Kirsten Vanhoozer

Anticipated Graduation Year: 2013

Major: Theology

Hometown: Wendell, Idaho

Whitworth activities/clubs: Co-leader of Shine Bible Study, work at the Cafe

Favorite food: Chocolate

Favorite movie: Fried Green Tomatoes and the Lord of the Rings series

We’d be surprised to know that… I have never been to Disney Land or Sea World.

Best class: Old Testament with Roger Mohrlang because it revived my passion for reading the Bible and helped me understand the history of faith that God started with His people Israel.

Favorite place or hang out on campus: The coffee shop because I like eating and creeping on people while I study.

I like my major because… I am constantly forced to question why I believe what I believe about God, Jesus Christ, and the Bible. My faith has become less about what I have grown up believing or what my pastor tells me God is every Sunday morning; my faith has become an intense relationship with the living God of creation.

My best Whitworth moment or experience: I can’t really pinpoint a specific moment or experience at Whitworth that I can truly say is my favorite. However, I can say that my favorite moments at Whitworth are those when I am spiritually and academically challenged beyond what I have been before. At those times I can’t see immediate growth or change, but I know God is faithful to work a powerful and positive change in myself because of the difficulty of trying to find myself as an individual and effective voice in a world with billions of people.

Advice for incoming students: This isn’t high school anymore. People are allowed to be themselves without having to fit into a specific category. Challenge yourselves to be as involved with as many people as possible. Also, don’t slack in your school work. Whitworth gives tons of opportunities for students to find their academic preferences. Don’t waste your time or money at a school as awesome as Whitworth.

What I plan to do after graduation: I’m not even going to pretend I have any clue as to what I will be doing after graduation. One thing I have learned is that when I have my mind set on anything specific, God always steps in and surprises me with something different, and amazing. I trust that God will place me somewhere in a ministry, either within or outside of the church. I do, however, desire to go to seminary so I can continue to deepen my understanding of the Bible and how to tell other people about His love for them.