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My Springfield Story: Dr. Heather Marten

Name: Dr. Heather Marten (EU ’98)

Current occupation: Assemblies of God world missionary to Zambia, Africa, and pediatrician


What brought you to Springfield?

My mom and my aunt both graduated from Evangel, so I was familiar with the university. I knew that I had a passion for science and for missions, and I wanted to learn in a Christian environment. I chose Evangel for that experience.

How did God move in your life during your time at Evangel?

I absolutely loved the years I spent at Evangel. I learned from amazing professors who were top of field in the areas of science and medicine and also had a deep love for Christ. The integration of faith and learning is unparalled at Evangel. You learn how to go into the world and make an impact.

How did you enjoy the community life at Evangel?

I am still friends with people I graduated with from Evangel, and I am also friends with many of my EU professors. The relationships developed on campus are so meaningful and rich.

I had a full circle experience related to the EU community when I went on a healthcare ministry trip to India as a medical provider several years ago. Two EU students who participated in that trip are now physician assistants and came on a trip to Zambia with me as providers. It was a beautiful experience of knowing they learned from us in India and they are now serving others as established providers.

What would you tell prospective students considering Evangel?

The campus is beautiful, and you will have the opportunity to learn from professors who love their subject matter and who love their students. You will receive an excellent education in an intimate setting, and develop life-long friendships.

What is one of your most profound takeaways from your experience at Evangel?

I firmly believe that we are called to make disciples, and that whatever vocation God has called you to pursue is your own mission field. We are called to shine a light no matter where we are in this world.

The body of Christ is beautiful, and we need Christians at all levels of leadership and in all fields. My work as a medical doctor and missionary is no more or less important than others working in nursing or mechanics or education. God has called us to play different roles in the beautiful tapestry of His kingdom.