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Vivian Mabuni Tells How Decades-Long Seminary Journey Inspired New Women’s Leadership Endeavor

It typically takes two to three years to earn a master’s degree in theological studies. For author and Bible teacher Vivian Mabuni, it’s been more than three decades.

“I’ve been on a 34-year journey to a seminary degree,” Mabuni told Faithfully Magazine in early November. “When I joined staff with Cru — it’ll be 35 years in January — I took graduate classes. I took seminary classes fully expecting that I would finish a seminary degree, and then I fell in love and got married and had three kids.”

Mabuni, 57, tried several times over the years to pick up where she had left off but was never quite able to follow through for one reason or another. One major setback was a breast cancer diagnosis, which she wrote about in the 2014 book Warrior in Pink.

But then, in 2020, she joined the board of trustees at Denver Seminary, a private Evangelical Christian school in Littleton, Colorado.

“When I joined the board at Denver, I just thought it just makes sense for me to finish my degree here,” Mabuni said.

Having made that decision in January, the experience has been “challenging and wonderful,” she said. But Mabuni, who also produces resources for AAPI Christian women, isn’t on her seminary journey alone.

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Nicola A. Menzie
Nicola A. Menzie
Nicola A. Menzie a religion reporter whose bylines have appeared on the websites of the Religion News Service, The Christian Post, CBS News and Vibe magazine. Nicola is the Managing Editor at You can find her on Twitter @namenzie. Email: nicola.menzie (at)

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