Student Profile: David Segura
Feb 17, 2020
“Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20.
This verse gives me the boldness to be the man that God intended for me to be. My name is David Segura, and I am from the West Texas town of San Angelo. It was in this West Texas town that I became a troubled youth. I come from a very loving family and was raised in church, but from a young age, I had my own ideas that kept me running away from God.
In my search for independence, I left a trail of heartache and disappointment. I woke up one day serving a fifteen year sentence for selling drugs and asked myself, “How did I end up here?” Accepting responsibility for my situation was my first step in understanding that I was missing something. I started attending church services while incarcerated, and the music really stirred my soul. I started studying the word of God and soon realized that God loved me so much that he sent his son to die for me. I gave my life to Christ a few weeks later, and the life He has given me is better than I could have ever imagined.
I was released in 2016 for good behavior. At first, I was so scared to leave and have the world at my fingertips. I spent days in prayer, and finally God let me step out with courage and faith. I moved to Victoria and started working for Northside Baptist Church as the custodian. I felt so honored to be responsible for keeping our Father’s house clean. I was involved with prison ministry and street ministry.
After working for Northside for a while, Pastor Dean Meade, my brother and boss, told me about SCS and asked if I would be interested in going back to school. After lots of prayer and encouragement from my wife, I signed up for my first class and loved it. SCS has been a major influence in my life and has helped me to grow into the man that God intended for me to be. I have gained so many tools from my classes. They help me navigate the many ministries I am now involved in and also give me the courage to step into my calling as a pastor.
SCS has helped me to grow in the Word and understand the scriptures on a deeper level. I have started preaching at my church on Sunday nights, and although I am always extremely nervous, I stand firm on the foundation that SCS has helped me to develop. If you are considering going back to school I want to encourage you to go for it. Stark is an amazing school with amazing professors and awesome students. I hope to see you there soon.