“Spartan Sweethearts” are alumni couples that met and married as the result of attending Missouri Baptist University. In February 2013, the Alumni Association conducted the first Spartan Sweethearts Contest; couples submitted their MBU Love Story for a chance to win two free drinks from thePerk and a $50 gift card to the restaurant of their choice. The 2013 winners, chosen at random, were Mike & Julie Brockmeier. Here is their story:
“Julie and I actually met briefly at a youth camp the summer before we started at MoBap. We were introduced so that my friend, Joe Costephens (2001, Religion) could prove to her that he had a friend. It was nothing magical. It was really more awkward than anything.
“Nice to meet you.”
“Maybe I’ll see you in the fall.”
That was about it.
We did meet again in the fall, and started to spend some time together. We had several common friends, a couple common classes, and a break at the same time. In seemingly unconnected events, Julie was working in the Admissions Office with Rob Cornwell, who I had known for several years. As he got to know her better, he once told her he knew who she would end up with. She of course didn’t believe him, but he was sure. He even wrote down the name of this young man and placed it in a sealed envelope in his desk.
Julie and I started dating on October 10, 1998, just a couple months into our Freshman year. We took a walk around the loop and then just sat and talked on the swing in the quad, right next to the library. As our relationship grew and blossomed, we would end up spending a lot of time there, eventually just calling it our swing.
On our one-month anniversary, I gave Julie one single yellow rose, her favorite color. She brought it with her to work that evening, which of course caught Rob’s attention. He asked if she was dating someone and who it was. When she told him it was me, he handed her the envelope from a couple months before. Sure enough, my name was written on that piece of paper.
On our two-year anniversary, I had a night class with Dr. Allen, so I asked Julie if we could just spend some time together on our swing. I had sort of been teaching myself to play guitar, but hadn’t played it for her yet. I was planning on proposing that night, and had only told a handful of people so that the proposal would be a surprise. Of course, the secret spread quickly so that probably most of the dorm residents knew it was coming, but miraculously Julie didn’t know. After my night class, we walked up to our swing. I sang her a couple of our favorite songs, knelt down to place my guitar back in the case, snuck the ring out of the case, placed it on her finger, and asked her to marry me. She was so surprised and excited, I’m honestly not even sure she said “Yes” immediately. We soon walked back to the dorms, where many of our friends were waiting to congratulate us.
As we prepared to graduate in the Spring of 2002 and get married that June, I knew I wanted our swing to remain our swing. So, I visited Dr. Lacey in his office one day, explained our story, and asked if I could buy our swing. He was happy to oblige and told me set it up with Buildings & Grounds for me to purchase a replacement swing.
Looking back, it amazing to see how God brought us together and how He’s been so good to us over the years. We’ve now been married for over 10 years and have two kids, Luke (7) and Lucy (2). Our time at MoBap was such a blessing, in how God brought us together there, in how he used our education to prepare us for our future in ministry, and in the friendships formed that we still cherish. “
~Mike (Class of 2002, BA in Religion) and Julie (Class of 2002, BA in Religious Education) Brockmeier