New Center for Calling & Career Helps Students Fulfill God’s Purpose for Their Lives

by Madalyn Kiser (’22)

August 8, 2022

Deciding on a college major doesn’t always guarantee direction or clarification. Within each program of study at the college level lies a variety of career options. And with thousands of job opportunities from which to choose, a young person starting a new career can easily become overwhelmed.

That’s where a new career-centered focus at Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School comes in.

In the summer of 2022, LBC | Capital launched a new division of Student Success, aptly named the Center for Calling & Career. Originally part of the Counseling & Care Center, known as C3, the Student Success team decided to split these into two separate entities because of the specific and important needs they serve.

Director of Calling & Career Development Derek Melleby said, “I have worked with students in a variety of settings and know challenges students face when declaring a major, succeeding academically and focusing on their career after college.”

The Center for Calling & Career “exists to help students and alumni live out their purpose and clarify their calling.” The center offers a wide variety of services to both past and present students, such as the following:

  • Personal assessments
  • Résumé and cover letter reviews
  • Mock interviews
  • Networking opportunities
  • Graduate school prep
  • Job search resources, including Handshake (

The center also seeks to help students find their calling and purpose in the workforce so that they can use their gifts to further God’s kingdom. As Melleby shared, “The Center for Calling & Career seeks to come alongside students to prepare them to proclaim Christ in their careers, wherever God calls them.”

One goal for the career center is for it to be a place where all students can find clarity in where God is leading them and follow His call for their lives obediently. “In the future,” Melleby added, “my hope is for the center to create opportunities for calling and career exploration such as sponsoring events (speaker/lecture series), providing networking opportunities (career fairs) and organizing retreats.”

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