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Meet Thomas Hankins

Thomas Hankins
The opportunity to grow deeper in faith and knowledge of God at a place like Garrett-Evangelical was too great to pass up. Garrett- Evangelical occupies a unique place in the world of theological education where it is both participating in the wider culture effectively and is distinctly Christian. That balance and tension is something I want to learn from and apply to my own life and ministry.

Master of Divinity

I grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, and lived in Houston in my high school years. I attended the University of Tennessee and have my MBA from there as well. These days, I love consuming all sorts of pop culture and art, ranging from novels and film to video games and comic books. Finding God in popular culture is one of my great passions!

Why did you decide to attend seminary and Garrett- Evangelical in particular?

The opportunity to grow deeper in faith and knowledge of God at a place like Garrett-Evangelical was too great to pass up. Garrett-Evangelical occupies a unique place in the world of theological education where it is both participating in the wider culture effectively and is distinctly Christian. That balance and tension is something I want to learn from and apply to my own life and ministry.

What are you enjoying most about your seminary experience so far?

I have been amazed and overwhelmed by the close relationships I am forming with my peers here at seminary. The community of God is on display here at Garrett-Evangelical. It is a beautiful thing to be a part of.

How has your faith been strengthened since attending Garrett-Evangelical?

In my first semester, my faith has grown through and because of the community I am a part of. I have learned to embody my theological beliefs in community, in response to the communal nature of the Triune God. As a theologian, the awareness of God’s relationship to God’s self and creation has deepened my faith and my relationship with God and creation.

Where do you see Christ leading you after seminary?

After seminary, I hope to gain experience working as a local pastor, prior to working toward my PhD and teaching theology at the seminary level.