According to new alumni board member Joshua McCauley ’14, Shenandoah helped him reach his career goals through the inspiration provided by professors and mentors.
They taught me that whatever I do, I need to do it with passion and joy.”
McCauley is currently the youth director at Community of Faith United Methodist Church and is working towards a Master of Divinity at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. McCauley felt called to youth-based work in part because of his mentors at Shenandoah, Dean of Spiritual Life Justin Allen and Vice President for Student Life Rhonda VanDyke Colby. “I am brand new in my position, but every week has been rewarding for me as I am getting to use what I have learned from Shenandoah and am learning at Wesley.” Attending graduate school while working is tough for McCauley, but he states that the rewards far outweigh the challenges.
It is important to stay active and to give my time to SU because of the experiences I received at Shenandoah. I want to see the opportunities that I had continue on for the students to come.”
McCauley is most excited to return to campus and reconnect with the faculty, staff and students present, as well as returning to Winchester for the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival in early May.
“Some of my fondest memories include traveling to several countries including Haiti, Scotland, France and the Bahamas.” During the trip to Haiti, McCauley was part of a team helping to establish a victim of the 2010 earthquake back into her home setting after physical therapy in Winchester. In Scotland and France, he went on pilgrimages for spiritual reflection, learning and growth, and the Bahamas was a faith-based mission trip where he worked with Bahamas Methodist Habitat and with an organization that houses persons living with HIV and AIDS. While at Shenandoah, McCauley was also involved in a number of student organization he looks back on fondly, such as the Student Government Association and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
“I am a huge outdoors guy. I love hiking, camping, fishing and hunting. I enjoy going to sporting events and really enjoy spending time with friends.”