Nicholas Ravi-Johnson

Acting Area Director for Young Life, Head Boys Tennis Coach at Mariner High School

Everett, Washington

Class of 2013, Business Adminstration major

Through Young Life, Ravi-Johnson does cross-cultural relational ministry serving a diverse group of high school students. He hopes to build relationships within his neighborhood and help students experience the Gospel.

How does your time at SPU connect to what you’re doing today?

I live and work in a multi-cultural area. The curriculum at SPU did a great job of breaking down walls and preconceived ideas I grew up with, ultimately challenging me to back up my beliefs theologically, socially, and culturally. SPU had us spend time in different churches, consider multiple views of the Bible, and learn about different traditions. By SPU challenging my beliefs and spending time with people of much different experiences, I reached this conclusion: We, as Christians, need to bring the Good News back to the Gospel.

Which SPU faculty or staff member made a difference in your education?

Dr. Jim Rand completely revamped the way I think. His ability to encourage students to process things critically and strategically laid a foundation to how I view everything. Dr. Dan Hess believed in a group of students and helped us start the Student Investment Fund. He gave me a shot at starting something great, and encouraged us to build upon it.

What advice would you give to current SPU students?

In everything you do, don’t lose sight of, or hope in, the Gospel. Regardless of your circumstances, God can meet you there.