By: Dezaray Barr
Steve Hill graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) in 2000 with a degree in Christian Ministries. “I felt God calling me to IWU to not only pursue a ministry serving others, but to grow spiritually and strengthen my relationship with Him,” Hill said.
Hill’s expereince at IWU was not a traditional one. He was a college ‘freshman’ at 33 years old. “I had spent 15 years in the work force prior to arriving at the university,” Hill said. “I enjoyed my time at IWU and everyone on campus. IWU was and is a friendly atmosphere, where I developed many friendships during my four years there… IWU was a big turning point in my life. The academic challenges and relationships that formed was a significant learning/spiritual experience for me. I truly thank my professors, friends and IWU staff for being a part of the process.”
Hill is now a Foster Care Social Worker at White’s Residential and Family Services in Wabash, Indiana. He said that his time at IWU has taught him to listen, be patient, ask questions, work hard and wait for God – all of which are incredibly important in his work at White’s. He also explained, “Working for a Christian agency has given me the opportunity to show/communicate God’s love to others. The focus at White’s is Christ centered, so implementing a work environment in this area has been beneficial for agency employees, as well as other individuals connected to it.”
If Hill could speak to IWU students he’d say, “Focus on relationships, not success, possessions or money. Love, give and care for others. Do that and everything else will fall into place.”
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.