Scroll through a list of the top-paying career fields for 2019 college graduates and you won’t see the word “ministry.”

Most likely, anyone entering a ministry field will have to be on staff of a large institution for a very long time to reach even the lowest level of pay for those top-paying careers.


Left to right are Riley Stirman, ACU; Mariah Fusco, McMurry; and Leah Lucas, HSU. 

But that’s OK with students such as Mariah Fusco, Leah Lucas and Riley Stirman.

They aren’t in it for the money.

“I have this dream of opening my own homeless shelter in my hometown,” said Lucas, who will earn a degree in ministry Saturday from Hardin-Simmons University.

Read Loretta Fulton‘s story in the Abilene Reporter-News.

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