26 Sean Michael Crews (left) and Taylor Marie Gould (middle), Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

Taylor Marie Gould and Sean Michael Crews are honored to be selected as 2017 Vision Keepers. Gould is from Swisher, Iowa, and Crews is from Apache, Oklahoma; both are United Methodists seeking ordination. They met their first day at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and immediately bonded through their shared interests in connecting theology to issues of social justice. Throughout their education, they have dedicated themselves to studying the ways in which structures and systems of oppression manifest in faith and theology. Garrett-Evangelical’s mission to create bold leaders for the transformation of the world has inspired Gould and Crews to put their theology into action.

While in seminary they have focused on migrant and indigenous rights, and have worked in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline, migrants near the Mexico/U.S. border, indigenous peoples of Chiapas, Mexico who are seeking a just world for all, and refugees and U.S. citizens detained at O’Hare International Airport during the recent “travel ban.”

Upon graduation, they will move to Vancouver, Washington; Gould will serve as pastor to a local congregation, while Crews will serve as Program Director for Project Transformation, a national non-profit