By: Dezaray Barr
Trent Green graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) in 2017 with a degree in Human Communication Studies from the Division of Communication & Theatre. “I chose IWU after my visit day due to the evident presence of the Holy Spirit on the campus,” he said. “I also was able to room with my best friend from High School, Vinny Kurtz. We lived in Bowman Hall together; they shut the Bowman House dorm down a few years later. While in Bowman, I was able to develop a love for unity and brotherhood.”
Green said that his time at IWU was interesting. “I started freshmen year off super well and with a love of the new adventure,” he said. “My sophomore and junior years were spent living life the way I wanted to, regardless of the rules I had committed to follow. I drank excessively, did drugs and continued down a life branching away from God’s will for my life. He got my attention towards the end of my junior year, and I began to chase after Him again.”
Although it felt like Green had gotten back to where he wanted to, his senior year was rough. “I started out good!” Green said. “I was the Community Coordinator of the Lodges and absolutely loved my team. About a month in, my freshman year roommate, Vinny, passed away. I ended up drinking again and then lost my job as the Community Coordinator. I got into grief counseling, and this is where the real uphill climb began. I had an amazing counselor from IWU. She pushed me and challenged me in ways that I didn’t expect. I then got involved with Hope House and Celebrate Recovery. For my senior project with the Division of Communication & Theatre, I did an Ethnography on Hope House. IWU was the time in which I describe that I needed God in my life. I NEEDED Him. IWU is a big part of my testimony.”
Now, Green is doing missionary work in Tanzania, Africa with Youth With A Mission (YWAM). “I have been here for about a month, and God had done amazing things!” he said. His team recently left to go to Uganda for another month, and Green said, “I’m so excited to see what God has for store in Uganda. I will graduate from YWAM on June 7. After YWAM I plan to return to Ohio and continue teaching until God calls me on His next adventure.”
Written by Dezaray Barr, PR Specialist for the Alumni Office. Dezaray is a senior Strategic Communication, Journalism and Honors Humanities triple major at Indiana Wesleyan University in the John Wesley Honors College. Visit Dez’s website at www.dezaraybarr.weebly.com.