A Taste of Seminary Happenings
From President Phil Krey
I've just come from
bringing greetings to our new students as we open our 150th academic
year. I am always excited to hear from students of their commitment to
serve our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by undertaking seminary training.
Hearing their inspired expressions reminds me of one of my key
objectives as my 15-year presidency here at LTSP winds down. That
objective is to put on a firm foundation a new $10 million 150th Anniversary Scholarship initiative. The fulfillment of this anniversary initiative will make it possible
for our deserving students to enter their careers in ministry debt-free!
Won't you join many others who have decided to support the next
generation of leaders for the church by making a commitment to this
150th Anniversary Scholarship Initiative
Welcoming convocation features greetings, information for new LTSP seminariansPresident Philip D.W. Krey welcomed new students to LTSP Tuesday, August 27, commending the students and entire seminary community in his audience for "taking up the challenge" to be leaders in today's church, including taking them on a brief Civil War journey.
The seminary has about 350 students as part of all its programs. LTSP's student body includes individuals from Myanmar, Liberia, Ghana and South Korea. About 66 seminarians began their studies this calendar year. The President urged the student body to think beyond the immediate campus community to the regional community and beyond, and how to contribute to it. "Benefit from the diversity in our midst as a way of preparing yourself for public service." Read more about the Civil War journey and meet some of our new students!
Celebrating the Urban Theological Institute with the Rev. Dr. DeForest 'Buster' SoariesThe 33rd anniversary of the founding of the seminary's Urban Theological Institute (UTI) will be celebrated Tuesday, September 24 with the annual Lecture and Worship Celebration including a lecture and preaching by the Rev. Dr. DeForest "Buster" Soaries.
Soaries is the senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, New Jersey. He formerly served as New Jersey's Secretary of State, and his work was featured in the acclaimed CNN documentary entitled "Almighty Debt." His lecture will be held at 11:15 am on Tuesday, September 24, in The Brossman Center on LTSP's campus. At 7:00 pm that evening he will preach at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church. Read more about Dr. Soaries and the Celebration.
Marva Rice becomes first recipient of Dr. George Thompson PhD ScholarshipMarva Rice, who earned her Master of Arts in Religion from LTSP in 2007 and her Master of Sacred Theology in 2012, is the first recipient of the just-established Rev. Dr. George Thompson Scholarship for African American PhD students.
Marva, an alumna of the Urban Theological Institute (UTI), for which Dr. Thompson taught for many years, was on hand August 23 as Dr. Thompson wrote his first installment check of $3,750 on a $7,500 gift to establish the scholarship. He will write a second check in the spring.
A "kickoff" ceremony during Preaching with Power week in March, with Dr. Thompson present, will celebrate the establishment of the new scholarship. See the website more details!
Other items of interest:
- Latest Faculty Publications
- The Nolde Lecture Tuesday October 1
- Breaking News! New ELCA Presiding Bishop-elect Elizabeth Eaton to keynote 150th anniversary celebration dinner