President Lacey urges students to let their light shine

Dr. R. Alton Lacey, MBU president, challenged the University’s student body to foster the shining light of Christ during the bi-annual President’s Chapel, March 7.

“You should be a reflection of the God you serve,” said Dr. R. Alton Lacey, as he addressed the MBU student body inside the Pillsbury Chapel and Dale Williams Fine Arts Center. “It is a borrowed light. It comes from the presence of Christ in your heart. Jesus did not say you are the light of the church.  He said you are the light of the world.”

Lacey, who has been president of MBU since 1995, built much of his remarks around the University’s new tagline, “Shine On.” It is a phrase that represents the University’s strategic plan to prepare students of St. Louis’ only evangelical Christian university to be successful, confident leaders in our society who have “moral strength and courage,” Lacey said.

“Help people flourish in a way resembling the life of Christ by cultivating faithfulness in the totality of your life,” he added.  “When someone is drawn to your goodness, be ready and available to them. The way to make the world a better place is to infiltrate it with godliness, righteousness, and holiness. I hope you will let your light shine.”

Lacey urged students to flourish in their life by allowing the individual light to shine brightly, by in part, going into the world and making a bold difference. He centered his remarks around Matthew 5:14-16, which reads:

“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”


Lacey’s remarks come as the University itself continues to shine in St. Louis and beyond.  The 2012-2013 academic year has brought unprecedented growth—in enrollment, academic offerings and campus facilities. Student enrollment is at an all-time high at 5,212 including students at MBU’s 10 regional learning centers and its dual-enrollment program. The record enrollment comes as the University has announced its intentions to launch football, a significant move as the University continues to transition into more of a residential campus.

The University is building a new 34,000-square-foot residential complex, which will house an additional 108 students. In addition, the University recently completed construction of a new bookstore, which is triple in size compared to its former location. Plans have also been finalized for a dramatic overhaul to the University’s dining hall this summer.