Kent is a college student at USF in Tampa, where he is studying to be a music major. Three random facts about Kent are, (1) he plays 10 different instruments, (2) he had perfect attendance in kindergarten, and (3) he can probably clap faster than anyone!
Every week he has made the commitment to come home and serve in the student ministry here at Church at the Mall. He does this not only to build relationships with the students and serve in this way, but to also have the accountability of the local church. Kent shared about the struggles of college life. Many times education goes completely against the grain of Christian principles—not only the college environment, but also in the textbooks. Kent says that in order to be a strong leader, you need to be held to higher standards, and be willing to be accountable as your disciple the younger generation. This comes back to who you are making friends with and who you spending the most time with.
Kent was asked what amazes him most about God. He replied, “God has a purpose for everyone’s life, even if you think it is small, God doesn’t.”
How has God helped Kent define relationships—whether they are healthy or unhealthy—with purpose? He replied, “God’s Word tells us what is right and wrong. Be observant to situations and listen to God. Make a commitment to know the Word and make your relationship with God more important than anything in this world. Be willing to love people enough to say, “No,” to sin. Also, take every opportunity to share your faith. It’s about choosing the pursuit of God by intentionally seeking to influence, and be influenced, by Godly relationships with people.”
Kent’s favorite verse is: “For since He Himself has now been through suffering and temptation, He knows what it is like when we suffer and are tempted, and He is wonderfully able to help us.”—Hebrews 2:18 The Living Bible