Meet Our Seminarians!
Hello! I’m Megan Swett, a discerning postulant in the Diocese of Atlanta, who started the M.Div. program at Candler in the midst of a global pandemic because…. God just won’t let me wait. A little about me – I was brought up in Winter Park, Florida, but my home of true becoming is Western North Carolina, where I went to college (Warren Wilson College) and met my wife, Amanda. We have called the Oakhurst neighborhood of Decatur, GA home for the last 15 years, and have a six-and-a-half-year-old daughter named Addie who keeps us constantly on our toes. Our family also enjoys the inexhaustible affection of our cattle-dog mix, Grits. I love making pizza for Friday night dinner, hiking in the leaf-dappled sunlight on a mountain trail, appreciating the beauty of language, and of silence, and I am constantly inspired and renewed by the heart and hope of the truth tellers, justice seekers, and peacemakers among us. After a career working in philanthropy and nonprofit management, the call to ministry has become too persistent to deny any longer - in a haze of anguish for the future of our planet, it became clear that pivoting to a vocation of proclaiming the good news of God’s grace and love was my next right thing. How do those connect? For me, the embodiment of God’s love in the person of Jesus Christ binds us together, and the reality of our inextricability from one another is the source of both the greatest challenge and greatest joy in our human experience of this life. I am so excited to be with you all (virtually, for now) at Holy Trinity Parish where I hope to learn and nurture what makes your faith flourish and how the spirit moves in this community.
Greetings Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Decatur! My name is Christian Foster and I am from St. Francis Episcopal Church in Macon, Ga, and am a recent Sewanee graduate, where I majored in religious studies. I am currently pursuing an MDiv at Candler, and I am looking forward to meeting all of you, even if virtually for starters. Having just begun my seminary journey, I am sure that I have much to learn from the Holy Trinity community, and I am excited to go on this new adventure with you all!
For me, Jesus is a guiding light through the world, as well as a caring and loving friend along the way. My hope during my time at Holy Trinity is to learn to see Christ in everyone in the community, and to see how I can learn to better reflect Christ myself. I do find God in other aspects of my life, gardening being one of those activities I enjoy doing in my free time. The outdoors has always been my comfort place.