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Despite Pandemic, All Systems Go for Moody Graduates

05.28.2020

Testimonies of Thankfulness Shared at Virtual Chapel

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Although the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted plans for Commencement this year, it didn’t stop Moody from celebrating and encouraging the class of 2020 during a special virtual chapel for all campuses. And it won’t stop the graduates you’ve faithfully supported from stepping into their ministry calling, even during these uncertain times.

Moody’s president, Dr. Mark Jobe, gave a charge to the students. “I believe you’ve been prepared better than 95 percent of the people your age—theologically, missionally, and practically. You’ve been invested and poured into. I believe you are ready—more ready than you know—to face the challenges that are ahead of us.”

Dr. Jobe reminded the students of the account of Joseph, who at age 17 experienced a major crisis: betrayed and sold into slavery. But along the way he learned skills and discovered giftings that would enable him to save his family and influence the nation. “Some of you think this is the worst season of your life,” Dr. Jobe said. “But I believe God has a purpose and a plan. I want to encourage you to look for what God is doing in the midst of this.”

During the tribute chapel, several professors and leaders exhorted the students graduating from Moody Bible Institute and Moody Theological Seminary. The graduates then gave voice to what they value most about Moody, including their biblical teaching and lasting friendships.

Lynn Quan, who completed her MA in Ministry Leadership, said, “I’ve enjoyed my time sitting at the feet of some incredible professors, learning alongside some very godly men and women.”

Liam Clinch, who earned a BA in TESOL, said, “Experiences that stick out to me over my time at Moody are playing four years on the men’s soccer team, studying abroad in Israel, meeting my soon-to-be wife, and gaining a deeper and more real understanding of what Jesus did for my life.”

Moody is committed to preparing students like these to launch into ministry—with confidence in their Savior and without the burden of long-term debt. Gifts from friends like you make that possible!

And now you can hear from the class of 2020 for yourself in this special chapel video, as more students describe Moody’s impact in their life. May God use it to bless and encourage your relationship with Jesus!

We think you’ll be encouraged to hear the favorite Moody memories of this year’s graduates.

Biblical Instruction and Spiritual Growth

Megan Cirvencic, with a BS in Integrated Ministry Studies, said, “I want to give a special thank-you to Dr. de Rosset, Dr. Brian Litfin, and Dr. Laurie Norris. Thanks for all the time you poured into my life. Moody was amazing!”

Johnny Armijo, who led Puente, the Latino campus fellowship, and graduated with a BA in Pastoral Ministry, said, “One of the main things that I will never forget is that we would come together as one voice on a weekly basis to worship the Name above all names, King Jesus.”

Aaron Brown, with a BA in Children and Family Ministry, said, “I’d like to thank my brothers on Culbertson 3 for always being there when I needed them and bringing me closer to Jesus Christ.”

Student Community

Kimberly Tenhor, who earned an MA in Biblical Studies, said, “My best memory of Moody will always be the international diversity of the students. . . . It will make me a better teacher, having all those different perspectives.”

Alexandra Hubbard, with a BA in Elementary Education, said, “My favorite memory from Moody is Sunday family dinners with all my precious friends crowded into a Jenkins apartment and eating together.”

Chad Westman, with a BA in Youth Ministry, said, “Just so grateful for all the amazing men who are on my floor who shaped me into the man that I am today.”

Lauren Daniels, who graduated with a BA in Bible Secondary Education, said, “My top three things that I’m most thankful for are the incredible professors that I got to study under, the amazing friends that I made, and Joe’s coffee.”

Preparation for Ministry

David Roberts, who graduated with a BS in Missionary Aviation Technology, Flight, said, “I really appreciate how much the instructors have invested both in my education and my spiritual life.”

Lauren Muscarella, who earned an MA in Spiritual Formation and Discipleship, said, “I’m thankful for the investment the professors have made in our lives, and the fact that I’m leaving feeling equipped and prepared for the ministry that the Lord’s called me to.”

With a BA in Theology, Zachary Mashburn said, “I’m super grateful to all the different teachers, and the student life that we have at Moody, for encouraging me in my spiritual walk and my academics. . . . I’ve been able to accept the offer of a pastoral residency with a church called Parkside in Ohio.”

Olivia Mutchler, who completed a BS in Integrated Ministry Studies, said, “What I’ve learned most at Moody is how every part of my life is ministry.”

Momoko Johanna Delming, graduating with a BA in Biblical Studies, said, “I came here for a great Bible education, but little did I know that I’d be meeting this guy [the organ] and that God would call me to become a church organist.” During the tribute chapel, Momoko played the organ prelude, “Numberless Gifts of God’s Mercies,” arranged by a former Moody professor of music, Dr. Edwin Childs. She also played the “Christian Fellowship Song” (“God Bless the School”) as a postlude.

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We have no plans to put Moody’s purpose on pause. We’re eager to train the next generation in the ever-relevant truths of God’s Word, but the pandemic has put significant strain on Moody’s finances. To move effectively into our new fiscal year on July 1, we need friends like you to stand in the gap, helping raise $1.8 million by June 30. Can we count on you for a gift today? To thank you, we’d like to send you a copy of Practicing the Present: The Neglected Art of Living in the Now by Moody faculty emeritus Dr. John Koessler.

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