Impact Story: Rebecca Teguns
Shortly after she came to faith in Jesus the Messiah in her late twenties, Rebecca Teguns felt called to be a missionary to the Jewish people. In the most roundabout way imaginable, she is living out that call today. God used every step of her journey to lead her to her current position as an Associate Priest at the New Jerusalem House Of Prayer in West Chicago, Illinois. This Anglican congregation is a part of the Anglican Church in North America, and is focused on exploring the Jewish roots of the Christian faith in the first century in its teaching and worship.
Teguns has been on staff at the church, which was formerly known as Resurrection Anglican, since 2007. Northern Seminary was instrumental in forming her as she responded to God’s call to ministry. “I transferred to Northern from Trinity International University where I had been working on an M.A. in Christian Thought in Contemporary Culture/Church History,” she said. “I completed the course work but not my thesis.” She took a break from school and received a call to the priesthood in 2001.
“I hadn’t anticipated a call to the priesthood at all, it had never entered my mind,” she said. During the summer of 2005, the discernment committee that was overseeing the process for my call to the priesthood told me it was time to pursue an M.Div. I started classes at Northern that fall. At that time Northern was experimenting with the Anglican Studies program from Trinity Ambridge.” Teguns was grateful not to have to relocate from her Chicago-area home to continue her studies.
“The most influential instructor at my time at Northern was Robert Webber. God used him in my life long before I even came to Northern. Around 2000, I was looking for a church and happened to read Bob’s book ‘Evangelicals on the Canterbury Trail’ which had a huge impact on my life.” Teguns corresponded with him, and that correspondence eventually led her to the church she now helps to lead. She graduated from Northern in June 2008 with a M.Div. and a certificate of Anglican Studies.
Teguns has never married. She loves ministering to people, reading (mainly theology, she reports), and being outdoors as much as possible. She’s relishing the way in which her youthful dream of becoming a missionary to the Jewish people is unfolding in her current ministry context. She never could have orchestrated it on her own, and says in wonder, “Our Lord amazes me! This is how I want to live the rest of my life in Him…Amazed!”
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