Drugs, Booze, and God’s Recovery

Joshua McDanielJosh McDaniel is just getting his feet wet with ministry. A second-year student at Candler, he is interested in decreasing social fragmentation through church work. He wants to help people gain a better interest in the lives of those around them through Jesus Christ, one day and one person at a time. He is the Trinity Table Supervisor at Trinity UMC and the Executive Associate Assistant Youth Pastor at St. James UMC in Atlanta.

[Below is his story of how overcoming alcoholism helped him overcome fears and doubts he discovered in Seminary.] Continue reading

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Truth & Lies: A Seminarian’s Experience With Bullying

V. WrightVerdell is an excited young preacher, a passionate scholar, and a social media nut. An alum of Howard University School of Divinity and a current student at Wesley Theological Seminary, he wants to use his research to create change in the lives of those around him. Verdell currently serves as the Youth Director for Lanham United Methodist Church in Lanham, MD. He also helps churches get their social media ministries off of the ground. You can find him on Facebook (www.facebook.com/verdellanthony) or Twitter (@vee_wright).

[Below is his story about how childhood bullying impacted him throughout his adult life. It was a chance encounter in seminary that made Superman finally take off the superhero cape. Read his story below.] Continue reading

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When the Rubber Meets The Road: A Story of Compassion

Alisha L. GordonAlisha L. Gordon is a writer, social media maven, and published author. A second year student at The Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Alisha’s work has focused on fusing faith and culture together to help people better understand how our faith can help shape the community at large. A former high school English teacher, Alisha uses teaching to help further the discussion of building the bridge between the Church and community. Follow her on Twitter or like her page on Facebook!

[See her story on how compassion was the catalyst for mending a broken relationship with her father below.] Continue reading

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