AGTS Student Perspective: Shaundes Wilcox
Name: Shaundes Wilcox
Graduation Year: 2023
Major: Master of Divinity with a Military Chaplaincy focus
Current Position: Oasis Refuge (working with teenagers who are survivors of human trafficking). I serve as part of the direct care team.
City and State: Currently in Springfield, MO but originally from Miami, FL
Tell us about your career and what you do now.
During my undergraduate experience, I had the privilege of interning in diverse communities in Massachusetts, California, and Pennsylvania. These internships focused on working with people from different cultures. I decided to study Intercultural Ministries for my undergraduate degree because I knew this would help me become more comfortable working with all types of people as a future military chaplain. It has been such an enriching experience these past four years. Last fall, after moving to Springfield, I was presented the opportunity to work with teenagers who come from a traumatic background. I have been working at Oasis Refuge for seven months and God has shown me so much about compassion for individuals, not generally but personally, and loving them with His love. I work closely with our residents and I enjoy seeing God work even in little ways. This is a quality that I know contributes to the future God has called me to while serving with the Air Force.
What is your favorite memory so far from AGTS?
My favorite memory, beyond the awesome things I am learning in class, has been being part of the student-led community group. Going out and sharing hope with others has been so enriching. We are loving people as God loves them and meeting them where they are at. We have seen God manifest His love in the midst of darkness.
How is AGTS helping you identify/develop your calling?
AGTS has allowed me to zero in on the specifics of my calling. I have learned how to look at my strengths and use them for the glory of God. I have been taught to look at my weaknesses and improve them. I have been taught the beauty of working alongside members of the body of Christ with a focused goal of seeing God’s kingdom come here on earth as it is in heaven.
How is your experience at AGTS preparing you for life after graduation?
AGTS has shown me the importance of living and teaching Biblical theology. I’ve also learned about the importance of investing in the next generation. I’ve also recognized the importance of acquiring both knowledge and practical application as I use what I am learning.
What advice would you give someone considering going back to school?
Just take the first step! God will order every step that follows. Though graduate school may seem intimidating, there are so many people here who thrive on helping you succeed. AGTS is not just a school, it’s a family!