Meet Justin DaMetz
Master of Theological Studies
What is your hometown and educational background?
I’m originally from Benton, Kansas, a small town near Wichita. However, in the decade before coming to Garrett-Evangelical, I primarily lived in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma. I attended Oklahoma City University, where I studied political science. I then spent several years working in politics before starting seminary at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa. I spent a year and a half there before transferring to Garrett-Evangelical.
How has your time at Garrett-Evangelical shaped your ministry and calling?
I came to Garrett-Evangelical as I was shifting from an MDiv into the MTS program. My time at Garrett-Evangelical has helped me figure out what I want my career and life in academic work to look like, in contrast to the more assured vocational path of ministry. Specifically, my studies have helped me realize the importance of community in the life of a Christian and have pointed me toward a return home and a desire to live my theology by being attentive to the people and places I came from.
What is your most transformative experience at Garrett-Evangelical?
My most transformative experience was the powerful group of close friends I developed and the many wonderful meals, conversations, and experiences on our journeys that we had together.
What are your plans or your hopes for your future?
My wife and I are moving back to Tulsa, where we will be closer to my kids and where we will both be taking up positions as teachers with Tulsa Public Schools. It is our dream to own and operate a small, self-sustaining farm in Oklahoma in the near future. I also intend to start my PhD work in theology within the next few years.