SWU Soul Stories

Heath Mullikin

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

Interview with Claire Culwell
Mar 8 2024
Interview with Claire Culwell
On this episode of SWU Soul Stories, Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff, Andrew Beckwith, sits down with special guest and chapel speaker, Claire Culwell. Claire Culwell is an abortion survivor with a miraculous story. When her mother became pregnant at age 13, she had an abortion, but weeks later realized she was still pregnant. It turns out she had had twins, and only one of the fetuses was aborted, leaving Claire as a survivor. Claire’s mother gave birth to her, and Claire was adopted shortly after. Today, Claire shares her miracle testimony nationally and internationally for churches, fundraising banquets, and college events. She has also been featured in the national media on Fox News and many other news outlets. To purchase her book go to: https://amzn.to/3v54YnH As always you can find out what's happening on SWU's campus at www.swu.edu.   Find everything Alumni related including links to the new online store at https://linktr.ee/SWUAlumni. Southern Wesleyan University was originally established in 1906 as the Wesleyan Methodist Bible Institute whose mission was to develop Christian character in its students while giving thorough intellectual training. Now, a private, four year Christian university, Southern Wesleyan University is committed to providing liberal arts and professional education. In addition, we are proud to be an institution of The Wesleyan Church, a worldwide body of evangelical Protestant believers. Though our name has changed over the years, our mission—to be a Christian community of learners that recognizes God as the source of all truth and wisdom—has remained.
Week of Giving 2023:  Dr. Amber James
Apr 21 2023
Week of Giving 2023: Dr. Amber James
Dr. Amber James, Class of 2004, currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Music, directs Student Productions, and will soon be the chairperson of the Music Department at Southern Wesleyan University. She is also a current student in the Masters of Counseling Psychology program. With parents and grandparents who were ministers in the Wesleyan Church, Dr. James understood the importance of a Christian education. She first came to SWU as a young person competing in Teens N Talents competitions to earn scholarship money and eventually came as a student in 2000. Her time being involved in student productions and 3 years on summer ministry teams deeply influenced her life and helped her make life-long friendships. When asked why she gives to SWU, Dr. James said, “The biggest reason I give to student productions is because I want my kids to have all that they need to make our productions the top quality that they can be. I feel strongly that I should be a part of that because people did it for me when I was a student here. People invested their time and money so that I could have those things so it’s just a way that I can pay it forward and lead by example.” Join Dr. James and others in helping us pay it forward during this week of giving to ensure that the next generation can experience the difference that Southern Wesleyan can make in their lives. Go to https://www.swu.edu/giving/week-of-giving-2023/ to make your gift today.
March 2, 2023: Deborah Rhodes talks about her Summer Ministry Team Experience
Mar 3 2023
March 2, 2023: Deborah Rhodes talks about her Summer Ministry Team Experience
Deborah Rhodes('04) joined me to talk about her experience traveling with From the Heart and The Difference on SWU Summer Ministry Teams.  She shared stories from different camps and how the friendships are still strong to this day.  There is something about traveling in a van with college students all summer.  We also talked about the upcoming Ministry Team Reunion on March 25 at Southern Wesleyan as part of Little Mermaid Weekend.   The Ministry Team Reunion starts with lunch in the cafeteria at noon, followed by the 2 pm showing of the Little Mermaid, and a reception/mixer following the show in the old church fellowship hall. Here's the link to the Facebook Event Page for the Ministry Team Reunion.  You can register and pay here.  As always you can find out what's happening on SWU's campus at www.swu.edu.   Find everything Alumni related including links to the new online store at https://linktr.ee/SWUAlumni. Southern Wesleyan University was originally established in 1906 as the Wesleyan Methodist Bible Institute whose mission was to develop Christian character in its students while giving thorough intellectual training. Now, a private, four year Christian university, Southern Wesleyan University is committed to providing liberal arts and professional education. In addition, we are proud to be an institution of The Wesleyan Church, a worldwide body of evangelical Protestant believers. Though our name has changed over the years, our mission—to be a Christian community of learners that recognizes God as the source of all truth and wisdom—has remained.
February 17, 2023: Praying for Revival at Asbury and SWU
Feb 17 2023
February 17, 2023: Praying for Revival at Asbury and SWU
On February 8, 2023, something happened following the 10 am chapel service at Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky.  Students remained after chapel ended to pray, confess, weep, and worship.  It has continued for over a week.  This morning, Asbury announced plans for moving forward as they seek the Lord's guidance.  Over the weekend, a group of 14 from Southern Wesleyan drove to Asbury to see for themselves this thing that God was doing.  On this episode, Heath Mullikin sits down with Global Engagement Director, Barry Van Steenburg, along with students Barry Van Steenburg III, Jay Drury, Alicia Brosco, and Sarah Watson to talk about why they went, what they experienced, and their hopes and prayers for revival at SWU.  You will hear the hearts of these students who want nothing more than to see our campus transformed by the Holy Spirit.  God has already been at work and we are praying for more!  To stay up to date with what's happening at Asbury you can go to this link.  As always you can find out what's happening on SWU's campus at www.swu.edu.   Find everything Alumni related including links to the new online store at https://linktr.ee/SWUAlumni. Southern Wesleyan University was originally established in 1906 as the Wesleyan Methodist Bible Institute whose mission was to develop Christian character in its students while giving thorough intellectual training. Now, a private, four year Christian university, Southern Wesleyan University is committed to providing liberal arts and professional education. In addition, we are proud to be an institution of The Wesleyan Church, a worldwide body of evangelical Protestant believers. Though our name has changed over the years, our mission—to be a Christian community of learners that recognizes God as the source of all truth and wisdom—has remained.
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