Greetings Alumni and Friends,
I pray you have a meaningful Black History Month! Black History Month is an intentional time for the affirmation and celebration of all people of African descent, many of which have been systematically marginalized for centuries within the United States of America.
I hope the New Year of 2020 is peaceful and productive for you and your family. Gammon Alums and Friends continue to be peaceful and productive in a world that is sometimes depressive and regressive. What will peace and productivity mean to you during this New Year?
Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ provided several examples in the Holy Bible of how to be peaceful and productive amid conflict, confusion, and chaos. I pray your life journey takes you to miraculous experiences of God’s glory and to be a blessing in other people’s stories.
There are various award shows on television during the month of February highlighting the contributions made by people in various ways. I encourage you to consider acknowledging the contributions of people in your congregations, local communities, and in your home by conveying how much you appreciate their presence.
Gammon Theological Seminary appreciates your prayerful support and valuable investments in this “School of the Prophets.” I encourage you to contribute to and partner with this legendary school of graduate theological education now and into the future.
Grace and Peace,
Ken J. Walden, PhD
Gammon Theological Seminary
During a time when diversity seems to spark division in our neighborhoods and country, I would suggest it is diversity that makes us better and stronger together. Unfortunately, recent gun violence has tragically taken the lives of innocent people in Gilroy, California, El Paso, Texas, Dayton, Ohio, and Chicago, Illinois. Divisions are devastating the United States of America along with other countries across the globe. Unity amongst diversity has always been one of the major themes within Christianity. There was unity amongst diversity with the early disciples of Jesus Christ and the tradition of diversity will continue in 2019 and beyond. Gammon Theological Seminary continues to have an unwavering commitment to the affirmation and celebration of all God’s people with the understanding we are all brothers and sisters. An examination of the graduates of our fine institutions reflects our communities as we have Gammon Alums and Gammon Friends representing a group of diverse people. Gammon’s pledge is clear, with an emphasis toward love, respect and social justice for All People.
During the summer, I attended a conference sponsored by the National Association of Schools and Colleges of The United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. The United Methodist Church is blessed to have over 100 educational institutions across the United States of America and beyond. Gammon Theological Seminary is included in a wonderful tradition within United Methodism of equipping a multitude of persons through the power of higher education to minister and reflect across the world the love and grace of Jesus Christ to all we encounter.
I also visited Indianapolis, Indiana and met with Gammon Alums and Gammon Friends during the month of July. It was an exciting weekend full of speaking engagements, food, laughter, and thoughtful fellowship. Indiana is often geographically referred to as the “Heartland” of the United States of America. It was wonderful to witness Gammon’s legacy through Gammon Alums within the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church.
This fall as we begin a new academic year, let us remember Gammon Theological Seminary continues the significant tradition of displaying unity amongst diversity in preparing students to become effective congregational pastors, chaplains in various fields, professors, and leaders in various organizations. Gammon’s legacy continues to grow in miraculous ways. Do your part to show love to one another, we need to connect with each other now more than ever to create a safe world pleasing to our Creator.
Grace and Peace,
President-Dean Ken J. Walden
Gammon Theological Seminary
God’s blessings upon your summer! I pray you have a Happy July 4th Holiday Season. Freedom is an ongoing process... This summer I have been traveling across the country visiting various annual conferences of The United Methodist Church sharing the good news of Gammon Theological Seminary! I always enjoy meeting alumni and friends of Gammon Theological Seminary across the denomination of The United Methodist Church. I am always in awe of the many ways Gammon students, Gammon graduates, and the friends of Gammon help set captives free from various forms of bondage by sharing the message of the power of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I hope you experience an increasing amount of Freedom in the spiritual, emotional, and relational dimensions of your life.
Gammon Theological Seminary has a long history of service with military chaplaincy and the relationship continues to this day. Gammon graduates have served in the chaplaincy of every branch of the United States Military. Bishop Jonathan Holston, the current Chairperson of our Board of Trustees and Resident Bishop of the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church, served as a Chaplain in the United States Navy Reserve (USNR).
To share a significant personal moment with you, effective July 2, 2018, I was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force Reserve (USAFR). One of the best professional decisions I made was to serve as a military chaplain in the USAFR. Military Chaplaincy has given me opportunities to do the following:
My role as an Air Force Chaplain Reservist helps me perform more effectively with my many other professional and personal responsibilities, because it offers me another significant lens in which to view life. It also gives me unique experiences in relation to Freedom.
For persons interested in Air Force Chaplaincy, I encourage you to contact Chaplain Major Michelle Law-Gordon at email@example.com, 843-615-7888, and/ or http://www.afrc.af.mil/About-Us/Chaplain/.
Rev. Ken Walden President-Dean, Gammon Theological Seminary