Joseph Lear (’08): Yale Divinity School student
October 6, 2010
I am a recent graduate of Evangel University and am now attending Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut. Evangel asked me to write a short blurb about how Evangel University prepared me and why I would recommend the Evangel Theology Department to graduating high school seniors.
In 2006, I realized that I was severely discontented with my then current school and decided it was necessary to transfer in order to save my academic career. Evangel University came to mind immediately because I knew that Evangel’s biblical studies degree was an academically driven program that was built in order to prepare students not only for future ministry, but also for entering seminary. I contacted the Evangel Admissions Department and was simply astounded at the eagerness of the counselors to help me.
They immediately set up an appointment for me with one of the professors in the Theology Department who subsequently demonstrated to me how all of my credits would transfer and how the Theology Department would allow me to blossom in the areas of biblical studies that I had grown passionate about. As I finished my degree I was simply amazed at the level of academia in the classroom that challenged me to work harder, learn more and subsequently raise my GPA. Within my first year at Evangel I was able to engage in intellectual dialogue with passionate and highly educated professors through whom my critical thinking skills were sharpened. I eventually found the very praxis of my life changed based on what I was learning in the classroom.
Upon applying for graduate school, I was confident I could apply at Yale and several other leading universities because of the level of academic rigor I had experienced at Evangel. Now that I am attending seminary, I continue to have relationships with Evangel professors who continue to encourage me in my studies. My experience has absolutely convinced me that Evangel’s Theology Department is an outstanding institution to prepare for service in Christ’s Church.