LSTC Graduate Spotlight 2024

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Vinod John Wesley

Doctor of Philosophy

What is your favorite memory of your time at LSTC?

I published my first book, “Church and Climate Justice” in 2021. The faculty, students, the different courses, classroom discussions, and LRWC motivated me to complete this project.

What was the most meaningful class you took?

Of several meaningful classes, I would choose “Future of Creation.” This course gave me an in-depth understanding of eco-theology from a theoethical and scientific perspective. Most importantly, I came to learn about “ecowomanist” methodology, which became my research methodology for my Ph.D. Thesis.

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 felt greatly supported during my seminary journey. The faculty, staff, and student community were always encouraging and supportive. They listened to my stories and struggles, comforted me, and stood with me. Close friends and my church were great sources of support for me during my studies.

What are your post-graduation plans?

I am planning to work as a teacher and a pastor.

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

LSTC taught me to face structural evils courageously and boldly proclaim God’s justice. It helped me to analyze the issues and concerns from different angles but to hold on to a subaltern perspective. Its academic and ministerial foundation shaped me to be a disciple of Jesus. LSTC gave me an in-depth and holistic understanding of human life from a theological, psychological, sociological, pastoral, missional, and justice perspective. All these experiences and learning shapes me to be a leader of the public church following the model of Jesus.

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