Student Makes Public his Faith

Quincy McDowell became the latest in a growing list of Southwestern Christian University students to be  baptized in a public ceremony in front of fellow students, faculty and staff.

McDowell, a senior from Atlanta, Ga., was baptized by Vice-President of Student Affairs Brad Davis, in a whirlpool tub in the athletic training room. Fellow SCU student Zack Howry was baptized in the same way last month.

“I felt like God was tugging on my heart to do this,” McDowell said. “I wanted to make it public. Maybe there others on campus who were like me and unsure of their faith. I want to put myself in a position where I’m held accountable for my actions the rest of my time here – and beyond.”

McDowell is currently an assistant coach on the men’s track and field team after four standout years as a sprinter and a member of the Eagles short-distance relay foursomes.

Davis said the spiritual growth in McDowell and others on campus have been nothing short of amazing.

“The Spirit of God is working in the lives and hearts of young people here at SCU,” Davis said. “Quincy’s testimony that he shared has been very powerful. He has walked through many obstacles to get to this point. He felt that now was right for him to make an outward expression of the inward change in his life.”

Recognizing the opportunity because of the surge of baptisms on campus, Davis has set himself to an even greater task.

“I’m thankful for what God is doing,” Davis said. “We are seeing real change among the student body and a real move of God on our campus.”

Davis said additional baptisms are planned for later this month.