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The 152nd Commencement

The 152nd Commencement of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) saw 55 seminarians receive certificates and degrees in recognition and celebration of their completion of theological studies. Commencement was held Tuesday, May 18, 2016, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lansdale, Pennsylvania.

The Rev. Traci Blackmon, pastor of Christ the King United Church of Christ, Florissant, Missouri, gave the commencement address, and Kristen Lucille Opalinski (MAR 2016), senior class president, gave the class address.

Andrew (Drew) G.I. Hart was awarded the Doctor of Philosophy. Advised by LTSP Professor the Rev. Dr. Katie Day, Dr. Hart’s dissertation is entitled Salvaging the Way: A Critical, Comparative, and Constructive Black and Anabaptist Theological Ethic for Subverting Western Christendom and White Supremacy.

Commencement Slide Show


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Photos of the Graduates


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Certificates and Degrees Awarded – The Class of 2016

UTI Certificate of Church Leadership

Marcelle Lynn Ancrum
Barbara M. Gray
Hazel Elizabeth Carrawell
Vernell Mae Stewart

UTI Certificate of Christian Ministry

Robin Linda Johnson
Douglass A. Kee
Renard Odrick
Roland Raymond Reeves, Jr.
Charmaine Charis Richardson
Jeffrey Darren Scott
Debra Estella Simpson

Certificate of Theological Study

Lorraine Denise Harris
Phillip Joseph Harris
Walter Wessel

Advanced Graduate CertificateUlf Lunow

Ulf Lunow

The Degree of Master of Arts in Public Leadership

Kristen Margaret Kelly (Social Work)
Michelle Elaine Steiner (Social Work) 1
Theodore James Maulen II (Social Work)
Emma Keyser Wagner (Social Work)
Donna Marie Searchfield (Business) 1

The Degree of Master of Arts in Religion

After the name of each candidate is the subject of the thesis, project, or comprehensive examination submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree.

Edythe Lorraine Cotter | Project: Hymn Festival: “Celebrating Love, Grace, and Mission Through Song”

Constance Curtis Cotton 3 | Thesis: Coming Home: The Experience of Women Veterans and How the Religious Community Can Be Helpful as They Reintegrate

Diana A. Esposito 1 | Project: Lessons Learned from an Intergenerational Advent Course in Emergency Preparedness

Tim Gavin 1 | Comprehensive Examination in Bible

Dana Sylvester Mitchell | Comprehensive Examination in Public Leadership

Kristen Lucille Opalinski | Thesis: Trauma, Truth-Telling, and Transformation: Orality and Narrative for Co-Reconciliation, through Kenotic and Eucharistic Praxis

Emmanuel Reggy-Odilon Philor | Thesis: Philanthropic Preaching

1 Degree awarded with Honors by vote of the Faculty
3 Degree awarded with Black Church Concentration/Specialization Certificate

The Degree of Master of Divinity

Althea Diane Albright
Lauren Ashley Blatt
Anthony Albert Brown 3
Peter Cole Edwardsen
Victor José Gimenez 2
Bradley David Gow
Brett T. Hertzog Betkoski 1
Lisa Bambino Jester
Joseph Francis Klinger
Alexa Barnes Kvande 1
James E. Mack 3
Daniel Land McKenty 1
John C. Nelson
Sharon Mead Ruff Richter 1
Agnes L. Smith-Brown 3
Benita Lynn Weathers 1,3
Benson Williams 3

The Degree of Doctor of Ministry

In parentheses after the name of each candidate is the name of the candidate’s project supervisor. Following is the subject of the DMin project document submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree.

Judith Ann Anderson (Wiseman) | Connecting People to God in Worship: Exploring Multisensory Worship

Jeffrey Earl Bryan (Sebastian) | A Liturgy for the Love Feast: Towards Renewing an Underused Form of Worship for Congregations in the Presbyterian Church (USA) Today

Michael Andrew Dubsky (Stewart) | The Lutheran Hospital and Lutheran Home and Hospital Foundation of Baltimore, Maryland: From Hospital to Grant-Making Foundation, 1950-2015

Suzanne H. Walls Kershaw (Sebastian) | Evangelism and Mission to Women rough the Strengthening and Revitalization of the Existing American Baptist Women’s Ministries (ABWM) of the Philadelphia Baptist Association (PBA)

Anne Cahill Solovey Marshall (Pahl) | Encounters with Jesus: A Worship Series on Biblical Hospitality

Jennifer Molly Vasquez (Krych) | A Theological and Developmental Approach to Children’s Education, including Preschool Chapel

Michael David Wright (Grafton) | The Effectiveness of Small Urban Churches: A Testimony of One Congregation’s Journey to Missional Ministry

1 Degree awarded with Honors by vote of the Faculty
2 Degree awarded with Metropolitan/Urban Ministry Concentration Certificate
3 Degree awarded with Black Church Concentration/Specialization Certificate

The Degree of Doctor of Philosophy

In parentheses after the name of each candidate is the name of the candidate’s dissertation supervisor. Following is the title of the dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree.

