Higher Calling

GWU Professors Help Megan Brown (’05, ’09) Discern God’s Plan

Megan G. Brown was the first person in her family to go to college. She planned to earn a bachelor’s degree and enter full-time ministry. However, while studying religious education, her goals shifted.

“When I first began my academic journey I never imagined I’d be a college professor,” confided Brown, who teaches at the University of Northwestern-St. Paul, Minn. “As a student at GWU I knew I was called to work with youth and assumed I’d be a career youth pastor. Before I finished at GWU, I sensed God’s call to higher ed.”

Because of the small classes at GWU, her religion professors knew her strengths. Before she received her bachelor’s in 2005, they encouraged her to attend seminary. Four years later, as Brown neared completion of her Master of Divinity in Christian Education and Formation, GWU Professor Dr. Sophia Steibel suggested a different path. “She saw the gifts and skills in me to teach within higher education and was sure God was going to call me to higher ed,” Brown recalled. “I deeply respected and trusted her guidance and ability to discern God’s working/calling.”

After confirming the calling for herself, Brown enrolled in the doctoral program at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University in La Mirada, Calif. Now her own teaching style incorporates ideas learned from GWU professors. “‘Go in peace but go’ is something Dr. Ron Williams used to say at the end of classes and I use that from time to time,” Brown elaborated. “I utilize a lot of active learning principles in my classes and reflection activities—inspired by Dr. Steibel’s teaching style. I expect excellence and offer grace, understanding, prayers, and mentoring where it is needed, which I learned from all of my professors.”

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