Family of Boyce College student shares his ‘miraculous’ recovery after skateboarding accident

Robert Chapman — November 24, 2015

Every parent’s nightmare became a reality for Brett and Lora Fathauer Sept. 18 when they received a call on their way to Bloomington, Indiana, telling them their son Cameron, a 17-year-old dual enrollment student at Boyce College, was hit by a car while skateboarding in his neighborhood. The Fathauers were in a remote part of Indiana and could not keep cell phone reception long enough to hear the news about their son. They each dropped two calls before reception finally held.

“The third time I am getting a call from our neighbor who is a part of the sheriff’s department, and Lora is getting a call from the Columbus Police Department,” Brett Fathauer said. “We are both hearing this at the same time, we do not know all of the details, but ‘Cameron has been in an accident and you need to get back to Columbus.’”

Cameron Fathauer
Cameron Fathauer with his fiancée, Chelsea Franklin.

Cameron suffered severe head trauma and was flown to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. After performing a brain scan, the neurosurgeon decided to remove part of Cameron’s skull to allow the brain to swell. He spent two and a half weeks in a coma. During those two weeks, the doctors treated him for internal bleeding and infection, and they repaired a tendon in Cameron’s hand.

After waking up from his coma Oct. 5, Cameron slowly began to talk and regain his strength. Once he started physical therapy in Indianapolis, he recovered at a miraculous rate that stunned his doctors. Although doctors initially told the family their son would remain in their care for several months, Cameron was released Oct. 23 after just five weeks in the hospital.

Even though the Fathauers have experienced this trying situation, they have seen God’s faithful provision through the entire process, even in how Cameron avoided further injuries. When Cameron was hit by the car, his left arm went through a window and his leg hit the corner of the vehicle, but he did not break a bone. He landed in the grass which partially cushioned the fall. Because he hit the right side of his head, doctors were able to attempt surgery because the success rate is higher as opposed to an injury on the left side. Doctors were even able to treat an infection without surgery.

“There were steps along the way which is pictured by Cameron walking through a field of mines, and any wrong step is an explosion,” Bret Fathauer said. “We were worrying about tomorrow, but we were reminded to worry about the present and take a step every hour and God walked us through this.”

Not only have the Fathauers seen God work to protect and heal Cameron, they have also said the Lord used this accident to speak truth into the lives of others. Cameron believes his strong belief in the sovereignty of God helped him avoid depression, which often affects many people who try to cope with traumatic injuries.  Through this accident, the Fathauers have shared the gospel with Cameron’s classmates, nurses in the hospital, and the family that hit Cameron.

A week after his release, Cameron hosted a previously planned worldview and apologetics conference for his high school classmates. The one-day event, “Why I’m Not a Christian: A Conference Answering Christianity’s Toughest Questions,” featured Boyce College Dean Dan DeWitt. Video from the conference sessions is avalable online here.

“God works all things for our good, but we often miss that it is for his glory,” Cameron Fathauer said. “That is clearly evident through this whole thing. Many people in my school are texting me, and I am surprised by the people who are not Christians but are talking to me about theology and why this accident happened to me.”

Not only have Cameron and his family been able to use this event to spread the kingdom of God now, Fathauer knows that his experiences through this process will be beneficial for future ministry opportunities.

“I was one of the only young people in the hospital and this reminded me how dependent we are on God for sustenance,” Fathauer said. “Going through these things, I now have a different view of people who wear helmets or talk differently: I get it. That will help me in a pastoral manner in the future.”



Maurice Hinson, longest-serving Southern Seminary professor, dies at 84

S. Craig Sanders — November 12, 2015
Maurice Hinson, who died Nov. 11 at age 84, taught at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for 58 years.
Maurice Hinson, who died Nov. 11 at age 84, taught at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for 58 years.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — A world-famous pianist and musicologist who was the longest-serving faculty member in the history of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary died Nov. 11 after a battle with cancer. Maurice Hinson, 84, was the senior professor of piano at the seminary and had taught courses for 58 years.

