Meet 10 alumni who are leading lives of significance. As they heal bodies and minds, spread the gospel and empathy, and fight human trafficking and pornography, they stand out.


XXX Interceptor

After earning a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Michael Holm worked for the National Security Agency for three years before joining Covenant Eyes, a company that helps people avoid pornography by offering online activity monitoring software.


Doctor in the (White) House

An emergency physician in the Air Force, JoAnna Jackson is serving a three-year term as part of the White House Medical Unit. She was named the White House Military Office Field Grade Officer of the Year for 2018.


Modern Slavery Fighter

Alyssa Currier, assistant special counsel for the Human Trafficking Institute, fights trafficking in Kampala, Uganda, advising law enforcement and prosecutors how to investigate and convict perpetrators.


A Clean Start

Motivated by his childhood experiences, Christian Butler seeks to help addicts come clean at New Start Recovery in Southern California.


Following God's Call

As global technology adviser at Pioneers, Jennifer is in charge of keeping the organization’s communications systems running smoothly and securely, which can be a challenge in countries that are hostile to Christianity.


Realism Plays a Role

Broken Nose Theatre founder Ben Brownson has had a hand in producing, directing, writing and acting in many of the company’s award-winning plays, which aim to amplify underrepresented voices and cultivate empathy.


Good Medicine for Kids

As a child life specialist at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Rachel Kinsinger often uses a teddy bear with kids to prepare them for upcoming procedures. Kinsinger was Northwestern’s nominee for the 2020 Council for Christian Colleges & Universities Young Alumni Award.


Transforming Leadership

As chief operating officer of the Reformed Church in America, Jill Ver Steeg bridges the operations and ministry sides of the denomination with a passion for adaptive change and leadership development.


Brain Trainer

Recognizing that students learn best when multiple areas of the brain are activated, Aleen Wolken creatively integrates brain-based learning activities into her second grade classroom.


Hope for the World

The president of Words of Hope, Jon Opgenorth directs an international media ministry that uses local leadership to share the hope of Jesus in the heart languages of hard-to-reach places.

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