IWS Alumni Association

The IWS Alumni Association exists to celebrate the unique community established among the students and faculty while on campus in Jacksonville. Our aim is to encourage, edify, and inspire through Anamnesis: the IWS Newsletter, this site, and special events. Listen to Bob Webber and Kent Walters introduce the Alumni Association during the January 2005 Opening Convocation in this audio clip.

IWS Quote of the Week

Lent is the time to identify a power working against us and crucify it with Christ and bury it in the tomb, never to be raised again. . . . [Fasting] controls the passion for food in order to deal with a passion of another sort that holds us in its grip. The purpose of the ascetical fast is to liberate us from the power that flesh holds over the spirit. . . . For example, a person may fast as a means to experience victory over jealousy, envy, anger, lust, lack of integrity. . . . God works in conjunction with our will. Consequently, the ascetical fast that deals with an issue of character development requires choice and intention on our part. We have to exercise the power of our own will over against the powers of evil that continually draw us into habits of life that are contrary to the gospel. — Robert Webber, Ancient-Future Time: Forming Spirituality through the Christian Year (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2004), 114-115.

What Alumni are saying...

  • IWS has confirmed that worshipping the eternal God demands intention, contemplation, passion, and a spirit of adventure. The trajectory of my life’s work was changed the moment I began drinking from the fire hydrant that is IWS.

    Dr. Erik Buxton
    DWS, 2015
  • Learning under the direction of such learned faculty among a wonderful, diverse group of colleagues has
    provided an enriching worship education that could not be replicated anywhere.

    Dr. Beth Argot
    DWS, 2016
  • I cannot say enough about the wealth of information I have collected and the formative impact the experience of IWS has had on me. It is something I will be forever grateful for.

    Dr. Vinnie Zarletti
    MWS 2013, DWS 2017
  • Studying at IWS has been like a breath of fresh air to me. Every time I make the annual trip halfway around the globe for the on-campus intensive, I come away feeling refreshed and renewed in my faith and worship life.

    Christabel Wong
    AGCWS 2017
  • I graduated in spring of 2019 and two months later a new lead pastor was hired at my church. The two years in my career when I needed help the most, the Lord led me to IWS. I am so thankful for my time spent there.

    Jenee O’Connor
    MWS 2019