From the Campus to the Marketplace: An Interview with Brendan Carey

Posted by Jay Woodward in Alumni
Brendan Carey graduated in 1991 from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. Following graduation, he returned to his home state of New York, where he sensed God’s calling into campus ministry. For three years, Brendan would serve as a Chi Alpha campus pastor at the University of Buffalo, then moved on to lead Chi Alpha at the University of Rochester. In 2000, he moved to Arizona, where he served as a youth pastor for…

The Key to Unity

Posted by Belkis Lehmann in Diversity
Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?” “Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lord have for his servant?” The commander of…

Intersection of Suspicion

Posted by Rigoberto Herrera in Diversity
“Are you for me or against me?”—this was my thought as I waited at traffic intersection and looked at the driver in the vehicle adjacent to me. Why did this question creep into my mind on a seemingly calm Sunday afternoon? The simple answer is: distrust is sneaky. The man driving the vehicle I was looking at was an older, Caucasian male. I am a younger, Hispanic male with brown skin and what I like to think of as a…

Continuing Education

Posted by C.S. Robinson in Healthy Leaders
Growing up I was always interested in learning. If the learning was structured and geared toward a goal, I found it to be driving, thrilling, and achievable. Growing up in India, education is culturally very significant. Your future prospect of a “good life” depends heavily on your educational pursuits, so the expectation is not that you just graduate from high school or college, but graduate with distinction and pursue education as far as you can. When I first came to…

Spring Break!

Posted by Jonathan Sixtos in Alumni
As a teacher, one of my favorite times of year is Spring Break. I love my job; watching students grow and mature both academically and socially is a rewarding task. Staggered throughout the hustle and bustle of education are brief respites from the usual task, and the week off in March is one of the first opportunities to enjoy warmer weather. One of my favorite activities during this time off is to reassess my New Year’s resolutions. It’s great to…

Alumni in The Marketplace Spotlight: Jenny McJunkin

Posted by Jay Woodward in Alumni
Jenny McJunkin (nee Egge) graduated from Colorado State University in 1997 with a Bachelor’s in Equine Science and then followed God’s call to become a Chi Alpha missionary. She served on staff from 1998 to 2001 at Montana State University, then went on to be the Chi Alpha director for four years at the University of Wyoming, followed by leading the ministry at Texas Tech, where she married her husband Tory in 2006. In 2008, Jenny stepped down from her…

You Are Welcome Here

Posted by Belkis Lehmann in Diversity
What does it mean to welcome someone? When we talk about creating a multi-ethnic Christian community we often talk about being a welcoming place, about welcoming everyone. But how does welcoming really work? Stores often have welcome signs on their doors. It means they are open, ready for business, and want you to come in. Is that what we mean as well when we tell someone they are welcome to come to our service or discipleship small group? Are we…

Money: Tackling the Taboo Topic

Posted by Pete Bullette in Healthy Leaders
I have a confession. I hate talking about money. Don’t misunderstand me—I don’t hate talking about money in general. I don’t hate talking to students about money and teaching them how to be wise and generous stewards of their money. I can do that without a problem. After all, I majored in accounting when I was in college! I hate talking about my money. (I know it isn’t really my money; I am a steward. But bear with me for…

"Visited Once and Was Hooked"

Posted by Mike Godzwa in Diversity
Malik* arrived at Virginia Union University with hope. He had a difficult life. His family fled violence in his home country, but not before he personally was marked by it. They were able to find asylum in the U.S., but Malik struggled finding a place in his adopted homeland. His experience, his values, his world was so different, but VUU was offering everything he was looking for. It promised community; a place where he could develop real friendships. It offered…

Singles Survival Guide

Posted by Jonathan Sixtos in Alumni
It’s February, and I find myself stranded in a sea of singleness. I’ve concocted a list of ways for fellow singles to survive the onslaught of flowers and frustration, cards and consternation, sweethearts, and bitter memories. Enjoy! Save Yourself First When a turbulent airplane deploys the oxygen masks, the mantra goes “put your mask on first” to ensure you don’t lose consciousness at 30,000 feet trying to help others. Before looking for that ­­special someone who you think will “save”…

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