Semester in Scotland

Alumni Reflections – Brenda Gladfelter McCollum


Continuing in our series of past students reflecting on how the programme has impacted them, this week we are hearing from Brenda McCollum.

Brenda McCollum – Autumn 2007
Then: Geneva College student
Now: Homemaker

Brenda in 2007

Stephen and Brenda McCollum and their daughter in September 2017

My time in Airdrie doing the Semester in Scotland programme was such a benefit to me. Even though I grew up in the Reformed Presbyterian Church and had some knowledge of the things we studied, such as the Westminster Confession of Faith and theology in general, studying it all in the setting of the church and being able to take so much time to read through and discuss the material helped the knowledge to really seep into my head and also into my heart. Semester in Scotland gave me a new sense of appreciation for the beliefs of the denomination I grew up in and helped me to see how those beliefs should be carried out, both personally and by the church. It was so beneficial to be able to study in the setting of the Airdrie RP Church because I could so easily see the things I was learning being applied by that congregation and apply them myself in the different church activities in which I was involved. I am so thankful to God for the opportunity I had to participate in the Semester in Scotland programme!