I am one proud wife! A week ago my husband graduated from Emerson College with a Masters degree in Broadcast Journalism.
When I told my second graders that Mr. Nyakairu was graduating on Sunday, one little girl said with great surprise “your husband hasn’t graduated yet?!” Her surprised reaction changed to an impressed “wow” after I explained that it was in fact my husband’s fifth graduation.
1. Shoreline Community College
2. Bachelors degree in Religious Studies at Seattle Pacific University
3. Masters of Divinity from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary
4. Masters of Theology in Preaching from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary
5. Masters of Broadcast Journalism from Emerson College
My husband loves to study, learn, and grow. He is constantly listening to podcasts and books to grow as a leader.
When Stephen was in seminary, he would get up early in the morning to eat breakfast in the cafeteria. He knew that Haddon Robinson, a professor of preaching and interim president of Gordon Conwell, would be there. Stephen would join Dr. Robinson for breakfast. My husband surrounds himself with great leaders. Dr. Robinson would give Stephen tapes of his sermons. Stephen would listen to these tapes to learn and grow from a great preacher and leader.
My husband is a pastor. Why did he get a degree in Broadcast Journalism? Dr. Robinson was actually the one who suggested this degree to Stephen. One logical step after the seminary degrees would be to continue on for a PhD. Yet another option that Dr. Robinson suggested was to pursue a degree in communications. Stephen learned Greek, Hebrew, and studied the Bible in great detail in seminary. Even after graduation, he continued to go back to seminary each semester for one free class.
My husband’s passion is for people to experience a changed life through knowing God and His Word. His desire is to preach and teach in a clear, compelling manner. This Broadcast Journalism degree allowed my husband to grow as a communicator in his speaking and writing.
Graduating from Gordon Conwell and Emerson College allowed my husband to have strong credentials in both the secular and christian world.
I am proud of my husband. I am proud of who he is as a pastor and leader. I am proud of his accomplishment in graduating from Emerson.
What I love most about my husband is his heart. His prayer and desire is that God uses all of his life experiences, education, and knowledge for His glory and to further His kingdom. I look forward to seeing how God continues to use my husband!
Side Note: Now that my husband has graduated, he will have more time to write on his blog. You can check him out at stephennyakairu.com.
A big thank you to all of our family and friends who joined us for this celebration! I am grateful that Stephen continued to go back to school so I could finally be at one of his graduations as his wife!