To Glorify God by Training Christian Leaders to Reach a Multiethnic Urban World for Christ

At Crossroads Bible College, we believe that people who are committed to and dependent upon Christ are what’s most important about any educational institution. It’s with this conviction in mind that we’ve created this Crossroads Bible College series Getting to Know… Today we get to know one of our CBC alumni, Theron St. John. 

CBC: “It’s great to connect with you, Theron. What years did you attend Crossroads Bible College, and what was your program of study/degree/major?” 

TSJ: “I had the privilege to attend Crossroads from the Fall of 2010 to the Spring of 2014. My focus was a Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Leadership which included a rigorous two years of Greek and one year of Hebrew.” 

CBC: “What first attracted you to CBC?” 

TSJ: “There were three major things that attracted me at CBC. The location, finances, and doctrine. The college is in close proximity to where I live so I was able to commute my four years at Crossroads. The college also was, financially, more affordable than other colleges I looked at. Finally, the sound doctrine of the college was a major player in coming here. It is really the only Bible college in this general area I knew I could be confident in being biblical.” 

CBC: “What did you most enjoy about your studies at CBC?” 

TSJ: “Since CBC is a smaller school, I would say the relationship with the professors and students was one of the greatest joys from my time there. The emphasis on multi-ethnicity really opened my eyes to the world around me. The priority of discipleship was seen not only from theory in the classroom, but also from practice outside of it. In particular, Dr. Piotrowski really had an impact living out what it means to be a disciple and make disciples.” 

CBC: “What one class or one lecture/lesson from a class at CBC did the Lord most profoundly use to impact your life and ministry?” 

TSJ: “The one class that most profoundly impacted me was Hermeneutics. Within that course, the one lecture that has changed my life was the lesson on the redemptive-historical, or Christological, context of Scripture. Understanding the Bible through the lens of gospel centrality has changed the way I not only read God’s Word, but also how I live my life. I see how the gospel impacts everything and, in large part, it was because of that one lecture in that class. I would say Introduction to Philosophy was a close second, equipping me to discern and develop a biblical worldview.” 

CBC: “How are you now using your training from CBC?” 

TSJ: “I am helping teach others how to study and apply the Bible accurately and how to see life through the lens of the gospel. My training from CBC is also being used in coming along the Body of Christ and counseling those who need direction and discernment from God’s Word.” 

CBC: “So, give us your ‘elevator speech’: What’s your 30 second or 30-to-50 word summary that captures the essence of Crossroads Bible College? Or, what’s your 30 second or your 30-to-50 word summary of why a student should consider attending CBC?” 

TSJ: “Crossroads Bible College is an institution that both teaches the truth of Christ and shows the love of Christ. They want to see lives transformed by the gospel. That is why a student should consider attending CBC.” 

CBC: “Where do you pastor/minister, how long have you served there, and please tell us about your pastoral/ministerial role at your church.” 

TSJ: “Just recently, I became the associate pastor with Blue Ridge Christian Union Church in Shelbyville, Indiana. This involves discipling the youth, but includes preaching and teaching adults as well. Shepherding is, likewise, a major part of the role as the Word of God commands for church leaders to watch over God’s people and care for them.” 

CBC: “Do you have a favorite Bible verse or passage that has been meaningful in your life? Why does it mean so much to you?” 

TSJ: “There are so many to choose from, but Philippians 1:21 is the first that comes to mind. ‘For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain’ pretty much captures what I long to say by God’s grace. I want to treasure Christ so much that, for me, it does not matter whether I live or die, but that God would get glory. To live is to bear fruit by being and making disciples of Christ. Yet, to die is to be in the presence of our Lord and Savior. Either way, if Christ is my treasure, I win.” 

CBC: “How can people be supporting you in prayer?” 

TSJ: “First and foremost, people can be supporting me by praying for me to be a faithful ambassador for Christ. That is the call we’re given and we need to take it seriously and humbly. Secondly, they can be praying for me as I continue my education with Capital Seminary and Graduate School. Endurance, diligence, and faithfulness will all be needed for that.” 

CBC: “Tell us a bit about your family…” 

TSJ: “I am currently unmarried so I do not have a wife or any children. Nevertheless, I do have my parent, three siblings, two which are married, and am expecting a niece in February 2015. Both of my parents are on disability as they struggle with their health. To say the least, I am blessed to have the family I do.” 

CBC: “What do you like to do for fun?” 

TSJ: “I enjoy spending time with family and friends, whether that is playing board games or watching movies. Moreover, I enjoy reading and writing. Since graduating, I have made it a priority to blog by writing weekly devotionals, periodical articles, and book reviews. My heart’s passion in it is to help Christ-followers learn what it means to live as stewards of the gospel. My blog can be found at”

CBC: “Thank you so much, Theron, for making the time to help our readers get to know more about you and your ministry at CBC.” 

Crossroads Bible College

To Glorify God by Training Christian Leaders to Reach a Multiethnic Urban World for Christ

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