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December graduates represent variety of professional backgrounds, experiences

by Louisville Seminary | Jan 31, 2005


December graduates represent variety of professional backgrounds, experiences

Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary conferred degrees upon ten students who completed their degree requirements in December 2004. With a mid-year graduation date these students will not have to wait until the May 22, 2005, Commencement exercises to receive their degrees. Marriage and Family Therapy graduates can begin their work toward licensure immediately, and graduates from the Master of Divinity degree program, who have met their ordination exam requirements, can begin the process toward finding a call to a ministry location.

Of the ten graduates, five received the Master of Divinity degree, and five received the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy degree. The December 2004 graduates included:

Master of Divinity

    Janis M. Christensen, a former educator from Stromsburg, Neb.
    Brian W. Dearing, an Episcopalian currently in a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) residency at the University of Louisville Hospital, Louisville, Ky.
    Richard J. Dunbar, from Urbana, Ohio, with a background in social work.
    Kenneth J. Folmsbee, former professional baseball player, will become pastor of Community Presbyterian Church in Howie-in-the-Hills, Florida in April.
    Millicent M. Owen, a registered nurse now working with Family Health Ministries and the community of Fondwa in Haiti.

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

    David M. Bradley, a pastor from Decatur, Ga., seeking placement in North Carolina.
    Shane D. Lindsay, a 2001 graduate of Davidson College seeking placement in Louisville, Ky.
    Katherine P. Longbrake, a graduate of the College of Wooster, who will remain in Louisville with her husband, who is completing the MDiv. degree at LPTS.
    Walter W. Turner Jr., a mental health therapist from Pikeville, Ky., is now serving as a therapist at Seven Counties Services, Inc., in Louisville, Ky.
    James L. Vester, is working part-time as a therapist at Noah’s Ark Children’s Village in Jeffersonville, Ind.

The Master of Divinity program combines education in three academic areas—Biblical studies; theology, history, and ethics; and practical theology—with four semesters of required field education in churches and agencies in the Louisville area. Most who earn the M.Div. degree are seeking ordination; however, the degree can focus on Christian education and can be combined with other concentrations such as law, social work, business administration, and education in partnership with Bellarmine University and the University of Louisville.

The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy program, one of few accredited seminary-based programs in the United States, is composed of courses in theology and Biblical studies, training in marriage and family therapy, at least 500 hours of client contact and 100 hours of supervision. The award-winning program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC), which has ranked the program one of the top in the nation.

Courses for these degrees are taught by faculty who are distinguished in academic fields vital to training church leadership. The Louisville Seminary faculty consists of 20 professors with credentials from some of the world’s leading theological institutions and universities, including Duke, Emory, Harvard, Oxford, Princeton, University of Wisconsin, Vanderbilt and Yale. These nationally recognized scholars teach classes in the Bible, Reformed theology, homiletics, pastoral skills, and biblical languages, as well as specialized topics in ethics, marriage and family therapy, contemporary theology, and other subjects important to today’s church and society.

Contact the Office of Registrar, if you have questions regarding the above graduates and the Office of Admissions for information about the Seminary’s degree programs and requirements, or call toll-free 1 800 264-1839.
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