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Student Story: Staci Williams (Master of Divinity Connections)

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Staci Williams
(Master of Divinity Connections)


"Determined to make it happen"

My call came to me as I was sitting at a spiritual retreat talking about women in ministry. Suddenly I just had this overwhelming feeling that I knew I was supposed to be one of those women. That event started me on a journey that has been remarkable, wonderful, challenging, and sometimes scary. But one certainty has been clear since the beginning: Bethany Theological Seminary was going to be a part of that journey. It took me six years to finish my undergraduate degree, and then I took a year to rest, but I finally made it here!

When I attended a Campus Visit Day, I got so excited knowing that Bethany was the right place for me that I was determined to make it happen, no matter what. In my excitement I completed the application process seven months before it was due!

Because I have a family that I don't want to uproot, I chose the Connections program. But I'm close enough that I can take on-campus classes when I want to. I like the freedom and flexibility the Connections program offers so I can continue with my education while still being there for my family.

When the Lord called me to ministry, I pursued a degree in Christian education and became licensed. When the Lord told me to go finish my education, I was drawn to Bethany. Everyone at Bethany has done all they can to help me get here. And I know that when the Lord tells me to go out into the world, I will be prepared for it because of the growth and learning I experienced at Bethany.

 

Larry Taylor
(MDiv Connections)

LarryOriginally, I was ordained to ministry by the Lewiston Church of the Brethren (Minn.) and later went on to earn a PhD in psychology, and am now a third year Master of Divinity (MDiv) student at Bethany. Having been a church planter for several decades, a Bible college director for a half-dozen years, and a pastoral psychotherapist for a lengthy season, I felt attracted to explore the possibility of hospital chaplaincy because of the challenges afforded me in Bethany's ministry formation classes, which were the catalyst to deeper understanding, broader theological reflection, and openness to the call of God.