Alumni COVID-19 Responses

In April we asked the alumni to share what you are doing to serve your congregations, ministries, workplaces, or communities in response to COVID-19 – and so many of you did! Thank you! We are proud of the ways in which you have adapted and have continued to faithfully shine God’s light during this time.

Not surprisingly, nearly everyone who responded has moved worship services, Bible studies and small groups, classes, counseling sessions, etc. online via Facebook Live, Zoom or other platforms, or are recording them ahead and posting them online. Many have also set up systems to reach out to individual members of their church via phone or email.

Many others have begun, or stepped up, services around food, including setting up food pantries or making and delivering meals to the elderly and others in need. Others are working collaboratively in new or unprecedented ways with fellow churches, local governments, and other businesses and organizations to meet practical needs—like food, medicine, and masks—for the most vulnerable in their communities.

Below we have highlighted twelve alumni who represent a variety of the responses. You can “read more” by clicking the link below each photo. To see all of the responses, please scroll to the bottom of the page.

Casey Shutt
Pastor & Church Planter
MACH ’05, MAR ’05

“We began to realize a global pandemic is a fantastic time to start a church.”

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Isabel JeeHyun Park
MACO ’05

“As we lose many things in life due to the spreading virus, what is truly precious is becoming crystal clear.”

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Marcus Doe
Teaching Pastor
M.Div. ’16

“We could still help get groceries delivered, prescriptions filled, and help school kids get their lunches.”

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Judy Heath
Linguist & Bible Translator
MAOT ’16, D.Min. ’20

“The team I work for has created materials in Chadian Arabic.”

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Sungjoo Park

M.Div. ’18

“Since COVID-19 hit, the greatest threat has been the lack of food.”

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Jan Mullis
Human Trafficking Educator
M.Div. ’13

“A huge step toward the eradication of a horrible crime…” 

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Seth Kim
Lead Pastor & Global Leader
D.Min. ’15

“We are united in this effort to be a blessing to our city.”

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J. Anthony Lloyd
Lead Pastor

M.Div. ’82

“Lots of things have had to shift since COVID began.”

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Mary Bradley
Chaplain & Counselor
MTS, ’77

“I want my clients to know they are not alone…”

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Stephen Hiemstra
Author & Publisher
M.Div. ’13

“…As a Christian author, my primary response…has been to write a weekly commentary…”

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Daniel Hayner
Director of Discipleship
M.Div. ’19

“Our prayer is that as the people of God step up to serve practical needs…”

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Leon & Rebecca Stevenson
Lead Pastor & Music Minister
M.Div. ’08 & MAR ’09

“Our nonprofit created an online hub of resources…”

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Dan Fisher
Lead Pastor

M.Div. ’11

“We decided to turn our church into a food and self-care pantry.”

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Jeff Winter
Senior Pastor
MRE, ’76, M.Div. ’81

“Honk if you Love Jesus’ has taken on a whole new meaning…”

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Ted Martin
Senior Pastor
M.Div. ’92

“A very unique opportunity to advance the gospel…”

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All Alumni Responses

Select a button to read all of the alumni responses in each area of service or ministry.

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