SWU Soul Stories

Heath Mullikin

Stories from alumni and friends of Southern Wesleyan University that will inspire and encourage you. read less

Episode 27-Kristyn Dees runs for her dad
Mar 29 2022
Episode 27-Kristyn Dees runs for her dad
On this episode, I talk with Kristyn Dees, class of 2006, about her decision to run this year's Boston Marathon to honor her father who was recently diagnosed with early-onset dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.  Her father, Dad, graduated in 1980 while a brother, Daniel, graduated in 2018.  SWU has been a big part of their family's lives and we want to support them during this journey.  You can stay up to date by following their family blog at www.deesdays.com.  They have also created a Facebook Page.  Below you will find a support letter that Kristyn has sent out along with links on how to give.   Dan Dees is my dad. Florida native, who grew up attending Park Place Wesleyan Church in Pinellas Park. Central Wesleyan College graduate, class of 1980. Some of you may have known him by the nickname, “Funky Dan.” Lover of Christ, music, fun, Judy Smith (now Dees), basketball, and trouble--not necessarily in that order. Two of his kids followed in his footsteps by graduating from Southern Wesleyan University. Myself (class of 2006) and Daniel (class of 2018). All four of his kids follow in his footsteps by pursuing of a life built on the faith he instilled in us. By giving back to our communities. By doing what we can, when we can. Recently, our family has begun to share that Dan (dad) was diagnosed with early-onset dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. His symptoms have been progressing over the last seven years, but he continues to hold on to his good humor and concern for those around him. We cherish each day we have with him even as we grieve the gentle yet steady loss of his memories. I care a lot about my dad’s life and legacy. In his honor, I am running in the 126th Boston Marathon this April as a charity runner for Team End ALZ. I have a goal to raise over $20,000 for Alzheimer's research, advocacy, and care through the Alzheimer’s Association. Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are a growing epidemic in our world. No one seems to know exactly why or how dementia presents itself in some people and not others. Most of the time, I feel helpless in the face of this disease. Raising money and running this marathon (my first ever) make me feel like for once, I am fighting back. Fighting for my dad. For a cure. I am writing to ask for your help. Would you be willing to join me in the fight against Alzheimer’s? I need an army of individuals willing to make a one-time, tax-deductible donation to this race in honor of my dad. Please help me reach my goal. It would mean so much. Kristyn Dees (864) 684-9610 kristyndees@gmail.com
Episode 25-Mandi Smith and Zach McConnell on Residency Programs
Nov 3 2021
Episode 25-Mandi Smith and Zach McConnell on Residency Programs
Mandi Smith, Awaken and Residency Pastor at Ransom Church, and Zach McConnell, NextGen and Residency Pastor at Linwood Wesleyan Church, have both travelled from Sioux Falls, South Dakota to meet with Southern Wesleyan students about their residency programs.  How do residency programs benefit recent graduates and what has impressed Mandi and Zach about the culture at SWU?  For more information about these programs you can email zach@linwoodchurch.org or mandi@ransom.church.  You can find out more about Linwood's residency program here and Ransom Church's here.  I also discuss our mutual love of Survivor with Zach and ethics within the game.  It's a fun and informative episode! We recently announced new alumni benefits including a free will service:  https://giftwise.com/swu A discount for internet filtering and protection through Covenant Eyes:  https://coveyes.com/SWU And a 20% discount for graduates who want to get their online Master's at SWU.  That discount increases to 25% if you begin your Master's, including the new Master's in Counseling Pschology, within a year of graduation. Don't forget about the new SWU Flex Ministry Program:  www.swu.edu/flex. The One Link for everything Alumni related:  https://linktr.ee/SWUAlumni Make sure to follow SWU Alumni on social media for updates on former classmates, celebrations of accomplishments, what's going on in Central, SC and to tell us your story at: www.facebook.com/swualumni/ www.instagram.com/swu_alumni/?hl=en twitter.com/swu_alumni www.linkedin.com/groups/12316286/. You can also access great alumni benefits at: www.swu.edu/alumni-and-friends/added-values/.
Episode 23-Deborah Rhodes
Mar 30 2021
Episode 23-Deborah Rhodes
Deborah Rhodes is a SWU Graduate(Class of 2004) who currently serves as the Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Student Life, and is co-pastor of Parkside Church in Greenville, SC with her husband, Matt(also a SWU alum).  On this episode, Deborah talks about the various roles she has had at Southern Wesleyan, planting a church in the middle of a pandemic, and her new podcast, The Little Space. For more information on Parkside Church you can go to their website, Facebook Page, or Instagram. To listen and subscribe to Deborah's podcast check it out on Anchor, Spotify, and Instagram. Join us for Warrior Homecoming October 8-9, 2021!   We recently announced new alumni benefits including a free will service:  https://giftwise.com/swu A discount for internet filtering and protection through Covenant Eyes:  https://coveyes.com/SWU And a 20% discount for graduates who want to get their online Master's at SWU.  That discount increases to 25% if you begin your Master's, including the new Master's in Counseling Pschology, within a year of graduation. Don't forget about the new SWU Flex Ministry Program:  www.swu.edu/flex. The One Link for everything Alumni related:  https://linktr.ee/SWUAlumni Make sure to follow SWU Alumni on social media for updates on former classmates, celebrations of accomplishments, what's going on in Central, SC and to tell us your story at: www.facebook.com/swualumni/ www.instagram.com/swu_alumni/?hl=en twitter.com/swu_alumni www.linkedin.com/groups/12316286/. You can also access great alumni benefits at: www.swu.edu/alumni-and-friends/added-values/.
Episode 19-Joy Bryant, Alumnus of the Year and author of God Talks Back
Nov 2 2020
Episode 19-Joy Bryant, Alumnus of the Year and author of God Talks Back
Joy Bryant joins Heath Mullikin to talk about what's happening in her life and the process of writing God Talks Back, her first book.  Do you struggle with faith in God?  Do you question if God hears your prayers?  GOD TALKS BACK is the personal journey of a prayer warrior.Join us on November 14, 2020 at Solid Grounds Coffee Shop in Liberty, SC at 1 pm for a book signing.    Get her book from Amazon at https://amzn.to/2TIg3VD.  More details at https://fb.me/e/ddhygHxO5. We recently announced new alumni benefits including a free will service:  https://giftwise.com/swu A discount for internet filtering and protection through Covenant Eyes:  https://coveyes.com/SWU And a 20% discount for graduates who want to get their online Master's at SWU.  That discount increases to 25% if you begin your Master's, including the new Master's in Counseling Pschology, within a year of graduation. Don't forget about the new SWU Flex Ministry Program:  www.swu.edu/flex. The One Link for everything Alumni related:  https://linktr.ee/SWUAlumni Make sure to follow SWU Alumni on social media for updates on former classmates, celebrations of accomplishments, what's going on in Central, SC and to tell us your story at: www.facebook.com/swualumni/ www.instagram.com/swu_alumni/?hl=en twitter.com/swu_alumni www.linkedin.com/groups/12316286/. You can also access great alumni benefits at: www.swu.edu/alumni-and-friends/added-values/.