Continuing in our series of past students reflecting on how the programme has impacted them, this week we are hearing from Nathanael Miller.
Nathanael Miller – Autumn 2013
Then: Student at Geneva College
Now: Youth Pastor at Faith Bible Fellowship Church
Not too long ago I was speaking with one of the youth in our church about their desire to attend college after high school. One of the questions they asked me was, “What was one of the most impactful moments about your college experience?” It has almost become second nature for me to respond with, “my time in Scotland.” And I would say that my Semester in Scotland was not just one of the most impactful times in my college experience; it was the most impactful.
For a student attending a 4-year Christian college; amid all the activities, academics, relationships, and responsibilities, I do not think there can be a semester better spent than in a country as beautiful as Scotland studying theology and ministry. There was not a time in my college experience where I was more theologically equipped, or more academically enriched than my 4 months in Scotland. Though it was no small number of materials to be read and studied, I often reference those works to this day, and have greatly benefited from their content. And it was not simply the reading and studying of various works that bore a great memory, but also the engagement of the culture, and the history of our faith. Scotland is a country with an incredible history, especially for those of the Christian faith. In my time there in 2013, I was blessed, along with my 3 classmates, to study the significance of the first and second Scottish Reformations. For a portion of the program, students take part in a class that covers the history of the Scottish Reformation and many of the brave individuals that risked their lives for the sake of Christ. Some to note are: John Knox, George Wishart, and Patrick Hamilton. Following the in-class time, we were blessed to engage in a 2-week tour where we visited much of the gravesites and locations of monumental moments of these famous Covenanters.
It truly is difficult for me to put into words the sort of impact this program had on my life. I was challenged spiritually, blessed relationally, and had the unique privilege to see some of the most beautiful sites in the world. In addition to the academics, history, and culture, I was also blessed to be engaged in the life of the local Reformed Presbyterian Church for 4 months which was a blessing in itself. To be able to study theology, visit famous Christian landmarks, and be involved in the local church all at the same time is a rare gift, and I am grateful for that to this day. If there are ever any students on the fence about participating in this program, I would simply encourage them to consider the incredible impact this trip could have on their lives both academically and spiritually.