Alumni Testimonials

Kristi (Payton) Furr ‘10

Kristi Payton
It meant so much to me to receive a scholarship from VFCC that words can't describe how thankful I am. Finances were hard for me while I was in school because my parents were not financially able to help out. There were a couple times that I was in such desperate need of money that I wouldn’t be able to continue at VFCC without a miracle. It was in those times that God would give me a blessing! I became a recipient of a VFCC scholarship that allowed me the opportunity to continue on my educational path. I am so grateful.

Without the blessing of a scholarship, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to grow in so many ways while I was at VFCC. Being away from home stretched me, I met new friends who supported me, and I learned to spend quality time alone with God both in chapel and in my dorm. I loved how the professors truly cared about me as a person. It was so nice to feel as though I was part of a family even though I was hours away from my own.

I now have a World Missions degree, with a minor in Youth Ministry. My husband and I are currently youth pastors at New Stanton Assembly of God and feel so blessed to have the opportunity to reach out to students. Our youth ministry is growing both physically and spiritually. We, just recently, had the opportunity to lead our fist missions trip to Managua, Nicaragua in 2012. We thank God for equipping us and allowing this blessing, and we also thank VFCC for helping to equip us. There were many classes, chapels, professors and friends at VFCC that spoke into our lives and helped to develop us, giving us guidance and direction into this season of life, as well as into the next. I cannot wait to see what the future holds!

Jenny Choi '12

My name is Jenny Choi, and I currently live in Flushing, NY. The three years that I spent at VFCC were some of the best chapters of my life. I will never forget being able to lead the Women’s Ministry on campus, being chosen to join the annual Student Leader’s Conference in Springfield, MO, being in classes with professors who challenged me, joining the Homeless Ministry, and serving as an Associate Resident Assistant. 

I come from a family of four. For several years, my dad has been living in Tanzania, Africa as a solar energy missionary. He does not have a green card yet, so his return to the United States is uncertain. My dad was always the main breadwinner of the family since he was making a living through tutoring students, so without him, it has been a challenge to both my mom and me financially, especially while I was in college.

Before coming to VFCC in the spring of 2009, I was studying at Hofstra University in Long Island, New York, intending to major in math secondary education and become a high school math teacher, and eventually go on the mission field. However, due to severe family financial situations, I had to transfer to Valley Forge Christian College. At first, I was confused as to where my future was leading me, but God showed me Psalm 19:21: “Many are the plans in a man’s heart but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” 

Receiving scholarships at VFCC not only helped me financially to get through my college education but it also developed in me a desire to invest in the next generation. By receiving the scholarship, I was able to get a college degree, which provided me with the next steps that I need to take. I graduated with a pastoral ministry degree, and am now teaching and serving a children's ministry at my church. I am also praying for an open door at the local YMCA because I would love to assist the minorities in my area, especially Koreans. 

I want to sincerely express my gratitude to those who blessed me with scholarships during my time at VFCC. I will always be grateful as I continue to seek God for His provision and direction.

Josue A. Higueros ’10

When I received my scholarship from VFCC, I was at a point where my faith was being tested. My beautiful second baby girl had just arrived five months prior to my last year at VFCC, and just like some other parents, we didn't know where the money was going to come from. We took a step of faith and I decided to enroll for my last year at VFCC hoping God would provide for us. When I saw my name next to that scholarship, I knew it was God showing His amazing faithfulness to me and my family. I was so excited and so thankful to know that I would be able to finish my bachelor’s degree in Church Music.

I have so many great memories of being at VFCC. I will never forget the experience of living in the 700 square foot married dorms with a family of four, which is tight but doable. What I loved about living there is that God provided the right place for me and my family at the right time. I certainly do not despise our humble beginnings. I also fondly remember chapel, which was essential to keep my relationship with God strong. I had the privilege of serving with the chapel worship teams as well, which contributed to what I do today. I was also able to be part of the Christmas at Valley Forge Choir and Wind Ensemble, and one year my family even received the “Best Christmas Decorated Door” certificate!

I knew that the previous step of faith I took to finish my education would be one of many. We took another step of faith after graduation and decided to move back to Connecticut to help my previous youth pastor with a church revitalization. I'm privileged to serve as the Associate/Music Pastor at Shoreline Community Church. Seeing the hand of God move at that church makes everything worth it. With the help of amazing leaders and teachers at VFCC and God's provision through scholarships, I'm thankful to be a part of what God is doing in a small town like Branford, CT, and throughout Southern New England.