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Jake Kaiser

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  • Hometown Orlando, FL
  • Year graduated 2012
  • Major History
  • Favorite food Good ol’ fashioned homemade chicken potpie.
  • Favorite Bible verse I love the entire book of Revelation.
  • Hobbies/interests Surfing, rock climbing, spearfishing, aviation, cycling, hiking
  • Advice for future students Get involved with campus life early on and diversify the groups of friends you hang out with—that way you can have a healthy variety of people in your sphere of influence.
  • One person I would like to meet and why Charles Lindbergh—it took great courage to cross the Atlantic, and I’d like to hear about it.
  • Most unique place I’ve traveled I flew a plane up to 18,000 ft. on my own. I could see both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico at the same time. It was pretty awesome.
  • Favorite PCC tradition Thanksgiving College Days…because the campus fills with lots of energy and excitement!
  • Favorite quotation “If a person does not know to which port he is steering, no wind is favorable to him.” —Seneca
  • Ideal/favorite vacation spot A mountain cabin in Wyoming on a small lake.
  • Things I can’t live without Dunkin’ Doughnuts’ Coffee and Shoe Goo (Trust me…it’s important, just like Duck® Tape).
  • Fun fact about myself I have my pilot’s license.

When seeking God’s will for a college to attend, I wanted a sound, Christian education. After visiting PCC, the exciting spirit, active campus, and—let’s be honest—the tasty, plentiful food, all attracted me. I decided to attend and never looked back.

When it came time to decide where to attend college, I was unsure where God was leading me. Through prayer and my family’s encouragement, I came to the conclusion that it was God’s will to attend a Christian college. As an A Beka homeschooler, I was open to the idea of attending PCC; when the time came to apply, I was extremely comfortable with the process and adventure of traveling away from home. With its friendly campus and incredible opportunity for spiritual growth, PCC is a great place for anybody to visit and see firsthand for themselves.

Jason Young

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  • Hometown Fairfax, VA
  • Year graduated 2007
  • Major Undergraduate: Pastoral Ministries; Graduate: Master of Divinity
  • Favorite food Steak and Hispanic (Honduran) food
  • Favorite place on campus Sports Center Annex—I enjoy sports and love the feeling of accomplishment after climbing the rock wall.
  • Favorite Bible verse Psalm 34:8—“O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him” and Isaiah 61:1—“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound.”
  • Advice for future students Pray, pray, pray. If you know that this is where the Lord wants you and you come in with the right attitude, this will be some of the best years of your life.
  • Most unique place I’ve traveled Krasnoyarsk, Siberia (Russia)
  • Favorite PCC tradition Christmas Lights, Bible Conference, Enrichment Conference
  • Favorite class in college Hebrew History
  • Favorite quotation “I decided to quit telling God how big my problems are and start telling my problems how big my God is.”—Dr. Kenny Baldwin
  • Fun fact I had Pentagon security clearance while I was in college and went into Donald Rumsfeld’s office. Also, I accidentally walked across the set of a TV show while it was being filmed outside the Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

During my senior year of high school, the Lord made it clear that He wanted me to attend PCC. I knew He wanted me in a Christian college where I could prepare for the ministry He called me to. My freshman year was the first time I ever stepped on campus, and my first thought was, “This place is huge!” Any fears I had were quickly put to rest once I saw how friendly and helpful the students, faculty, and staff were.

My time as a college student was amazing. I made many friends and had many opportunities to serve the Lord. Participating in Christian service activities like Bible clubs and door–to–door visitation on the weekends was always a blessing. It was an opportunity to see God work in the lives of young children, as well as in my life. Other highlights of college were my opportunities to serve as a floor leader for one year and as a local church intern for two years.

After graduating from PCC, the Lord led me to pursue a Master’s degree from Pensacola Theological Seminary. During those years, I met my wife through a mutual friend. Now I am excited to be helping high school students as they consider PCC and determine God’s will for their lives.

