Before coming to Providence, sophomore Colin Beveridge was at home on the range. In 2012, Beveridge lived in Montana, riding horses and packing mules.
“Prior to Providence, I had a real soul-searching attitude,” Beveridge said. Though he liked the open spaces and working with his hands, Beveridge knew he wanted an education and spent time at two different colleges before finding a home at Providence in January of 2013.Originally from San Clemente, California, Colin knew of Providence through his brother Dane, a Providence alumnus. With concentrations in Biblical and Theological Studies and humanities, Beveridge shows a deep love for the Lord, a love that comes from a transformed heart. Coming to Providence represented his first real engagement with doctrine, the Christian creeds, and “the boundaries necessary to Christian life,” as he called it. Colin outside of the residence halls at Providence.
As he has grown in his Christian faith, Colin has “realized that my goal is met in Christ and in the scriptures. A Christian experience is submitting to the Holy Spirit and being renewed.”
It’s the renewal of the whole person that is right at the center of a Providence education. Sure, Providence want students to go far, to be leaders, to be shakers. But what could be more important than allowing your heart and your mind to be made new in Jesus. Providence’s motto is “In Christ, All Things New” and we believe that is most pointedly demonstrated in students’ spiritual lives.
When talking about his spiritual outlook, Beveridge speaks about surrender and submission, not in a dreary way, but with freedom and light in his voice. Colin remembered the 2nd half of Dr. Scott Swanson’s New Testament class as being a high point in his time at Providence so far.
“He [Swanson] talked about the already-and-not-yet and the mystery of the gospel–not as an unknown, but as a once-concealed secret that has now been revealed in Christ.”
“One of the most important distinguishing aspects at Providence is the relationship I have with the professors,” Beveridge said. He has also appreciated the self-assessment that happens at Providence in revising the approach toward academics, better community, and in the signature Avodah program.Having grown up outside the reformed tradition, Colin values the Reformed tradition’s ability to create a desire to turn straight to Scripture.”In addition to his enjoyment of academic life at Providence, Colin enjoys the outdoors and has recently taken on work as a carpenter’s apprentice. This May, he plans on marrying his fiancee Britta Stadem, an art teacher from South Dakota. Beyond college, Colin would like to take up carpentry permanently and possibly opening a small business with his future wife.