Ian Kearns: Meeting Needs

Ian Kearns: Meeting Needs

As a Sports and Health Science major focusing on pre-physical therapy, Ian Kearns has been able pursue his love of learning and heart for ministry at the same time.

Ian KearnsWith a desire to help people in need, Ian came to BBC torn between two points of interest. He was able to unite those areas and follow a path that allows him to help both the physical and spiritual needs of hurting people.

While on campus as a student, Ian was widely involved in student organizations and dorm leadership. Now a recent graduate, he plans to attend Gannon University in Erie, PA. to pursue more education the field of physical therapy

He and his wife Hannah live just outside of Erie in Panama, NY, where they attend and serve together at Panama Baptist Church.

While attending Defender soccer and basketball camps and Teen Leadership Conference, I realized BBC was a place I could learn and grow in my faith while receiving my academic education.

I am continually striving to grow in my relationship with God, having had many peaks and valleys in the past. I came to faith in Jesus Christ at age 13 during a week of Bible camp. Prior to that, I was consistently attending church with my family. However, it wasn't until my week at camp that the truths of the gospel became real to me. I was able to comprehend why Christ died, and my need for His grace. From all of my time as a Christian, I have seen first-hand how God cleaves to His children.

Feeling torn between my love for science and my love for ministry, I switched my major several times. It took me a while to realize that the two can indeed be meshed. I began developing an interest in physical therapy, and it was around that time BBC began to expand its Sports and Health Science program. So in my senior year, I entered that program with aspirations to use the physical therapy field to help people with their physical needs while taking opportunities to share the gospel in any way possible with them.

Because of the Health Application course in the pre-physical therapy track, I was able to experience a total of 200 hours of in-clinic observation both at local physical therapy clinics as well as alongside BBC's athletic trainer, Ronnie Chastain.

My heart goes out to people in physical pain. I have always wanted to actively help those with injuries and disabilities. Physical therapy is one way in which I can meet those needs while also developing friendships and gospel-sharing opportunities - meeting their spiritual needs while healing their physical needs.

The science professors challenged me to critically and scientifically analyze the material being taught with a biblical worldview. They provided me with the tools to seek out and understand the reasons why I believe that God is the author of science. Not only were they academic leaders in my life, but also true friends and mentors.

As a student I was involved in several aspects of life on campus. I was a counselor for summer camps, played soccer my freshman and sophomore years, served one year with Summer Crew, and was a barista in the Underground Cafe for three years. I was also of the part of Student Leadership Council as the intramural coordinator for Loescher Hall, social coordinator my sophomore year, and Resident Assistant during my junior year.

Living with other brothers in Christ in the dorm, growing and keeping each other accountable, was a great experience. We studied together, played together, and prayed together. The people I lived with in the dorm will be lifelong friends.

At some point in my life, I would like to own my own clinic, with the help of my wife, Hannah. Wherever God has us, I want to be actively growing in my field, as well as serving in short term medical missions.

Learn more about the Sports and Health Science major here.

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Posted on: 7/10/2014 10:25:41 AM

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