baptismal font, blue hand-blown glass with wooden base

A hand-crafted baptismal font and wooden stand will be dedicated during a ceremony on the Hanover College campus, Sunday, Dec. 10. The event will begin at 5 p.m. in the Brown Memorial Chapel.

The baptismal font, a gift to the College from Hanover President Lake Lambert and his wife, Kelly, holds baptismal water used in the administration of the sacrament. The font is constructed of hand-blown hot glass. The wooden stand was handmade by Rev. Charles Wiley, who has constructed many liturgical pieces, including several used in the chapel at Presbyterian Church (USA) headquarters in Louisville, Ky.

The campus dedication ceremony will feature a service and baptismal blessing from Rev. John Gable, senior pastor at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, Ind. The event will also feature comments from the Lamberts, as well as Mark Levett, chairman of the College’s Board of Trustees, and Rev. Catherine Knott, Hanover’s chaplain.

Lake Lambert, who became Hanover’s president in 2015, earned a doctorate at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1997. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and history, as well as a master of theological studies degree, from Emory University.

An active scholar, Lambert’s research has focused on workplace spirituality, professional ethics and church-related higher education. In addition to several articles and essays in academic journals, he is the author of “Spirituality, Inc.: Religion in the American Workplace,” which surveys the role of spirituality in business from medieval guilds to current trends in the contemporary business environment.

Kelly Lambert earned a bachelor’s degree from Lenoir Rhyne College. She has previously worked as an accountant for a number of enterprises, including the New Brunswick (N.J.) Parking Authority and the city of Cedar Falls, Iowa. Locally, she is an active volunteer with Resurrection Lutheran Church and Historic Madison, Inc.

Wiley currently serves as a major gifts officer at Columbia Theological Seminary in Georgia. He previously worked as associate director for theology and worship at the Presbyterian Church headquarters and, for one term, was an adjunct instructor at Hanover.