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Moravian Theological Seminary Celebrates 2014 Commencement

082104mtsintroMoravian Theological Seminary celebrated the conclusion of its 207th academic year with a commencement ceremony on May 10, 2014. The service was held in Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, with newly inaugurated President Bryon Grigsby, a 1990 Moravian College graduate, presiding.

Twenty-one graduates received master’s degrees and certificates including the Master of Divinity (MDiv), Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling (MACC), Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS), Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction and Graduate Certificate in Formative Spirituality. This year marks the first graduating cohort of Spiritual Direction students.

Elected by her fellow graduates, Christine Holmfelt delivered the Graduate Address. Christine earned her undergraduate degree in English from Virginia Tech, then found a career in education. She chose to attend Moravian Theological Seminary in order to fulfill a deeper sense of call to serve in the community. During her time at seminary, she completed internship placements at the Northampton County Jail in Easton, Pa. and the Penn Foundation in Sellersville, Pa. She has earned dual graduate degrees in clinical counseling and social work through Moravian Theological Seminary’s partnership with Marywood University. Christine plans to remain in the Lehigh Valley to work in the behavioral health field.

Two Moravians were among this year’s graduates, both from the Northern Province:

082014mtslavoyJames Lavoy, from Newfoundland Moravian Church in Newfoundland, Pa., earned his MDiv degree. He was also awarded the Cora Doster Moses Memorial Homiletics prize for the best work done in homiletics and practical pulpit work by a graduating senior. James has been working at Calvary Moravian Church in Allentown, Pa., but recently accepted a call to Rio Terrace Moravian Church in Edmonton, AB. He will be ordained August 24 at Newfoundland Moravian Church.

082014mtsFrittsJohnJohn Fritts, of Palmer Moravian Church in Easton, Pa., also earned the MDiv degree. He was awarded the Rev. Elmer D. Bender Memorial Award for a worthy individual preparing for the ministry of the Moravian Church. John has accepted a call to Specialized Ministry in the Western District of the Moravian Church, where he will serve as the Chaplain at Marquardt Village in Watertown, Wis. He will be ordained at Palmer Moravian on August 10 at 4pm and will begin his call in mid-September.

Ecumenical Spirit

In the ecumenical spirit of the Moravian Church, the students at the Seminary come from an array of denominations and faith traditions, not just Moravian. The following graduates come from the 17 denominations and traditions represented in the current student body:

The Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling was presented to Stephanie Christine Barnett (Bethlehem, Pa.), Jeremy Todd Campbell (Metuchen, N.J.), Dania Garcia (Allentown, Pa.), Christine Carolyn Holmfelt (Chester, N.J.), Jenny Jean-Louis (Hamilton, N.J.), Stanley Emmanuel Theodoredis (Bethlehem, Pa.) and Linda Roth Unser (Carlisle, Pa.).

Joseph Benjamin Arnoldin (Allentown, Pa.) received the Master of Arts in Theological Studies.

Recipients of the Master of Divinity are Jeremy Todd Campbell (Metuchen, N.J.), (Allentown, Pa.) and Joanna M. Herren (Bethlehem, Pa).

Graduate Certificates in Spiritual Direction were presented to the first-ever cohort, which included Elizabeth M. Buss (Schenectady, N.Y.), Maureen A. DeBellis (Bethlehem, Pa.), Kathy Ann DeSantis (Schnecksville, Pa.), Margaret A. Donohue (Bethlehem, Pa.), Sylvia Muniene Muller Doyle (Whitehall, Pa.), Michael Clifford Johnson (Phoenixville, Pa.), Scott E. Kuykendall (Minneapolis, Minn.), and Lynn Aprill Webb (Washington, N.J.).

The Graduate Certificate in Formative Spirituality was presented to Sylvia Muniene Muller Doyle (Whitehall, Pa.) and Irene Berke Spangler (Dunellen, N.J.). ■


From the July/August 2014 Moravian Magazine

Moravian Daily Texts


Saturday, August 18 — Psalm 101
Judges 1:17–2:23; Luke 18:18–30

Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord. Joshua 24:16

Keep your roots deep in Christ Jesus, build your lives on him, and become stronger in your faith, as you were taught. And be filled with thanksgiving. Colossians 2:7 (GNT)

Father, as we learn more about your marvelous works in our daily lives, we grow in deeper relationship with you. We are grateful you give us many opportunities to grow closer to you every day. Amen.

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