Why we invested in the relocation of Nyack College New York City…
“Nyack has been the backbone of our ministry for 125 years. Nyack College/ATS maintains the core values of our founder, Dr. A.B. Simpson, and the Alliance. It has always been the mothership for Alliance higher education.”
Those words spoken by C&MA president, Dr. Gary Benedict, during the 2007 inauguration events for Nyack’s 12th president, Dr. Michael G. Scales, were magnified this year by more generous words. In a magnanimous gesture of the C&MA’s Metropolitan District, Superintendent Dr. Bruce Terpstra stated, “I am pleased to announce that our DEXCOM (District Executive Committee) has just voted to invest one million dollars into a strategic partnership with Nyack College. Nyack is about to advance again in a major way by moving to a new campus in New York City.”
A press release issued by the C&MA, continued: “For more than a year, the DEXCOM has been praying about how to penetrate the vast and complex region of New York City with the gospel. We continue to plant churches in the region which is having an impact, but it is clear that our current strategy and momentum is not sufficient to reach the growing lostness. That prayer has led us to believe that Nyack College is a key to reaching the city. Nyack College has been growing and now graduates more than 700 students each year, most of whom reside locally. These are students who have strong Alliance DNA and who have great potential to begin a movement of God.”
Dr. Terpstra added, “God has given us a vision to mobilize students upon graduation to form missional communities which will reach the city block by block, people group by people group. We are calling these communities “Branch Communities” recalling a time under A.B. Simpson where he formed communities of people who focused on discipleship and mission. We will be equipping them, coaching them upon graduation, and providing resources to them to accomplish the mission.”
Comments made by Dr. Benedict more than five years ago echo the sentiments of Nyack/ATS employees. They expressed confidence in senior leadership in a survey which resulted in Nyack College being named a Chronicle of Higher Education “Great College to Work For.” Of President Scales, Benedict commented, “Mike’s vision to expand to a university is fitting. It is continuing to fulfill the mission of A.B. Simpson. Mike is a networker and bridge-builder. That’s evidenced by the community relationships he’s already established.”
Nyack’s Miracle in Manhattan initiative has motivated many others to get on board with the vision of the strategic relocation.