Knox Seminary MA (Christian and Classical Studies) Student Profile: Ken Gillespie
Recently we asked our student Ken Gillespie to tell us about his experience with Knox Online and the Master of Arts (Christian and Classical Studies) program.
Here is what he had to say:
My name is Ken Gillespie. I have been in the Knox MA (Christian and Classical Studies) program for about a year and a half. My wife and I live in southern California and have five grown children and four grandchildren. I spent thirty-five years in law enforcement retiring as an assistant police chief a few years ago when I felt God calling me to a different type of ministry. I had a strong desire to attend seminary–which I tried very hard to talk myself out of—thinking I was too old, it was too expensive and if I did do it, what in the world would I use a seminary degree for? I tried to put it out of my mind and turned my attention to writing. I was interested in literature as a means of exploring man’s spiritual aspect. Still this nagging in my head about seminary wouldn’t go away. One day, I happened across information about Knox Theological Seminary and the MACCS program and realized that not only could I attend seminary and study classical literature but it was affordable.
I have been very impressed with so many things at Knox, but what stands out the most is that I am receiving the type of education that I have always wanted, but didn’t think was available. Both the lecturing professors and the online professors have challenged me to read and think deeply in such a way that I didn’t imagine possible and this comes after experiencing academics at two highly respected universities as an undergraduate and graduate student. The classical studies combined with theological training has taken me from a level where I felt like a toddler splashing in a wading pool to an experience akin to diving into the middle of an incredibly beautiful sea.
I am halfway through the MACCS program now and can already see the impact this education is having in my life. It is preparing me to answer the call to serve as a teacher, a call I have received both within my local church and the world beyond. I am very excited to be able to share this tremendous learning with others.