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Jeremy Ruffin

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  • Hometown Pensacola, FL
  • Year graduated 2012
  • Major Undergraduate: Sport Management; Graduate: Educational Leadership
  • Favorite food Soul food
  • Favorite place on campus Sports Center Arena. It is my favorite place because the gym gets extremely loud during games, and as an assistant coach, I spend a lot of time with our players practicing and working hard.
  • Favorite Bible verse Proverbs 3:5–7—“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.”
  • Advice for future students Choose a major that you enjoy and that you can have a ministry in.
  • Most unique place I’ve traveled The Philippines on missions trips
  • Favorite PCC tradition Greek Rush!
  • Favorite class in college Interpersonal Relationships and Minor Sports
  • Favorite quotation “Material possessions, winning scores, and great reputations are meaningless in the eyes of the Lord, because He knows what we really are and that is all that matters.”—John Wooden
  • Fun factI've played the piano since I was 6 and the organ since middle school.

The Lord directed me to PCC after being at Pensacola Christian Academy from K4–12th grade. After I declared my major in sport management, the Lord put me in several positions that furthered my education and gave me experience in my undergraduate degree. I was able to do such things as work as a counselor in Basketball Camp and Teen Extreme Youth Camp, and also to see souls saved in both of these camps.

After graduation, the Lord led me to start on my master’s degree in educational leadership. While earning this degree, the Lord allowed me to work as the assistant men’s basketball coach, as the academic dean’s secretary, and as the residence manager of one of the men's residence halls.

If you give your life to the Lord, He will give you the desires of your heart. I have thoroughly enjoyed working and serving the Lord. I look forward to working with prospective students as an enrollment advisor and seeing where the Lord will lead me in my next steps in life.

Karla Stampfler

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  • Hometown Hastings, MI
  • Year graduated 2011—Undergraduate, 2013—Graduate
  • Major Undergraduate: Youth Ministries; Graduate: Educational Leadership
  • Favorite food Chick-Fil-A
  • Favorite place on campus Sports Center—I love playing volleyball and using the athletic facilities.
  • Favorite Bible verse Psalm 37:4—“Delight thyself also in the Lord and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”
  • Advice for future students Be involved in as much as you can and keep a positive attitude. Your attitude will make or break your college experience. The choice is yours!
  • Most unique place I’ve traveled The island of Roatan (Honduras)
  • Favorite PCC tradition Christmas Lights Sing-Along
  • Favorite class in college Undergraduate: Hebrews and James; Graduate: Principles of Instruction and Methods
  • Hobbies/interests Sports and shopping
  • Fun fact I started working at Dairy Queen when I was 11 years old (my parents owned it). My five siblings and I got to eat all the ice cream we wanted and learned to master the signature “twirl” on the top of an ice cream cone.

I attended a Christian school K–12th grade, and my school and church often had PCC representatives and Proclaim Ministry Teams come for chapel/church services. This is how I was first introduced to PCC. However, my three older sisters attended PCC before me, so I learned even more about the college. My parents and I were impressed with PCC in many ways, especially the low cost—my parents had four of us in college at the same time! I was blessed to be a part of the work assistance program at PCC throughout all four years of college. This helped me to graduate debt free!

Through classes, Christian service, collegian sports, work on campus, chapel, church services, and other opportunities, I was able to gain knowledge and learn lessons that apply to every area of life. Throughout my time at PCC, I also met lifelong friends from all over the world. I am so thankful for the tremendous influence that PCC has had on my life.

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Liz Somers

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  • Hometown Barnet, Vermont
  • Year graduated 2014
  • Major Advertising/Public Relations
  • Favorite food Homegrown food from my farm!
  • Favorite Bible verse Psalm 119:10—“With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.”
  • Favorite Hobby Photography
  • Advice for future students Learn how to manage your time.
  • Most unique place I’ve traveled The jungles of Peru
  • Favorite quotation “If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”—C.S. Lewis
  • Ideal/favorite vacation spot Caribbean cruise
  • People would be surprised to know that I grew up on a third-generation dairy farm.
  • Things I can’t live without Cabot cheddar cheese
  • Fun fact I went swimming with dolphins in Mexico.

For as long as I can remember, I have had a desire to attend PCC. I believe the Lord placed that desire in my heart, and I know He definitely used my college experience to grow and mature me. The most influential part of PCC for me was my roommates. I was blessed with godly, influential ladies as roommates. Many of them have become my best friends, and I am thankful the Lord placed them in my life.

Remember that college is what you make it. Always have a good attitude, accept change, and be ready to learn. The Lord will lead you here for a reason, so enjoy every minute!

