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Bethany awarded eight master of divinity degrees at the 2014 commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 10. View the ceremony and the worship service.

Bethany invited all at Annual Conference to "join the conversation!" Visitors to the Bethany exhibit wrote responses to questions about discipleship and posted them for others to reflect upon. Read what your sisters and brothers are saying about their personal journeys of discipleship and witness!

Eight master of divinity degrees will be conferred at Bethany's 109th commencement on May 10. Christopher Bowman, pastor of Oakton Church of the Brethren in Vienna, Virginia, will be the commencement speaker. Commencement and the senior worship will be webcast.

The inauguration of Bethany Seminary’s tenth president was the central event of the spring 2014 board meeting. The board also devoted time to discussing issues pertaining to the operation of a seminary like Bethany in today’s social and cultural climate.

Stole and tableBethany Seminary has named Courtney Hess as project director for the grant of $249,954 received as part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Theological School Initiative to Address Economic Issues Facing Future Ministers. Hess began his duties on April 1, 2014.

Jeff CarterJeff Carter was inaugurated as Bethany's president on March 29. View the recording!

The three top essays of the 2014 Bethany Peace Essay Contest have been announced by Bethany Seminary. Out of thirty-two entries submitted, the following placed first, second, and third, respectively, and received prizes of $2000, $1000, and $500.

Malinda Berry, assistant professor of theological studies and director of the MA program at Bethany Seminary, has announced that she is taking the position of assistant professor of theology and ethics at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) in Elkhart, Indiana, effective July 1, 2014. As an active presence in Mennonite Church USA and a graduate of AMBS, Berry has an opportunity to contribute to her home denomination in this new position.

Carrie EicklerCarrie Eikler has been named the new half-time coordinator of the TRIM and EFSM Ministry Training Programs at the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership. She will begin her duties on February 1, 2014. The Brethren Academy is a ministry training partnership of the Church of the Brethren and Bethany Theological Seminary.

“Living Love Feast” was the theme of the sixth Presidential Forum held at Bethany, featuring Shane Claiborne, Ruth Anne Reese, Janet Walton, and Ted Swartz. Forum guests reflected on ways of experiencing love feast.

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Jeff Foster
(Certificate of Achievement in Theological Studies)

JeffFor nine years I felt the leading of God to ministry. I began my academic journey thinking that I had God all figured out. This journey began at Moody Bible Institute for several semesters, where I gleaned perspective on missions and evangelism. Because of a full-time missionary role, I suspended Moody classes to concentrate on raising support. During that time God began to speak to me about the overall disunity in our Christian church. I came to the conclusion that unity within the body of Christ is the best way to reach lost souls with greater depth. I started exploring the Anabaptist teaching and specifically the way the Church of the Brethren strives toward this vision of unity and reconciliation.