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Meet our Graduates

John Asher

John Asher

When I was in high school, my youth pastor told my mother he knew I would become a professional minister. It took fifteen years, including eight in seminary, for that prediction to become very close to reality. With my degree in hand, I look forward to pursuing an opportunity to serve God vocationally.

As my family and I prepare for our next adventure, I am filled with gratitude for my time at Fuller. It was a wonderful mix of challenging academics, faith development, and late night cram sessions with friends. I wouldn’t be here without the constant support of my wife, Morgen. She was the first editor on everything, from academic papers to sermons that needed some serious revisions. I have also been blessed by the encouragement of so many others that to list them here would be impossible. Needless to say, God continues to bring people into my life who give me strength. To each of you, thank you.

Bill Berger

Bill Berger

I sat with Kim Anderson in the summer of 2011 and listened as he told me about the rigors of graduate-level education and the effort it would take to complete this degree. He was right. And it has been such a wonderful journey. I have so much gratitude for the amazing professors I have had along the way: John Drane, Stephanie Black, Tim Dearborn, to name a few. I have been challenged, irritated, and transformed in every way possible. I am grateful for the wonderful education I have received, I am excited to go into the world with the message of Jesus and help people think theologically and missionally as they engage culture with the transformative good news. I am graduating with an MAICS prepared to continue my education as I begin a PhD at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies. Thank you Fuller for contributing to my calling. I look forward to exploring ways I can help others as they navigate the white waters of a post-Christian society. I am so honored to be a Fuller alum. A special thank you to my wife Sue, who has been so supportive in this journey.

Ray Berig

Ray Berig

I transferred to Fuller in 2013 and moved to the greater Seattle area that same year in order to be near the northwest campus. My hope upon arriving was to simply round out my pursuit of my master’s degree as a step towards the pursuit of a PhD. However, along the way I met a community of instructors and peers who provided me with deeper insight, encouragement to refine matters of my faith, and perspective that I would not have had without them. With the love and support of my wife, Crystal, motivating me, I have had the privilege of completing this Master of Divinity degree, a privilege so few are given. I am now equipped with knowledge of biblical languages and interpretation, Christian ethics and biblical principles of justice, and leadership. I also gained a more fully developed understanding of my area of emphasis, Ecclesiastical History, that will advance me further down the path of completing a post-graduate degree and bring me closer to the goal of teaching at the undergraduate level.

Steph Boyer

Stephanie Boyer

Three years ago, I began inquiring about attending Fuller Seminary. Although my family, friends, and mentors responded with a resounding “It’s about time,” my approach to seminary came with much trepidation and uncertainty. As I drove home from my first class--New Testament 500 with Dr. Wheeler—I breathed a sigh of relief, for I knew that this was right where God had called me. Our professors challenged, equipped, and empowered me, both in and outside of the classroom. It was with great honor that I served our campus as All Seminary Council representative. This role highlighted for me the importance of the Fuller community, and I am forever grateful for the friendships and colleagues I have gained over the years. To my family and friends, thank you for standing faithfully and reminding me, “I’m behind you! I’m backing you up!”

I am graduating with a Master of Divinity with an emphasis in Youth and Family Culture. The mentorship of Chap Clark has given a voice to the years of ministry experience I hold, and I am excited to see God’s plan unfold. Upon graduation, I will continue serving as the director of Pebble Preschool at Mercer Island Presbyterian Church.

Katherine Bryant

Katherine Bryant

It is with both hurried excitement and sweet sadness that I graduate from Fuller Theological Seminary this June with a Master of Arts in Theology! It’s not that everything I’ve ever known about God has changed, but rather that everything I’ve experienced through God has been transformed. I’ve learned to see God in real and vast ways, both inside the sacred church and outside in the more embodied rhythms of daily life. Through my time in seminary I’ve accepted more of who I am in Christ, as Henri Nouwen calls us all “the beloved.” I’ve become quickly aware of the need for Christ-followers to be culture-makers and partners in justice. I continue to live more fully into the practices of Sabbath-keeping, celebration of the sacraments, life lived in wild congruency with liturgy, and the seeking out of art for worldly reconciliation.

