Joshua Kilgo ’16

“Intellectual Inquiry and Outdoor Ministry”

Montreat Degree: Bachelor’s in Outdoor Ministry
Graduation Year: 2016
Title: Graduate Student at Wheaton (Illinois) Graduate School

“Montreat College really challenged me,” says recent graduate Joshua Kilgo. “For instance, my Cultural Anthropology class with Dr. John Ellington and my Worldviews class with Dr. Brad Daniels challenged me to wrestle with my own cultural background and figure out why I believe what I believe. What parts of my faith are from my culture and might not actually be biblical? Why do I stand where I stand? I don’t think we ask these questions enough.” As someone interested in post-graduate ministry, these were particularly important questions for Josh. “It’s one of those things that can be challenging on one level, but then it’s kind of freeing on another level because it helps you leave behind bad habits or bad patterns of thought. It helped me see the Gospel in a new light.”

Joshua also took advantage of the many internship opportunities available through Montreat. He interned at Higher Ground Australia, and also with Montreat alum Jim Wood, founder of Wears Valley Ranch, a Christian home and school for children in crisis. “His program is exactly like something I’d want to do in the future,” Josh says. “The opportunities for ministry connections at Montreat were phenomenal.”