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WJU Fall 2014

Sometimes God’s will for our lives takes a different direction than what we originally anticipate. One thing is certain; God will use us wherever we go as long as we are willing. A former basketball player at WJU, Matthew Crane graduated in 2005 from Jessup with a degree in Teology and later earned his master’s from Liberty Baptist Teological Seminary.

Upon graduation, Crane expected to go into ministry but his career took a different path and landed him at Valencia Country Club in Southern California as an assistant golf professional. At that time, he became a Class A PGA golf professional.

“Te golf opportunity just presented itself. My wife and I prayed about it and God opened doors,” Crane recalled. Outgoing by nature, Crane embraced the opportunity to engage in a sport he loved mainly because of the social aspect. “Golf is a people industry and a people-related game. Tat is what really attracted me to the sport in the first place.”

Te 32 year-old began golfing as a child with his dad, grandfather and two brothers. “We would go out to the golf course and golf around. For the most part, it was more social than it was competitive,” he added.

After spending three years in Valencia, the Napa Valley native returned to Northern California and landed a job as the first assistant at Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly

City, Calif. Just three years later, he was promoted to PGA head golf professional and currently oversees a staff of 20 employees who work as assistant pros, teaching pros, in outside services and in the club’s locker room. Crane also gives golf lessons, does club fitting and handles budgets and merchandising.

Tere are a lot of correlations between ministry and golf that most people don’t realize,” Crane said. “Golf requires you to be outside with people for two to four hours at a time. It is a good way to get to know someone and really spend time with them. You also get to experience God’s creation. Golf courses tend to be built in some of the most beautiful places on earth so it is wonderful to be able to be out enjoying that aspect of the game.”

Crane also helps lead the college group at Venture Christian Church in Los Gatos, Calif. “Te most important thing to me is serving our church,” he said. “I’ve learned that whatever calling or vocation God puts me in, it is important to serve him faithfully to the best of my ability. I consider myself to be someone who is in a service industry and being a servant is important work. It is an opportunity to let people see there is something different about me and often that is one of the best ways to show God’s work in my life.”


M Basketball

Olivia Nelson W Basketball Shannon Postle W Basketball Tomas Rawles

JV Basketball

Elizabeth Mut W Soccer Aubrey Brisbane W Soccer Marissa Sanders W Soccer Lauren Young W Soccer Arianna Brusa Sara Martinez

Jennah Richmond Teron Fumasi

Volleyball Volleyball Volleyball Baseball

Justine Kruger W Cross Country Heather Zanni W Cross Country Cody Cantrell M Soccer Nicholas Schnable M Soccer Christopher Valentine M Soccer Dylan Neal



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