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CLASS OF 2016
Abigail Manes graduated from Wayland in the spring of 2016 with her degree in math education. However, her classroom is rather different than a traditional teaching position as Abigail is now a children’s minister at First Baptist Church in Muleshoe, Texas -- a dream she found during her many years at Wayland. Indeed, Abigail first visited Wayland when she was in the fourth grade as a participant in the state Bible drill. Later, she attended recruiting days with her youth group and eventually chose Wayland as her new home.
“I came for a tour with (my mom) and absolutely fell in love with the place. Shaney (Brewer) was my recruiter and she helped me along the process every step of the way. It was a perfect fit for me. I immediately met people who were my family, and I loved having that experience before I even officially got here.”
Many of these experiences include Abigail’s growing love for children and a desire to care for the younger generation. She quickly added religious education as a minor and worked as an intern at a local church while completing her degree. In the end, her religion courses and vocational experiences helped shape her future.
“(The classes) really helped shape me as a minister. It’s wonderful being able to sit down and talk with other students who are in ministry positions as well and just bounce ideas off each other,” she said. “I love how the whole department has just covered me in prayer.”
While Abigail is thankful for the lessons she has learned at Wayland, she is also thrilled to have done so without signing for a student loan. Through Wayland endowed scholarships, a centennial scholarship, and a Pell grant, she was able to finish her degree and avoid the weight of debt that many students face.
“Because of this, I haven’t had to work as much, so I can focus on my studies and the ministry to my kids…. I’ve been able to pour into the lives of the next generation, and that’s something I wouldn’t have been able to do if I had to get a full-time job outside of school.”
While Abigail was sad to say goodbye to her Wayland family, she looks forward to the opportunities her faith-based education offers her. With the exemplary education, vocational internships, and ministry experience she found at Wayland, Abigail is ready to pursue her dreams of teaching and ministering to the youth around her.