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Jeff Foster, Certificate of Achievement in Theological Studies

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Jeff Foster
(Certificate of Achievement in Theological Studies)

JeffFor nine years I felt the leading of God to ministry. I began my academic journey thinking that I had God all figured out. This journey began at Moody Bible Institute for several semesters, where I gleaned perspective on missions and evangelism. Because of a full-time missionary role, I suspended Moody classes to concentrate on raising support. During that time God began to speak to me about the overall disunity in our Christian church. I came to the conclusion that unity within the body of Christ is the best way to reach lost souls with greater depth. I started exploring the Anabaptist teaching and specifically the way the Church of the Brethren strives toward this vision of unity and reconciliation.

I applied to Bethany Theological Seminary's CATS program, which will allow me to complete a Master of Divinity degree at my own pace. I found enthusiasm and encouragement from Bethany's staff and faculty--each dedicated to this place of love and learning. Theologically, I am gaining a balanced perspective on conservative and progressive biblical positions.

I can say with confidence that this seminary is God- and people-focused, and at the same time, follows Christ's teaching in Matthew 6:33. With several weekend intensives and online classes to complete, I'm grateful to call Bethany my home away from home.

Nan Erbaugh
Emphasis in Peace Studies '08

NanBethany taught me so much. I didn't realize what a loner I had really been all my life until I opened myself to life within the Bethany community. I felt stretched, pushed, and affirmed in amazing, helpful ways. The importance of a close, supportive community cannot be overestimated, especially in light of the challenges faced living out the peace witness to which I feel called. At Bethany, I gained more courage to step into this crucial niche of the Church of the Brethren. Add the grounded, spiritual theological foundation and academic depth I gained through course work, and I feel transformed in a powerful, positive way to serve God.