Covering

Posted by Jonathan Sixtos in Alumni
I’m a tinkerer. I love working with my hands, using tools, and uncovering the glory of things long discarded. One weekend my father’s pliers, hammers, vice grips and such littered my workstation and I enjoyed soaking up the sun while measuring and cutting, fitting and grinding, eyeballing and guessing. The family weekend seemed to be going great until my dad exclaimed, “Boy, you’re BURNT!” Sure enough, my seldom-sunned shoulders bore the brunt of the sun that day, and I earned…

Alumni in the World Spotlight: Joel Goh

Posted by Jay Woodward in Alumni
The Goh family Joel Goh graduated from California’s Stanford University in 2006 with co-terminal Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering, then in 2014 received his PhD in Business Administration, also from Stanford. In addition, Joel served as a student leader in Stanford’s Chi Alpha ministry under the guidance of campus pastors Glen and Paula Davis. After finishing his doctorate, he went on to serve as an assistant professor at Harvard Business School, a position he held until this year.…

Vision

Posted by Jonathan Sixtos in Alumni
If you’re like me, you know the struggle of needing your glasses to find your glasses. I’ve been bespectacled since elementary school, and I’ve mostly adjusted to the lenses perched on my nose, clarifying the wide, wonderful world before me. The problem arises when I can’t find my glasses. My vision is lacking. In this summer season, many of us take time off to rest, relax, and recharge. Families pack up and venture to the beach. Kids frolic in a…

Alumni in the World Spotlight: Dylan Peterson

Posted by Jay Woodward in Alumni
Dylan Peterson Dylan Peterson graduated in 2014 from the University of Missouri-Columbia (Mizzou), with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. During her time in Chi Alpha at Mizzou, she experienced many spiritual breakthroughs. At The World Missions Summit 3 (TWMS3) she got the calling to serve in missions in the Middle East. With assistance from AGWM’s Pipeline, the Assemblies of God World Missions placement program, Dylan was connected with Live Dead, a mission initiative to plant churches in the…

The Wisest Investment

Posted by Alex Rodriguez in Training
I’ve noticed through the years there are generally two types of small group leaders by the time the year wraps up: those who are excited and those who are exhausted. Those who are excited are filled with energy because one of their disciples is training to be a small group leader, or is reading good books about Jesus, or they’re continually making time to be with Chi Alpha community. These leaders are excited because they’re seeing the reward of their…

David and Goliath

Posted by Jonathan Sixtos in Alumni
“I’ve fought the lion and I’ve fought the bear, now into Goliath’s eyes I stare, but God is still with me and so I prepare a feast for the beasts and the birds of the air.” The Lord gave me this poem during a rough stretch toward the end of my college career. He impressed upon my heart something that I hadn’t quite realized until my senior courses came rushing at me, with my future and career hard on their…

Alumni in the Marketplace Spotlight: Paul D. Brown

Posted by Jay Woodward in Alumni
Paul and Tonia Brown Paul D. Brown graduated from Sam Houston State University (SHSU) in Huntsville, Texas in 1994, where he helped pioneer the Chi Alpha ministry on campus as a student. For the past twenty-two years, he has worked for the State of Texas and currently serves as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Windham School District, which is the school of the Texas state prison system. As a Chi Alpha alum, he continues to serve Chi Alpha at…

Spring Time

Posted by Jonathan Sixtos in Alumni
Every year my mom plants a garden. It’s become somewhat of a ritual for me to help her till the soil and watch as she carefully prepares a host of fruit and vegetable seeds to populate the rows of black dirt. Tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers, watermelons, and the like soon sprout up and carry out their God-given mandate to bring forth a harvest. Soon they’ll make their way into soups, casseroles, fruit medleys, and all manner of delicious dishes. I…

Alumni in the Marketplace Spotlight: Cindy West

Posted by Jay Woodward in Alumni
Cindy West Cindy West came to faith in Christ through Chi Alpha as a student at Chadron State College in Nebraska through the Chi Alpha ministry on campus. After graduating in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science in Education, she went into teaching for two years, then moved into full-time youth ministry. After several years in youth ministry, she went back to the classroom for the next 25 years, teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) classes in Lincoln, Nebraska,…

Imago Deo

Posted by Belkis Lehmann in Diversity
Last month we looked at the last stage of diversity development, Transformation. The church is the imago deo. It is by looking at us that the world can see what God looks like. Creating a multi-ethnic body that is conformed to Christ’s image and lives out the culture of the Kingdom in its community is part of how we represent God in the world. Yet, this is not enough. We must also take this ethic into the marketplace and the…

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