In September I get to marry my Joseph, who has endured his fair share of me trying to make every film and television show we’ve watched together a little too theologically meaningful. I’ll always be grateful for my parents, Kevin and sweet Sara, who are the world’s biggest cheerleaders. And for my friends here at Fuller who met together at our favorite place far too many times at 5 pm before a 6 pm class, I’m excited to walk through this new season of learning how to be “professional Christians” together.

Seth Christensen

Seth Christensen

When I first made the decision to go to Fuller Theological Seminary, I had no idea what I was in for! I had no plans for church ministry, and no expectations for a clergy position. I just knew I needed structure within the life-experience God had carried me through. Having been diagnosed with a serious painful, scary, and life-threatening illness, I knew the road was going to be difficult, if not impossible. Thankfully, through it all, God used the classes and community at Fuller to bring meaning and strength to a debilitated life that has lost so much in the midst of the terrible damages endured in my disease. This master’s degree is not the compilation of my hard work alone. It is proof of God’s abundant grace and a journey with him towards restoration. It is a compilation of support from my wife and son, her parents, my parents, my church community, and the remarkable team that helped me every step of the way at Fuller. This degree is a dynamic and luminous gift from Jesus Christ to a sick man craving resurrection light in the darkness. Thank you Jesus, my Lord and King!

Scott Clark

Scott Clark

My journey at Fuller Seminary started in 2008. I remember sitting in my first class thinking, “how could I possibly finish?” God answered that question in many ways. I have been blessed with the many friends and mentors created at Fuller over these last nine years. I look forward to the next part of my journey transitioning from manufacturing into professional ministry. This would not have been possible without God's guidance and my wife's support along with the prayer support of my church family. Nor could I forget the support of my fellow classmates and teachers at Fuller NW. I have learned so much about Christianity, developing a deeper faith in the process.

Now that I have completed my Master of Divinity with an emphasis in Biblical Languages, I am prepared for what's next. God brought me this far blessing me with his presence every step of the way. I am eager to follow him wherever he leads me in the future.

Andrew Edmonds

Andrew Edmonds

Prior to Fuller I had been in ministry for over ten years. I felt like I knew the Bible well, was effective in ministry, and had plenty of help from the Holy Spirit. But there was always a yearning in me to receive a deeper education in Theology and Ministry. So when God opened up the door, I quickly walked through it. I certainly have not been disappointed. My journey through Fuller has been one of confirmation, growth, and challenge. I am now more confident in my theological knowledge. I have more tools in my ministry toolbox. My preaching and teaching skills have vastly improved. My worldview has grown.

Mostly, though, I have realized you don't know what you don't know until you learn it for the first time. So, while I have grown at Fuller, I realize there is still much learning and growth that needs to happen. The consolation, however, is that God can continue to use me even while I am still learning it. What an incredible grace God gives in using us even when we are still ignorant and weak.

A special thanks to Jennifer, Nat, and Abi, for loving me and supporting me through this journey; to Mom and Dad for encouraging me to travel down this road; and to Pastor Phil for giving me the freedom to take this on while working at FCC.

Nathan Fong

Nathan Fong

My journey at Fuller began in the fall of 2013 with Beginning Greek. I had originally planned to take the part-time route and finish in seven years. Two years in, I decided to quit my job to go full-time and finish in four years. I am graduating with a Master of Arts in Theology with an emphasis in Biblical Languages. I am grateful for all the knowledge and wisdom I have received from all my amazing professors.

As for future plans, I do not know. I did not set out with any particular goals in mind, other than to learn Greek and Hebrew. I am thankful for all that I have learned and the ways in which God has shaped me through this journey. A friend once told me that I need not worry about how to use what I have learned in seminary because as long as I have been shaped by it then I will be using it, for I use myself in ministry. In the meantime, I look forward to reading through the backlog of books that have been accumulating over my time at Fuller.

Michael McGowan

Michael McGowan

My first course at Fuller Northwest was Modern Church History with Dr. Charlie Scalise. This was quite the introduction to what would be my next four years of seminary. I remember sitting in class feeling overwhelmed not only by the amount of information I was asked to take in, but also by the way I was challenged to think. Critical thinking at this level was new to me and it did not come easy. My interactions with the professors, staff, students, and course material at Fuller Seminary stretched me in mental, spiritual, and emotional ways I didn’t know I could bend. It was painful at times, but I am leaving knowing that I am well equipped to serve and equip God’s people. I am on track to be ordained in the Christian Reformed Church (CRC) and I feel confident with the toolbox I am taking with me from my treasured time at Fuller Seminary.

