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Meet Bruce Wilson Jr.

Lake Charles, LA 


Home Church & Denomination
Moss Bluff United Methodist Church 

Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication 

Garrett-Evangelical Degree Program/Year
M.Div., 3rd year

Career Plans
Ordination in the United Methodist Church

Personal Information
The youngest of three children, I find it fascinating that we share the same DNA and environment yet end up on such different career paths. My oldest sister is a farmer, the next in line is a draftsperson, and I am a candidate for ordained ministry in The United Methodist Church. I have seven years of youth ministry experience and have served on most of the committees at my home church. I also served for two years as an assistant coordinator for the District Council on Youth Ministry for the Lake Charles District. My hobbies include traveling, fishing, listening to music, and any sort of random adventure life has in store for me.

Attraction to Garrett-Evangelical
People often wonder how a young man from Southwest Louisiana came to choose a seminary north of Chicago. The answer is somewhat complicated and has many layers. When I was 18, I came to Chicago for Exploration 2002, an event to help young people decide if ministry is right for them. During Exploration 2002, I fell in love with Chicago. A few years later, I had contact with two Garrett-Evangelical alums, Revs. Heather Leyland and Nancy Woffard, who told me about the exciting opportunities I would find at Garrett-Evangelical. My love for Chicago and my respect for these great mentors prompted me to investigate Garrett-Evangelical further. The seminary's strong tradition in social justice and its high academic standards convinced me this seminary was right for me.

I realized I was called to ministry around the age of 12. For the first time in my life I could see the many needs in the world, and I decided I wanted to help meet those needs through service to God's people. It was as if God opened a window on the rest of my life and invited me to take a look. Following that call has led me to many places in the United States and one stop in Russia. Most recently, and perhaps most significantly, it led me to the United Church of Rogers Park. Rogers Park is a wonderful neighborhood, one of the most diverse in the world, and includes countless opportunities for social justice. It led me to a mentor, Rev. Wes Dorr, a deacon. He has shown me how to raise money and how to raise awareness about the need for many programs, including a children's program that I became very involved with this summer. This church is positioned well to address many urgent needs but has limited funds to initiate vital programs. For more information, please visit www.ucrogerspark.org.  This church has given me the opportunity right here in the city I love to answer my call and help as many people as I can. What a blessing!

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