The One Hundred and Thirty Fourth Founders’ Day Observances at Gammon Theological Seminary was my crowning experience as the Interim President-Dean. Prior to the observance, there were moments when doubts and fears seemed to dominate my thoughts, and consideration was given to canceling the Banquet. But, I was reminded of God’s goodness and that we could do all things in Christ, our source of strength and success. I asked several of my friends to join with me in giving one thousand dollars ($1,000) or more to support Founder’s Day. They did not let me down.
The turnout at the Banquet was a great success. Congregations and individuals purchased tables. This gave us a great push towards the achievement of success. I am grateful to God for everyone who participated in the Banquet.
One could feel the presence of God from the Opening Worship Service with Bishop Tracey S. Malone, Resident Bishop of the Ohio East Annual Conference, as the Preacher to the Closing Worship Service with Reverend Dr. George Ashford, Jr., Lead Pastor of Journey United Methodist Church in Columbia, South Carolina, as the Preacher. They were the bookends, and everything in between went exceptionally well. I want to thank everyone who participated.
Now, let me say a special word about Chaplain Tabitha Rankin and the five (5)
Graduating Seniors from Wiley College in Marshall, Texas, who will enroll in Gammon in the Fall of 2018. They will be among our brightest and best students, and will emerge as Prophetic Leaders of the 21st Century. It was a great joy in having them participate in the entire Founder’s Day Observances.
Let me conclude by simply reminding everyone that we must embrace the art of giving generously in order to recruit and maintain students who are committed to academic excellence and service to God through the ministry of the United Methodist Church. Put Gammon in the Budget of your local Church. Make Gammon a priority among your personal charitable organizations and you will help insure the availability of committed pastoral leaders of the future.
Thanks for allowing me the honor of being a part of the Gammon Staff. Please remember, that the best is still yet to come.
With every good wish, I am