Lincoln dreams of becoming a pastor-farmer and owning a small organic farm and monastery somewhere in Iowa after he graduates. In addition to his majors, he’s completing minors in both Christian missions and cultural studies. He served as a discipleship group leader for three years and is currently active in Northwestern’s Creation Care Club, competes as a midfielder on the men’s soccer team, plays the saxophone in band, and belongs to the college’s Black V improvisational comedy team. He’s also a resident assistant in Colenbrander Hall.
Called to ministry
Shortly before coming to Northwestern, I wrestled with the idea of becoming a pastor. I chose to major in religion because I wanted to learn more about Christianity and how God relates to the world, my community and me. I wanted to engage the Bible in new ways and potentially prepare myself for seminary.
The religion faculty at Northwestern are a diverse and incredible group of professors. I’ve taken at least one class from each professor. I love how they’re able to teach passionately and thoughtfully on their respective subjects and interests, yet not force their opinions on students. They’re also some of the most personable professors on campus. They’re hilarious, and they all enjoy meeting with students in their offices (and sometimes in their homes!).
My religion professors do a great job of connecting the Christian life with theology. In addition to rhythms of prayer and faith dialogue in the classroom, my profs integrate fresh ideas about Christianity. Through my classes, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to Sioux Falls for service-learning, visit various churches in Sioux City, serve at homeless shelters, and converse with missionaries and those from different faith traditions from around the world.
Caring for creation
I studied abroad with the Creation Care Study Program in New Zealand last spring. I lived in community with 21 other students from Christian colleges around the United States, and we studied Christian environmentalism. The program challenged me to see the world as God sees it—as an intricate and wonderful creation to be treasured and valued. I was able to travel around the country, get to know the locals, and live simply and happily for 3½ months. It opened my eyes to the kind of lifestyle Jesus calls us to live: one of hospitality, simplicity, responsibility and love. I had limited access to technology (which was refreshing), and each day we would care for the chickens and help with the extensive vegetable gardens. And the ocean was only a 10-minute bike ride away!
A Christ-centered community
The friendships I’ve made at Northwestern are friendships I’ll continue for the rest of my life. In my dorm, I’m surrounded by guys who are not only willing to do something crazy at the drop of a hat, but they’re also willing to sit down with me and discuss issues that challenge each college student. Faculty and staff have reached out to me in a way I never would have imagined. You might play a game of pickup basketball with a music professor and then sit down for lunch with a couple of resident directors and President Christy. The level of community at Northwestern is amazing. It’s redefined how I view relationships, service and true Christian community.