Raiders Stand Out

President Greg Christy


Our promise to prospective students is this: You will stand out here—and be empowered to lead a life of significance. We are called to stand out, not for ourselves, but because excellence honors God and serves others.

There are countless examples of recent graduates I encounter in my travels across the U.S. who stand out by living faithful lives and making a difference. Chris ’17 and Allison (Te Slaa ’17) Sietstra grew up in northwest Iowa. They were both highly involved in campus ministry and SSPs, served as tutors, and participated in athletics. Chris is a senior tax accountant with EY (Ernst & Young) in Minneapolis, and Allison is a medical/surgical nurse at North Memorial Hospital. Together they lead a small group at their church in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. They are an example of alumni who stand out in their community, workplace and church.

Another example is Stephan Sanford ’18. Stephan came to Northwestern from Southern California. He majored in elementary education, participated in football, and traveled on SSPs to New Orleans and Jacksonville, Florida. Those experiences prepared him to teach and coach youth.

Stefan says his faith grew during his time at NWC. A verse he lives by is Exodus 14:14: “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Stefan had to be independent growing up, but Northwestern helped him take a leap of faith and trust God to fight for him instead of doing everything himself. Now he serves as a role model for students at Storm Lake Elementary in one of the most diverse school districts in Iowa.

Raiders lead and serve, are smart and strong, courageous and faithful, and perform and win—not for ourselves, but because excellence honors God and serves others. Raiders stand out!

Greg Christy

Greg Christy

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