Meet Justin DaMetz
Master of Theological Studies
What is your hometown and educational background?
I am from Wichita, Kansas, but by way of Tulsa, Oklahoma. I did my undergraduate work at Oklahoma City University in political science and spent five years working in politics before deciding to go to seminary. I have two wonderful children, Julian (5) and Evelyn (3), who live in Tulsa with their mom. When not in class, I like to read, watch good television shows, explore Chicago, and eat great food!
Why did you decide to attend seminary and Garrett- Evangelical in particular?
I chose to go to seminary for the same reason I studied political science and worked in the political realm: the calling to work for a better, more just, and humane world for all people, regardless of their background. The reason seminary appeals to me in pursuit of this goal is it gives me the ability to help people develop their own moral and theological reasons for acting in the world. I came to Garrett-Evangelical after two years at another seminary because of Garrett-Evangelical’s twin commitments to academic rigor and spreading the love of God in a diverse world.
What are you enjoying most about your seminary experience so far?
Besides the opportunity to go to school in a great city like Chicago, I enjoy being able to work with the distinguished and accomplished scholars who make up both the faculty and my fellow students. I can’t ask for better people to be around and to learn from as I challenge myself to do my best work.
How has your faith been strengthened since attending Garrett-Evangelical?
Garrett-Evangelical does a great job connecting the intellectual side of faith with praxis, with the lived reality of a love- filled spirit working for justice. As someone who tends toward the academic and internal side of faith, I appreciate being at a place that reminds and challenges me that I am doing this work not just for me, but also in order to serve others in a tangible way.
Where do you see Christ leading you after seminary?
I hope right back into the classroom! After my Master of Theological Studies, I intend to pursue my PhD here at Garrett-Evangelical and then move into a career of teaching, writing, and working for a better world informed by the love of God.