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Matthew Berry

After being in full-time ministry for 12 years, Nathan felt he hit a ceiling in his career. “I deeply wanted to expand my horizon and knew that Wake Forest School of Divinity was the piece I was missing,” he says. Following graduation, Nathan will work full-time with PassportParking, a Charlotte-based software company, and practice his ministry at Mosaic Church in Huntersville, N.C.

Q: Who have been your biggest cheerleaders?

A: There have been so many people who have encouraged me along the way, but Professors Jill Crainshaw and Bill Leonard have been there for me every step of the way. Wake Forest has allowed me space to grow while managing family, work and school full-time.

Q: What surprised you about your time at Wake Forest?

A: Without question, the most surprising thing about my three years here at Wake Forest is the depth of relationships I have been able to experience with both my peers as well as faculty.

Q: Describe your internship experience.

A: I was able to participate in an internship working with a non-profit organization called “What if Everyone.” I learned there are so many people looking to find an organization to volunteer with and so many organizations looking for volunteers, but both have difficulty finding each other.  At “What if Everyone,” I helped bring these two groups together. The most rewarding part was connecting passionate people with the right organizations to serve local communities.

Q: What is the most dramatic change you have undergone during divinity school?

A: Seeing and experiencing God outside of my own experience and allowing myself to explore God in new places and faces.

Q: What does earning this degree mean to you?

A: Earning a Masters of Divinity has been a wonderful, personal accomplishment. My degree will allow me to minister in a more broad context and in a variety of settings.