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Student Katie Treadway Shares Impact of New Tuition Rate

What is your Winebrenner program? I’m in the Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling program What was your immediate thought when you read the good news about the $300/month tuition rate being affirmed by the Board? Thanks be to God! What does this decision mean for you right now? It means that I can continue...
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Student OJ Newburn Shares Impact of New Tuition Rate

My name is OJ Newburn, Sr. and I am in the Master of Divinity program. My immediate thought upon hearing the tuition discount was relief. I stepped out on faith in a time where budget wise it was going to be a stretch but I knew I was being led to pursue graduate studies and...
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Student Lauren Koetje Shares Impact of New Tuition Rate

What was your immediate thought when you read the good news about the $300/month tuition rate being affirmed by the Board? That’s so exciting! What does this decision mean for you right now? I’ve been on the fence about continuing in my program for a few different reasons. One of those reasons is the financial...
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Student Pastor Tom Myers Shares Impact of New Tuition Rate

What was your immediate thought when you read the good news about the $300/month tuition rate being affirmed by the Board? In January of 2020 God called me into the classroom of Global Vision Christian School PA Campus as the Biblical Studies teacher for international senior high students. Having a Bachelors of Arts of Religious...
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Student Dr. Glennda Stelnicki Shares Impact of New Tuition Rate

What was your immediate thought when you read the good news about the $300/month tuition rate being affirmed by the Board? PRAISE GOD! I felt such relief and joy that I was not sure what to do except shout the good words from the rooftops. I immediately started singing the hymn “How great thou art.” ...
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Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling Student Maddy Mooney

In this video, Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling student Maddy Mooney shares how God led her to pursue a Master level counseling program that integrates theological principles. She also shares how Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s $300/month payment plan is allowing her to pursue God’s call on her life without placing her new marriage in debt....
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MDiv Student TJ de la Garza

In this brief video, Master of Divinity student TJ de la Garza shares how God led him to higher education and how Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s $300/month payment plan is allowing him to pursue God’s call on his life without placing his family in debt. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to...
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Student Maddy Mooney – Merging Counseling & Theology

After finishing her undergrad at the University of Toledo with a major in psychology and a minor in counseling, Maddy Mooney entered the Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling (MACC) program at Winebrenner Seminary fall 2019. Maddy had previously thought she would go into occupational therapy. But after interacting with missionaries at a Christian retreat,...
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Alumna Dawn Balduf – Leading with Compassion during COVID

For Chaplain Dawn Balduf, the coming of COVID-19 has created both heart breaking challenges as well as unexpected opportunities. A 2017 graduate from Winebrenner’s Master of Arts in Family Ministry program, Dawn serves full time as a chaplain at Mercy Health – St. Charles Hospital in Oregon, Ohio. (She is also the part time assistant...
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Nicole Walker, MACC Program

“God has used my life experience and my pain to teach others and especially to help others through counseling.” That, in a nutshell, is why Nicole Walker is pursuing her Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling (MACC) degree. Thanks to the incredible healing God has achieved in her own life, Nicole now wishes to come...
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Alumnus Alex Rompilla – Being Jesus to Others during COVID

Alex Rompilla has not been called to what we would term “traditional” ministry. He does not feel called to pastor a church, lead worship, author Christian books, or embark on a speaking circuit. Rather, Alex is uniquely called to evangelism and community outreach, working alongside the body of Christ as the Holy Spirit directs and...
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Alumnus Craig Flack – The “NIV” of Teaching

On Wednesday June 22nd I sat down to speak with the Teaching Pastor from Celina First Church of God, Craig Flack. We spoke for close to 2 hours, and in that time Pastor Craig spoke to me about his successes, his struggles, and his beliefs. At risk of giving the rest of the story away,...
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MCI Students and Alumni – Part III

This blog entry is the third in a series on our students and alumni at Marion Correctional Institution (MCI). Because this unique community of learners cannot represent themselves through this platform, other voices will share about their journeys, both to faith in Christ and into ministry. This third entry, written by Adjunct Professor Dr. Linda...
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MCI Students and Alumni – Part II

This blog entry is the second in a series on our students and alumni at Marion Correctional Institution (MCI). Because this unique community of learners cannot represent themselves through this platform, other voices will share about their journeys, both to faith in Christ and into ministry. This second entry, written by Winebrenner volunteer Mary Jo...
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MCI Students and Alumni – Part I

This blog entry is the first in a series on our students and alumni at Marion Correctional Institution (MCI). Because this unique community of learners cannot represent themselves through this platform, other voices will share about their journeys, both to faith in Christ and into ministry. This first entry, written by Academic Dean, Dr. Bruce...
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Alumnus Tim Eding – From Persecutor to Pastor

For the first 18 years of Tim Eding’s life, I don’t believe anyone would have guessed he was called to ministry. Not his family, not his friends, not even himself. By his own admission, he said “I grew up a heathen”. While Tim’s mother had been involved in the church, and had even had Tim...
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Alumnus Dr. Andrew Draper – A Voice for Justice

As we work through these challenging times, I recognize that everyone’s experience and perspective are different. Dr. Andrew Draper, Winebrenner graduate, has granted us permission to share this as a way to process what is occurring in our society. Martin Luther King, Jr. is credited with saying “True peace is not merely the absence of...
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Alumnus Paul Rutledge – Number One Job is to Love People

On April 20th I sat down for a phone call with Paul Rutledge, the Pastor of Risingsun First Church of God, in Risingsun, Ohio. During our hour and a half long call, Pastor Paul spoke candidly about his life, with occasional injections of humor. Pastor Paul’s story has been at times conventional, at other times...
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Alumna Leslie Fern – Called to Counsel with Hope and Compassion

When Leslie Fern completed her undergraduate and graduate work in Human Resources, she was done with studying and the all-encompassing gruel of student life. She settled into a full time HR position and forged ahead in her new life as a working adult. For over 20 years, Leslie’s life was full and meaningful. She cared...
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Alumna Katie Erickson – A New Teaching Experience

I love teaching. Growing up, when my cousin and I would “play school,” I always wanted to be the teacher. I started tutoring kids when I was in the 6th grade, mostly in math, and I really never stopped through high school, college, and beyond. Since earning my Master of Divinity from Winebrenner in 2010,...
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