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Alumni Highlight: Omar Rivera ’21

Aaron Helm May 25, 2023

Omar Rivera, a recent graduate of Criswell College, is already making a significant impact in the ministry field. Graduating in 2021 with a double major in Biblical Studies and Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE), Omar’s education has equipped him to become a better scholar and leader. 


Omar first felt called to ministry in 2016, after a conversion experience. It was then that he decided to pursue his passion for theology and ministry and attended Criswell College after hearing about it from a friend. 


One of Omar’s fondest memories of Criswell was the close friendships he made while discussing various subjects such as theology, philosophy, history, and more. He attributes his academic and spiritual growth to the guidance and mentorship of professors such as Dr. Graham, Dr. Larsen, Professor Watson, Dr. Warstler, Dr. Sanders, Dr. Streett, and Dr. Spencer. 


Omar’s Criswell education has had a profound impact on his ministry and career. His understanding of the complexity of theology and philosophy has allowed him to better serve his community, and his pastoral mindset has helped him to become a more empathetic leader. 


When asked about his advice to young individuals interested in ministry or a Christ-centered career, Omar highlights the importance of taking various fields such as languages, music, literature, art, theater/plays, cinema/movies, theology, philosophy, and history seriously. He believes that understanding these fields and their intersection with theology and ministry will make individuals better servants of God. 

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