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)

Alum Follows Examples set by GWU Religious Studies Professors

Religious Studies

Rev. Jacob D. Myers, Ph.D., (’01)

Rev. Jacob D. Myers, Ph.D., (’01) religious studies major, classical languages minor

“I discerned God calling me to the church and the academy largely from the impact my GWU religious studies professors had on me.”

The Rev. Jacob D. Myers, Ph.D., (’01) teaches on a small college campus that reminds him of his alma mater, Gardner-Webb. His office door is usually open at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga., and students call professors by their first names. “It’s a small community where the professors care about the students,” he described. “I’m largely doing what I’m doing because of the great role models of my Gardner-Webb professors.”

A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Myers came to GWU to prepare for ministry. From his first visit, he was drawn to the close-knit campus. Unlike his friends who went to larger universities, Myers made lasting friendships at Gardner-Webb. His girlfriend went to a different college, but she transferred to GWU after their freshman year and they were married. “She really liked the community at Gardner-Webb,” Myers explained. “She also did her master’s in counseling at Gardner-Webb.”

Three professors in the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy provided guidance and support. “In their lives, I saw people who had a deep commitment to the life of the church,” Myers assessed. “I was the first one from my family to go to college, and I didn’t know you could get a doctorate in religion. Not only did they teach me the course material, but they took the time to help me know where God was leading.”

After completing his Master of Divinity at Princeton (N.J.) University, Myers served as a church planter and pastor in the Atlanta, Ga., area, where he obtained his doctorate from Emory University. “I discerned God calling me to the church and the academy largely from the impact my GWU religious studies professors had on me,” Myers affirmed. “My primary job is to educate the next generation of pastors.”