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 Professors Help Megan Brown (’05, ’09) Discern God’s Plan

Pastoral Studies

Megan Brown (’05, ’09)

Megan Brown ’05, ’09

“Sophia Steibel saw the gifts and skills in me to teach within higher education and was sure God was going to call me to higher ed. I deeply respected and trusted her guidance and ability to discern God’s working/calling.”

Megan G. Brown was the first person in her family to go to college. She planned to earn a bachelor’s degree and enter full-time ministry. However, while studying religious education, her goals shifted.

“When I first began my academic journey I never imagined I’d be a college professor,” confided Brown, who teaches at the University of Northwestern-St. Paul, Minn. “As a student at GWU I knew I was called to work with youth and assumed I’d be a career youth pastor. Before I finished at GWU, I sensed God’s call to higher ed.”

Because of the small classes at GWU, her religion professors knew her strengths. Before she received her bachelor’s in 2005, they encouraged her to attend seminary. Four years later, as Brown neared completion of her Master of Divinity in Christian Education and Formation, GWU Professor Dr. Sophia Steibel suggested a different path. “She saw the gifts and skills in me to teach within higher education and was sure God was going to call me to higher ed,” Brown recalled. “I deeply respected and trusted her guidance and ability to discern God’s working/calling.”

After confirming the calling for herself, Brown enrolled in the doctoral program at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University in La Mirada, Calif. Now her own teaching style incorporates ideas learned from GWU professors. “‘Go in peace but go’ is something Dr. Ron Williams used to say at the end of classes and I use that from time to time,” Brown elaborated. “I utilize a lot of active learning principles in my classes and reflection activities—inspired by Dr. Steibel’s teaching style. I expect excellence and offer grace, understanding, prayers, and mentoring where it is needed, which I learned from all of my professors.”

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