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'I saw Christ worth losing everything for'

Marketing and Communication // 08.31.2016

Charleston Southern University’s first Chapel service of the academic year welcomed the Class of 2020 and celebrated record enrollment, members of The Legacy Society and the Lightsey family, who originally provided funding for Lightsey Chapel Auditorium.

Dr. W. Norris Lightsey and Dr. Nell Peeples Lightsey were founders and supporters of the university and made significant donations toward several major construction projects. The area in the Chapel foyer was refurbished over the summer, and members of the Lightsey family were recognized for their continued commitment to CSU.

“All those years ago, my mother wanted a college in the lower part of the state with Christian principles,” said Margaret L.M. Payne, the Lightsey’s daughter. “This is a dream come true.”

Granddaughter, Lalla Lee Campsen, said her grandmother would be so grateful that the gospel is being shared.

President Jairy C. Hunter Jr. shared God’s word and emphasized campus safety and several ways that students can interact with campus security. Hunter thanked faculty, staff and students for a successful start to the semester and also recognized recent successes by athletic teams.

Glenda Levine

Glenda Levine, a 1997 master of education graduate of Charleston Southern, is the chief human resources officer for Berkeley County School District.

“You are not at CSU by chance,” said Levine. “You are here because God has a plan for your life.”

Levine told CSU students that adding faith to your college education is essential to learning, leading and serving. “I attribute my success to faith, great professors and prayer.”

“Integrating faith in leading means understanding that with leadership comes great responsibility,” said Levine. “Faith is essential to learning, leading and serving. You are blessed to be at a university centered on faith.”

Levine said service in today’s society is an interesting – and challenging – subject. “So much emphasis is placed on personal success and ‘I, me and my.’ Serving is finding the cause beyond one’s self.”

DJ Curl

For D.J. Curl, college has been a challenge. He struggled with anxiety, addiction and brokenness. He said he attempted to cope with the “pain by masking it with drugs, alcohol and relationships.”

“I saw Christ worth losing everything for and chose to surrender my life wholly to Him and His will for my life completely freed from addiction and anxiety,” said Curl.

Curl changed his major from Business to Christian Studies and is now is pursuing a career in ministry. He plans on attending seminary after completing his undergraduate studies.

The Fall 2016 Chapel series continues on Wednesday, September 14 with special guest speaker Adrian Despres, football Chaplain for the University of South Carolina.


Charleston Southern is a liberal arts university and is one of South Carolinas largest accredited, independent universities, enrolling 3,600 students. Recognized as one of Americas Best Christian Colleges, the University’s vision is to be a Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving.