I type this after working a couple of hours at the library where professors come to get books on their latest papers and projects, where pastors come to get a deeper understanding of the text they will be preaching on, and where students come in and out working on their own projects for class and ministry. As I write this, I am aware of a lunch meeting going on. This meeting is comprised of students that meet weekly to listen to a guest speaker and then they pray for each other, the campus, and the world. I’ve spent the morning learning more about what Anselm was talking about with Boso in Cur Deus Homo in my Christology class. That class has friends that I have taken about a dozen classes with by now, friends that I look forward to seeing and enjoy sharing life with as we learn together. I type this before a family ministry class where we are learning about current family systems and approaches for ministry. Tomorrow I will be in Hebrew class constantly seeking to understand what God has said to the world and to me through this language.
When I was considering seminary, PTS was not necessarily on my radar. However, during the Urbana Missions Conference in 2009, I met the President of the Seminary, Dr. Bill Carl. I enjoyed talking with him and learning about a seminary I had not previously considered. This school is committed to preparing leaders for the mission of the Church while also maintaining a strong emphasis on academic excellence. I am always challenged by what I am reading and hearing in class at PTS in transformative ways. I know that I came here in order to be equipped to minister more effectively wherever it is that God will send me after I leave this place. Every day I am challenged by the faithfulness of those who continue to seek excellence in their studies and who chose to engage in Christ centered relationships. I also give thanks for the constant prayers of my friends and family for this journey that God has set me on at PTS. I’m glad I decided to come here and I look forward to what God has yet in store for me.
Paul, Middler M.Div.