Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman to Speak at Plumstead Christian School’s 2014-2015 Founders Forum

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Plumstead Christian School, an independent, nondenominational college preparatory school located in Bucks County, PA is hosting singer/songwriter Steven Curtis and his wife, best-selling author, Mary Beth Chapman, as the keynote speakers for its fifth annual Founders Forum event.

Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman, keynote speakers at Plumstead Christian School's fifth annual Founders Forum on May 16, 2015. Tickets available at pcs.thundertix.com

The Chapmans’ commitment to Christ and their compassion for orphans, as demonstrated through Show Hope, mirrors our own mission to teach students to think biblically, serve effectively, and lead Christ-centered lives.

Steven Curtis Chapman, highly acclaimed singer-songwriter with more than ten million albums sold – eight of these certified Gold or Platinum albums, will join his wife, Mary Beth Chapman, at Plumstead Christian School’s fifth annual Founders Forum to be held on Saturday, May 16, 2015 on the campus of Calvary Church in Souderton, PA.

The couples’ passion for orphans and their establishment of Show Hope as a charity organization has enabled and inspired hundreds – even thousands – to adopt or support others in their adoption journeys. In 2009, Show Hope finished building Maria's Big House of Hope, a medical care center in China that provides holistic care to orphans with special needs. The love and burden that the Chapmans demonstrate for orphans is a primary reason why they have been asked to be this year’s Founders Forum speakers.

Each year Plumstead Christian School seeks out nationally recognized speakers who live a life that is defined by their Christian faith. The book of James reads, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” The school board and administration see this as a critical message for our PCS students and the larger community to hear, and the Chapmans embody this spiritual truth in the way they live and work.

Together, Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman have co-authored several books for children on the subject of adoption and several inspirational books for adults. Mary Beth’s latest book, “Choosing to SEE: A Journey of Struggle and Hope” is an intimate retelling of her life’s story and her struggles to see and trust God through the darkest times of her life - which includes and perhaps culminates in the tragic driveway accident in which their daughter, Maria, was killed. Mary Beth writes, “I've told my kids for years that God doesn't make mistakes. Would I believe it now, when my whole world as I knew it came to an end?"

Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman have an incredible story to tell – one of God’s faithfulness and the joy that He can provide in the midst of one’s deepest sorrows. Their willingness to serve God with their gifts and talents is commendable.

“We are honored that Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman will be coming to Bucks County to speak with our students and the larger Plumstead Christian School community,” said PCS Headmaster Patrick Fitzpatrick. “The Chapmans’ commitment to Christ and their compassion for orphans, as demonstrated through Show Hope, mirrors our own mission to teach students to think biblically, serve effectively, and lead Christ-centered lives. I am confident that their message in words and song will challenge and inspire our community just as the way they live their lives inspires millions.”

Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman will be the first married couple to speak at Plumstead Christian School’s Founders Forum, and Steven Curtis is the first recording artist to be a keynote speaker at the school’s Founders Forum. The school has a rich history of attracting some of the nation’s most influential Christian voices including the 2012 Founders Forum keynote speaker President George W. Bush. Past speakers also include Dr. Ben Carson, Tim Tebow, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, Vice President Dan Quayle, columnist and commentator Cal Thomas, author and former missionary Elisabeth Elliott, and Christian leader and co-founder of the Moral Majority, the late Jerry Falwell.

The Chapmans will appear at two back-to-back events during the evening: a catered dinner for sponsors that begins at 5:30 PM where they will engage in a twenty five minute moderated question and answer session, and the main Founders Forum beginning at 7:30 PM where Steven Curtis Chapman will participate in a thirty minute talk with interspersed singing followed by a thirty minute moderated question and answer session involving both Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman. Both events will be held at Calvary Church in Souderton, Pennsylvania, and tickets to the main event are available at pcs.thundertix.com. The dinner and the main forum will complement each other – each providing unique experiences for those who would like to be sponsors of the event and have the privilege of attending both. The Chapmans will also participate in a photo opportunity for sponsors of the event. Please direct all serious inquiries about remaining available corporate or individual sponsorships to Plumstead Christian School headmaster, Patrick Fitzpatrick, at 215-766-8073 or at foundersforum(at)plumsteadchristian(dot)org.

About Plumstead Christian School
Plumstead Christian School is in its 65th year as a Christ-centered, nondenominational, college preparatory school that serves prekindergarten through 12th grade students on two spacious campuses in Bucks County, PA. The school’s mission is to provide a caring community where students are educated to think biblically, serve effectively, and lead Christ-centered lives. Through the years Plumstead Christian School has developed a solid reputation in academics, athletics, and the arts. Ninety-eight percent of all recent graduates attend four year colleges and universities, and many students earn college credit–top students as much as forty five credit hours through the extensive Advanced Placement courses offered at PCS. Recent graduates have been accepted to a variety of top ranking schools including Drexel University, Gordon College, Grove City College, Lehigh University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Taylor University, Temple University, the United States Air Force Academy, the University of Pennsylvania, Wake Forest University, Wheaton College, and Villanova University. More information about Plumstead Christian School can be viewed online at http://www.pcspa.org.

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