The Simpson University Experience - Samuel Sexton

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"Simpson has prepared me to lead and to serve by equipping me with the necessary tools to go out and do so. My classes have all challenged me to move in a different direction that I thought I would go. They have all given me something new to think on."

— Samuel Sexton, youth ministries major, class of 2018

Samuel Sexton came to Simpson University to continue pursuing the calling to be a youth minister that was placed on his life at an early age.

“I thought about majoring in Pastoral Studies or Biblical Studies, but I found that the Youth Ministries major was what I was looking for in order to understand what I was going to do with the rest of my life,” said the Modesto, Calif., native.

One of the things Samuel said makes Simpson’s Youth Ministries program unique is the practical experience that students gain from their classes. He has learned how to develop a year’s worth of ministry curriculum, including messages, themes, small groups, retreats, and leadership trainings.

Samuel also appreciates how the professors incorporate a variety of disciplines in to their lessons, including psychology, sociology, theology, leadership, and pastoral studies.

“Simpson has prepared me to lead and to serve by equipping me with the necessary tools to go out and do so,” he said. “My classes have all challenged me to move in a different direction that I thought I would go. They have all given me something new to think on.”

One of the reasons Samuel chose to attend Simpson was because of the sense of community he felt when visiting campus before he applied.

“The community here is off the hook,” he said. “People know who you are. They love you and accept you before you make the decision to come here. You feel welcomed; you feel loved; you feel embraced.”

Samuel said his classes and experience at Simpson are preparing him well for a career in full-time youth ministry.

“I’m going to graduate equipped and empowered to go into ministry and do it at the fullest extent that God would have me do,” he said.

In order to offset the cost of college, Samuel receives several scholarships and said he is grateful for the support from donors that enable him to attend Simpson.

“Thank you for empowering me to do all that I do,” he said. “I would not be here if it were not for financial aid. All that you give has contributed to my life to go out and serve people in a greater capacity than I ever would have dreamed.”

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