David Mize is one of our IT guys here at the Ethnos360 Bible Institute Michigan campus. Besides fixing and keeping our technology running, David continues to pioneer bigger and better ways to do things around campus. He is a key staff member that keeps our daily lives running smoothly. David consistently forms great friendships with our students; and he and his wife, Kristi, are known on campus as being one of the most hospitable families around. They routinely welcome students to hang out, talk, or share a meal with them in their home. With his genuine and caring personality and his problem-solving work skills, David is a valuable friend and crucial staff member to all of us.
Where are you from originally? Rocky Mount, NC
When did you join the Jackson team? January 2013
What is your favorite thing about serving at EBI? Every day is something new. Whether it is IT related or student related, I come to work and never know what to expect.
What is something the student body might not know about you? I hitchhiked from North Carolina to Seattle in 2007.
At what point in your life were you convinced to become involved with missions? I was convinced to go into missions in high school at a missions conference. But in 2003 I was a junior in college and I went to an unofficial Ethnos360 jungle camp event that was put on by Liberty University. That’s when I found out about Ethnos360 and the necessity of taking the Gospel to those who have never heard.
What’s your favorite place to eat in Jackson? The Chilango’s Grill, and my favorite thing to eat there are the chicken tacos.
What pastimes do you enjoy? I like listening to music, playing disc golf, playing soccer, and spending time with my family.
Do you have a “hero of the faith” that you admire, and if so, what about them is inspiring? I have had the privilege of having several godly men in my life. My dad has always been a firm foundation for my family, and has consistently been someone I look up to in many areas. I also admire my grandfather who was the president of a Christian college for fifty years, and is driven and knowledgeable. It’s easy for me to see throughout both of their lives how they sought the Lord’s direction in everything that they did – from their education to their family and leadership, they have sought God in all things.
Who is your favorite author or musician? My favorite author right now is Greg Iles. He writes really great murder mysteries. Clive Cussler is another favorite; he writes adventure mystery. His main character is basically like James Bond if Bond was an oceanographer. For music, I was raised on classic rock so I love that genre, but I also love everything from modern folk, like The Avett Brothers, to late-90s punk, like Jawbreaker and the Promise Ring.
Where is your favorite place to spend time? I love spending time where I grew up in North Carolina. My parents have a decent amount of land, and it is a relaxing and peaceful place to be.
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Emily Kurz is a graduate of Ethnos360 Bible Institute. She currently lives in North Carolina, where she is finishing a degree in Secondary English Education. Emily enjoys sports, bungee jumping, reading, and writing, and hopes to one day teach english as a second language in Latin America.