Women’s History Month – Featuring Ruthie Freckleton
Ruthie Freckleton is a proud mother of five sons, two daughters and eleven grandchildren. She is a licensed minister on staff at Second Baptist Church, Rahway NJ, under the pastorate of Rev. Dr. James W. Ealey. Ruthie is a group facilitator at Imagine, A Center For Coping With Loss, located in Mountainside, NJ.
“In 2012, at age sixty-four, I began an amazing journey with Pillar College (then Somerset Christian College). I attended an SCC open-house event. Several prospective students and I were met by a warm, friendly and energetic staff. It had been forty-seven years since I attended formal education classes. I was apprehensive about fitting in and keeping up with younger students, but my anxieties were soon diminished. I felt in my heart that my steps were ordered to Pillar College.
I entered the L.E.A.D. (Life Enhancing Accelerated Degree) Program and by 2013, I made the Dean’s List. In 2015, I made the President’s List, graduated with honors and received an Associate of Art’s degree in Biblical Studies. In 2017, I entered the Cohort Program. I graduated with honors, received a Bachelor of Art’s degree in Psychology and Counseling, and received the Beverly Busch Book Award. Such accomplishments were not easily achieved. Under the arduous task of care-giving responsibilities, coping with death and dying, and personal health issues, I persevered. Quitting school was not an option.
I aspire to leave a legacy of resilience to other daughters of God. In May of 2020, I will again graduate with honors and receive a Master of Art’s degree in Counseling with a specialty of Marriage, Couples and Family Therapy.
Our Sovereign God never ceases to amaze me! In His infinite wisdom, He strategically placed me in a community of God-fearing learners, teachers and prayer warriors. At Pillar College, we not only acquire “Truth in Education,” but truth in loving our neighbor as we love ourselves. To God Be the Glory!
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