Meet Brittney D. Stephan
Brittney D. Stephan
Master of Divinity
What is your hometown and educational background?
I grew up on a farm in the small town of Huntington, Indiana, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in religion, organizational communication, and peace & conflict studies from Butler University.
How has your time at Garrett-Evangelical shaped your ministry and calling?
I did my cross-cultural experience at Sherman United Methodist Church, and little did I know at the time, Sherman would become my new church home. In more ways than one, Sherman has shaped and helped me reclaim my call to ministry. With the encouragement and blessing from the pastor, the worship team, and the congregation, I truly learned first-hand what it is like living outside the “temple of my own familiar.” This involves getting beyond my comfort zone and is not something that takes place over a few simple hours but is something that becomes a new way of life. It is a difficult thing to measure quantitatively, but as challenging as living outside “the temple of my own familiar” may be at times, that is undeniably where my passion and call intersect and where I have grown the most.
What is your most transformative experience at Garrett-Evangelical?
Some of the most transformative experiences I had while at Garrett-Evangelical involved taking classes with Rev. Dr. Ruth Duck and Rev. Dr. Cynthia Wilson as I pursued a concentration in liturgy and music across cultures. I am passionate about multicultural ministry and the ways we experience worship through various forms of music, liturgy, visual art, etc. I have always had a deep appreciation for music and worship but studying closely with these two scholars helped me further articulate this passion.
What are your plans or your hopes for your future?
I am commissioned as an elder in the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church and am appointed to serve as the associate director of multi- cultural vibrancy for the Michigan Conference.