Pete Vaught

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  • Hometown Bowling Green, KY
  • Year graduated 2013
  • Major General Bible Studies
  • Favorite class in college All of the Bible classes were amazing, but my favorite would probably be Genesis.
  • Favorite food My Chili
  • Favorite place on campus Field House It’s a fun place to play basketball and work out with friends.
  • Favorite Bible verse Ps 27:1—“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
  • Advice for future students Have fun but work hard your first couple of years to get ahead.
  • Most unique place I’ve traveled Mexico
  • I can’t live without My wife and food.
  • People would be surprised to know that I can cut guys' hair really well.
  • Favorite quotation “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”—Edmund Burke
  • Fun fact I love sweet tea!

As I was finishing high school, the Lord led me to continue my education at Pensacola Christian College. When I first arrived at PCC, the Lord blessed me with amazing roommates who were there to help me with any question I had. If I had not had such willing and godly roommates, my transition to PCC would have been harder.

My time at PCC allowed me to meet some of my closest friends. The Bible speaks a lot about having good friends, and PCC is a great place to find them. Looking back on my time at PCC, God used the fellow students to help mold me into what He wanted. I am so thankful that I followed His will and attended Pensacola Christian College.

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Rachael Northrop

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  • Hometown Pensacola, FL
  • Year graduated 2009
  • Major History
  • Favorite food Coffee. Any kind—even black!
  • Favorite place on campus The Experimental Theatre—lots of memories from Dramatic Productions!
  • Favorite Bible verse Isaiah 26:3—“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”
  • Advice for future students Always seek God’s guidance before making any decision. Give Him your dreams and desires. And don’t forget to make lots of memories.
  • Favorite class in college Broom Hockey—I enjoyed it so much I wanted to take it again.
  • Favorite quotation “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.” Brian Littrell and Les Brown
  • People would be surprised to know that I have been as far north as Quebec and as far south as the Cayman Islands.
  • Fun fact I just started liking soda this year.

I grew up in Pensacola right next to PCC, so I had the opportunity to watch the ministry develop and expand. Since my parents are part of the staff and faculty, I have been able to experience many aspects of the ministry, including attending Pensacola Christian Academy from third grade on, and even had the privilege of being in two video classes for A Beka Academy.

Attending a Christian college helped me build upon the foundations that my parents and earlier experiences at PCA had helped me set. I am so thankful for the excellent education, caring professors, and valuable life lessons that I learned at PCC, as well as the definite emphasis on following the Lord’s leading for my life. I look forward to helping prospective students as they, too, follow God’s guidance in His will for them.

Rebekah Clarke

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  • Hometown Williamsport, Maryland
  • Year graduated 2014
  • Major Office Administration
  • Favorite food Homemade potato bacon soup
  • Favorite place on campus The Commons—it’s a great place to hang out with friends.
  • Favorite Bible verse Proverbs 10:22—“The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.”
  • Hobbies/interests Shopping, sports, and fishing
  • One person I would like to meet and why Ruth—she was such a strong person who had to go through many difficulties, and she overcame them.
  • Favorite PCC tradition Greek Rush
  • Favorite quotation “Do the difficult things while they are easy, and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” —Lao Tzu
  • Ideal/favorite vacation spot Anywhere there’s a beach
  • Things I can’t live without My sisters, Chick-fil-A, and bacon
  • Fun fact about myself I have never had a broken bone.

As a senior in high school, I didn’t know where God wanted me to attend college, but I had an opportunity to visit PCC during College Days and fell in love with the campus.

There were several factors that helped me succeed in college. God used chapel, church, and Christian Service activities to shape me and help me in my spiritual life. The faculty wanted the best out of each student and were always ready to help with any questions I had, and they took the time to make sure I understood the lesson. Since the classes were normally small, the faculty had the chance to connect with each of the students and really get to know them.

Since I come from a large family, the Work Assistance program really helped my family and me. I had the opportunity to work in the Interiors department, where I learned that everything should be done for God’s glory. Not only did I make friends with the ladies I worked with, but I also had the chance to learn valuable leadership skills.

