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Meet Kaitlyn Frantz

Kaitlyn Frantz
I have, for the first time, seen how academia and spirituality do not have to pull at each other, but can actually be disciplines that are strengthened by one another.

Kaitlyn Frantz 

Master of Divinity 

What is your hometown and educational background? 
I am from Fort Worth, Texas. I graduated from Centenary College of Louisiana. I enjoy dancing, hiking, and being a part of a faith community. 

Why did you decide to attend seminary and Garrett- Evangelical in particular? 
As a certified candidate for ordination as a deacon, I was excited about Garrett- Evangelical’s support for the role of the deacon in The United Methodist Church. I felt that the faculty would be able to teach not only theology, church history, and Bible classes, but also help me know how to take all of the theoretical work and apply it in the world with communities of all different cultural backgrounds. 

What are you enjoying most about your seminary experience so far? 
I am definitely enjoying the class discussions that revolve around social justice. One can easily see that not only are the students invested in correcting injustices, the faculty are, too. We recently discussed what the mission of church and God, Missio Dei, look like if we consider the radical unity and community within Trinitarian theology. I could sit in a class about that topic for days. 

How has your faith been strengthened since attending Garrett-Evangelical? 
I have, for the first time, seen how academia and spirituality do not have to pull at each other, but can actually be disciplines that are strengthened by one another. Simply because people hear God’s voice in communal prayer does not make them less scholarly. And, simply because people are invested in studying the documentary hypothesis does not mean they disbelieve God’s ability to work in the world and with God’s people. This unity in academia and spirituality has helped strengthen my faith. 

Where do you see Christ leading you after seminary? 
While I am always up for the Holy Spirit molding her call on my life for as long as I live, currently I believe I am called to be a deacon in The United Methodist Church, specifically working on discipleship. I could see that call developing in a myriad of ways, but for right now, I see both missions and evangelism intertwining. I would like to educate our adult lay leaders to engage in missions and evangelism in a new and radical way that is founded in relationships rather than conversion. I think this work is an important part of discipleship.