At Union School of Theology, we are committed to raising up leaders for the worldwide Church. We offer an academically robust theological education as well as deep character formation, working in tailored partnerships with local churches. This means our courses (on campus and in Learning Communities) aren’t ‘off the peg’, and our students aren’t merely ‘customers’. We nurture ministry-long relationships with our students, equipping them to plant churches, resources their congregations, and go on to raise new leaders themselves. Because of this we want to help them fundraise for their academic and living costs, supporting them from day one of their time with us. Below we’re highlighting one of our students and their story. Would you consider investing in growing a leader in Christ’s Church?

Originally from Mexico, Roberto Vaca Herrera and his family have been in the UK for six years. He is one year into his BA in Theology at Union School of Theology and talks here about his experience so far.

“My wife Annie and I lived in Mexico for a couple of years after we were married, before deciding to move to West Wales (where my wife comes from) to raise our family. We have two children who are now aged six and three, and we have been here for six years. When we moved, I began working nights in a finance position, but ever since my conversion I had always felt God's call to ministry. The recommendations of my church leaders, as well as friends who had graduated from Union School of Theology, led me to resign from my position and apply to UST.

From my first visit to UST I felt at ease, and was welcomed by the friendly and professional staff. I was instantly impressed by the wealth of experience and international recognition of the teachers and lecturers, and this continues to be the case.

I know that Union will provide me with the spiritual and practical guidance, support and encouragement I need to prepare for my future ministry

I am currently at the end of my first year of the BA in Theology and am serving in my local church alongside my studies. I run a weekly youth group with my wife and preach on a regular basis. The training I have received so far at UST has been hugely beneficial to my ministry work, and I have grown in knowledge and confidence in areas such as youth and children´s ministry, and doctrine.

The BA course is a comprehensive and in-depth, and covers all areas of ministry preparation. UST succeeds in balancing intellect with service to promote all-around individual development: I feel that studying at UST has widened not only my academic horizons but also provided spiritual growth.

It is in my heart to be a missionary pastor, starting in my local church. I know that Union will provide me with the spiritual and practical guidance, support and encouragement I need to prepare for my future ministry, and I am praying that through these three years of study God will direct me to where he wants to place me.”

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