What Graduates Are Saying


Rob Maupin

Biblical and Theological Perspective Missions Track

 Rob Maupin "Before coming to Wheaton, I was a youth minister for eight years.  After graduating from Wheaton, I recruited a team to work in Mexico City (missionmexicocity.com). My studies at Wheaton were foundational for the work in Mexico, especially in shaping a wiser approach to cross-cultural problems. Within four months I was applying the case study analysis process to some of the cross-cultural problems we faced. The research and communication models in the core courses became both maps and life-preservers for me. In addition to the course content, I was deeply happy to learn a new model of intellectual and spiritual discipline. The need for wisdom in cross-cultural work is simply astounding; this job sometimes seems like one of the most complicated fields in the world. I am deeply thankful for the classes and professors which so shaped my vision of God, development, holism, spiritual conflict and leadership. At present I am the assistant professor of Intercultural Studies at Lincoln Christian College, in Lincoln, Illinois." 


Chris Irwin

Community Development Missions Track

C ErwinChris, who has worked as a church-planter in Guayaquil, Ecuador for 16 years. He completed his Intercultural Studies M.A. during his last furlough. As he studied, he was unexpextedly and deeply impacted by Principles of Development, one of the courses in the Community Development Track. "I sat in the first class and wondered just how honest I should be when Dr. Campbell asked each student to share why they were in the class and what they hoped to learn from it. When my moment came, I was very frank. I am a church planter and not only have I not been involved in social ministries, I feel like they deviate from the most important work which is spiritual, not physical. Over the next few months God used this class more than any other to open my eyes to the fact that we should not separate the spiritual from the physical, that we are to work to establish God's kingdom here on earth as it is in heaven, that poverty, social injustice as well as many other developmental needs are spiritual matters. Most importantly, I came away with a plan of action. While my primary work has been church planting and I am not directly working in development, I am equipped to implement change. The Principles of Development course wasn't easy, but it was invaluable. I'm glad that the Missions Department of Wheaton had the foresight to make what I thought should be an elective a course requirement."

Miriam Smith

Community Development Missions Track

  Miriam Smith "It has been my huge privilege to graduate from the Intercultural Studies program at Wheaton Graduate School. This was made possible for me through the Billy Graham Scholarship.
Currently, I have been asked by our mission to develop curriculum and teach a course in transformational development and missions at our East Africa School of Theology. This is my absolute passion and joy and I couldn't have done it without the scholarly and personal input from the classes and professors at Wheaton. On a personal level, the presentation of God, especially in my development classes, broadened my view of God and my love for Him. He is a big God, concerned about poverty and injustice as well as the God of solutions for these problems which so often confound us humans. It is encouraging to know that the God we serve has answers not only for our personal, spiritual problems, but also for societal and structural evils. I can only thank God for the opportunity to study at Wheaton, and trust Him for opportunities to pass on the knowledge and hope He has given me." 

Nara Bayadaa

Community Development Missions Track
International Student

nbayadaa"I am involved in a teaching ministry at Union Bible Theological College (UBTC) in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. While I was studying at Wheaton Graduate School, I took two courses on community development, Theology of Development and Principles of Development, which reshaped my thinking of Christian perspectives on development. Particularly, I was educated more on biblical holism and holism in the ministry. My desire is to convey the sound doctrine and genuine Biblical truth to the student body at UBTC and to the Mongol church, as it is young and newly established."  

Megan Johnson

Community Development Missions Track 

 Megan JohnsonMegan has used her Intercultural Studies and Community Development education in agricultural development in Zimbabwe: "I completed Wheaton’s Intercultural Studies MA program in 2003. Some of my favorite Intercultural Studies courses, including Cross-Cultural Research and Intercultural Communication, imparted to me new ways of viewing the world around me and the possibilities that exist in that world. The Cross-Cultural Research course really awakened in me a gifting and desire to make discoveries about a particular culture and to use that information to bless them in some way. I was able to take informal surveys during my time in Zimbabwe, simply by being available and interested when I was sitting among farm workers during our tea breaks. Asking a simple question and giving people time to respond unveiled before me a view of life of which I knew nothing. Discovering that many of the poorest visitors to the farm’s medical clinic had no close access to a water source prompted us to provide a teaching session on how to plant a small veggie garden using a minimum of water.  I plan to return to Zimbabwe for my future work and am so grateful for the “eyeglasses” my Wheaton program imparted to me. I feel the possibilities are endless regarding ways I can make a difference in Africa if my eyes remain open!"


 If you have questions, please contact the department at Intercultural.Studies@wheaton.edu.

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