Student Voices: Joy Carlough

November-December 2017 Inscribed

Joy Carlough is a member of YTI’s inaugural Master of Divinity class in Bozeman.

Tell me a little bit about yourself and why you chose to obtain an M.Div.

I was born and raised in New Jersey and had a 34-year career in education—as an administrator including a position as superintendent of schools. I moved to Montana in 2012 after spending five years in California. God saved my life, so I gave my life to God. My life is focused on pursuing knowledge of, discussion with, and relationship with God.

Joy Carlough listens during class

Joy Carlough, center, listens along with fellow Master of Divinity students during a seminar in Bozeman.

Why did you choose Yellowstone Theological Institute?

I typically have a plan, and this was not part of my plan. However, God had a plan for me, and here I am. It feels like I’m standing on a cliff, and I can only see the clouds down below. It’s beautiful. I know God will send a staircase to the next stage of His plan for my life. In the meantime, I’m enjoying the journey. I’m a life-long learner and I love learning new things.

What’s it like being part of the inaugural M.Div. class?

It’s really interesting being part of the inaugural class. I’m the oldest one in the building. We all have a nice mix of the life experiences that provides a richness to the school. I love the way our professors have taken the materials, approached and merged them. It’s a very subtle but integrated curriculum. I love the intensity of the work. I love getting the very best of what we need to know. They give us the very best and have us think of this as literature. It’s so fascinating.

What are you enjoying most about YTI?

I’m loving the professors. They really know their materials. Their perspectives are so much richer than the basics.

What do you plan on doing once you’ve graduated?

It’s up to God.