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Bethany to Hold 107th Commencement

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On Saturday, May 5, Bethany Theological Seminary will recognize sixteen graduates at its 107th commencement.

The academic ceremony for conferring degrees will take place in Bethany's Nicarry Chapel, 615 National Road West, Richmond, at 10:00 a.m. Admittance to this ceremony is by ticket only. A worship service, open to the public, will also be held in Nicarry Chapel at 2:30 p.m.

During the ceremony, Dr. Nadine S. Pence will give the commencement address titled "Border Crossings," based on the biblical text of John 21:1-14. Pence is the director of the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion in Crawfordsville, Indiana, and previously held the position of professor of theological studies at Bethany.

Graduates Rebekah Houff, Jeanne Davies, and Andrew Duffey will speak during the afternoon worship service, reflecting on the scripture text of Ephesians 4:1-16.

The following degrees and certificates will be conferred:

Master of Divinity
Jeanne Davies, West Dundee, Illinois
Andrew Charles Duffey, Westminster, Maryland
Brandon M. Hanks, Lansdale, Pennsylvania
Rebekah Leigh Houff, Bethel, Pennsylvania
Katie Shaw Thompson, Grundy Center, Iowa
Parker A. Thompson, Grundy Center, Iowa
Matthew Wollam-Berens, Bristol, Vermont

Master of Arts
Jerramy D. Bowen, West Chester, Ohio
Benjamin W. Harvey, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Nicolas Miller Kauffman, Goshen, Indiana
Jiae Paik, Seoul, Korea
Aaron R. Shepherd, Dublin, Indiana
Vivek A. Solanky, India
Dennis J. R. Webb, Aurora, Illinois

Certificate of Achievement in Theological Studies
Diane E. Mason, Moulton, Iowa
Linda Waldron, Englewood, Ohio

Graduates' future endeavors include careers in pastoral and congregational ministry and additional graduate study.

Nan Erbaugh
Emphasis in Peace Studies '08

NanBethany taught me so much. I didn't realize what a loner I had really been all my life until I opened myself to life within the Bethany community. I felt stretched, pushed, and affirmed in amazing, helpful ways. The importance of a close, supportive community cannot be overestimated, especially in light of the challenges faced living out the peace witness to which I feel called. At Bethany, I gained more courage to step into this crucial niche of the Church of the Brethren. Add the grounded, spiritual theological foundation and academic depth I gained through course work, and I feel transformed in a powerful, positive way to serve God.