From the President

Jay Smith, YTI President and Bridger Professor of Theology & Ethics

November-December 2018 Inscribed

We Are Here for You

I hope you have had as meaningful an autumn as we have at YTI. Although the snow is already falling in Bozeman, the changing colors of leaves in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kansas were beautiful during my recent recruiting trip!

Dr. Jay Smith

We have now moved into our new home at 2030 Stadium Drive in Bozeman. Faculty are in their offices and we are slowly getting the details finished—outdoor signs, chairs for the great room/chapel, and books on the library shelves. We will be having an open house from 9am-4pm on Thursday, December 6th for everyone in the Bozeman community. See more details on page 10 of this issue of Inscribed.

We have added several new part time employees at YTI this fall. Mrs. Melissa Smith is serving as our personnel and finance director. Miss Ruby Maggard and Miss Beth Van Dyke serve as our office assistants, and Miss Hannah Smith is serving as our library assistant. All are doing a wonderful job!

As I alluded to above, recruiting and development are operating at a very high level. Mrs. Kim Treat is coordinating all of our recruiting efforts, and doing a fantastic job. Dr. Bill Fowler is recruiting in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho and in Eastern Washington. Dr. Rachel Toombs and Lance Green will be recruiting in Texas, and I will continue to recruit in the central states, as well as Western Washington. Ultimately it is a team effort though, and like a good team it is showing results. We should double our enrollment in all programs next year!

Our academic programs are solid, with the Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Theological Studits, and Diploma of Christian Theology. In addition to these programs, we are excited to broaden our Yellowstone Scholars program. For college students and graduates ages 20-27, Yellowstone Scholars offers three tracks to choose from: a 2-week long YTI adventure; a 3-month long directed learning program in the summer; or an 11-month long Yellowstone Scholar Internship. We are working hard to make theological education relevant for a new generation.

Keep YTI in your prayers. We seek to make a difference in our culture, one student at a time, and we are praying that students from across the country are called to study with us. Our marketing program is going full speed, as well as our capital campaign. As the holidays approach, know that you—our family and friends—are in our prayers. We are here for you. These students are here because of you. As we continue to grow and touch people, we desire your thoughts and prayers. I look forward to hearing from many of you, our supporters and readers, this new year.

Grace & Peace,
Dr. Jay Smith, President
Bridger Professor of Theology & Ethics

Dr. Jay Smith is president and Bridger professor of theology and ethics at Yellowstone Theological Institute. He has taught at Howard Payne University, Baylor University, and the United States Naval Academy. A published author, he and Stanley Grenz co-created The Pocket Dictionary of Ethics (IVP, 2003) and Created for Community Revised Edition (Baker Academic, 2015). A conversation with Jay reveals his passions for literature and adventure. He loves to hike, compose music, and write about Jesus. Jay roots for the Baylor Bears and Howard Payne Yellowjackets.

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