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ALUMNI UPDATE Nothing Else Makes Sense Craig Pohl is director of the Office of New Evangelization for the Diocese of Lansing. He earned his Master of Arts in Theology from Sacred Heart in 2009. Craig lives in Pewamo, Michigan, with his wife, Allison, INTO THE VINEYARD Alumni Advancing the New Evangelization I t wasn’t until after a powerful encounter with Christ in my parents’ woods that I knew spreading the good news of Jesus Christ was going to be a key part of whatever I did with my life. I was fourteen when it happened. I called out to God in desperation and he came to me in a way that I can’t fully explain or understand. What I do know is, God revealed to me in a unique way that he is the center of the universe and that he is, in fact, everything that he says he is in Scripture. From that point forward, nothing made absolute sense to me except that which gives glory to God. Now, that’s not to say I’m a saint. Far from it. But I do know what defines me and who I am—or, should I say, whose I am. I know my life has an eternal purpose and I know which direction I need to go. Yet, for years, I thought I was going to 22 and their three children. Craig has served the Church in various ways, from youth ministry to teaching high school philosophy and theology to working for Renewal Ministries. be a priest because, let’s face it, if I was this passionate about God, then there really was no other place for me, right? Wrong! The Lord taught me a beautiful lesson: that he is calling lay men and women to love him passionately and to serve him in vast arenas of life where priests and religious just can’t go. It’s been a real adventure following God’s plan for me. I finished my master’s degree work in 2009 at Sacred Heart, where I was just chomping at the bit to put what I learned into practice in a parish. I ended up ac- Sacred Heart Major Seminary | Mosaic | Fall 2015 cepting a position as the director of evangelization for two neighboring parishes in the Diocese of Lansing where, by t B