Klaudt Takes a Different Path to Maranatha

Marvin Klaudt, at first glance, is a typical transfer student going through transfer student battles—juggling his classes, enduring Wisconsin weather, and playing midfield for the Maranatha men’s soccer team.

Klaudt recorded his second hat trick of the season Monday during a 10-2 win over Great Lakes Christian. He scored two game-winning goals in the same week in Northern Athletics Conference victories over Lakeland and Concordia-Chicago. Klaudt finished the regular season with eight goals, second on the team. Maranatha coach Jeff Pill said Klaudt is “… focused, technical, intelligent, and works hard—especially at defending.”

As with other new students, getting to know Klaudt’s story reveals a unique individual. He hails from Los Mochis, Mexico, one of about a dozen international students on campus.

“I was born in Phoenix, Arizona,” Klaudt explained. “My mom is Mexican and my dad is a fifth-generation German-American. When I was three, my dad decided he wanted a change and felt God was leading him and his family into ministry in Mexico.”

Today, the Klaudt family operates a dairy farm outside of Los Mochis, owning 150 head of cattle and milking 60 heifers. Klaus said he hasn’t yet had a chance to visit a Wisconsin dairy farm and compare operations.

Newcomers are often asked, “How did you hear about Maranatha?” Klaudt’s story is just as unique as his hometown.

He first attended a community college in Washington, living with an aunt there. After two years of business classes, Klaudt decided to transfer.

“I wanted to be in a Christian environment and to have Christian friends,” Klaudt said.

Klaudt turned to the Internet to find what he was looking for. He found a college search website, typed in his list of desired characteristics, and Maranatha appeared on the list of search results.

“I looked at the (Maranatha) site,” Klaudt recalled. “I liked Coach Pill’s testimony and the Business Department faculty’s testimony. So I visited last March, and I decided to come here.”

While searching for colleges, Klaudt specified three priorities:

  • Christian environment
  • Business major
  • Soccer program

“I’ve been playing soccer since I was six years old,” Klaudt explained. Soccer was a huge part in my decision for choosing a college.”

Pill says Klaudt has demonstrated some unique skills and techniques.

“He has brought a more possession-oriented type of playing–maintaining more possession of the ball–which involves more technical demands as opposed to just athleticism,” Pill said.

So despite having to deal with the normal battles, Klaudt is happy with his decision to come to Maranatha.

“I enjoy the people, the faculty, and the devotions we have in our dorms at night,” Klaudt said. “I love how (Maranatha) is Christ-centered in every way.”

–By Ariel Rosen