"I chose to attend Olivet because I grew up close to the campus," explains Shannon. "It has always been a beautiful place. I wanted to be part of it because it intrigued me. It had absolutely nothing to do with faith. I was not a Christian when I enrolled at the University. I was in my 20s, and I'd already had a lot of success in retail management. But I knew I wanted something different for my life. I wanted a good education so I could advance my career."
Shannon's non-traditional Olivet experience lasted only 2.5 years, but it was enough to change her life.
"I had no interest in chapel or any of the spiritual stuff," Shannon reflects. "But I knew I was happy to be here, and through the chapel services and the Godly influence of friends and professors, it dawned on me that I could have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It blew me away."
Years later, Shannon is still connected with the University. She and her husband Mike are the proud parents of four children. Life is busy.
"I found myself wanting to do something for Olivet, but I didn't have a lot of financial resources to give. Still, I knew that I needed to invest in what Olivet is doing. I can attest that it is truly life changing stuff!" explains Shannon.
After a discussion with her husband, Mike, Shannon realized that she could make a significant gift by making Olivet the beneficiary of a life insurance policy.
"I feel that my legacy will be tied to this larger gift, and this gift of life insurance proved to be the best option for my family," Shannon explains. "I know there are a lot of people that feel the way that I did. They want to make a big impact, but they just don't know how."
Initially Shannon was reluctant to join the Heritage Society. "Jesus encourages us to do our good deeds in secret, so I didn't say anything for a long time. But after a while, I realized that my story could inspire others to give in similar ways. That's what being a part of the Heritage Society is all about. We're invested in making sure that the life changing experiences at Olivet are available for our kids and for their kids. I want to see more people join the Heritage Society, and I'll work towards that end."