Meet Denise Ann Belista
Denise Ann Belista
Master of Divinity
What is your hometown and educational background?
I earned my undergraduate degree at the University of Washington in Seattle. I completed a Bachelor of Arts in early childhood and family studies and minored in diversity. I enjoy being with children and learning about families—I like meeting new people. I like to be outside and exploring—going on walks, traveling, and trying new places to eat. I also enjoy snowboarding.
Why did you decide to attend seminary and Garrett- Evangelical in particular?
I decided to attend seminary at Garrett-Evangelical because of the community. During my campus visit, I felt welcomed by the friendly faces of everyone who greeted me, and while sitting in on a class that was one week into the semester, I could feel the bond already formed between the students and enjoyed the discussions, ideas, and questions raised.
What are you enjoying most about your seminary experience so far?
So far, apart from my classes, I am also enjoying community meal. I enjoy going to chapel and walking over to community meal afterward to share a meal and conversation with fellow friends, staff, and faculty.
How has your faith been strengthened since attending Garrett-Evangelical?
Since attending Garrett-Evangelical, my faith has been strengthened as a lot of what I believe was both challenged and reaffirmed. I am given new perspectives and am challenged through discussions with my diverse group of classmates, as well as through the readings and lectures.
Where do you see Christ leading you after seminary?
After seminary, I believe Christ is leading me to ordained ministry as an elder in The United Methodist Church, serving as a chaplain in a hospital setting in pediatrics.