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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.

Jody Gunn
(MDiv Connections)

JodyIn the summer of 2006, I made a pact with a high school friend to make our fortieth decade significant. My goal was to complete my Master of Divinity degree before I turned fifty years old. Inside I asked myself and God, "How is this was going to be possible?" Eventually, I was willing to be open to it. My life seemed crazy enough without adding seminary to the mix. I am married to Eric and have two children 15 and 10, so I run a household. I serve a church half time and find many opportunities to volunteer in our community. In spite of the busyness of my life I said "Yes!" to Bethany because I really was at a point in my life where it made sense.