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From the Fall 2014 issue of Knowing & Doing:  

C.S. Lewis Institute Fellow Q&A

An interview with Rob Shepherd
C.S. Lewis Institute Mentor & Fellow

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How did the Fellows Program help you integrate your faith and your professional life? Your family life?

  One theme of the Fellows Program that most resonates with me is that it is not supposed to be an end in itself; rather, it is “unto something” in my life. I decided early on that I needed to take my walk with Christ into the cockpit with me in my capacity as a captain at a major airline. The airline industry is not well known for its Puritanical attitudes and behaviors, so it seems like fertile ground for a positive Christian witness. I believe my Fellows studies have allowed me to enter the fray “equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:17).
  Similarly, the Spirit has used my time in the Fellows Program to convict me with regard to my duties as the spiritual head of my household and to better prepare me to accept those responsibilities—and the inevitable warfare that comes with them.

What would you tell a friend or work colleague about the Fellows Program?

  I first learned about the Institute and Fellows Program through a coworker, and I am grateful for his proactivity. I have discussed my experience with several people and have to restrain myself from raving about it! I talk about how I have been challenged, convicted, and encouraged along the way, and my bottom line is this: I have been transformed. I firmly believe that all disciples, from newly reborn to those who have long walked with Christ, can benefit from the program and can carry their growth into the world to make it better while we wait for the day of the Lord.

Rob Shepherd is a Baltimore-based Captain for Southwest Airlines.  He is also a retired Air Force pilot, having spent twenty-five years flying mostly airlift aircraft and serving in three command positions. Rob holds degrees in Computer Science from the U.S. Naval Academy and University of Idaho, completed the C.S. Lewis Institute Year Two Fellows Program in 2014, is currently serving as a mentor for the Year One Fellows class of 2015 in Annapolis.  He also serves as a Senior Fellow and mentor with the Severn Leadership Group, an Annapolis-based group that seeks to inspire lives of selfless courage and service to others.  Rob and his wife, Mary Beth, have been married for twenty-six years, have two children, and live in Pasadena, Maryland.

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