By: Kendra Housel
Amy Rohr graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University’s (IWU) adult program in December of 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting. When she first began searching for a way to earn her undergraduate degree, she was looking for a college in Fort Wayne, Indiana where she could take evening classes, geared towards adult students. After speaking with several colleges, and noting how easy IWU was to work with, she made her choice and enrolled in the accounting program.
Rohr says that she greatly enjoyed her time as a student of Indiana Wesleyan. She especially enjoyed the opportunity to meet new people and get to know more about herself. IWU was also a part of giving her the push she needed to dig deeper, not only professionally but also spiritually. Through her religion courses, and peer engagement, God began to change her outlook. She had been sitting in the midst of a difficult season of life spiritually, and she says that “attending IWU was just what [she] needed.”
While her dream had been to obtain her undergraduate degree as a traditional student after high school, Rohr is glad she waited until her children were grown up. The opportunity to attend IWU came at the perfect time, and she felt that the “doors just opened so easily.” She knew that it was the next step that God wanted her to take, and she loves that she was able to attain her dream.
Currently, Rohr works at Franklin Electric Company Incorporated in Fort Wayne as a Senior Corporate Accountant. She just recently celebrated her fifteenth anniversary as a Franklin employee.
Her walk with Jesus has a large impact on how she goes about her job as well. Her coworkers are aware that she loves the Lord, and she has a vibrant ministry in praying for them. She carries a prayer journal to document the needs of her coworkers and their families. She always lets them know when she has been praying for them, and she finds that people are surprised and touched to hear confirmation that someone has actually been praying for them, rather than simply saying that they will. Rohr deeply cares about those she works with. One of the best parts of her job is that her coworkers often confide in her to receive encouragement and love.
Later this year, Rohr will celebrate 29 years of marriage with her husband. They have two grown daughters and one granddaughter. Rohr also said that she loves animals and children. This passion has taken root in the way she has served as a Sunday School Teacher for more than 20 years. She is so thankful for the many children she has gotten to know in her classroom.
When asked what advice she had for current IWU students, Rohr said, “Don’t lose sight of your dreams.” She encouraged students that even though the fulfillment of her dreams took longer than she would have expected, she would not trade how it went for the world.
Written by Kendra Housel, writer for the Alumni Center. Kendra is a sophomore Education and Honors Humanities double major at Indiana Wesleyan University in the John Wesley Honors College. She is also a member of the University Chorale. She is passionate about serving Christ through writing, singing and caring for others.