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Greg Church

“I didn’t want to end up locked in my office with a bunch of books. My desire for my career was really to make that meaningful impact in the lives of others.”

Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Near Eastern Studies, PhD 2021

Consultant at The Clearing

Greg‘s Podcast Episode

In this episode, we discuss how Greg leveraged the skills he gained during his PhD in Near Eastern Studies and his ministerial background to enter the consulting sector, the role of mentorship and networking in his exploration of different career paths, and his take on the people-centered approach to public sector consulting in his current work at The Clearing.

Learn More About Greg‘s Story

View from Black Balsam Knob in the Pisgah National Forest near Asheville, North Carolina

Time in nature with family, friends, and even alone with my thoughts has been a big part of my life and instrumental to surviving the end of a PhD program and navigating the challenges of building a new career. This time to move, get outside, and attend to my body and mind has been invaluable for striking some balance in life, which can be a real challenge in the business world.

A fragment of Deuteronomy found on the Qumran scroll 1QDeutb

This scroll (and the Dead Sea scrolls more generally) exemplifies the ongoing impact and influence that ancient texts like those found in the Hebrew Bible still exert today. Much of my early education and career was devoted to understanding the world of these texts, their meaning in context, and helping others come to grips with how to read them responsibly and in ways that continue to shed light on our lives today. These texts still intrigue and inspire me to keep learning on my own and in partnership with others.