Connecting Moses’ Journey and Ours in the Time of COVID

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While at Northern, alumnus Casey Pitchford (MDiv 2020) participated in the seminary’s 2018 trip to Israel. With a guide from Jerusalem University College, he and others were immersed in the Holy Land of today and of times past. They visited numerous biblically significant sites, including the Sea of Galilee and the area where Moses wandered through the wilderness.

“I was able to go with a scholarship that paid more than half of the expenses. That was incredible. We stayed at Jerusalem University College and traveled,” Casey remembers. The vastness of Moses’ wilderness made a deep impression. He continues, “When I think of wilderness, I think of trees and forests, but there it was just rocks.”

While the word “wilderness” can conjure up positive images of nature’s untouched beauty, we also frequently associate it with feelings of loneliness and lostness. Today, many people face their own kind of wilderness, exiled from others because of COVID-19. During this bewildering pandemic many people are feeling lonelier and more frightened than ever before.

As the new Associate Pastor at Forever Grace Church (West Lafayette, IN), Casey is finding ways to show God’s love to the church’s congregation and community. Implementing safety measures has allowed them to meet many Sundays, hold Bible studies, and stream services for those worshiping from home. In addition, the Pitchfords held a bonfire for young families to comfortably attend.

For Casey, transformational leadership involves helping others understand that they aren’t alone, that God loves them and they can be confident in their relationship with Jesus. “A transformational leader loves people so they come to Jesus, disciples them, and they do the same for others,” explains Casey.

Though his ministry looks very different than he imagined upon graduation, Casey continues to live out God’s love with Christ, serving the church family and those within his community.

Because of the faithful support of our donors, Northern Seminary is able to offer life-changing scholarships for classes and experiences like the Israel trip. To donate to a scholarship fund, visit https://www.seminary.edu/connect/donate/ or call (630) 620-2180.

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