“My favorite part of attending SCS is the sense of Christ-like community,” shares SCS Master of Arts in Ministry student, Christian Pressley. “I love the opportunity to learn from professors and alongside peers who are actively pursuing a deeper understanding of scripture and how to share the Gospel in the areas they are called.”

Growing up in Agua Dulce, Texas, Christian pretty much lived in the church. His family went to several services a week as well as to every Christian event. “Although I believed in Christ from an early age, it wasn’t until I was 16 that I truly understood that following Christ is a decision that transforms my entire life,” he says. Christian attended his childhood church, Agua Dulce Baptist Church, and served as the part-time youth director there. Just after a few months of serving in that position, Christian knew God was calling him to full time ministry. 

In order to answer God’s call, he turned to SCS. “Attending Stark has changed my perspective on how to define a call to ministry. Previously, I had a narrow perspective and thought being called into ministry meant becoming either a full time pastor or youth pastor,” Christian admits. “However, God has shown me through the people I have met at SCS that being called to ministry can look very different to different people. I have had the pleasure of meeting wonderful people who are pursuing the calling of chaplaincy, family counseling, missions, and various other roles. God has shown me that being called to ministry does not necessarily mean working at a church, but instead it is about obediently serving in the role that allows you to effectively minister to the people He has called you.” 

Christian is now serving as the Student Pastor at Yorktown Baptist Church. Outside of college and church, you can find him cheering on different sports teams especially the Spurs. He also enjoys playing Fantasy Football and asks that everyone keep Alvin Kamara and Davante Adams in their prayers.