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Biblical & Ministry Studies students receive unique learning experience off campus

Kayla Ayers Nov 22, 2023

A group of Waynesburg University Biblical & Ministry Studies majors and minors had an opportunity to meet with University professors for a “beyond the classroom” experience at the Church of the Covenant in Washington, Pennsylvania, Thursday, Nov. 9.

During the trip, pastor at Church of the Covenant and instructor of Biblical & Ministry Studies at Waynesburg University, Rev. Dr. William Younger, shared about the church’s history, architecture and theology. Students were given the chance to explore the church, ask questions and reflect on the role architecture plays on Christian ministry practices.

Rev. Dr. Younger gives students a tour of Church of the Covenant

“Many of our students have grown up attending different churches within various denominations,” said Joshua Sumpter, University chaplain and assistant professor of Biblical and Ministry Studies. “It was great to come together as a community of learners to consider what our church buildings communicate about God and God’s people. Church of the Covenant in Washington, Pennsylvania, has beautiful stained-glass windows, incredible stone and woodwork, banners, art, sculptures and signage that provide visual aids that aid us in worship and understanding scripture.

“In this setting, students were able to take what they are learning in the classroom and continue the conversation beyond WU. They were able to do this with several faculty members beyond the classroom and with their peers in a unique setting.”

Biblical and Ministry Studies students enjoy dinner off campus

In addition to Rev. Dr. Younger, University instructors Rev. Jacob Judy and Dr. Matthew Stead also attended the trip and participated in discussions with students.

At the end of the day, Biblical and Ministry Studies majors in attendance enjoyed dinner and fellowship together. Both the learning experience and dinner were organized by Sumpter and made possible through the generous donations provided during the University’s annual Day of Giving event held Thursday, Nov. 2.

“It was a blessing to be together with our professors outside of the classroom and to see their passion to teach and guide us as we grow in Christ,” said Madalyn Chevalier, a junior children and youth ministry major from McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania. “It was truly a blessing to do this trip with one another.”