Religious Studies

Charles Sadler

My hometown when I was a student was

Macomb, MI

I graduated in

2014

I studied

Religious Studies and Minored in Philosophy

I currently live in

Harrison Twp, MI

I am now

CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) Intern

Since graduating from Alma

I went to Princeton Theological Seminary for three years and graduated with Master of Divinity in May 2017. Since then, I moved back to Michigan and I have been pursuing ordination in the PCUSA with the Presbytery of Detroit. I have worked some odd jobs while at school and out of school but most of those were not related to my educational interests. I had three internships while at school that were tied to my degree. Two of the internships were at churches (one in Grosse Pointe Michigan and the other was in Philadelphia) and the other one was working with the Hands-On-Mission organization of Detroit.

My Alma education

It was crucial to me when I was at Princeton. I found that it gave me a foundation that not a lot of my seminary peers could not match. It is still important to me in my current ministry at Beaumont Health in Royal Oak. I can still recall elements of my education from my different religion classes that assist me in connecting with people of different faiths and different denominations of Christianity.

My favorite place(s) on campus included

Chapel, Library Stacks, 3rd Floor of SAC

My favorite professors(s) included

Dr. Blanchard, Dr. Dixon, Dr. Stratton, Marcus Richter

My most vivid/best memory of my time at Alma is

There are a few of my classes that stand out and that are recalled in my professional life: Jesus in Film and REL 400. I remember Chapel nights. I remember lots of piping as well.

What I've been doing with music since I graduated:

I still play my Bagpipes and I mostly play them at churches.

My off-campus study experience(s) included

I studied abroad in Scotland my Junior year. It was a lot of fun and I made friends who I keep in contact with. However, I went at what I now see as a bad time in my education. I was interested in getting three majors while at Alma: Religious Studies, Philosophy, and History. I needed to start attaining credits toward the history one when I went to Scotland. I was less interested in class while there and did not achieve good educational success. While I loved my Scotland study abroad and it was a great addition to my education, I should have gone earlier or pursed general education requirements rather than crucial credits for a degree. I’d recommend studying abroad to everyone, but I’d recommend going early in your four-year school career and having a lighter class load, so you can really enjoy the cultural opportunities available in places aboard.