Student Spotlight: Ariel Agsalud

Recently, some of our GCD staff took a trip to visit with the GCD community out in Hawaii! It was an amazing time of learning and exchanging personal stories about what they’ve gleaned from their time as long distance, GCD students. While we were there, we got to hear Ariel’s story as well as many others. As you watch this video, we hope that you’re blessed by all that he has to say!

Student Spotlight: Astrid Quezada

Grace College of Divinity’s mission is a global one; it fuels the heart behind the several countries and regions that God has called us to be involved with outside of the United States. Currently we are involved in 5 Latin American countries due to the partnership and tireless efforts of the late Alan Winter. These countries are Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Guyana, and Honduras. Due to our involvement in these countries, we have had the privilege of equipping and getting to know amazing leaders both young and old from these parts of the world. Their stories and their hearts inspire everyone involved with GCD staff and faculty to serve our students both domestic and abroad with excellence.

One of the students that we have met along the way is Astrid Quezada. Astrid has been a student with us for about 4 years, studying long distance as an online student in Honduras. She is one of the many students that were introduced to us by the hard work and influence of the late Alan Winter. Astrid first encountered Alan at the age of 15 on the first of many missions trips she had taken on his team. Alan became like a spiritual father to Astrid on these trips. She describes Alan as always being able to identify the brokenness that she dealt with and knew how to get through to her every time. Alan continued to inspire a heart for missions in Astrid, and she is currently involved in several ministries in her hometown.

Astrid’s main skill that she brings to the table within ministry is her ability to translate. She has been translating messages from from both Spanish to English (and vice versa) since her teen years. As a matter of fact, on her very first trip with Alan she was brought on as a translator at the age of 15. She is still heavily involved in translation for her home church by translating messages whenever American teams come to visit. Aside from her translation ability, Astrid is an outstanding leader, who is involved with raising funds to pay for the tuition of many children within a local orphanage known as “La Casa Del Nino.” Astrid adds that many of the leadership qualities that she taps into when accomplishing these ministry tasks were learned or put into practice within her GCD classes. She is currently seeking her Bachelor’s of Arts in Christian Leadership and hopes to complete her degree on campus in 2019.

Astrid’s pursuit of a life in vocational ministry was and still is heavily inspired by the life and legacy of Alan Winter. She admits to the fact that she was reluctant to go on her first missions trip because she felt as if the choice was made for her. Her heart began to change however as she began to prepare as a translator for Frontline Missions and was immediately moved by the love and guidance of Alan’s leadership.

He was like an adoptive father to me. I always felt that God had sent Alan to my life to make me feel the love that God had for me. He taught me to love others as much as I could, because there are so many people out there who need to be loved. We need to love others no matter what, and we need to love them as much as Christ has love us.”

Alan’s life was one marked by enormous influence and obedience. Astrid, as well as many of Alan’s closest friends, attest to the heart he had for every person he met. Dr. Crowther, President of GCD, describes Alan as being able to “disarm people by loving them.”

“ I truly admired him for his strong faith and obedience. Whenever we were on a mission trip and had a situation that we could not handle he would always pray and listen to God. Only after that he would act.” – Astrid

Alan’s lifestyle of love and obedience inspired so many people like Astrid to pursue lives in ministry in order to carry on that legacy that he leaves behind. Here at GCD, we want to honor that legacy as well. In order to do so, we’ve built a scholarship designed with international students like Astrid in mind. It was one of Alan’s dearest wishes that Astrid have the opportunity to travel to the United States to complete her degree on campus at Grace College of Divinity. For years to come, we want to give students like Astrid the opportunity to pursue their callings both abroad and domestic. To find out how you can become a donor follow the link below for more information.

https://gcd.edu/alanwinterfund/

Leadership in Action: A Quick Breakdown

 

 

Students that are new to the GCD community are entering a community that is centered around leadership development. With that said, there are several ways that GCD staff and faculty try to implement opportunities for GCD students to apply classroom principles into the real world. One of these opportunities are found within the Leadership in Action (LIA) assignments that are required of each student every semester.

 

In order to  introduce students to LIA who may be unsure of what it is, here’s an excerpt from the student handbook that breaks down the details:

 

“Engaging in the actual practice of ministry responsibilities enables the student to relate classroom work (theory and concept) to everyday encounters of the Christian Professional involved in ministries (teaching, preaching, counseling, etc.). Through the Christian Service Program, we enrich the student’s educational experience, as well as serve the church community. Every undergraduate student must fill out the Leadership in Action (LIA) form every semester enrolled and every undergraduate degree seeking student must complete the minimum number LIA projects for his/her degree program as a requirement for graduation. Each semester, it will be the responsibility of the student to fill out an LIA form. Bachelor degree students are required to complete at most eight LIA projects, and all Associate degree students must complete at most four LIA projects. The student will not be required to complete more LIA projects than semesters enrolled. For a project to be accepted it must be either an outreach to the community, a leadership position, or a consistent position of service (a minimum of a three month commitment to that position). The LIA Google Form is sent out to students via email every semester.”

