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Meet Mollie Foster

Mollie Foster, Caucasian woman, Mdiv Student at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
I chose Garrett-Evangelical because of its progressive theology and diverse representation of voices. Being in the Chicago area provides an opportunity for me to learn in a different social context. I am certain that gaining a master of divinity degree at Garrett-Evangelical will aid in my calling to serve today and in the future.

Hometown: Hutchinson, Kansas

Home church: First United Methodist Church, Leavenworth, Kansas

Degree program: Master of divinity

Other degrees: Bachelor of arts in liberal arts with a minor in leadership studies from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas

My call to ministry:

My call to ministry developed after I completed my undergraduate studies and was serving with the AmeriCorps program in Denver, Colorado, working with homeless youth in a transitional housing program. After completing my year of service, answered my call to youth ministry. I served at First United Methodist Church in Leavenworth, Kansas, for over seven years. Despite my love for youth ministry, I could not ignore a persistent calling into ordination. I am passionate about inclusive congregational care to all ages and attending to the least, last, and lost. 

Why I chose Garrett-Evangelical:

I chose Garrett-Evangelical because of its progressive theology and diverse representation of voices. Being in the Chicago area provides an opportunity for me to learn in a different social context. I am certain that gaining a master of divinity degree at Garrett-Evangelical will aid in my calling to serve today and in the future.

What has surprised me:

I am moved by the genuine care for student growth and church leadership from the professors and faculty of Garrett-Evangelical. I am grateful for my classmates and moved by their igniting and contagious passion to be bold leaders not only for the church, but for their communities and our world. I am in a constant state of knowing there is still more to learn! I am grateful to be here!

My future plans:

I dream of becoming ordained as an elder in The United Methodist Church and answering my call to be a hospital chaplain or pastor in congregational care.