Joy Yun, M.Div. student,
My heart and passion have always been with the church, and I believe Christ is the ultimate example of creating and being a beloved community. After graduation, I plan to pursue ordination as an Elder in The United Methodist Church I hope to use what I learned at CST, by way of practical ministry, leadership and skills in biblical hermeneutics, as tools to help facilitate a beloved community.
Keziah Grindeland, M.T.S. student,
My hope is to contribute to the demolition of structures that perpetuate bigotry, hatred, and oppression both in the microcosm of my immediate peers and loved ones as well as within our increasingly globalized world. I’m currently in the process of discernment, and I see two paths ahead of me. One leads back into the world of interfaith non-profits and the other leads me on to a Ph.D. and eventually to teaching.
M. Div. student
My concern for ministry is to create transformative community; advocate for justice; and actualizing love in the body of Christ.
My husband, Nae Youn Cho and I came to CST because we knew we would be challenged.
CST is where we could broaden our theological views and study. CST is the place I could continue to keep and engage my Methodist legacy as a Korean Methodist.
During an internship at a church or other organization, most students go through a learning process to be creative and skillful. But, since the process is not a source of income, I struggled with finances while trying to study and do ministry.
The Scholarships from the Korean Endowment makes it possible to focus on our studies.
M.Div. 2017, Associate pastor, Bothell UMC (WA)
Soon after graduating from college, I was serving in the halls of power in our country and beyond on behalf of the United Methodist Church. I was at the United Nations, creating and implementing policy combatting human trafficking, and working towards education reform on Capitol Hill. Read More
Dr. Andrew Dreitcer
DONOR AND Associate Professor of Spirituality, Director of Spiritual Formation
Spiritual practice traditions intentionally form individuals and communities in particular ways. Spiritual sages have taught such wisdom for centuries—and still do. And now scientists are adding to this wisdom. Such scientific research can be very inspiring as it reminds us that spiritual formation is not some ethereal, intangible thing; it actually changes us in very concrete, noticeable ways that impact the world around us.
“your generosity directly affects the formation of future faith leaders.”
Karen Leslie Hernandez
Doctor of Ministry
Hi! My name is Karen Leslie Hernandez. I’m working on my Doctor of Ministry at Claremont School of Theology, a school that provides a unique approach to theological education, an approach I believe in…Read More
Hello! I am Timote Piukala, pastor at Tongan UMC, in Mesa, Arizona, and Provisional Elder in the Desert Southwest Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church…Read More
Larry J. Morris, III
hybrid student at Claremont School of Theology
Hi! My name is Larry J. Morris, III. I am a hybrid student at Claremont School of Theology on track to be ordained in the Disciples of Christ tradition. I am called to make this world a better place because, for me, God, faith, and justice are one in the same. Claremont School of Theology understands this. And thanks to scholarship donors, I’m living it.
CST is a good representation of the real world – the beauties and the challenges. People think, see, and listen differently. And, at CST – with its neighboring Disciples Seminary Foundation partner – we talk about that!
We are diverse. In every way. Religions, genders, race, ethnicity, sexuality. And everyone is welcome. We don’t have to agree. But we do want to understand one another so we can learn how to share the same space. Fear and difference won’t stop me from becoming your neighbor.
A CST education is more than intellectual. This is feet-on-the ground, community-based, lead-by-example learning and living. This gives me hope. I see people who look beyond their own self-interest to find where justice and love intersect.