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Ouachita’s worship studies degree has been, to me, a beautifully answered prayer. I first answered a call to ministry at my home church, Summit Church of Little Rock. Although we don’t know each other personally, Bill Elliff – the founding pastor of that church – served as one of my biggest motivators for ministry. Seeing his authentic reverence and passion for God helped spark that same fire in myself.

At the time I decided on ministry, I didn’t know it was something you could go to college for. I had already dropped out of college once; my chances of returning were incredibly slim. The timing of the creation of the worship studies degree and God’s substantial provision to get me to Ouachita could not have been more perfectly laid out. This was my first indicator there is something of great value here, because I’ve seen God do miraculous things to make a way for people to be a part of it. I didn’t know yet what that would look like, since the degree had just been put into place.



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