by Michelle Butler, Staff Writer
Andrew Burner (affectionately known as Drew by those who know him) is a son, brother, uncle, friend and a man of much character and respect. Andrew is a native of the “GREAT” city of Winston-Salem and is a graduate of Appalachian State University, John Brown University, and soon to be Wake Forest University. While Drew may appear to be absent to some at the Divinity school his presence is one that is loved and appreciated. So if you don’t know much about Andrew Burner, take some time and get to know him a little more! Enjoy!
MB: Why did you come to Divinity School?
AB: A lot of the tough conversations that we need to have, I didn’t feel like we were having in the church and so I wanted to come to a space where we can discuss these tough things and begin to work through them. So we can be more effective.
MB: If stranded on an island which professors would be most beneficial and why?
AB: Dr. Crainshaw because she has a great spirit and the worship would just be awesome. Dr. Leonard because not only is he brilliant with his material, he’s also a lot of fun to be around. Last but not least Dr. Jensen, because he’ll go anywhere. He is the one that’s not afraid to do anything. We went in the rainforest together. I know he would be good company; he’s someone that isn’t scared to explore.
MB: Top 5 classes while at the divinity school?
AB: Ethics- Dr. Jung
New Testament- Dr. Shaner
Africa & The Bible- Neal Walls
CPE- Alamance Hospital
The first class I took with Hicks. I can’t remember the name but I remember it was one of the best!
MB: What’s your favorite pastime?
MB:What have you found as a source of encouragement while at WFUSD?
AB: Conversation with willing people, like people that I might not necessarily have conversation with. People like Rachel Revelle and Daniel Potter, just being willing to have those conversations.
MB: How do you do it all?
AB: By grace and just hustle mode.
MB: What are you most proud of over the last two years?
AB: Sticking it out. This is a challenging tough and messy space to be in and it’s easiest to run from confrontation and tough dialogue and the fact that you can tough it out and see it through is what I’m most proud of.
MB: If you could be any superhero what would your name and superpower be?
AB: Black Man and to be able to distribute true freedom, liberty, and justice.
MB: What would you be doing if you were not here?
AB: I’m one of those people who is supposed to be here and I don’t think about what I would be doing. I’m fully committed to this opportunity so I don’t have any “what ifs?”
MB: If you could go on vacation with any celebrity dead or alive who would it be?
AB: Donny Hathaway, Coco Brown, Barack and Michelle Obama.
MB: Why the Obamas?
AB: I just want to catch them outside of The White House, just to see who they really are! Behind the cameras.
MB: What are your plans after Div School?
AB: To do a yearlong Chaplain residency and then to follow that up with a yearlong specialization at the VA in Durham, NC.
MB: What do you do for self-care?
MB: Is there any advice you have for first and second year students?
AB: Maximize the opportunity by engaging people that are not in your comfort zone, your normal set of people. A lot of the time when we get to a new space we float to those who we feel most comfortable with. However, there is a smorgasbord of people we can learn from and be pushed. Whether dealing with your spiritual experience, your theology, your world view, your biblical world view, be willing to do that.