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Alumni Stories

BJU alumni are transforming their communities and their workplaces around the world in a myriad of roles. Read our alumni stories below to learn more.

Hear what our alumni have to say about BJU's impact.

These stories share alumni work achievements, reflections on the BJU experience, and service contributions.


Alumnus Stands in the Gap for Bahamas Disaster Relief

When disaster struck in the northwestern Bahamas, Philip Karnes flew into the disaster-affected area to deliver 8,000 pounds of necessary supplies.

Becoming "Uncle Charlie"

There were two things everyone who knew Charlie VanderMeer knew without question: “he loved kids and he loved Jesus.” Throughout his life, he found a way to combine both loves into a ministry in which he poured his heart and soul.

God’s Providence on Display

When they met during college at Bob Jones University, Travis and Emily never expected their journey would lead them to the NICU.

A Lifetime of Ministry

"The only thing I ever wanted to be was a nurse. I nursed my brothers and sisters and even the pet goats. My mother made me a uniform just like the African nurses and I was able to stand on a stool and observe my father do surgery on leprosy patients."

Serving God at Sea

“It’s not natural to be sealed inside a steel tube and submerge yourself! It takes faith in God and the engineers,” he laughs. Initially, Nathanael considered declining the offer, but these opportunities were, after all, why he was here.

Music, Math, and Faith

It’s not often that you meet someone who excels in both numbers and the arts. But for Jeff, there’s never been a question that both music and math would play integral roles in his service to the Lord.

A Lifelong Passion for Camp Ministry

Nestled in the breathtaking mountains of Utah, Camp Utibaca was Caleb’s home away from home, and many of the most important moments of his life took place on the campgrounds.

Clinging to Faith in the Face of Adversity

God is all-powerful and when he has a child in the midst of a trial, he is always there. We just have to see him through faith.

From Washington to Washington

“We wanted a working retirement, something like a small farm where I grew up.” But here on the northernmost tip of Washington state, Dan and his wife Janet began dreaming, and that dreaming turned into bigger plans.

Called to Public Service

When Cherith Norman Chalet steps into the storied halls of the United Nations building, she knows that she is doing work that will make a difference at home and in countries around the world.

Recent Graduate's Success in the Accounting Industry

Alumni stories and success are something to be shared. Read how this recent graduate is excelling in the accounting industry.

Last Father's Day

What he has given us is a personal perspective of how a man with a living faith anticipates dying. While the temporal becomes very impractical, the eternal is always pertinent.

Declaring the Glory of God with Astronomy

I have a calling to do this. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t fascinated with astronomy.

Forming Beauty from the Clay

Yet that’s exactly what she found herself doing in Oxford, England, in September of 2013.

Perspective — Seeing the world through little eyes

He’s standing only three or four feet from the ground, looking up at tall buildings that “scrape the sky.

Animal Keeper, Trainer and Art Instructor

As a zookeeper at the Creation Museum’s petting zoo, she is responsible for 20 or so animals.

Internship Sparks New Goal — Fighting Illiteracy

Set a goal, develop a plan and then go for it. That has been Kristen’s philosophy for most of her life.

Stronger Together

The Bob Jones University Alumni Association is here to support, encourage, and engage with all graduates to continue their connection to the university and lifting up the education they received to benefit those that come behind them. Discover how YOU can get involved!


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