As I begin my senior year at Moody Bible Institute, I’m beginning to reflect on my time here (and all the things I still need to do in Chicago before going to training). Moody has played a significant role in my journey to officership. There have been good times and bad, but Moody has been preparing me to be a minister of God’s Word.
Originally, I never thought of studying theology or even the Bible for my undergraduate work. I thought to myself, “I’m going to get all of that at training, so why should I waste my time with it now?” I thought that I would use my undergraduate time to broaden my skills and experience into other fields besides pastoral.
I really knew what I wanted to study around my Sophomore year in high school – I wanted to study music education. I figured it would be great to have experience in teaching music – it would be my “specialty” in officership. I was drawn to the field by my band teacher, Mrs. Hastings. She showed me how much fun music can be!
I began looking at music schools and other Christian colleges that had music degrees. Some on the list were Asbury, Trinity, and (of course) Indiana University. I checked out Asbury and Trinity, but Asbury was scratched from the list because of the high cost. I did an overnight visit to Trinity and left unimpressed. I figured, however, that Trinity was going to be where I go since nothing else was on my radar.
Oh, how God changed that plan!
I came back from my Trinity visit and was talking to Lt. Colonels Marvin and Bodil Dahl. I was telling them about the visit and Mrs. Dahl asked me, “Well, have you thought about Moody?” Moody? I had heard of it, but didn’t know it was a school. All I could recall of Moody was that Greg Speck had a book published by them. I went home that evening and looked up their website and started reading about the school. A week later, I was going to Chicago for a visit.
At the time, I still thought I wanted to study music, so I went to a few music classes during the visit. I also remember sitting in Christianity and Western Culture 1 (CWC1) while I was there and remembered how funny the professor was (Dr. Litfin). As I toured the campus, I felt a sense of welcome at the school. I felt that this was the one – this is where God wanted me to be.
I applied and was accepted on the first round of applications for the fall of 2010! When I applied, I indicated that I wanted to major in Pastoral Ministries. I figured that would be best for what I will be doing later. Wrong! God made another change of plans.
In January of my Senior year of high school, I took a class called “The Millennium and Beyond” (hmm, does that sound familiar?). The teacher that taught the class, Mr. Jones, was a graduate of Moody and instilled in me a passion for theology. I began to see how vast theology was and how important it was for the life of the church. Soon after that class, I changed my major to theology.
Since then, my passion for theology has grown deeper and deeper. I’ve developed a specific love for Salvation Army theology. I know that God has guided me down this path so that I may be prepared as a student of His Word. Although there have been rough times at Moody (that’s for another blog), I have felt that God has equipped me and is preparing me for the things I will learn at training.