Brett, Army National Guard
I was already attending Regent University when I decided to join the National Guard and Army ROTC. Trying to balance the demands of school, ROTC and National Guard was hard work, but Regent had wonderful staff that accommodated any need a studying soldier might have. I received all the help and resources I needed from the university's military director in a timely, professional manner and promptly started training with ROTC. At first, I thought the work load was too difficult to handle. Yet, isn't that what it feels like when growing? Therefore, I found these challenges to be positive.
While taking classes, I sharpened myself as a future leader and built confidence and a networking base along the way. My tuition, housing and books? No matter. The benefits of being in ROTC and the National Guard paid for it all! The Lord provided through Regent and many other ways, and for that I cannot thank Him enough.
As a future Second Lieutenant with a BA in Cinema-Television under my belt, I am confident about the future. Looking back, I have undoubtedly changed for the better because of my decision to attend Regent University and its ROTC program. I would recommend it to anyone who has decided to attend school while training to become an officer. I have seen other schools and Army ROTC programs, and there is no doubt that Regent's is in the cream of the crop. It provided everything one would need for excellent academics, spiritual growth, social networking, and financial assistance. I cannot imagine graduating from anywhere else but Regent University.
Tanisha, U.S. Navy
I settled on Regent after visiting Facebook, which promoted Regent as being one of the top 'military-friendly' colleges in the nation. From there I ended up Googling as much information about Regent as possible, getting onto their website and clicking on 'Military Affairs.' I contacted their director of military and veterans affairs, Mr. David Boisselle, and he told me more about Regent, how it's not just your typical college, but how it helps you to increase your relationship with Christ as well as getting your education. Regent has prepared me academically based upon the challenge that it gives. The last session I took The Making of the Christian Mind and Philosophy. These two classes I thought were going to challenge me because I'm active duty and I worried that I would not be able to juggle military and college. But through the grace of God I was able to juggle both.
It helped me to know that I'm not just getting my bachelor's degree, but I'm doing it in God's favor and on His behalf. It makes you more fulfilled because you're not just learning, but also growing in your relationship with Jesus Christ. That's something that a lot of people who go to college - they just want to get a degree and money and advance in a career path, but Regent helps you to put God first and then everything else will flow: 'Seek the Kingdom first and everything will be added to you.' At Regent, I feel like I am advancing in my relationship with Jesus Christ as well as growing in an educational aspect. I know that attending Regent University is going to open up doors. I always wanted to be involved in making film, but I also want to model Christian morals and values. Attending Regent, I'm able to grow in a career that emphasizes Christ's work and purpose, and that's something that you won't find at your average college.
Lindsey Glodt, US Air Force Spouse
We have many choices when it comes to pursuing schools but none come close the prestigious status of Regent University. The school was highly recommended to me from a current student and after a bit of research, I found Regent to be a perfect fit due to the online and on-campus course offerings.
Being a military spouse has its challenges when it comes to trying to plan long-term goals; however, Regent University simplifies academic ambitions by putting the most educated staff in place. From the moment you send your application in, you are welcomed with open arms to a community that is dedicated to answering all questions, helping process all military paperwork and ultimately supporting all of your endeavors.
I thoroughly enjoyed my first semester here at Regent and have noticed the students that range in age, race, religious beliefs, and personal situations. I feel it is my calling to lead, assist, and support others and feel at home at the university.
My husband has been active duty in the Air Force for over 12 years. While we are unsure of where our military orders may take us in the future, one thing is sure-that Regent University will support us in our journey!
Bill Bishop, U.S. Navy Veteran
As a chief petty officer in the U.S. Navy on sea duty whose schedule was subject to constant change, I needed a master's program that was flexible. At the same time, I wanted to attend a university that was founded on biblical principles and recognized for its academic excellence. Regent more than exceeded those requirements and provided an academic atmosphere that was surpassed only by its commitment to Christian values. My professors cared more about me and my growth, both academic and spiritual, than they did about policy. They were guided by the Spirit, not procedure.
