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Trinity Academy 2017 Annual Report

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THE GESSNER’S STORY

THE GESSNER’S STORY Story 3 The Gessner Family (Spiritual Formation) stewarding hearts, cultivating joy MEET THE GESSNER FAMILY (TED ‘15, ANNA ‘19, EMILY ‘22) Three Words to Describe Trinity: Grace-filled, Community-driven, Culture-engaged Ted’s College: University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill ‘19 Ted’s Majors: Geography and Chinese Ted’s Trinity Involvements: Soccer, Basketball, Tennis, House Head of Urquhart Ted’s Fun Fact: Lived in Kenya for two years The Gessner Family has been cared for and supported by the Trinity community for more than 12 years. Both Rick and Sarah distinctly recall the outreach from faculty, staff, friends, and families during their two years living in Kenya. The support in this season even included a summer trip by Trinity students and faculty to serve alongside the Gessners. The whole family has benefited from the overwhelming love that is associated with this community of faith and learning. 6 Dr. Sarah Gessner describes the goals of Trinity’s spiritual formation through Christian education as two-fold: first, educate students from a Christian worldview and second, teach students how to think critically, so they can, in turn, go into their spheres of influence and be winsome and effective in sharing the Gospel with others. Students are encouraged, even required, to think about and discuss difficult, confusing issues in our world - they are presented with issues and supported as they work through them, but never told what to think or say. Dr. Rick Gessner credits this model for effectively preparing their oldest, Ted, for the challenges and opportunities he is facing in the university setting as a student at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. “Ted has continued to seek to grow in his Christian walk while in college, which is a time filled with unbelievable pressures and influences, many of which come from professors and the administration. Because of Trinity, he knows what it means to think critically about issues that are presented to him, both in the classroom and without,” Sarah Gessner reflects. ” Ted is not satisfied with pat answers or simplistic explanations. He is comfortable discussing big issues with all sorts of people on campus. He grew his early involvement with CRU, a campus ministry, into a leadership role this year pouring back into others as a Bible study leader.

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