By: Rod Light
Senior Bryan Hernandez is convinced that his life is better because of his education at Life Pacific College. He says his professors know him by name and have given time beyond their school and office hours to prepare him for a present and a future of fruitful ministry.
Before going to college, Cedar City, Utah native Bryan Hernandez had a few questions about his future. That’s not unusual for in-coming college students, but it had a bit more meaning to Bryan since he is the first in his family to attend college.
He wanted to know how the transformational ministry program at LPC would prepare him for life after graduation. Would he make friends at LPC and how would they influence his life? Perhaps most important, Bryan wanted to know what God had in store for his future.
During his first semester, Bryan became acquainted with the campus community during an outreach event for neighbors of the college. It was just the beginning of strong relationships that God would use in Bryan’s life to prepare him for ministry.
“Whether serving local neighbors or communities around the world, I have had the opportunity at LPC to learn, experience and lead,” Bryan says.
He traveled to Costa Rica as part of a student team where he spoke to local pastors and leaders about church structure, organization, and administration. The experience provided Bryan with direct application of what he was learning in the classroom. Traveling into the Costa Rican jungle, he immersed himself in the native culture, experiencing firsthand the values and struggles of people with very different lives from what he knew back home.
Bryan became an intern for Foursquare Missions International (FMI) which has now led to a full time position. Although his official graduation will not take place until December, he is already embracing the new role as he completes his coursework and earns his degree.
Now, 25, Bryan, who is Hispanic, believes LPC has prepared him with the knowledge, tools, and skills to plant a multicultural church, and he looks forward to that opportunity in the future. In the meantime, he reflects on how he got here, the first in his family to earn a college degree.
“I have been challenged both intellectually and theologically,” Bryan says. “The professors at LPC expect us to find deep meaning and good reason to answer each of their questions. They truly care that we fully understand our answers and have adequate research and facts to back them up.”
Bryan believes the old adage that “you get what you put in,” and advises that students get connected, build relationships, and pursue every opportunity God puts before them while in college. He adheres to a favorite saying of Professor Dan Stewart: “Direction flows through relationships.” Bryan appreciates how professors like Dr. Stewart invest in him as a person and not only as a student. He believes this distinction sets LPC apart from other colleges.
As far as unanswered questions in Bryan’s life, he is fine waiting for those answers. God’s faithfulness to prepare him for his present is enough to assure him that his future is in very good hands.
By: Rod Light, M.A., an ordained Foursquare minister, LPC adjunct professor, and Communications Coordinator for Foursquare Missions International.