We are down to the final week before the beginning of Gammon’s 134th Founders’ Day Observances. Today will be a time for a diversified group of Gammonites and friends to interview the two (2) finalists for the position of President-Dean. A recommendation should then be presented to the Board of Trustees for election on December 4, 2017. Please be in prayer for the Search Committee and the process as we move forward in being a theological light in the world.
Then, our opening session begins on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 10:45 a.m. in the ITC Chapel. This is going to be a sensational Service of Celebration. It is my hope that the Chapel will be filled to capacity. Your presence will be a major blessing for us. Let me thank you in advance for bringing success to the school that we love.
Finally, we need your financial support, to assist us in recruiting and maintaining outstanding young seminarians for matriculation at Gammon. They will be responsible for carrying the United Methodist Church farther and higher into the 21st century. Your systematic contributions are vital to our success. Consider putting Gammon among your giving priorities.
Together, we can do all things in Christ who strengthens us.
With every good wish, I am
Walter L. Kimbrough
It is now two weeks before the launch of Gammon’s 2017 Founder’s Day Observances. There are many things that have been completed in the planning process to assure a successful experience. I am excited about my first Founder’s Day as Interim President-Dean. Please be assured that I need your help in completing the task. The celebration will not be fully realized without your support.
It is crucial for Gammon Theological Seminary to have the full support of every member of the Board of Trustees, alumni, and students along with our many friends. A “Championship Team” of presenters has been secured to insure a successful experience. Gammon will continue to go first class.
All road and all airlines lead to Atlanta and Gammon on December 5th and 6th. Your presence and participation is very crucial for a successful Founder’s Day.
Important information affecting the future of Gammon will be shared.
Gammon has been honored in having Ed and Anne Wimberly represent us at the Colloquy Sponsored by General Board of Higher Education and Ministry along with the Association of United Methodist Theological Schools. The theme for the gathering was “MISSIO DEI AND THE UNITED STATES: Toward a Faithful United Methodist Witness.
Their theological presentation was entitled, “MISSIO DEI IN AN AGE OF YOUTH DISCONNECTION FROM CHURCH: A VISION FOR ECCLESIAL RESPONSE”. They insisted that the church’s fulfillment of God’s mission in the world is critical in this era of youth disconnection from organized religion. Further, they feel that teens must be recipients of the Missio Dei and be nurtured in ways that they become actors in this mission.
Dr. Anne Wimberly chaired one of the five (5) groups which heard and discussed the papers presented by faculty members from our thirteen (13) United Methodist Seminaries. She handled her assignment with great proficiency, filled with grace and dignity. She made Gammon very proud.
Dr. Edward Wimberly was the preacher at the closing Worship Service on Wednesday. It needs to be noted that they are the only United Methodist Professors at the Interdenominational Theological Center. Only United Methodists were invited to participate, as we seek to “Find A Way Forward”. In other words, they were all we had. This has to change.
There must be a concerted effort to secure more United Methodist Professors at I. T. C.
I was pleased to be an Observer at the “Gathering”, as a Member of AUMTS.
TO ALL GAMMONITES AND FRIENDS
THE COUNTDOWN IS ON. WE ARE JUST THREE (3) WEEKS AWAY FROM OUR 134th FOUNDER’S DAY. IT IS GOING TO BE A CELEBRATION LIKE NEVER BEFORE. HOSPITALITY WILL BE AMAZING, THE FELLOWSHIP WILL BE GREAT AND THE THINGS LEARNED WILL BE PHENOMENAL.
WE NEED YOU TO MAKE THE CELEBRATION COMPLETE. GET READY AND GET REGISTERED. THEN, ENCOURAGE SOMEONE ELSE TO JOIN IN THE FUN.
ALL ROADS LEAD TO ATLANTA ON DECEMBER 5th. GAMMON NEEDS AND WANTS YOU. PLEASE COME.
It is so amazing to experience the goodness of God in the life of Gammon Theological Seminary. We are consistently being blessed at every turn. Lives of people are touched when they hear our Gammon story.
On All Saints’ Sunday eleven (11) members of our extended family worshipped at the White Oak United Methodist Church in Chattanooga, TN, a cross racial congregation pastored by Amy Nutt, one of our students. The Conference was getting ready to close the doors on this dying congregation. But, the grace of God moved into the hearts of the Cabinet members and they appointed Amy Nutt as Pastor. And the Spirit of God is now in that place. The people are coming from far and near, representing every age level. The Youth have outgrown their space and has now been assigned to larger quarters. Somebody ought to shout Hallelujah!!!
Just so you will know there are more blessings coming our way. Chaplain Tabitha Rankin, a Gammon alumni, extended to me the invitation to be the Chapel preacher during Homecoming Week at Wiley College. This was an honor that I was too happy to accept. Wait, that’s not all. Six (6) of our Gammon students, who are graduates of Wiley College, shared with me in the richness of the celebration. Now, there is still more - four (4) of their senior students have made a commitment to matriculate at Gammon. This is another hallelujah moment.
Some have said that “When praises go up, blessings come down”. I am still trying to keep up with the magnificent way that God keeps on blessing Gammon. This means that we are always responding to what God has already done. I was given the names of two (2) pastors from the Mississippi Conference by Bishop Swanson indicating their desire to attend Gammon. Those leads have been followed up on and they will become Gammon students in 2018. Can I get another hallelujah?
Would you believe me if I said that the blessings from God are still flowing into the life of Gammon. I have been moved to ask a few friends of mine to join with me in being Sponsors of our 2017 Founder’s Day. They are saying yes to my invitation. It is my prayer that the next Dean will be a forward thinker and lead us further into the twenty first century.
It is my hope that every person who came through the corridors of Gammon will make a special effort to participate with us this year, December 5&6. We need your support. Please be assured that the best is still, “yet to come”.