Great questions. You want to stand out, and I think your story has a great element of distinction with it's obvious thread of faith (Christian college, extracurriculars, etc) When I went to get my MBA, there was all kinds of religious diversity in the class including Mormons, Sikhs, Jews, Christians, Muslims, etc. Even though Christianity is the majority faith in the US, there is still room to distinguish yourself in the application process, again, with the level of commitment you have shown and the consistency with which you obviously live out your faith in Jesus. Having said all that, for some of the same reasons, because Christianity is so widespread, you do need to take an extra measure of thoughtfulness. You are wise to be thinking that you don't want to come across as preachy or proselytizing. Christianity unfortunately already has that stigma attached. At the end of the day, they want to know that you will be easy to work with and valuable to your study teams. Even though as a Christian, everything you do involves your faith, not everyone understands that it's possible to do that without causing problems to your teammates. In short, feel free to tell your story without apology, but i think you will find it's easier than you realize to balance the application once you begin talking about your career, banking, leadership, etc. There is indeed a fine line between an unashamed stand on your faith and wearing it on your sleeve--don't be gratuitous and I am sure you can very naturally weave a story that is balanced and compelling. Your target schools are well selected. With your high GMAT, a top 50 undergrad experience and solid career achievements, your merits should be attractive to any school regardless of your race or religious affiliation.
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