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Your support of Westminster Theological Seminary makes a global impact for the gospel. You can see this impact in the stories of our students below.

Student Stories

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Mark Haugh
M.Div. 2019 | Northern Ireland

Four years ago, Mark began organizing lunchtime discussions about Christianity with his co-workers.

Mark grew up in an evangelical context that greatly emphasized the importance of evangelism within the workplace. After completing his studies in law and beginning to practice full-time, Mark found numerous impromptu opportunities to share his faith with his co-workers. After one particularly engaging conversation with his co-worker Julie-Anne, Mark was asked, “If you really believe [the gospel], why aren’t you telling people like me?” This jarring question forced Mark to ask: Should I go into ministry full-time?

Soon after this, Mark resigned from his position at the law firm and spent the next year engaged in church ministry and evangelism. However, he quickly saw the need for extensive training in his Reformed tradition. As he studied on his own, he began to recognize one consistent theme in every book: Westminster Theological Seminary. Mark is now studying for his Master of Divinity and plans to return to Northern Ireland for future, full-time church ministry.

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Jenny Jiang
M.Div. 2018 | Qiqihar, China

Jenny wondered, "Could the Lord be calling me towards full-time ministry?"

Before becoming a Christian, Jenny worked as an international businesswoman, starting her own business in Shanghai a few years after completing a business degree. But when she accepted Christ in 2010, she quickly found herself drawn towards evangelism and sharing the gospel with her coworkers and family. Jenny wondered, “Could the Lord be calling me towards full-time ministry?” The answer soon came as her business hit numerous difficulties as her partners in the Middle East  closed their doors in 2011.

As she considered where to study for her future, she was introduced to Reformed Theology through the preaching ministry of Stephen Tong and Samuel Ling. Soon, the connections to Westminster Theological Seminary started to form and Jenny began her Master of Divinity program in 2014. Once she graduates, Jenny plans to serve the global church as a missionary throughout East Asia.

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Brandon Buller
M.Div. 2018 | Goshen, Indiana

Brandon sought a seminary that taught the encompassing truth of God and His Word.

“The Mennonite church I grew up in put a huge emphasis on works-based faith,” says Brandon. “The point of my faith was to become a better human being.” This all changed when Brandon started at Ball State University and got involved with CRU and a PCA Church in Muncie, Indiana. As he began to learn more about the Reformed faith, Brandon also served as an intern in the ministry of his church before going on staff as a music director his senior year.

It was during this year as a music director that a desire to enter full-time ministry became clear to Brandon. As he came under care in the Central Indiana Presbytery, Brandon sought a seminary that taught the encompassing truth of God and His Word. It only took a few conversations with the Admissions team to see that Westminster as the perfect fit. After completing his degree—and his wife Stephanie earns her MAC at Westminster, thanks to the Spouse Grant—the Bullers plan to return to Indiana to serve a current congregation or plant a new church.

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Jacob Ling
M.Div. 2016 | Queens, New York

"I take my Westminster education with me into every context I serve in..."

After becoming Christians, Jacob’s parents emigrated from Taiwan and raised him and his sister in Queens. Growing up in an evangelical Chinese church, Jacob developed a strong faith and solid biblical foundation. After high school, he attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and went on to work as an IT project manager upon receiving his electrical engineering degree.

His solid Christian upbringing gave Jacob the ability to think deeply about his faith; a faith that only grew through conversations with two close mentors from his church. Soon, both men were encouraging Jacob to attend seminary for his own personal growth and for the benefit of the church. As Jacob started looking for M.Div. counseling programs to attend, “there was really only one seminary that would affirm the Reformed tradition: Westminster.” After graduating this spring, Jacob plans to serve as a counselor bi-vocationally within the church. In Jacob’s words: “I take my Westminster education with me into every context I serve in, whether that’s at work, in the local church, or my family.”

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In November, Westminster students took one week to personally thank donors like you. Hear some of them share their gratitude for your impact on their education.

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