A bronze statue in the likeness of Jesus Christ arrived on campus in June from Wyoming. The 900-pound work of art was sculptured by Max Greiner, Jr., of Kerrville, Texas, and was cast into bronze by Eagle Bronze Company of Lander, Wyo.
The statue, given by Ronald (’67) and Laura Wood Messer (’67), Landrum, S.C., is in memory of Messer’s parents, T. Pralo and Helen R. Wood.
The seven-foot statue called Fishers of Men portrays Jesus Christ with outstretched hands holding a fishing net.
Each time I look at this magnificent work of art, I am reminded of the scripture found in Matthew 4:18-20, “And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith uto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.”
This statue, located in front of the Averyt/Wood Learning Center, will be a constant reminder to students, faculty, and staff to heed the call to follow Him.
Faithful supporters of the college through the years, Mr. and Mrs. Messer also gave the carillon in Hayes Ministry Center in memory of her mother, Helen R. Wood. Several times each day, this carillon plays beautiful sacred music which “floats across the campus” with reminders of God’s love for each of us.
Article published in the September 2000 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.