Princeton, NJ, May 25,
Theological Seminary held its 200th commencement exercises on
Saturday, May 19 in the Princeton University Chapel. One hundred ninety-three
students graduated in six degree programs.
hundred forty-three (143) men and women received the Master of Divinity degree,
the basic professional degree for Christian ministry. Twelve (12) students received
both the Master of Divinity degree and the Master of Arts degree. Three (3) received
the Master of Arts in Theological Studies degree; fifteen (15) received the
Master of Arts degree; twenty-two (22) the Master of Theology degree; and two (2)
the Doctor of Ministry degree.
students (20) were awarded the Doctor of Philosophy degree, the highest degree
granted by the institution.
There were eighteen (18) international
students in the graduating class, including students from China, Germany,
Guyana, Jamaica, Korea, Latvia, Mexico, and Taiwan. Most will return to their
native countries to teach and assume leadership positions in the church.
Graduates will serve as pastors in churches, as hospital and prison
chaplains, and in the mission field. They will teach in urban schools, minister
on college campuses, and continue their studies, both in the United States and
abroad. Among them:
scholar Justin Pannkuk will head to Göttingen University in Germany to do research on
selected Aramaic Dead Sea Scrolls and the Book of Jubilees, and will
explore the interpretation of the patriarchal figures from the Book of Genesis.
to Latvia, her home country, Andreta
Livena says her ministry will be mostly informal. In
Latvia there are not paid ministry positions. She plans to interact with the
people on a daily basis and share God’s love with them.
Logan Hoffman will relocate to Christchurch, New Zealand, to plant a
church with his wife, Emilie. He will serve as associate pastor of the church,
which will be named The Well, and his responsibilities will lie primarily in
the area of adult spiritual growth and development.
Anna Gillette wanted
to be a pastor when she was ten years old, but her denomination did not ordain
women. Now a United Methodist, she is heading to an appointment as pastor of a
Methodist church in the Trenton, New Jersey, area. “I am looking forward to serving a small church in
a small community. I trust it will be a lot of work, but I believe it is a true
calling and I’m thrilled to be given such a challenging yet rewarding
assignment,” Anna says. She is also passionate about prison ministry
and is already active in conversations about opportunities and intends to
challenge her new congregation to accompany her in this work.
Austin Almaguer is
heading to Dallas, Texas, in August to serve as a pastoral resident at Wilshire
Baptist Church. He is participating in Wilshire's Pathways to Ministry program,
which helps graduates develop their skills inside the church. “In the future, I hope to serve as a full-time pastor
and lead Baptist congregations of diverse, urban contexts,” he says.
Maurice Stinnett will resume his position as
chairman of the World Leadership Program, a White House initiative, which
brought together sixteen graduate students from Al-Azhar University in Cairo,
Egypt, and sixteen U.S. graduate students from various universities. The
program exposes Egyptian and North American students to a more nuanced understanding
of Egyptian and U.S. culture and values. He will also pursue graduate studies
at the University of Pennsylvania as he works toward a degree in social policy
and practice, while functioning as a community/clergy organizing consultant for
education in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Craig Gaddy will continue to serve as senior pastor of the Friendship Baptist
Church in Brooklyn, New York. This summer he will head to West Africa. “During
my middler year at Princeton Seminary, I constructed an educational facility in
Kintampo Ghana, West Africa, that provided space for 240 youth in grades
kindergarten through fifth grade. I will return there this summer to
build living quarters for the instructor,” he says.
Nate Moultrie will serve as
associate minister at Kingdom Church in Ewing, New Jersey. His main tasks will
include supporting ministry leaders, volunteer management, and ministry
Ryan Krauss will head to
Watsontown United Methodist Church in Watsontown, Pennsylvania, a rural
congregation that worships an average of 180 people each Sunday. His
responsibilities will include teaching, preaching, helping the congregation
revision themselves, and aiding the church in rethinking rural evangelism. Key
ministries in the church include: operating a preschool, serving local scouting
troops, operating a thrift store for low income families, providing free meals
to the community, and offering outreach services to those with disabilities.
For additional information, contact the
Communications/Publications Office at 609.497.7760 or visit www.ptsem.edu.
Princeton Seminary was established in 1812
by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church as a post-graduate
professional school of theology. Currently celebrating its Bicentennial,
Princeton is the largest Presbyterian seminary in the country, with more than
500 students in six graduate degree programs.