Jeremy and Andrea (Sherman) Yoder (’07): Edward Jones financial adviser and nonprofit ministry worker
October 17, 2010
Evangel University Alumni Jeremy (’07) and Andrea (Sherman ’07) Yoder have two completely different careers, but they are both ministering in their own unique way.
Jeremy graduated from Evangel with a degree in Biblical Studies and a minor in Business Administration and is now working as a financial advisor with Edward Jones. Andrea earned her degree in Business Administration (management) with a minor in Music and is now development director for Arms of Love Ministries, a Christian-based, non-profit pregnancy crisis center that shares God’s love and acceptance to a hurting population in Godfrey, Illinois, near St. Louis.
Jeremy and Andrea credit much of their outlook on life to the encouragement they received from their Evangel professors, fellow students and especially their campus pastor, Sid Griffith. These people pressed Jeremy and Andrea to live with a spirit of giving no matter what. The Yoders are an example of Evangel’s ultimate goal: to equip students with the tools they need to make a difference. Professors, faculty, staff and the administration at Evangel believe that all Christians are called into full-time ministry — and the world is our mission field. Jeremy and Andrea show what full-time ministry in the “field” really looks like.
As a student at Evangel, Andrea knew that her ultimate goal was to make a positive impact in the world. Her desire to help others led her to volunteer at Arms of Love Ministries as a high school student. She continued to volunteer after graduation when she and her husband began youth pastoring at a church nearby. After moving to St. Louis, the full-time position of development director became available, and Andrea was offered the job.
As development director at Arms of Love, Andrea supervises raising financial and spiritual support, recruiting volunteers, managing the website and other media, and coordinating community relations. She also visits public and private high schools and church youth groups, promoting abstinence and encouraging a pro-marriage initiative. Andrea loves watching young mothers’ lives literally change right before her eyes. She says that Arms of Love served 653 women in 2009.
On the other hand, Jeremy is currently using his God-given talents to make a difference in the financial lives of individuals and their families. Though his ultimate goal is to plant parachurch youth centers across the country, Jeremy is preparing for that goal as a financial advisor with Edward Jones. He enjoys the opportunity to help people daily. “When a client comes to me worried and nervous with an investment problem, and I am able to help them reallocate their assets in a way that brings them more income or lowers their exposure to risk,” says Jeremy, “they are so thankful for my expertise and help. It is something that can never be matched by any paycheck.”
With only 6 percent of applicants gaining an interview at Edward Jones, Jeremy knows his position is a blessing from God. He hopes to build a successful investment practice while developing a non-profit organization or foundation focused on the needs of youth in the United States.
Both Jeremy and Andrea agree that their future remains a mystery, but they are whole-heartedly following God’s lead. “Right now, I am called to the pregnancy resource center,” says Andrea. “I get to work with expectant mothers and their families and to lead them to Christ. I believe that each of us has the ultimate calling — to lead others to Christ. Jeremy is building relationships in his “secular” job with guys that are really searching for the truth, and I believe that God has placed Jeremy at Edward Jones for such a time as this.” These two Evangel graduates are living examples of the integration of faith and learning.