Why did you choose to attend WSC?
Picking a school is never an easy task; choosing a seminary multiplies the difficulties of that task exponentially. When I am asked why I initially chose WSC, it comes down to these two factors: faculty and alumni.
In the years leading up to seminary, I met quite a few graduates from WSC, and frankly I was impressed—I wanted what they had. The WSC faculty, however, was probably the more important factor. On a visit to the seminary, I vividly remember sitting in a restaurant with Michael Horton and Bryan Estelle, asking them about the seminary, even as I wrestled with the call to pastoral ministry.
As I reflect on my time at WSC, the faculty and alumni—now friends and colleagues—proved to be important factors. Some of my closest friends from seminary are now pastors around the country, serving in various denominations; a couple of these friends have become like brothers to me. The faculty opened up their homes and hearts to us. More than simply teachers, they became mentors and friends. It was a wonderful opportunity to study with a solid and unified a faculty which exists at WSC. Even now, as I read their books, I love to "hear" their voices and "see" their expressions. "Christ, his Gospel, and his Church" are certainly important to these men.
What were the most significant things that you learned during your time at WSC?
One of the most important things I learned at WSC was to strive to be a pastor-scholar. I am still learning this, but the emphasis placed on this powerful combo at WSC has been tremendously helpful for me as I think about ministering to people in this dark world. We become exegetes not only of God’s word and our congregation, but also of the world in which we live, in order to faithfully proclaim to people the gospel message of Christ and him crucified.
What is one of your favorite memories of your time at WSC?
One single favorite memory is difficult to pick, so indulge me as I reminisce. I cherish the memories of watching sunsets from the library balcony, going surfing, campus BBQs, playing ultimate Frisbee with friends and professors, learning what blacksmiths have to do with preaching (ask Hywel Jones), and pointing up my understanding of covenant theology.
What are your present endeavors and/or future plans?
I am currently the pastor of Youth at First United Reformed Church in Chino, CA. I spend a significant portion of my time leading and teaching classes and smaller groups, as well as discipling individuals. I also have regular opportunities to preach Christ—from all of Scripture.
How did your education at WSC prepare you for your present responsibilities?
I think it prepared me well for the many roles and responsibilities that I have, by grounding me in the Scriptures, and requiring practical experience through internships. The responsibility to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ from all of Scripture has been firmly cemented in my heart and mind. I don’t know that there can be any better preparation for pastoral ministry.
What do you enjoy most about the pastorate thus far?
I think that one of the most enjoyable things about the pastorate is watching people grow in their knowledge and understanding of, and gratitude for, the gospel of Jesus Christ.
What advice would you give to prospective students considering graduate theological education?
Consider deeply your motivations for such study. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Study hard! You only have a few years to be trained, so make the most of it!