The People Who Got Me Through Grad School

Chris —  June 20, 2013

This past weekend I turned in my final paper for my Master’s Degree at Fuller Theological Seminary. It’s been a long and treacherous road to get there, over eight years, three seminaries and two major moves.

I didn’t know if I’d ever get here and I’m not precisely sure what comes next. What I know for sure is, I could not have done it without the support of the following people:

Marvin Crowson believed in me enough to pull the strings needed to get me in to my first attempt at grad school at Harding University.

Mark Powell‘s ethics class at Harding Graduate School had us read Richard Mouw and Stanley Hauerwas hand in hand. This proved to be slightly prophetic: I completed my degree at Mouw’s school, and focused heavily on writers like Hauerwas.

Chris Flander‘s Worldview at Abilene Christian University class dismantled the short sighted popular concept of worldview and helped me to begin thinking of following Christ as a way of life.

My high school and college friend Jeff Cole came back into my life, helped with my admission to the Fuller MAGL, and provided housing during my course work.

Donna Downes led my MAGL cohort. She has been a mother to us all. Not only has she been an excellent professor, but she has been available night and day to answer questions and provide moral support.

Coming to know, Kairos, our 24th MAGL cohort, has been the best part of this experience. They are men and women spread throughout the world who are dedicated to God’s mission at any cost. You have taught me more about following Christ than any of our books.

My parents have always encouraged me in this quest. They have helped me remember its value when I sometimes forget.

My church community Vox Veniae has been the subject of many papers. More importantly, it has provided me a home and a vision of what a missional church should be.

What’s next? Well, that’s complicated. There are some cool opportunities which I hope to announce soon. I am currently looking for what will pay the bills while this new thing gets off the ground. Please keep me in your prayers.

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