Anthony McCarson is beginning his second year at YTI as a member of the inaugural Master of Divinity class.
Tell me a little bit about yourself and why you chose to obtain an M.Div.
I’m from Texas and graduated in May 2017 with an undergraduate degree from Howard Payne University. I felt my call to ministry around 16 years old and haven’t stopped pursuing it. I wanted to further my education at YTI. I visited Montana once the spring before deciding to attend here. It’s gorgeous.
Why did you choose Yellowstone Theological Institute?
I liked YTI’s approach to education. YTI is not a degree machine. The primary goal isn’t to meet certain check marks. It’s about coming together, living together, being together and ministering together. At YTI, you get a more in-depth experience with the professors. They get to know who you are, not just the seat you sit in.
What’s it like being part of the inaugural M.Div. class?
It’s both very awesome and very nerve-racking. We are the first. We get to start this whole thing. It’ll be interesting to see how the professors change—how they present, how they teach, and how we receive the instruction over the years.
What do you enjoy most about YTI?
The professors are very kind and very generous, and they also expect a certain level of academic performance. They hold us accountable, but we also sit down and enjoy lunch with them.
What stands out most to you about the location YTI is set in?
The mountains stand out, and it’s a very interesting location from a Christian demographic perspective. This area as not as freely churched as other areas of the U.S. There are a lot of opportunities, and I’m enjoying living my Christ-centered life with the people of Bozeman.