Alumni

TEDS Alumni Serving in the Dynamic Ministry of Navy Chaplaincy

With about 850 Navy Chaplains serving over 750,000 service members in the Marines, Navy, and Coast Guard, there is an increasing need for pastors and seminary graduates to minister to those in the military. As Navy Chaplains, alumni Jared Smith (MDiv ‘98), Jason Ragain (MDiv ‘06), Ronald Pettigrew (MDiv ‘96), and Matt Fisher (MDiv ‘05) […]

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Alumnus Leads TIU Program in Wisconsin Prison

Forming men and women of resilient faith and Christian character has long been the focus at Trinity International University. And this has been true of traditional degree programs on campus as well as unique settings in our communities. TIU’s program at Waupun Correctional Facility – which recently graduated its second class – is one such […]

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Pastoral Residency at First Free Wichita

The First Evangelical Free Church of Wichita, Kansas, has been partnering with TEDS to offer residency to seminary graduates. First Free’s two-year program offers full-time, paid positions with placement support after residency. It has blessed a number of pastors in training already and offers them multi-ethnic preaching opportunities, ministry opportunities, and mentoring from experienced pastors. […]

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Charley Dever Ministers To Urban Knoxville Through Communities That Embrace Diversity

Mission work was always on Charley Dever’s (MDiv ’20) radar growing up, but not necessarily planting a church. “I received my bachelor’s degree in public health and epidemiology thinking I would go on to graduate school to become a chiropractor,” says Dever. “You can imagine my surprise when God called me away from alternative medicine […]

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Lisa McCormick Shines Light Into The Art World Through Her Illustrations

Trinity International University alumna Lisa McCormick (BA ‘15) is creating artwork for several popular brands, including Patagonia, Home Depot, and Kawasaki, to name a few. “People are often surprised to hear I received my graphic design degree from a small Christian college,” says McCormick. “Trinity offered me many opportunities that I likely wouldn’t have had […]

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Helms Takes Over as Women’s Soccer Head Coach

  Trinity International University has hired Morgan Helms (BA ‘15, MA ‘18) as the fifth women’s soccer coach in program history, announced Athletic Director Heather Logue. “I am thrilled to have Morgan back at TIU. As an alumna of the women’s soccer program, she recognizes that coaching soccer is so much more than success on […]

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From Medicine to Ministry: Dr. Smith’s Bioethics Journey

Dr. David Smith developed a hunger for Christian bioethics after practicing cardiology for over 20 years in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was troubled by physicians and educators supporting euthanasia, but did not have many places to turn for resources or support from other Christians. He took a three month sabbatical in 1996 to research these […]

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Teacher of the Year

Silvia Barbu was a high school teacher in Romania with a college degree in engineering, but that did not help when she moved to the U.S. with her family without knowing a word of English. She volunteered in her son’s kindergarten class to learn the language along with him. After a divorce, she worked wherever […]

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Meeting the Mental Health Crisis in South Florida

The U.S. is experiencing an explosion of mental health issues among young people today. The pandemic has sparked even more feelings of anxiety, depression, and isolation and added to the mental health crisis in America.  Mental Health America reports the following: A growing percentage of youth in the U.S. live with major depression.  15.08% of […]

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TEDS Alum Makes Compelling Case for the Local Church

“Dr. Klink, can you give me any good reason why a Christian needs the church?” That question prompted Trinity alumnus Edward (Mickey) Klink III to write his newly released book: The Local Church: What It Is and Why It Matters for Every Christian. “A bright young man at a social gathering of college students from […]

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