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The 2017 Graduates

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The Class of 2017
Faculty
The Faculty and Commencement Speaker

UTI CERTIFICATE of CHURCH LEADERSHIP

UTI Certificate - Class of 2017Natalie Tricia Byfield-Myrie
Jesse Eaton
Janet Louise Fowlkes
Judith A. Harris
Louise M. Herndon
Donna Hymes
Orlando Carl Lawrence, Jr.
Carol Regina Myambo
Bonita Gray Napier
Patricia Davis Penn
Luther Leonard Reeder
Glasper Lee Ridgel
Donnell R. Sheppard
Donna Felisa Simmons
Rita Lourdes Waters
Gary Wayne Wattie
Reginald Weaver
Faculty SelfieBarnia Burch Young

UTI CERTIFICATE of CHRISTIAN MINISTRY

Wendell Maurice Alston
Pamela R. Barlow
Janet Marie Ellison
Ursula S. M. Johnson
Bruce Lloyd Johnston
Von Sheila Knox
Leila Marquita Sawyer
Antoinette Vivian Searles
Talmadge D. Wallace


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CERTIFICATE of THEOLOGICAL STUDY

Emily Frances Hamilton
Kathleen Anne Kerin

THE DEGREE of MASTER of ARTS in PUBLIC LEADERSHIP

Class of 2017Willis Michael Nailor 1
Yolanda Jeanine Sowell

THE DEGREE of MASTER of ARTS in RELIGION

Jaime Lyn Frazier
Deborah A. Hendley 2
Mercedes Lee 4
David B. Lingham 2
Linda Michelle Lucas-Crawford

THE DEGREE of MASTER of DIVINITY

Marsha Jennifer Baxter 2,4
Lindsey Marie Beukelman 1,3
Class of 2017William Bernard Bevins 1,3
Amanda Christensen
Terri Michelle Collins 2
Linda Carol Simpkins Dickerson 2
Marjorie Catalano Edwards
Heidi Louise Eickstadt
Victoria Tamar Ellis-Monts 2
Nicolette Marie Faison 2
Omar Shabazz Galloway 3
Eunice Emma Goldsmith
Nicole Samantha Harvell
Keith Lincoln Hodges 2
Commencement2017Thomia Solom Jones 2
Micah Shem George Krey 1
Justin Grant Lingenfelter 1
Susan Reller Loney 1
Kathleen Doris McFarland
Linda Denise Moore 2
Samuel Bacwa Murangi
Drew Scott Neidig
Brian Scott Riedy
Seth Richard Rumage
Marilyn Jean Schneider 1
Jeremiah Paul Smith 1
Class of 2017Margaret Lesley Scott Somerville 1
Shada Haylene Sullivan 1
Jeanette Surita 5
Zina Ruthann Thompkins
Michael Weldon Turner
Rebecca Grace Wicker 1
Leah Eileen Woehr-Grande 1
Alexander Carlton Zuber

1Degree awarded with Honors by vote of the Faculty
2Degree awarded with Black Church Concentration/Specialization Certificate
3Degree awarded with Multicultural Concentration/Specialization Certificate
4Degree awarded with Public Leadership Concentration/Specialization Certificate
5Degree awarded with Latino Concentration/Specialization Certificate


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THE DEGREE of MASTER of SACRED THEOLOGY

Class of 2017In parentheses after the name of each candidate is the name of the candidate’s primary advisor. Following, when applicable, is the title of the thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree.

