Hackensack, NJ
Master of Divinity, 2nd year
National Baptist

Why Drew?
Drew is a place for the mind, body, and spirit. Drew’s essence is to properly prepare individuals and clergy for an ever evolving world and church. Our school focuses on how one should approach social injustices internally and externally in regards to the church. Drew is a melting pot of Christianity that embraces its diversity for the wholeness and growth of its students.

For what vocation is Drew preparing you?
I am pursuing Pastoral Ministry and Education Administration. It is part of my call to lead a congregation that will be a vital part of its community. My goal is to lead a people who are concerned with the social and political well being of its local community, country, and world. Education is a foundational force for empowerment and change. As an Education Administrator, I will challenge and change educational injustices in our education system.

What do you bring to Drew?
I have an interesting religious background. Being born and raised in a National Baptist church, I went to Catholic schools from kindergarten to college. College was a time in my life that I attended a Pentecostal church for 5 years. I appreciate these experiences, because they make me aware of the many facets of Christianity.

What is your most memorable Drew moment?
Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright preaching at Craig Chapel was a great experience. Rev. Wright is well known as President Barack Obama’s former pastor. His “controversial” sermon made him revered and despised by many. However, when I saw the person behind the media, he promoted equality and social justice for the oppressed and forgotten. It taught me that you cannot fully understand someone’s character until you personally meet them face to face.

How will you have changed when you graduate from Drew?
I have learned to critically examine what I believe in and why I believe. One of my favorite teachers Dr. Danna Nolan Fewell said that, “The Bible can be used as a weapon or a tool. It is up to you to determine how you will use it.” It is my responsibility as future clergy to use the Bible to empower, liberate, reprove, rebuke, and exhort my generation. It is my hope that my responsibility will positively impact everyone I come in contact with.

What is your favorite aspect of community life at Drew?
I love the diversity of our community. You can relax at the Pub on a Thursday night with friends and classmates after a long week of school, or fellowship with your fellow students and teachers at a community lunch. Different denominations, races, languages, and other backgrounds worship together during our chapel services. Drew thrives on the uniqueness of our community.

What advice do you have for prospective Drew students?
It is a necessity to check how much financial aid an institution can provide. Drew is generous with the financial support it gives its students. Another important aspect is to look at schools that have reliable accreditations. Drew is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.

If you were Dean for the day, what would you do for Drew?
If I were Dean for the day, I would make a law that an extra reading week (recess) will be in effect for both semesters. The law itself would be impossible to reverse or overturn.

What is your favorite dish served at Drew community meals?
Pasta and meatballs