By: Michael Guyer
My name is Michael Guyer. I am currently working on my Ph.D. dissertation in biblical studies. I graduated with an M.Div. in advance biblical studies in 2012. I am married to my wife Emily of six years and we have a three-year-old daughter. I serve as the minister to students at Open Door Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. I am also in the process of leading a church planting team to Ann Arbor, Michigan. We will move to the area in the summer of 2018 and begin working towards planting Treasuring Christ Church. Our desire is to see Jesus Christ treasured in Southeast Michigan, North America, and to the ends of the earth. I would love for you to join us by praying that God would prepare our team to be sent, that God would prepare a people for us to reach in Ann Arbor, and that God would provide the resources needed to see this work established and flourish.
I came to Southeastern over seven years ago as a result of seeing the combination of faithful biblical exposition and passion for global missions in Dr. Akin’s leadership. This season has proven to be most formative in my life and ministry. So, if you are preparing to study at Southeastern, I could not be more excited for you. You will get to study under an exceptional faculty, live on a beautiful campus, and be a part of God’s mission of advancing the gospel among the nations. Since Southeastern is about equipping students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission, I would encourage you to be about those two things. Get connected to a healthy local church and give yourself to making Jesus Christ known in Wake Forest and to the ends of the earth. Once you commit to a local church, find ways to serve faithfully while you study. Seek wisdom from your pastors and professors as you discern God's calling upon your life. Be fully present in your local church, engaging in reaching your neighbors and participating in the work God is doing where you are. Too many seminary students miss God’s purpose while they are in seminary because they are set on what they want God to do with them after seminary.
Along the way, make sure you pay attention to what you believe and how you live. Many have stumbled in godliness on the way to becoming a master of divinity. Devote yourself to studying and obeying God’s Word not merely while you are in seminary, but for a lifetime. If you do this, you will not only benefit from your time at Southeastern but Southeastern will be proud to send you wherever God calls you to go for the glory of King Jesus.