Alumni Stories

I really feel that we need more ‘fishers of men’ in our society. I believe that God has called me for this purpose and APU’s Master of Divinity program has prepared and equipped me for this calling. I have also found through Azusa Pacific Seminary’s program many coworkers in this great endeavor who have answered God’s calling for vocational ministry, and we now have the confidence to go out and make disciples of all nations.

Spencer Kim, M.Div. ’17
Church Planter, Renewal Church, North Hills, California

The most positive aspect of my experience as a student at Azusa Pacific Seminary was the relationships that I made with the professors and students there. They have forever changed me. The M.Div. is more than a program. I am not the same person that I was three years ago when I started the program. The experience challenged me to go deeper in my walk with God and in doing so, I discovered more about who He is and how He created me. It was not an easy journey to get to where I am today, but the encouragement of professors and students helped me along the way.

Chelsea Salazar ’13, M.Div. ’18

After hearing about Azusa Pacific Seminary’s M.Div. program from my mentor and talking to an APU program representative, I was convinced that it would be the best seminary to prepare me in my Methodist tradition, that it would be financially accessible compared to other programs, and that it would offer the flexibility I needed while working full time. While no program can prepare you wholly for what God has planned for each pastor, the M.Div. coursework prepared me to innovate, to adapt, and to engage with God and people even when there is no clear answer as to what I should say or do. Azusa Pacific Seminary prepared me to be who God has called me to be today, and who He will call me to be in the future.

Joel Silva, M.Div. ’17
Executive Pastor, Light and Life Christian Fellowship, Long Beach

Note: This information is current for the 2019-20 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.