Husband-and-wife speakers Duane and Ericka Loynes will present the address “Tragedy and Triumph: Two Comeback Tales after Stolen Innocence,” stories of voices of resilience that rose up in the face of tragedy, on Monday, Feb. 29, at 4 p.m. The event will take place at Hope College in the Maas Center auditorium in conjunction with national Black History Month.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

The lecture will be followed by a Black History Month celebration dinner from 4:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the college’s Phelps Hall dining hall.  Admission to the dinner will be $6 to those not on the college’s meal plan, payable at the door.

DuaneDuane Loynes is the 2015-16 Faculty Fellow at Western Theological Seminary and is currently completing his doctoral dissertation at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His primary research interests are the philosophical foundations for Christian engagement with culture, which involves apologetics, philosophy of religion, and atheism, but also the way that Christian theology deals with cultural issues such as race. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication and organizational leadership from Trinity International University, a Master of Arts degree in theology from Wheaton College, and a Master of Arts degree in philosophy from Northern Illinois University.

Ericka Loynes currently works as a talent development senior designer ate Kohl’s Corporation where she develops and facilitates curricula for employee training. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in
English/communication from Trinity International University and a Master of Arts degree in English (rhetoric and professional writing) from Northern Illinois University. She has appeared in several commercials and ads in the Midwest.

Duane and Ericka will celebrate 15 years of marriage this September, and have a 12-year-old son, Duane Loynes, Jr., a seventh-grade student at Holland East in the Holland Public Schools.

The Maas Center is located at 264 Columbia Ave., between 10th and 13th streets.  The Phelps Hall dining hall can be accessed from a hallway shared with the Maas Center as well as from an entrance facing 10th Street.