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It's About Love


Dean Whitaker baptizes Liz Hawk after she chose to follow God as a freshman during UC’s annual Spring Renewal.

Williamsburg, Ky. - Perfection is something many strive for, especially athletes. When it comes to following Christ, however, one University of the Cumberlands (UC) athlete says, “It’s not about being perfect.”

Wrestler Elizabeth Hawk (Webster, TX) learned that when she accepted Jesus into her life four years ago as a freshman at UC. On Sunday, March 4, she was baptized at Main Street Baptist Church in Williamsburg after she approached the head of Campus Ministries, Dean Whitaker, about it a few weeks ago.

“I decided to get baptized because of my love for Christ,” Hawk said. A member of the women’s wrestling team at UC for the past 4 years; Hawk has been through some difficult obstacles. Most recently, she tore her ACL and MCL this past December, two weeks prior to Nationals. However, her faith in God enabled her to smile through the difficult time and put her future into God’s hands. “I go to practice and train hard because I love the sport, not because I want to be perfect,” said Hawk.

UC has always been a school strong in its Christian beliefs, and with many groups on campus like Baptist Campus Ministries, Mountain Outreach, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and many others, the Patriot family is a tight-knit group that reaches out to help others. One way these ministries reach out to the students as well as the community is through Spring Renewal, a week-long celebration of the coming season and a chance for a mass of people to get together to spread the Word of God to one another.

It was during Spring Renewal that Hawk decided she was ready to be baptized, and Whitaker was happy to be a part of it.

“Liz is a strong young woman for Christ,” said Whitaker. “There is no greater reward or blessing than to be able to witness lives being formed and transformed by the renewing love and power of Christ through the Holy Spirit. It has been a blessing to walk with Liz through her decision as a freshman to follow Christ and being able to perform her recent baptism at Main Street Baptist Church.”

After graduation, Hawk plans on teaching and serving God in Russia, where she hopes to teach English to those who are less fortunate. Although she realizes it is going to be a big change, she is very excited to share her love and view on God with others.

“To me it’s not about being perfect or even trying to be perfect. It’s about love.”

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.