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  Name: Ann Ahrens

  Education: Starting PhD in Christian
  Worship, Fall 2013; MTS 2012; MA Music
  2001; BA Church Music 1998, 1994.

  Fields of ministry:
  Director of Music, Urshan College
  Worship Arts and UGST Symposium
  Writer, Pentecostal Herald
  Private Piano Instructor
  Musician, New Life Center
  Volunteer, Room At The Inn (shelter for
  homeless women and children)

Comments on UGST: This sounds simplistic, but UGST taught me how to learn.  Coming from a background in music, the learning curve at UGST was more like a hairpin turn!  But the patience and perseverance of the professors and staff made the difference and my ministry and personal life are the better for it.  The night I graduated, I had a crisis moment where I felt completely unprepared for and undeserving of the term "biblical scholar."  I felt I had no answers.  But I came to realize that was not the point of the degree.  Rather, the point was to teach me how to find  the answers, how to wrestle with questions. In the PhD application process I was required to write a timed essay in response to a particular book.  It felt no different than a final exam at UGST, and I confess I was overcome with gratitude for my experiences which now felt like stepping stones to the next chapter God was beginning to write in my life.

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