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From the time she was fourteen—the age her daughter, Samantha, is now—Kimberly Rogers knew she was called to ministry. But it took working outside the church to discover her vocation within it.
In her mid-thirties, Kimberly was working with at-risk populations through public schools and non-profit agencies. When she realized she couldn’t bring the resources of her faith into her secular work, she decided that, for her, the “sacred and secular were woven together.” She says, “I was called to serve people and I wanted to do that in a church.”
She enrolled at Austin Seminary and moved with her family onto the seminary campus where her understanding of the church grew. “Austin Seminary has shown me what it means to be in a community of people who care for each other, and that’s what I will take into the church with me. I think as Christians, that’s the most important thing that we do. In the church, we experience God in community.” And as graduation nears, Kimberly feels called out into the world to begin forming new communities.
“One thing I’m really excited about is meeting people where they are and helping them connect with others who are in that same place. Or even connecting people with others who have a broader understanding of their faith and spirituality who can mentor people who are new to the church or are young in their faith … I think churches do a really great job of welcoming people but then sometimes people get lost after that. They’re not really sure where they fit in. Whatever church I am in, I want everyone who walks in the door to feel they have a place.”
Returning to school mid-career had its challenges. “I was really scared about the biblical languages,” she admits. But “I remember the first time I translated an entire Bible passage from Hebrew into English. I had chills all over because it was just such a phenomenal feeling to be able to see this passage, this story of creation, in the words it was written in. It opened up the meaning.”
Kimberly says, “I look forward to taking my enthusiasm for scripture into Bible studies, to help people really wrestle with the meaning of scripture. Some texts are really hard and don’t make sense. Others make sense, but are hard for us because we’re not able to live into them and fulfill what we’re called to do.
“You can’t ever stop learning from scripture,” she says. “I can look at a text at different points in my life and have the Spirit speak to me in a completely different way. The Bible is not just a book, it’s a living, breathing document that’s still being written. That’s the most exciting part: God continues to speak to us.”
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