LSTC is a very Christ-centered place. The spiritual side of what happens here is as important as the academics. Even in the advanced studies classes, we'll have a deep academic discussion and then the professor will ask, 'What does this mean to us as a believing community?' What we learn is not just an academic exercise, it needs to apply back to us as a faith community.
Student Profile: Chingboi Guite
Chingboi Guite’s call to theological study came slowly and over time. “I grew up in a Christian home and had my own Christian experience when I was a teenager. I was involved in my church and thought that I would continue to serve as a volunteer while I pursued a secular career.”
As Chingboi earned her undergraduate degree in zoology, “it came to me that I should study theology.” Unsure of this call, she pursued three options while she prayed and discerned where God was leading her. Chingboi took the exam to enter graduate school in zoology and also the one to study theology as she looked for a job.
Following her desire for a cross-cultural experience, Chingboi applied to Tokyo Christian University. “There were delays with my visa, but it all worked out at the last minute. My mother said that it showed that this was what I should be doing. I felt very privileged. Not many people from my region of India have this kind of opportunity to travel and to study,” she says. Chingboi received a full scholarship to study at Tokyo Christian University.
While there, she found a mentor and a desire to continue her studies in theology. Both led her to Chicago. “I wanted to do an advanced theological degree in English and I couldn’t do that in Japan. My mentor in Tokyo had studied at the University of Chicago and knew of the ACTS system here. He recommended that I apply to schools in Chicago.”
Chingboi received a scholarship from McCormick Theological Seminary, where she earned an M.A. Her mentor recommended LSTC to her for Ph.D. studies in Old Testament.
“The professors at LSTC are very understanding. I come from an evangelical Baptist church and am preparing to go back to meet the needs of my church. The faculty understand this. They are open to helping me to strengthen what I want to say rather than telling me to do things a certain way. I want to contribute in a meaningful way to what my church needs.”
While attending McCormick, Chingboi began working at the Language Resource and Writing Center shared by LSTC and McCormick. She helps other international students get oriented academically and to understand the requirements for doing graduate-level research papers.
“The community here is very welcoming and open. The community is very attentive to the international students and to our needs.
“LSTC is a very Christ-centered place. The spiritual side of what happens here is as important as the academics. Even in the advanced studies classes, we’ll have a deep academic discussion and then the professor will ask, ‘What does this mean to us as a believing community?’ What we learn is not just an academic exercise, it needs to apply back to us as a faith community.”