Student To Graduate Stories: Your Gifts Made These Stories Possible
Hannah Starnes Ewald
Master of Divinity, 2018
"Coming to Wesley was a deeply personal experience because my mom and both grandfathers also attended here. United Methodism runs like blood in my family. That history was neat as I began studying at Wesley, knowing that I wasn’t a stranger entering a foreign land.
Serving at the University of Maryland’s campus ministry for my Practice in Ministry and Mission site affirmed my call to campus ministry. It represents the convergence of my passions for social justice and faith, which I didn’t initially recognize when I started seminary. It’s really easy to feel anxious when you’re in seminary and not sure where exactly God is calling you. I’ve realized that my call story will forever change as I grow and evolve; it won’t ever be done changing.
Receiving a scholarship from Wesley gave me financial stability while in school and allowed me to live financially independent from my parents, for which I am very grateful." Since graduation, Hannah relocated to the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church where she is a certified candidate for ordination.
Master of Theological Studies, 2018
"My time at Wesley improved areas where I already thought I was strong — “thought” being a key word. I’ve also gained a heightened awareness of how theology, politics, and social justice intersect. When I came to seminary I particularly wanted to learn how to move my congregation in a new direction, so I took many classes in church leadership and congregational development.
I have come to cherish the professors at Wesley and the long-term relationships I formed while there. I can see some of Wesley’s administration and students being in my life forever.
Before coming to Wesley, I desired a theological education, but I wouldn’t have been able to study here without the Satterwhite Scholarship. The Satterwhite program became a community within the seminary that taught me how to achieve what I set as a goal, both financially and academically." Since graduation, Gregory has continued in his role as senior pastor at Kingdom Worship Center, an independent church with campuses in Townson and Columbia, Md.
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