Alumni Spotlight

Benjamin White

Benjamin White, of Greenville, SC, graduated from Campbell University in 1999 with a double major in Religion and Business Administration. Today, White is a phenomenal professor at Clemson University, where one of his highest professional accomplishments, thus far, has been helping start the B.A. in Religious Studies program. His experiences as an undergraduate student at Campbell helped prepare him for such an endeavor. White says, “I see myself now in so many of my 18-year-old students at Clemson.  So certain about the world, but having encountered so little of it.  I’m a better teacher of these kinds of students because of my experiences at Campbell. Campbell’s program in Religion provided a place where I could, for the first time, begin to think about my own religious tradition from a critical perspective.” White encourages prospective students to consider study in the field of Religion, “the quintessential interdisciplinary humanities degree.” He continues, “It touches on literature, philosophy, theology, language, politics, and more.

Do you want to become a better writer, a clearer thinker, and a more careful interpreter of texts, then major in Religion.

These are skills that are transferrable to most jobs…They will set you apart from your peers who have a “skill,” but who lack the real tools for success in a world in which micro-economies come and go.  And beyond any monetary gain, being a religion major prepares you for civil discourse – the foundation of democracy!”

 

Ashley Maddox

Ashley Maddox, of Wilmington, NC, works as a law clerk to a United States District Judge. Maddox worked all through high school with a local family practitioner thinking Pre-Med was the path for her. She quickly learned that Religion was the track she would pursue.

“Law School is a lot of memorization, application, and writing. These were all things that I became proficient at while majoring in Religion at Campbell.”

This preparation paid off immensely once Maddox reached Law School. She graduate top ten and top 10% of her class. She looks fondly upon her time at Campbell, remembering the “personalized attention and education [she] received.”

 

Donald Penny

Donald Penny began his undergraduate career knowing he wanted to study religion but having no idea that one day he would join the faculty of his alma mater. As a 1970 graduate, Penny has seen Campbell “experience phenomenal growth…

Still, at the heart of it all, remains the College of Arts and Sciences with its continuing commitment to the classical core disciplines.

Campbell will do well to sustain and nurture this commitment.” Penny reflects on his time at Campbell saying, “…I not only learned good content, but also I learned how to study, how to do research, and how to write – in short, I learned how to learn.” Following his career at Campbell, Penny received a Master of Divinity from Southeastern and a Doctor of Philosophy from Emory University. Penny is a Professor of Religion, teaching Greek and New Testament Survey. He is a proud father of three and grandfather of three, residing in Lillington, NC with his wife, Sugg Penny.

 

Patricia Greene

Patricia Greene came in to Campbell’s undergraduate program knowing she wanted to pursue a degree in Religion. She continued on with her studies at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA, earning a Master of Divinity. Greene is now a Chaplain Resident at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC. She encourages students to “[g]o into your Religion classes with an open mind. It is likely you will learn things that challenge your understanding of your faith – but that is good!

Allow your faith to be challenged…allow your faith to evolve…

for through and in that challenge and evolution, you will grow. Follow your passions and enjoy your time...My time as a religion major opened my eyes to historical, biblical, and theological framework of the faith that I had claimed as my own all my life. I was able to explore Christianity in new ways and came to have a deeper appreciation and love for the church and God.”

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Dr. Glenn Jonas
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jonas@campbell.edu
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