Seminary goes ‘mental’ to fund mission trip

By Stori Long

This weekend, entertainment meets missions in a mind-reading extravaganza that will include coffee, live music, a bake sale and a performance by mentalist Blake Adams. On his Facebook fan page, Adams claims that his performances are built on his ability to draw from psychology and suggestion and uses those to read his audience.

Dr. Amy Jacober, associate professor of practical theology and youth ministry at George W. Truett Theological Seminary, said Blake is not really “a magician,” rather, he employs his senses in order to draw conclusions about the people and circumstances around him. Adams has done numerous shows, including a show at Common Grounds in 2009 when he predicted the headlines for the Lariat three days in advance.

“After seeing Blake, you really leave amazed at what he can do through the power of observation,” Jacober said.

George W. Truett Theological Seminary will be hosting the event at 7 p.m. Saturday in its Great Hall. It is open to the Baylor and Waco populations, and all proceeds will help fund George W. Truett Theological Seminary students going on a mission trip to Germany over spring break.

“It’s an open event,” said Arlington first-year graduate student Anna Goetz, who will be going on the mission trip. “It’s a coffee house atmosphere, and just a fun night to hang out. It’s not just for Truett students. We want everyone from Baylor and the Waco community to come.”

The begin with live music from Stuttgart, Ark., seminary student Drew Greenway. Those who attend will also have the chance to further support the George W. Truett Theological Seminary students through participating in a bake sale that will be held at the event. Adams will perform at 7:30 p.m.

The mission trip this event will fund is sponsored by the youth ministry division of George W. Truett Theological Seminary and through Cadence Student Ministries, a ministry specifically designed to help students on military bases all over the world.

Nine George W. Truett Theological Seminary students and two faculty members will be going to various military bases in Germany, where they will engage and encourage the youth living on the bases.

This is the fourth year the youth ministry division of George W. Truett Theological Seminary has teamed up with Cadence Ministries to send students to
different military bases around the world.

“We want to encourage the kids on the base to deepen their faith and develop an authentic relationship with Christ,” Goetz said. “We want to walk with them and remind them that they are doing some awesome things here.”

Those involved hope this is not only an opportunity to support missions, but also provide fun weekend entertainment.

“We want to be good stewards,” Jacober said. “And we want to have a little fun along the way.”

Tickets to this event can be purchased in advance by contacting or at the door for $7.