Esse Quam Videri.
Give the power to be.

Being a good leader and serving people as God intends takes courage, the ability to embrace change, and a willingness to ask others to join you. In Justin Schoolcraft’s case it also involved a change of universities and majors. Justin is a rising junior majoring in Religion. He arrived on campus in January of his freshman year after transferring from Columbus, Ohio. “During my first semester at Ohio State, God was teaching me that Christians need to embrace community,” shared Justin. “He brought me to Trevecca to continue that truth.”

Although Justin was a music business major, he soon learned that was not his calling. “I became passionate about outreach in the community especially along Murfreesboro Road, just outside our campus entrance. At times there seems to be a complacency that Christians can have with their community. I feel like I took ownership of that for myself, and I switched to a religion major by the end of my freshman year. I am definitely where I need to be.”

Justin feels encouraged by Trevecca’s motto “esse quam videri” and believes it should be seen as a life challenge to Christians. “A primary way I live out “esse quam videri” is volunteering at the Nashville Rescue Mission. The people there are working really hard trying to become good citizens in Nashville again after different addictions and life problems that have gotten them away from a full life. I try to get a group of students to go with me. I will just text my friends and say, ‘I’m going. Who wants to go?’” 

“What I have learned at Trevecca and what I must remember as a future pastor is that I can’t go it alone. Service happens best as a community working together, not the efforts of just one person.”

When asked what Justin would share with others about Trevecca he says, “The aspect I love the most about Trevecca is the sense of community. It is personable, relational, and focused on serving.”

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