Chaplain's Corner

Myles W. Shipp

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Campus Chaplain

Schools Attended:

Virginia Wesleyan College
Denver Seminary

Degrees Earned:

B.A. in Recreation and Leisure Studies (Management)
M.A. in Chaplaincy (M.Div. Equivalent)

Shipp Myles

I was born again, through faith in Jesus Christ, at the end of my college career. From that point forward, God has done an amazing work in my life. Like so many other collegiate student-athletes, my identity was consumed by the sport that I played. It was always expected of me to play at the next level. As I came to know Jesus, those plans drastically changed, and I chose to attend seminary instead. Since that decision, God has been restructuring my identity to be centered completely on Christ. Throughout this process, He has developed a deep passion in me to walk this life alongside others, helping them to establish Christ as the rock on which they build their lives. I owe my life’s work to God’s saving work and am ecstatic to be able to walk this faith journey with my grace-filled and steadfast wife, Anne Marie.

“If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.” ~Galatians 5:25

 


November 1, 2016

In the last few months God has taken me to a unique place. Since being called to be the Campus Chaplain of Greenbrier Christian Academy, I have seen the Spirit of God working in a different way. This being said, I have started to realize that my opinions and/or thoughts of God and His interaction with His people were very superficial in my own mind. This is not to say that I did not believe that the God of creation could not work so powerfully, I just had not seen it up close until now.

You see, when I came to GCA my heart was still heavy from my short time as a healthcare Chaplain. In my experience at the hospital I saw a constant stream of suffering and much death. Though I do not discount any of that time, it weighed mightily on my views of life and of God. On the other hand, these last couple of months here at GCA have shown me another side of God’s work in this world, a life-giving world of eager students, committed faculty, and extraordinary administration figures. I came timid and unsure about my calling to this place; but, as it seems He always does, God has used these people (students included) to support and minister to me much more in this short period of time than I could ever do for them. That is where I would like to focus in for a moment.

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