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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.

Jody Gunn
(MDiv Connections)

JodyIn the summer of 2006, I made a pact with a high school friend to make our fortieth decade significant. My goal was to complete my Master of Divinity degree before I turned fifty years old. Inside I asked myself and God, "How is this was going to be possible?" Eventually, I was willing to be open to it. My life seemed crazy enough without adding seminary to the mix. I am married to Eric and have two children 15 and 10, so I run a household. I serve a church half time and find many opportunities to volunteer in our community. In spite of the busyness of my life I said "Yes!" to Bethany because I really was at a point in my life where it made sense.