In addition to the wonderful education I received, Regent University provided an incredible opportunity to network and forge meaningful relationships through its faculty, staff, and leadership events. This unique experience became the impetus and basis for my book, Going Home: A Troop's Guide for Successfully Transitioning to the 'Real World' (https://www.createspace.com/3914433). Additionally, it evoked in me a passion for networking that I didn't even know I had and guided me to forming a niche in my doctoral studies in strategic leadership. Specifically, it led me to discover and develop the concept of servant networking and to a life of service to both others and God.
Jim Jameson, US Marine Corps Veteran
Regent University, with its caring professors, beautiful campus, and military friendly approach, was instantly a perfect fit for me. That said, it was the growing and impressive reputation of the MBA program that made my final decision to attend an easy one. My decision has been rewarded for the past 14 months with challenging academics and enriching activities - all with God at the very center of the University’s coursework, culture and activities. The staff at Regent made getting my military benefits easy, and even arranged a “Yellow Ribbon” scholarship for me. The Military Affairs Office hosts events and provides resources for both active duty military and veterans; there is a great military community feeling here.
I enlisted in the Marines in 1974 and retired in 2009. Over those years, I had the opportunity to serve with some great leaders. Similarly, here at Regent I have the opportunity every day to work and study with focused Christians leaders who will surely change the world.
Semper Fi, Jim
Jonathan Santiago, US Navy Veteran
Pursuing further education was not on my list of things to do, frankly . In the world of digital design and advertising, a solid portfolio and connections seemed more important than advanced degrees. Nevertheless, I now find myself just months away from finishing my M.A. in Communications from the Regent Com Arts School.
My journey started in the United States Navy. I served four fantastic years and left to finish my undergraduate degree at the Art Institute of California, San Diego. After that, I did various design and video jobs until I began working for an advertising agency in Virginia Beach - mainly as an interactive designer and video editor. It was here that I learned about the advanced degrees offered by Regent University. I took a trip to the campus and was blown away by the beauty of the school. What actually won me over to finally pursue an advanced degree was the professional resources offered by the Com Arts School, as well as the curriculum. Regent made getting my military benefits sorted out a breeze. They also continued to offer events and resources for military/veterans through out my time there.
God used Regent to expose me to the big building next door with all the satellites known as CBN. I've since began a career in the Digital Media Group of CBN, and continue to associate with Regent. Working with CBN was also not a place I thought I would be years ago, yet God has worked things out better than I could have done for myself. I'm thankful to Him and excited to see what is in store for the future.
Carlos Overton, US Navy Veteran
"The ten years I spent in the United States Navy helped me to develop character and integrity. Therefore, upon my decision to leave the Navy to pursue a college education, my goal was to attend a university that would foster an environment conducive to these same virtues while also providing me with a top-notch education. Regent University has more than exceeded these expectations. This wonderful university has allowed me to learn at a capacity fitting to my busy life style. The online classes and convenient evening courses the university offers allow me to be a single parent, full-time worker, and full-time student. Regent University does a great job at providing course loads that fit the individual’s schedule.
Regent University also provides superb professors who show genuine concern for the student’s overall learning progression. These professors are well diverse and knowledgeable in their subject matters. My experience as a student at this fine university has equipped me and given me the passion to continue my education at the graduate level, with hopes of being accepted into Regent’s School of Law. At Regent University, you will come in excited to have all of your educational needs met and leave having a clear vision and purpose for your career goals. "Christian Leadership to Change the World!"
Darren Paul Shearer, U.S. Air Force Veteran
"Upon arrival to Regent after four years of service in the Air Force, I had heard about the life-long support that veterans provide to each other after active duty. As a member of Regent’s military community, this highly underrated benefit of military service became a reality. Because there were fellow veterans in nearly every class that I took at Regent, there was no shortage of camaraderie and support from my classmates. When I published my first book during my second year at Regent, In You God Trusts: The Five Domains of Personal Responsibility, Regent’s Student Veterans Association staged my first book signing, which was a huge success! It is rare to find a closer bond among people than the friendships formed between Christian service members and veterans. Regent has cultivated a first-class academic environment in which these friendships can thrive."
