Nick Scott Blakely was born and raised in Barstow, although his passion in theology drove him across the country as he recently earned a master's degree in Theological Studies.

Blakey also obtained a Senior Fellowship in Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary’s 205th Commencement Ceremony.

The master's in Theological Studies provides basic study in bible, theology and church history. Blakely plans to continue his passion — involving interfaith relations — as he pursues his PhD in Theology and Ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena.

“In particular, I am focused on Jewish-Christian relations and also hope to contribute to work being done in the field of Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations,” Blakely said.

Blakely’s end goal is to remain devoted to his interfaith work in multiple communities, while teaching at the university level.

While essential to studying theology, Blakely’s “religious commitments to Christianity” first began years ago while he was living in his hometown and attending the Barstow Free Methodist Church.

Blakely said he had begun college on track as a computer science major, although he soon realized that was not the career path for him.

“I could not shake my interest in the history of ideas with particular attention on how my religious tradition has impacted and informed history,” Blakley said. “My ongoing commitment to studying theology is rooted in my desire to help those within my own community to pursue understanding, justice, reconciliation, and communal flourishing in our increasingly divided world.”

Princeton Theological Seminary is separate from Princeton University although Blakely was able to complete coursework at both institutions.

Blakely moved away for college after graduating from Barstow High School in 2009, but said he still has much family living in the Barstow area.

“I left Barstow many years ago, but still think often of my family and community with gratitude for the ways in which they equipped me and still support me today,” Blakely said.