LSTC Graduate Spotlight 2024

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Crystal Silva-McCormick

Doctor of Philosophy

What is your favorite memory of your time at LSTC?

My favorite memory is a travel seminar class we took to Palestine in a course led by Dr. Adam and Dr. Rossing. It was as an incredible opportunity to see in person the research I had been doing about the occupation and the history of Christian-Muslim relations in Palestine. I was also with a group of incredible colleagues and professors who made the course richer and a memorable experience.

What was the most meaningful class you took?

The most meaningful class I took has to be a tie between the course to Palestine and a Historiography seminar I took with my advisor, Dr. Mark Swanson. The historiography seminar helped me learn about and embrace historical methods and approaches, and to see how the work of a historian can be very spiritual and justice-oriented work.

How did you feel supported during your seminary journey? Were you the recipient of any major scholarships? What communities or people uplifted you during your studies?

I always felt great support from the seminary, its staff and all the professors I had. I have had incredible guidance and support from my advisor, to whom I will always be very grateful. I am also very grateful for the CCME and Sara Trumm. She has done an incredible job at the CCME and I always felt very connected to and uplifted by the Muslim community that I was able to be in relationship while at LSTC. Finally, I am so grateful for LSTC’s steadfast commitment to supporting Latine/Hispanic scholars in through the work of the Hispanic Theological Initiative (HTI). Without LSTC’s support and the support of the HTI, I would not have been able to make it through my program of study.

What are your post-graduation plans?

I currently serve as visiting instructor of Evangelism and Missions at Austin Presbyterian Theological seminary in Austin, Texas.

How did LSTC shape you as a future leader of the public church?

I have served as pastor, and I currently teach at a seminary. LSTC helped shape me for both roles. LSTC does an excellent job in helping prepare Christian leaders to engage in the pressing issues in the public sphere and to bridge academic work with public and church life.

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