From the Students: Christian University at Gardner-Webb

Gardner-Webb's Christian foundation is important to students
in unique ways. Hear from current students about what it means to them.

Jonathon Rhyne, Freshman Marketing/Journalism

“I know that on my bad days, I am loved by a bunch of people who I don’t even know… Here, people do care about you, and they don’t even have to know your name.” (More)



Hannah Ray, Sophomore English

“Everything falls under that umbrella of 'Why are we doing this?' and a Christian University has the responsibility to do it because they’re trying to glorify God in all that they’re doing.” (More)


Jeremiah Hamby, Senior Psychology

“It’s more than going to Church on Sunday; it’s living in a community of Christian believers in everyday life and being intentional, being vulnerable with them, and the atmosphere at Gardner-Webb has really shown me that…” (More)


Caitlyn Brotherton, Senior ASL

“That’s what college is all about: figuring out what you want to do and who you want to be, and when everyone around you is pointing you towards Christ, it’s a lot easier to be focused on him.” (More)

Degree Completion Program Helps Student Begin Career in Education

Elementary Education

Benjamin Abee (’17)

Benjamin Abee (’17)

“I have strengthened my leadership capabilities from a plethora of newly obtained knowledge about implementing change, adult learning theory, instructional practices, and assessments, just to name a few topics. Most importantly, I have developed the confidence to pose questions about my concerns as a graduation coach to administrators, district level staff, and even people at the state level.”

Benjamin Abee (’17) of Trinity, N.C., took a job in manufacturing when he graduated from high school, but he dreamed of leaving a legacy. “I wanted a long-lasting career that impacted the world, not just another job,” Abee stated. “So, I chose to become an educator. I have always enjoyed working with kids, and I wanted to hopefully make an impact in the world by leading the next generation as a teacher.”

He started looking for a flexible online program, because he works full time and has a family. He found Gardner-Webb’s Degree Completion Program through an Internet search and liked the options. “I had friends who knew about Gardner-Webb as well,” Abee offered. “From what I had read and seen, I felt like Gardner-Webb was the college for me. Being a Christian-based school was also a plus.”

Although classes were online, the professors helped students feel connected with each other and with campus. “My professors used Zoom meetings (video-conferencing website), which is a great way to feel connected,” Abee explained. “Also, any events or meetings on campus were brought to my attention. I have also been able to interact with on-campus students in meetings, homework and message boards and Twitter.”

Abee is excited and prepared to begin student teaching. “Not only have I learned how to be a great teacher, but I have learned how to be professional, organized, and confident in my abilities,” he affirmed. “The classes are thorough and well designed to give the student an abundance of knowledge for the classroom. The professors have helped me to find my voice, my passion and my abilities to become a great educator. They are teaching us how to effectively research, problem solve, design lesson and unit plans, and most of all, teach and lead students to success.”