DARREN PAUL SHEARER is the founder and president of Totality Fitness, an organization dedicated to helping people to become physically fit, financially free, and purpose driven. As a Captain in the United States Air Force, Darren earned the Commendation Medal for his meritorious service in Kuwait during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Darren has served as the Academic Writing Instructor at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA where he also completed an M.A. degree. He currently serves as a Totality Fitness Coach in New York, NY.
Alphronzo "Al" Moseley, U.S. Air Force Veteran
Regent's School of Global Leadership & Entrepreneurship alumnus Al Moseley of Albany, Ga. is Professor of Program Management and Performance Learning Director for Leadership and Management at the Defense Acquisition University, School of Program Management. He oversees curriculum revisions and new course development for the Leadership and Management portfolio that includes four courses and a team of 38 instructors. He establishes performance outcomes and performs competency gap analysis against existing learning assets in his portfolio, and he determines the most appropriate learning assets that meet the needs of the defense acquisition customers.
Tell us a little about your family background and what drew you to the U.S. Air Force and Regent University.
I’m a native of Albany, Ga. and the son and grandson of Southern Baptist ministers. My father was a pastor for over 40 years and a locksmith for the local military installation in my hometown, and he had his own locksmith business at home. Although my father worked three jobs to make a living for his family of seven children, we were considered poor by today’s standards. Furthermore, my mother did not work outside the home. It was only by the grace of God that five of seven children are college graduates.
Clifton Patterson, U.S. Army Veteran
I joined the Army in 2005 as a Chaplain’s Assistant to serve my country and be exposed to a unique form of ministry. During my service I took advantage of the opportunity to go to school when I could fit it into my schedule. I attended a nearby community college to find some direction and solidify my educational goals. Afterward I decided that I wanted to major in Biblical Studies—I found Regent University. I began to attend online while at Fort Benning, Ga. I was impressed with the online format that was offered. I quickly found that I was academically challenged more at Regent than the previous college I attended. The professors genuinely cared about my spiritual growth as well as my academic growth.
As the fulfillment of my military obligation neared, I started considering my next step. My wife and I decided to move to Virginia Beach to attend Regent University on campus. As soon as we arrived, two weeks later we discovered we were pregnant! I must be honest that the realization of a third member to the family was a bit daunting. I wondered how we would survive financially. But the Lord indeed provides.
I have found that the Post 9/11 GI Bill® has been more than generous at helping us maintain the financial necessities of our household on campus. Furthermore, I find Regent to be very military-friendly. They have partnered with Veterans Affairs to offer the Yellow Ribbon Program to military veterans, and this helps pay my full tuition. I am so thankful to attend this university. Regent appreciates our nation’s veterans and they do what they can to ensure an open door for veterans and active duty soldiers to study at this fine institution.
Saundra McDowell, U.S. Air Force Veteran
Before coming to Regent, I spent eight years in the Air Force. During that time, as I moved from base to base, I attended seven different undergraduate schools. I have wanted to be an attorney since Career Day in the fifth grade, but I didn’t know where I wanted to go to law school. God led me to apply. It felt like everything was so easy with the application process and even afterwards when I was accepted. It seemed like God really wanted me to go here. Once I started at Regent, I could see why. As I had experience with a number of schools, I could see right away that Regent Law's academic education was top-notch. I know I received a great academic education at Regent, but the best part was that I met my husband here! We met our first year and were in the same law classes throughout the three years. We were able to study together, take most of our exams together and even sit next to each other when we took the bar exam in Missouri. He is the best husband in the world, and I thank God and Regent for giving him to me. God knew what I needed in every way and knew Regent was the place I was going to find it.
Spiritually, I was re-saved. My husband and I were both re-baptized during our time at Regent. Regent helped foster spiritual growth through caring and compassionate professors and 10-minute devotions that start every class. The professors have open door policies where students feel comfortable walking in without notice to get help or just talk.
Regent provided everything I needed academically, financially and spiritually, to be a Christian attorney as well as a wonderful, Christian husband.
"GI Bill®" is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.