The Simpson University Experience - Brian Howell
"I chose to major in Youth Ministries because I wanted to develop my ability to walk with and mentor youth. I am passionate about this generation, and I knew that this major would prepare me to call them to what they are created for."
— Brian Howell, youth ministries major, class of 2016
Simpson University alumnus Brian Howell ’16 has a heart for lost and broken youth. In order to learn how to best serve them, Brian chose to pursue a B.A. in Youth Ministries.
“I chose to major in Youth Ministries because I wanted to develop my ability to walk with and mentor youth,” he said. “I am passionate about this generation, and I knew that this major would prepare me to call them to what they are created for.”
Brian said one of the things that makes Simpson’s Youth Ministries program unique was the capstone course where students learn to plan out a year’s worth of ministry material and are equipped with pastoral care tools.
“Simpson has prepared me to serve and lead well,” he said. “You will leave your four years at Simpson with a philosophy of ministry that is ready to present to any church or organization.”
During his time at Simpson, Brian was very involved in residence life, serving as a resident assistant for three years. He described that work as transformational.
“My involvement with residence life has prepared me for service and life in community outside the university, exposing me to hundreds of people unlike me and increasing my compassion and heart to see people become all they were created to be,” he said. “This is the heart of service, that we place the development of others above our own interests and intentions.”
Brian graduated in April 2016 and began working as worship coordinator at a Redding church in May.
He received a full scholarship to attend Simpson and is grateful to donors for their financial support.
“You are investing in the lives of young leaders like myself,” he said. “God is using you to impact not only the Redding community but also the farthest reaches of the world.”