Austin Grad’s Board of Trustees from 2003 until 2010. For 33 years he worked in every aspect of development at Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Texas and retired at the end of 2009. Neil holds a B.S. in Education from Abilene Christian University and a M.S. in Psychology and Rehabilitation Counseling from Oklahoma State University. He is married to Marsha who is the owner of Marsha Haney Voice and Video. He and Marsha have two grown children and four grandchildren.
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Get Your Seminary Scholarship Contribution Matched

Posted by Neil Haney on January 18, 2017 at 9:30 AM

For the second time in two years, Austin Grad has received a matching grant for scholarships from a charitable foundation. While we are extremely grateful for this important grant and have already expressed our gratitude, the foundation has requested that their identity remain anonymous. 
The rules for the matching grant are as follows:
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Topics: About Austin Grad

Austin Seminary Draws Friends In

Posted by Neil Haney on November 8, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Friends’ Day is always a special day at Austin Grad.  It occurs twice a year, once in April and once in October.  When one Friends’ Day is over, the next one is immediately on the minds of everyone and is eagerly anticipated.

Friends’ Day brings together those who have a special relationship with Austin Grad and who enthusiastically support the mission of the school.  That mission statement reads:  Austin Graduate School of Theology is a seminary associated with Churches of Christ and in conversation with all who confess Jesus as Lord.  Our mission is to promote knowledge, understanding and practice of the Christian faith by equipping Christians and churches for service in the Kingdom of God.

After a warm welcome by Chairman of the Board of Trustees Jerry Christian guests participated in a time of worship led by the Austin Grad faculty.  Carefully selected hymns, scripture readings and prayers began the activities in a reverent and positive manner.

One of the highlights of Friends’ Day is the presentations of Austin Grad students who share their stories of how they found the school and how their education is helping them become better servants in God’s kingdom.  This year, the presenters included three current students. They were Kim Venzant and Joseph Collins from Austin and Micheal Felker from Mansfield, Texas. Read on to watch their touching remarks on video.

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Topics: About Austin Grad

Blessing Austin Grad and Future Servants

Posted by Neil Haney on July 7, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Photo: Chairman Jerry Christian addresses donors

Perhaps those who are most passionate about the mission of Austin Grad are those who generously support the school through their prayers, their advocacy, and the sharing of their financial resources.  They do so because they sincerely believe in our mission and want to be part of it. 

The mission of Austin Grad is familiar to most who are associated with the school.  It is especially familiar to our professors, our administration and staff and, most of all, our students.

The mission statement is:  To promote knowledge, understanding and practice of the Christian faith by equipping Christians and churches for service in the Kingdom of God. 

This mission statement, although devised by Austin Grad leaders many years ago to express the purpose of the school, is reminiscent of the passage written by the apostle, Paul in Ephesians 4: 11-12.  That passage reads:

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Topics: About Austin Grad, How To

A Gathering of Friends

Posted by Neil Haney on May 3, 2016 at 9:30 AM

When friends gather at Austin Grad twice a year for Friends’ Day, once in April and again in October, it’s almost like a family reunion.  People get together to enjoy fellowship and to be edified by the activities of the day. 

The common bond that brings them together is love for the school itself.  They are reacquainted with the mission, the faculty, and most of all, the students.  There is hope and encouragement in the knowledge that the Gospel of Jesus Christ will be spread by well-equipped servants of the Lord.

Spiritual energy abounds and is shared with each other in the worship time, the mid-program brunch and the presentations by faculty members and students.

The spring Friends’ Day was held on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at Austin Grad.  The program opened with a warm greeting from Board Chairman, Dr. Jerry Christian who enthusiastically announced a major gift of $100,000 to the school.  The donor, who wished to be anonymous, gave the gift as an incentive and a challenge to other friends to also give to support the programs of Austin Grad.

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Topics: About Austin Grad

Love your Neighbor Through Random Acts of Kindness

Posted by Neil Haney on July 7, 2015 at 9:00 AM

…….love your neighbor as yourself.”  These were the words of Jesus when asked, “What is the greatest commandment?”  The first, he said was to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  Then, he added the second, to love your neighbors.

One may wonder, “How can I best love my neighbor?”  I have a story that, in my mind, represents a vivid example of how loving a neighbor was carried out.

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Topics: On-Topic Today, Personal, Teaching Moment

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