 

Once your LIA form is completed and approved, it gets reflected with the rest of your grades at the end of the semester. It as simple as that! We always encourage students to start thinking ahead about what they want their projects to be, but often times if a student is heavily involved in serving in their church and communities, most students are able to complete this assignment with ease.

 

We asked some our own students about what ministries they got involved in to complete their LIA, and they came up with some pretty creative and impactful projects.

Our very own Andre Spell, who has been student since 2014 organized his own outreach, and since that time has been fulfilling duties as an elder and executive Pastor in his home church.

 

His very first outreach back in 2014, consisted of developing bags full of treats and different necessities to pass out to the community, to serve as opportunity to connect and pray for people. Andre admits to learning a lot about coordinating volunteers throughout that project, and how to as a leader motivate people to get on board with outreach. Since then Andre has been fulfilling his requirements by serving as executive pastor at Breath of God Church in Fayetteville, NC.

 

Another one of GCD’s own who we asked to share their experience was the one and only Adam Yow.

 

Adam was enrolled in theExperience College Internship back in 2015-2016 and submitted his intern responsibilities as part of his LIA project. Adam was the leader of the RUSH club at FCS during his time as an intern, and Pioneered the first RUSH club in a private school. The biggest leadership he learned while fulfilling his role as RUSH leader was the importance of asking more seasoned leaders for guidance on how to accomplish the mission of what he was doing.

Stories like Adam’s and Andre’s exemplify the heart behind LIA. At GCD we want to provide any opportunity we can, to equip our students to apply principles they learn from us, into everyday leadership opportunities. We want to encourage both our new and returning students go all in this semester for their Leadership in Action projects, and never grow weary in doing good!

 

 

 

Alan Winter Memorial Scholarship: A Legacy of Service

 

Alan Winter was a man whose life was marked by his love for God and his heart to see the lost found. Alan’s heart was to see people’s lives transformed by advancing the kingdom all over the world. To accomplish this, Alan and his wife, Heidi,  founded a missions organization known as Frontline Missions. As an organization, Frontline has pioneered across so many borders, and brought the gospel to some of the most remote places in the world. Alan’s ability to connect deeply with people from all walks of life, helped him in accomplishing this because his love for people was so genuine. His connections in different countries, specifically in South America, have been instrumental in GCD gaining its own influence in these countries. Grace College of Divinity is now involved in nations such as Brazil, Colombia, and Venezuela because of Alan’s tireless efforts to both evangelize and equip people to teach the gospel. Dr. Crowther’s partnership with Mr. Winter lasted for almost 35 years, and his connection with Alan was far more than just a working relationship. As one of Dr. Crowther’s closest friends, this is what he had to say about Alan:

 

“He knew how to do ministry but he also knew how to have fun. He knew how to be a friend.

He was my personal encourager; everybody needs somebody in their life that they can get encouragement and be real with. You can’t replace that easily.”

“The four prominent things that stand out when I think of Alan are his integrity, his humility, his absolute, real love for people, and his ability to be a friend.’

 

‘He genuinely loved everyone. It sounds so trite, but even people that would threaten him or overtly hated them, he would still love them; He disarmed people because of the way he loved them.’  

‘He was good at what he did for no other reason than because of the person who he was.’”

 

The gratitude here at GCD for Alan Winter’s life and legacy is immense. That is the heart and the motive behind our newest and most upcoming scholarship in his honor. The Alan Winter Memorial Scholarship is established to continue sponsoring and equipping foreign students to be trained in the work of the gospel. Alan’s influence and legacy has impacted the lives of so many people across the globe, and GCD wishes to keep that flame alive.

 

For international students wishing to apply, contact GCD at (910) 221-2224 for more information on the forthcoming application process. 

If you wish to be a donor, visit  the following link for more information:  https://gcd.edu/alanwinterfund/

 

Written by Sofia Perez.

Advantages of a Bible College

 

Advantages of a Bible College

 

Hello all, my name is Belle and I am a student/intern here at Grace College of Divinity! I started my freshman year of college at a state university and I quickly realized that God wanted me elsewhere when I had a serious concussion that took me out of school for awhile. As painful as my wakeup call was (figuratively and literally), I am glad to have realized where I am meant to be and that is here pursuing a degree in Christian Leadership! 

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Many high school students have reached the point in their studies where they have to start asking the big question:  where do I go from here? College seems to be the obvious answer — but which one to choose?College is a very important next step that helps you grow as a human being, and Bible College should be included into your list of considerations. Bible College is not the stuffy-old-men-in-suits picture you may be thinking of now. It is a great experience full of opportunities that will shape you as a person.There are 3 key reasons to attend a Bible College rather than a secular university.

