Mychal Lemon played college football and travelled the country for most of his undergraduate career as he aspired to live up to his family’s successful sports legacy. His father played minor league baseball and his grandfather played basketball for the Globetrotters. It was through multiple injuries that Lemon began to focus more on answering a calling to ministry he felt since childhood.
“I was doing what I loved, but I wasn’t completely fulfilled,” Lemon says. “I knew the Lord was calling me to something greater.”
Soon after feeling the tug in his heart to pursue ministry, Lemon began searching for seminaries to attend. Through a mentor, he heard about Multnomah Biblical Seminary and came for a campus visit.
Lemon immediately noticed a difference between how the classes are led at MU versus how they were run at the school he attended for his undergraduate degree. In his undergrad, topics brought up in class only spiraled into more debate. However, during the preview day at MU, the discussion on social issues in one class resolved with Christ as the answer.
“That class was so moving for me,” Lemon says. “Those walls that were up at [my previous school] were coming down. I could relax and let this material come and sit in my heart. That’s when I knew this was a place I was called to.”
While at MBS, Lemon learned about theology, grew in his passion for Christ and expanded his love of ministry. He is currently finding great satisfaction in serving as a Chaplain at the county jail. He finished his Master of Divinity in December of 2017 and is now pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree. This spring he hopes to continue as a Chaplain but is also seeking other local opportunities.
“I have a strong conviction for social action and the political scene,” Lemon says. “We are entrusted to serve the neighborhood around us. The church can mobilize people right now to help. I hope to be involved with the local church even if it isn’t at the pastoral level.”