It was about a month after I graduated with my BA in Business Administration when I preached the message “Keep the Dream Alive.” I was talking about Jacob and encouraging the graduates to reach for their goals. In that message I stated that within 10 years I would have my PhD. In what I didn’t know. It took me 5 years before I started working on my Masters; however, 8 years later I have obtained a PhD in Ministry.
Firstly, I’d like to thank God for being with me through this journey. There were some frustrating times and times I felt like giving up but I was determined to finish the journey I started and it was definitely God’s grace and wisdom that brought me to where I am. Secondly, I’d like to thank my mom. She was my biggest cheerleader. She was murdered a little over a month before I graduated from undergrad yet she was so proud of me. She always introduced me to her friends as a pastor even before I was ordained as she saw the call on my life. Mom told me once I should be a doctor. She meant medical doctor but when I looked at the process I wasn’t interested in going to school all those years and deal with some of the things they deal with. Yet, because she believed in me I kept my course and although I was burned out and tired of school after my Masters I pressed for the PhD. Thirdly, I’d like to think all those that truly believed in me and who celebrate these moments of achievement with me. Lastly, I’d like to thank Chrisette Michele for making great music. Many nights I was up writing papers listening to her, getting revelations on my life and finding motivation that gave me the energy I needed to meet that midnight or 7am deadline. Indeed she’s one of the greatest artists or our time and can sing the heck out of anything. She’s creative and classy! Grateful I got to meet her in person recently after the many tweets over the years 🙂 . Oh, I also want to thank Mrs. Darla Church. A teacher I had in high school. I’ve always been smart but after taking the college Biology class in high school I wasn’t sure I’d do well in college. However, she encouraged me to go & assured me I’d be fine. Here I am 13 years later with a PhD. I could have been a medical doctor right?!?!? LOL
This journey I’m on is full of surprises and I’m enjoying the ride. Getting my PhD is far from the end of the story! Great things are to come so stay tuned and watch what God is going to do through me!
Dr. Mindy A Butler