TO RAISE UP NEXT-GENERATION LEADERS
Raising up next-generation leaders is a significant part of Cornerstone’s vision. The Cornerstone School of Theology is one of the primary ways that we equip these future church leaders to carry the gospel. As a resident, CST students get to not only receive theological education, but to engage in ministry, first-hand. These profiles show how the gospel has transformed their lives and how they’re bringing that hope to the next generation.
Rooted in Christ’s Victory
In high school, I lived a life that consisted of trying to do everything possible to be seen as a good person. I went to church, volunteered in my community, and
excelled in school and sports. However, all of my success left me extremely prideful and resistant to publicly acknowledging my flaws. I ultimately did not
know Jesus Christ in a saving way.
I met Jesus Christ my sophomore year at Iowa State through Salt Company and accepted Him into my heart as Lord and Savior at the 2013 fall retreat! Now that I am in Christ, I have joy in knowing my identity is rooted securely in Jesus
Christ’s victory on the cross and not in my own labors. I am free to acknowledge my own brokenness and to rely on His righteousness alone for my salvation.
CST has taught me how to think critically about the biblical story through the Hermeneutics course. It has been fun to use the skills and tools from this class in
my personal reading, as well as in sermon preparation and small group discussions. The CST curriculum is also giving me the tools, knowledge, and
understanding I will need to be a leader in God’s church.
I am currently serving as the Escape 22 High School Ministry resident, after serving as the 180 Middle School intern before that. I help with the week to week planning of Escape, lead students in a discipleship group, and teach a few times throughout the semester. However, the best part of my job is getting to hang out with our awesome students!
After my residency is over I look forward to what God will call me to do next. I am not sure what that will look like, but I hope to be part of the Salt Network whether in a new church plant or in an already established church. I also hope God will use me in a position where I can help work towards racial reconciliation in our country and within the Church.