Alumni Serving Domestically & Internationally

Andrew Case ('10) - Oaxaca, Mexico

Andrew Case and his wife, Bethany, live in Mexico as Bible translation consultants. Andrew served for several years with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Equatorial Guinea. We asked him a few questions about his ministry and if he had any advice for current students:

When and how do you feel you were called to this particular ministry?

There were several key factors that God used. First, John Piper’s biographical sermon on Martin Luther made me realize I needed to study the original languages, which led me to seminary. Second, reading the journals of Jim Elliot in Shadow of the Almighty made me want to use the Spanish that I had from growing up in Mexico to serve God overseas in Bible translation. Finally, I realized how crucial Bible translation was to the Great Commission. You can’t really plant healthy churches that will persevere if you don’t give them a Bible they understand.

How did studying at Southern prepare you for this ministry role?
Studying at Southern taught me how much I didn’t know, which is one of the most important things for anyone in ministry. Southern also equipped me with a solid foundation in theology for facing trials. Over the years I’ve seen how many missionaries quit because of shallow theological foundations and inadequate views of the sovereignty of God. I also took every single class that Dr. Gentry offered, even if I had to audit it, which prepared me well to work in translation.

What advice would you give current students who may be unsure of what exactly they want to do post-seminary?
Don’t stress out about it. God usually waits till the last moment to provide or guide, just like at the Red Sea. He didn’t tell them months in advance that they’d walk through the sea on dry land. So wait on Him, pursue your joy in Him, and He will direct your paths exactly when you need it. And think about what’s most strategic for the Kingdom, not what you see everyone doing that’s comfortable. Find something that no one else is doing, and if it matches your gifting, go for it.

You can find out more about Andrew and Bethany’s ministry here.

Joshua Hutchens, Ph.D (’18) - Malawi

Joshua Hutchens, Ph.D., is an alumnus of Boyce College and Southern Seminary serving in Malawi as the founder and president of Gospel Life, an organization that partners with 160 Baptist churches in Malawi and Mozambique to glorify God by growing disciples who make disciples and serve their partner churches by training current and future pastors, assisting churches in evangelism and church planting, and serving their communities through mobile medical clinics.

When and how do you feel you were called to this particular ministry?

When I was 14-years-old, God called me to preach the gospel at an M-Fuge camp in Mobile, Alabama. Obedience to God’s call led me at different times to serve a two-year term as a missionary in Moldova and to pastor two churches in Kentucky for six years. While pastoring in Kentucky, I went to Malawi for the first time on a short-term mission trip to teach pastors, and almost immediately my wife and I sensed that God wanted us to dedicate our lives to this ministry. After a few more trips and seeking answers from the Lord on how we could follow him here, especially with an autistic child, we found God making a clear path for us to serve him in Malawi.

How did studying at Southern prepare you for this ministry role?

During my time at Southern, I focused my energies on learning the biblical languages. There are a lot of topics you can learn later in life through books or conferences, but the only place that you will really learn the biblical languages well is on campus. When I teach pastors in Malawi, I rarely tell them what the Greek or Hebrew is doing because they only have access to their Chichewa translations, but knowing the original languages allows me to teach with greater precision, clarity, and faithfulness.

What advice would you give current students who may be unsure of what exactly they want to do post-seminary?

The Lord is your Shepherd. If you humbly and prayerfully seek his guidance, he will take you where he wants you to go. But he never takes you on the  direct and easy path. God prefers the winding and difficult way so that we will keep our eyes on him instead of the destination. Trust him, and all will be well.

You can find out more about Gospel Life and Joshua’s ministry here.