Meet Our Graduates: Glory Cumbow

Meet Our Graduates: Glory Cumbow
Glory Cumbow
Glory Cumbow
“I transferred to King because I wanted smaller class sizes and to have professors who knew me personally. When I transferred I immediately felt like I belonged and that my voice mattered. I really found my voice in my theology courses while simultaneously exercising my creativity in my theatre practicum. My love for academic theology that sparked at King led me to get my Master of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary. I stayed another year to earn my Master of Arts in Practical Theology which allowed me to explore creativity in worship and liturgy. Now I am using my theological education and passion for creativity to write. My book of liturgy, “Breath for the Breathless: Liturgy for Life’s Difficult Seasons” was published by Wipf and Stock last month. I have also published articles with Fidelia Magazine and Unbound: An Interactive Journal of Christian Social Justice. If I had not transferred to King where my professors were invested in my education and my future, I don’t think I would have pursued seminary education and have found my voice to write. For young people who are entering adulthood, they need to feel important and validated to propel them toward their goals. King did that for me.”
Glory was a smart and multi-talented student. And she’s already written her first book. We are grateful that Glory chose to study with us at King, and we look forward to all the good and great things she will do.

Meet Our Team: Teaching Assistant: Amanda Meadows

Amanda Meadows
Foundations of Christian Thought and Practice
King University
Meet Our Team: Teaching Assistant
Amanda Meadows
“Hello! My name is Amanda Meadows and I am from Bristol, Tennessee! I am a sophomore at King and I am working towards a major in Biology with a minor in Mathematics. This is my first semester as a Religion TA, but I am absolutely loving the opportunity to help guide my fellow peers through this class and to teach them to think critically! I am also a Chemistry Lab TA, Biology Administrative Assistant, and I hold a management position at my job outside of school. I have always loved the academic aspect of school, so I have been on the President’s List for the past two semesters. In what little free time I have, I enjoy going to church, listening to music, hanging out with my family and friends, and working retail! One of my passions in life is helping those around me, so I hope to one day obtain my doctorate degree and become a Geneticist or an Anesthesiologist. I am very thankful for the role professors and student at King have played so far in my life, and I am excited to see what these next 2 years hold!!”
We are so grateful for Amanda’s work with her students this year in Foundations. And I love it when our future scientists are teaching in a religion class like this. She is smart, rigorous, and caring. Thank you, Amanda, for all you do in spite of being busy and competent with many other things.

Meet Our Graduates: King University Bible and Religion: Trevor Wentt

Meet Our Graduates: Trevor Wentt
Trevor Wentt, King University
“I came to King on a wrestling scholarship and stayed because of my professors. I actually tried to transfer out of King–twice. The major I thought I wanted wasn’t there, yet God had different plans for me. While there, I found photography, had my worldview constantly expanded by my classes and through the friendships and mentorships that developed with many professors. Yet, in some ways, my experience differed from most. As a young black man, I was growing into consciousness concerning what it means to be black in this country at that time. I was supported by many professors and encouraged to continue growing. I was even gifted Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man for my birthday one year by Dr. Don Hudson, which has been a formative text for me. Although, inevitably, I experienced pushback and racism from some students in this time of growth, I was supported by others, both professors and students alike. At King, I was challenged to think, question, and help people see the world and God in a more expansive way. From fitness to where I went to graduate school, King helped shape me. Although I have slightly more debt than I’d like, King gave me incomparable freedom and flexibility to become. Since then, I’m currently pursuing making art to challenge perspectives and give hope to marginalized and oppressed peoples full-time, after working in churches and finishing up my MACM from Emmanuel Christian Seminary. King was nothing short of formative, and I am grateful.”
We were fortunate to have Trevor come study with us. He’s one of those students who taught me to question my own thinking and step out of my comfort zone. He is a beautiful man who creates beautiful works. And he continues to teach me. Next semester I will be offering a class at King: “When the Coat of Many Colors Runs Blood Red: Race and Christianity in America,” and Trevor has agreed to advise us and participate in this class. Keep an eye on him–he will do good and great things as he already does. Thank you, Trevor, for trusting us with your undergrad education. You left King a better place than when you began.