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On Mar. 10, Jonathan McReynolds hosted a launch event for Elihu Nation, a non-profit organization he created to help drive millennials closer to God.
“Our purpose is simple,” McReynolds says. “To create, promote and celebrate young seekers and carriers of wisdom.”
The idea for Elihu Nation was inspired by McReynold’s studies at Moody Bible Institute where he received a master’s degree in Applied Biblical Studies, according to elihunation.org:
In his opinion, the African American community and the African American Church do not adequately encourage its musicians, preachers, and, quite frankly, any of its spiritual leaders to pursue higher education for the development of those gifts and talents. He immediately wanted to be able to celebrate the young people that did take the plunge into art school or seminary with the purpose of using their gifts to more effectively communicate the Gospel and Christian wisdom. It was actually while presenting this idea to his alma mater Columbia College (Bachelor of Music ’11) where McReynolds was offered a position as adjunct instructor of a new gospel repertory ensemble which he currently teaches. This teaching experience, interacting with several of these Elihu-like students, expanded his ambitions for this organization.
Elihu Nation believes “art can attract them, but wisdom can preserve them and the Christian creatives of the next generation need to be promoted as much as possible.”
The launch event included a performance by McReynolds, where ticket proceeds benefited Elihu Nation and surpassed their goal by 40 percent.
In Fall 2016, Elihu Nation will begin to offer scholarships to college students “studying to service the kingdom.”
For more information on Jonathan McReynold’s Elihu Nation, visit elihunation.org.