SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT: Kevin R.
My name is Kevin Rothacker and I am currently a second semester Junior at Campbellsville University in Campbellsville, Kentucky. I am studying Pastoral Ministries with some extra classes in Psychology. When I complete my undergraduate degree from Campbellsville University I will be going into a Marriage and Family Counseling program for my graduate work.
God has gifted me with helping others and encouraging others. I believe that God is calling me to the counseling field that specializes in teenagers and marriages. I am still have not decided what school I will attend for graduate work, but I believe God will lead me where He wants me to go. Sometime during my schooling I would love to go on a mission trip to Honduras, and I would love to go back to Israel with CU in 2018.
In the Spring of 2014, Campbellsville University in Campbellsville, Kentucky took students, faculty, staff, and friends to the Holy Land (Jordan and Israel). The trip was mostly an educational trip showing significant sites that are mentioned in the Bible and giving an extensive history on each site. I was blessed to receive a scholarship from the Bruce Gilley Memorial Foundation to help fund my trip. My favorite sites were Mount Arbel which is where Jesus went to be alone to pray for His disciples and ministry, Petra which is where Esau’s descendants lived, the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prayed before getting captured and crucified, and the Sea of Galilee where much of Jesus’ ministry took place.
The trip was educational, but it was also very eye opening to see how much different the Jordanians and Israelites live. Our professors and other leaders at CU lead devotions throughout the nine days we were there. Dr. Garrison (Head Professor of Educational Ministries,) Dr. Wigginton (Head Professor of Pastoral Ministries,) Dr. Hurtgen (Dean of the School of Theology and Head Professor of New Testament Studies,) and Mr. Ed Pavy (Campus Minister) all lead more than one devotion while we were there.
Visiting the Holy Land is an experience I’ll never forget; now when I read the Bible about a location we went to I can picture it and get a better understanding of the culture and significance of that time. The BGMF was a great supporter in my trip, my education, and my future ministry.
– Kevin Rothacker