As part of the teaching team at Newbreak Church in San Diego, Brayden Brookshier writes sermons and sermon outlines, blog posts, online courses, and small group study guides. And he uses his master’s degree in New Testament from Johnson every day.

Most students who pursue online degrees choose colleges and universities close to home, but Brayden did his research and selected Johnson after 18 months of considering his options.

“I wanted a program that had academic rigor in New Testament and also offered Greek,” he says. “The option for Greek exegesis classes was the selling factor for me.”

Brayden also used his writing skills in the research concentration of the program, completing a 100-page thesis on Romans 8 as his capstone project.

“I liked the freedom to explore topics and texts we found especially interesting,” he says. “Assignments were meaningful but flexible. I also found the professors engaged and accessible even though it was an online program. They all had their own style; some recorded video lectures and others offered Zoom sessions for discussion, but they all used the online platform effectively.”

Brayden’s newest writing project is his book Flash Theology: A Visual Guide to Knowing and Enjoying God More, which released in March.