REDDING, Calif.–Simpson University will be a host site Oct. 17-19 for Tent America 2019, a national event on college campuses organized by Awaken the Dawn. All are welcome to join this event, which features 50 consecutive hours of worship, starting at 6 p.m. Oct. 17. Churches from throughout the area will be participating.
Awaken the Dawn began in 2017 when almost 50,000 people and 1,600 worship teams from all 50 states gathered for three days of worship and prayer in the nation’s capital. Last year, tents of worship were on 101 university campuses. This is the first time Simpson University has participated as a host site.
“A couple months ago we began to pray and think about a major worship event on our campus,” President Norman Hall said. “This is about being a light on a hill.”
“This event is dedicated to nonstop worship with some gospel proclamation,” said José Palos, director of spiritual formation. “We’re honored that we were asked to host it here.”
Simpson University, founded in 1921, moved to Redding 30 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 25 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated more than 4,000 North State adults from its ASPIRE degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a No. 8-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is recognized nationally by Colleges of Distinction.
Simpson has launched new athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team. The university is also working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements, and it is offering new scholarships.