Taking the Non-Traditional Road
“I originally found out about CPS [Center for Professional Studies] when I came to Grace Community Church. I was in the Word of Faith movement, and the Lord brought me to Grace out of that. One Sunday I happened to be looking at the bulletin and I saw the ad for the Center for Professional Studies at The Master’s College. I already wanted to go back to school and finish my degree, but didn’t know how to do it. I thought it would be too big of a challenge, since I have a wife and two small children, but I also knew I wanted to learn more about God’s Word in an academic setting. After doing more research and speaking to CPS on the telephone, I loved what I heard. I wanted to study God’s Word on a deeper level, and the Christian Ministries program at CPS allowed me to do that.
Launching into my classes, I came in raw. Having come out of the Word of Faith movement, it quickly became clear how much I didn’t know as soon as I started the Christian Ministries degree program. So for me, it was learning things all over again. I had to admit that I knew nothing and that I was an infant in my understanding. At that point, it turned from just wanting to get good grades to, “Wow! This program is teaching me truth and it’s holding me accountable to what I’m learning—as well allowing me to get my degree.”
When I started the program in October 2010, I was working full-time while juggling the rigors of being a faithful dad to my children and husband to my wife. I became exhausted and got sick and was diagnosed with bronchitis and high blood pressure that same month, and was in and out of work from October 2010 to April 2011. In April 2011 I tore my ACL in an accident at work and spent nine months in recovery. Yet throughout that time, the Lord allowed me to remain in the CPS program. Not only that, but he graciously provided me with resources to be able to pay for my education.
Praise God I was able to finish because of His working in my life. I am also grateful to the men and women who poured their lives into mine throughout my time in the CPS program. Whether it was the counselors just listening to me vent, or the professors encouraging me to press on, everyone at CPS cared, and that’s what marked the difference for me. These people really cared for me—I wasn’t just an academic statistic. And my studies were not a burden because the Lord was the center of all my classwork. Everything pointed to Him and His glory, whether it was an astronomy class or a theology class. It all made sense for me at The Master’s College because they have a high view of God. That is the reason, I believe, that I was able to finish and finish well.”
—Doron Gladden, B.A., Christian Ministries, 2012
Students like Doron are the reason the CPS Program exists. Their dreams are our goal, and their challenges are our ministry. Since 1994, it has been our privilege to serve the Body of Christ in this way. If God is calling you to go back to school, we’d love to serve you as well.