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Evangel alumni perspective: Justin Fasnacht

Name: Justin Fasnacht

Graduation Year: 2008

Major: Physical Education

Current Position: Campus Pastor

City and State: Concordia, MO

Tell us about your career and what you do now.

From 2010 to 2013, I served as an Elementary PE teacher for grades K-6 in Nixa, MO. From 2013 to 2015, I served as a missionary to Haiti-Mission of Hope where I worked with interns/orphan care and with short-term missions trips. In 2016, I served as the youth pastor at International Community Church in Surrey, England. I currently serve as the campus pastor at New Life Church Concordia, MO.

What is your favorite memory from Evangel?

My favorite memory from Evangel is the people I met there and the friendships I made. I lived on K2S(yokes)and developed bonds that are still strong today. Out of my closest friends, none of us were from Missouri, and all of us are so different – I loved the fact so many areas of the country were represented. Also, I loved intramural sports as I was the student director for two years. Then there was meeting my wife, I probably should have put that first! Haha!

How did Evangel help you identify/develop your calling?

Being at Evangel placed me around people who challenged me. Professors, people in my dorm, and local church leaders. During a time I was experience doubt about my calling and even avoiding it, I received so much encouragement. Speaking of avoidance, I remember not being able to avoid the presence of God because there was always someone around seeking Him. At times, it was annoying and other times it was just what I needed. I took many steps of faith during my time at Evangel, and I remember specific alternative Chapels were I had to be there (had to get them in at the end of the semester) and God just moved. I also remember conversations with other guys in the dorms about faith which formed a habit of just finding out where people are spiritually and developing the hunger to do so.

How did your experience at Evangel prepare you for life after graduation?

Honestly, it placed me in a position where I interacted with some many different people unlike me. I was one of the few Northeast kids. (PA roots) And, I was able to get around such unique and cultured/traveled students. It challenged what I thought was possible and what I was capable of. Also, I truly appreciated the real life application that’s was provided by the professors.

What advice would you give a current student preparing for the workforce?

Seek God first and just be faithful. Don’t overcomplicate God’s calling and be willing to run through open doors. Know that Christians will not always get your calling and may even be critical because they do not understand. Allow the trials of finding the first job strengthen your faith.

What would you look for if you were in a position to hire new graduates from Evangel?

Someone who is not afraid to make mistakes. Someone who knows what God is calling them to do and is willing to place themselves in a position were God has to come through in order for them to be successful or see any fruit. Someone who is excited about the opportunity to serve.