Liberty University welcomed President Dondi Costin to the Convocation stage on Wednesday to give his first formal address to the student body. He shared his testimony and delivered a message on the importance of leaning into God’s calling for one’s life.
Costin was announced as the Liberty’s sixth president on March 31 and began his new role on July 1. He is a retired Major General with more than 32 years of commissioned service in a military career that culminated as a senior leader in the Pentagon, where he served as the eighteenth Air Force Chief of Chaplains. Following his retirement from military service, Costin assumed the presidency of Charleston Southern University. He holds five master’s degrees (two earned at Liberty) and two doctorates.
Costin shared about his early life, being raised by Christian parents (neither of whom attended college) and accepting Christ as his personal Savior at the age of 7 in 1972. He said he knew from an early age the inerrancy of Scripture, the fallen nature of mankind, and the sacrifice that Christ made on the cross to reconcile humanity to Himself.
“The beautiful part of it all is I had nothing to do with it,” Costin said of his salvation. “The Bible tells us that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us and that us includes me. The ‘whoever’ of John 3:16 includes me, and it includes you as well.” Continue reading by clicking here.