Leadership Profile: Alex Sprague
As a Student Ministry Coordinator and the vice president of the Interfaith Council at Alma College, Delaware sophomore Alex Sprague knows a thing or two about leadership.
“I never would have thought I’d be vice president of a club as a sophomore, which speaks to the small school atmosphere,” he says. “Leadership isn’t based on seniority here, but rather on your own interests and ability to lead. You are able to have many experiences.”
Sprague says he thinks he’s a good leader because he is able to listen to people and try to meet their needs accordingly. His extracurricular involvement is a great example of his flexibility.
“Chapel worship is contemporary, and I’m from a traditional worship background, so I’ve had to evolve to fit the needs of Chapel,” he says. “I’ve become more open-minded to different styles of worship, which enables me to better lead the group. Working with other faiths that people may see as “wrong” or “weird” through Interfaith Council also requires understanding and tolerance.”
After Alma, Sprague, a political science and religious studies double major and Alternative Break fan, plans to attend seminary and become an ordained pastor. He is confident that his worship planning experiences will help him lead his future congregations, he says.
“I’ve gotten to do hands-on work, so I know the necessary steps of planning a good service,” he says. “Being a pastor is very people-oriented, and at Alma, I’m learning to work with many different people on campus. No matter what job you’re going into, you’re going to have to work with people, and Alma is very good at helping give you the skills to work with others well.”