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School of Theology and Ministry

Andy Otto, M.A. ’15

theology teacher and campus minister at mercy high school (red bluffs, ca)

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“For me, the degree was about having a well-rounded understanding of theological thought. That’s been helpful when I’m trying to explain difficult concepts to my students. I’m also grateful that the STM has prepared me to be a good lay minister. I feel that I’m more than a high school teacher; I’m a minister of the Church. Students and faculty members feel comfortable approaching me with pastoral issues and pastoral questions or asking me to pray for them or coming to me for counsel. The M.A. is not a purely academic degree, it’s one that focuses on applying that theology in a pastoral, ministerial setting, and I definitely feel more equipped as a minister because of that.”