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Chief Shawn Reynolds and image of Temple, Texas Police Building Student & Alumni Stories

Police Chief Faces Challenge With Humility and Confidence

Shawn M. Reynolds (’04, MA ’06), CEO of Temple, Texas, Police Department, is not only a two-time MNU alum, he also served the university as an adjunct professor teaching the criminal justice course Policing in America. Previously Shawn was the Deputy Chief of Police-Operations for Olathe, Kansas, from 2016 to 2020 and Deputy Chief of Police-Administration from 2014-2016. more>

Matt and Hayley Reynolds relax in their renovated RV named Georgia. Student & Alumni Stories

Adventures on the Frontlines

Matthew (’17) and Hayley (Pankratz ’15) Reynolds, chose adventure when they bought a well-worn RV to rehab and accepted assignments as travel nurses in 2019. After finishing their first contract in Orange County, California, they are now in Everett, Washington, just 30 minutes north of Seattle. Hayley answered questions for the couple as they settled into their newest assignment at Providence Regional Medical Center.  more>

Elayna Bostwick photo Student & Alumni Stories

Just Doing What She’s Called to Do

Elayna Bostwick, sophomore, youth and family ministry Elayna Bostwick chose youth and family ministry for her major because of her passion to help adolescents. The MNU sophomore was called to ministry right before she started college and says, “God flipped my whole life upside down, but I didn't know what I was supposed to do with this calling.” A conversation with a close friend and an experience of stepping out in faith during a Winter Jam [Christian music] concert helped her determine how God was leading her to use her call. more>

Ramon Fulson outside Cerner's World Headquarters in North Kansas City Student & Alumni Stories

Pioneer Leading in Healthcare Information Management: Ramon Fulson

When Ramon Fulson (’08) first attended MNU on a football scholarship, he never imagined the impact it would have on his life. Now a lead consultant at Cerner, the health information innovation giant in Kansas City, Ramon reflects on his time at MNU. During his time at MNU, Ramon thrived as a sports management major and running back/defensive back for the Pioneers. He looks back on his time spent at the university with pride.  “MNU gave me the ability to grow,” Ramon says. “I learned countless life lessons there.” more>

Brian and Joy Miller with New Horizon horse and rider Student & Alumni Stories

Alums Become Ranchers to Share God's Love

Because we serve an endlessly creative God, there are endless ways we can serve Him. Brian and Joy Miller’s service takes place on a ranch. Brian, who graduated from MNU in 1995, and Joy, a 1999 graduate, own and operate the New Horizon Ranch located about 30 miles south of Olathe in Rantoul, Kansas. This is not your average ranch, offering riding lessons for all. No, New Horizon Ranch is a therapeutic horseback riding center that offers lessons to anyone with a disability: cognitive, physical, or emotional.  more>

George Panebianco with family members at graduation celebration Student & Alumni Stories

Korean War Vet Earns Degree at Age 85

George Panebianco is a former MNU student from the ’80s, who never completed his degree. The 85-year-old Belton, Missouri resident, is a Korean War Veteran who initially planned to earn a degree in Spanish. A few months ago, when thinking about that unfinished business, he called his alma mater to see if it would be possible to complete a degree. Due to health concerns, he is home-bound now and MNU no longer offers the Spanish major. He wondered if there was anything that could be done. more>

Josiah Crandall talks with a crew member while shooting his short film, The Library. Student & Alumni Stories

Media and Storytelling, a Ministry

Josiah Crandall ('13) recently transitioned from working 9-5 at a creative agency to producing and directing his own short film. His MNU family has been integral in his success as a professional and media creator. Originally from the Wichita area, Josiah says he remembers the feeling of stepping on campus for the first time.  more>

Kathy and GW Weld at their Eudora, KS Coffeeshop Student & Alumni Stories

Coffee and Connection Provide Alum’s Unique Ministry

Exposed brick, decorative tin ceiling tiles and original plank floors tell the story of a 1915 variety store now home to Zeb’s Coffeehouse in Eudora, Kansas. Owner Kathy (Matney ’13) Weld serves coffee and ministers to Eudora’s community there.  She didn’t plan to be a business owner when she graduated from MNU with a degree in youth and family ministry. In fact, she served as youth minister at a local church for seven years. Realizing God was leading her in another direction, she wanted a “unique” ministry but didn’t know what that would look like.  more>

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Fall 2020

With gratitude we present this issue featuring God’s blessings in allowing MNU students, faculty, staff and administration to be on campus and in classes during the pandemic. Many institutions were not that fortunate. Read all about it and enjoy surprising news about increases in enrollment and other progress happening during this unprecedented time.

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