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Meet Brian Lightner

Brian Lightner
I am enjoying learning how to reflect on scripture and to deeply learn about God, church, and what is in my own heart. Likewise, I am enjoying the new friends I have made and watching us all pursue our callings.

Master of Divinity

I grew up on a small farm in Hartford, Michigan. I like to take walks, garden, read, visit libraries, travel to Revolutionary and Civil War sites, and visit presidential homes. I attended Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, where I received a BS in political science and history and also a master in arts of teaching. I enjoy music, especially jazz and classical!

Why did you decide to attend seminary and Garrett-Evangelical in particular?

I came to Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in order to pursue a master of divinity with the goal of serving as an elder in the Michigan Conference of The United Methodist Church. Garrett-Evangelical is the place that I believe God has placed me in order to pursue this calling. After visiting Garrett and watching how kind everyone is, I decided that was the place I hoped to attend! I am grateful for being able to do so.

What are you enjoying most about your seminary experience so far?

I am enjoying learning how to reflect on scripture and to deeply learn about God, church, and what is in my own heart. Likewise, I am enjoying the new friends I have made and watching us all pursue our callings.

How has your faith been strengthened since attending Garrett-Evangelical?
It has taught me that I am totally reliant on God for strength and that God gave us a church community to journey together.

Where do you see Christ leading you after seminary?

My hope is to be an elder who works in church ministry in Michigan, as well as a licensed chaplain.