Following God’s Lead

GWU School of Divinity Helped Young Pastor Grow and Mature in Christian Ministry

Matt Rollins

As a student in the School of Divinity at Gardner-Webb University, Matt Rollins soon discovered he had plenty to learn about church history, the Bible and pastoral ministry. The reading assignments were lengthy and writing papers was a challenge. Sometimes he questioned his decision to attend seminary while working. He didn’t fully realize the value of his studies until after receiving his Master of Divinity in Pastoral Studies in 2011.

“I would never have set aside time to learn all of that information on my own, so I can now appreciate the rigorous workload set before me during my time at Gardner-Webb,” reflected Rollins, who left an engineering career to serve God in ministry. “I didn't necessarily think this at the time, but looking back on those days and nights of reading, writing, and study, I am truly grateful.”

His positive experience then brought him back to GWU to pursue a Doctor of Ministry in Christian ministries. As the minister of spiritual formation and outreach at First Baptist Greenville, S.C., Rollins provides leadership to adult Sunday school classes and their leaders and plans and implements opportunities for spiritual development. “The excellent general theological instruction I received at Gardner-Webb has enabled me to more competently and more compassionately provide leadership in several areas at First Baptist Greenville,” he explained. “My vision is to foster an environment of ministry and involvement that is easily identifiable and readily accessible to anyone seeking to worship God and follow Christ. As a minister of the gospel in general, I feel called to create space for God to do His work in the world.”

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