students at service day


January 16, 2014 (Jackson) - Belhaven University’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Service Day on Monday, January 20 is a time for students and faculty to serve and give back to the Jackson community.

JoBeth Petty, Director of Student Leadership, said, “The purpose of the campus-wide MLK Service Day is to give our students a chance to serve and emulate the work and spirit of Dr. King.”

For over a decade students have participated in this day of service. This year, over 300 Belhaven students will volunteer at charitable organizations around Jackson and serve the needs of the community.

Students join their respective athletic team, student organization or group of friends and give their time to service projects like painting, cleaning, yard work, organizing, serving food, gardening and various other tasks. Places like the Mission First, We Will Go, Habitat for Humanity, Spencer Perkins Foundation and others will receive a helping hand from students this year.

“We all serve alongside one another to impact the community by reflecting Christ through serving. The university motto is ‘to serve, not to be served’ and this day is dedicated to living that out in tangible ways,” adds Petty.



Belhaven University stands among select Christian colleges and universities and has been repeatedly named one of “America’s 100 Best College Buys." The University offers 30 academic majors across a full spectrum of disciplines as well as a variety of graduate programs. In addition, Belhaven has achieved the distinction of being among only 30 universities nationally accredited in each of the major arts – music, theatre, visual art and dance. All programs are taught from a Christian worldview perspective and are guided by the mission to prepare students academically and spiritually to serve Christ Jesus in their careers, in human relationships, and in the world of ideas.

Belhaven University serves over 3,700 students offering undergraduate and graduate degrees on its residential campus, an online degree program, and graduate and adult degree programs in Jackson, Memphis, Orlando, Houston, Chattanooga, and Atlanta.