A Seminary Journey

Asbury Students 2012

Asbury Students, February 2012: (left to right): Mike Cobb from Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church in Montgomery, Ala.; Faith Parry from First United Methodist Church in Niceville, Fla.; and Andrew Hamilton from First United Methodist Church of Ozark, Ala.

Karl and Brenda Stegall had the privilege during January and February to visit four seminaries where there are students from the Alabama-West Florida Conference.  At each seminary, the Stegalls had the joy of joining the students for either lunch or dinner.

One of the great advantages of bringing all of our seminary students together, especially at seminaries like Asbury, Duke, and Emory where there are several students, is that they have an opportunity to get to know each other a little better. The seminary students come from all across the Alabama-West Florida Conference—from Livingston to Opelika; from Prattville to Gulf Shores.  Some are single.  Some are married without children.  Others are married with children.

However, they have so many things in common. The Emory students selected Maggiano’s in Atlanta for their dinner on January 31.  A large group gathered to enjoy Italian food and the company of one another.

The Asbury students chose Ramsey’s in Lexington, a very popular restaurant for locals, for their luncheon on February 2.  In addition to the seminary students, a couple of spouses were present.

Candler Students

Candler School of Theology Students, January 2012: (left to right) Jay Cooper, Levi Gardner, Angie Long, Tony McCullough, Bett Middleton, David Morris, Tony Rosetta.

The Duke students hosted a luncheon on February 15 at the Reflectory, the most popular restaurant on campus located

Duke Students

Duke Students - February 2012 (Left to Right): Ashley Doughlas from Lynn Haven (Fla.) United Methodist Church, Drew Willis from Livingston (Ala.) United Methodist Church, and Ali Willis from Point Washington (Fla.) United Methodist Church.

in the heart of the Duke Divinity School.  While at  Duke, they discovered a new seminary student, Ashley Douglas from Lynn Haven.

The final seminary visited was Princeton Seminary where Karl delivered a donated  used car to the Hagan family of five that had one used van with over 200,000 miles.  The Hagan family on the evening of February 17 took him to the popular “Pancake House.”

The Stegalls returned home saying that it was one of the highlights of all of their experiences over the past 4 ½ years
in leading the Foundation.  Everywhere they went, they heard words of praise from seminary students regarding all of their donors and the difference that all gifts, both small and large, make in their lives!   A few of the students indicated that they would have been forced to drop out of seminary several months ago if it had not been for the quarterly gifts that they receive.

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