MA in Theology, Class of 2016
My time thus far at Fuller Northwest has been exactly the experience I need in preparation for my future career and ministry. This experience has been, and promises to continue to be, as transformative as it has been informative. I came to Fuller NW not quite knowing what to expect, head full of stereotypes about seminaries, but I thankfully found an environment in which learning and questions are encouraged, and the spiritual journey is emphasized. Indeed, the faculty and staff are often as pastoral as they are instructive, always willing to lend a listening ear and offer advice. Even in my short time here, I have already benefited greatly from guidance offered outside the classroom by the faculty and staff.
In keeping with Fuller’s commitment to effectively equip their students, I fortunately have been able to take advantage of many of the offered extracurricular opportunities. Chief among these is the Pre-Doctoral Student Group: a faculty-sponsored group of students exploring the realities of doctoral work. For anyone interesting in pursuing doctoral studies, having such a group at hand is almost necessary, and I have loved my time with them.
If it is true that we are moving into a “post-Christian age,” bringing with it a host of challenges that must be addressed by the Church, I have nothing but confidence that Fuller, and institutions like it, will help lead the way into a brighter future. Their commitment to scholarly rigor as well as Christian principles make me feel both elated and at ease that I have chosen this institution and its community to be the place that trains me to help further realize the Kingdom.