Meet Tiggs Washington

Hometown: Buffalo, New York
Home church: Calvary Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Buffalo, New York  
Degree program: Master of divinity, first year
Tiggs Biggs
Other degrees: B.S., business
Formative experiences: I grew up in the East Side of Buffalo, New York, which is an urban low income neighborhood of the city. My mother died when I was four years old, and there were not many positive role models around me. Despite my background, I was determined to make something out of my life. I graduated from McKinley High School (Buffalo), and enrolled at Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee. At the age of 19, during my tenure at Lane, I accepted my call to ministry. As time went on, I often heard people talk about seminary, but I really had no clue what a seminary or a divinity school was. At first I thought it was just an intense Bible study, so I had no interest. Nevertheless, as I began to progress in my ministry, I became more interested, and, when mentors, professors, family, friends, and others from my church advised me to go, I began to pray about it.
Experiences at Garrett-Evangelical: My mentor (my professor at the time), told me about Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. I decided to visit and was quickly convinced by the distinguished faculty and welcoming staff and students that Garrett-Evangelical was the seminary for me. I can see this has been one of the best decisions of my life. Not only did I enroll at a great seminary, but I have found a second home. I was elected as the first-year representative of the student council. I would recommend Garrett-Evangelical to anybody. It is a first-class institution, and there is no place that I would rather be. 
Calling: Currently, I am an ordained deacon in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. I truly believe that God is calling me to urban youth ministry. Garrett-Evangelical has given me the opportunity to participate in an organization called Youth Organizations Umbrella, Inc. In this program, I mentor middle school students, and we just have a great time. With my education at Garrett-Evangelical, I hope that through God I can transform lives and help build communities. 
My favorite class this year: My favorite class has been “Introduction to Pastoral Care.” This class has allowed me to understand what it means to provide effective and contextual pastoral care. 

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