A Wapakoneta native will soon be traveling to the East Coast to dig deeper in her studies at a theological seminary school, and she will have the support of her home church, St. Paul United Church of Christ.
Twenty three-year-old Kendra Short has made the decision to attend Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary School, in South Hamilton, Mass. — which is outside of Boston.
Short, who graduated from Hope College, in Mich., with degrees in philosophy and psychology in the spring, talked with a seminarian, who helped her to discover a career path after college.
“I considered every option, and a professor encouraged me to talk with a seminarian,” Short said. “It wasn’t until last spring that I considered seminary school.”
Short said that after talking with the seminarian, she knew she wanted to study at a seminary school and continue her educationn.
Short’s home church, St. Paul United Church of Christ, in Wapakoneta, is supporting her through her journey, and recently presented her with a check for $4,000, which will be used to help her pay for tuition.
“I appreciate this greatly,” Short said.
“This is something we hope to continue to give her each year,” St. Paul United Church of Christ Living Endowment Fund Chair Bill Berg said. “Our intentions are to donate annually.”
Berg and Living Endowment Fund Treasurer Tom Schlenker presented Short with the check at the church on Thursday morning and she will leave for school on Sunday.
Short is enrolled in a three-year program, working toward her master’s in divinity.
After earning her master’s, Short said she would be interested in getting her doctorate to become a professor of theology and teach others, but she is not quite sure what the future will hold for her.
“I am looking forward to the unknown of what’s in store,” Short said. “I am looking forward to the unknown and knowing that God has something in store for me.”
During her first year of school at the seminary, a few classes that Short will be studying are Old Testament survey and mentor ministry.
“I’ve never taken classes like this before,” Short.
Short, the daughter of Cheryl and Mark Short, said she is excited to start this new adventure of her life. She will be leaving early Sunday morning, and driving 14 hours to settle at her new home in Massachusetts.