Gammon Theological Seminary had a wonderful graduation ceremony on Friday, May 11, 2018! It was a joy for me to talk with the newly minted graduates before they deployed to their respective ministerial settings. We have graduates in the Class of 2018 that will accept their first full-time pastoral appointment in Conferences of the United Methodist Church across the United States. Other Class of 2018 graduates are pursuing employment within Hospital Chaplaincy or entrance into various PhD programs.
I had discussions with Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) Class of 2018 graduates. I was pleasantly surprised to learn a few recent D.Min. graduates from Gammon Theological Seminary also earned their Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree years ago from our fine institution. I called them a “Double Gammonite” and/ or “Gammonite Squared”.
I asked the “Double Gammonites”/ “Gammonite Squares” the following questions:
a. Why did they return to Gammon Theological Seminary for the D.Min. degree?
b. How was their doctoral experience at Gammon Theological Seminary?
The recent D.Min. graduates shared the following reasons for why they chose Gammon Theological Seminary for their doctoral degree:
1. Quality education associated with their congregational context(s)
2. Flexibility of course offerings
The recent D.Min. graduates also stated many aspects of their doctoral experience at Gammon Theological Seminary were better than their M.Div. years, mainly because they were more mature along with more wisdom in their appreciation of the educational process.
I told the Class of 2018 graduates they are always welcome to return to Gammon Theological Seminary and to visit often. These newly minted graduates of theological education are entering a world full of promise and peril, let our prayers of encouragement and support be with them.
Gammon Theological Seminary’s commitment to equip all people as religious leaders in relation to the promises of the Christian Church and perils to the Christian Church has not wavered since our beginning in 1883.
Congrats to the Class of 2018 graduates of Gammon Theological Seminary!
Grace and Peace,
President-Dean Ken J. Walden
Gammon Theological Seminary
Rev. Ken Walden President-Dean, Gammon Theological Seminary