When Emily Foster, LJ Hood,
Yessy Juarez, Krystin Jurries, Gabi Lira, and Leila Lovett arrived at Logsdon
in the fall of 2014, only Yessy and Gabi knew each other. What has grown from their
Seminary journey is a powerful bond that has knit these six women together into
a life-long friendship.
six call themselves the “Logsdon Ladies.” In addition to having several
classes together, they have laughed, cried, prayed, and studied together, all
the while encouraging each other day by day.
women have literally changed my life,” said Hood. “God knew exactly what He was
doing when he brought the six of us together as first year seminary students.
I'm so immensely blessed to be walking through this season with these women,
and to know that we'll walk through countless more seasons together.”
Hood started her
Logsdon journey after receiving her bachelor’s degree from Abilene Christian University.
Foster and Lovett are both HSU alum, earning their bachelor’s degrees in
Ministry and Spanish respectively. Jurries entered Logsdon after completing her
bachelor’s degree in Religion at East Texas Baptist University. Lira and Juarez
came to Logsdon from Baptist University of the Americas, earning their
undergraduate degrees in Biblical Studies and Theological Studies respectively.
“There is so much diversity within this small group,
yet we all get along so well,” said Foster. “Each woman brings something
different to the table, however, we cannot imagine the group without each and
Jurries said that because of their schedule, it is
hard for all six women to get together socially, however, they remain connected
through text, social media, coffee dates, and a periodic "Chick-Fil-A
“We are all busy with school, ministries, and life
but we always know we have each other in the midst of the craziness,” she
“Something kind of ‘sparked’ between all of
us during our new student orientation weekend,” said Lovett. “We
are a group of single, young women who are all trying to make it
the best they can through grad school. We can be open about things and share
each other's experiences and that’s awesome.”
said each of the Logsdon Ladies is unique and special.
“Yessy is the strong woman who always
says what she thinks and helps us see the world from different perspectives.
Krystin is a loving person who cheers us up and is always there to tell us we
are capable of great things,” she said.
the sweetest person I know, and has the greatest hug. When she hugs me, it is as
if she is putting all my broken pieces back together. Leila has this look that when
you first see it, you think she is very serious, but then we see that she is
very sweet, caring, loving and up for everything! Emily is very sweet and funny, makes us all laugh until we cry. Above all, they are faithful servants of the
a student in the MA Family Ministry degree (MAFM), is slated to graduate in
December 2016. The other five will finish their degrees and graduate in May
2017. Foster is working on an M.Div in Missions. Lira and Jurries are
dual-degree students, earning the MAFM from Logsdon and the MA in Clinical
Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy (CCMF) from HSU. Lovett is earning
an M.Div in Family Ministry, while Juarez is no longer enrolled at Logsdon but
will complete her master’s degree from HSU in CCMF.
bond between the Logsdon Ladies has made our seminary journey a unique
experience,” said Juarez. “Each of us has unique qualities and characteristics.
That is what makes each and every one of us special.”
“The Logsdon Ladies have
encouraged me, motivated me, felt unmotivated with me, laughed with me,
complained with me, challenged me, learned with me, and loved me,” said Hood. “I'm
grateful to Logsdon for a lot, including an amazing education. But I can
wholeheartedly say that the thing I'm most grateful to Logsdon for is these