Little Rock Pastor Has Faith in eVersity

Cai Lane
To witness Cai Lane now is to see a man doing precisely what he was put on this Earth to do. As Discipleship Pastor with Little Rock’s Mosaic Church, he matches the energy of the young people he’s tasked to lead, sometimes through faith and sometimes through music.

You’d never know the Alabama native is not far removed from sitting around with few options and even less of an idea as to the direction his life would take, especially educationally.

“I started college traditionally when I was 18 years old,” he said. “I graduated from high school in 2009 and I went off to college for the first time that same year. I was on a band scholarship at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.”

For some, that’s a tough transition.

“Like many students, I wasn’t prepared for the coursework and the load of being a college student and a band student at the same time,” he said. “I found myself not performing well in college.”

Lane dropped out and headed into the workforce. Several attempts to resume his studies online failed and by 2013 he’d given up on school altogether.

“I had decided, I’ll just do the traditional businessman approach and work hard and do it that way,” he said.

In Comes eVersity

A turning point was watching his wife, Dominique, pursue her dreams of completing law school, which is what brought the couple to Little Rock. Something stirred within Lane to do the same.

“I saw different people with different levels of education pursuing their dreams and I was like, ‘Maybe college is still for me and I just haven’t found the right program,’” he said. “I started searching for a program that I could afford as well as something I could get a practical degree in. I researched and couldn’t really find anything.”

“Then one day I was on Facebook and I was scrolling down and I saw an ad for eVersity and I read up on it and I was like, ‘this looks interesting.’ Then I applied and the rest is history.”

Set up to Succeed

Two of Lane’s priorities for an online program – convenience and affordability – were met immediately. What he didn’t expect was how eVersity’s six-week, one-class-at-a-time process would stoke his motivation.

“Because it’s a six-week intensive term, I think that’s really unique,” he said. “I stay stimulated with it because there’s very little time to waste for each term. Right now, I’m taking a leadership and change class. I can’t go more than a day without logging in and looking at what I have to do without falling apart. I like how that keeps me accountable so I don’t waste time.”

Another favorable attribute, he said, was the applicable nature of the information itself.

“To me, eVersity offers very challenging yet relevant information,” he said. “I’ve been a part of other programs where it’s like, ‘When am I ever going to use this information?’ In different programs, I sometimes felt like I just received busy work so that the school can look good to whoever they’re reporting to.”

Lane said he felt like he found a custom fit.

“With eVersity, I see it being designed for the practical person,” he said. “These classes that we’re taking can be used in real life. Even the Biology class I took last semester, I had a conversation with someone based on the coursework I was doing, a very deep conversation about blood pathogen. So, I’m using the information that I’m receiving in my regular life.”