Meet Our Incoming Students

Defining Ministry

Volume 7 | Issue 3 | Fall 2011


Meet Our Incoming Students

LAREESA JACKSON

Lareesa JacksonWhat is your major?
Biblical Studies with a minor in Communication Arts
Which division of CCU are you studying in?
Cincinnati Bible College
What is your hometown?
Clarksburg, Indiana
What brought you to CCU?
I was drawn to CCU because of the quality academics, excellent professors, scholarships I received, Christ-focused attitude, and short distance from home. I really appreciated the strong biblical
perspective that I found at CCU. I liked the smaller, more personal class sizes. The scholarships provided will help me to pay for college without going into debt. And I knew that the opportunities, classes, and Christ-minded friends and professors will help me grow to be an instrument of God to impact the world.
How are you planning on using your degree from CCU?
I am planning to use my degree to be a communicator for Christ. I want everything I do to grow out of the three most important commands in Scripture: to love God, love people, and make disciples. In order to do that, I am pursuing Biblical Studies to give me a solid foundation. I want to be able to use the mediums of music, writing, and photography to be a communicator and impact people for Christ.

MARY ANNE ROGERS

Mary Ann RogersWhat is your major?
Leadership and Ministry
Which division of CCU are you studying in?
College of Adult Learning
What is your hometown?
Cincinnati, Ohio
What brought you to CCU?
I came to Cincinnati Christian University because I wanted a Christian based education for a ministry that I want to be involved with.
How are you planning on using your degree from CCU? I am planning on using my degree to benefit the youngest juveniles, hopefully before they get into trouble or into Juvenile Corrections. Reaching our youngsters before the streets get hold of them will hopefully show them that there are alternatives to a life either of crime, gangs, or living on the streets.

VALERI HERRICK

Valeri HerrickWhat is your major?
Master of Arts in Counseling
Which division of CCU are you studying in?
Cincinnati Bible Seminary
What is your hometown?
Bari, Italy
What brought you to CCU?
Which time? I received my undergraduate degree from this school many eons ago. I have worked at CCU for nine years now, and have witnessed firsthand the
quality of the counseling program. I had no intention of ever going back to school until about a year or two ago. I just decided I couldn’t pass up the chance to fulfill a dream I had when still in my teens, now that our youngest son is starting college. Wouldn’t it be great if he and I could graduate together?
How are you planning on using your degree from CCU?
I hope to use it in every phase of life: at work as I minister to individual students; at church if I can in any way be of help in our counseling ministry; as a part-time counselor while I work at CCU; and later in my retirement, continuing to help those in need.

BRIAN THAYER

Brian ThayerWhat is your major?
Master of Divinity in Church History
Which division of CCU are you studying in?
Cincinnati Bible Seminary
What is your hometown?
Harrisonville, Missouri
What brought you to CCU?
The Master of Divinity (MDiv) program brought me to CCU. It is widely considered the best conservative seminary education available and is a
great balance to my previous schooling at the University of Missouri where I studied History as well as Religious Studies, both of which were very liberal.
How are you planning on using your degree from CCU?
I am using my education from CCU on a weekly basis. I am planting a new church in Harrison, Ohio, so everything I learn is put into practice immediately. I may continue on to get a doctorate.