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)
GWU Built Education, Faith Foundation for Alum’s Success in Sports Training
Sport Management, Business Administration
Jeremy Martin (’03) Sport Management major, Business Administration minor
“There’s no question Gardner-Webb gave me a well-rounded education to apply to a variety of things in life. Gardner-Webb has been a cornerstone for putting Jesus at the center of all I do. The University really built a platform for me.”
In all of Jeremy Martin’s work to train athletes for competition in the National Football League, top-level intercollegiate sports and the Olympics, he has relied on the spiritual and professional foundations he built while earning his undergraduate degree at Gardner-Webb.
Martin (’03) studied sport management and business administration at Gardner-Webb, while also setting school statistical records as the football team’s starting quarterback. His athletics experiences eventually allowed him to discover a passion for helping athletes improve their performance, and his business education provided him with the tools to begin his own training company in Charlotte, N.C.
“There’s no question Gardner-Webb gave me such a well-rounded education to apply to a variety of things in life,” he shares. “Gardner-Webb has been a cornerstone for putting Jesus at the center of all I do. The University really built a platform for me.”
As Martin has provided performance training for an array of athletes, the strong Christian foundation he formed at GWU continues to guide his approach to coaching and life. He often incorporates faith into workouts with his organization’s athletes, including Olympic swimmer Kathleen Baker, who won a silver medal at the 2016 Games in Brazil.
“There are a lot of similarities in the consistency required for both faith and sports training,” Martin relates. “You have to do the little things every day, prayer and practice, that will eventually make a big difference for you.”