YTI staff members recruiting on the road

On the Road Again …

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

November-December 2018 Inscribed

Student recruitment and public relations trips are a big part of what I do for YTI. This October, I traveled thousands of miles on a two-week trip with our Recruiting Coordinator, Mrs. Kim Treat. We visited Manhattan Christian College, the KSU Wesley Center, and Sterling College (all in Kansas); Southwest Baptist University and Ozark Christian College (Missouri); John Brown University and United Christian Ministries (Arkansas); and NWOSU Wesley Center, Northeastern University, University of Tulsa, and First Baptist Church, Norman (Oklahoma).

We logged over 1700 miles, spoke to over 400 students, 20 faculty and staff members, and we will have at least 20 applications for our M.Div., M.A.T.S., and Yellowstone Scholars programs from the new relationships made at these schools. Additionally, I have been invited back to all of these locations in the spring, to work even more closely with their students as they prepare for graduate school. In the spring of 2019, I will be speaking to faculty and students at Manhattan Christian College in classes; I will be discoursing with faculty and students at Sterling College on theological education today; I will be speaking in Chapel and meeting with student groups at SW Baptist University; I will be speaking to the membership of First Baptist Church of Norman, Oklahoma (an important part of ministry at the University of Oklahoma) on a Saturday, and preaching the following Sunday.

In the same way, Dr. Bill Fowler has been recruiting in Montana, Idaho, and Texas. As YTI continues to build great relationships with schools and organizations, more students will be heading our way.

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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