Catching Up With Redeemer Grads: Where are They Now?

Justin Eisinga | Reporter

When you go to Redeemer, it sometimes can feel like we are sacrificing great opportunities and hurting our future because we chose to attend a Christian university. Fear not, fellow students! This month, we caught up with a few recent graduates who are engaging in incredible work for the Kingdom of God. Be encouraged and inspired by their willingness to step out in faith, but also find peace in the evidence these graduates show that you will be able to use your gifts and follow your calling after you graduate.  

Stephanie Schreuders

Stephanie Schreuders

Stephanie Schreuders

Age: 22

Majors/Minors: Honours Social Work / Religion and Theology

What are you doing with your life?

Since graduating from Redeemer I've had the opportunity to participate in two internships. The first one had me living and serving alongside refugees in downtown Kitchener, and the second one was with an international development agency that sent me to Kenya where I participated in the documentation and monitoring of projects there.

How did your education at Redeemer prepare you for what you are doing now?

My education at Redeemer taught me how to integrate my faith with my vocation. The concepts and ideas that I learned and discussed in classes have now come to life in day-to-day work.

What do you miss about Redeemer?

I miss the community of Redeemer, though there is definitely community outside of the Redeemer walls; you just have to be more intentional in finding it.

Any advice for current students?

I would really encourage students to use their years in university to volunteer at various organizations in order to gain experience, to develop their skills, to discover their calling and to develop a well-rounded resume that will stand out when applying for jobs after Redeemer.

What's the weirdest thing you ever found at the bottom of your pocket?

Gum.

Samuel K.

Samuel K.

Samuel K.

Name: Samuel K.

Age: 24

Majors/Minors: Theology/Social Work

What are you doing with your life?
Following Jesus. Being discipled as a pastor. 

How did your education at Redeemer prepare you for what you are doing now?
Learned how to learn. 

What do you miss about Redeemer?
Dorm lyfe, my boy band, Brutalitops, Waffle Day. 

Any advice for current students?
Take it easy. The 20s is about exploring and asking questions. 

What's the weirdest thing you ever found at the bottom of your pocket?
A power converter from the Toshi Station. 

Cameron Phillips

Cameron Phillips

Cameron Phillips

Age: 22

Majors/Minors: Environmental Studies / Political Science and Sociology

What are you doing with your life?

I live and work in downtown Hamilton! I work on a part-time contract for an international Christian environmental conservation organization called A Rocha (www.arocha.ca). I am acting as A Rocha's Church Relations Coordinator here in Hamilton. I am working on promoting the importance of creation care/environmental stewardship in Hamilton churches, and I am helping to mobilize the local church community in getting involved in A Rocha's conservation and community outreach projects. I'm also putting together a blog series with A Rocha connecting the importance of faith and caring for God's earth.

 When I'm not doing that AWESOME stuff, I work as a freelance writer for an employment company in New Zealand. I edit, rewrite, and optimize clients’ LinkedIn profiles to make them easier to read and more appealing for companies and employers to consider. 

How did your education at Redeemer prepare you for what you are doing now?

Redeemer introduced me to the idea that God cares about all aspects of our world, not just what happens in the church. My liberal arts education opened my eyes to the possibility of truly being in the world as a steward. My education gave me the opportunity to network and connect with a lot of different people and organizations, through learning community events and speaking events.

What do you miss about Redeemer?

I absolutely love to learn, and learning from such an integrated Christian worldview was amazing. The community and friends that I made at Redeemer are something that I really miss. Oh, and Treat Night during exams was awesome (thanks Micah, u rawk!)

Any advice for current students?

Don't take your Redeemer education for granted. I've heard so many people say 'oh I can't wait to go to a real school' etc. Redeemer IS a real school and such a unique one at that! I went to public schools for all of my life, and to learn about politics, the environment, history, chemistry, and even physical education from a Christian perspective is incredible. 

Take care of yourself. Get a good 8 hours of sleep, eat well, exercise, and do your homework! If you're going through a tough time mentally, don't be afraid to take advantage of Redeemer's counselling services. Speaking from my own experience, it's worth it.

Also, don't underestimate the power of networking. The only reason I have a job I'm super passionate about is because I took a risk and talked with some A Rocha staff after a chapel service. I stayed in contact with them for over two years, and ended up having this job made specifically for me. Having connections in areas that you're passionate about is always helpful, so get out there and make yourself known.  

What's the weirdest thing you ever found at the bottom of your pocket?

Wood chips and moist soil. 

Redeemer Grads Leaping For Joy

Redeemer Grads Leaping For Joy