Published Date: August 18, 2014
Matthew Crews' mother started taking classes from UD's School of Ministry his sophomore year of high school, so when it came time for Crews to look at colleges, she suggested UD. Crews plans to major in pastoral ministry, a relatively new major at UD (it was first offered starting in 2011). While his mother is no longer taking courses from the School of Ministry, now his father is.
For the past three years, Crews has attended Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts, a public charter school, after spending his freshman year at Nolan Catholic High School. At Nolan, Crews played the saxophone in the marching band, and at the Academy of Fine Arts, he played in the orchestra. He transferred to the academy because he felt there was greater opportunity for him as an instrumentalist during his high school career.
As a public school student, however, Crews' study of theology was confined to church. He is excited to be able to take theology courses again at UD as part of his daily curriculum.
When Crews was in elementary school, he first started to contemplate the priesthood and religious life. He then became involved in the youth group at his church, and this got him thinking about youth ministry. While there's still a lot he wants to learn, he thinks that his future career will lie in this area.
"I want to find out more, and I think UD's the best place to do that," said Crews.
In the youth ministry at his church, St. Bartholomew in Fort Worth, Crews has helped organize and start various programs, including the Youth Board, in which representatives from different grade levels in the parish advise the youth minister and also participate in service projects.
Additionally, Crews is an Eagle Scout. At UD, he plans to explore the wide variety of extracurricular activities offered and also hopes to continue playing his saxophone.
"After talking with some UD students, I know there will be plenty of opportunities for me to keep playing, so hopefully that could be an option for me alongside my pastoral ministry studies," Crews said.
Crews is excited about the opportunities offered by college in general.
"I'm looking forward to seeing new people, getting in my own environment and really growing up," said Crews.