New Directions International Alumni

July 27, 2012

Name: Leah Sipelile Smith
School: Hood Theological Seminary, Salisbury NC
Degree Earned: Master of Divinity (cum laude)
New position: Chaplain Resident ~
ARMC (April 30, 2012 - August 30, 2013)


On May 12, 2012 I graduated from Hood Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree.  I started seminary in the fall of 2008.  Attending school full-time while working full-time was both a challenge and an adventure!  Every Friday I would pack up my car and drive to Salisbury.  The first year, I was crazy enough to drive down Friday night, attend classes and drive back to spend the night at home. The next day, I would leave at 7 am to be back in Salisbury for classes starting at 8 am!  As much as I loved the drive between Burlington and Salisbury, I soon realized the only way I was going to survive was by spending Friday nights in Salisbury.  So, for the first time in many years, I moved into a dorm!

Why are you attending seminary at the age of 50 someone asked me?  My journey to seminary really started on Good Friday in 1972 when my life was changed forever.  While attending a Scripture Union Easter camp, I was confronted with the message of the Gospel for the very first time.  I praise God for opening my eyes so I could see my need for a Savior.  After I got saved, I became very passionate about sharing my faith:  starting with my best friend, classmates, and family.  I did not know much, so I just shared with them what I had experienced.

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