“Maurice Hinson was one of the greatest musicologists ever to serve among Southern Baptists, a world-class scholar whose authority was regularly invoked in the leading conservatories and schools of music around the world,” said Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr., describing Hinson’s “immeasurable” legacy. “He was a wonderful Christian gentleman who combined his love for students with his love for music, having a very rare gift both as a pianist and as one of the great scholars of the piano as an instrument. He will be greatly missed.” Read More >

SBTS prof Smith elected Kentucky Baptists’ first African-American president

KBC Communications and SBTS Communications — November 11, 2015
Tom James, left, hands off the president's gavel to Southern Seminary professor Kevin Smith, who was elected the first African-American president in Kentucky Baptist Convention history. Smith is teaching pastor at Highview Baptist Church in Louisville. (Photo by Robin Cornetet/Kentucky Today)
Tom James, left, hands off the president's gavel to Southern Seminary professor Kevin Smith, who was elected the first African-American president in Kentucky Baptist Convention history. Smith is teaching pastor at Highview Baptist Church in Louisville. (Photo by Robin Cornetet/Kentucky Today)

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. – The Kentucky Baptist Convention elected a professor at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary as its first African-American president at its annual meeting, Nov. 10.

The election of Kevin Smith, teaching pastor at Highview Baptist Church in Louisville and assistant professor of Christian preaching at Southern Seminary, comes at a time when Kentucky Baptists are trying to reach out to people of all ethnicities.

The Kentucky Baptist Convention, with 750,000 members, is the state's largest religious organization. Read More >

Southern Seminary faculty and students to present papers at ETS annual meeting

SBTS Communications — November 11, 2015

More than 60 faculty, students, and alumni of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary will present papers or participate in panels at the 67th Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Nov. 17-19, in Atlanta, Georgia. “I’m thrilled to see once again this year that so many of our students and…

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Southern Seminary to host ‘Night of Valor’ event for military appreciation

S. Craig Sanders — November 9, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — In support of Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s second annual “Week of Valor,” The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary will host a “Night of Valor” Nov. 11. The free event will provide a forum for biblical principles on Christians in combat and offer spiritual guidance for combat veterans…

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Mohler to discuss Carson, Trump controversies on ‘CNN Tonight’

S. Craig Sanders — November 6, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, is scheduled to appear on “CNN Tonight” at 9:20 p.m. ET Friday to discuss controversies surrounding the GOP presidential campaigns of Ben Carson and Donald Trump. Earlier Friday, Politico ran an article on its website…

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Bob Russell delivers leadership lecture at Southern Seminary

Annie Corser and Bonnie M.C. Burke — November 5, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — Effective leadership admits weaknesses, delegates responsibilities, and serves others, said former megachurch pastor Bob Russell during the fifth annual Duke K. McCall Leadership Lecture at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Nov. 3. “The church cannot be a pyramid with one guy at the top meeting everyone’s…

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Southern Seminary donor Matt Bevin elected Kentucky governor

S. Craig Sanders — November 4, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — Matt Bevin’s landslide victory in Kentucky’s Nov. 3 gubernatorial election is “good news” for the state because of his strong Christian values, said R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, in response to the surprise electoral results. “It’s good news for Kentucky…

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Preaching demands convictional courage, speakers say at Southern Seminary’s Expositors Summit

S. Craig Sanders — October 30, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — Churches need expository preachers confident in God’s authority and power to confront complex cultural situations, said speakers during the Oct. 27-29 Expositors Summit at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. “The Holy One took our place, the Crucified One rose again, and the Risen One is seated…

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Pastors call for racial reconciliation at Expositors Summit Preconference

Annie Corser — October 30, 2015

  All ethnic groups must preach racial reconciliation for there to be change among evangelicals, said speakers during the Expositors Summit Preconference at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Oct. 26. “Racial reconciliation is not an addendum of the gospel; racial reconciliation is wedded to the gospel,” said Curtis Woods, associate…

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