September 19, 2013
Introducing Melissa Zaldivar, our newest student blogger! Melissa contributed a guest series on the intersection of etiquette and the gospel this summer (view her first post here, second here, third here, fourth here, fifth here and sixth here), and we're excited to officially welcome her to the Gordon-Conwell Voices team!
Name: Melissa Zaldivar
Degree: Master of Arts in Theology
Hometown: Atascadero, CA
Where were you before seminary? Prior to seminary, I was at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. I did my undergrad there and graduated with a degree in Electronic Media in May 2012. I then moved back to California for the summer, working at a golf course and running around the country filming and photographing weddings before diving into seminary in the fall of 2012.
Favorite hobbies? Aside from the obvious love I have of the written word, I am a big fan of creativity. My hobbies include travel, photography, film and baking bread. I’ve been an avid golfer for about 11 years and I love all things about the culture of golf courses. I follow most sports and my allegiances are all over the map, depending on the sport. This time of year I’m following my Chicago Blackhawks & Cubs, the Green Bay Packers, Anaheim Angels and Auburn Tigers (for college football). I love watching major events (inaugurations, the Royal Wedding, the Super Bowl, etc.) and being outside.
Favorite food? Chicago was a great place for food. So I can get behind good deep-dish pizza, Chicago style hot dogs and pie. Other than that, the possibilities are endless. I believe that God gave us food and community for very specific reasons, and I love exploring both.
Favorite hero of the Christian faith? I know that this may seem strange, but I really love the story of Leah, Jacob’s first wife. She was neglected and not at all favored, but she gave birth to several of the heads of the tribes of Israel, including the tribe of Judah, into which Jesus was born. The powerful thing about her story is that God not only saw but blessed her in ways that she never lived to know. I love the fact that our stories echo beyond the grave and the here-and-now is not all there is to life.
Favorite book? I’m a big fan of Lauren Winner’s Girl Meets God. It has been helpful as I learn to navigate culture and Christianity.
Interesting fact about yourself? I once met an astronaut.
Issues you are passionate about? I am passionate about theology, music, film, stories, campfires, oxford shirts, typography, humor, NASA, American History, random facts, learning, loving, creating community, and a firm conviction that I have the cutest niece on earth.
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