Ben Menenberg

Ben Menenberg

I started my Fuller NW journey in April 2010. Seven years, four kids, more than a dozen research papers, and a few less hairs later, I am graduating this year with my Master of Arts in Theology degree with an emphasis in Biblical Studies. Personal highlights for me during my Fuller journey include: learning how to read the Bible carefully and passionately with Dr. Jim Davis; enjoying Greek and Hebrew with Professor Renee Williams; and receiving a calling to minister among children with intellectual disabilities through Dr. Erin Dufault-Hunter’s Ethics course and through Dr. Amos Yong’s Disability & Mission course.

Thank you to my dear wife Laura for her faithful support along the way, including auditing two Greek courses with me and critically reading my research papers!

The LORD has transformed me through my Fuller experience. I leave Fuller with a richer appreciation of God’s good sovereignty, a deeper love for Jesus Christ and for his church, and a clear calling to minister among children with intellectual disabilities. In the foreseeable future, I will continue to serve as an accounting manager at World Vision and as a board member for Special Hope Network.

Grant Myles-Era

Grant Myles-Era

My educational journey has been extremely nontraditional. I dropped out of college to concentrate on playing music. For the next ten years, I toured and recorded in a punk rock band! I met my very soon to be bride, Ronna, in 1998 whilst on tour together. This precipitated a powerful return to our Christian faith. After volunteering for several years, a church invited me to begin full-time ministry. I increasingly began to sense that my lack of theological training was a serious impediment to my ability to best serve the kingdom, yet my lack of a degree seemed likely to block any route towards admission to a program. I was informed of and accepted to Fuller's MDiv track in 2009 initially as a probationary student. After a four-year break due to the demands of family, ministry and economics, a “Holy Spirit inspired” email from my then academic advisor Martín Jiménez initiated a return to and now completion of my degree. I am so grateful to all the amazing staff at Fuller Northwest and my incredible classmates. Most especially, my wife Ronna and kids Kira and Ethan have really made this possible. This has truly been a Team Myles-Era effort!

Lauren Pattie

Lauren Pattie

Following in my father’s footsteps once again, I jumped headlong into seminary education in 2014, not knowing exactly why, except that God wanted me to. I would not be graduating today without the generosity of my grandmother, Helen, and the kindness of my mother and stepfather, Kristen and Ian, who opened up their home to me so I could focus on going to school full-time. My whole family has provided encouragement every step of the way, for which I am inexpressibly grateful. Thanks to the wonderful professors at Fuller and my fellow classmates, my faith has matured over the past three years. And thanks to all my coworkers at the Fuller Institute for Theology & Northwest Culture, I have been able to apply my knowledge in a community that both supports me and constantly goads me toward spiritual and vocational growth. I loved seminary. In fact, I loved it enough that my current goal is to stay in academia, pursuing Old Testament studies. I guess it’s time to hit the books again!

Rich Rios

Rich Rios

Finding yourself on a list of matriculating students for a graduate degree from seminary is to find yourself on a road that you know God has been leading you down for reasons obscure in precise details but unshakably sure in the long term. In fact, today my fellow graduates and I join a historic line of thinkers the world over and throughout time who found the study of God, his Word, and his ways to be a worthwhile pursuit. Personally I cannot be in a happier place than when I am deep in the original languages of Scripture or pouring painstakingly over books, chapters, and verses of the Bible. I credit this impetus entirely to God, who in his mercy made this stage of my education possible by means of gracious family members, friends, and fellow believers who have all contributed in some way or another to the fruitful pursuit of a theological degree.

My hope is that the breadth of training in personal formation and theological precision gained from my time at Fuller will be but a few more cobbles on the road to a career in the theological discipline, but if it be not the Lord’s will at this time, I can do nothing but thank him for a venue like Fuller Theological Seminary and its commitment to training up students of the Word in the world. A deep measure of gratitude goes now to my beloved church family at Trinitas Presbyterian Church who have graciously allowed me to utilize my skills so far as their liturgist, and I hope to continue a long and joyful membership in the Presbyterian Church in America. Thanks go also to my parents who leap-frogged me into seminary education by helps of many kinds. And, lastly, thanks to my friend and Fuller alumnus David B. Montz, who traveled this road a little faster and wiser than I, a compatriot in studies and ministry.

