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Kelley concluded with the challenge to graduates: “Go in the knowledge that, because Jesus was born, because He died on the cross, because He rose from the grave in the power of life over death, we have already triumphed. We’re just waiting for the victory parade.”
Graduating with the Doctor of Ministry degree were A. Ray Campbell, Daytona Beach; and Troy Dixon, Jacksonville; and with the Doctor of Educational Ministry degree, Steve Morris, Plant City.
Graduating with the Master of Divinity degree were Stephen McAliley Jr., Riviera Beach; Mike Park, Quincy; and Jesse Pearson, Lakeland; and with the Master of Arts in Christian Education degree, Jennifer McCombs, Jacksonville; and Christopher Reeser, Pensacola.
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary commissioned a new class of graduates, including two of its own professors, by awarding degrees to 197 students Dec. 14—13 undergraduate degrees, 156 master’s degrees and 32 doctoral degrees.
Terri Stovall, dean of women’s programs and associate professor of women’s ministries, walked across the stage to receive her master of divinity degree.
Already having earned her Ph.D. and master of arts in Christian education from Southwestern more than a decade ago,
Stovall completed work in the M.Div. program to enhance her work in training women for service in local churches, ministries and mission fields around the world.
Don Wyrtzen, professor of church music, received his doctor of ministry in the school of theology. Wyrtzen, whose father founded Word of Life International, serves as chapel pianist at the seminary in addition to his teaching duties. He is a Dove Award-winning musician known for his 400-plus musical compositions and arrangements.
Another highlight of the commencement included the conferral of 32 doctoral degrees, which SWBTS President Paige Patterson said were the most he has ever personally witnessed during a graduation ceremony. The degrees not only represented Southwestern’s ongoing contribution to biblical scholarship but also the growing impact of Southwestern around the world.
Yaroslav Pyzh, president of Ukrainian Baptist Theological Seminary, earned his Ph.D. in systematic theology, with a dissertation on Baptists in the Soviet Union. Additionally, Ralf Schowalter, a pastor in Rhaunen, Germany, earned his Ph.D. in Baptist and free church studies for his work on the German Anabaptist Hans Denck.
Patterson, preaching from Luke 1:5-25, challenged the graduates to submit themselves to the Lord as they go out into ministry. Pointing to Zechariah’s encounter with the angel Gabriel, Patterson said people knew he had heard from God.
“Young people, do you know your [congregation] will know when you’ve been with God and when you haven’t?” Patterson asked the graduates. “They will know whether or not you’re just a professional carrying out your assignment or whether or not you have been with God.”
Patterson also emphasized the primary importance of the Lord’s activity in a person’s ministry, referring to Luke 1:66 where it was said of John the Baptist that “the hand of the Lord was upon him.”
“May that be said of you,” Patterson said. “May it not be said that ‘He built a big church,’ ‘He became famous on the mission field’ or any of those other things, except as an afterthought to this one statement: ‘The hand of the Lord was upon him.’ If it is said of you that the hand of the Lord was upon you, then you will have done all of what God has called you to do and be in the days ahead.
“Just like John the Baptist was the one to announce the incarnation of our Lord, so your assignment is to announce the return of our Lord Jesus Christ,” Patterson told the graduates. “Make no mistake about it. That’s an assignment that is not a popular one today.... I challenge you to go forth in the spirit and the power of the Lord.”
The graduation ceremony can be viewed at www.swbts.edu/index.cfm.
Graduating with the Doctor of Educational Ministry degree was Myra Tisdel Campbell of Jacksonville.
Graduating with the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling and the Master of Arts in Christian Education degrees was Heather Renee Powell, New Smyrna Beach; and with the Master of Arts in Christian Education degree, Jeffrey S. Morris, Plant City.
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary commencement exercises were Dec. 14 according to the school’s website. A video has been posted online of the commencement on the school’s website at http://apps.sebts.edu/multimedia/?p=3756. A description of the video reads: “During his final charge to graduates, Akin reminds us that because Jesus came, we must go.”
Graduating with the Doctor of Ministry degree was Charles Wyatt Boyd, Lakeland.
Graduating with a Master of Theology degree was Shane Michael Kraeger, Saint Cloud; a Master of Divinity with North American Church Planting, Jeffrey Boe Ellis, Tampa; a Master of Divinity with Christian Ministry, Jordan Barry, West Palm Beach; and Brent P. Gay, Lakeland; a Master of Arts in Christian Education and Biblical Counseling, Stuart Scott Shumway, Stuart; a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling, Panama City; and a Master of Arts in Christian Studies, Brian Christopher Harre, Tampa; Jared Richard Knight, Hilliard; and Albert G. Rodriguez, Miami.
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