Tim Kennedy '14 M.Div.
I am fascinated by individuals and organizations accomplishing “big things.” At Austin College, I majored in political science and religion because I wanted to learn how leaders and organizations effect positive change on a large scale. I moved to Washington, D.C., where I served over 12 years on Capitol Hill, at the White House, and at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security learning how the wheels of government work—and often fail. At The George Washington University I earned a master’s degree in education and human development because I wanted to understand large-scale learning and strategic planning. As the political winds changed in Washington, I felt called to more fully focus on God’s work among and within us. At YDS, I found a place, as Frederick Buechner said, to explore where God is calling me, where my deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet. YDS made me an honored guest at a grand banquet with overflowing tables. I hope to take this abundance into the world as I continue to seek and serve Christ in all people. Of course, this is often done not on a large scale but rather one-on-one. This past summer I served in a Clinical Pastoral Education hospital chaplaincy internship where my objective was not to “change the world” but to be present to people whose world was changing and remind them of the eternal hope and the abundant love of Christ.