The Forge is not just for those who are looking for a vocation in ministry. The Forge is a program for men and women who are looking to grow spiritually and be good stewards of God’s design. Since the Forge began in 2005, we have seen our alumni graduate from the program and pursue careers in everything from ministry to serving in the armed forces. We’ve selected a student from each class to highlight so you can see the wide variety of directions our alumni pursue after graduation.
Loren is living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana currently serving as the 11th grade Bible teacher at The Dunham School. He’s enjoying his new marriage to Rachel and becoming a part of south Louisiana culture. He worked at Pine Cove for seven years as well as with the Boys & Girls Clubs of East Texas before moving to Baton Rouge. He’ll tell anyone who asks him that the Forge has been instrumental in shaping the leader he is today.
Danny is in Revenue Management with Southwest Airlines, which is a great company and role for him to fully embrace his ever increasing nerdom. He and his wife Ali live near Denton, Texas, and are members of The Village Church in Flower Mound. With the recent additions of their two children, Caleb and Hannah, life is very busy but full of joy!
Caitlin began graduate school and got married immediately after the Forge. She now lives in Dallas with her husband, Matt “Buck and a Half” Clyde, and her twin sons. She works full time as Mommy and as a Physician Assistant in Inpatient Cardiology at Children’s Medical Center. Lessons from the Forge continue to daily influence her leadership at home as a wife and mother and also at the hospital as a medical provider and coworker.
Inspired by his time with great teachers in the Forge, Ben Humeniuk has since pursued a career in education and nonprofit ministry. After serving in various educational and communications roles at Waco ISD, Stonebridge Church, and the Stoller Foundation, he’s taken a position teaching high school English at Conroe ISD. Ben is also an avid cartoonist, and is currently working on illustrating his second graphic novel. He, his wife Christin, and their two children make their home in Houston area.
Brooks and Hunter Beless met through the Forge program and were married after Hunter’s graduation. God used the program to solidify His calling in both of their lives. Driven by justice and integrity, Brooks now strives to live out his calling as a man after God’s heart in the US Army. Hunter supports him by managing the home, discipling their little girl, Hadley, and through building discipleship relationships with other military spouses. She also writes for Deeply Rooted Magazine, a Christian women’s theology magazine.
Since the Forge, Lacey Garner has worked in full-time children’s ministry and taught music at a Title I elementary school. She is currently working at home, using her gifts to create a nurturing environment for her new son and inviting others to find hope and home with their family. She and her husband Jesse (Forge class of 2007) enjoy welcoming Forge students into their home on a regular basis.
Jim works for an insurance company in Dallas. He teaches, recruits, and develops his agents to build their own successful practice. His inside sales role allows him to utilize his leadership gifts and caring personality to relationally invest into his agents, while coaching them to lead and care for their clients. By living out his identity in the business world, Jim is able to show his co-workers that their value doesn’t come from their performance.
Barbara graduated from the Forge in 2013 and now works for Mind Dance Marketing, serving as the Brand Manager for Chick-fil-A Houston and Chick-fil-A St. Louis. The lessons learned in the Forge of hospitality, service, excellence and stewardship continue to be valuable as she serves the Chick-fil-A brand and her sphere of influence at work and in everyday life. She seeks to live out her identity as a stranger on earth looking forward to her heavenly home. Barbara lives in Houston, Texas with her husband, Logan.
James lives with his wife, Laurie Anne, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He works as a carpenter/contractor for Creative Custom Carpentry, a Christ-centered company. Here he gets to use his work to share the gospel with clients and coworkers alike, as the Forge helped prepare him to do.
After the Forge, Jessie got to follow one of her dreams of living in Jerusalem. She teaches English with STEP International, a community and business development organization in East Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Through her work in these communities, she gets to build relationships with her students and their families in order to share the gospel and build discipleship relationships. Her time in the Forge helped her understand her gifting and build a vision for what God has called her to in the Middle East.
Darian is finishing up his senior year at Angelo State University. The Forge offered him clarity in a future career path, as well as a deeper understanding regarding his design, personality and what it looks like to walk in that. He is currently discipling two college freshman and a high school senior, and actively looks for opportunities to point people to the faithfulness of their Heavenly Father.
Making the sacrifices required to do the Forge and setting myself apart for eight months was the best decision I have ever made with my life. Looking back, the obstacles I faced to enter the Forge seem minuscule and insignificant compared to the growth that took place in my life during that time.
Daniel, Class of 2007
I can’t think of a better way to have spent the last 8 months than at the Forge to prepare me for graduate school. The Forge will prepare you to lead and disciple wherever you go.
Ryan, Class of 2011
After one semester, my mom declared that God was saving my life through the Forge. It’s true; I can’t imagine where I would be headed without the guidance and direction offered through the various facets of the Forge.
Kara, Class of 2011
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