Looking back, I can see God’s hand in leading me to PCC, where He knew I would have godly friends, caring faculty, and helpful supervisors so I could learn valuable life lessons. Now, it’s a privilege to be an enrollment advisor so I can help other young people find God’s will for their lives. I look forward to guiding you through your college admission, and I’m available to help in any way I can.

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Tyler Boring

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  • Hometown Zebulon, North Carolina
  • Year graduated 2013
  • Major Youth Ministries
  • Favorite food Ice cream (plain old vanilla—possibly Rocky Road—but NEVER chocolate)
  • Favorite place on campus The rock wall was a regular for my wife and me during college. We spent a great deal of time getting to know each other while climbing the rock wall.
  • What attracted me to PCC I appreciated the wide variety of activities to get involved in—from sports to music to people to food, all in a great Christian environment!
  • Favorite Bible verse Proverbs 3:5–6—“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”
  • Advice for future students Follow the Lord’s will the first time. It just makes everything easier.
  • One person I would like to meet and why I would love to meet Joseph simply because of his great character in God’s Word.
  • Best PCC memory Meeting my wife for the first time
  • People would be surprised to know that I have always played sports, but have never cared to watch them. (I’ve never even watched the Super Bowl—occasionally the Olympics…) The only sporting event that I ever watch is the World Cup every 4 years.
  • Ideal/favorite vacation spot The mountains of East Tennessee
  • I can’t live without My family, fried chicken, and sweet tea
  • Fun fact I have played the trumpet for 10 years.

From an early age I knew exactly where God wanted me to go to college. We often had Christian college representative groups come to my Christian school, and PCC always caught my eye. Christian college was strongly encouraged in my school, so making the choice to go to a Christian college was very natural.

For me, the difficult part was knowing what to do with my life. I wanted to do a dozen totally different things. Architecture, aviation, computer science, and the military were just a few of my options. It wasn’t until after my senior year on a missions trip that I finally surrendered my life to whatever the Lord had in mind. I knew He was calling me into the ministry.

From that moment on, I have never looked back. At PCC, I learned so much that I will be able to use in ministry. In addition to the academics, I met my wife in college, along with a great number of friends who were also interested in serving God with their lives. I know I would not be the person I am today if God had not led me to PCC.

Tyler Scott

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  • Hometown Flint, Michigan
  • Year graduated 2013
  • Major Youth Ministries
  • Favorite food Chicken Parmesan
  • Favorite place on campus The Sports Center, where I had the privilege of playing for the Eagles basketball team for four years.
  • What attracted me to PCC The great Christian atmosphere of the campus along with the centered focus on the Word of God. Also, the athletic program at PCC was one that focused not only on physical athletic improvement but also on spiritual improvement.
  • Favorite Bible verse Jude 22—“And of some have compassion making a difference.”
  • Advice for future students Strive to make a difference for Christ in every aspect of life while at college and when you go on from PCC.
  • Favorite class in college Genesis
  • Best PCC memory This 2012/2013 season when our basketball team defeated Southern Poly Tech. at home in overtime. (Southern Poly Tech. was ranked in the top 25 in the NAIA official standings at the time.)
  • People would be surprised to know I have dislocated my patella two times and as a result had orthoscopic knee surgery.
  • Hobbies/interests Sports, in general, the beach, and current events
  • Favorite quotation “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”—John Wooden

My attendance at Pensacola Christian College was a result of God’s divine providence. As I was finishing high school, my desire was to accept one of the several scholarship opportunities I was offered to play basketball. At that point in my life, I was not fully surrendered to what the Lord had for me. I remember a moment prior to my senior year when I felt the call to become a youth pastor. I knew that if I were to accept one of the basketball scholarships, the Lord would not bless my life to the fullest. It was in late July, following graduation from high school, that I applied to Pensacola Christian College and was accepted in August. It was at that point in my life that I gave God full control to allow Him to do what He wanted to do with me.

My time at PCC was one of spiritual growth. I enjoyed chapel, my roommates, the coaching staff, my basketball teammates, and so much more. Outside of salvation and choosing a spouse in the future, my choice in coming to PCC was one of the best and most important decisions in my life.

One of the greatest things to do as a young person searching for God’s will is to truly surrender every area of your life to Christ. I know that made all the difference in my life. As a result, the Lord has richly blessed me beyond compare.

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