Samford University


February 20, 2012

Our Story


Since his graduation from Samford almost two years ago, Nathan Troost has been using his skills as a videographer to promote our people and programs.  Last week he left the safety of a job at Samford to go fulltime with a not-profit entity that he has created, Lantern Vision.  When I visited with Nathan a few days ago as he was preparing to leave us, I asked him to relate the story of this new adventure.  Here is his account: 


"For me, Lantern Vision is the merging of two great passions God has given me: telling stories through the lens of a camera and striving to glorify Him in everything I do. Almost simultaneously with starting my job at Samford after graduating, I was put in touch with a video producer who had created a national television show called All Over the World. After just one phone conversation, we clicked, and the rest was history. While working at Samford, I was getting more and more involved in this Emmy-nominated, 30-minute reality/documentary show that follows missionaries around the world. 


"Over the last couple years God has used the experience with All Over the World and Samford to form this nonprofit, Lantern Vision. Lantern Vision is essentially an extension of All Over the World. While some missionaries and organizations want a full show featuring the work God is doing through them, others desire shorter promo videos to send to churches and donors, and Lantern Vision exists to provide whatever is best suitable for that organization in bringing glory to God." 


You may learn more about Nathan and Lantern Vision at 


The world is better because of Nathan Troost--and those who taught him at Samford University. 




Our Mission

The mission of Samford University is to nurture persons in their development of intellect, creativity, faith, and personhood. As a Christian university, the community fosters academic, career, and ethical competency while encouraging social and civic responsibility, and service to others.

Our Core Values

The Samford community values lifelong:

  • belief in God, the Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.
  • engagement with the life and teachings of Jesus.
  • learning and responsible freedom of inquiry.
  • personal empowerment, accountability, and responsibility.
  • vocational success and civic engagement.
  • spiritual growth and cultivation of physical well-being.
  • integrity, honesty, and justice.
  • appreciation for diverse cultures and convictions.
  • stewardship of all resources.
  • service to God, to family, to one another, and to the community.

Our Vision

Anchored in Christian understanding, Samford University will be a diverse community, stressing vigorous learning and personal faith, in the Baptist tradition. Within that commonality, the Community will be innovative in teaching, learning and research; sensitive to global issues; aggressive in self-assessment and continuous improvement. Faithful to its mission, Samford will be known and acknowledged worldwide by holding to its core values. The world will be better for it.

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