Senior Pastor, Saar Fellowship
Graduating Class of 2019
My name is James Travis and I pastor an international church in the Kingdom of Bahrain1. I have been studying with CCU for four years now, and am eight weeks away from submitting my last piece of work in the M.Div. program.CCU has been, and continues to be, a huge blessing for me as I have walked the path from pastoral intern to senior pastor, and God has consistently used the classes I have taken to impact my ministry life, and personal life too.The ordering of classes has been something so providential that it could not have been planned. Early on I took lots of Biblical Leadership classes, and these helped tremendously as a pastoral intern when dealing with people and all that comes with our fallen human condition. Someone once told me that people are the best and worst part of the ministry, but having taken Biblical Leadership classes I was better prepared to deal with that!As I began to serve as assistant pastor, God ordered my study to focus on the -ologies; Theology, Christology, Pneumatology, Ecclesiology, and Eschatology. Becoming more pastoral and didactic in my role at church came with the need to truly understand what I was expositing and teaching to those God had put under my care, and the classes I took could not have prepared me any better, both practically and academically.As I then transitioned into the senior pastor role, my classes covered topics like Church History, multiple Counseling areas, and two classes of Greek. These again came at the time I really needed them. On the one hand my exegetical study was going deeper each week and the need to understand the original languages became more evident, and at the same time I was spending more time with people in both formal and informal counseling situations. The Divine timing of taking classes was just incredible and truly shows what a personal interest our awesome God takes in our individual lives.CCU has been a faithful friend with whom I have walked the last four years during my transition from pastoral intern to senior pastor. I have been challenged, convicted, and comforted exactly when those things were needed, and there is no doubt in my mind that God works through CCU, its staff, its students, and the classes that are offered here.