Jordan Bunch ('12) | Graduate School of Theology
Jordan Bunch is a residence hall director, a graduate student … and a pirate leader?
An ACU Graduate School of Theology student and director of Edwards Hall, the dorm for freshman and sophomore men, Bunch is also leading a group of seven freshmen in prayer, meditation, Bible study, fasting and "pirate challenges."
I love being around people who don't believe that Jesus is Lord yet. I wanted to be with people who for whatever reason did not feel comfortable showing up in church - because those are the people who need Christians to move into deeper relationships with them.
He calls them "pirate monks."
"It's really been a special deal for them," says Jordan, who is working on a master of arts degree in missions, focusing specifically on domestic missions. "It's transforming the way they interact with the world."
The group communicates daily, meets weekly, and its members pledge to pray and read the Bible daily and fast once a week. Bunch plans for the group to induct seven new freshmen each year into the two-year program.
Involved in the lives of people
It's a way, Jordan says, to practice "being involved in the lives of people," a passion he is developing under the tutelage of Dr. Kent Smith and ACU's Missionary Residency for North America program.
Smith, Bunch and several other ACU graduate students have started a house church that meets in various places throughout Abilene, giving the students an opportunity to learn in real life how it works to model the life of Jesus to the surrounding community.
"We are participating in the mission of God in Abilene and having life and community together," Jordan said.
Jordan came to ACU as a freshman expecting to become a full-time worship minister, but God had other plans, using an internship in New York City to call him toward missions.
A change of plans
"That really changed the course of my life," Jordan said. "I love being around people who don't believe that Jesus is Lord yet. I wanted to be with people who for whatever reason did not feel comfortable showing up in church - because those are the people who need Christians to move into deeper relationships with them."
So, after graduating from ACU in May 2009 and marrying his fiancée, Sara Beckett ('11), a week later, Jordan enrolled in the Graduate School of Theology. Depending on how many classes per semester he takes, Jordan will graduate either in 2012 or 2013.
"If you want to plant churches in North America, there's no better place to study than in the Graduate School of Theology and specifically with MRNA and Kent Smith," Jordan said. "It's definitely been an awesome decision."
That decision was made much easier when Jordan received the Gayle and Gwen Hensley Endowed Scholarship, awarded to students in the Graduate School of Theology. The scholarship paid half of his tuition, with the rest covered by his discount for being a full-time ACU staff member.
"To be able to get a master's degree at this caliber of a school and not pay tuition is unbelievable," he said. "To be able to have the flexibility to leave this university without debt is going to be an incredible blessing on my family. It's awesome."
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