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“I cannot imagine any institution that would better prepare a new pastor than Columbia Seminary.”
– Rachel VanKirk Matthews, ‘MDiv 18, Associate Pastor, Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church

My name is Rachel Mathews and I am a 2018 graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary. I serve as an Associate Pastor in Lexington, Kentucky. This is my first call and it has been humbling, challenging and fulfilling. I am deeply grateful for the transformative education that I received at Columbia that prepared me so fully for ministry.

The decision to walk away from a career in engineering to follow God’s call to seminary required a great deal of prayer and discernment. Financial worries were at the root of my hesitation to say yes to enrolling at Columbia.

Yet, my way was made clear. Columbia’s commitment to providing generous financial support to its students made the difference and allowed me to focus on my studies without concerns about debt and repaying loans on a pastor’s salary. What an incredible gift this was and continues to be.

Your commitment of support is what makes this possible.

Your commitment to the next generation of faithful, imaginative, and resilient leaders for God’s changing world made the difference for me and will extend God’s presence in all the places where Columbia graduates serve.

Will you make a gift now to support the Columbia Seminary students of today and tomorrow who will join me in ministry?

Amidst the stress and tiredness of the life of a first-year pastor, I remain full of peace and life, resting in the confidence that I have been called by God to follow the Holy Spirit who leads us in ways we have yet to envision.

Grace and Peace,

Rachel Mathews ’18

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Thank you for supporting my call to ministry!