Nancy J. Beckwith (Swain)

Daniel William Brettell (Wengert)
Martin Luther’s Small Catechism in the Evaluation and Development of Programs for Catechetical Instruction

Samuel Stanley Jones Chilkuri (Rajashekar)
An Ethnodoxological Study of Indigenous Christian Songs in the Telangana State of India

Matthew David Hoffman (Rajashekar)

David Lee Hoxter (Day)

Class of 2017Axel Thomas Kaegler (Hoffmeyer)
A Reappraisal of Paul Tillich’s Theology Through the Lens of Word and Sacrament and a Response to His Lutheran Critics

Sameh Shaker (Swain)

Nicole Anthonette Swinson (Rajashekar)

Jared Aaron Watson (Sebastian)
The Latter-Day Saints Movement: A Restorations’ Perspective on the Sacraments and Ordinances

Valerie Jeannine Willis (Stewart)
Dance as Praxis in a History of Christian Worship

Richard Frank Wolff, Jr. (Pahl)
Degree awarded with Distinction
Fight Sports and the Church: Boxing and Martial Arts Ministries in Historical, Cultural, and Theological Context


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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.

Jozana Ella Allen (Croft)
Social Justice Preaching at Scott’s Methodist Church in Camden, NJ

Class of 2017Jade King Bass (Day)
A Pedagogical Church Administration Model: Preparing Seminarians to Effectively Pastor Small African American Inner City Presbyterian Churches

William George Beck (Hoffmeyer)
Martin Luther as Pastor: Caring for Souls after Loss and What this Means for Pastors Today

Janet Elizabeth Blair (Grafton)
Language and the Gospel: Relationships and Mission in a Second-Language Ministry

Charlene Mildred Rachuy Cox (Wiseman)
Telling Our Sacred Stories: The Woman at the Well, Personal Narratives, and Emerging Adult Collegiate Women

Eloise Marie Fulton (Day)
The Impact of Patriarchy on Female Leadership in the Church

Class of 2017Richard Alan Kinsey (Wiseman)
Portals to the Reign of God: An Evangelizing Strategy for Renewal

Amy Krejcarek (Swain)
Vigils for the Dying: An Approach to Facilitating a Good Death for Nursing Home Residents and Family at Good Shepherd Lutheran Community, Blair, NE

Adam Christopher Leeper (Swain)
Abiders Ministry: Reviewing, Revising, and Improving the End of Life Training Program for Volunteers at Menno Haven Retirement Community

Cleotha Robertson (Croft)
Seeding Renewal: A Men’s Group in Sound View Presbyterian Church

Marilus Rodriguez (Sebastian)
Sister to Sister: Bringing a Holy, Healing Presence to the Sex Workers in Camden, NJ

Jeremiah Adam Sassaman (Rivera)
Lutheran Ecotheology and the Crisis of Biodiversity Loss: Finding a Lutheran Voice for the Conservation of Biological Diversity

Margaret Doreen Scott (Grafton)
The Handmaids of the Sacred Heart: Gospel Women at the UN


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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.

Class of 2017Humphrey Ako Akogyeram (Grafton)
“Making Sense of the Divine:” An Examination of the African Independent Churches’ Symbolic Theology as Embodied in Their Use of Old Testament Architecture, Sacred Spaces, Sacred Objects and Symbols

Thomas Cung Bik (Robinson)
A Cross-Textual Reading of the Creation, the Flood, and the Tower-Building Stories in Genesis 1-11 and Chin Religion

Allison Rosalie deForest (Heen)
Jesus, Antitype of the Serpent: A Theological Interpretation of John 3:14

Jewel Lee Herder (Day)
Sexual Violence and the Violence of Silence: Clergy Sexual Abuse in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Kyueil Kwak (Sebastian)
Symbolic Drama of Passage: Envisioning Scriptural Interpretation as a Symbolic Act in Origen’s Hermeneutics

Gabriel Alexander Morgan (Hoffmeyer)
The Roads We Must Travel: A Narrative Interpretation of Bonhoeffer’s Concept of the Penultimate

Marva Roebuck Rice (Pahl)
Betwixt and Between: Liminality and Communitas in African American Historical Context

Man Hei Yip (Rajashekar)
Interrogating the Language of “Self ” and “Other” in the History of Modern Christian Mission: Contestation, Subversion and Re-imagination


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