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For Prof, Teaching Is the Vocation

Jacob Lett
Student & Alumni Stories

Jacob Lett (‘10), visiting lecturer of theology, ministry student advisor

Why I teach:

Being able to interact with students, engage with the concerns of the rising generation, and grow mentally and spiritually alongside students is the driving force behind Lett’s love of teaching.

“In our technology-driven culture, there is a growing need to establish one’s worldview in the teachings of the Christian faith. I couldn’t think of a more challenging and rewarding vocation,” he says. 

Recent Work:

Lett recently published research on how God can act in the world given the laws of nature and human freedom.

“I attempted to explain God’s providence and miracles in a way that was faithful to theology and contemporary science. Currently, my research is focused on the doctrine of atonement. It attempts to answer some pretty important questions, such as why someone had to die for humanity’s sins, how one death could be effective for all humans, and how the work on the cross relates to modern life.”

Personal:

Born and raised in Cimarron, Kansas, Lett was a self-described “rascal of a kid.” The young educator managed to quell most of his youthful angst when he enrolled as an intercultural study major at MNU. It was there he met his wife, Whitney (Martin ’10).

After graduating in 2010, Lett’s love of traveling abroad and his vocation found a welcome confluence. The young graduate and his wife accepted a teaching position in China, a place which profoundly affected both of them, and one to which they often dream of returning. In 2011, the couple returned to teach at MNU.

After long days of teaching and other academic work, Lett and his wife Whitney choose to spend their down time cooking, going on long walks and reading books. When the couple is fortune enough to get a vacation, they both still enjoy traveling abroad.  He also enjoys working with wood, shooting hoops, and is an avid fan of Jayhawks basketball.

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