A man in a military uniform plays a trumpet in a graveyard.
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Staff Sgt. Mary Junell

Always Willing to Serve

M.Div. Senior Tarvick Linder embodies a spirit of service for church, community, and country. Now he’s ready to offer a particular kind of ministry: The gift of presence.

More than a month ago, Duke Divinity student Tarvick Linder was recalled to active duty in the National Guard to support COVID-19 response efforts in North Carolina.

Professors and administrators at Duke Divinity School worked with him to speed up his course requirements so he could complete his studies and earn his Master of Divinity degree this month.

It was not the first time that Linder, a quiet, soft-spoken man, asked to be excused.