Tom Oord

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Hometown

Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

SCHOLARSHIPS I RECEIVED

Honors Scholarship
Dick and Hilda Addink Scholarship
Alumni Grant
Distance Grant
Canadian Grant

FAVORITE SPOT ON CAMPUS

Fourth row, right-hand side of the B.J. Haan (stage left)

FAVORITE CLASS

Theo-351 Gospel, Church, and Culture or Theo 241 Foundations of Worship

A CONCEPT THAT BLEW MY MIND

The historical orthodox Christian faith is so much wider and more diverse than anyone ever told me.

COOL THINGS I DID AT DORDT

I led a small group with one of my friends and I was able to be a youth pastor for two years at a local church because of a class I took at Dordt. Once those two years were over, I was nominated to the office of elder at the same church and was able to serve in that capacity. I was a teaching assistant for two and a half years for five different professors (sometimes all at once!) and became a research assistant for a project that took us to Liberia, Mexico, India, and all over Europe. There are so many amazing opportunities at Dordt.

OBSTACLES I'VE OVERCOME

The lesson that has been the hardest for me to learn is this: there is nothing to prove. God isn't playing that game, so why should I? Clinging, earning, comparing, ranking...it's all so exhausting. Jesus put an end to that way of doing things, and so should we.

HOW DORDT IMPACTED ME

My experience at Dordt has been the greatest catalyst for change in my life, as well as the biggest paradigm shifter in my worldview. I've had the absolute privilege to have some of the greatest mentors you could ask for and had really wise (and incredibly patient) people speak into my life.

WHERE I AM NOW

I won the Girod Fellowship, which is a full-tuition scholarship at Western Theological Seminary, and will mean I will be working closely with, and researching for Dr. J. Todd Billings—he wrote a lot of the textbooks we use in the theology department, so that's going to be a wild ride. The purpose of being a Girod Fellow is to be cultivated into a pastor-theologian, which is what I hope to be, so that really works out nicely. I also plan on continuing to work on a research project about missions with some of the faculty at Dordt.

WHAT I WOULD TELL PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

It may seem weird or awkward at first, but it's a really good idea to establish relationships with your professors and professors from other departments. All of the professors that I have gotten to know on a personal level are absolutely amazing people that you will be more than lucky to have speak into your life. Also, I get that people in campus ministries can seem intimidating—but they are all really wonderful and incredibly human people. Feel free to talk to them about the problems in your life. Also they like talking about movies and pop culture just as much as you, and are always down to just hang out!

HOW DORDT HELPED ME DO MORE

My first year at Dordt I was a business major and I left my freshman year with a GPA of 1.7. It was bad. It had nothing to do with the excellent business department here at Dordt, and everything to do with me being a terrible student. After changing my major to theology, and applying myself I began to excel in classes—which is great. But, if it wasn't for the experiences, opportunities, and mentors that Dordt provided me I would not be able to be where I am today and have a clear path of what I am doing in the future.