From the Students: Christian University at Gardner-Webb

Gardner-Webb's Christian foundation is important to students
in unique ways. Hear from current students about what it means to them.




Jonathon Rhyne, Freshman Marketing/Journalism

“I know that on my bad days, I am loved by a bunch of people who I don’t even know… Here, people do care about you, and they don’t even have to know your name.” (More)


 

 

Hannah Ray, Sophomore English

“Everything falls under that umbrella of 'Why are we doing this?' and a Christian University has the responsibility to do it because they’re trying to glorify God in all that they’re doing.” (More)



 

Jeremiah Hamby, Senior Psychology

“It’s more than going to Church on Sunday; it’s living in a community of Christian believers in everyday life and being intentional, being vulnerable with them, and the atmosphere at Gardner-Webb has really shown me that…” (More)

 

Caitlyn Brotherton, Senior ASL

“That’s what college is all about: figuring out what you want to do and who you want to be, and when everyone around you is pointing you towards Christ, it’s a lot easier to be focused on him.” (More)

Gardner-Webb Alum Prepared for Medical School and Ministry

Biology

Caitlin Silver Porter (’14)

Caitlin Silver Porter (’14) major, biology; minors, chemistry and mission studies

“Apart from the great education and preparation, I attribute Gardner-Webb and its faculty and staff with growing me in my faith and solidifying a firm foundation in Christ. I was challenged in my beliefs, encouraged in my calling, and united with some of my closest friends who continue to walk with me through life.”

Caitlin Silver Porter (’14) majored in biology at Gardner-Webb University as a stepping stone to medical school. She minored in mission studies, because of her heart for ministry. A course that explored issues in science and religion helped to connect her two interests.

“Because I split my time between Withrow (science building) and Lindsay (religious studies), I was sort of a college anomaly,” she observed. “But this class showed me that these two disciplines can actually mesh very well and both can be a huge part of who I am.”

All of her classes increased her knowledge and skills, but her professors also challenged her to evaluate her beliefs. “Apart from the great education and preparation, I attribute Gardner-Webb and its faculty and staff with growing me in my faith and solidifying a firm foundation in Christ,” Porter assessed. “I was challenged in my beliefs, encouraged in my calling, and united with some of my closest friends who continue to walk with me through life.”

Porter is a student in the master’s program at Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lillington, N.C. According to the school’s website, Doctors of Osteopathic (DO) medicine combine medical technology with their ears to listen to their patients, their eyes to see their patients as whole persons, and their hands to diagnose and treat injury and illness.

“Osteopathic medicine just made sense to me, especially with a focus on rural medicine and medical missions,” Porter shared. “Gardner-Webb strengthened my love for people, especially those in small towns both in North Carolina and around the world, and osteopathic medicine will allow me to serve God in the role he prepared for me while I was a student at Gardner-Webb.”