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Marketplace Ministries at Rudy's BBQ 

Posted by Brittany Kelm on February 23, 2017 at 9:30 AM

What if more businesses employed people like Christopher Bennett whose job is to minister to other employees? 

Chris, a graduate of Austin Graduate School of Theology,  is a Team Member Care Associate at K&N Management, which owns the well-known establishments Mighty Fine Burgers and Rudy’s BBQ.  

Simply put, Chris’ work empowers people to make positive change in their lives. Whether they are wanting to excel in their career,  experiencing difficult relationships, or maybe dealing with addictions, K&N Management has created a team that’s available 24/7 to help bridge the gap between what is and what could be.

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Topics: About Austin Grad, Ministry Opportunities, Living Stones Award Recipients

Missionary in Russia

Posted by Brittany Kelm on September 8, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Austin Graduate School of Theology's newest Living Stones Award recipient Joel Petty serves the Lord as a missionary in Russia.

“I find fulfillment when someone comes to the realization that God exists and loves them…when someone finds joy by hearing and obeying God's word not only when coming to Christ initially, but as they follow him throughout life with all its ups, downs, adventures and suffering,” Joel said.

Joel received his bachelor’s degree from Southwest Texas (now known as Texas State Universary) in geography and political science with a concentration in Soviet studies.  It was the late 80's.  By the time he graduated, the Soviet Union fell and his career path evaporated.  He says he worked in conference and meeting planning as well as the rental car business for a few years before the Lord found him and changed his life, blessed him with a great wife, and always reoriented him from career to ministry.

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Topics: Ministry Opportunities, Living Stones Award Recipients

Church Elder & Hospice Chaplain

Posted by Brittany Kelm on August 9, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Philip Vick, Austin Grad's newest Living Stones Award recipient, has always felt called to serve the church, he says. 

Currently, he's an elder at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio where Max Lucado is the Senior Teaching and Equipping Minister.  Philip and his wife, Donna, began attending Oak Hills Church in 1989, and he says it was an honor to be asked to serve in the eldership role.

As a church elder, Philip is often called to offer pastoral care including prayer and spiritual counseling.  Philip also serves in the praise and worship ministry.

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Topics: Ministry Opportunities, Living Stones Award Recipients

Ministry of the Arts in action by one Christian Artist

Posted by Brittany Kelm on July 14, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Christian Artist Dr. Tatiana Nikolova-Houston is the newest recipient of the the Living Stones Award.  Tatiana exemplifies what it means to glorify God in our works.  "Faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead." (James 2:17)  As an artist with many awards and distinctions, she uses her faith as the center of inspiration in all of her artwork. 

Tatiana was born in Bulgaria in 1961 and came to America in 1990.  Tatiana is a alum of Austin Graduate School of Theology, receiving her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Biblical Studies.  Later, she attended the University of Texas where she received a Ph.D in 2008 from the School of Information, continuing the Master's degree in Library and Information Science, studying and preserving Bulgarian medieval manuscripts. 

After graduation, Tatiana started to recreate and reinterpret Byzantine and South Slavic iconography and manuscript illuminations while educating Western audiences about the simple and meaningful illuminations of Slavic scribes.  The illuminations reflect the joy and spirituality, emphasizing the themes of the Light within and without with the Tree of Life as major inspiration.  

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Topics: On-Topic Today, Ministry Opportunities, Living Stones Award Recipients

Women in Church: A Pioneer for Women in Church Leadership

Posted by Casey Tamez on February 4, 2016 at 10:00 AM

This past week I met a lady who sparked something inside of me.  Please welcome Karen Alexander as the newest recipient of the Living Stones Award

As a woman caught somewhere in the middle of a multitude of opinions about what women’s roles in the church today should look like, I am painfully aware of the complexities surrounding the issue. 

Much of the time I am dissatisfied with the traditional view many Christians hold.  Why must the church be one of the few areas in Christian life in which a woman should be silent?  At the same time, I can’t say I’m confident a woman should lead a flock.  Something about it seems off—and I’m not sure whether I feel this way because of truth or conditioning.

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Topics: On-Topic Today, Personal, Ministry Opportunities, Living Stones Award Recipients

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