May 18, 1999
Volume 51, No. 31
Candler really got under Keith Sandow's skin
For 37-year-old Keith Sandow of Stone Mountain, receiving an MDiv degree from the Candler School is an integral part of a ministerial journey that has spanned 14 years, first as a youth director for churches in Mississippi and Alabama, then in Bible education and economic development in the rainforests of Ecuador's remote Rio Verde region.
Now he's heading off for a year as a preaching intern in England's northern industrial area-"a whole different dynamic," he termed it-to see if pulpit ministry is in his future. Despite his many accomplishments-Sandow was winner of a 1998-99 Humanitarian Award for his work in Ecuador-he said it was Candler that exposed him to the broad range of cultures and deep understanding of theological issues he had lacked.
"The classes really get under your skin," he observed, citing courses taught by Luther Smith and Brian Mahan. "Candler has world-class professors who really do care. I can't walk away from them without thinking about what it means to my life beyond the academic world. Candler doesn't give you the answers," he said, "but it does give you the tools."