Becky Keife, M.A. ’18

Career Path: Writer and community manager for DaySpring’s (in)courage

“As a writer, I’m motivated by the power of a shared story. There is something really special that happens when someone else gives voice to your experience.”

What was your favorite aspect of the M.A. in English program? Getting to know the amazing faculty was a highlight of my graduate experience. I felt cared for, respected, and esteemed. Each professor demonstrated a desire to learn from their students and see each one succeed in their career and educational goals. I appreciated that my professors empowered me to make each class personally relevant and applicable.

Did any professors have an impact on your graduate education experience? Joseph Bentz, Ph.D., had a profound impact on my educational experience. Through the first class I took with him, Writing for Religious Audiences, Dr. Bentz encouraged me in my pursuit to write my first book and provided the practical steps and industry-related information I needed to move toward my goal. Because of Dr. Bentz’s ongoing mentorship, I completed the M.A. program with a book contract from a top Christian publisher.

How do you see your work as “making a difference”? I approach my work as a ministry of words, encouraging and empowering women to see God’s fingerprints on their lives and walk ever closer with Him. This is the purpose of the book I am currently writing and aligns with the mission of DaySpring’s (in)courage, where I serve as the community manager. It’s of my greatest joys to use the gift of stories to cultivate community and strengthen believers.

Note: This information is current for the 2018-19 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.