Student Profile: Chris Seo '14
Though Chris Seo '14 grew up in a Christian household, he did not develop his own faith until well into his high school years. "I wouldn't really say I was a Christian until two years ago," he says. "However, I can definitely say that God used the Church to bring me to salvation. Not only was it the medium that God used to bring me to Himself, but it was also instrumental in my growth." With the help of various leaders at New Life Presbyterian Church in Escondido, California, Chris began to see the beauty of Christ and threw himself into the study of scripture.
As he graduated from high school, he was accepted for admission to Covenant, but lacked the funds to attend. He took a year off to work and began helping at his church's youth group. "God used that year to stretch me and teach me what it means to be a servant leader," says Chris. "The other leaders knew they needed the gospel just as much as the students. They stood beside them, not above them, and pointed them to the Savior. When I realized this, I was able to follow their example."
At the end of that gap year he was finally able to enroll at Covenant. His home congregation's participation in the Church Scholarship Promise program made Chris eligible for a grant equal to 12.8% of his tuition. This also allowed him to apply for the competitive Church Involvement Scholarship, worth $11,000, which he was awarded. Now majoring in interdisciplinary studies, Chris plans to attend seminaery after graduating. "I don't know exactly what I want to do in the Church yet," he says. "Whether I'm a head pastor, youth pastor, or an elder teaching a bible study, my mission will be to point believers and nonbelievers to the only comfort in life and death, Jesus."