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Dylan Haro, Master of Divinity

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Dylan Haro
Master of Divinity

DylanMy journey to Bethany Theological Seminary began in the summer of 2004 with eight other high school students. We attended a conference entitled "Exploring Your Call." It was during that conference that I first seriously considered ministry as a vocation. During that experience I learned that ministry doesn't necessarily mean Sunday morning behind a pulpit. I also felt a deep connection to the denomination through the friends I made--both peers and leaders.

The youth group in my local church in San Diego, California, included just my sister, Chelsea, and I, so we were grateful for the regional opportunities like attending Camp La Verne and the Pacific Southwest District events. Wanting to stay connected to the Brethren community, I chose to pursue higher education at the University of La Verne. I became an active member at the La Verne Church of the Brethren where I made many great friends, worked with the youth program, and sought mentorship from associate pastor Janet Ober.

It was a summer that sparked the idea, and surely, with divine intervention, it was a summer that sealed the deal. In 2008, I was awarded an Undergraduate Fellowship with the Fund for Theological Education. The same summer I participated with Ministry Summer service - a summer internship at Palmyra (PA) Church of the Brethren. With the extra scholarship money I attended a Bethany Campus Visit Day. Following that summer of being immersed in the Church of the Brethren and beyond, I began to process licensing to the ministry. With lots of discernment, I decided attending Bethany would most benefit me vocationally and spiritually beyond any alternative. I know I will find the community I am seeking, gain the skills and wisdom I need for fulfilling my call into ministry, and enjoy loads of fun in the process.

Brian Mackie
Master of Divinity '07

BrianSometimes it takes looking back to see God's leading in life. I graduated from Bethany in May 2007 and realized that God led my entire theological training. In the summer of 2002, however, it was a little tougher to see where it was going.

I realized my call to full-time ministry and knew it was to journey into the educational training part of my call. My campus pastor and I had several conversations about this next step. I fasted and prayed and sought the Lord but had no clear answer by the end of the fast. As I was preparing to break my fast, the Lord asked me, "What is the desire of your heart?" I replied, "Oral Roberts University."