Andrew G.I. Hart (Day) | Salvaging the Way: A Critical, Comparative, and Constructive Black and Anabaptist Theological Ethic for Subverting Western Christendom and White Supremacy

Commencement Participants

The Rev. David J. Lose, PhD, President
The Rev. J. Jayakiran Sebastian, Dr. Theol., Dean
The Rev. David D. Gra on, PhD, Associate Professor, Islamic Studies and Christian- Muslim Relations and Vice President for Planning, Assessment, and Administration
Michael E. Krentz, DMus, Chaplain, Director of Music Ministries, Seminary Cantor
The Rev. Katie Day, PhD, The Charles A. Scheiren Professor, Church and Society; Director, Metropolitan/Urban Concentration; Secretary of the Faculty
The Rev. Karyn L. Wiseman, PhD, Associate Dean for First Theological Degrees; Associate Professor of Homiletics; Director of United Methodist Studies
The Rev. Quintin L. Robertson, DMin, Instructor; Director, Urban Theological Institute
The Rev. Karl Krueger, PhD, Director of Krauth Memorial Library; Professor, History of Christianity
Dana Mitchell, Class of 2016, Lector
Lauren Heywood, Student Body President, Lector
Joey Klinger, Class of 2016, Crucifer

The Faculty

The Rev. Wayne E. Croft, Sr., PhD
The Rev. Katie Day, PhD
The Rev. David D. Grafton, PhD
Erik M. Heen, PhD
The Rev. John F. Hoffmeyer, PhD
Michael E. Krentz, DMus
The Rev. Karl Krueger, PhD
The Rev. Charles R. Leonard, EdD
The Rev. David J. Lose, PhD
The Rev. Fr. Kevin J. Moroney, PhD
Jon Pahl, PhD
The Rev. J. Paul Rajashekar, PhD
The Rev. Nelson Rivera, PhD
The Rev. Quintin L. Robertson, DMin
The Rev. Robert B. Robinson, PhD
The Rev. J. Jayakiran Sebastian, Dr. Theol
The Rev. Storm Swain, PhD
The Rev. Karyn L. Wiseman, PhD
Derek Woodward-Lehman, PhD

Emeritus and Retired Faculty

The Rt. Rev. Frederick Houk Borsch, PhD
The Rev. Robert G. Hughes, PhD
The Rev. Philip D.W. Krey, PhD
The Rev. Margaret A. Krych, PhD
The Rev. Gordon W. Lathrop, ThD
The Rev. Richard N. Stewart, DMin
The Rev. Timothy J. Wengert, PhD

Representing the Board of Trustees

The Rev. Claire S. Burkat
The Rev. Audrey E. Moody
Patricia M. Robinson

About our Speaker: The Rev. Traci Blackmon

Initially ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the Rev. Traci Blackmon served in various capacities of ministry for nine years, prior to becoming the 18th installed and first woman pastor in the 156 year history of Christ the King United Church of Christ, Florissant, Missouri . She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Birmingham-Southern College (1985) and a Master of Divinity (2009), with a coursework emphasis in Womanist Liberation Theology, from Eden Theological Seminary.Prior to entering

Prior to entering seminary, the Rev. Blackmon served as pastor of Simpson Chapel AME Church in Columbia, Missouri, for two years. In addition, she is the founder of the Sista SOS Summit, an intergenerational symposium designed to assist women toward spiritual and sexual wholeness. The Rev. Blackmon is also the co-founder of “When Women Gather…,” a monthly ecumenical gathering committed to facilitating the spiritual growth and development of women by studying the Word of God through the unique lens that is womanhood.As a licensed Registered Nurse with over 25 years experience in health care, the Rev. Blackmon has served the community in a variety of professional positions as well. Currently, she is

As a licensed Registered Nurse with over 25 years experience in health care, the Rev. Blackmon has served the community in a variety of professional positions as well. Currently, she is coordinator of faith-based initiatives for BJC HealthCare and a senior consultant with The Praxis Group, LLC. The Rev. Blackmon has created and facilitated capacity building workshops on such complicated issues as racism, sexism, heterosexism, classism, interfaith dialogue, congregational grief, and domestic violence.The Rev. Blackmon is a graduate of Leadership St. Louis, and her board experiences include St. Louis Effort for AIDS; The Kidney Foundation; St. Louis Minority Business Council; Planned Parenthood St. Louis; Magdalene House St. Louis; and The St. Louis Black Repertory Company. The Rev. Blackmon also served as student chaplain for Lydia’s House, a transitional shelter for women and children who are victims of domestic violence.

The Rev. Blackmon is a graduate of Leadership St. Louis, and her board experiences include St. Louis Effort for AIDS; The Kidney Foundation; St. Louis Minority Business Council; Planned Parenthood St. Louis; Magdalene House St. Louis; and The St. Louis Black Repertory Company. The Rev. Blackmon also served as student chaplain for Lydia’s House, a transitional shelter for women and children who are victims of domestic violence.The Rev. Blackmon treasures most the privilege of being

The Rev. Blackmon treasures most the privilege of being mother to three wonderful young adults — Kortni, Harold II, and Tyler Blackmon — and being a servant of God and God’s people.

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