Alumni Highlight: Adriane Harrington

Adriane Harrington has always considered herself to be a lifelong learner.  Immediately after working to receive her bachelor’s degree from Grace College of Divinity, she decided to continue her pursuit in education and is currently on her way to a master’s in Christian leadership.  Read to find out more about her experience as both a current student and an alumna here at Grace College of Divinity.

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“My husband is a retired service member, so we’ve lived in Fayetteville for a little more than 20 years.  And we’ve been members of Manna for about 10 of those years.  Off and on, I’d hear a lot about the college, but at that time, the college was not accredited.  So, at that time, I had classes that I had – I’ve been a lifelong learner.  That’s a way of saying it’s taken me a long time to get my bachelor’s degree.  For forty years, I’ve been working on my bachelor’s degree, and I just graduated last May.  Praise God.  So, actually, I say, also, I’ve been smelling the roses and which, is wonderful.  

“I had taken classes during our military career, evening classes, I had taken classes at Fayetteville State just before I transferred here.  Once it became accredited, I felt the leading of the Lord that this was where He would want me to be.  And I entered the program for my bachelor’s in divinity.  They transferred in most of my credits and I started about, maybe four or five years ago.  So, I was so thankful to walk across the stage – tears running down my face, and right away, I began my master’s work.  It’s Christian leadership.  I’m loving that.  Christian leadership just suits me perfectly because I am in leadership over at EP.  

“I’ve been there in leadership for probably four or five years for the SERVE team, VIP team.  Love the work there, love the people there.  I think a life statement of mine is that all that we do is ministry.  Wherever we go, it is ministry.  All that we do, all that we say is ministry as unto the Lord – it should be, at least.  So, in that way, we should definitely guard our lives, guard our mouths, guard our whole being as presentation unto Him, as a living sacrifice.  So, I consider it a great honor to be a student here at Grace College of Divinity.  I love being in the classroom, especially where I can interact with other students, and hear students your age – their views, and their viewpoints and just mull those over in my mind.  It keeps me, I think, young!

“It doesn’t matter what age you are.  You’re not too young, you’re not going to be too old to come.  I’m so thankful that the Lord has allowed me to be a student throughout my life and He continues to encourage me to learn, to always be a lifelong learner, to always be enriching my life with His word and with people of like faith.”     

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