Jennifer Collison - Diversity and Inclusion Lead, United Stationers, Chicago, IL
Graduated with a B.S. in pre-professional psychology in 2007. She continued her education at Roosevelt University and earned a master's degree in Industrial Organization Psychology in 2010. She now works at United Stationers in Chicago, Ill., as the Diversity and Inclusion Lead. She leads the enterprise's inclusion initiatives that spread awareness and train associates on the importance of treating others with respect and dignity. In 2011, she won United Stationer's High Performance Team Award.
Ricky Van Pay - AG Chaplain to Triathletes
Graduated with a B.A. in youth and student ministries in 2001. Endorsed as the first Assemblies of God (AG) chaplain to triathletes. Van Pay is also the founder of Iron One Fitness Solutions. Endurance athletes often don’t attend church because of their race and training schedules. Van Pay reaches out to this group through chaplaincy while also coaching pastors and churches in physical health and weight loss.
Clayton Brooks - Worship Pastor, The Oaks, Red Oak, TX
Graduated in 2003 with a B.S. in church ministries. He is the Worship Pastor of The Oaks in Red Oak, Texas. He also oversees worship internships at The Oaks School of Leadership. He has written worship songs that are sung in churches nationwide, such as "Pour Your Spirit," "To Be Like You," "There’s More" and "Only You." He has worked alongside Shane and Shane to produce live worship recordings. In 2006 he produced his own studio project titled "And You Come Down." He recently recorded a live Integrity worship album with Ryan Williams and Kurtis Parks.
Felicia Ramos - Social Worker, Department of Children and Family Services, AR
Graduated in 2006 with a B.S. in church ministries and missions. She went on to complete a Master of Social Work at Western New Mexico University in 2008. She will graduate SAGU's Harrison School of Graduate Studies in Fall 2013 with a Master of Organizational Leadership. She is a bilingual social worker for the state of Arkansas Department of Children and Family Services. In 2011, she co-wrote and co-directed short films about cross-cultural parenting for the state of New Mexico. She collaborated with the University of New Mexico, The Mexican Consulate, and Clovis Municipal Schools to develop after-school programs and increase parental involvement for at-risk youth. In the future she would like to develop policy for child welfare, help revise child abuse laws and develop faith-based programs to build the family unit.
Robert Madu - Teaching Pastor, Trinity Church, Cedar Hill, TX
Graduated in 2007 with a B.S. in church ministries and minor in counseling/psychology. He is pursuing a master's degree in theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the Teaching Pastor at Trinity Church in Cedar Hill, Texas. He ministers internationally across denominational lines to churches, youth groups, and schools through preaching and drama. He will join keynotes speakers George Wood, Judah Smith, Choco de Jesus and others at General Council 2013.
Yesenia Graciano - Case Manager, The Family Place
Graduated with a B.A. in social work in 2012. While attending SAGU, she interned at Arlington Police Department as a crisis intervention counselor in the Victim Services department. With Arlington PD's recommendation, she was hired at The Family Place, a domestic violence shelter, as an administrator and case manager. She was awarded their Outstanding Graduate of the Behavioral Sciences award.
Dustin Woodward - Student Pastor, Copper Pointe Church, Albuquerque, NM
Graduated from SAGU in 2006 with a B.S. in pastoral ministries. He is now in his 7th year as Lead Student Pastor at Copper Pointe Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Starting with a group of 30 students in the summer of 2006, he now ministers to more than 1,500 students on a weekly basis. In 2010, Dustin was honored with the Young Alumnus for Vocational Ministry Award from SAGU.
Mitch Mason - Football Chaplain, UNC, Chapel Hill, NC
Graduated with a B.A. in English in 2009. Serves as the football chaplain at the University of North Carolina. He was selected as a free agent during the NFL draft and began playing arena football. Mason became a college football defensive coordinator, defensive backs coach, and ultimately became the first-ever Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) chaplain to UNC football.
Caleb McNaughton - Church Planter, The Link, Boston, MA
Graduated in 2011 with a B.A. in church ministries and minors in youth and student ministries and church planting. McNaughton helped SAGU alumnus Jason Exley plant Life Church in Midlothian, Texas, in 2006. Caleb planted The Link in Boston, Mass., in February 2012. In one year, McNaughton's youth group has grown from 50 to 400 students.
In each issue, SAGU features young alumni who are already making an impact in their fields. In this issue, SAGU specifically highlights alumni from the College of Bible and Church Ministries.