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Amy Mattingly
Amy Mattingly
Received her Master of Divinity Degree

When Amy first lived on Eden’s campus, she was 11, and she got in trouble for playing too loudly. When she was a teenager at church camp, ministers and friends kept telling her she’d go to seminary someday. “Never!” she blurted, “and especially not Eden!” She went to Beloit College and found herself drawn to global studies and – yes – ministry. Then she visited Eden and saw, for the first time, its international reach.


“What a journey it has been! My contextual education placements were extremely beneficial in helping me name my gifts. These experiences opened different avenues of ministry that I am now considering, such as youth ministry. I tried to be open to all the opportunities available in my seminary career. I have been given a lot to think about as I pursue a career in ministry.

I was fortunate to serve at Samuel United Church of Christ in Clayton, Missouri as both student pastor and youth director. I was truly lucky to be part of such a vibrant and extremely supportive church community. I also had the opportunity to participate in the Guatemala and Costa Rica Seminar a during January term. That experience affirmed where God is calling me and I feel just as strongly for Global Ministries in Latin America as when I first began my seminary education. There is no doubt in my mind that I was supposed to be at Eden; and what a good feeling that is–to have a purpose in life and know that God is here with me every step of the way.”