 

Gain confidence in your calling

We live in an information age; a world of thoughts, opinions, and personalities is never more than a click away. With so many alternatives to choose from and so many voices competing for your attention, you may not know exactly where you fit in or what your purpose is in this world. Bible College helps instill within you a sense of calling. We are not created for something greater, but for someone greater:  God. You are a beautiful child of God and you have a purpose. When you see yourself through His eyes, you will not have to look to others for purpose because you already know.You can gain confidence in your faith through theological classes. Understanding what you believe and why you believe it strengthens you to face opposition when it comes.

 

Grow your character

Employers are looking for people of character. Integrity, dependability, and passion are key traits; but they aren’t the kind of things you’ll find on the curriculum of most colleges. Many secular universities have reputations for partying and tardiness. Some employers think twice before they hire a college student. “Are they really reliable?”When going to a Bible College it’s a different ballgame. We are expected to have Christ’s attitude. At GCD, as at many Bible Colleges, character and a life of service are as important to students’ education as the coursework itself. We set the bar high and because of our experience at the college we are able to live up to it. Those attitudes of integrity and service are going to be treasured by your future employers someday.

 

Get deeper with God

Faith is what you lean on during finals. Faith is what gets you through obstacles in life. Faith is what leads you and encourages you to persevere. Without a good relationship with God and a strong foundation, how long will your faith last? Going to a Bible College encourages and feeds your relationship with God. Pursuing a Bachelor in Divinity or Christian Leadership takes you through classes that gives you a better understanding of God. Hermeneutics, Theology, and Greek are only some of the classes that can give you a greater understanding of the Creator. With daily interaction and studying you will grow in your relationship. Ultimately it is this relationship that will bring you to your greatest potential and peace.

Your intentionality and actions determine your potential!

Masters of Christian Leadership Class Listing

Masters of Christian Leadership Class Listing Academic Year 2015-2016

 

Online: Fall 2015 Graduate Term 15 Week

1) MBIB 501 NEW TESTAMENT INTRODUCTION

Professor: Robert Clanton

Dates: Aug 24,2015 – Dec 6, 2015

2) MBIB 601 HISTORICAL BIBLICAL LEADERS

Professor: Steve Crowther

Dates: Aug 24,2015 – Dec 6, 2015

Hybrid: Fall 2015 Graduate Term 1/Term 2

1) MLEA 501 ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP(Term 1)

Professor: Steve Crowther

Dates: Aug 24,2015 – Dec 6, 2015

In-Class Dates: September 7-12, 2015

2) MLEA 502 CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT(Term 2)

Professor: Carlo Serrano and Steve Crowther

Dates: Aug 24,2015 – Dec 6, 2015

In-Class Dates: October 19-24, 2015

Online: Spring 2016 Graduate Term 15 Week

1) MBIB 502 OLD TESTAMENT INTRODUCTION

Professor: Robert Clanton

Dates: Jan 11, 2016 – Apr 24, 2016

2) MBIB 602 BIBLICAL ISSUES FOR LEADERSHIP

Professor:Steven Crowther. Tom Johnson

Dates: Jan 11, 2016 – Apr 24, 2016

Hybrid: Spring 2016 Graduate Term 1/Term 2

1) MLEA 603 GLOBAL LEADERSHIP(Term 1)

Professor: Steve Crowther

Dates: Jan 11, 2016 – Apr 24, 2016

In-Class Dates: Feb 1 – 6, 2016

2) MLEA 601 CASE ANALYSES FOR ORGANIZATIONAL AND CHURCH LEADERSHIP(Term 2)

Professor: Carlo Serrano

Dates: Jan 11, 2016 – Apr 24, 2016

In-Class Dates: TBA

Online: Summer 2016 Graduate Term 15 Week

1) MLEA 504 CONTEMPORARY LEADERSHIP ISSUES

Professor: TBA

Dates: May 9, 2016 – Aug 20, 2016

2) MLEA 602 ORGANIZATIONAL RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS

Professor:TBA

Dates: May 9, 2016 –  Aug 20, 2016

 

Hybrid: Summer 2016 Graduate Term 1/Term 2

1) MLEA 503 STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP AND CHANGE(Term 1)

Professor: TBA

Dates: May 9, 2016 –  Aug 20, 2016

In-Class Dates: TBA

2) MBIB 610 ADVANCED HERMENEUTICS(Term 2)

Professor: Steven Crowther

Dates: May 9, 2016 –  Aug 20, 2016

In-Class Dates: TBA

Current Statistics

71.5% of GCD graduates are currently employed in occupations directly related to their undergrad major 50% of GCD’s Bachlor of Divinity degree students completed their degree.