Robby Skinner

Robby Skinner

Two of the past four years that I have lived in Seattle, Washington, have been spent studying at Fuller Theological Seminary. I have had the opportunity to live in a wonderful city and live with true friends. I have found a lifelong home in Seattle First Church of the Nazarene where I have plumbed the depths of their hospitality and generosity. In the past four years I have also come to understand the unwavering support of my family, immediate and extended. Living life can often seem like a lonely endeavor, but in the moments that I have been lulled into that self-interested stupor, I have been invariably jarred awake by the love, compassion, and challenge of my friends and family.

A similar word can be said of the professors and staff of Fuller Seminary Northwest where I have experienced not only Christlike examples in living, but a rich well of knowledge and wisdom. I know the lessons I have learned here, both practically and academically (as if the two can be truly divorced), will endure into my future. I am grateful and indebted (literally) for the experience I have had the past two years.

Jeff Stall

Jeffrey Stall

Walking in the early mist, how could I ever know?
The time I would spend at Fuller, the change in faith would show.
Questions asked and problems raised, but not troublemaking of sorts,
Students from all backgrounds and places: the unlikeliest of cohorts.

Church History unvarnished, seeing geopolitical dynamics abound,
And the Holy Spirit guiding complex Systematics, with furious debates around.
The surprises of Biblical Interpretation, was a Man truly inside the Fish?
And 20th century cultural application all thrown into the mix.

Every three months, a new class begins introducing one another by name,
Prayer, singing, painting and quietness, with never two weeks the same.
Students come and students go, professors sometimes too,
Syllabi of constant reading and papers, I continued to plod through.

When I look up,
What did I learn?
Why did I go?
What did I earn?

Like Jonah looking back, in the future I begin to see,
The choice of Life or Not: two doors were set before me.
Opening the road less travelled: the human soul’s capacity to love,
Are truly the greatest gift towards all, from our Father above.

Jeff Ting

Jeff Ting

God is faithful, and miracles still happen! I am thankful that God has brought me through 9+ years at Fuller! His grace is amazing, as is my wife Sabrina’s unwavering encouragement and prayers. We are still discerning how/where God might lead us to serve him. Would he further our passion and experience in discipleship through mentoring, via journeying with the people around us in mutually accountable and authentic relationships, through which Christ strengthens our faith, transforms our daily lives, and matures our ministry skills? Would he direct us to stay around the Puget Sound, or traverse to other cities or countries? Would he expand our community and cultural horizons beyond our current Asian American context? I can’t wait to see what God will show us!

Sometimes ex-corporate colleagues ask me, “So, where are you now?” I say that I have embarked on a journey to equip myself to serve the people around me in ways that bring more meaning and purpose to my life and theirs. As my equipping journey comes to fruition, and the next stage of my life is revealed, I am excited and hopeful. Thank you all for having blessed me on this journey, and I hope that our paths will cross in the future.

Dean Witt

Dean Witt

I like to think of my journey at Fuller as being a lot like Frodo’s journey through Middle Earth. Life was going pretty great, then all of a sudden a crazy wizard man (Jesus) tells you that the next couple of years of your life are about to get crazy, because you have to destroy (complete) the one degree to rule them all (MATM). Frodo had no idea what he was getting himself into. Luckily for him, he had a bunch of rad friends who helped him along the way. Sam (aka the real hero) is my wife, Marissa. Without her love and support, there is no possible way I would have finished this journey. In addition to my lovely wife, I was surrounded with a far more talented group of warriors (theologians/pastors). Together, we battled our way through Middle Earth, not without making a couple of stops at the Green Dragon of course. While many times we thought it was impossible, Sauron was finally vanquished. Though the journey at Fuller didn’t come without its scars, my knowledge, appreciation, and love of God, Scripture, and the world has been transformed in ways I never thought possible. And while the journey through Middle Earth was Frodo’s last adventure, mine is just beginning.

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