Troll Spotlight: Nate Krygsheld

Nate Krygsheld started his freshman year at Cornerstone University, and after that year, he decided to transfer. He wanted to change his major to nursing, which the school didn’t provide, and he wanted to get back to running cross country, which was a sport he picked up in high school.

From there, he sent applications and decided on Trinity, which feels like an answer to his prayers. He wanted to do a little bit of everything, and now, he could.

Transferring schools was not an easy undertaking. But in the end, it was all worth it.

“This [process] really required me to rely on all the faith I had because this was what mattered the most in my life at that point- finding somewhere that I could fit in and call home,” Krygsheld said. “It was hard for me to find that where I was, and it was tough to believe that something good would come of the whole situation. But, at the end of the day, it has been clear to me that Trinity is the place that provided answers to the manyprayers I sent God’s way.”

Krygsheld, now a junior on the cross country and track and field teams, learns and grows through his teammates every day. He sees how his teammates relate with their faith, and through conversations, are able to challenge him to continue growing in his own.

“These two sports are unique in how you literally become a certain type of family, and just as members of a family do, their personalities, faith, character, words, actions, etc. rub off on you and impact you in ways you don’t even realize,” Krygsheld said. “Through conversing, hanging out with, and being around like-minded people that share the same faith, I have seen how God has worked in their lives to bring them to where they are today, and it makes me trust in Him that much more when thinking about how he has been there in mine.”

Now, Krygsheld, a person who originally came to Trinity as a nursing major, changed course, switching to theology.

As he continues in his studies and competes with his team, he finds out more about himself and how much his faith has to do with that. Not only do these conversations help him with this discovery, but his interpretations of the Bible also help navigate his faith.

“Ever since I was a little kid, my favorite Bible verse has been Isaiah 30:21, which says, ‘And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left,’” Krygsheld said. “No, I have not specifically heard a voice saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ but knowing that the path I’m on is eventually leading me somewhere bigger and better than I could ever imagine is what keeps me going.”

Krygsheld knows that there is a plan laid out for him, and although he may not know exactly what the plan consists of, there is one thing for sure: he is going to trust in his faith and that God will lead the way.