Green Scholar's Initiative Selects SNU Grads for Oxford Program

          Two students from SNU’s School of Theology and Ministry, along with their faculty mentor, have been awarded Scholarships to Oxford University in Oxford, UK for the Summer of 2014. Kelcie Exline, a 2011 graduate of SNU and current Nazarene Theological Seminary student, and Austin Troyer, a Senior Theology major, have been awarded a scholarship opportunity that exceeds $20,000 for their study in Oxford.

Pictured are:  Dr. Marty Alan Michelson, Kelcie Exline, and Austin Troyer

Working with Dr. Marty Alan Michelson, Kelcie and Austin are among a select group of students receiving generous sponsorship provided by the Green Scholar’s Initiative (GSI). Hundreds of student scholars made application for the 35 slots available. "It's an honor to have two SNU graduates selected for the premier Biblical Studies program sponsored by the Green family,” said Dr. Loren Gresham, SNU President. “Our congratulations go to Kelcie and Austin, and to their mentor, our Professor of Old Testament, Dr. Marty Alan Michelson.”

The GSI is part of the broader work of the work of the Green Collection, owned by the owners of Hobby Lobby, who are also building a yet-to-be-named Museum in Washington D.C. that will be the focal point of the Bibles and Bible related material they own. The Green Scholar’s Initiative facilitates the work of teaching scholars like Dr. Michelson, whose task is to work directly with young scholars in collaborative and hands-on engagement with genuine antiquities and artifacts associated with the Bible.

The students will experience daily lectures and study opportunities by world-renown Bible and Theology professors and have the opportunity of working with ancient Biblical manuscripts and Jewish scrolls. Research tours in June and July will include various locations in Oxford, including research at the Bodleian Library, access to Cambridge, and research and reading at the British Museum and the British Library.

Southern Nazarene University founded in 1899, has a mission to transform lives through higher education in a Christ-centered community. As a Christian community of scholars, we model the hospitality of grace, the pursuit of truth and the practice of discipleship, all within the Wesleyan-holiness tradition, as we prepare graduates who THINK with clarity, ACT with integrity and SERVE with purpose.