Scholarship Winner Profile–John Menchaca
KNOX SEMINARY 50% SCHOLARSHIP WINNER
Knox: Tell us a little bit about how you came to faith.
John: For many years I thought I was a Christian. I had responded to an altar call at the church I attended and I recited a sinner’s prayer with the pastor. After that he welcomed me into the family of God so I felt I was a Christian even though my life did not have any evidence (godly fruits) that I was living for God. I lived in my besetting sin of drug addiction and struggled with it for years, still believing that I was a Christian..
One day I heard a message called “True and False Conversions” by Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron. When I examined my life I knew for sure that I was a false convert. I knew then that I was not a Christian but only someone who was in church but not in Christ. I got on my knees and cried out to God to have mercy on me a sinner. I repented of my sins and surrendered my life to Christ.
Knox: What brought you to Knox? How is the Lord working in you?
John: I had heard about Knox Theological Seminary from Dr. James Kennedy who I listened to on several occasions, but never imagined that I would have the opportunity to attend there. Recently the Lord really put it strongly on my heart to apply believing that with God all things are possible. I am so excited and happy that I have been accepted at Knox and that I am one of the two that won a 50% Knox Scholarship.
Today I know that I am born-again because God has given me a new heart, with new desire to live for Him by His Holy Spirit living in me. I have a great passion and concern for lost souls, and am always telling others about the gospel, that they may receive this awesome free gift that I received.
Knox: What program of study will you be pursuing? When do you plan to start?
John: I will be pursuing the Certificate in Christian Ministry program which is for one year, and is suited for missionaries or evangelists who require a year of formal theological training. I am planning on starting seminary in August 2014. I am leaving the door open for future study, possibly going on to earn the Master of Divinity degree.
Knox: Are you currently working in ministry and if so, doing what?
John: God has given my wife and me a passion for lost souls and now has taken it to a greater level by equipping us to be able to teach and train Christians how to share their faith biblically and effectively using The Way of the Master evangelism training.
We also have an informational and educational apologetic website that was designed and created by us to teach Christians how to share and defend the faith.
Knox: How will this scholarship impact you?
John: Being given this opportunity to attend a top-notch seminary as well as have 50% of my tuition paid is going to enhance and equip me to be more effective in what God has called me to do as an evangelist.
Knox: What do you plan to do with a theological education from Knox?
John: I believe having this theological education from Knox will help me to be in a much better position to be able to fulfill my dream of getting a full-time position in ministry.