World Changer Stories

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Read the stories—and inspiring dreams—of some of Regent's emerging World Changers, provided below:


Living a Childhood Dream

Jessica Torres-Cedillo

Jessica Torres-Cedillo, '18
Student, College of Arts & Sciences (minor: Biophysical Sciences)

Jessica dreamed about attending Regent since she was nine years old. "The Lord put a dream in my heart. ... With the faith of a child, I specifically asked Him for a full scholarship." In the fall of 2014, Jessica's childhood dream was fulfilled when she enrolled in Regent's Biophysical Science program at the College of Arts & Sciences. "Now that I'm here," she says, "Regent University is cultivating a strong foundation for my faith and equipping me to impact the world for Christ." Jessica insists she would not be a Regent student if it weren't for donors faithfully and generously supporting the university: "This scholarship is not just a financial blessing, but it's the means by which God is fulfilling His purposes in my life."

Answering God's Call

Jacob Ragsdale

Jacob Ragsdale, '14 & '18
Alumnus, College of Arts & Sciences (major: Biblical Studies, minor: Leadership Studies)
Student, School of Divinity (masters)

While in high school, Jacob says God called him into ministry: "I started looking for a university that stood firmly on biblical truth, had a thriving campus spiritual life, but had a strong commitment to academic excellence and rigor. When I visited Regent, it was exactly what I was looking for."

While deciding to attend Regent was easy, figuring out how to pay for it wasn't. But through the generous financial support of donors, Jacob earned his bachelor's degree in 2015 and is currently pursuing his master's in divinity.

"To the donors who made my scholarship possible ... thank you for your generosity," he says. "Your gifts have a direct impact on the lives of students, like me, who are being shaped by His work in this place."

For an Audience of One

Rachael Monnin

Rachael Monnin, '17
Student, Schools of Government and Law

Rachael was inspired to study law and government by her parents' missions work in Central America. The former Texan says being exposed to other countries made her realize: "I want to do what I can to promote justice and mercy in tangible ways."

When Rachael heard about Regent, she was impressed by the faculty and had a sense of excitement and anticipation about attending. But there were obstacles to overcome: "The financial assistance I've received has been enormously important to my ability to attend Regent."

Now, just months away from entering her final year of law school, Rachael is grateful to the donors who helped make it possible: "Every day, I'm reminded that it's because others listened to a prompting from God that I'm able to be hands and feet in the body of Christ."