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LANDON HAYS: USING RUBIK’S CUBES FOR GOD’S GLORY After creating a portrait of Jesus out of Rubik’s Cubes for a senior project, Landon Hays discovered he could use his talent to glorify God. He is now a Rubik’s Cube ambassador and has been commissioned by national and international organizations to create portraits and share them on social media, some of which have accumulated more than 4 million views.

HEIDI HESTER: A TOP SECRET CALLING Out of the 12,000 students who applied, Heidi Hester was one of a few hundred accepted to participate in a 10-week paid summer internship with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Honors Internship Program. As part of the program, Hester was able to jump-start her career in criminal justice by gaining experience going on searches, meeting with members of the evidence response team, visiting a federal court and riding in a Black Hawk helicopter.

DAVIS INGLE: THE PATH TO THE WHITE HOUSE After taking an internship in Washington, D.C., Davis Ingle discovered a passion for politics and government that would change the course of his career. This would eventually lead him to serve as a press assistant in the White House, where he had the opportunity to travel and work directly alongside former President Donald Trump and his staff.

JIM WELLBORN: MAKING CONNECTIONS FOR GOD’S KINGDOM Over his 50-plus years in ministry, Jim Wellborn traveled to 71 countries and led thousands of youth on missions trips around the world. He now works in builder relations for Builders International, where he connects churches, volunteers and organizations to projects worldwide.

JENNIFER COURTNEY: A CLASSICAL EDUCATOR Jennifer Courtney is the global curriculum director for Classical Conversations MultiMedia, a homeschooling parent and the first graduate from Southeastern’s master’s in classical studies program. As a part of her role, she oversees a team of writers, creates new curriculum and provides training for Classical Conversations’ international partners.

THE DEWEERDTS: FORGING NEW PATHS WITH EDUCATION With a father, mother and son all having graduated from Southeastern’s Master of Arts in Ministerial Leadership program, and another son pursuing a degree in music business, the DeWeerdts consider themselves a Southeastern family. They were able to find degree programs that fit their unique ministry roles, whether it be as senior pastors, a musician or the online pastor for their church’s metaverse campus.

Publication Date

Summer 2023


Southeastern University, Office of Alumni Relations




Landon Hays, Heidi Hester, Davis Ingle, Jim Wellborn, Jennifer Courtney, The Deweerdts


Community College Leadership | Education | Higher Education

Southeastern Alumni Magazine - Summer 2023