Professor Doug Peterson teaches in our Graduate and Professional Studies programs at Vanguard University and he was asked to write and essay for Following Jesus: Journeys in Radical Discipleship – Essays in Honor of Ronald J Sider By Paul alexander & Al Tizon (eds).
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I would always pray, ‘Use me Lord, send me.’
I had always fought against the idea that I’d become a pastor, even though I joined the Army seeing it as a mission field, and now I feel like God is sending me right back there specifically to minister to other soldiers. There is nothing in this world I haven’t gone through. God used Vanguard University to bring me out of despair and to thrive, and God has been preparing me all along to be this man, and to do this job.
Running my own business has definitely taught me things that cannot be taught through school.
Prior to my business career I was in the Marine Corps, and learned a totally different skill set. With the different experiences in life that I have encountered it is refreshing to find a school/ program I can use all my experiences. The SPS program has encouraged me, challenged me, and pushed me to want to be better in my business life, as well as my faith. The program really has opened my eyes to a different side of education that I have never had before. I would 100% recommend this program to anyone out there.
As part of the same cohort for two years, I was able to develop so many relationships,” he says.
“The cohort created a commonality with people and encouraged us to connect to others in a particular way. Every person you meet is valuable—you help them, and they help you. At Vanguard, we learn all the important ‘business stuff,’ but we also learn in a business context that people really matter. I’m going to take that with me