Garreth Tiefenbach

Pastor
Christian Ministries, B.A. '13
Biola taught me that the questions that I struggled with actually had answers and that I could be confident in what I believe, that it's the most factual and logical thing to believe.

How did your program at Biola prepare you for your career?

The classes taught me to think pastorally and professionally. Leadership Development and Organization and Administration taught me professional and business skills to navigate the church office and organization effectively and to stand out among my peers. CM Discipleship, Spiritual Formation and Psych of Learning and Development taught me to think appropriately about how people grow and learn to follow Jesus. Ministry Skills and Advanced Studies helped to figure out the fundamentals and practical aspects of ministry. Methods of Bible Study taught me to read and study the Bible, crucial to ministry success.

What did you appreciate most about your time at Biola?

The classes and professors that answered my questions about faith in Jesus, the Bible, creation etc, and taught me to follow Jesus and succeed in ministry.

How did Biola equip you to be a more faithful follower of Jesus Christ?

Biola taught me that the questions that I struggled with actually had answers and that I could be confident in what I believe, that it's the most factual and logical thing to believe.

What advice would you give to students considering your degree program?

Enroll! It's a phenomenal program and really teaches you what you need to succeed in ministry.