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Alumni Highlight: James Mayville ’22

Aaron Helm March 9, 2023

James Mayville graduated from Criswell College in the spring of 2022 with a major in PPE (Philosophy, Politics, and Economics). Since he was 15 years old, he has felt a deep calling from the Lord to dedicate his life to his service and Kingdom work. He knew that pursuing a degree at Criswell would equip him with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue that calling.


He first heard about Criswell from his home church pastor, Dr. Mack Roller, who is an alumnus of the College and has served as a trustee. His endorsement of the College and the high caliber of education it offers made a significant impression on James. He is grateful for his recommendation, which ultimately led him to attend Criswell College.


James’s favorite memory at Criswell was every moment he spent working to build the Student Government Association, paired with working in Student Services for Vice President of Student Affairs and Communications Luis Juárez. Additionally, every opportunity he had to be in an independent study course with Dr. Seitzler, due to the size of the PPE program, was often a highlight. His education at Criswell College has had a profound impact on his life and ministry. It prepared him to be a peacemaker in an industry that, frankly, is often run by chaos and mistrust.


If you desire to go into ministry, James’s advice would be not to resist the complexity of the definition and context of what “ministry” is and where it takes place. Ministry takes place not only in our churches but also in our homes, schools, places of business, while pumping your gas, buying a gallon of milk, and even in politics. He has witnessed this firsthand and encourages you to remain open to the diverse opportunities to serve others and share the love of Christ.


Learn more about Criswell’s Philosophy, Politics, and Economics program:

Criswell College admits students who are Christians of good character, without regard or reference to race, national or ethnic origin, color, age, disability, or sex (except where regard to sex is required by the College’s religious tenets regarding gender and sexuality) to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of these classifications in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.